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Fresh update on "activision" discussed on Podcast Central
"So the physical layout of the components on the cartridge are what make the game. It's not You know digital information stored in a volatile medium that you can erase and right over. Instead, it's stuff that's physically etched in this cartridge. But the game line was a little different. It still had a cartridge part that would plug into the console, but the information was stored on micro chips. They could store these small amounts of information, not really big files. The technology just wasn't there to hold a lot of information. But games were super small back in the early 19 eighties. So this was not a problem. Also, you needed to be small anyway, because these are games that are going to be transmitted over phone lines and the Speed of a modem back in 1983 was pretty slow. So the cartridge part of the game line would act as this interface between the game line and the 2600. But the contents of the cartridge could be changed by wiping and overriding the memory on those microchips pretty darn cool. Now you would have a limited number of plays per title that you would Essentially rent from game line, so you would have a membership fee and there was a per download fee. It was just a dollar per game. So in a way, you think, Oh, that's not bad. I just spend a dollar and I get I get a copy of this game. But again that copy wouldn't last forever. It would actually expire And then if you wanted to play the game again, you would have to rent it again. And you would have to do that over and over until you lost interest in playing that particular game. I guess the company had plans to create similar services that would be operated over the phone, including banking services and news feed services. So you would get cartridges for those specific applications. You wouldn't use your game line to access unnecessarily. You have a news line cartridge that you would plug into your Atari and then you'd be able to read the news so sort of a proto Internet service. Well, the idea was incredibly prescient. It was all the sort of services that we would associate with online service providers and later Internet service, and there were only a couple of online service provider like Businesses in operation in the early eighties. CompuServe, which will talk about as well and digs episodes was one of them, but There weren't a lot, so this was pretty new stuff. Game line, too, didn't take off in a huge way. Probably for quite a few reasons. One of the big ones was that the service was not able to secure licensing deals with the largest game publishers for the Atari 2600. So they weren't able to land deals with Atari or Activision, and that meant some of the biggest titles, the most popular titles for those game consoles. Or for the Atari 2600 specifically just weren't available for game line, so that made it difficult. There were more than 70 games available on game line. These were mostly You know, third or fourth tier games. Some of them were only available on game line. But again, they weren't the big names. It wasn't the pitfalls or the river raids. Then the video game crash of 1983 happened. This was the other reason game line wasn't able to take off because the entire industry crumbled. It imploded. Pretty much wiped out the entire 2600 as a console. You didn't have anyone who could sell the darn things not to mention other competing video game consoles and cos they all started to suffer anyone who was making a home video game console in 1983. Was in serious trouble or whose business depended upon making games for those consoles. They were in trouble, too. So in 1984 and 85, the Control video corporation, sort of Fizzled. It disbanded. Then it coalesced into a new company. Now, at this point, von Meister quietly bowed out once the control video corporation was really starting to fall apart because of the video game industry. Going to pieces he extracted himself. But the new business that formed out of the Ashes of Control video corporation was called quantum Computer Services. Only 10% of the employees from Control Video Corporation would still have a job with this new company. So the CEO of Quantum computer services was Jim Kimsey. Mark Saref would serve as the chief technology officer and Steve case still had a job to as the head of marketing. Kimsey also recognized case while he wasn't attacked guy, he wasn't the guy tow engineer a system or program something He really had a good handle on the business side and the marketing side of things. And so Kimsey thought. This is a guy I need to groom to become the head of the company. Once I'm ready to hand over control, and that would be the case. I've got a lot more to say about the early days of Jol, but first, let's take a quick break. Steven See Lynch and Kyle K. Lynch are registered representatives offering securities. They're united planners, Financial services advisory services offered through Steve Lynch Wealth Management, Steve Lynch, Wealth Management and United Planners. Financial Services are not affiliated. George Burns said. I looked at the future because that's where I'm going to be spending the rest of my life. Steve Lynch build his company with George's quote in mind..
Activision Blizzard Reportedly in Talks with Team Owners to Reduce Franchise Buy-Ins
"Blizzard's franchise leagues buy-ins raised a ton of eyebrows around Esports. It's the o w l kicked it off with franchise fees to the original 12 teams at twenty million dollars each. The aid expansion teams that came after the first season paid even more according to various reports about some reports said that those binds might get up to sixty million dollars. The Call of Duty League was similar all the start of branches paid 25 million bucks for a spot and they haven't had any expansion teams yet. Well that investment has not been recouped and is in danger of crippling franchises the pandemic cause massive turmoil, of course, but the declining popularity of OverWatch is also a key concern according to this report. Western Road, Tony Petty the former Dem will be Deputy Commissioner hired by a be over the summer has been in talks to teens about how to make their organization successful long-term. Nothing has been decided yet. But cutting down those lofty Pines would go a long way and removing the heartfelt by the team's very few e Sports organizations are profitable even the ones with the massive content machines quite a few of the organizations that compete in one foul or both of the CDL and o w l only compete in the CDL or owo. Those are the ones most in danger of folding without an Roi soon. Now, nothing has been decided hear. These are just box but these are talks that have happened for a while and they're incredibly important conversations. The fact that team owners are now less bullish on these leagues, especially the o w l than they were a few years ago is pretty telling if not entirely surprising the main selling point for the o w l was the Geo localized nature of the league and while that hasn't been entirely the fault of a b it hasn't been able to take off. There are no guarantees that even when cope with this model will be song. Either it had never been tried before guess we'll have to wait and see but if anybody wants to keep these leagues around especially the o w l they should be offering discounts on those by ends.
Fresh update on "activision" discussed on Esports Network Podcast
"That to monetize an audience that's still under way. That is the president, you know, Challenge and maturation process at the the industry is over is undergoing a it's a relatively tiny billion dollar industry in a hundred and sixty billion dollar video gaming industry, which is the biggest of all entertainment sectors at this point, but wage, It's it's starting to create that value and and it has some unique characteristics. I would actually say the adaptability can work both ways. Definitely during the pandemic. It's worked for the positive in that age. It is obviously a digital product. So it was able to shift more easily than traditional Sports and to an online-only competitive format of that is not without its challenges though. It's their amazingly High technical hurdles that Esports how to manage and and overcome in order to to do that. And and you know, there's a reason that the Esports gaming culture started from you know land centers in person and and in Korea, you know twenty years ago. It's because there's no lag when you have two computers plugged directly by a cable. There's there's no leg. And and that is the ultimate Level Playing Field for dead. A sport and it truly is a sport that is measured by you know, fractions and fractions and fractions of a second and and you know thousands of actions happen, you know per minute so Esports was able to do it. It was not as easy as it seemed and it was pretty amazing actually to see the franchise leagues from from Riot with League of Legends and Activision Blizzard with its Call of Duty friend league and an OverWatch League do what they did much less all the other competitions that we were able to grab take including the valve titles like Toyota and csgo but I would also say.
Medtech Goes Virtual at Osso VR
"Welcome to the tech talk pond caps. This is your host farro. And i'm very excited to have justin. Ceo of also be with us today. The role of virtual reality is pushing past traditional gaming into industrial applications. And also vr. Julie front of this forging a fascinating tap into the world of medical training and education. Jackson brings a particularly unique background as a gamer. A physician and now melting various interests as an entrepreneur justin. Welcome to the podcast. Thanks so much for having me well great. This is such a fascinating topic like probably many people listening you know. I've been a part of many training laps from cadavers to bone models and beyond and and you kind of feel delimitations when you've been in those settings it can be wildly inefficient and face serious limitations in terms of how scalable measurable of the training is so it just feels you know incredibly relevant and timely Particularly today is we Enter situations that are ever more remote That osa vr's really aiming to change a lot of that so so maybe to get started here you can give listeners an overview of really how you're bringing virtual reality into surgical training and assessment and we'll jump into it from their great. It really starts with my personal career journey and the problems that i experienced firsthand so like you said i originally started out in the world of gaming i was studying computer science and had the opportunity to work at activision and i got interested in healthcare because of a sick family member and i started to wonder if there was way to software and technology to help people instead of just entertainment So pivoted to medical engineering with the golden ben healthcare technology. But i didn't really know how to get started with invention and i was discussing this with a mentor when he told me. If you wanna invent something you need to understand the problem you're trying to i. And he felt that the best way to understand. Medical problems was to be a doctor and be on the front lines taking care of patients and seeing what works. And what doesn't so. I took his advice very literally. He helped me get into medical school. Ucla and then i stayed there to do my surgery training which is really where i started noticing a big problem which is how we train and assess our healthcare professionals with their technical skills like surgery and i would be in procedure after procedure at these top hospitals. Where sometimes people would say. Hey just scrub out. And google what to do or stock. We need to find an instruction manual or youtube video and to me. It kind of raised an eyebrow or two and what i noticed that was going on was really three core three dynamics. The first is that there's too much to learn so we're victims of our own success in a way. Accelerating science and technology the work that you and i do massively expanding. The library of procedures that healthcare professionals are expected to know how to do in a moment's notice as sort of an extreme example. I always tell the story how one day i was called to the zoo to operate on a guerilla not knowing anything about girl anatomy or girl as and that was a really interesting experience but just highlights how on any given day. You really don't know what you're going to deal with as a doctor or healthcare professional for that matter. The second part of the problem is that surgery is getting more complicated. Newer devices like robotics navigation minimally invasive techniques have longer learning curve so instead of ten to twenty cases. You're looking more like fifty to a hundred so of magnitude and then the final thing and most people don't know this outside of healthcare but there's little to no assessment of technical skills that takes place for surgeons and in health care. This is starting to change. But in general there's minimal also in my career as a surgeon. I still practice on weekends. I've only been assessed. One time i was interviewing for residency spot. Now's asked to play the board game. Operation and to remove a plastic piece without buzzing so it was basically seeing all of this firsthand and also having background and game development that i got introduced a virtual reality very early in its development and immediately recognized its ability to solve this problem. You can use it anytime and anywhere. You can train on any procedure. You can use your hands in a realistic way. You can train remotely train as a team and then you can get objective assessment. And so that's really how the concept for vr was born and win. Oh severe got started. Which october two thousand sixteen. We were really in a state where the practices that we were doing. In terms of training and assessment were unsustainable so the american association of medical colleges estimated. We're going to be over. One hundred thousand. Healthcare providers short within a decade thirty one percent of graduating residents after fourteen years of education could not operate without supervision and required additional years of training and lower skilled surgeons had five times higher mortality rates than higher skilled counterparts as reported by the new england journal of medicine and so we are already were on sort of a pretty bad path and then you throw covert in the mix as you mentioned and everything just got accelerated and so the main way especially after. We're done with our formal training and residency and fellowship as surgeons that we practice are as you mentioned at in-person events courses and conferences often sometimes with hundreds of thousands of people. So that's something that is very difficult to impossible to do right now. And we don't really know what the future is gonna look like the so called new normal. So that's where we've seen. Interest really skyrocket in the ability to train remotely without needing to be physically present with others on these new emerging medical technologies and procedures
Riot Games Reportedly Shopping English Media Rights for LoL Esports
"Games has confirmed their shopping the granddaddy of all media rights deals on the trains and said the Esports minute from a sports network. The Esports minute is presented by technology game-changers. Check them out at TGC play linked below media rights deals or one of the key ways traditional sports teams and leagues earn money, but in use Sports, they are nearly as valuable accepts me for this one Riot games is reportedly shopping the English media rights deal for League of Legends Esports. Ryan has already sold the Chinese specific media rights to Billy Billy for $113 according Port now that deal was only for the worldwide events. Not for the regional leagues. I think it's fair to assume. The English media rights deals are in the same ballpark, but it's hard to tell without knowing the individual leagues that were applied to the deal if right is selling the rights to broadcast the LCS the LEC and international events in English. It will undoubtedly be the biggest media rights deal in Esports History Month. The two key players vying for the rights will be YouTube and twitch YouTube swooped the Activision Blizzard media rights from twitch before this previous season becoming the whole of the OverWatch and Call of Duty leagues. But League of Legends Esports are on another level entirely international events are the most watched streams on Twitch every single year without fail. They are also broadcast on YouTube though. It seems like ahead of the next year. It's going to be one of the other this was first reported by Travis Gafford, but confirmed by the sports Business Journal a few days ago. Now how riots used divvy up. These meteorites will shape the E Sports landscape for years to come and whoever brings most cash to the table will set themselves up with the biggest Esports product in the world bar.
