Call of Duty: Warzone is giving away in-game rewards to Twitch viewers 

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Call of Duty: Warzone is giving away in-game rewards to Twitch viewers 

We’re more than a week into Call of Duty: Warzone season 5 and Infinity Ward is bringing in a new way for fans to get cosmetic items. From Aug. 12 to 19, Warzone and Modern Warfare players can unlock special cosmetics, and even a short XP buff, just for watching Twitch streams.

The rewards will be handed out based on the amount of time you watch a streamer broadcasting either Call of Duty: Warzone or Call of Duty: Modern Warfare on Twitch.

Even Shroud is shocked at his Twitch viewer count after returning

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Even Shroud is shocked at his Twitch viewer count after returning

First-person shooter streamer Michael Grzesiek, better known by Shroud, returned to Twitch on Wednesday and was rewarded with a staggering number of viewers.

Grzesiek’s Twitch stream peaked at around 516,000 viewers, who ended up watching him fiddle with his audio and bit rate settings. After making sure that his stream was up to par, he began streaming Valorant, boosting the game’s live viewer count on Twitch significantly. During the livestream, Grzesiek said he only expected around 200,000 fans to tune in.

Splinter Cell’s Sam Fisher is coming to Rainbow Six Siege

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Splinter Cell’s Sam Fisher is coming to Rainbow Six Siege

Sam Fisher, the hero of Ubisoft’s dormant Splinter Cell franchise, will soon join the Rainbow Six Siege lineup. Ubisoft Montreal teased the Third Echelon spymaster in a video Tuesday, promising a full reveal on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.

The reaction from the community? Well ... it’s not the unconditional raving Ubi might have been hoping for. Rainbow 6’s subreddit was modestly enthusiastic, stoked by an in-world communiqué from the operator Finka to Rainbow boss Harry Padney.

The Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 demo is everything I wanted it to be

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The Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 demo is everything I wanted it to be

I was dying to find out if the developers of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 had done it, had brought back the original feel of the series, and I received my answer very quickly: This is what I wanted. It was hard to stop smiling once everything clicked.

The demo sent to the press by Activision is the same demo you’ll get access to in the next few days if you pre-order the game or buy the right burrito, but don’t expect much. It’s not long, but then, it doesn’t have to be. It includes a single level: The Warehouse. There are no goals to achieve, no letters to collect, and no hidden tapes to find. You can only play as Tony Hawk, and you have two minutes to get as many points as you can during your run. That’s the entirety of the experience.

Control’s Ultimate Edition to include free upgrade to Series X and PS5 ports, current owners not included

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Control’s Ultimate Edition to include free upgrade to Series X and PS5 ports, current owners not included

Control’s second expansion is due to release soon, and the game is getting an Ultimate Edition to celebrate. The Ultimate Edition will come with all the updates and content for the game so far, including both expansions, and it will also be sold on Steam, a first for this game. But it comes with another bonus as well.

Anyone who buys Control Ultimate Edition will get a free upgrade to the next-gen version of the game when it comes out later this year. According to the Control website, the free copy of the game will be a “digital upgrade” to the next-gen version of the game for players that buy the Ultimate Edition on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. Players who already own the original version of the game won’t be eligible for the free upgrade.

The Sims 4 will get new skin tones and fix others, EA says

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The Sims 4 will get new skin tones and fix others, EA says

The Sims 4 developer Electronic Arts promised to add more skin tones and hairstyles to the game, The Sims 4 executive producer Lyndsay Pearson said on Tuesday. The Sims 4 community, particularly Black simmers, have been asking the developer for better representation for years.

“We hear you and recognize that we have not done enough to address the variety of skin tones and hair styles that you expect to find in The Sims 4,” Pearson said in a video clip posted to Twitter. “While we have made additions and improvements and fixes in the past, there is much more for us to do.”

Fall Guys devs unleash ban wave on cheaters

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Fall Guys devs unleash ban wave on cheaters

Don’t let the colorful jelly bean bodies in Fall Guys fool you — this is still a competitive battle royale style game. Unfortunately, that means cheaters can spoil the experience for everybody. Right now, instead of relying on individual reports from players, developer Mediatronic has improved its detection tools. A wave of bans have gone out, clearing Fall Guys of cheaters.

It's now no longer necessary to report individual cheaters, since we've been tuning our detection criteria we've noticed a large drop in cheaters - getting better!

A huge thank you to everyone who has been playing the game fairly, you're all awesome, and we love you! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/lPZJVBjzIm

COVID-19 pandemic turns console gamers to digital sales in record numbers

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COVID-19 pandemic turns console gamers to digital sales in record numbers

Console video game sales will be a majority-digital marketplace when the next generation launches in a few months, and the novel coronavirus carried them over that threshold.

That’s the inescapable feeling after video gaming’s major publishers touted huge surges in their installation bases and online sales — full-copy games as well as microtransactions — during the first full quarter of the lockdown lifestyle that the COVID-19 pandemic has imposed on much of the world.

These game writers made history by going on strike — and winning

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These game writers made history by going on strike — and winning

Twenty-one writers who were contractors that create scripts for the mobile app Lovestruck: Choose Your Romance went on strike on July 15 — a move nearly unheard of in the video game industry. Calling themselves Voltage Organized Workers, the group demanded better pay and workplace transparency, but the company that owns the app, Voltage Entertainment, at first refused to recognize their requests.

Working with the Campaign to Organize Digital Employees (CODE), an initiative part of the Communications Workers of America (CWA), Lovestruck’s writers stayed on strike for 21 days. And then they won. The entire team received a pay increase and “improved transparency,” the group said. The average pay increase is 78%, workers told Polygon, while the largest is by 94%, and the smallest is up by 66%.