Weekly Round-Up

AOC’s debuts Twitch becomes One of the Highest Watched Streams Ever

On Monday, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, “Anyone want to play Among Us with me on Twitch to get out the vote?” The following day she started her first ever Twitch broadcast with fellow US House Representative Ilman Ohar, along with popular streamers Pokimane, HasanAbi. The highest peak of viewers for her were 426,109 views, the second highest stream ever behind Riot Games.

The previous day she posted asking who would want to play Among Us with her to get the vote out and several popular streamers replied amongst them were Hasan Abi and Pokimane.

Earlier in May, Ocasio-Cortez was playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons and requested for invitations from other players to visit their islands. She asked for advice on how to do it and what to do on Twitter.

Amazon Ends Development of their Flagship Game Crucible

Amazon Game Studios and Relentless Studios ended development of their third-person shooter, earlier this week. It’s been in development since 2014 and was Amazon’s initial title to break into the video game industry. After releasing in May the game went back to beta status in July.

In a blog post on the game official site sited the details willing to accept all refunds and the remaining weeks of the game to be played. In the following weeks a “final playtest and community celebration” will be held. After that online matchmaking will be offline but custom games will be available until noon PST on Monday, Nov, 9th.

Twitch Streamers are Getting DMCA Takedowns

Thousands of video have been deleted after Twitch took action against copyrighted music due to pressure from the music industry. Hundred of streamers received emails from Twitch stating that their clips and videos had broken copyright rules.

Rod Brelaus @Slasher

In July, Twitch sent out notifications warning, due to RIAA pressure, about their channels in turn streamers removed the videos themselves. It seems the music industry will be pushing their Twitch constantly and this might be the beginning of more to come.

Lawsuit Claims Bethesda Sabotaged Rune 2 Fearing of Elder Scrolls Competition

Bethesda is being sued, for a one-hundred-million dollar compensation and additional fees, by Ragnarok Games for allegedly setting up the development and release of the Viking action game Rune 2.

Last year, the development team, Human Head Studios, was sued for deliberately mismanaging the games launch by not transferring the source code to the publisher as the studio closed that day. Now the publisher is eyeing their parent company ZeniMax games. Ragnarok Games is stating, ZeniMax told Human Head Studios not to share any coding or assests of the game with the publisher as it was part of the buyout ZeniMax had for Human Head Studios. They suit also claims, ZeniMax was scared of the release of Rune 2 being a Skyrim competitor hence the sabotage.

Bethesda isn’t a stranger to lawsuits, with the Bethesda Softworks vs Interplay Entertainment, in 2009, over the Fallout franchise and the future of Interplay which Bethesda ended up owning the IP and Interplay shutting down. In 2011, unsuccessfully suing the Minecraft creator, Notch, for having the word “Scrolls” in a game he was working on.

Xbox Brazil Host Says She was Fired to Protect her from Harassments & Death Threats

Xbox Brazil video host, Isadora Basile, announced that Microsoft had let her go from the company. In a tweet, she explains she’d been harassed constantly by the local Xbox community since September and that was part of the decision for Microsoft to sever ties with her.

Image courtesy – Kotaku

“At the beginning of September, when I announced my new job at Xbox Brasil, I suffered harassment of all kinds, from people saying that I didn’t play x or y and that I wasn’t “worthy” of my job, to rape/death threats and aggression for exposing tense situations.
Thanks to the help of my family, boyfriend and friends, I learned well on how to deal with this, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t happening anymore.

Due to all these harassments, Microsoft decided that it was for the best sever ties with me as a host, so I wouldn’t be more exposed to situations like these that happened.

I respect the decision made by Microsoft. My love for Xbox and Microsoft remains strong, as it always has been. Thank you.”

Translated by IGN

Microsoft responded to IGN that harassments was unrelated” “why they let her go, after her hiring in September, because they decided to focus more on Xbox Wire for promoting.

This isn’t the first time of reporting toxicity within Brazil’s Xbox Community. Another host, Mariana Ayres, has received threats in the past. Earlier this year, Microsoft severed ties with the Brazilian YouTuber Mil Grau, who was known for racist and sexist comments while receiving products from Microsoft and invitations to E3.

Microsoft could’ve let Isadora go because she constantly targeted by hateful people hence their transition to Xbox Wire but why not keep her employed with Microsoft?

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