Video Game Prices Are Going Up for the First Time in 15 Years
"Consoles consoles debut debut this this fall fall from from Sony. Sony. Basting Basting sauce sauce and and Microsoft Microsoft something something new new is is also also coming coming to several of the most hotly anticipated video games. Higher prices for the first time in 15 years publishers of pushing past an industry self limit of $60 for a new title. The break from 60 to $70 retail began with take to Interactives, NBA two K 21 coming down the tunnel. They're not messing around that higher prices now being matched by Activision's latest call of duty, something biggest comeback, Kataoka was demon souls on God Fall by gearbox. I'm ready a big reason for the post to 70, according to Ivy Agee consulting. Is he ever growing cost to develop a game? The industry classifies triple A I, D G says costs have tripled. Since 2005. His prices have held steady, something not seen in any other form of entertainment. Amanda Rhodey Bloomberg Radio Asset
Immortals Gaming Club Are Getting Out of the Esports Team Space
"Start with a big story. Is you know it's impossible to ignore big numbers. And i'll just give you the headlines of three stories. But they're all the same story. Basically i just i like the three headlines because they all tell a little bit different side of it. The first year was immortals club raises additional twenty six million dollars. The second year was from bloomberg says meg. Whitman backed firm to way sale of overwatch team again talking about immortals gaming club and then the third immortals gaming club raises twenty. Six million led by ex quickly. Exact meg whitman. So if you put all these three together you sort of have all the information. You need witches with immortals calling her ex quickly exact. I mean could she is that that has got to be the most subtle you tag career up until on his business like her. Oh the ebay right yeah. That's better than leading quickly. Wow you're only as good as your last gig. You're only as good as your last exum be. Feels like something. Like as a as a term. Like i would order an like an exotic restaurant like well. I will start with the vegetable three way. Medley have the x. Qube for my main interest rate and goes just leaving puzzled. Sometimes i am puzzled. William by how your brain works that brain that it's such a funny term. So so here's here's what we know from the just the three headlines. Immortals gaming is raising a raised twenty six million dollars. It's being led by meg whitman. Who used to be equipped he also ebay footmen footnote and they're looking to sell their overwatch team. Believe it or not so. They've already got rid of their like previously. Got rid of their Call of duty league team And now the overwatch league team. They're looking to to get rid of it and i'll just read. I'm going to present you all the information guys. And then you can discuss. But it says immortals gaming intends to focus less on city specific teams and more on businesses related to online gaming such as gamers club a subscription service in latin america which connects video game players. The company said last week. It's selling a team playing and activists call of duty league to one hundred thieves And now so. They've sold off their call of duty league team now. They're saying they want to sell their los angeles valley and overwatch team. In the meantime the raid they raised twenty. Six million led by meg whitman. What do you guys make this news. There's a lot of. there's a lot to unpack. You're right the amount. They've raised be That they're divesting of assets sort of as part of this razor almost next to it which you don't usually hear about You guys think jeff. Lindsay william whoever wants to start here. What do you guys think of of mortals gaming club. And the way they're going. Let me go last. I have some some hot takes. Let me last go first. Then let's let's open with some hot takes you're all my take on. This is a little is a little more nuanced. But i think what's really interesting about this announce those two things to read into this. One is a mortals has just not done well as in east sports work right. They haven't won anything. They haven't really built a differentiated brand. They've been blown. Apart in the lifestyle category versus other orbs about the best thing they did back in late two thousand eighteen by gamers club right and make a move into south american marquette. This reads like a real strategic shift into you know gaming services and service provision right. Because you don't. You don't sell off both gated franchises and in particular. You don't sell off call of duty called duties actually starting to perform now like it's unusual to sell that asset unless you are If you're still committed to really making the team piece work so i think an underscore here as immortals you know is going to be getting out of the team space. I think a second thing i would add to this though in the morrison is the fact that they are announcing looking for a sale of overwatch without the buyer. List william razi to me because that is a direct that first of all signals a little bit of urgency right like we're trying to get rid of this asset gimme buyers right because like to be honest with you like like you don't need for an asset like that you know you don't you don't really need to do this sort of thing right like you don't know who the people are who are in the market for this The the second thing is. I think this is like a forcing mechanism with activision blizzard. It seems like they want out of that league and announcing they're going to sell is a really good piece of lever to communicate activision blizzard. Hey it's not working right and also to kind of tip their hat about the seriousness of their frustrations with with that business right now. So that's my read on. This is the announcement of sale is a little tactical. It's partly strategically. They want to divest. And it's partly. They're trying to communicate something to activision blizzard because they didn't announce again these. These are sort of deals. Where like you read about in favor of like. Oh i too could go by that. You know what i mean. There's a limited set of groups and these guys ono each other right like you. Don't you're not going to be surprised by who's coming out by this org slot like it wasn't like come on hundred. Thieves did call of duty right. It wasn't like josie sports club.
How Andbox Has Strengthened Ties to NYC During Covid
"And today we are talking and black eyed relatively new organization that is house right in New York City and is found immediate success in a few e Sports to talk am box. We have Rohit Gupta the co-founder of Chief product officer for a box. I'm sorry about that and we'll cutrone director of communication for an box Rohit. Thanks for joining the show. Thanks for having me at will I'm exposed to have you on the other side of the mic this time actually contributed to the show. Thanks for coming on happy to be here and yeah different different experience this time. It's a little bit odd to not be on the muted one. Now. You got the pressure on yeah. Yep. Yep. Glad to be here. So in addition to co-founding airbox road is also a partner at Sterling Venture Capital where he's worked for the last six years or so, but today we're really focusing on an box. There were the major organizations that pops up alongside the Activision Blizzard franchise leagues. They started with a top-tier team in the New York Excelsior and the OverWatch League before adding the New York sub Liners in the Call of Duty League. I had Mac the New York sub liners rookie on a show a few months back. He talked about how awesome it is to be played for an organization that Embraces New York as such a core level at both teams have found early success of cemented themselves as to AJ Ki tips to the key Brands really going forward about the OverWatch of Call of Duty leagues, but am box also expanded outside of the franchise world, at least for now by signing a valorous squad and she said they're based in America's most psychotic City and am box is closely tied their brand with the streets of New York that includes embracing the fashion world that covers the city a part of a Major Brands like Nike and create a unique collections for an box truck. Is a pro players it also includes the platform Battle of the borough's the first event was held up in summer as eight regions in and around New York field of three person teams in addition to the five iconic boroughs of New York Queens the Bronx Staten Island Manhattan and Brooklyn and box also included Upstate, New York, New Jersey and Long Island to really encapsulate the entire region Battle of the borough's plus a few more enslaved turn this fall as Connecticut joins, the mix in addition to those eight other regions, each event has had a price full of $50,000 and is held in fortnite registration is already closed for these fall match. The matches are set to begin on November 6th with the regional finals of December 13th at the Grand finals on November 20th. So we'll is director of communications. I totally get why other regions had to be included around New York, but I found New Yorkers could be a little bit testy about their Burrows. If you had any pushback from New Yorkers of the inclusion of those added regions like log, I like, Connecticut and upstate, New York. You know, it's funny you say that, you know, I grew up in Queens, right? So I definitely fundamentally understand the the amount of pride that that New Yorkers have when you're looking at a local metro area. I actually think that us going to more inclusive route and in bringing in, you know, Connecticut, obviously this time parts of Upstate New York and New Jersey. I think it actually just adds fuels the competitive fire. I think whether you're from Brooklyn or you're on the other side of the river in Jersey or Staten Island, there's there's always something special about where you're from and there's always something you don't like about where someone else is from so, you know, the the lines have been have been drawn in traditional sports for a while among a lot of different professional teams in New York and different sports package and we kind of embraced being New York see Sports org and and welcoming the larger tri-state area metro area if you will and we thought it was actually pretty fitting so long. We we really didn't get any pushback. I think that everyone was just kind of be here to jump in and compete and so who who was the best Long Island? Obviously one of the first competition so we're excited to see if Connecticut coming in now shakes it up a little bit. I love to see it. You know,
MrBeast Confirms 'Beast Gaming' League of Legends Team
"This is an article from from dadi. Sports it's an interesting one and it's about you know very famous youtuber. Here mr beast. The headline is mr beast confirms beast. Gaming league of legends team is happening. The content creator said the team won't be created until at least after the upcoming season however And so he's tweeted that he wants to own his own league of legends team And the us something in the works and it's not clear in which you know which region or anything like that but It's funny he says since his initial post industry voices raisch ranging from tsm to fanatic co saint matthews have reached out and expressed interest in collaborating with the creator was nearly forty six million subscribers on his main youtube channel right so we've talked a lot about celebrities going and starting sports teams right We have david beckham with guild and you have a bunch of nba stars who have all invested this is. This is a pure youtuber right. This is a guy was businesses digital content right now to begin with and wants to go by any sports team. Driest if you guys see this as a new i don't want to call it a trend but as a new kind of occurrence any sports something that we should be paying attention to. Because it's a first or if you think this is just more of the same like this is no different than a david beckham going and starting sports. I'm curious if you guys are looking at this as a unique occurrence or is just more of what's been happening lindsay ugo i. I don't want to jump down this one. What do you think i to be a paul thought. 'cause you have the most feelings about celebrities in the east space so now that it's a gaming celebrities at different so he's not really a gaming celebrity right duke celebrity. Get but he gave to. There's a simple reason why i like this better right. The guy has forty six million captive eyeballs. Right when this is your starting point. Yeah and and and and it hasn't like david beckham. They had to pay him twenty million dollars for whatever eyeballs he brought to the table. Right mr beast here is bringing his own. Eyeballs is forty. Six million. Which i'm guessing is bigger than anything. David beckham brings to the table in a in a medium. He understands right video digital entertainment. Like this is something. He's been very successful at. I like this right. Like i kind of like mr bean. Mr beast should be mr beast as a league of legends team owner. Right to me it. It makes more sense. David beckham has sixty five million instagram followers. Does he really cook. Oh k lindsay dropping. The i know real celebrity like the main. Yeah in my world. Mr is more important than they. David beckham paul. I don't think i disagree with you here. I think this makes a ton of sense. He's like the value like it's an eyeballs business. He's known how to drive eyeballs. You know the the only risk is that top list and how many organizations were hybrids or pure performance. Right like it's not just a matter like unless is going to be a faze clan and a game like league it's very cutthroat performance does matter more than other things like it's not a slam dunk that just because the guy knows how to make youtube videos. He can assemble a top roster and have them when things and that is going to be important. I also suspect this guy is smart enough to partner with people who know how to do that. Plain and simple. You know what i mean.
