ESPN’s Fornite tweet is an abomination of brand desperation

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ESPN’s Fornite tweet is an abomination of brand desperation

Fortnite Battle Royale has reached a new phase in its mainstream popularity: brands now need Fortnite more than Fortnite needs brands. Arguably, Drake appearing in Ninja’s Fortnite Twitch stream marked this transition, Fortnite and Drake mutually benefiting from the other’s celebrity. But now Fortnite is so big that companies like ESPN, the biggest sports network on television, are groveling for its attention — and its fanbase.

Following Villanova beating Kansas in tonight’s Men’s Final Four match-up, ESPN tweeted a tacky animated video in which the letters K and U explode, leaving behind a V. The art sort of resembles that of Fortnite, if you’d only seen Fortnite on a Twitch stream running on stranger’s phone while falling asleep on the subway.

Lindsay Lohan’s lawsuit against Grand Theft Auto 5 was shot down by New York state’s highest court

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Lindsay Lohan’s lawsuit against Grand Theft Auto 5 was shot down by New York state’s highest court

Lindsay Lohan’s lawsuit against Take-Two Interactive, regarding a parody character in Grand Theft Auto 5 that she said was an unlawful use of her likeness, has ended in New York state’s highest court. Six judges of the New York Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s ruling that rejected Lohan’s civil claim against Take-Two regarding the character “Lacey Jonas.”

Lacey Jonas is a one-off character appearing in a random event called “Escape Paparazzi” in Grand Theft Auto 5. Like Lohan, Jonas is someone notorious for a fast rise to fame who becomes a popular subject in tabloid media. Lohan brought her case against Take-Two in 2014. The publisher called it a publicity stunt.

Game Dev Tycoon reminds its creators that success is fickle, and failure is always on the table

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Game Dev Tycoon reminds its creators that success is fickle, and failure is always on the table

Patrick Klug only metaphorically put DRM into his game, and he did so five years after it launched. But the effect was practically the same.

“It reminded me how you have to really prepare yourself for a general audience,” said Klug, the co-founder of Greenheart Games and developer of Game Dev Tycoon. “On the day [the update] released, we saw its lowest [user] rating, multiple negative reviews, people saying ‘How dare you do that,’ or ‘How dare you portray piracy in this way?’”

PUBG’s newest map will have its first play test next week

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PUBG’s newest map will have its first play test next week

The newest map in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, which is now being called Codename: Savage, is going to be revealed in a few short days with the map’s first private alpha test, developer PUBG Corp. announced today.

Unlike the two existing PUBG maps, which are both 8 km by 8 km, Savage will be the game’s first 4 km by 4 km map, creating the conditions for a much more intense and fast-paced game. Little else has been revealed about the map, outside of a few screenshots that make it look like it’s set in a jungle.

The Attack’s Kevin Pereira acknowledges Twitch view-botting controversy

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The Attack’s Kevin Pereira acknowledges Twitch view-botting controversy

It’s difficult enough to worry about success on Twitch when you’re a solo streaming operation. It’s a completely different scenario when you’re trying to ensure that an entire team of people can keep working.

That’s the dire situation that Kevin Pereira found himself in. A longtime fixture in the gaming community, Pereira is best known as a host of Attack of the Show!, which aired on G4 from 2005-2012. After leaving G4, he launched The Attack on Twitch in 2014. The Attack wasn’t performing the way Pereira and his production company needed it to, and the host-turned-producer-turned-boss told Polygon that with people’s jobs on the line, he was feeling desperate to try and keep the show going to keep as many people employed as possible.

Guacamélee 2 is coming to PC, too

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Guacamélee 2 is coming to PC, too

Guacamélee! 2, which was announced in October at Paris Games Week, is coming to Windows PC in addition to PlayStation 4. A trailer today from developer Drinkbox Studios shows off more of the game’s action.

Guacamélee! was a breakout hit for Drinkbox and charmed a lot of people with its metroidvania story of a masked stranger who comes back from the dead to save a remote town. It’s coming back in Guacamélee 2, which will support four-player cooperative gameplay.

Now Fortnite is telling kids to stop playing in class

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Now Fortnite is telling kids to stop playing in class

It’s really cool and all that Fortnite Battle Royale is now on iOS, but for teachers, it’s a nightmare. There may not be much for teachers to do to get their students from playing during class, beyond collecting and banning iPhones from their classrooms — but at least Epic Games is doing its part to help, even a tiny bit, as seen in Battle Royale’s latest update.

A loading screen for the mobile version features this text right below that colorful llama: “Mr. Hillman says stop playing in class.” Who’s Mr. Hillman? He’s a teacher, Reddit user and Fortnite fan, who took to the game’s forum this week to ask the developer for help.

Sea of Thieves’ players are turning on the first ‘Pirate Legend’

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Sea of Thieves’ players are turning on the first ‘Pirate Legend’

The first Pirate Legend in Sea of Thieves has been named — but after streaming his achievement, the game’s biggest thus far, Twitch user Prod1gyX has set off widespread backlash among the Sea of Thieves community.

Prod1gyX began streaming his attempt to unlock the Pirate Legend title shortly after Sea of Thieves launched on March 20. Developer Rare said prior to the game’s release that becoming a Pirate Legend — which requires players to hit level 50 across all three of Sea of Thieves’ factions, a process that involves lots of sailing, puzzle solving and even complicated riddles — was the ultimate goal for individual players. That’s why the continuous stream amassed a growing number of viewers, who were eager to see what the touted status would actually unlock.

Layoffs hit Twitch as company readjusts some departments

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Layoffs hit Twitch as company readjusts some departments

Several people were laid off at Twitch yesterday as the company readjusted certain teams in an effort to reprioritize specific areas, Polygon has learned.

Twitch would not confirm how many people were laid off, but sources tell Polygon it was several, probably not exceeding 30. A statement from a Twitch representative said that certain teams were readjusted as the company focused on prioritizing areas that were most significant to the community. The full statement can be read below: