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Amazon officially buys Twitch for $970 million

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Amazon and Twitch have just confirmed that Amazon has acquired Twitch for $970 million today. Previously, the rumor started that Google intended to buy Twitch, but now Amazon has made a leap into the gaming industry with this purchase.

Letter from Twitch:

Dear Twitch Community,

It’s almost unbelievable that slightly more than 3 years ago, Twitch didn’t exist. The moment we launched, we knew we had stumbled across something special. But what followed surprised us as much as anyone else, and the impact it’s had on both the community and us has been truly profound.

Your talent, your passion, your dedication to gaming, your memes, your brilliance – these have made Twitch what it is today. Every day, we strive to live up to the standard set by you, the community. We want to create the very best place to share your gaming and life online, and that mission continues to guide us.

Together with you, we’ve found new ways of connecting developers and publishers with their fans. We’ve created a whole new kind of career that lets people make a living sharing their love of games. We’ve brought billions of hours of entertainment, laughter, joy and the occasional ragequit. I think we can all call that a pretty good start.

Today, I’m pleased to announce we’ve been acquired by Amazon. We chose Amazon because they believe in our community, they share our values and long-term vision, and they want to help us get there faster. We’re keeping most everything the same: our office, our employees, our brand, and most importantly our independence. But with Amazon’s support we’ll have the resources to bring you an even better Twitch.

I personally want to thank you, each and every member of the Twitch community, for what you’ve created. Thank you for putting your faith in us. Thank you for sticking with us through growing pains and stumbles. Thank you for bringing your very best to us and sharing it with the world. Thank you, from a group of gamers who never dreamed they’d get to help shape the face of the industry that we love so much.

It’s dangerous to go alone. On behalf of myself and everyone else at Twitch, thank you for coming with us.

Amazon also issued a press release:

“Broadcasting and watching gameplay is a global phenomenon and Twitch has built a platform that brings together tens of millions of people who watch billions of minutes of games each month – from The International, to breaking the world record for Mario, to gaming conferences like E3. And, amazingly, Twitch is only three years old,” said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com. “Like Twitch, we obsess over customers and like to think differently, and we look forward to learning from them and helping them move even faster to build new services for the gaming community.”

“Amazon and Twitch optimize for our customers first and are both believers in the future of gaming,” said Twitch CEO Emmett Shear. “Being part of Amazonwill let us do even more for our community. We will be able to create tools and services faster than we could have independently. This change will mean great things for our community, and will let us bring Twitch to even more people around the world.”

SOURCE: Twitch and Amazon

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Apex Legends devs announce commitment to fixing major server issues

The issue of server and net code problems has consistently caused problems for Apex Legends. However, a new dev blog is on the way.

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Apex Legends has had ongoing problems with server and net code issues. However, it does seem that they are trying their best to communicate with the community and plan improvements.

Over the last two years, Apex Legends players have experienced severe server and net code issues that many have complained about since release.

Of course, these issues are extremely complicated and won’t be fixed overnight. However, more communication between the developers and the community could bring light and positivity to the manner, allowing a better understanding of the ongoing issues.

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Apex Legends director of communications, Ryan K. Rigney (@RKRigney on Twitter), revealed that he had been working with the Apex engineers to create a new developer blog concerning, “servers, net code, and tickrate.”

We have seen similar dev blog posts in the past concerning patch notes, future updates, and the most recent video with Jason McCord concerning Apex Legends hackers and cheaters.

This new dev blog is said to be coming out in two weeks and will attempt to acknowledge and explain the “biggest issues” concerning servers, net code, and tick rate, as well as “exploring recent/upcoming improvements.”

Ryan Rigney says he is expecting a mixed reaction, mainly because he knows players want overnight fixes for all Apex Legends server issues – which aren’t possible. The dev blog won’t promise “revolutionary changes immediately,” but it will allow better insight and communication with the community.

Pro Apex Legends player, NRG Rogue, responded to his tweets, essentially stating that it will not satisfy the community of the “14-24-year-old Apex Legends market.”