Did Hecz Really Get OpTic Back and OWL Commissioner Steps Down
"Let it happen. Please let it happen. Please let it happen today to Eastwards Observer reported that Hector Heck's Rodriguez the longtime CEO of optic gaming during the days as the Green Wall bought back the optic gaming brand that deal has not yet been confirmed by official sources within activision blizzard according to the East Sports Observer's sources heck's acquired the optic gaming intellectual property and the spot in the call of duty leak due to heck's his current role as co CEO of energy backers of the Scotto huntsmen. The CDL spot would need to be sold, which would require the approval. The fall of optic has been one of the big stories in these sports over the past two years. The legacy brands been ill-fated year under the brand infinite East sports and entertainment before being bought by mortals Gaming Club. Soon, after HEX now at energy released a video calling out the optic brand for not being the same one that was actually the first story we ever covered on the sports minute he seemed to be successful in transferring the fan base from the optic logo to his new spot with the huntsman with the struggles of activision Blizzard's Franchise Leagues Immortals Game Club apparently saw chance to cut their losses with the CDL the still have an. Overwatch League team however that League may be in jeopardy too as you probably have hurt the current Bill Commissioner Pete last week stepped off miserable today he lasted just over a year after replacing Nate Nancy who jumped epic games last summer. So we are set to have three commissioners in four seasons when the automobile starts up again after this year I think it's safe to say that's not good. We all just have to cross our fingers and hope hex gives the optic gaming brand bike at least something good will come out of twenty twenty.
Microsoft purchases Bethesda Softworks in industry-changing acquisition
"Microsoft has announced a seven point five billion. That's billion with a B. deal to acquire Xeni Max media. The parent company of Bethesda Works and it's many studios. Those studios include Bethesda game. Studios ED software and behind some the biggest video game franchises of all time doom fallout elder scrolls and many more. This is a massive this. Tally. This could potentially make. Elder Scrolls xbox exclusive, which I think would be a very bad idea personally now. Is this really not like a conglomerate move I mean that's kind of what it seems to me is like just. John said, I, mean this kind of shuts down. Any gaming wars ever I've the pick up with. that. Franchise of Video Games. Looking at it right now. So here's some of the Games. They have. It's elder scrolls fallout Wolfenstein doom dishonored and pray pray originally was an xbox exclusive. I don't know what is the last release I have no idea dooms on. BLACKFORD is one of my favorite favorite games that you know not just A. Normal but open world style. Dishonored pretty bad, ass. So I'll be completely honest. I would be really surprised if they close platform D- Any of these games just because Microsoft's Microsoft's not stupid you may however I could see Microsoft making him first party priority basically saying xbox gets at first and then after say six months or so many periods of time. Playstation gets now the biggest question is. big into PC as well. So I'm wondering what they're going to be doing with the PC. Rights of Microsoft is still obviously very big and be they released most of their games PC per true. True. So I, don't think they would lean away from that but they don't need you because they're also looking glamour when it comes to the PC's but but as far as the console wars go I'm thinking that they might. You know I, I don't think they're gonNA make an exclusive at least. Yes. I think that might be something that's sort of a future plan down down the road but not going to outright ban half of the fucking people or more even play playstation from playing arguably the biggest game especially for. Elder Scrolls and the fallout series. aside from Bethesda, you have like maybe ea especially with the as sports and activision are are going to be your. Your other top tier triple AAA title giving studios. I mean, Microsoft essentially took a third of the of the triple AAA title fucking throughout
CoD League Layoffs
"Let's go. Let's switch gears a bit. Can we talk about? Do Business we call of duty leak and look. It's another opportunity for me to you know rag on them a bit. But this was an article from Dallas News, DOT COM and. And the article, the headline was Dallas Empire partways with three time world champion cloister prior to twenty twenty, one season with the twenty twenty one cdl season moving to a four on four format. The Empire had to make a tough decision. So basically, just to summarize the article next year call of Duty League is going to a foreign four format versus a five on five format. And that means. After winning the call of duty, league, championship the after the empire, which is owned by envy. I believe after they won. Now. They're essentially laying off their one of their if not the star player on their team. Which is weird right while Liam on it's it's we are dessus like this would be like if like three super bowls, the Patriots were like you know what Tom Thanks Take Yeah, you really you really contributed bet they're going to a sixteen and format and. It's weird. Because presumptively look an I'm not an expert on call duty scale, and maybe he is not mechanically as strong in this last season is he wasn't early seasons. If you win three world championships, you're probably pretty good. Seems like a keeper to me what's going on Axel like you follow the Collagen more than like what's behind this kind of bombshell shift? Yeah super curious stuff. Obviously the context of this to everyone's kind of playing from home. Everyone's kind of navigating through all this cove stuff. So everything's Kinda different in general I think there's a lot of fun tangents we get into call itself. I'm sure you guys have explored conversations of of of of free to play versus the yearly model which I think is the hardest thing that games like Halo and call of duty of had to overcome the fact that they're used to releasing a game every year for sixty bucks. How does that work with the East sports? Ecosystem. If your game is constantly changing, you're expecting a new pro seen to arise from new game every year versus other games like starcraft, which has been the same, which will which will be the same versus other games that are just completely free to play and only have updates every. So often likely legends and fortnight so. Ton Nick into potentially there but at the end of the day. This roster move call of duty in in closed her the constant changes. I think there are always going to be tough I mean just the fact that this change is happening with the League, the roster changes having to be made it clearly didn't seem like there's a lot of heads up given to players and teams, which is a big deal when it's such a massive franchise chef, the vestment and big deal for so many people so. Yeah Dude I'm Kinda of be Willard about this as y'all are I was mentioning earlier when we were talking for the show the fact that. We see a lot of east sports teams with like really nice. Really good subs in, and that's the thing that gets me with this cloister comes into this team's veteran As a leader to his players and I think that obvious first of all they they release a lot of their comes and it's pretty clear that places leader these guys not only that he's older than these guys and he's had more titles. I'm sure. I'm sure all his teammates would say the same thing. So I feel like I would have loved to see some capacity were still involved as a power sub on the team because guys in east sports it's not just going to be these this roster verse Dash Roster All. The time. We're GONNA have teams that throw in a sub in game two maybe they throw on a seven game five they're on their specialist in game one so on and so forth. So I kinda get confused when I think about that dynamic is like how do you let go of this guy when he's a leader? He's one of the truest veterans of the scene is clearly skilled and you have the potential ever power sub who can still be a leader for your team. So there's a lot of questions there for me. I answer that question for you because I think, I know what it is I. Can I mean Paul Area? Oh I have a theory you better have. Your theories probably going to be the same as my theory I mean. This this is like cost-cutting, right? The like these teams are all burning prodigious amounts of cash. Call of duty Lee activision blizzard. Done much on the Economic Split Front I'm sure right I guarantee you the honest messaging from activision blizzard. His guys were not expanding this year. You know don't bet on any increase in dollars coming in from the league. Three three next year. But so so the very simple they look at the roster and they go who's the most expensive player it's our oldest guy three time champ like. But he's probably the highest player and they go. Well, we killing and the reality is, and I'm totally speculating now I've never seen this guy's contract but I'm expecting a lot of these contracts are done to in once right two years plus one right so he's played out. It's a free break. There's no penalty fee for it. Maybe some other guys are in the I truly suspect it's economic. It's either that or there is such a radical change coming to the game beyond the four four format Matt that. Like the seniority and the expertise disadvantage that they believed that the new game looks so different from the old game, they don't want to see the game championship but I I wa-. Today all. You can't tell her every. Rose. Re Stone grows off.
Call of Duty's Gunsii Talks Change from 5v5 to 4v4 and RosterMania
"Less than twenty four hours after everyone Chaffetz activision blizzard announced the. Four for the next season, which changed from five five to forty four. Now, this is a bit of returned to its roots colored duties sports a four before was how everything used to run but what that change happening gear with no expansion beyond the twelve ts CDL suddenly, twelve spots for pros have disappeared at the highest level the change to forty four reserve the controversial. So players Ford Southern gutsy. Where do you say that change? honestly it's a, it's a very huge change I. Remember growing up being younger watching for before and then seeing the expansion five and an amateur scene that kind of got everyone's hopes up because they it being bobby five there's more spots there's more opportunities there's just there's just more to it. Now going back to forty four it's just a lot of competition. I thought I thought last year in the amateur scene. There was a lot of good talent out there and a lot of good anyone can be picked up this next upcoming year. But how it went back to forty four, it's going to be gladiator. Definitely, it seemed like a lot of teams defaulted to who some of the old guns veterans who've been call of duty for quite a long time this I hear the CDL but we also saw a lot of rookies. You saw the empire shots Utah Mac for the New York subletters really turnaround that team belt midseason, Y- There's value in having some of these young players you know people might recognize some of the big names but having young players having that young energy has shown to be really successful for a lot of teams. Yeah I agree one hundred percent I see a lot of the older people, all the people that commute competed saying how people always forget but I think there's just a lot of talent emceeing that you just have to take a chance like. There's just so much talent out there. There's so many people unknown people that don't get that chance. It don't have the connections to get to the next level, but they have that potential night just feel like if more professional teams take a chance on the obscene or brought more spotlight that it can just show like the potential we have in here. Absolutely you know previous success is not necessarily an indicator that you're going to continue being graded a game call of duty is just a game that changes each year at East sports in in all people just fall off at a certain point you gotta be make sure you're bringing in the young players, the people that could really source the seen few like the teams that are having the most success because if you could just grab a guy that was great on optic for years ago, dot com out any particular. Maybe. But that's not necessarily going to be great CDL. So you have to make sure that you're up-to-date with WHO IS THE BEST Of the youngest of the upcoming right now, I mean it has been a while since we've had new players like into the scene lake. I personally feel I. Don't personally feel but I, think it's time for like a new generation of that would make sense like I'm not calling them old but. I don't know I don't know where I'm going with this. No I. Think you're right. I talked about this a little bit with Mac on the show is that there's sort of a changing of guard first of all word the CD L. wherein entirely new eastward structure we've already seen. J.. Cap Who is one of those guys who's long time success retire we saw Karma retire we saw you know. Empire wins the championship at its. cloister that they drop waster. I can kramer clay for a second but yeah, they drop Claes who's now a three time world champion at keep the rookies keep some of the the other guys that. So it's feels like there is a bit of a changing of the guard. It's just up to some of those team managers to be like, okay we're gonNA take the chance on somebody who maybe doesn't have the pedigree but has the skill, and then they could start just you saw with Mac is hey, does it take long? If you start having success, you can start building your own brand. quickly.
Call of Duty Cold War releases more details
"Call of duty release more details about the next iteration of the iconic franchise call of duty black ops cold war has a really tough challenge in front of it will be the first gave bridge a causal gap in eight years. As we'll playstation xbox come out with new franchises will also have to follow modern warfare the best selling cod. Game of all time and then there's warzone and ever-evolving bowery out that will have to shift its modern warfare focus to one back at the time of the Cold War or maybe activision decides to just keep warzone its own separate entity. It's not really clear. Oh it also zombies is coming back. We haven't learned a ton about the multi-player set up yet at this announcement mainly focused on the solo mode and the game is a whole a likely back soon, diving into those multi fire aspects when we learnt more.
