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Game Bits: A Boycott of Twitch, Another Acquisition Of A Game Developer

September 3, 2021

Twitch Streamers Participate In A One-Day Boycott of Twitch

Streamers participated in the #ADayOffTwitch protest, demanding protection against hate raids.
Twitch tracking site Sully Gnome reported 57 million viewer hours watched on September 1, 2021. On Wednesdays in the previous month, 61-65 million hours were watched, a decline between 7% and 12%.
Gamesight Analytics, however, reported a 16% drop in hours viewed on Twitch week over week.
According to the analytics firm, the number of channels that streamed recently fell 7% week over week to 834,000.
The Twitch hours for 9/1 were down 7-14% compared to the previous four Wednesdays, so it’s hard to tell if streamers were taking the day off or if it was just a slower day,” said StreamElements founder Doron Nir.
Some questioned whether a protest would be effective, but the larger conversation it generated from the press and on social media indicates that it was [efficient].”
A Twitch report posted in March revealed that only 15% of user complaints resulted in enforcement actions.
In addition, it showed that only 2% of harassment and hateful conduct reports led to action.
The media ran an extensive report last year in which current and former employees said there was a culture of indifference to inappropriate, unsafe, and abusive behavior at the company.

Spanish Game Developer Acquired by Publisher Thunderful Games

Publisher Thunderful Games announced recently that it has acquired Spanish game developer Stage Clear Studios.
The company will pay €600,000 ($712,000) in cash up front and €400,000 ($474,643) in shares.
Additionally, earnouts of up to €1.5 million ($1.7 million) are to follow if Stage Clear Studios’ meets agreed-upon p

Thunderful Games recently announced that it had acquired Spanish game developer Stage Clear Studios.
It will pay €600,000 ($712,000) in cash and €400,000 ($474,643) in shares.
Additionally, Stage Clear Studios will earn up to €1.5 million ($1.7 million) if its performance goals are met by June 30, 2025.
Thunderful’s chief strategy and investment officer Agostino Simonetta said, “This deal strengthens our international position, broadens our business network towards more development studios, and creates synergies within our publishing operations.”
The Nordics, the UK, and Germany will remain closely linked through these new colleagues in Madrid.”
Founded in 2012, Stage Clear Studios co-develops games like The Coma: Recut, Cloudpunk, and Yesterday Origins for consoles, PCs, and mobile devices. Additionally, the company publishes titles across multiple platforms.
Thunderful Games acquired a number of game developers in the last year, including Station Interactive AB, To The Sky, and Headup.

ICON Signs New Clients

August 28, 2021

New signings have been announced by ICON, a digital talent agency that represents esports athletes and streaming talent. The new talent includes Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng, Jason “Pikaboo” Smith, Tim “Koogs46” Koogler, Michael “Sonii” Sherman, Jadey “Vylerria” Anh, Lucas “Buddha” Ramos, and ChelseaBytes.
Currently retired, Peng streams full-time and has won eight League of Legends championships. In addition to hosting tournaments on Twitch, Peng plans to host a talk show segment on his Twitch stream.
As one of the top Rogue players in the world, Smith competes under the Golden Guardians banner as a professional World of Warcraft player.
Koogler has years of experience streaming games from the MLB The Show franchise on Twitch.
According to his followers, Sherman motivates and inspires those who are considering or are already involved in physical fitness. Additionally, he is a gaming streamer who plays a variety of games, including World of Warcraft.
Anh, a German streamer who has watched over two billion hours of video content since 2020, plays Overwatch, Grand Theft Auto, and Outlast.
Ramos plays Grand Theft Auto on the NoPixel server, where over 500,000 people watch him play in the fan-controlled world of Los Santos.
ChelseaBytes (real name unknown) is a content creator who plays a large variety of games, including God of War and League of Legends, as well as hosting a daytime talk show. In addition to her own channel, she also hosts Fight Night on Amazon’s Crown Channel, AMC’s TWDUniverse, and various other streams for Red Bull and DTS.
Swift, the parent company of TSM, owns ICON.

Game Bits: Twitch Gaming And American Eagle Have Become Partners, NYC Will See Black Dragons Soon

August 20, 2021

American Eagle Has Become A Sponsor Of Twitch Gaming

AEG has been named Twitch Gaming’s official apparel partner. Twitch Gaming is the official YouTube channel that allows creators to discover what’s new, trending, and exciting in the world of gaming.
The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
American Eagle is one of only three companies selected by the channel to be official marketing partners, along with restaurant chain Chipotle and international banking company Ally.
In a release, the apparel company will receive “first-look ownable programs, category exclusivity, ‘Always-On’ in-stream branding integrations, custom segments, media placement, and co-marketing rights.”
Moreover, American Eagle will create a custom segment for the channel to highlight Twitch creators, develop a creator documentary series, and design a limited-edition merchandise line with input from the creators featured in the series.
In July 2020, American Eagle took part in the launch of VY Esports’ entertainment platform EDGE as the presenting sponsor. American Eagle is not an endemic sponsor or partner of esports or gaming.

Black Dragons Come To New York City

The Brazilian esports organization Black Dragons, managed by Cherrygumms himself, nd the team’s founder Denis Vidigal da Costa, has hired the U.S.-based group Alvarez & Marsal to manage its first external funding project. It will assist Black Dragons with its business plan, valuation, and Series A investment round.
In an interview with Sports Business Journal, Merhy said that the organization’s current valuation is expected to be between $15-25 million BRL (approximately $2.8 million – $4.66 million USD). One of the oldest esports organizations in Brazil is Black Dragons. Founded in 1997, the organization has maintained consistent operations in esports such as Rainbow Six Siege, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang. The organization is also in charge of the esports brand that represents the Vasco da Gama Club, one of the most popular soccer teams in Brazil. TSM FTX has purchased Black Dragons’ spot in the elite of the Brazilian Free Fire League.
She also cited projects carried out by organizations like LOUD and FURIA, which hired athletes from sports like skateboarding and chess to front their brands to suggest that Black Dragons might follow the same path.
Plans for next year are budgeted at $2.5M, which should come from the investment raised. The Black Dragons will also announce in the coming days that a 27-room facility will be built in So Paulo where all team activities will take place, including housing for players. An esports arena will be built to host tournaments and events as part of the project.

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Game Bits: Battlefield 2042 Beta Coming Soon in September, Another Game Announces Its Release Date

July 24, 2021

Battlefield 2042 Beta Will Begin in September

According to reports, Battlefield 2042 beta will begin in September 2021. The news was apparently announced after the EA Play Live event.
In a video uploaded by YouTuber JackFrags, he discussed Battlefield 2042 and the newly announced Battlefield Portal. According to JackFrags, he obtained this information at an invite-only event.
JackFrags casually mentioned at the end of the video that the Battlefield 2042 beta will begin in September.
According to GameSpot, the beta for Battlefield 2042 will be available for pre-download on September 3rd. Pre-orderers will have early access to the beta. Supposedly, the beta will begin on September 6th and end on September 11th, 2021.
Battlefield Bulletin, a fan page on Twitter, claims that fake screenshots are being circulated online. While the exact date hasn’t been announced by EA, they also state that the beta will be available in September 2021.
With the cat out of the bag, I am sure that Electronic Arts and DICE will announce a beta date very soon (hopefully). So, watch this space. Are you looking forward to taking part in the Battlefield 2042 beta? Let us know across our social media channels.
Battlefield 2042 will release on October 22nd for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S. Those that subscribe to EA Play will gain access to the game on October 15th, 2021.

RPG Lost in Random Has A Release Date

EA Play Event recently gave Zoink Games’ upcoming action RPG Lost in Random a release date.
Lost in Random, a new adventure game developed by the creators of the 2018 adventure game Fe, was announced at last year’s EA Play event. Lost in Random blends action mechanics and dice battles with a twisted, Tim Burton-esque aesthetic. The following is a synopsis of the upcoming adventure:

“Ruled by an evil queen, the Kingdom of Random is divided into six shadowy realms where life is dictated by cursed black dice. While playing as Even, players will explore the land’s mysterious cobblestone streets, meet its unpredictable residents, and embark on courageous quests to save her sister, Odd, from Her Majesty’s clutches. Together they’ll uncover an ancient tale with a surprising message that is rarely explored in video games: randomness isn’t something to fear, but can be harnessed by accepting it and learning to roll with the punches.”

