Report: EA Paid Ninja $1 Million To Stream Himself Playing Apex Legends

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Report: EA Paid Ninja $1 Million To Stream Himself Playing Apex Legends

Remember last month when Apex Legends came out of nowhere and seemed like it took the world by storm? As was obvious even at the time, the launch and explosion of people talking about the game was all part of a coordinated marketing campaign by EA, which isn't really news. What is news is that it turns out that marketing campaign was really expensive, to the point where streamer Ninja ended up walking away with a million dollars out of EA's pockets for it.

The news comes from Reuters, who themselves cite an anonymous source, stating that Tyler "Ninja" Blevins received a payment of "around $1 million dollars" for agreeing to play Apex Legends on his popular stream and tweeting about the game. Though the article doesn't specify which Tweet, the first Ninja tweet about the game with a hashtag to indicate a sponsorship came on February 6.

God after watching all of this #ApexLegends streams today I need a freaking Phoenix Kit to bring me back to life so I can keep grinding it #Ad PLZZZ

Rumor: Sony In Negotiations To Acquire Grand Theft Auto Publisher Take-Two

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Rumor: Sony In Negotiations To Acquire Grand Theft Auto Publisher Take-Two

A small item in a market report today has sent the video game industry in a tizzy after Take-Two's stock went up. A report from Market Watch suggests that the reason for this sudden 4.7 percent increase is because Sony, yes that Sony, is in high-level talks to acquire the publisher. This would put Take-Two's entire umbrella, housing developers like Rockstar Games, Firaxis, and Hangar 13, under Sony's roof.

The rumor is almost entirely clean of details, simply stating that the Sony is in "advanced board level discussions to acquire Take-Two Interactive in a mostly cash deal," crediting the rumor to Wedbush Securities. We reached out to Wedbush for confirmation, but did not hear anything back by time of writing.

In fact, looking into sources of this rumor proved excruciating. If it is true, it might be one of the best kept secrets in the entire video game industry as literally no one is talking about it and everyone is flatly denying it. Following through every single report of this rumor seems to lead squarely back to Wedbush, indicating a likelihood that this report is more speculative fiction than fact. That said, you can never really say for sure, but it definitely does not seem like this is an open secret.

Where On Google Earth Is Carmen Sandiego

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Where On Google Earth Is Carmen Sandiego

Starting today, if you go to Google Earth, you'll be given the option to help track down the the illustrious thief Carmen Sandiego after her most recent caper. As a throwback to the popular games of the 80s and 90s, you're tasked with tracking down Carmen and the crown jewels that she's absconded with by interviewing witnesses and traveling to different famous landmarks around the globe.

This is only the first of three planned missions with the later two arriving in May and June, and you can enjoy talking to some colorful new characters while you hunt her down on Chrome, Android, or iOS.

Carmen Sandiego is making a big comeback with the recent Netflix animated show that launched in January being recently picked up for a second season. Additionally, Netflix is a developing a live-action film starring Gina Rodriguez.

Sega Halts Sales Of Judgment After Actor Is Arrested For Drug Possession

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Sega Halts Sales Of Judgment After Actor Is Arrested For Drug Possession

Last year, Sega revealed Judgment, a new title adjacent to the Yakuza series that features a lot of the same gameplay and takes place in Kamurocho. It was released in December to decent critical acclaim and is scheduled to be released in the west this Summer, but a recent issue with an actor in the game may have totally derailed Sega's future plans.

Like Yakuza, Judgment uses real and often well-known actors to play the parts of the characters in the game for both marketing and performance quality reasons. One of the actors used this time around is Pierre Taki, a member of the Japanese synthpop group Denki Groove Band and actor in movies like Attack on Titan and Shin Godzilla, as well as the Japanese dub voice of Olaf in Frozen. Late last night, Japanese police arrested Taki on possession and use of cocaine, setting off a firestorm that has resulted in the entire game being pulled from shelves and digital stores.

On Tuesday night, Taki took a mandated drug test that showed cocaine in his system, prompting an official narcotics investigation by police. While no cocaine was found in his car, police believe the drugs in his system and a South Korean won bill that they allege he used as a straw for the drugs painted enough of a picture to arrest the actor for possession and use of cocaine.

Spyro Reignited Trilogy Is Finally Getting Subtitles

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Spyro Reignited Trilogy Is Finally Getting Subtitles

It's taken four months, but developer Toys For Bob is finally adding subtitles to Spyro Reignited Trilogy, which were contentiously excluded at launch.

Subtitles are a crucial feature that make games more accessible to players with disabilities, so Toys For Bob got some heat (pun intended) from players for its exclusion, stating to British gaming outlet GamePitt that during the process of creating the trilogy, "certain decisions had to be made."

