Twitch Criticized For Black Lives Matter Video With Mostly White Streamers

Twitch has received backlash on Twitter after sharing a Black Lives Matter video that featured very few Black streamers. The video, which Twitch has since deleted, featured mostly white streamers, primarily DrLupo, talking about Black Lives Matter. Twitter User @2leftjoycons reuploaded the video.

Twitch followed up with an apology stating that the video was supposed to be focused on allyship, a message Twitch said it “didn’t make clear.” People took issue with the video promoting the message of supporting Black Twitch streamers without showcasing and promoting more of them.

BlissKai and ZombaeKillz, two Black Twitch streamers featured in the video, expressed their feelings on Twitter.

If you’re looking for more gaming content from Black creators, check out this roundup, featuring articles, videos, podcasts, and streamers.

Twitch dealt with controversy earlier in the week when it tweeted out a video celebrating LGBTQIA+ content creators that said “When the G in LGBTQIA+ also stands for gamer.” Twitch has deleted the tweet and put out a version without that graphic, but did not address the change.

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Far Cry 6 details and release date leaked ahead of Ubisoft reveal

Far Cry 6 has been leaked by the Hong Kong PlayStation Store, confirming previously leaked details and a release date.

It was already widely expected that Ubisoft would announce Far Cry 6 at its upcoming E3 replacement, Ubisoft Forward, this weekend.

Unfortunately for Ubisoft, the game was leaked earlier today via the Hong Kong PlayStation Store, confirming a number of details about the game, including a release date.

The listing has since been deleted, but a user on ResetEra was able to grab an image of it and provide a rough translation on the details provided.

First of all, as you may have noticed already, it confirms a previous leak which claimed that Breaking Bad actor Giancarlo Esposito would be playing a character, which turns out to be the main villain, Anton Castillo.

It also confirms another leak that the game wouldn’t be set in America. Instead, it will take place in the fictional country of Yara, which is described as a ‘tropical paradise frozen in time.’

Castillo is Yara’s ruthless dictator and you play as Dani Rojas, who seeks to overthrow Castillo and liberate the country.

The listing advertises Yara as ‘the largest Far Cry playground to date’ and that you will be able to use makeshift weapons, vehicles, and the returning animal companions feature, which have been renamed to amigos.

While we can probably expect it to come to other platforms, this listing does confirm that the game will come to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 on 18 February.

Also, anyone who purchases a digital copy of the PlayStation 4 game is entitled to a free PlayStation 5 copy too. It doesn’t clarify if those who buy physical copies will be given a similar offer, but it seems likely that they will.

At the very least, all will be made more abundantly clear this weekend when Ubisoft provides official details itself.

Ubisoft Forward will take place on Sunday 12 July at 8pm.

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Here are the upgrades for Valorant’s Elderflame skins

Like many of Valorant’s other skin lines, the new Elderflame skins have a variety of upgrades that players can choose to unlock. Since these skins are the most complicated and elaborate in the game, it’s not a surprise that the upgrades, which include things like new animations, sound effects, and finishers, are pretty intense as well.

Each of these upgrades will likely have to be purchased from the Valorant in-game store for Radianite Points. It’s not clear how much these upgrades will cost, but previous skin upgrades cost either 10 or 15 Radianite Points each. Each upgrade level for the individual skins is slightly different, but each of the weapons has at least one upgrade you can get.


In Valorant, making a gun into a dragon proved to be a real pain in the ass

Here all some of the upgrades available for Valorant’s Elderflame skins for the Vandal, Operator, Judge, Frenzy, and knife.

Valorant Elderflame skin upgrades

Vandal level 1

Vandal level 2

Vandal level 3

Vandal level 4

Knife level 2

Operator level 1

Operator level 2

Operator level 3

Operator level 4

Judge level 1

Judge level 2

Judge level 3

Judge level 4

Frenzy level 4

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Destiny 2 Trials of Osiris rewards and loot for this week as Bungie talk Store rewards

Bungie will be unlocking its prime PvP mode in the coming hours with the weekly return of Destiny 2 Trials of Osiris. As usual, there will be plenty of new loot to earn and a lot of competition to try and make it to The Lighthouse. Destiny 2 is currently in the middle of a busy time, with Season of Arrivals continuing to move forward the story. More Pyramid ships have arrived and gamers will soon be dealing with the new threat, while also gathering what exotic weapons they can get their hands on.

As usual, Bungie will be unlocking Trials of Osiris on a Friday, with the popular crucible playlist launching at the same time across PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Trials of Osiris will be launching at 6pm in the UK on July 10, and there will be no hints at what rewards will be available to those winning Fireteams.