This $4.6 Million Tournament Got DDOSD
"Much like the Overwatch League. The call of duty league continued its inaugural season online despite the cove nineteen outbreak. This past weekend marked its first ever playoff matches. We're talking like the biggest event, the biggest prize pool in cody history. On the ultimate driven grounds co look duties delete convert. Dead moment stares you in the face join no one. Rolling isn't. Skipping. Over is easy. is taking. But as things got underway while the some issues, the cod community had to deal with something. They're actually not that unfamiliar with going back to the days of advanced warfare, pro play online de Dos, attacks, and mid match booting of pro players basically because the games were being played on locking hackers would go in Diaz attack and boot Appro player from a live game at the highest level of play out there. This was pretty crazy and in the optic versus Ellie guerrillas it actually got so bad that optic at the sub in a different player because Kenny had been booted multiple times already in the match. Yeah. They all I, it looks like Kenny no longer in the in the server. So something happened there. So they're trying to do this four versus five right now. When did he try? It's been about over a minute and as you might imagine, the pro community was pissed obviously the competitive integrity of the Games are being called into question and pros were asking for things like postponing the event or boycotting entirely a really long time ago in a land when dinosaur a whirlwind when dinosaurs roamed the earth advanced warfare was a game and in that, there was an online lead and hitting people off line was an issue so much. So to the point where the league had to be restarted because it was impossible to avoid everyone's getting hit off. Again, and this has become an issue to the point where now it's impacting four million dollar tournament. This tournament has more than four million dollar prize by far the biggest payout in the history of call of duty. So for me, those frustrated tweets are seeing while they kind of make sense at minimum from twitter reports alone at least five players had this problem literal Diaz attacks in the middle of the playoffs. Now, luckily, for optic, the example I showed above didn't cost them the match but many players have speculated if they were playing against any team other than the lonely L. A. Guerrillas. It could have been a different story, fig it close it out here saucer PGA. Thanks saint flasks man he's been spotted broth and TJ. Trading there is big telezapper optic they're gonNA, get this series win. So you're activision blizzard you're putting the situation in the middle of the biggest tournament of all time in your brand new league in the middle of a global pandemic. What are you doing? Well, they're quick fix actually ended up being to start the matches off walk that way these attackers couldn't get to the players live many players also started to scramble their Ip addresses to make it even more difficult. So they made that change and everything was fine. Until it was on. August twenty first, the third day of playoff competition fans started to notice that scores were updating on the coal duty League playoff website before the matches had actually started on St keep in mind, I? Didn't tell anybody they were making this change. So as far as fans were concerned, these matches were being played lot. So when the Chicago Huntsman were playing the New York subway liners and fans could see the results of the first two maps before the game even started onstream people were a little confused and it's obviously awkward. If you're a fan right, you don't just want to. See The score you WanNa see the game and it gets even more awkward when you gambling to the mix this change was made pretty quickly. They didn't exactly have time to let Vegas now. So for a short while you could bet on a game while already knowing the results of the first babs, what's more is that some of the players being targeted by the DOS attacks. In the first place suggested that those might also be related to betty. You see the League was hosting a special perfect bracket challenge that awarded a hundred thousand dollars to anybody that had a perfect bracket all the way through the play offs similar to what you know. They do with March madness in college basketball, the bracket challenge coupled with the fact that all these attacks were. Happening on hard point, a type of match where in the rules, it's very difficult to replay them make this all very sketchy fear a hacker playing this bracket challenge and you want to make your hundred thousand dollars you go and you target your Diaz attacks towards hard point. So you can actually influence the results of those matches, its one, hundred, Fifty, seven points they passed that threshold. To basically this is to you know Kinda kind of. Levy in issues of it happens like the start of the game is really early in a game and you know somebody's played without unfortunately in this particular circumstance, it happens. Happens a bit deeper but yeah, Joe it sucks there's no way around that. No Way to hide from that few. Guys right now like I said off the top booting and Diaz attacks have been a problem multiple times in the history of cod online pro. So. It's baffling to me that this is even allowed to happen in the first place now, betting controversies and Diaz attacks. Aside, this weekend of coal beauty was miraculously able to survive the controversies time Sunday rolled around and teams were competing for their slot in next weekend's talk for matches. Fans were fucking pumped for some call of duty action and a lot of that has to do with Sunday's match that pitted the new off the gaming against the Chicago hunts, which aside from being a highly anticipated series with to good teams have the added drama of pitting obviously the old face of objects gump against an organization that is in many ways shell of its former self and what ensued was a five match bloodbath that peaked at more than a hundred and fifty thousand viewers on Youtube that some people are calling one of the best matches in call of duty history?
‘Call Of Duty’ 2020 Is Being Teased To Death And Enough Is Enough Already
"All right I'll you call of duty Fans Kala. Duty Twenty twenty while. You might just be called. Kala duty black ops cold war. Teasing wise as we're going based off of push square dot com net might not be even the name itself but between call a duty twenty, twenty and call of duty black ops cold war those have been the most reference to for the call of duty game expected out this year. So seeing as how the teasers are in full force we likely be hearing more soon enough Started off as a couple of in game teases during call of duty world on matches just over a week ago has turned into a full community effort to this past weekend who've been missed out while call of duty black. OPS. Is the name of this year's entry into blockbuster franchise and activision seems hell-bent on during its reveal out as much as possible but that has given way to air for players to solve a new real world has laws bunkers to unlock in for Dansk. These contained yet even more clues to follow across Saturday and Sunday eventually leaking to unlocking in game hut that required a key code obtained from tapes and instagram stories, and you already know what to quote is because of corridor before but yeah. A fourth day of hints includes are expected to roll out. Later today insinuating to call duty community isn't done just yet. There will likely be more puzzles to solve historical movies to watch and Costa put together. The latest revelation contained in our see ex D Carr a kill streak found in call of duty black ops call do backups to and color duty black ops four. You can see what is going can't you? Two sub series is quite clearly coming back.
Blizzard employees complain of pay disparities amid record earnings for parent company Activision
"And Overwatch, even putting up some records studying profits over the past few years, But it sounds like they still have a pretty toxic work environment. Robbie what's going on over at Blizzard? Yeah, so they have just recently boasted record results again for the second year in a row at the same time that employees have been protesting pay. In equality. So ah ah few weeks ago, a bunch of blizzard employees basically put together a anonymous spreadsheet, putting what they made each O R what their salary was. Then that got out, Tio believe might have been Bloomberg, who did the original report but essentially people at Blizzard, which is one of the most prolific game developers off our time. Are making well under industry standard despite record profits, and this is the second year in a row, right because last year when blizzard laid off I think it it was was somewhere somewhere around around 1/3. 1/3. Of Of their their overall overall workforce. workforce. When When they they did did that that very very next next week, week, they they told told investors. investors. This This has has been been our our best best year year in history when it comes to profits, so insect a year in a row Blizzards like Guess what we're making the most money we've ever made, while also treating our employees like crap. This is a continual story within the video game. Development like Ecosystem is that these companies continually not only underpaying but have He's gross toxic work environments while making boo coo bucks hand over fist barrels of cash, and they can't seem to pay these people. And what's even worse is that a lot of these studios are located in places that are like California, the Seattle area like these very expensive places to live and their underpaying their people. Turnover rates within this industry are so high careers last 2 to 4 years before people get sober and out. They don't want to do it anymore. But because it's such a lucrative industry, there's always gonna be someone else looking for their next big shot. It's one of the reasons that it that it's that It's been so tough for the gaming industry to be able to unionize, and there's been more and more pushes for it. But nothing seems to Teo really materialize out of it. I think, James, if you're like, if you're the CEO of a company, do you believe that if you're making more money as a CEO, that you should be automatically paying your people more, even if they're doing the same jobs me personally. Yes, I do Feel that way. I feel the same way too. Like you got to pay. You gotta pay your staff. You gotta pay your people in your employees What they're worth. If you're not paying them what they're worth. They're not gonna continue to do the good work. We're gonna go somewhere else and help your competition. Be more successful. So, yeah, I feel like as a CEO, You gotta pay your employees like inappropriate rate. Yeah. Unfortunately, I think this will be a continuing trend. You know, even though activation Activision Blizzard merged over 10 years ago. Only in the past couple of years, the sort of higher ups who were there with blizzard from the beginning like Mike more hime. They've been stepping down and Activision has slowly been filling those blizzard spots with Activision spots and from a lot of stories that we've heard from inside the industry from inside the company. That's where this change has sort of been happening cause blizzard used to be such a beloved company. And I think it's just very, very slowly been rotting from the inside out. Thanks to the influence ofthe a company like Activision, he would have just back out no longer support right Blizzard. Now you're actually hurting the employee. I'm conflicted because it's not just hurting the CEO's at the top. All Durga to do was say our profits are down. Let's cut more from heads. You got you alright looking for a super cheap yet fun game recommendation to play that
Did This Secret Tournament Put Players in Danger?
"In July thirty, first the American. Gaming Network was supposed to host the AG call of duty, Indianapolis Land Event is being promoted as one of the biggest amateur caught events out there with a prize pool of seventy five hundred dollars to be clear. This tournament was not a part of Challengers League, which is the official semi Pro League of Kati Sports AG is a third party tournament organizers according to their website runs tournaments for call of duty Ballard and Rainbow Six. Siege now, as you can imagine what the world in the midst of a pandemic having a bunch of sweaty dudes, Patton to a convention hall is not the Best Look. So on July thirty first the day the tournament was supposed to start Aga decided to move the tournament on mine quote after discussions with representatives from activision, we are decided to change the Indianapolis to be online only for health and safety concerns players are advised to. Participate in the tournament from their home location along we apologize for any inconvenience in which this may bring upon players spectators in organizations. We look forward to working with activision for future events and quote this sentiment was repeated on August first by Jeffrey Elliott who according to a website is the CFO of the company, and well, that sounds like the obvious and smart thing to the tournament allegedly continued as land event later, that same day. Basically, what you just saw looks like that land event with a bunch of Sweaty dudes packed into a convention hall exactly what agents said they didn't want to happen on top of that. Another video surfaced that looks like a bunch of people packed new AIRBNB trying to continue playing the tournament online. Gauge cash a CO founder of. Who has a name that belongs in Mortal Kombat. Distance themselves from the event and said that the indy open was to be played online period but according to report from dexterity, there were allegedly agent employees at the event despite saying they had nothing to do with it. People were even alleging that Augean only put that original statement to hide from activision blizzard who are the publishers of duty. The fact that this land event was still taking place. Now, this whole situation caught the attention of dominating Jilin know who's the general manager for the Toronto Ultra a pro call of duty. Team competing in the call of duty league. She replied to a tweet with quote I reported everything to activision blizzard absolutely stupid and I can't believe that they thought they'd get away with it and be bold enough to posted about it and a former event organizer Adam epic. Kella even weighed in calling the situation a disaster I also reached out to cash Elliott and multiple sponsors associated with the tournament cash. told me that the narrative online is full of lies in isn't true but didn't explain why that's the case and Elliott just pointed to a statement that made after all of. This controversy popped off quote in order to preserve the competitive integrity of the online tournament, we have decided to postpone the second day of competition to next Sunday August ninth twenty twenty due to an overwhelming amount of players away from home with the inability to play in a safe environment we feel that this is the best way to ensure that everyone is competing safely and fairly the remainder of the tournament and quote also when I went back to gather more information on the indie open agent has deleted the page from their website now, even if players ignored AG and Cassius statements. that the tournament had been moved online and even if he had nothing to do with this secret land tournament, the question I have is, why did they wait until the day of the event to move it online? It's not like the pandemic caught everybody off guard both the League and the challengers. League moved all of their remaining tournaments online months ago. Why couldn't agm do the same and remember representative of activision reached out again, which according to their statement is why they decided to move the tournament online and that's pretty big red flag because to me what that says is that was fully prepared to host a pretty big land event in the middle of a pretty dangerous public health crisis, and the only reason they didn't is because activision wealth stepped in and told them not to because let's be honest when you plan to host a land event in the middle of a giant global health crisis, you were putting people in danger now, I have no idea. A is going to take disciplinary action against the players who did show up to this secret tournament. Also cash if you remember is a CO founder of Augean re tweeted somebody comparing the multiple worldwide human rights protests with these tournaments implying that if one is allowed to happen, these tournaments should also be allowed to happen and yeah I don't know if that's chief if Augean knowingly. Secret Land. Event, after saying it was going online that's fucked up and they put people in danger and if that's the case I, hope activision blizzard takes action against these guys.