When can we get our hands on this new adventure? According to last night’s event, Lost in Random will be released on the 10th of September 2021. In a few short months, this gothic adventure will be available on PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, and Xbox Series X/S.

Game Bits: Disgaea Series Is Doing Very Well, SEGA Releases Trailer and Screenshots for Last Judgment, Dodgeball Academica Coming Soon

July 22, 2021

Disgaea Series Has Shipped More Than 5 Million Units

Nippon Ichi Software announced [PDF] that the Disgaea series has sold over 5 million units.
In 2003, Disgaea: Hour of Darkness was released for the PS2, and the series recently celebrated six mainline entries with Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny. There have also been several re-releases, ports, and a handful of other entries, such as Disgaea D2. Disgaea 6 is currently set to receive new DLC in the coming months.
According to the press release, Disgaea has gained worldwide popularity for its comical storylines, unique characters, and challenging gameplay elements.

Sega Has Released A Trailer and Screenshots For Lost Judgement Game

A new Japanese trailer and screenshots have been released for Lost Judgment by Sega. The trailer highlights the various investigation activities Yagami can undertake.
Through crawling on pipes, climbing up walls, and running across rooftops, Yagami navigates the environment as he performs his detective investigation. As well as wearing opponents’ costumes, knocking out guards, trailing key targets, and picking locks, we see more stealth-like elements. You can also use QTE-like actions to parkour towards a fleeing target in chase sequences.
As Yagami investigates, he can also play a variety of minigames including boxing, RC robot battles, dancing, scooter races, skateboarding, and in-game arcades including titles like Sonic the Fighters.
On September 24, 2021, Lost Judgment will be released for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, and Xbox One.

Dodgeball Academica Will Launch On August 5, 2021

‘Dodgeball Academia’ will launch for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC (Steam, Humble) on August 5, 2021 from publisher Humble Games and developer Pocket Trap. The sports RPG was announced during the E3 2021 weekend earlier this year.
According to the press release:
As part of Otto’s academy, you train to become the ultimate dodgeball champion in a world where dodgeball is the way to live. Over eight episodes, you’ll create friendships and rivalries while trying to build the best dodgeball team.
Create a dynamic team with Otto using a vast and customizable progression system. Explore Dodgeball Academia at your leisure and discover the long-hidden secrets within the very walls that you live, learn, and dominate in.

Key Features
Learn about Dodgeball Academia’s vast, diverse, and full of life campus
Explore a full-blown RPG story mode, complete with episodes, main quests, side quests, and school minigames
Develop your dodgeball team through RPG-style character and party progression, unlocking unique characters
Experience action-packed dodgeball matches with a unique fighting game style that puts you up against challenging enemies and bosses
Compete locally in a competitive local versus mode


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Game Bits: The Latest Esport News

July 20, 2021

Esports Org Dignitas Partners With The US Air Force

North American esports organization Dignitas announced recently a new partnership with the U.S. Air Force. The financial terms of the partnership were not disclosed.
Under the terms of the deal, the U.S. Air Force has been named the “official military service partner” of Dignitas and will work alongside the organization on “educational, inspirational, and interactive content” featuring Dignitas players and content creators, according to a release.
Dignitas will also create and host an online broadcast esports event to be held in the second half of the 2021 calendar year. The event will be a co-branded Counter Strike: Global Offensive tournament called the “Wingman Series.”
Finally, Dignitas will create content that highlights women who are both active duty U.S. Air Force personnel and gamers to be deployed on social media platforms and both organizations’ websites.

US Pro Baseball Player Becomes A part of XSET

Marco Wilson, a rookie with the Arizona Cardinals, has been signed by XSET, an esports, and gaming company. The financial terms were not disclosed. The Cardinals selected the former Florida Gators cornerback in the fourth round of the 2021 NFL Draft.
Wilson, who regularly streams on Twitch and specializes in Call of Duty Warzone, said in a release that he has been a long-time fan of the organization and appreciates its focus on diversity and inclusion.
Wilson will continue creating content and interacting with fans on his Twitch channel and engage in XSET-related initiatives “to be announced in the coming months.”
Wilson joins a growing list of celebrities and sports stars who have signed on to be a part of XSET including hip-hop artists Swae Lee and Ozuna, BMX legend Nigel Sylvester, Olympic skateboarding phenom Minna Stress, NFL stars Kyle Van Noy and Adrian Colbert of the New England Patriots, and many others.

Game Bits: Get Part 2 Of Last of Us 2 Game At A Discount Price, More Netflix Game Streaming Rumors

July 19, 2021

Get The Last of Us Part 2 For A Discount At The Playstation Store

Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Part 2 is permanently discounted on the PlayStation Store. You should rejoice! There is a catch, however.
Resetera reports that The Last of Us Part 2 has been discounted on the US PS Store. As of this writing, the US appears to be the only region with a discount.

The Last of Us 2 just received a permanent price cut and now costs $39,99 ($49,99 for the deluxe edition.
— NESbot (@NESbot_feed) July 13, 2021

The standard edition of The Last of Us Part costs $39.99, which is about £28 in the U.K. The Deluxe Edition has also been reduced to $49.99 (roughly £36).
In the UK, the game is still priced at £54.99 for the standard edition and £64.99 for the Deluxe Edition. That’s quite a price difference, as you can see.
To avoid regional PS Store pricing, you can purchase PSN credit for other regions. Nevertheless, it would be nice if other regions also got the permanent price reduction. I would imagine, however, that other regions will soon experience a price drop as well.
Moreover, there is no mention of a sale or expiry date for the current price in the US, which indicates that the price reduction is permanent.

More Rumors That Netflix Is Entering The Video Game Streaming Field

According to a recent Bloomberg report, Netflix is considering entering the world of video game streaming.
Netflix was first reported to enter the video games market back in May. Netflix had allegedly already begun recruiting for an executive to lead the new venture.
Netflix provided GameSpot with a brief statement in May when asked about the video game rumors.
“Our members appreciate the variety and quality of our content. As a result, we’ve expanded our offerings — from series to documentaries, films, local language originals, and reality TV,” said a spokesperson.
Bloomberg reports that Netflix has now hired a new executive, possibly to lead its new business venture. Mike Verdu, a former executive at Facebook and Electronic Arts, is the new employee in question.
Bloomberg reports that Netflix has now hired a new executive, possibly to lead its new business venture. An ex-Facebook officer and long-time executive of Electronic Arts, Mike Verdu, will be joining the company.
We must mention that no matter how reliable these reports might be, we must take any speculation with a grain of salt until proven otherwise. However, the pieces are starting to come together.
With Netflix already bringing a wealth of movies and TV series straight to our homes via its streaming platform, it makes sense that it would venture into the video games market next.

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Ubisoft Has A Bad Day: Delays Games And Is Sued For Sexual Harassment By French Union

July 18, 2021

Ubisoft Is Delaying Riders Republic and Rainbow Six

Ubisoft recently announced new delays for Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction and Riders Republic.
According to the publisher, this change will allow titles to receive more player feedback.
We are delaying both of these games to allow players to test, play first-hand, and give feedback so we are able to deliver the best possible experiences and allow them to reach their full potential,” the company said.
“The new release schedules will allow us to accomplish that goal. This is the right choice for our players and our long-term performance.”
The new release date for the Riders Republic is October 28, 2021, and the new release window for Rainbow Six Extraction is January 2022.
Rainbow Six Extraction and Riders Republic have both been delayed once before, in October and January, respectively.
Skull & Bones has been delayed again by Ubisoft.