The first information shared will be from Guardians, who will be able to confirm the first loot unlocks and the map selection almost straight away.

The rest might take a few hours longer to find out, but we’ll be sure to update this story as soon as we know more.

While Bungie won’t be giving much away about the returning weekly event, they have been talking about other ways they are tweaking the game.

Bungie Day was celebrated this week and the studio has announced a number of new items are available to purchase from the Store.

This includes the new Moments of Triumph T-Shirt, which is available for pre-order through Bungie Rewards, if you have completed the necessary Triumphs.

A message from Bungie adds: “If you are brave enough to complete all five of the featured raids during Season of Arrivals, we are also offering a new Raid Ring for purchase through Bungie Rewards.

“It goes great with one of your many raid jackets to further showcase your PvE prowess to jealous clan mates or certain community managers.

“For the truly committed, a new Seal and the “MMXX” title will be available for completing all 28 Triumphs, including some Triumphs that will go live during Solstice of Heroes in August.

“These must be completed during Season of Arrivals, but you can continue to show off your exclusive title in future Seasons as proof of your dedication.”

Back to what is happening today and the development team will be releasing the 3v3 Crucible playlist at around 6pm GMT on July 10, and returning players will want to visit Saint-14 soon after, who will be located in the Tower Hangar.

The Osiris reset offers a new inventory of Trials Passages, Bounties, and the option to turn in Trials Tokens.

A different map and a fresh set of rewards will be available to Guardians today if they meet the requirements of the 960 Power rating needed to buy Passages.

As ever, Trials fans will earn exclusive rewards by defeating other teams of three, while hoping to gain entry to the Lighthouse.

It should be noted that Mods now drop through a white item bauble instead of an erroneously assigned Exotic Engram bauble, and duplicate mods will no longer drop from the Flawless chest.

Additional Masterwork material rewards now drop at three, five, and seven Trials wins, and Trials Tokens distribution has been re-balanced to focus on wins three, five, and seven of a Trials Passage.

As always, there are five unique Passages that can be bought from Saint-14 which offer their own mechanics.

Each Passage will track wins and losses in a single Trials run. If three losses appear on a Passage, players will be restricted from the activity and have to either reset the Passage or purchase a new one.

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Sony invests £200 million in Fortnite and Unreal Engine creator Epic Games

The makers of PlayStation are now a minority stakeholder in the makers of Fortnite, as the two companies hint at future collaborations.

The surprise deal seems to have less to do with Fortnite, or other ventures such as the Epic Games Store, and more to do with Unreal Engine 5, which was used to provide the first look at PlayStation 5 graphics and a project on which the two companies worked together very closely.

According to Sony, the investment will allow them to increase their level of collaboration, ‘across Sony’s leading portfolio of entertainment assets and technology, and Epic’s social entertainment platform and digital ecosystem to create unique experiences for consumers and creators.’

For their part, Epic Games has now raised the equivalent of £1.26 billion in three separate funding rounds, starting with a £262 million investment from Chinese giant Tencent in 2012, which bought them a 40% ownership stake in the company.

Epic are a considerably different company than they were back in 2012 though and Sony’s money today has bought them a mere 1.4% stake in the company, which if you do the maths means that Epic Game are currently worth around £14 billion (Sony has a net worth of around £69 billion).

Such a small stake gives Sony no control over the company, so what exactly they’re getting out of the deal – apart from investing in a successful company – is unclear, as Unreal Engine has always been multiformat and that’s very unlikely to change.

Working closer with Epic for PlayStation exclusive features would still be a benefit though, especially after the revelation that Unreal Engine 5 was rewritten specifically to take advantage of the PlayStation 5’s faster SSD.

‘Epic’s powerful technology in areas such as graphics places them at the forefront of game engine development with Unreal Engine and other innovations’, said Sony president and CEO Kenichiro Yoshida.

‘Through our investment, we will explore opportunities for further collaboration with Epic to delight and bring value to consumers and the industry at large, not only in games, but also across the rapidly evolving digital entertainment landscape.’

For Epic’s part it’s not obvious if they have any specific plans for the money, as beyond Unreal Engine 5 they haven’t announced any major new projects lately. But clearly they’re now in an extremely privileged position, since they own both one of the most successful games on the market and one of the most successful software technologies.

According to Epic boss Tim Sweeney, the two companies, ‘share a vision of real-time 3D social experiences leading to a convergence of gaming, film, and music. Together we strive to build an even more open and accessible digital ecosystem for all consumers and content creators alike’.

