Activision signs exclusive deal with YouTube for pro esports livestreaming

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Activision signs exclusive deal with YouTube for pro esports livestreaming

In January 2018, Twitch announced that it had signed a two-year deal with Activision to be the "exclusive worldwide third-party provider" of Overwatch League livestreams in all regions outside of China. With the term of that contract now expired, Activision said today that it's signed a new multi-year deal with YouTube for exclusive livestreaming rights for all of Activision's pro esports leagues and events, including the Overwatch League, Call of Duty League, Hearthstone Esports, and World of Warcraft Esports.

Play an endless, ruthless seagull battle royale in The Beach

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Play an endless, ruthless seagull battle royale in The Beach

You may have seen sandpipers feed on a beach at some point: small, chubby birds rush toward the ocean as the waves recede, dig in the wet sand for food, and then sprint back up the beach as the next wave rolls in, tiny little legs pumping furiously to keep ahead of the water.

Being 'muted' in a game does not violate your civil rights, US federal court declares

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Being 'muted' in a game does not violate your civil rights, US federal court declares

Sometime during March and April 2019, Amro Elansari found himself muted in an online game run by Jagex—specifically, according to Pennlive, the MMO Runescape. His appeal of the muting was denied, and so he took the next natural, perfectly reasonable step and filed a DIY lawsuit, available via VICE, alleging that Jagex had engaged in discrimination against him, and violated his rights to free speech and "due process."

As coronavirus sparks new interest in Plague Inc., dev warns it's 'not a scientific model'

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As coronavirus sparks new interest in Plague Inc., dev warns it's 'not a scientific model'

Popular pandemic simulator Plague Inc. was released for mobile devices in 2012, while the updated Plague Inc. Evolved came to Steam in 2016. Despite that age, it hit its all-time peak concurrent player count today—8452 players, according to Steam Charts, well over the previous record of 4601, set in April 2018—and one of its highest average concurrent player counts within the past 30 days. 

Ark: Genesis delayed until February, but on the plus side it'll have giant space whales

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Ark: Genesis delayed until February, but on the plus side it'll have giant space whales

Ark: Genesis, the first chapter of the next expansion for Ark: Survival Evolved, was originally planned for release in December of 2019, though it was later moved to January of 2020. Studio Wildcard announced today, however, that Genesis has been shuffled back once again, now to February 25, so you'll have to wait a bit longer to build your base on the back of a massive sea turtle

Frame Fatales, the all-women speedrunning event, returns in February

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Frame Fatales, the all-women speedrunning event, returns in February

Good news for speedrunning fans struggling with the post-AGDQ blues: The GDQ-affiliated speedrunning event Frost Fatales is set to kick off in February, with runners blasting their way through a range of old and new games including Hyper Light Drifter, Spelunky, Portal, The Simpsons: Bart's House of Weirdness, Ducktales Remastered, Untitled Goose Game, and Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness.

Here's a cheap AMD laptop for the kids that isn't a Chromebook

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Here's a cheap AMD laptop for the kids that isn't a Chromebook

Remember the netbook era? Those laptops were cheap, sure, but also incredibly gimped when they first emerged (later generation models offered improved performance, but still nothing exciting). Netbooks have fallen by the wayside, but ultra-cheap pricing has not, at least not today. Over at Walmart, you can snag a Motile 14-inch laptop with a 1080p display and Ryzen 3 processor with Vega 3 graphics for just $209.