Executive Order Targeting Tencent Scares Esports
"Late on Thursday night president trump executed on a promised executive order targeting tiktok parent company Bite Dance, but also included in that order which surprised many was ten cents the Chinese conglomerate that owns most of East sports. Here's how the order reads quote the following action. So be prohibited beginning forty five days after the date of this order to the extent permitted under applicable law. Any transaction that is related to we chat by any person or respect to any property subject to the jurisdiction of the United States with an holdings led in Shenzhen China or any subsidiary of that entity as identified by the Secretary of Commerce under section one C of this order. That sure makes it seem like any transaction with tencent or its subsidiaries like riot games would be banned, which would have massive ramifications for almost every eastwards Kompany Ted set obviously owns right games but also has minority stakes in epic games. Blue Ubisoft activision blizzard among others after panic gripped eastwards twitter for about an hour calm returned when an La Times reporter confirmed that gaming companies would not actually be affected by this order. The order was directly targeting ten cents we chat. Ten cents market cap dropped fifty, four, billion dollars after the order broke. That brought the company from a starting market cap of six, hundred, eighty, six, billion to six, hundred, thirty, two, billion during the day. It did rebound bit after clarification but not to the mark of the start of the day.
OWL Announces Playoff Format and Leaked Email Shows TI Postponed Again
"Let's start with the WWL as t is just a rumor based on a leaked email. Operating any sporting event is near impossible in times of Cova but activision Blizzard's. May have been the toughest challenge of any sporting leak entering the first year of travel based competition for Global League was going to pose a challenge even prior to covert. Now the OB been scrambling as main players retired, an entire rosters were forced to be dropped due to the virus, but the playoffs are still set to be held, and we have new details now. The playoffs we separate into two divisions with thirteen teams competing in North America and seven, competing in Asia, the champions of the winners and losers bracket in each region will then makeup fourteen playoff. That playoff will be held in the yet undecided location in Asia even though the teams will be getting together, the competition will still be held online just with the same Regional Ping. It's a complicated system and one that could fall apart with any myriad of situations, but as it stands the OH. WWL is still set to crowd a world champion this year. The same can't be said of Doda twos the international, according to a leaked email published by the Belarusian Sports Federation valves plane to postpone eleven originally set for twenty twenty one until twenty twenty two ti ten originally scheduled for this August. WHO's prize? Pools Cross twenty five million was postponed in April. The original thought was that Ti. Ten would be held in winter and TI. Eleven would run on the classic. August schedule with this email it. It isn't really clear. What valves plan is if I had to take a guess, art assumed that without improving trends towards the pandemic, this winter felt increasingly unlikely and valve, instead going to hold t I ten next August, and double up twenty twenty, two with Ti Eleven and twelve does just a guest, but it's really the only time line that makes a ton of sense without things. Stand right now and the information related that email.
"activision" Discussed on theScore Esports Podcasts
"Dot, TV slash the score east sports and give the channel of follow. We're constantly thinking of new things that we can do on twitter. So if you guys have ideas for a stream or a new show that you wanna see, just let us know all right so back on Monday, June eighth one hundred thieves announced a four week wars tournament series with the prize of one hundred thousand dollars going to a charity promoting racial equality, basically how it works. Is that each? Each week of the tournament, three different charities are highlighted, and then the winner of that week's tournament gets to pick one of those three charities to donate to know something important understand here is that this tournament looked like it was going to be sponsored or at the very least presented by cash now cash. APPS sponsors a ton of other hundred thieves content. And why is that important well cash APP? We're the ones who were putting up the hundred thousand dollar prize. That would eventually go to charity now fast forward to this week. One hundred thieves quote tweeted their original announcement, and basically said Hey activision said. To us, warzone for the charity event so basically no streaming warzone, one hundred thieves would have to find another game to use for the tournament series now right off the bat. People on twitter were basically like damn. That's Kinda scuzzy of activision to do that, but of course there's a catch that makes this story a little more complicated than that. Soon after hundred thieves tweeted out that they couldn't use warzone and therefore had to postpone the tournament slasher who's in East sports personality that tweets breaking. tweeted out, some new allegations quote thieves was told by activision that they could run a cod charity tournament without a sponsor in one hundred refused sources. Tell me that one hundred thieves made the original announcement without consulting activision likely to get the public on their side and quote, and then he followed that tweet up with quotes. Sources say well. activision has been unclear on the rules regarding hosting charity tournaments. One hundred themes was told a week ago, regarding the policy of not having sponsors attached opting for public support to sway publisher tied one CDL. Owner tells me it's a shakedown, and so now people had no idea what to think and social media. Media was on fire with speculation about what the hell was going on here all speculation. Aside the problem here seems to be cash APP and the fact that it looks like they were sponsoring this tournament series. All Right? Guys I'm going to level with you. When you look at cash APP with the little dollar sign above all the marketing for this event, it gives you the impression that they are sponsoring this tournament series, which is where a lot of confusion seems to be coming from then later that same day after they delayed the tournament series, one hundred thieves, CEO nate shot went on twitter and posted a video in hopes to clarify. s thrown tournament, so we find it day that nobody else was throwing terminals on throughout the last couple of weeks, and it was Thursday. We got everything set up, and we went to go to our partnerships team for them to find money for the prize money. They go to cash cash. That says hey. We got a better idea. We're GONNA. Throw money, but we're going to do it for charity. Where do it for social justice? Rendu for black lives, matter and going. Going to raise money for a good cost, I said even better this great. Let's do it, and so we make announcement for this tournament and activision reaches out. It's like hey whoa whoa. WHOA, you can't run terminals on our game without talking to US I and without getting permission. We're like okay, so what do we need to do to run this permit? They say you guys came undetermined with cash out. You can't run term with sponsors you know in monetize ing. The tournament that you're running. We weren't making money from this tournament. MONETIZE ING normally do with our sponsorships and the constantly create. This was just solely one hundred thousand dollars was gonna go to charity, and so they asked us to remove the sponsors, and we couldn't fly ultimately. They said you're not running the tournament. We said okay. We'll go do it with another game. Game. We'll do it with another publisher. This is fine, so yeah, according to need shot, activision basically said. Hey, you guys can run a tournament with war zone. You just can't have any sponsors or monetization attached to it and I'm one hand. It makes sense having tournament series presented by the same people whose name is literally on the side of your giant fucking compound. Could be a little suspect, but as nature points out, and this is why I put so much emphasis on cash in the beginning, they were the ones putting up the hundred thousand dollars for the tournament that would eventually go to charity and hundred thieves, well, apparently, according to nature. They weren't going to make any money from this event now. At this point, we don't know if nate shot made activision aware that cash APP was putting up the hundred thousand dollars for charity, and also activision hasn't made a statement on this situation yet. So all we can do right now is wait until. Until hopefully the tournament happens, and we see how this whole situation pans out. For. What do we know well? We know that activision does have legal grounds to stand on here. I recently had a conversation with these sports lawyer. Ultra David for that. Don't ask me. We did about all. The DMCA strikes regarding people playing music on street. He told me that that same concept applies to video games as well so yeah, activision does have the right to say no. You can't run a tournament with our game and that's something that needs Sean does acknowledge his video. It does seem strange. Strange to me though why? activision would have a problem with cash APP sponsoring this tournament if cash. APP was putting that money towards charity. If one hundred thieves aren't making any money off this tournament, what's the problem? I mean we all love charities. Charities are a great thing right, but on the other hand. If I squint just hard enough, I can understand why activision would raise an eyebrow at having a sponsor on a charity tournament, and you guys have to remember. It's their game. If activision doesn't like WHO's playing it, they have every right to take it away. Honestly, this just seems. Seems like a problem created by poor communication, because I can definitely see people reading that tweet about no warzone and thinking that activision are scummy pieces of Shit. Even if that's not what one hundred thieves intended, and then from there, things spiraled out of control even more when slasher weighed in with his sources, the good news coming out of all of this is that we're probably still going to get one hundred charity tournament with one hundred thousand dollars going to charity promoting racial equality now just have to wait and see what the hell it is. They're actually going to be playing. Yeah I mean. You're right for somebody that does read as much as I do. Half of what I say. Is gobbly Gook half the time. My brain is jumped to a new thought before, said the first thing that I wanted to say and then half the time I'm surprised. What comes out of my mouth and my brain is trying to catch up to what the fuck I just said you know..