The talk of social experiences and film and music seems like a reference to Fortnite’s Party Royale, which has been successful used for music performances and to show movies – which is likely to be of increasing interest to Sony’s own music and film divisions.

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Report: China Cancels International Sporting Events in 2020

The Chinese government has canceled all international sporting events in the country for the remainder of 2020, according to an Associated Press report as highlighted by esports journalist Rod Breslau. This announcement by the government could potentially cause TJ Sports (a joint venture of Riot Games and Tencent Esports) to make drastic changes to the League of Legends World Championship, which is set to take place in Shanghai later this year.

Trials for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games will still take place in Beijing and Zhangjiakou according to the AP report, but every other sporting event scheduled for 2020 has been canceled by China’s General Administration of Sports.

As pointed out by Niko Partners Senior Analyst Daniel Ahmad, earlier this week Tencent said (per a Forbes China report) that Worlds 2020 was still on track for Shanghai, but this was prior to this latest news coming out of China. 

Also per The Esports Observer’s reporting, both Tencent and TJ Sports have indicated multiple times in the months following the initial COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in Wuhan that Worlds 2020 was still on track to take place in Shanghai.

The Esports Observer has reached out to TJ Sports, Riot Games, and Tencent for further details.

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Best new mobile games on iOS and Android – July 2020 round-up

The reviews of the month’s best smartphone games includes Beyond A Steel Sky, Slay The Spire, and Yoko Taro’s SINoAlice.

Even though the country remains in the grip of a pandemic for which there’s no vaccine or effective treatment, the pubs are open and some of the children are back at school. Against this perplexing backdrop, it’s nice to have a clutch of mobile games that instantly reaffirm your faith in humankind. The tactical genius of Slay The Spire, the dreamlike If Found… and the nostalgic whimsy of Beneath A Steel Sky are all hugely welcome diversions to carry in your pocket.

Crying Suns

iOS & Android, £8.99 (Humble Games)

Set in the future on the galaxy’s outer rim, colonies are in trouble after all their AIs simultaneously stop working. Your job is to figure out what’s going on and you do that in the style of genre classic, FTL.

Crying Suns is a sci-fi roguelike specialising in ship-to-ship combat and random encounters, but this time it’s less interested in crew management, focusing instead on various squadrons of drones and use of your ship’s big guns.

It can’t match FTL’s perfection, and its assortment of 300 events start repeating much earlier than you’d imagine, a problem exacerbated by how story-focused it is, making the repetition particularly glaring. It’s still very good though, with a solid script and beautiful pixel art styling.

Score: 7/10

Beyond A Steel Sky

iOS and PC, included with Apple Arcade (Revolution Software)

It’s been 26 years since Beneath A Steel Sky was released, making this one of the longest awaited sequels in the history of games, but fans will be delighted to discover that not that much has changed.

It’s still a dialogue-heavy adventure set in a dystopian, cyberpunk future, and maintains its Broken Sword-esque sense of humour and charmingly British sensibilities. Sadly, it also suffers from the same peccadilloes as its ancient forebear.

Chief amongst those is the need to figure out sometimes non-intuitive sequences of actions to solve its puzzles, and sitting through reams of chat that sometimes isn’t quite as amusing as it imagines. It’s still worth it for the sweet pang of nostalgia though.

Score: 6/10

Slay The Spire

iOS, £9.99 (Humble Games)

With a PC incarnation that’s already very fairly hailed as a classic, Slay The Spire makes its way to touchscreen with this excellent port.

Mechanically, everything is as it was; a roguelike deck builder that relies on tactics that get increasingly deep as you unlock cards and reach a fuller understanding of their interactions and combat possibilities.

It’s exquisitely designed, both graphically and in terms of its ruleset, and gives the distinct impression of being a labour of love. It’s also monumentally addictive and despite its high – at least for mobile – price is an essential purchase. The Android version is due for release later this year.

Score: 9/10

Flick Solitaire

iOS & Android, free-to-play (Flick Games)

The world is in absolutely no danger of running out of solitaire games, whether on PC or mobile. However, it’s fair to say that some of those versions of the classic solo card game are far more playable than others.

Flick Solitaire is certainly extremely easy to enjoy. Its lean interface, pleasing sound effects, and the mellow formation ballet your cards perform when you complete a level are never less than winning. It also comes with basic solitaire, and its Pyramid and Elevens variants, both of which add new facets to the game.

You have to watch a short ad every few games, or you can spring for a subscription that removes advertising and lets you select the table surface you play on. It’s up to you whether that’s worth the frankly ludicrous £1.99 per week.