Thankfully, a subtitle toggle is included in the latest patch, alongside an option to turn the game's motion blur effect on or off and a number of fixes for progression-halting bugs, which you can read about in the patch notes. Check out our review of Spyro Reignited Trilogy, and watch our interview with Toys For Bob below on how the team reimagined the iconic, sassy purple dragon.

The Developers Behind Hyper Light Drifter Reveal Their Next Project

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The Developers Behind Hyper Light Drifter Reveal Their Next Project

Solar Ash Kingdom is the latest game developed by Heart Machine, the creators of the beloved Hyper Light Drifter. Though details pertaining to the game's central plot are nonexistent, an announcement trailer showcases various neon-hued backdrops that players will likely be navigating. The final moments of the cinematic reveal a masked character fighting what seems to be a large, shadowed eyeball. From these visuals alone, Solar Ash Kingdom looks to feature the same innovative art and intense combat systems of its predecessor.

Heart Machine has not announced a release date for the game as of yet, but it looks to one day be available on the Epic Games Store for PC. While you wait for more updates on Solar Ash Kingdom, check out Our 20 Most Anticipated Indie Games Of 2019.

[Source: IGN]

PUBG Creator Leaving To Lead New Internal Division

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PUBG Creator Leaving To Lead New Internal Division

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds creator, lead designer, and director Brandan Greene is leaving his work on the game to head up an internal research and development division called PUBG Special Projects in Amsterdam.

"Online experiences and spaces can connect us in ways I only dreamed of when I first sat in front of a computer some 30 years ago," he said in a tweet. "And it is those dreams of connecting others that is driving out work...

"Together with a team of game developers and researchers, we will explore new possibilities of interaction and connection within the game space."

343 Wants People To Stop Sending Them Pizza

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343 Wants People To Stop Sending Them Pizza

Earlier today, the Master Chief Collection got announced for PC, finally bringing a number of heavily-requested titles from the series to the PC. A few days ago, a user on Reddit was so excited about the possibility of the Halo collection on PC, they offered to buy the first responding 343 employee a pizza. Community director at 343 Brian Jarrard, going by the user name ske7ch343, replied with a tease in response asking for pizza. It was a cute thing that no one took all that seriously and no one would have been offended if a pizza didn't get bought.

As a fun joke, fans bought ske7ch343 a pizza after the announcement.

It has begun. Pizzas are actually showing up at the studio?!

Halo: Reach Multiplayer Coming To Master Chief Collection For Free, Campaign And Firefight As DLC

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Halo: Reach Multiplayer Coming To Master Chief Collection For Free, Campaign And Firefight As DLC

Halo: The Master Chief Collection launched in 2014, bundling Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, and Halo 4 for Xbox One. In 2015, Halo 3: ODST was added to the Collection free of charge for those who played it during its technically challenged launch period, leaving fan-favorite Halo: Reach as the only pre-Xbox One title not in the Master Chief Collection. Today, Microsoft announced it is remedying that exclusion.

During today's Inside Xbox presentation, Microsoft and 343 Industries announced that Halo: Reach is coming to Halo: The Master Chief Collection later this year. The multiplayer suite, including PvP, Forge, and the Theater, will be provided free of charge for everyone who owns the Collection on Xbox One. Those who want to play the campaign or the popular wave-based Firefight mode will need to either subscribe to Xbox Game Pass or purchase them via a premium digital add-on.

When it arrives, Halo: Reach will run at 60 frames per second in 4K with HDR on compatible devices. Halo: Reach is set to arrive in The Master Chief Collection later this year.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection Coming To PC One Game At A Time

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection Coming To PC One Game At A Time

Halo: The Master Chief Collection has served as a great bundle of the earlier Halo games, bringing the beloved shooters of the past to the current generation with various enhancements. However, to this point, the bundle has been exclusive to Xbox One, seeming to go against the grain of Microsoft's recent push to put its first-party titles on both Xbox One and PC. Today, Microsoft announced that The Master Chief Collection is coming to PC by way of Steam and the Microsoft Store.

Rather than releasing the myriad titles at once, 343 Industries is launching the games in chronological order for when the story takes place. This means that PC players will first experience Halo: Reach's campaign, multiplayer, and Firefight modes, then Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, and Halo 4. Players purchase the games individually within The Master Chief Collection as they launch, though no pricing has been announced to this point.

343 Industries has shown strong support for the bundle since its initial launch in 2014, and it appears as though that will continue with the PC release, as the studio says each game will grow and evolve with community input. Halo: The Master Chief Collection will begin rolling out on Steam and the Microsoft Store later this year.