"activision" Discussed on Squawk Pod
"Been okay. Well if you give forty minutes the dial should have a forty minute on it. As opposed to thirty minutes or forty five because once you hit forty five. We got to pay. Okay thank you. I will relate your mom that your product team Kelly. We appreciate your time and everything you're doing for so many who are using the service right now appreciate it. Thank you great to be here. Thanks next unsquashed Todd Bobby Kodak the CEO a Video Game Company activision blizzard describes leading employees through the Rona virus crisis. I read the notes that all of your employees have your cell phone but they can call you if they need to. You've got ten thousand employs. Is that really true? Perch every single employee that has concerned that their healthcare discount acne directly people are feeling isolation and frustration and anxiety. We're back after this. You're listening. Disc LAKHPAT WITH JOE Kernan. Quick and Andrew Ross. Sorkin here's pecking. As the covert crisis forces people entertain themselves at home video games have been a big winner. They'd been clear beneficiary of all of this but the question is will that translate into market gains for the biggest companies joining us. Right now is Bobby Kotik. He is the CEO of activision blizzard. That's the company behind popular franchises. Like call of Duty Candy crush and bobby first of all. It's good to see you how you doing likewise baggy good to see you too. Thanks for including me. How's everything going? What are you hearing from your employees? What are you guys doing right now? Well that's like principle focus right. Now is the health and wellbeing of our employees and their families and I think that should be the primary focus of most CEOS. We've been very fortunate with a small number of people across the world to develop the angle symptoms for the virus but we do have the parents plates affected. And we're working really hard. On a number of different initiatives that are new for a company like ours to be involved with. But we're supporting for example a clinical trial at UCLA anew Japanese drug again. Which if it's effective will be a low cost widely available antiviral that you can start early onset of symptoms where supporting A number of initiatives that are focused on convalescent blood transfusions which is another very promising area for care both for Critically ill patients as well as for health care workers and then we're supporting a lot of local hospitals and healthcare facilities across the world where either our employees or our operations. Bobby I know you've taken a number of steps for your employees to try and make this time easier for them to things like waving the thirty day prescription refill that normally. You can't get a prescription filled for more than thirty days without having to pay an excessive amount. We're certainly doing things like that. But we've also got some really innovative programs like telemedicine providers for employees in countries where there are national healthcare programs. We also have a private doctors available helping to assist to navigate through what can be a very complex process getting into national healthcare. We're working with organizations like wealthy of the provides mental healthcare or center city to provide licensed childcare and I think when you look at the available tools today to allow people to work from home safely and comfortably to make sure that they're getting access to good healthcare on. There are a lot more programs available today than ever before. I think we've always been a pioneer in these kinds of benefits. But some of the things that we're doing now like supporting these clinical trial Important health institutions. I think these are. Things are unprecedented for us as a company or any company. But we're definitely feeling from our employees that the extra investment. The extra attention is appreciate. I read the notes that all of your employees have your cell phone that they can call you if they need to. You've got ten thousand employees. Is that really true? So about a month ago we sent out an email from my email address with my phone number and we encourage every single employee that has a concern that lates their healthcare. Just contact me and so far. That's been working well. It's gotten a lot of attention a lot of good care from. All of our providers are our. Hr Organization is extraordinary and the team has been working twenty four seven since we started work from home in our offices in China and offices in Europe to really make sure that they were eligible for the benefit of the employees and their families. How many employers have had personally reached out to? Oh I'd say a few hundred now And but we're fortunate very few of actually as the positive so far for over. Nineteen one of the initiatives. Were working on right now is A trial for a blood test which is a low cost very accessible fifteen minutes for the results blood tests that has FDA approval. It still is required to be administered by a healthcare professional. But I think when you look out over the next few months you start to think about what will make employees feel safe and comfortable coming back to work. Testing is going to be a very important part of what we're going to need to be able to do a agreeing. How quickly do you think things like that can get rolled out to the general public and just based on how much research you've been doing in the medical field? How long do you think it will be before? We're actually ready to go back to work. Well every country is different. Of course I think in every government is going to treat the rules with respect to their own countries differently Were taking guidance from the state city local and federal governments everywhere. We operate then. We're adding an extra layer of protection concern and so right now Most of the world will continue to be worked from home for the foreseeable future. I think we're fortunate. We have a very collaborative business when it comes to software development and so we have people in lots of different countries in lots of different offices. Who for a long time had been collaborating with each other on software development? So I don't think that we've had the same challenges from a work from home. A perspective is other companies but You know look. People are feeling the isolation and frustration and anxiety. And so I don't. I don't even think that there's a real normal that is going to exist for while our view is that you need to see. A low cost widely available vaccine. You need more antiviral therapies. That are proven their low-cost widely available. You're going to need more efficient low cost but certain testing and so until all of these things lace I think people are going to still have this anxiety and uncertainty and But we're working on a lot of these initiatives and bobby it's Andrew here in the world of Hollywood as you know. Production has effectively halted and production may or may not resume sometime this summer. Even this fall. I know there's conversations in Hollywood about testing actors and people on set. Obviously your business is very different because people can be behind a computer but they imagine they don't have all that power necessarily at home. How does that get distributed? And how does that affect production? Well I don't know that we quite know yet. You know most of the things that we have Impression development are on track for now. I think they're really reassess that in a month in three months we've been doing things encouraging ways to upgrade their home broadband to the highest bandwidth service. Were paying for that We we had equipment available for take home so while everyone in the software development art or animation functions. We made equipment available. So they had the newest Most secure divided palm. But I think it's still too early to know What what the consequences development will be over the next for the next year or so. We're very fortunate. We launched a new free to play call of duty a few weeks ago. And we had over fifty million people sign up to play Candy crushes performing well. Most of our games are seeing a record levels of engagement and people are getting the benefit of entertainment at home from what we do. Hey Bobby I know that people have been playing video games a lot more. How does that translate into profit for the company is? Is there a way to monetize it all? Well look in. No one wins in a situation like this But you know in periods like this where people are at home. They're definitely getting the joy and the sense of camaraderie and many of our games are very social so while people might feel isolated home it is a way to connect friends family and do it through the Lens of entertainment. So it's all you know it's much more fun. It's a much more social experience. In Video Games were ten years ago and I think people are really appreciating benefit that you think that that changes some people's maybe longer term patterns even when this is over maybe they get hooked some of these new things? Well I definitely think that based on the numbers that we're seeing People are coming back who haven't played games for a while. A lot of new players coming for the first time. So you know we. I think the last numbers were ordered. Something like four hundred twenty five million users in our network. That number will probably ire as we approach the end of the year. So if you think about scale of user base And we have more players than twitched than twitter than not netflix subscribers. I'd say the only three networks that have more players users would be facebook youtube and we chat so it's a big audience to begin about. I WanNa thank you very much for your time this morning. And we'd love to get updates on how things are going with all of these say unique programs that you're funding at this point to a happy to share those and it's great to hear Your Voice Voice to Andrew. Thanks and that's the show for today. Thank you for listening to this podcast on. Tv squawks hosted by Joe Kernan Becky quick and Andrew Ross Sorkin tune weekday mornings on. Cnbc at six am eastern and subscribe to Squawk pod available for free wherever you listen when we get back here tomorrow..
"activision" Discussed on Kotaku Splitscreen
"A game series and maybe shouldn't have followed that model in the first place right what we've also seen the downside of taking a studio typically doesn't make those games and making the make one of their having them decide to make one of those in the case of anthem some random anthem justice colossal that as far as i can tell is just a it's just over for that game and like i now i don't think so they're almost they are almost certainly and i say this cautiously but they're almost certainly working on new like oh i mean revamp of some sure but like holy shit i don't know if they're thinking fail harder than anthem failed and i mean i know all these companies have endless money and keep train of sixties broken things they put out but like the facts if i were made that was obviously obviously this like huge problem because that wasn't virus forte and i was very like okay we're gonna make a service game that isn't good and no one wants to play i mean yeah i dunno it's cool on the flipside of all this is like whatever happens activision whatever happens the blizzard which i'm already worried is like no longer the blizzard that we once new 'em whatever happens to activision bungee is in this place where hey vacant be making so in the in the past like it wasn't okay for a game like destiny to just make some small amount of money to make like let's call it millions of revenue or tens of millions of revenue for by activision sanders like activision his company that is like we are failing unless we're hitting home runs and let's we were making hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue per game right so for a company like bungee they go independent and say you know what were just fine making tens of millions of dollars on this service game that is like only gonna appeal to maybe a million people total her all the hardcore destiny players and maybe this won't be sold at walmart and like make hundreds of millions of bucks every fall when we sell it to casual people who were just coming in off the streets and buying the new call of duty the new destiny or whatever but we're fine with that because were not activision we don't need to hit those ridiculous numbers so as a result of that i think destiny and we're.
"activision" Discussed on Kinda Funny Games Daily
"That's eight hundred people in pretty much any other industry in the world or in the industry. It'd be a thing of someone runs a presidential campaign against like the fact that kind of goes without note in the gaming industry is really sad and kind of telling. Yeah, it's absolutely. Nuts especially for him to start the phone. Call off saying we've had a record year. I called into a phone call last night or afternoon. And I was like did I come in late is he really started by saying, hey, we're doing great. Yeah. And then immediately like he doesn't really mention the layoff so much in the actual phone call because to investors, and it was too which makes sense from a business perspective, not from a human being perspective. Like, but read it because I was doing the story at the same time because I was typing layoffs information when the phone call was going on as like, okay, I'm talking to blizzard employees people who are literally crying because they lost their jobs, or they people lose their jobs or they don't know yet. Yeah. And hearing Kodak talk so glowingly about how they will. We made two billion dollars this here. But we wanted to make three billion. So we got to like cut some losses. I'm like, but no that doesn't make from a business perspective. Very cold harvest active. I understand. What they're doing. But from the actual human protective of there's eight hundred people who aren't going to their lives at very least disrupted. Yeah. Some of these people that have been there for fifteen year that that's crazy for this all come yesterday. But not really be surprised because they've been so many rumblings and rumors going into it. But for them to not know until yesterday. That's just heartbreaking. The no biologists writes in and says what the tragic news of the massive layoffs from activision blizzard yesterday. I thought of a quasi devil's advocate question that I wanted to get your opinion on our any form of layoffs. Good. There were rumors tweet stating these firings affected mostly administrative slash advertising. People who worked on destiny at activision and PR sports support people at blizzard these are unsubstantiated claims, but they lead into my question later during the blizzard earnings call they announced they would be investing twenty percent. More into all of their major properties, including more into warcraft and Diablo are layoffs. Okay. If companies use that money to reinvest more into their properties to help them grow and succeed. There's only advocate question and not the true, not my true opinion on the matter. I truly hope that the people affected will back on their feet soon after this very tragic and poorly handled event. Well, you headed to look at what they're actually saying there, which is investing stuff into call duty Diablo investing into games in general what they're doing is cutting down on get general games activision and then kind of moving to proven hits. It's a question of why are you cutting down the answer is to make more money in the end, so guest kind of expanding, but they could just be replacing the things cutting down like, obviously, they don't need a destiny marketing team anymore because not doing destiny, but they could do something else with marketing team there does not go into because they want to focus on the ones they know make money. Yeah. So like, do you really need to hear of the storm because those people move to something else? So generally, I I don't think there's a Nestle an ethical way to do. Lay-offs? Yeah. I'm s thing. Layoffs by definition, a horrible thing..
"activision" Discussed on Kinda Funny Games Daily
"Digital has historically given its various divisions considerable autonomy under long time chief executive Officer Bobby Kotik over the past year, a number of executives left, including Eric Hershberg. CEO of activision publishing and Mike Moore. Hami the longtime head of blizzard on New Year's Eve active and said it was firing chief financial officer Spencer Newman shortly before he took the same position at Netflix Inc. Tom Kilburn toy industry veteran. Recruited, elite activists consumer products division two years ago. Retired this month. Activision isn't alone stumbling Electronic Arts shares fell thirteen percent Wednesday after the company confessed that some of its biggest releases disappointed, but it rebounded later in the week. Take two interactive software, inC fell by a similar amount Wednesday after four. Casting sales this quarter that were one hundred million dollars below Wall Street forecasts the results were reminder that view games are still a hit driven business rising and falling based on predictable consumers, lots digest there. Obviously. This was an ongoing story on games daily last week. Is this all continue to pop where you sit with Andrew. What's happening? It's interesting to break down. Exactly what the numbers mean in the context of the larger scope of where the health of the industry is at I had some discussions with people on Twitter about this. After the news of this layoff broke and people are like, oh, you know, where's the games industry is in decline, and this was the things that two weeks ago three weeks ago, we had a pact or story Packer was predicting that hey, there's going to be a big decline that we we might see for the first time in x number years. Kind of funny dot com slash your on sales for video games decline, which would be not unheard of. But, hey, this is something to pay attention to after the organic went year that was twenty eighteen it's going to be difficult to climb from there. Right drink. You know, when you have a leader like fortnight really pushing the overall revenue to its peak levels growing, you know, what the store that we did from the NPD numbers and we call Matt on the phone. What was that an eighteen percent growth over twenty seventeen? It only makes sense that like it's got fall sometime flow. Right. But I think that the important thing to remember here is even though we are seeing a dip right now or not seeing a catastrophic fall. You're not seeing a crash, correct. Yeah. I agree with that hundred percent. And then the other thing. Now granted we're calling up the numbers because you know, financials are starting to roll over fiscal years or ending. So that's why you're talking about activision take to write blizzard part of activision. But also, it's the idea that this is what we talk about all the time on smaller scale thing is what is your metric for success. What did you anticipate this doing right? Take two interactive right fell by similar amount Wednesday after forecasting for sales quarter that we're one hundred million dollars below right? That is. Look at the success of GTE five. Okay, extrapolate that to read dead to include what's going to happen with NBA? Right. Like this is not exact science like you're in there. You're predicting you're going and you see here where? Yeah. I think the market got super bullish on take two and rockstar is a brand that can do no wrong. Now. Great that I'm not saying they did wrong with red dead. But obviously didn't perform the way they wanted it to the long-term. Clearly, I think it's also interesting to note that these companies all had really big hits over the last couple of years, but it still wasn't enough. And I think it comes back to how do the financial officers that each of these individual companies make these forecasts at what point do they go. Maybe we've over forecasted I think back to probably three or four years ago. It was when square inex- over forecasted one of their titles. It was either fief or. Rise of the tomb raider. I can't remember which one it was. But it did really well by most. It did like anywhere from three to five million units..