Score: 7/10


iOS, included with Apple Arcade (The Label)

The_Otherside is a board game-meets-role-playing game about clearing out monsters from a small town. You do that by finding and destroying ‘spirit anchors’, which rid a section of the board of its infection.

Each turn your heroes spend their three action points moving, searching rooms, looking for ammo, kicking down or erecting barricades and attacking monsters. Each turn fresh horrors teleport in from the Otherside, which seems to be a bit like the Upside Down in Stranger Things.

Earn XP to level up, unlocking new creatures, equipment, heroes, and bigger maps. While finding a decent weapon early on can make a big difference, the randomness isn’t too brutal, and the game gets more interesting as you progress, with more characters and larger levels forcing you to make judicious use of each hero’s skills to survive.

Score: 8/10

Oceanhorn 2: Knights Of The Lost Realm – Golden Edition

iOS, included with Apple Arcade (Cornfox)

Oceanhorn 2 has been out for a while, but the recent Golden Edition adds two expansions: The Shield Of Chronos and The Criminal Hunt. The first is a dungeon containing a shield that bounces projectiles back towards assailants, and the second casts you as a bounty hunter pursuing a series of miscreants.

If you have a fancier iPhone or iPad, this update will also allow you to lock the frame rate to 60fps, adding to the beauty of its colourful landscapes, azure sea, and Sega blue skies.

Although frequently compared to Zelda games, and indeed sharing a similar structure and pastoral charm, it unfortunately lacks Nintendo’s magic and feels plodding and workaday despite its undoubtedly lofty production values.

Score: 6/10

If Found…

iOS, £4.99 (Annapurna Interactive)

Like Annapurna stablemate, Florence, If Found… isn’t quite a game, more a work of elegiac interactive fiction. Set in a 1990s world without social media or mobile phones, you read the illustrated diary entries of an Irish teenager returning to her small hometown, having been at University in Dublin.

Your interaction with every single part of the story is to obliterate it, either using an eraser, or slowly spreading splodges of watercolour to rub out written memories, each of which is ironically framed as ‘Things to remember’.

The light touch of the writing offsets the slightly melancholy content, and its Emerald Isle setting makes for a welcome break from the usual Americana, fantasy violence, and crime fighting.

Score: 8/10


iOS & Android, £Free (Pokelabo)

Coming from the mind of NieR:Automata creative director, Yoko Taro, the much-anticipated SINoAlice was released in Japan in 2017 and now finally makes its way West.

Taking place in a mysterious library, it remixes the plots and protagonists of fairy tales from Snow White to Little Red Riding Hood, its battles taking place in semi-real-time, feeding the usual gacha loot box mechanics that let you claim random new kit for your heroines.

Despite its elegant art style and stirring musical score, it’s crushingly dull. The narratives don’t branch, and with auto-fight turned on, your role is reduced to that of spectator rather than player, and no amount of fourth wall-breaking humour or twisted fairy tale storylines make up for the boredom at its core.

Score: 4/10

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Ghost Of Tsushima Reviews Will Go Live Soon–Here's The Embargo Date And Time

Now that July is officially here, we’re inching ever closer to the release of Ghost of Tsushima on PS4. The highly anticipated exclusive launches on Friday, July 17, and now we know exactly when reviews for the game will go live.

The review embargo for Ghost of Tsushima is Tuesday, July 14 at 7 AM PT / 10 AM ET / 3 PM BST. That means that in less than one week you’ll begin seeing outlets–including GameSpot–publishing their reviews of the game ahead of its release.

Ghost of Tsushima is an open-world action game developed by Sucker Punch, the studio behind the Sly Cooper and Infamous franchises. The title features only one playable character, Jin Sakai, who is fighting to reclaim his home island from the invading Mongols. Throughout the story, players will have the choice to face their foes as an honorable samurai or become the “Ghost” and use stealth and other deceitful tactics.

In the lead up to its release, Sucker Punch has been sharing more details about Ghost of Tsushima. The studio gave us a much closer look at exploration and combat in May’s State of Play broadcast, and last week it detailed stances and the deadliness of Jin’s katana. Sony also recently shared a new trailer to get you ready for war.

While Ghost of Tsushima’s release date is quickly approaching, there’s still time to pre-order a copy of the game and snag some extra bonuses, including a mini soundtrack and dynamic PS4 theme. You can learn more in our Ghost of Tsushima pre-order guide.

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The US Army Is Banning Twitch Users For Mentioning War Crimes In Chat

Recently, Twitter users raced to get banned from the US Army Esports official Discord server, with the influx of users causing the server to shut down completely to new users. Now, with the Discord server still unreachable, people have taken to the US Army’s Twitch chat instead, Vice reported.

