Former pro Overwatch player xQc banned for 15 days over in-game toxicity

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Former pro Overwatch player xQc banned for 15 days over in-game toxicity

Felix “xQc” Lengyel has apologized following a 15-day ban for participating in toxic behavior while playing Overwatch.

Lengyel was streaming on Aug. 11 when he first learned about his suspended account. A message from customer support confirmed Lengyel’s suspension, noting he was reported by multiple players for using abusive language in-game. The moment Lengyel’s booted from the game is seen in the video below.

Report: Fortnite’s rifts will soon close

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Report: Fortnite’s rifts will soon close

The cracks in Fortnite’s sky have been around for so long that it almost seems like they’ve always been there, but it now sounds like they’ll be closing in the next few days, based on a recent data mine.

The Fortnite: Battle Royale Leaks twitter account has had great success sharing this sort of scoop based on data mining the existing game data, and it has posted a picture of the reduced rifts. The rifts will reportedly be closed completely by the 21st of this month, according to their findings.

EA exec Patrick Soderlund is leaving the company

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EA exec Patrick Soderlund is leaving the company

Patrick Söderlund, chief design officer and frequent spokesperson for Electronic Arts, is exiting the company. CEO Andrew Wilson addressed the departure in an open letter to employees, writing that Söderlund is gearing up for “his next life adventure.”

“Today we are announcing that Patrick Söderlund has made the decision to move on from EA,” Wilson wrote. “After nearly two decades as a pioneer for our company and industry, he will begin a new chapter later this year.”

Ninja responds to criticism of his refusal to stream with women

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Ninja responds to criticism of his refusal to stream with women

Last week, Fortnite mega-streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins told Polygon that he doesn’t play with women on his Twitch channel. After receiving a loud, polarized response from fellow Twitch personalities, social media users and numerous other outlets, however, Blevins clarified his comments on Twitter.

“I wanted to take a moment to address the discussion around the article that came out over the weekend,” reads his tweeted statement, referring to his interview with us, in which he explained why he won’t play with women. “While I understand some people have implied my views mean I have something against playing with women, I want to make clear the issue I’m addressing is online harassment, and my attempt to minimize it from our life.”

Twitch streamers have mixed reactions to Ninja’s choice to not play with female streamers

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Twitch streamers have mixed reactions to Ninja’s choice to not play with female streamers

Ninja, aka Tyler Blevins, Twitch’s biggest streamer, told Polygon last week that he doesn’t play with female gamers. The decision, he explained, is rooted in internet culture rather than discriminatory intent — Blevins said he believes that that any possible hint of flirting during a stream will immediately be “clickbait forever.” In his words, “The only way to avoid that [gossip] is to not play with [women] at all.”

Blevins’ comments, seen as a product of internet culture by some and sexist by others, sparked discourse among fans, Twitch streamers and YouTube personalities who each shared their own thoughts on the matter.

Destiny 2’s Eververse will be more player-friendly in Forsaken

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Destiny 2’s Eververse will be more player-friendly in Forsaken

The Eververse, Destiny 2’s real-money cosmetic shop, will be updated with the release of Destiny 2: Forsaken and season 4. The system will be seeing quite a few changes between season 3 and 4, Bungie recently explained, with many of the updates focused on making acquiring gear for free a bit easier.

Players will now be able to log on to Bungie’s website and see their own purchase history, as well as the roll percentages of each item in the Eververse engram.

No Man’s Sky player is sharing 3.8 billion credits worth of gear with random strangers

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No Man’s Sky player is sharing 3.8 billion credits worth of gear with random strangers

One player in No Man’s Sky will soon set out with a shipload of the game’s most ludicrously valuable items. The plan? Drop them on unsuspecting travelers in multiplayer. At 18 million credits each, receiving even one or two items would be a big boost to those still plowing through the early portion of the game.

Redditor Long_Nose_Jim seems to have hit the motherlode. They’ve been able to build 215 Stasis Devices, currently the most expensive item in the game. Each one is worth 18 million credits. Stacked five deep on their starship, that’s a stockpile worth more than 3.8 billion credits.

World of Warcraft’s post-Legion story has tons of pre-Battle for Azeroth info

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World of Warcraft’s post-Legion story has tons of pre-Battle for Azeroth info

World of Warcraft’s newest expansion, Battle for Azeroth, is set to launch today. That’s exciting! There’s just one problem: Even players who log in every day may have missed out on bits and pieces of the story. In the lead-up to launch, Blizzard has used a multimedia method of storytelling with comics, novellas, animations, in-game quests, a novel and multiple levels of in-game cinematics.

At times, this worked out very well. At other times, players found themselves a little lost. We’ve rounded up all the entire story bridging Legion and Battle for Azeroth so that you can catch up, and then jump right into the fun of recruiting new allied races and exploring new continents.

Monster Hunter: World no longer available in China

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Monster Hunter: World no longer available in China

The PC version of Monster Hunter: World is no longer for sale in China. Governmental regulators in that country have pulled its license, and the continued operation of the game is not guaranteed.

The Capcom-developed title, which launched in January here in the United States, was licensed by Chinese megacorporation Tencent for sale and operation in that country. It was a marquee title on its newly refreshed WeGame platform, soon to be a global online storefront and potential Steam competitor. But, days after launch, the Chinese government elected to halt the sale of Monster Hunter: World citing non-specific customer complaints.

Fallout 76 won’t launch on Steam so Bethesda can ‘directly serve’ its players

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Fallout 76 won’t launch on Steam so Bethesda can ‘directly serve’ its players

Fallout 76 will do something rare for a PC game: It’s skipping Steam — at least at launch — and will only be available from publisher Bethesda Softworks’ own launcher. According to Bethesda’s senior vice president of marketing and communications, Pete Hines, that’s so the publisher can bypass the middleman and work more directly with players.

“In this particular case, it’s an online game and we felt like when it comes to the PC that being able to directly serve our customers,” Hines said, “and having that one-to-one relationship was hugely important and key to us being able to do the best game possible.”