French Union Is Suing Ubisoft Over Sexual Harassment

The French union Solidaires Informatique has filed a lawsuit alleging institutional sexual harassment against Ubisoft.
Yesterday, the union filed a suit in a French court. The company first announced its intention to sue a year ago, after allegations were made against senior Ubisoft executives.
As per the report, the publisher “has put in place, maintained and strengthened a system where sexual harassment is tolerated because it is more profitable for the company to keep harassers on staff than to protect its employees.”
Chief creative officer Serge Hasco * t and head of HR Cécile Cornet, editorial department member Tommy François, and CEO Yves Guillemot are named in the suit, along with Hasco * t’s assistant and several employees of the HR department.
After investigations into their behavior, Mascot and François left the company. Originally, Cornet stepped down from her role but remained with the publisher. Her LinkedIn profile indicates she parted ways with Ubisoft in March.
Solidaires Informatique said Guillemot was chosen because the CEO must be held accountable for what happens at the company. Only Guillemot remains with the company and in the same role.
The union is still asking other victims of abuse by Ubisoft or its employees to testify or sign on to the lawsuit. All legal fees will be covered, and union membership is not required of participants.
A Ubisoft representative told us they had no further information regarding the claim filed against them and referred us to a statement made by Guillemot in May saying that “considerable progress” had been made since the allegations first surfaced.

Punishing Gray Raven Coming To iOS and Android Devices Soon

July 17, 2021

Kuro Game recently released Punishing Gray Raven for iOS and Android devices worldwide (America, Europe, South-East Asia, and Australia). A Chinese version of the mobile title was released in December 2019, followed by a Japanese release in December 2020.
As a result of more than 1 million pre-registrations ahead of launch, anyone downloading the game at or near launch will receive bonus currency to start, as well as a voucher to redeem one of five high-tier characters for their squad.
On the Internet, you can find a launch trailer, teaser trailer, game overview, screenshots, and artwork.

This is what the official website says:

This free action RPG is ultra-stylish and available on Android and iOS. As The Punishing, a biomechanical virus has overrun the world in a dark, post-apocalyptic cyberpunk setting. Recently, robots and machines have become corrupted. Humanity has escaped to the space station Babylonia, and the Gray Raven special forces unit is leading the mission to reclaim their lost homeworld.
Gameplay combines visual novel storytelling, complex RPG squad management elements, and intense 3D arcade hack n’ slash combat inspired by classic console character action games like Nier: Automata and Bayonetta.
As the story unfolds, players will battle legions of mindless machines controlled by the virus, as well as intelligent Corrupted androids and enormous mechanical bosses. Every character has its own special moves and perks, and players will deploy three heroes at once to the field, free to jump into and out of combat at any time.
The Player will recruit new Gray Raven members between missions and assemble them into three-person strike teams to lead increasingly dangerous missions. In order to deal with the threats ahead, characters will level up and grow stronger along with their weaponry.

New Legend of Zelda Game Gets New Features And Improvements

July 15, 2021

Recently, we learned of new features and improvements in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD.
Earlier in the month, we learned that Skyward Sword HD will include many improvements over the original game that was released for the Wii in 2011.
Among the improvements we already know about are an improved frame rate, skippable cutscenes and dialogue, and more. In the remaster, the save system has also been improved.
Skyward Sword HD already had an auto and manual save option, but now we know how it will work.
The autosave will work in the background as you progress through the game. If you choose to manually save at a Bird Statue, you can choose from three slots available. The HD remaster includes both manual and automatic saving, which will be welcomed by fans, especially those who played the 2011 original.
The free-moving camera is a feature that hasn’t been discussed previously. Link could only be controlled using one analog stick in the original Skyward Sword, as the game was designed for the Wii Remote and Nunchuk.
As a result, there was no other analog to control the camera. The most we could do was press the Z button to snap the camera behind Link.
Now that we have two analog sticks (as well as motion controls) with the Nintendo Switch, Skyward Sword HD now offers a free camera that players can control. The tweet below shows the free camera in action.
On July 16th, 2021, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD will be released for the Nintendo Switch.

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