During a stream on Wednesday night where Green Beret Joshua “Strotnium” David played Call of Duty: Warzone, esports personality Rod “Slasher” Breslau posted a video of him getting banned after asking about war crimes. Breslau discovered that the Army had automatically moderated the phrase “war crimes” after attempting to ask “whats your favorite us war crime?” After changing it to “whats your favorite u.s. w4r cr1me?” Breslau then linked the Wikipedia page for United States war crimes, a tactic also used by users speedrunning bans on the Army’s Discord, and was banned moments later.

After the video was posted to Twitter, other users decided to join in on speedrunning bans in the Twitch channel by mentioning US war crimes. Some cited grievances with the use of Twitch as an Army recruitment tool, while others protested the 2019 ruling that banned transgender people from serving in the military.

“I think every post that I do from now on is going to say UwU in it just to flex,” David said on the stream, referring to the US Army esports tweet that drew attention to the Army’s esports channels in the first place. “Ya’ll are gonna talk all that crap to my angels on the esports team, the nicest person in the entire world, you little internet keyboard monsters. No, I won’t stand for that. I’m bigger than you.”

The stream was soon stopped, coming back later with follower-only chat–where only users who had followed the Army’s account for over 24 hours could post in the chat. The channel gained over 660 new followers during the Strontium stream according to TwitchTracker, one of the highest seen on any US Army stream, suggesting a number of users were trying to circumvent the chat restrictions.

The US Army esports team later sent a statement to Vice about the bans.

“The U.S. Army eSports Team follows the guidelines and policies set by Twitch, and they did ban a user from their account,” the statement read. “Team members are very clear when talking with potential applicants that a game does not reflect a real Army experience. They discuss their career experiences in real terms with factual events. Team members ensure people understand what the Army offers through a realistic lens and not through the lens of a game meant for entertainment. This user’s question was an attempt to shift the conversation to imply that Soldiers commit war crimes based on an optional weapon in a game, and we felt that violated Twitch’s harassment policy. The U.S. Army offers youth more than 150 different careers, and ultimately the goal of the Army eSports Team is to accurately portray that range of opportunities to interested youth.”

The US Army, Navy, and Air Force all have their own esports teams, though the initiatives have come under fire for their use of videogames to recruit young people. The Twitch channel has been especially controversial as a site that’s popular with young people, with users as young as 13 able to sign up for the platform.

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Psychonauts 2 Brought Back Cut Content After Dev Was Acquired By Microsoft

Psychonauts 2 developer Double Fine was acquired by Microsoft in 2019, and it turns out that the buyout had a major impact on the company’s newest game. Double Fine founder Tim Schafer told that when his studio was acquired by Microsoft, it allowed the developers to bring back content for Psychonauts 2 that would have otherwise been left on the cutting room floor.

“With Psychonauts 2, we could see the end of our budget coming up, and so we had cut a lot of stuff,” Schafer said. “We had cut our boss fights. Now we are able to put those back in, and we’re like, ‘We think people would have noticed if we didn’t have those boss fights’. Being able to complete the game in the way that it was meant to be was very important.”

Psychonauts 2 was initially funded on Fig, where it raised more than $3.8 million USD, before the Microsoft acquisition. The game, which was announced all the way back in 2015, is now due to launch later in 2020 following a delay.

Now that Double Fine is owned by Microsoft, and has the backing of a trillion-dollar company, Double Fine is able to think about doing “what is right for the game” instead of focusing too much on time and budget issues.

“I’m looking forward to doing things for the right reasons,” Schafer said. “When you only have a certain amount of time and money, you might jump into a part of the game that you’re not ready to jump into, or start working on art before you’re ready with design. But now I look forward to this era where we are doing everything for what is right for the game.”

Also in the interview, Schafer spoke more about Double Fine’s decision to sell to Microsoft. He recalled that Double Fine was initially hesitant, and not interested in selling. However, Schafer became convinced after speaking with Xbox Game Studios boss Matt Booty and hearing about his vision for Xbox Game Pass in particular.

“I started to see two things that were important to me. One was that we could keep our culture. I was concerned, I was like: Will I need to put up a big Windows logo in our lobby, and change my email address to @ And he was like, ‘No, none of that, you stay your own company, you’re just part of our team’. Of course, everyone would say that, but I kind-of believed it because I started to understand their vision for Game Pass,” Schafer said.

For more on Xbox Game Pass, check out GameSpot’s opinion feature, Microsoft’s Secret Weapon For Next-Gen Is Xbox Game Pass.

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