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Big brother is creating a two-tier society in China: Adam Minter

By Bloomberg Even for Chinese authorities, who have long tried to limit the influence of foreign media and ideas, last week marked an escalation. In the span of a few days, authorities blocked access to Twitch, the video-game live-streaming platform owned by Amazon.com Inc.; ordered a purge of foreign content from school textbooks; and proposed restricting […].....»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: FinanceSep 26th, 2018Related News

Heat, Knicks clash in first NBA 2K League Finals

NBA 2K League press release NEW YORK – Heat Check Gaming and Knicks Gaming will make history when they meet in the first NBA 2K League Finals, a best-of-three series that will take place Saturday, Aug. 25 beginning at 4 p.m. ET (4am, Sunday, Aug. 26, PHL time) on Twitch. Below please find numbers related to the inaugural season of the NBA 2K League: NBA 2K League At-A-Glance: 102 – The NBA 2K League, a professional esports league co-founded by the NBA and Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., launched in 2018 and features the best 102 NBA 2K players in the world selected from 72,000 hopefuls. 132M – NBA 2K League content has generated more than 132 million video views on social media channels. 1.6M – The NBA 2K League and its teams feature more than 1.6 million likes and followers across all league and team social media platforms. 1M – The NBA 2K League awarded $1 million in prize money over the course of its inaugural season, with the largest prize pool reserved for the end of season champions.  The best-of-three NBA 2K League Finals will see the winning team receive $300,000, and the remainder of the $600,000 total prize pool will be awarded to the remaining seven playoff teams. 186 – The NBA 2K League regular season consisted of 186 games. 17 – The 2018 season ran for 17 weeks, beginning in May and ending in August, and featured 12 weeks of weekly matchups, three weeks of in-season tournaments and two weeks of postseason. 10M – NBA 2K18 has sold approximately 10 million copies worldwide and is the best-selling edition in franchise history. NBA 2K League Teams:      90 – NBA 2K League teams have formed more than 90 corporate and marketing partnerships. 21 – Affiliates of four NBA teams – the Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves – will join the NBA 2K League for its second season, bringing the total number of teams from 17 to 21. 8 – Eight teams qualified for the inaugural NBA 2K League playoffs: No. 1 seed Blazer5 Gaming (12-2), No. 2 seed 76ers GC (10-4), No. 3 seed Pistons GT (9-5), No. 4. seed Raptors Uprising GC (8-6), No. 5 seed Cavs Legion GC (8-6), No. 6 seed Heat Check Gaming (8-6), No. 7 seed Wizards District Gaming (8-6), and No. 8 seed and THE TICKET tournament winner Knicks Gaming (5-9). NBA 2K League Players: 677 – Wizards District Gaming’s Austin “Boo Painter” Painter, the league-leader in points scored, tallied 677 points during the regular season. 84 – Grizz Gaming’s Mehyar “AuthenticAfrican” Ahmed-Hassan set the NBA 2K League single-game scoring record with 84 points. 57 – Blazer5 Gaming’s Dayne “OneWildWalnut” Downey, the Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player of the Year, recorded 57 blocks during the regular season. 25 – NBA 2K League players compete as unique characters in 5-on-5 gameplay.  Each position can choose between five different archetypes, creating 25 total archetypes* 15 – New York has produced 15 NBA 2K League players, more than any other state. 9 – There were nine international players on 2018 opening-night NBA 2K League rosters: Yusuf “Yusuf_Scarbz” Abdulla (Raptors Uprising GC; Canada), Mehyar “AuthenticAfrican” Ahmed-Hassan (Grizz Gaming; Canada), Jamie “vGooner-” Bull (Pacers Gaming; U.K.), Ryan “Devillon” de Villon (Mavs Gaming; Canada), Thomas “Speedbrook” Genaj (Celtics Crossover Gaming; Canada), Harry “HazzaUK2K” Hurst (Mavs Gaming; U.K.), Jannis “JLB” Neumann (Mavs Gaming; Germany), Basil “24k Dropoff” Rose (Heat Check Gaming; Canada), and Jomar “Jomar12 PR” Varela-Escapa (Blazer5 Gaming; Puerto Rico). 5 – Five players have recorded triple doubles in the inaugural season of the NBA 2K League: Heat Check Gaming’s Juan “Hotshot” Gonzalez, Raptors Uprising GC’s Kenneth “Kenny” Hailey, Celtics Crossover Gaming’s Ahmed “Mel East” Kasana, Wizards District Gaming’s Austin “Boo Painter” Painter, and Knicks Gaming’s Idris “Idrisdagoat6” Richardson. *An archetype is a preset combination of attributes and skills. For more information about the NBA 2K League, visit NBA2KLeague.com and follow @NBA2KLeague on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 21st, 2018Related News