Just like Rogue, who says he is not “too techy” in understanding such issues, the majority of the community are likely to be similar. The information offered may be overlooked, or not fully understood.

Either way, more communication between the devs and engineers for Apex Legends can hardly be negative, so we look forward to seeing the information provided.

For more news on Apex Legends and the upcoming War Games event, arriving today at around 10am PST and 6pm GMT, stay tuned on Charlie Intel.

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Apex Legends leak reveals EPG from Titanfall 2

Apex Legends leak reveals Respawn’s plans to add another Titanfall weapon into the game, potentially making its arrival next season.

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Most of Apex Legends weapons are taken directly from the Titanfall universe and it seems like another one may be on its way.

This season saw Apex Legends add its sixth new weapon into the game called the 30-30 Repeater. Since then, there has been lots of speculation on which weapon we could be seeing next.

The most recent leaked weapons said to be introduced into the game by reliable data miner @Biast12 include the Compound Bow, the Dragon LMG, and the EPG from Titanfall.

The EPG stands for ‘Energy Propelled Grenade’, a futuristic grenade launcher that explodes on hit, causing splash damage.

In Titanfall 2, it fired fairly slowly but dealt quite a lot of damage. The weapon also didn’t have much bullet drop, as you’d usually see with a grenade launcher, allowing you to hit targets from far without adjusting your aim too much.

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The weapon one-hit Pilots in Titanfall 2, dealing massive amounts of damage and even being useful against weaker Titans. Although it’s unlikely to be the same in Apex Legends, it could potentially deal supreme amounts of damage.

This is not the first time we have heard about the EPG potentially coming to Apex Legends, as it was teased during a demo for Season 5’s Lost Treasures event.

The EPG would be the first explosive weapon in Apex Legends, making it an obvious choice for the developers to introduce it.

The latest leak also included a picture of the EPG’s potential legendary skin names.

The EPG in Apex Legends will be the second version of the weapon from Titanfall. It will likely receive an upgraded name change that we have also seen for other Titanfall weapons in Apex like the R-97, which was of course renamed the R-99.

For continued news on Apex Legends stay tuned on Charlie Intel and the @TitanfallBlog over on twitter.

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How to get Apex Legends Caustic Cold Blooded Twitch Prime skin

Learn how you can get the most recent Cold Blooded Caustic Twitch Prime skin for free in Apex Legends before it’s too late.

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How to get the latest ‘Cold Blooded’ free Twitch Prime skin in Apex Legends for villainous Legend, Caustic.

Each month one of these free Twitch Prime skins becomes available and this time its everybody’s favourite toxic trapper, Caustic.

Recently, new content seems to be rolling out fairly regularly for Apex Legends. The new War Games event will be arriving on April 13th, bringing new exciting skins and game modes. Now, players can also redeem another free Twitch Prime skin. This time, Caustic is getting some love.

How to redeem Caustics ‘Cold Blooded’ skin

This month’s skin features a blue color to reflect Caustic’s cold-blooded nature. The description reads: “Caustic woke up one day, looked at himself in the mirror, and was like, ‘Dang, I am one cold-blooded cowboy.'”

To redeem this skin, you must access the Prime Gaming website and link your active Amazon Prime membership account to your EA account, or you can start a free trial with prime to claim it without an active membership. Here’s the full process:

  1. Log in to the Prime Gaming website
  2. Visit the Apex Legends section
  3. Click “Claim Now” on the Cold Blooded skin when it goes live
  4. The skin will then become available in your in-game inventory
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After you enter your Amazon account details, you will then be redirected to sign in to your EA account. Once you have completed this, you will be redirected back to the Prime Gaming website where you will be informed that the skin has been successfully claimed.

The next time you boot up Apex Legends on the EA account you linked with Prime Gaming, you will receive a notification upon passing the main menu that will inform you of your claim.

Head over to Legends, select Caustic and you will find the ‘Cold Blooded’ skin among the rest of the blue rarity skins. Make sure to grab this skin as it is only available for a limited time between April 9th – May 14th.

For more Apex Legends news and updates on redeeming Twitch Prime skins, keep it locked on Charlie Intel.

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