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Report: YouTube set to acquire Twitch for $1 billion

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UPDATE: Verge is reporting more information about this expected deal. Verge is further confirming that YouTube is in fact buying Twitch, but stating that Microsoft tried also buying them. Twitch ended up deciding on YouTube deal. The deal is still in the works between the two companies.

Microsoft and others have made serious approaches to Twitch, said the person, but YouTube was deemed the better fit. It’s unlikely that the gamer-friendly Twitch would have wanted any part of a deal that would tie the service to Xbox, as it’s embedded in Sony’s rival PlayStation console as well. A source familiar with the deal says that Twitch likely would have rejected a billion dollar offer from other companies, but was willing to accept it as part of a partnership with YouTube.

A new report from Variety is stating that Google’s YouTube is about to buy the most popular video game streaming website, Twitch, for over $1 billion dollars. Variety is reporting that a deal between the two companies is about to be announced. Twitch has become the most prominent video game streaming website over the last few years.

Twitch has become a popular place for gamers to stream all sorts of titles, including Call of Duty. Recently, however, Twitch has garnered competition from MLG launching their own MLG.tv service, which major pro players have now started streaming on.

This acquisition would be the biggest acquisition in YouTube’s history.

Google’s YouTube has reached a deal to buy Twitch, a popular videogame-streaming company, for more than $1 billion, according to sources familiar with the pac

The deal, in an all-cash offer, is expected to be announced imminently, sources said. If completed the acquisition would be the most significant in the history of YouTube, which Google acquired in 2006 for $1.65 billion. The impending acquisition comes after longtime Google ad exec Susan Wojcicki was named CEO of YouTube earlier this year.

Google and Twitch have declined to comment to Variety; we’ll update as we hear more.

SOURCE: Variety

 

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EA announce new studio ‘Full Circle’ working on the next EA Skate game

EA have announced that they have created a new studio, Full Circle, to work on the highly-anticipated new EA Skate game.

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Electronic Arts have announced the creation of a new studio, Full Circle, which will work on the upcoming EA Skate video game.

On January 17, 2021, EA announced the creation of an all-new development team based in Vancouver. The new studio, Full Circle, will be responsible for developing the much-anticipated new installment in the popular EA Skate franchise.

The new development team will be led by former Head of Xbox Live at Microsoft, Daniel McCulloch. “The fans wished Skate back into existence and we want them involved in the process from development to game launch and beyond. We want them to feel like they are a part of Full Circle,” McCulloch, the GM of Full Circle, said in a press release.

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Full Circle is looking for community input on the next title in the beloved franchise. They’re also hiring developers who are passionate about the game they’re creating. “We’re all about having fun and making great games that people want to play with their friends. And, we’re looking for more developers to help us build compelling worlds for players to explore,” said McCulloch.

It’s been more than ten years since the last release of the Skate franchise. The original game helped to revolutionize skateboarding video games, transitioning the genre from the arcade frenzy of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater to a more realistic simulation; similar to other sports games like Madden and FIFA.

Skater XL, released in 2020, is the only modern competition in the space. It will be interesting to see what new ideas EA and Full Circle bring to the table.

Fans have been waiting for a Skate 4 for over a decade. The announcement of Full Circle proves that EA is finally giving the community what they want.

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It will likely be a long time before we hear any more news about the upcoming EA Skate game, with Full Circle still in the hiring process. Still, it’s good to know that the game will soon be in development.

When we do hear more, you’ll be the first to know. This game is sure to be one of the most anticipated titles ever to hit the sports video game genre.

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Does Warzone have an anti-cheat?

Let’s clear some community misconceptions regarding the anti-cheat in Call of Duty: Warzone.

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Let’s discuss some of the main community misconceptions regarding anti-cheat measures in Call of Duty Warzone.

Warzone has been the hot topic of debate among the gaming community due to the excessive issues with players cheating in the game. Since the release of Warzone, players using aimbot and wallhacks have been a regular occurrence for players, and its led to increased frustration amongst the community.

This also becomes a worse issue for high-performing players, since Warzone utilizes skill-based matchmaking, which means players who cheat are likely to play against the highest-skilled players. Due to the volume of cheaters, it has led many players to believe the game has no anti-cheat at all.

So does Warzone have an anti-cheat?

In short – yes it does. Warzone has an anti-cheat. It is not conventional like other games, as it seems to be built into the game, rather than a dedicated third party tool, or separate install. Players seem to be asking more for a traditional anti-cheat, which many popular games opt to use, such as Fortnite and Battlefield.

Infinity Ward has touted this past September that they have banned over 200,000 accounts for cheating, but due to the game being free-to-play, it seems that players are simply making new accounts and cheating again.

Since this tweet, we have not received much more information about the on-going anti-cheat efforts for the franchise. In an Activision blog in April of 2020, it was promised we’d get more updates on the amount of players banned as needed. Since then, it seems we only got one update in September.

The lack of communication regarding the anti-cheat seems to be the main issue among players, and the confusion regarding the number of bans and effort put into banning players will most likely continue to be an issue until there is further comment from Activision.

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Blizzard releases huge Battle.net update for January 2021

Blizzard has recently released the first major update to the Call of Duty launcher, Battle.net client for 2021.

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Blizzard has released the new Battle.net client, which brings a slick new interface to Call of Duty, Overwatch, and all of their other games.

Today, January 15, Blizzard announced a huge front-end update to Battle.net. It offers players a cleaner and easier to navigate user interface on the client, with much-needed visual overhauls.

The client update should be releasing periodically across North America, with more regions in the coming weeks.

New Client Features

According to Blizzard, the new improvements are the following:

  • Improved navigation and layout – you can now favorite your games and arrange them for ease of access.
  • A much more expansive layout for news and game content in a full-page view.
  • A revamped social pane so you can better see your friends and what they’re up to on each game tab.
  • Major accessibility improvements—we’ve added the ability to navigate most of the app with your keyboard, increased our screen reader support, and improved the color contrast.
  • A new, consolidated notifications hub for messages and download status.

How to get the update now

If you’re outside of North America and want to get the update now, you can join the beta program for the Battle.net client. To join, navigate to your Battle.net settings (click on the logo on the top left) and then click on the beta tab.

From here you can join the beta client. You’ll have to do a small download first. When the full release comes to your region, you can opt-out of the beta client.

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