Weekly Round-Up

MSI Caught Scalping RTX 3080 and 3090 Cards on Ebay

A user on Reddit found an Ebay posting from MSI’s partner company Starlit Partner their own RTX 3080 and 3090 graphics card for $600 – $1400.

MSI responded on Twitter confirming Starlit Partner as an “individual sales subsidiary.”

Starlit Partner is an individual sales subsidiary working under MSI. They carry excess inventory and Refurbished items and would not be given newly released products such as the Geforce RTX 30 series GPU. As such, we have conducted an investigation and found out that an error allowed them access to inventory they were not permitted to handle.

MSI response https://twitter.com/msiUSA/status/1313734160582803456

Basically, an inventory error allowed Starlit Partner, the subsidiary, to gain access to the newest product available, the RTX 30 series, and sell them on Ebay for an inflated price. The RTX 3080 and 3090 are sold out everywhere, of course desperate consumers will go to Ebay to get a hold of anything but those marketplaces are full of scammers selling them for an excessive amount.

MSI is trying to correct their “error” by offering a full or partial refund to whoever bought the graphics card.

“Starlit Partner has been instructed to contact the individual customers who purchased these graphic card products and offer two options—return the product and receive a full refund, or a partial refund of the amount paid over MSI’s MSRP,”

Embracer Group Raising $500 Million For Future Acquisitions

This week Embracer Group made SEK 5 billion ($648 million) in issuing 29 new Class B shares to buyout more development companies.

Embracer Group $EMBRAC is issuing 29 million new Class B shares, worth approximately SEK 5 billion!

In addition, the co-founders of the group are selling 9 million existing Class B shares, and consolidating their holdings into Lars Wingefors AB.

https://embracer.com/release/embracer-group-announces-contemplated-directed-issue-of-b-shares-and-sale-of-existing-b-shares-by-co-founders/

Embracer Group is the parent company that owns THQ Nordics and five other subsidiaries with a total of 46 development companies under their ownership.

To give an idea this is a list of their 2020-lineup.

Avenger’s Developer Claims More Updates Inbound Amidst Player Count Below 1,000

Forbes brought attention, Avengers dropped below 1,000 players on Steam due to endgame disengagement with players.

Avengers came a little over a month but with a lack of updates and communication is pushing players away, matchmaking times have increased to 30 minutes on PC. Reminding people of Anthems rough start. Besides expecting DLC of Hawkeye, it’s cited that more content is needed.

A hard deadline is that new character Kate Bishop is supposed to arrive at the end of October, but players need A) more content and fixes and B) more communication well before then. For now, many are drifting away between technical issues and endgame farming problems

https://www.forbes.com/sites/paultassi/2020/10/08/avengers-dips-below-1000-players-on-pc-causing-matchmaking-problems/#79f66acf3a8f

Crystal Dynamics’ studio head, Scot Amos responded by reaching out to Kotaku. He went into detail that a new War Zone mission is on the way, new Outpost which will be the starting point for new missions, and again hinting to two new Hawkeyes; Cliff Barton and Kate Bishop.

It’s a surprise that Amos hasn’t mention either cross-play, somethCing to help a increase player numbers on planforms with low numbers and roadmap for people to look forward to without calling them out to ask “what’s next?” GaaS titles seem to have a repetitive moments until new content opens up and reengages players. Destiny before the Taken King, The Division 2 with Warlords of New York and we’ll see with Anthem’s rework Bioware is doing.

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