"activision" Discussed on Kotaku Splitscreen
"And we are back Kirk Maddie to this time to talk about the news guys mentally prepared for this. I'm so scared. I'm as mentally prepared as I could possibly be. I'll carry you with me, Kirk don't worry. If you start freaking out, I'll be here this. This is one of the wildest news weeks. I can remember in terms of just like major stories and interesting stories, usually when people talk about big news and games. It's like, oh my God. Just rock steady just announced a new game or whatever. This is actually interesting stories just super wild stuff, including one of the like, most bonkers story stories or one of the most bonkers thing things I've ever heard of DO game CEO say, but we'll get to that. Why don't we start with bungee news? So in case you missed it bungee has announced that it has split with. Activision? It is keeping destiny in the divorce. Activision gets the dog as Kirk pointed out, but bungee gets to keep us any. This means a lot of things means that bungee is going to be self publishing destiny that means this means that activision will no longer be involved in any capacity, which means that the contract that they had signed which leaked a few years ago and stipulated that budget would have to release basically a new game or new expansion every single year that is no longer intact. So bungee no longer has to stick to yearly schedule bungee have said that they will be following the release plan. They've announced which is the whole year to season pass, which includes black armory which came out and then number and jokers wild, which are the two new expansions. They've announced and then after that nobody knows. So nobody knows what this means for destiny three that's going to happen. If they're going to stick with the distance to skew. And just continue updating that we do not know. We do know. And this is based what I've heard based on what I've heard from folks. So just to illustrate my week on this a little behind the scenes here is that I had heard that the divorce was happening that split was going to happen early last week..
"activision" Discussed on Giant Bombcast
"I don't think that they've named a replacement for Eric Hershberg yet who was the president. I guess got out a little while ago. Yeah. Or maybe they haven't named a permanent replacement. I think the people in that role. He I feel like activists in a super weird spot. And you wonder like what are they doing? What are they the capacity to do? Because clearly they've got money that they could throw at stuff if they if they so chose. But like, what do you do, you know, if you want something if you need to make the next call of duty if you need to make the next game that is like that big. You took your big swing on destiny game you didn't own, but we're in a partnership. So you don't get all of that money. And now you've let that walk away because it wasn't wasn't doing the numbers for you. If destiny is too small for activision. Then clearly they either need to make things that are way smaller, which is like a publishing deal for something like secure, which was you know. Snatch up. Yeah. Some games. Go do that route do the remastered row, which again is the spend on developing that stuff. I'm sure is way lower than call of duty is going to be and thus they can turn a profit on it at a much easier way or are much lower sales threshold. But if you're sitting there going like, we need to make thing that could be as big as call of duty was at its height if not bigger and swing for the fences and do this big stuff. Like, I don't fuck you do. If whatever does if you knew that they'd be doing, and maybe they are. But presumably there are some studios somewhere working on games for activision that they plan to announce that they they hope will be huge or they're going to totally change their business and get into multiple smaller things the way they were once before I, but I don't know. Should heed movie based games? They can't get back into that. For sure. Know new new another new pitfall mobile game. How about I don't know? I don't know. It's Wild Thing about talking about with blizzard like public opinion and stuff turning these monolithic companies that we grew up with we grew up with as being just like ten polls of gaming EA activision, just like these you associate them with gaming, and he you just think they're going to last forever. And go as strong as they will into the sunset. Yeah. But the reality is like if you strange business citizens will. Yeah. Can not even necessarily like doing the wrong thing. It's other people doing the right thing in you, not doing the right thing. Right. And having to catch up with that stuff and trying to figure it out all over again at some point you if you've got the hottest game in the world at some point that's gonna fade, and you're suddenly kind of back at square one. And you're like, okay, tastes have changed. We've got this money with it. Yeah. And it gets very scary. I'm sure at some point to be like, okay, we can only take so many chances at building thing this big again. And each time, we do it. And don't like it gets probably gets a little bit heart. It's besides peacock parties. I can't think oh God damn it. Go home. Yeah. That's. Activision went through some really bad times. In the say the late eighties. They had the initial boom of being activision which was like the first third party, and they put out pitfall for the twenty six hundred all this fucking shit, and they were huge, and then the crash happened, and they had to adjust and at some point they changed their name to media genyk, and they bought infocomm. So they were the publishers of record for Zork all sudden and all those text adventures, and and then some point they brought the activision name back, and they bought Sierras gaming stuff, and and kind of turned it around slowly. But surely until suddenly they had blizzard in the fold nad call also they're sitting tar hero like all these huge fuck and franchises. And they became the big. They pass the a point. I think they might still be at that..
"activision" Discussed on DLC
"And this is major news. This is sort of industry reshaping news in the sense that bungee is now becoming a self publisher with destiny, and that's pretty crazy. How that game? I mean that is a big triple a major franchise that you have to assume benefited greatly from the activision machine, the PR marketing sales distribution arm of that massive company, and the fact that, you know, house bungee gonna handle that are they are we gonna see a partnership with somebody else. So they're gonna you know, it seems like they're going to do it themselves, which is a huge undertaking. And so far bungee has said that basically players can expect no change on the destiny to front as far as content that they've promised together for the big game. Yeah. Yeah. It's totally normal. We, you know, we still we. We have the dog. But if anybody wants to play fetch with the dog, you can come over. What do you make this stuff? What do you think about it? I think it's probably good thing for bungee. I feel like activision 's name isn't held very high recently with with activision actress has been kind of under the bus for the here's the storm changes, and is kind of been the scapegoat for a lot of questionable decisions blizzard has been making whether or not that's true. Like, we we don't know. But I remember we do their juicier, foes, they got fired. Wow. I should say. Yeah. And companies change all the time. Like people do move in and out of companies all the time. I remember I grew up playing marathon I bungee game. Yeah. Right. Then and then bungee got bought by Microsoft. I believe I don't know when they passed over to activision, but this is going to be the first time they're they're on their own for a while. Yeah. I was mentioning to Christian earlier in the week that this seems to me like a careful what you wish for kind of situation because when bungee left Microsoft, they were celebrating in so excited about their new partnership with activision that was gonna let them have all this more freedom and do their thing and make this game that morning to make. And it's like, well, something they got they got in bed with another another master that they weren't too happy to serve again. So maybe this is right. Maybe you're right. Maybe this is the best possible solution to just be their own master. I think Steph has some great points where bundy's been independent before. Right. They've granted years ago. How many people at that bungee are still at this bungee? But there there is corporate experience of it. Self publishing is appears to be easier now than ever with the proliferation of game stores and a digital storefronts in not requiring brick and mortar you don't need.
"activision" Discussed on Daily Tech News Show
"The service in two thousand sixteen chariot no longer awaits. All bungee announced Thursday that is ending its contract with activision blizzard in retaining the rights to its destiny. Video games. Franchise bungee says that it will publish destiny on its own while activision focuses on its own IP projects the two companies partnered in twenty ten releasing destiny in two thousand fourteen in destiny to in twenty seventeen both of which are amazing video games, by the way. So bungee publishing at itself was it's destiny. Yeah. That's child. Oh, yeah. That's good. And the parents are divorcing AT and T said it will stop selling access to customer location, data entirely in the wake of that motherboard report showing such data can end up being misused we talked about that Wednesday on the show AT and T says all agreements will be terminated. By March T mobile also said it will end all location aggregate or sales in March and Verizon is winding down its remaining agreements, which are all with roadside assistance services. They didn't have any with the shadier aspects. But they're just going to end all of theirs as well. Discontinuing things Google has just continued decrease cast audio device. However, Google says it will continue to offer assistance per chrome cast audio devices. Yeah. So you won't be cut off from support. But you can't buy them and video land put up a counter at its booth itsy. Yes. Documented the passing of three billion downloads of veal see on Friday video land told variety that it will implement airplay on its apps, which would make it possible to cast video from an Android device to an apple TV or an airplane enabled television, which we had plenty of announced Azi video and also demonstrated some enhanced support for VR headsets with minimal lines of code added that it's reverse engineering and says it is looking to build out a more complete media library for VOC in order to make it simple to switch from items. They say we're not gonna try to complete with Cody and plex we're just going to make it make a little media library situation will make it a little easier. All right. Let's talk a little more about not discontinuing, Shannon. But declining of a market. Yes. IDC reported shipments of traditional PC's fell three point seven percent in q. Four over last year. It was the largest decline since Q three of twenty sixteen. PC sales were down on the on the year a point four percent. As a result IDC attributed the decline to processor shortages in uncertainties around the U S China trade dispute Gardner, which reported similar declines expects demand to improve in twenty nineteen SEP's. Become more available. Lenovo is now the top PC maker worldwide with twenty four percent market share ahead of HP's twenty three point six percent. And del sixteen point five percent. Apple is in fourth place at seven point two percent worldwide, which was actually not that bad. Although the used to be a little bit higher on the list. I think still those are those are your four PC makers weathering the storm worldwide and they're hanging in there. But you may. If you haven't been following this closely, you may think well, yeah. PC market's been into Klein forever. What's the big news? It had started to recover in two thousand sixteen it kinda hit its level. And then we started to rise back up. So this this chip manufacturing issue is really the thing that hit it especially in a holiday quarter when pretty much everything should sell better, or at least a flat. So to have a decline in the holiday quarters, pretty bad, but Gardner seems to think it's mostly about the chip sales IDC gives a little more credence to the the uncertainty around trade relations to it. But both of these companies think that we probably will see some stabilization as as these matters get resolved in the coming year. Poland has arrested two individuals on charges of spine for China Wang. Waging also called Stanislaw wing works as head of sales at hallway and wasn't attache at the Chinese embassy in Poland from two thousand six through to twenty eleven Stanislaw Zahren a spokesperson.
"activision" Discussed on Giant Bombcast
"About it has been so noticeable these last couple years as you've seen the big boobs of like EA, the other one that activision K K Kinami doesn't really have any floor space or anything the more. Like seeing these big third parties go down. But like PlayStation was like a large percentage of one of those main home. I think it is a big deal. Not only for the ESA would probably take a big deal. But will they do eat three just part of the essay? Because this is coming from the an official ESA stuff. Right. No word from Sony. Playstation direct. So are they going to show stuff off site? Like EA has done like. Play. Yeah. Play activision does offsite. Sometimes they don't even go anymore. Now, they're actually they've actually been back for they They were were one of one the of first. the first to get out. But then I think they came back for I don't remember there this year, but they definitely came back with some recent duty stuff and whatnot. Okay. Because I know people show called half shown, call duty on the stage Microsoft up, But. but. Presence is in recent years. Yeah. So I think this is a big, and the only reason I express some incredulity about like, whether this is a huge deal is that this also feels very much in the direction that Sony has been going. It is a big deal that yes, PlayStation is not going to potentially be part of the three showcase this year. But also Sony has been scaling back their presences at various events for a while now and on top of that if you look at what they are potentially looking as their lineup for twenty nineteen you have days gone laughter. Well, yeah, you have the last of us, but that's coming out early in the year. Dreams, which is cool. But like it was not a thing that they put at the forefront of their presentation last year. Don't take Alex word for it. Like, literally take Shawn Layden, chairman of Sony interactive being like now that we have out the door. We're looking down in two thousand nineteen two games like dreams days gone. Yeah. But we wouldn't have enough. This is in terms of the PlayStation experience. Right. Why the cancel that we won't have enough to bring people together. So you're absolutely right. I might actually wrong. I think that might actually be a late next year thing. Okay. The assumption is even if that's the stuff that's announced. Now, we would be that. Oh, they were gonna not so much shit. Normally took him out in the holiday always done it every twenty years. So like, yes. Even when they've had thin lineups. You you get up there, and you strut and you say check out the PS P, I guess, but if you're neck deep in, you know, in a situation where you are planning your next big move, which would presumably be the PS five or whatever they were going to call it. And you. In whatever your lineup for next year is going to be is already a completely known quantity. In a case of days gone, all well to known quality. Quantity. Then I think that maybe that makes some sense because again Sony has no lack of avenues, of course, to get their messaging out when if they feel like it everyone talked about how weird and disjointed their press conference felt last year. Not the games look bad because the presentation made no fucking. People killed. So it feels like they are experimenting with what is necessary, and what makes sense for them. So if they want to try year, at least in say like we don't need to be at three that to me is not super surprising as it would be if like Nintendo or Microsoft made that move, but but they are sending a message. Yeah. I think that's the bigger story. Here is Sony is a huge player in in in east three. I am not one of the I'm not trying to undermine professor anybody else..