NBA 2K League announces four new teams for 2018 season

NBA 2K League press release NEW YORK – The NBA 2K League announced today that affiliates of four National Basketball Association (NBA) teams – the Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves – will join the league for its second season, bringing the total number of NBA 2K League teams from 17 to 21. “Welcoming these four world-class organizations and their passionate fanbases to the NBA 2K League is an exciting moment not only for the league, but for the entire 2K community,” said NBA 2K League Managing Director Brendan Donohue. “From their innovative spirit to their global reach, we know each of these teams will be a tremendous addition, and we are thrilled that this growth offers the opportunity for new players, coaches and support staff to join the league.” The league’s inaugural season tipped off in May 2018 and features the best 102 NBA 2K players in the world competing on 17 teams. The 17-week season includes weekly matchups, three in-season tournaments and will culminate with the NBA 2K League Playoffs, which begin this Friday, Aug. 17 at 6 pm ET (Saturday, August 18, PHL time). The first NBA 2K League Finals will be held on Saturday, Aug. 25 at 4 pm ET (Sunday, August 26, PHL time). All competition is streamed live on Twitch and takes place from the NBA 2K League Studio Powered by Intel in New York City. The original 17 NBA 2K League teams are 76ers GC, Blazer5 Gaming, Bucks Gaming, Celtics Crossover Gaming, Cavs Legion GC, Grizz Gaming, Heat Check Gaming, Jazz Gaming, Kings Guard Gaming, Knicks Gaming, Magic Gaming, Mavs Gaming, Pacers Gaming, Pistons GT, Raptors Uprising GC, Warriors Gaming Squad, and Wizards District Gaming. For more information about the NBA 2K League, visit NBA2KLeague.com and follow @NBA2KLeague on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 15th, 2018Related News

‘M.A.S.H.’ star Alan Alda reveals he has Parkinson’s disease

  NEW YORK --- Actor Alan Alda says he has Parkinson's disease.   Appearing Tuesday on "CBS This Morning," the former "M.A.S.H." star said he was diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disorder three and a half years ago. Alda says he expects a tabloid will soon publish a story about his diagnosis.   The 82-year-old says he's not angry and considers it a challenge. Alda says he has acted and given talks since then. He says he could see his thumb twitch in a recent podcast and thought someone would soon do a sad story.   Alda says revealing his diagnosis might be helpful to others with Parkinson's that there are things they can do.   A...Keep on reading: ‘M.A.S.H.’ star Alan Alda reveals he has Parkinson’s disease.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jul 31st, 2018Related News

NBA 2K League announces 'The Ticket' schedule

NBA 2K League press release NEW YORK – The NBA 2K League announced today the game schedule for its third and final tournament of the season, “THE TICKET”, scheduled for July 12-14 (July 13-15, PHL time). Streaming live on Twitch, all games take place from the NBA 2K League Studio Powered by Intel in New York City. The single-elimination tournament begins on Thursday, July 12 at 6 p.m. (Friday, July 13, 6am, PHL time) with a play-in game for the 16th and 17th seeds, which will be followed by games featuring the 1st -15th seeds and winner of the play-in game. Overall, the tournament will feature five games on Thursday (Friday, PHL time), four games on Friday (Saturday, PHL time) and seven games on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time), culminating in the championship game at 7 p.m. ET (7am, PHL time). Seeding was determined by a team’s performance during the four weeks of regular-season games preceding “THE TICKET.” The winner of “THE TICKET” will be guaranteed a playoff spot. In addition, the winning team will receive half of the $150,000 prize pool, with the remainder being awarded to the second to eighth place teams (first place - $75,600; second place - $24,800; third and fourth place - $12,800; fifth-eighth place - $6,000). In addition to a playoff berth and prize money, the winner will acquire a coveted steel champion banner – with the goal of collecting all three banners that link together to form THE BANNER CHAIN. 76ers GC and Blazer5 Gaming each have a portion of THE BANNER CHAIN by winning the THE TIPOFF and THE TURN, respectively. Following THE TICKET, there will be four weeks of regular season remaining for teams to secure their place in the postseason before playoffs begin on Aug. 17 (Aug. 18, PHL time). The playoffs run for two weeks, and the seven teams with the best regular-season records and the winner of the final tournament are guaranteed playoff spots. If the tournament winner has one of the league’s top eight records, then the top eight teams will make the playoffs. (Times below are in EST).....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 12th, 2018Related News

