Modern Warfare 2 Free Weekend Starts Now

Free weekend to Modern Warfare 2.

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Warzone 2.0 Launch Has Steam Angry

Game sits at 37% “mostly negative” rating.

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Hotcakes: Vanguard Multiplayer Should Go Free

Goes on umpteenth free week.

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VidAlpha: MrDalekJD Confirmed Plagiarist, Apologizes

Videos stolen wholesale from other creators.

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Activision Made $1.2 Billion In Microtransactions Last Quarter

Activision releases quarterly income.

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NM: Black Ops Cold War Alpha Isn’t Quite Free In Japan/Germany

You’ll need to do something extra.

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Hotcakes: Nothing Says Sincere Like An Apology Under Duress

And people making cheats for emotionally stunted manbabies.

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Streaming Buddies: Activision Blizzard Partners With Google Cloud

Google and Activision Blizzard today announced that the two companies will be joining forces to power new player experiences. Activision Blizzard will use Google Cloud services to power their game hosting infrastructures while Youtube will play exclusive host to live broadcasts of eSports and other events (excluding China). In other words, Youtube will be hosting Overwatch League, Call of Duty League, Hearthstone, and others.

Call of Duty’s inaugural league kicks off today (January 24) at 2p.m. PST where twelve teams will face off in Minnesota with Overwatch League following on February 8.

“We’ve worked closely with Activision Blizzard for the past few years across mobile titles to boost its analytics capabilities and overall player experience,” said Sunil Rayan, Head of Gaming, Google Cloud. “We are excited to now expand our relationship and help power one of the largest and most renowned game developers in the world.”

Activision boasts that the cloud will allow gamers to play their favorite titles with low latency and packet loss.

“This is an exciting year for Activision Blizzard Esports as we head into the inaugural season of Call of Duty League and our first ever season of homestands for Overwatch League all around the world,” said Pete Vlastelica, CEO of Activision Blizzard Esports. “It’s our mission to deliver high-quality competitive entertainment that our fans can follow globally, live or on-demand, and to celebrate our players as the superstars that they are. This partnership will help us deliver on that promise at new levels, by combining our passionate communities of fans and players with YouTube’s powerful content platform and exciting history of supporting next-generation entertainment.”

Source: Press Release

Tyler Barriss Convicted, Could Be Sentenced to 20+ Years

Los Angeles resident and soon-to-be long term prisoner Tyler Barriss has entered into a plea deal in federal court in Kansas and is facing a sentence of at least twenty years. Barriss previously pled guilty to his role in orchestrating a swatting incident which resulted in the death of a Wichita man at the hands of local police officers. In addition to this charge, Barriss also pled guilty to a hoax bomb threat in the District of Columbia and 46 counts of making false bomb threats against high schools, universities, shopping malls, and TV stations in more than a dozen states. Nobody was injured in those other cases.

In the Wichita case, authorities are still pressing charges against Casey Viner and Shane Gaskill, two co-defendants whose feud over Call of Duty led to Viner requesting the swatting hoax from Barriss with Gaskill providing the fake address.

Sentencing is set for January 30. Barriss is 25, meaning he will be close to if not over 50 by the time his sentence has been fully served.


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