"activision" Discussed on DLC
"It's really I think proving to them why spend money on single player. We don't need to do that. But also more importantly than that they said that destiny to foresaken has underperformed and they are looking for ways to quote re-engage the core fan. Base. And also potentially of find other methods of monetization, quote, new opportunities for monetization. Which is. I think a little scary thing for anybody fans. Video games to here. Luke Smith came out with a a tweets in response this week saying that their goal is to create a game that excites fans, and that the folks have buns you wanna play, and that's what they're going to continue to do. But boy feels like a swipe at that team. Kate, what is your response or reaction to to to this? I almost wonder if the fact that it's like not doing as well as expect it was because destiny was such a huge hit. And I think a lot of AAA studios in looking at night and being like, I won't that. And I don't know maybe this is this is bad of me to say, but activision blizzard has a lot of money. I think they'll be Kane. Well, that's for sure. That's for sure it's interesting because if you look at the sort of. Reactionary layer of the community. They seem to have never been happier about destiny to than with his forsaken expansion. They seem to have a very positive things to say about it. And yet, it may be isn't doing the numbers that activision blizzard would want certainly it's a much more competitive landscape for that kind of game than ever before more games are doing what destiny to does than you know, perpetual, loop of grinder shooters. I mean, even putting out call Judy black ops for I think each the lunch of your own game in a low as I would imagine a lot of that a lot of that player base is the same has a lot of overlap between those two games of Christian. What's your take on on this news? Yeah. It's interesting. And I'm not sure, you know, investor calls are often dry to the point. And it may be did underperforming. I do think activision is looking to. You know, what is the next fortnight? What is that next huge monetization thing and in black ops doing so well for them in that is following a trend that you mentioned it's really performing really well. And then it blitz. Con. I don't want to you You know. know about the controversy, but mobile is huge. Right. So blizzard. They had said that all of their IP's are going to be on mobile, and they have, you know, people internal important at the studio working on seeing exploring that avenue for all of their major franchises in. They're looking for ways where the gaming landscape is changing..
"activision" Discussed on MarketFoolery
"It's Wednesday, September twelfth, welcomed market for I'm Magara and joining me in studio, the one and only motley for analyst, Aaron, Bush, Aaron, you're flying solo today. What a day? What is it be here? One thing that's playing out at the time of our taping. We should note is the apple event, and Chris is going to be getting into the guts of that tomorrow. But I do want to ask you because we do know that they're probably gonna be unveiling some new phones. What's it going to take you to upgrade your phone? Because we're talking before the show. I know you have an iphone. Six. I have a six s. What gets you upgrade that phone? So I love new gadgets, but I'm so cheap. It really just needs to break stop working or like apps need the stop working with it that really, that's probably what it would take. Okay. I'm with you. I think you'd have to double the battery life and I'm not sure that's going to all right. Yeah, probably not super San. Okay. How old is your phone though? It's a six. S? So it's like three or four years, but I got a new battery and then they just replaced the phone because the battery's. Bad. So I'm just a pig in slop. I'm happy as can be. So I think I'll have that phone till I die. Sounds like you hack the system. Okay. Well, on today's show, we've got the Kremlin's new joint venture and the WalMart of streaming. Well, yes, yeah, got you. Got you. Interested, don't I? But but let's begin with the latest battle royale in the world of video games, shares of activision, blizzard up seven percent on Tuesday and up to more percent of the time of our taping. Now, Aaron, this all comes on the hills of positive reviews for activision, new game call of duty, black ops, four in fact reviews or so positive that I'm seeing it being called a fortnight killer. Okay. Yes, that may be overstatement, but we should. We should add that for those who made up fellow the video game space. Fortnight is a craze. It's video game with a rabid. Following the game is free. They make all their money from in-app purchases and game purchases. Call of duty is not free. So so different business model here, Erin. But when they have in common is this battle royale mode where the goal is to be the last. Last man standing. What do you think of the latest call of duty here? I mean, I think it's pretty exciting. I mean, like fortnight. This whole craze started with pub g really just even about a year ago. It's all happened really quickly. I mean, it's like suddenly become a multibillion dollar gaming business. So all the big publishers are out there wanting a piece of it. E is going to attack it with battlefield and activision is doing it right now with colic duty. I think there was a lot of skepticism around whether or not they would be able to pull this off, but it's really awesome to see that people think like what this game is the the battle royale mode is really positive. Obviously, you know, this franchise has been around for fifteen years. So this is a way to really refresh the call of duty image answer really pulling the best of college duty, which is all the shooting mechanics and activision is a huge company. So they'll be able to like cut out glitch. And that type of thing really quickly. So I think that this is a really positive sign for them and because it's purely digital, not only will they be able to just to sell the sixty dollar game, but they'll be opportunities just like enforced night and those other games for add on purchases of skins and all sorts of other things probably..
"activision" Discussed on Software Engineering Daily
"Here. So we'll get to talking about start engine which is a crowd funding platform. A company that you're working on today? I did wanna talk some about your history because you worked in game company development in the early nineties and through the early two, thousands, the first company were involved with was activision. Can you describe the software engineering that was involved for game development in the early nineties? Absolutely. So games used to be made on cartridges. The most famous was Atari and that console allowed you to play games in your home and cartridges were these plastic devices that had chips in them, and typically the way you made a game, one person would actually write a software to same person would do the graphics and Saint person to sound. And design and everything. So you would have a game like pitfall was built by an engineer, call, David crane all by himself. It's unbelievable. It really is. And these are great games by the way, and when I got involved and that was the early nineties ninety one, it turns out there was a shift happening, which was called a CD-rom and a CD-rom was an external device. Did you would plug into your p. c. at that time it was not incorporated. It was not a DVD was really the early stages of the, I would say, plastic optical media in what was amazing about it is you could store eight hundred megabytes now a cartridge you could store.
"activision" Discussed on What's Good Games
"And i enjoy games about traversing space that way and combine that with allah g and the theme spiderman i think this could be something really special so i'm i'm looking up the activision spiderman gains because i think those are the ones that really kinda got a bad rap because of felt like activision was holding onto the spiderman ip and just pumping games to fulfil their obligation to marvel and they weren't actually like thinking about how can we revolutionize this from video game perspective how can we innovate and not to like knock the work that was done by the by be knox and some of the other teams that worked on those games clearly these games had an audience and they were very popular within the spiderman fan base but i think we can maybe collectively agree that they weren't knocking down walls and breaking barriers they weren't they weren't arkham right they weren't the arkham series and i feel like rock said he's batman arkham series was kind of like the pinnacle right now where the bar is for superhero video games would you agree with that or do you think that there's something else attire those captured it very well i think the rock city batman games especially the first one i like all three but especially the first one in in arkham asylum managed to combine everything you love about the character and everything you love about fantasy fulfillment of being the character they both they both worked really well it was well written gain that felt like that man but it also makes you feel like you were batman and those are very different things vitamins gonna have to do the same thing to match that they're going to make you feel like peter parker and they're gonna have to make you feel like you are peter parker feeling like peter parker means you have to create a world that's very different that were rock steady dead a world of optimism and melodrama and energy and sudden tragedy and ultimate ultimate hope at the end of the story because that's bite herman and then to make you feel like him instead of making you feel stealthy or make you feel terror in in your.
"activision" Discussed on The Crypto Street Podcast
"Unity in gun involved in basic book activision out of bankruptcy in to control the company in rebuilt into a fortune five hundred companies larger game company in the world and that was an incredible journey it doesn't happen often for entrepreneurs but when it does i can say is law involved there's also some timing and also real guts in real pursuance and in grit to get there and not says for love your listeners who have great ambitions as well it can be done it should be done because that's how entrepreneurs become successful anyway moving forward i then started a vote on our convenient bankruptcy gold acclaim game so you probably are familiar with mortal combat in the jam and rebuild it sold to identify being owned by the walt disney company and i pondered i pondered for a little bit in that was in two thousand eleven and i said you know i wanna help la become a tech city is i love los angeles love living here i think it's a great city he just didn't have its place on the map when it comes to technology so i started an exhilarating storm engine and immediately got thousands of applications people who wanted to join it and get our investment dollars in you know it's great because we were the first excel written los angeles when silicon valley had tons of them that owing most of the companies are invested in their about sixty of them over three years was through twenty companies year went out of business very quickly day we we invested our money they couldn't raise money for our people why maybe their gender the idea the bias level from traditional investors was pretty high of the vc's loved invest in white males from stanford but that's not necessarily everybody i had might him they were people from all walks of lives and they had one.
"activision" Discussed on What's Good Games
"Lines to see how long you make sense i love it that's where you went with his die word it's like what we're hoping to be in in on that reveal event we're going to reach out to activision and ask if we can come down and check it out and see where it's going to go block ops clearly one of the favorites of the call of duty franchises that are out there call of duty zombies really originating with black ops and the competitive multiplayer probably a fan favorite would you agree with that sit in black ops definitely agree with that i think that they do really good job of understanding what players want from what i've heard specifically in the sports community they understand like making a solid competitive map which i think just translates really well trickling down to more casual player yeah absolutely so clearly activision having been crushing it always with this franchise have anticipation so it's going to be good it's going to be interesting to see where they take the single player aspect because it was so cinematic with world war two i don't know how they're going to one up themselves but if anybody can succeed i would imagine it would be activision with call of duty in the last piece of news from last week that we want to confirm that we received the division to has been confirmed and it will be revealed at e three twenty eighteen i'm actually pretty excited about this news i didn't spend nearly as much time with division as i wanted to originally because i think he just had a few hiccups when it launched and there was other games happening and i was getting back into destiny at that time and i just didn't have time for two games a services but the people that i know that really got into that game said that with all of the updates it really got good kind of how destiny.
"activision" Discussed on Giant Bombcast
"Yeah so friday yes off reading okay all right maybe i guess there's a lot of shit and they're like that's i am somewhat surprised if that price but at the same time there is a fucking shit in their place and burnout paradise let's do it i'm gonna get it feels yeah it just feels damn good yeah good at that sure said what's the balloon status i don't think it's playable anymore yeah server probably probably down license and well so that what team was activision palmer bizarre creations created it so there's doesn't exist anymore it's just on the activision list of games they'll never revisit in the wind yeah i wanted to like it more than i did sure but i still had it was cool it was a cool idea yeah it's just a form post effort foreign post of server dale servers server still up like no definitive answer as of tears post from twenty fifteen where somebody stacking servers you're still up totally think of might not have serve racers just regular xbox live just peer to peer yes able interesting i don't know splitsecond is backwards compatible i never played that i always thought that sounded cool it's neat the first time you yeah time you see everything great pieces that it's kinda done by lap twelve all right ben fire that up on under my account and left it going all weekend i had so many people messaging wow you were super indisp litz echo.