‘Spawn’: Jeremy Renner joins Jamie Foxx

Having appeared in three "Avengers" movies as Hawkeye, Jeremy Renner is adding another superhero arrow to his quiver, playing homicide detective and expert marksman Twitch in 2019's comic book adaptation "Spawn". With Jamie Foxx announced to the film's lead role, that of assassinated, reanimated secret agent Al Simmons, or Spawn, Jeremy Renner has been nominated to the position of police detective Twitch Williams. The casting news means that production partners Blumhouse and McFarlane Films are now expected to name an additional lead actor to the role of Twitch's NYPD partner, the rough and impulsive investigator Sam Burke. Comic book illustrator Todd McFarlane, whose "Venom...Keep on reading: ‘Spawn’: Jeremy Renner joins Jamie Foxx.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jul 10th, 2018Related News

Jameson Blake apologizes after asking for free graphic design from artists

Instead of actual money, perhaps a "shoutout" can be added to the list of things many artists can be paid with. Apart from "experience" and "exposure," that is. Local actor Jameson Blake was slammed recently by netizens after he asked graphic artists if they could make him a banner he could use for his social media accounts. And instead of remuneration, Blake said the best banner would get a "shoutout" from him in exchange. The solicitation was made on Twitter last July 4, although the tweet has since been deleted. "Any graphic designers here?" Blake asked then. "Willing to make me a cover photo/banner for (ex. Youtube, Twitch). I need a banner with the username 'Lucid Express'. Best...Keep on reading: Jameson Blake apologizes after asking for free graphic design from artists.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jul 6th, 2018Related News

Facebook launches FB.gg, its videogame streaming hub

MANILA, Philippines – Facebook on Thursday, June 7 launched FB.gg , a streaming hub for videogames, aiming to take a piece of the pie from streaming websites like Twitch.tv and Mixer. The new, experimental initiative will let Facebook Live streamers with a gaming focus to be more easily discovered ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJun 8th, 2018Related News

Double standards? Paulo Avelino gets sexually inappropriate remarks in live stream video

Not many know that actor Paulo Avelino is a gamer himself, so much so that when he took to Twitch.tv, a live streaming platform, yesterday, May 24, to do a live stream for a........»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsMay 25th, 2018Related News

Amazon’s Twitch unveils Free Games with Prime

Game-oriented video streaming service Twitch TV appears to be taking on both Steam and the Humble Store in one fell swoop. A free monthly games bundle for premium-tier members is positioning streaming service Twitch TV as not only a challenger to YouTube but also Steam and Humble as well. Free Games with Prime applies to members of Amazon's group-wide Amazon Prime service, branded as Twitch Prime where Twitch TV is concerned, and begins with a half-month debut on March 15. Twitch has been giving away individual games and add-ons on a monthly basis but this program expands the offer and further establishes Twitch as not just a video platform but also a games distribution serv...Keep on reading: Amazon’s Twitch unveils Free Games with Prime.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Mar 15th, 2018Related News

Technology: Video games take center stage as spectator sport at E3 2017

LOS ANGELES -- Long fiercely guarded video game industry terrain, the Electronic Entertainment Expo kicked off Tuesday (US time) with YouTube, Twitch and Facebook turning gamers into online stars......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: FinanceJun 14th, 2017Related News

Twitch reveals Pulse, its Twitter clone for game streamers

Twitch reveals Pulse, its Twitter clone for game streamers.....»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsMar 7th, 2017Related News

Twitch bolsters service with purchase of Curse game tech company

Twitch bolsters service with purchase of Curse game tech company.....»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsAug 17th, 2016Related News