EA reportedly paid Ninja $1 million to stream ‘Apex Legends’ – Engadget

That’s a large amount even for Ninja. He acknowledged to CNN in December that he was making $500,000 per month (more “on a good month”), but that’s split between Twitch, YouTube and sponsorships. This was twice as much for a single Twitch stream.It’s not certain how much other streamers were paid, although the initial wave included prominent broadcasters like Shroud (Michael Grzesiek) and Myth (Ali Kabbani). Respawn’s Drew McCoy hasn’t been shy about the goal. He told Reuters in an interview that the team wanted a “day where you couldn’t escape Apex if you cared about games.” It’s a classic media blitz, just on live streaming services instead of TV.Still, the amount shows just how important live game streaming has become, at least in the battle royale genre. Rather than opt for conventional media campaigns, companies are increasingly willing to spend millions ensuring their games dominate Twitch and similar services. That does raise concerns about streamers disclosing their payments (it’s not always obvious), but it won’t be surprising if this marketing tactic becomes more commonplace given how successful Apex has been.
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Pokémon Go Legendary Lunch Hour date and times, Dialga counters and all other Legendary Pokémon you can catch right now – Eurogamer.net

Matthew Reynolds Guides Editor @Crazyreyn Pokémon Go Legendary Pokémon had been hotly anticipated for some time, eventually arriving a full one year after the game released. Fans of the classic games will remember them fondly – from the flying trio Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres to the elusive Mewtwo and Mew in Red, Blue and Yellow to Gen 2’s Gold, Silver and Crystal, Legendary beasts Raikou, Entei, Suicune, and beyond. These are amongst the game’s rarest creatures, and can be caught from multiple sources – from Raids to Field Research rewards – depending on the month in question. On this page: Pokémon Go Legendary Lunch Hour date, time explained Dialga counters, other Legendary Pokémon currently available Previously available Legendary Pokémon How to catch Legendaries and how to unlock Legendary Raids in Pokémon Go The history of Legendaries in Pokémon Go Pokémon Go Legendary Lunch Hour date, time explained A new event is being trialled in Pokémon Go – the Legendary Lunch hour. For one hour this week, there will be increased Legendary Raids to complete, allowing you to schedule some dedicated battling time in the diary. The Legendary Lunch Hour date is Wednesday, March 13th. The Legendary Lunch Hour time 12pm to 1pm local time – meaning no matter where you are in the world, it’ll be for one hour starting at midday. If all goes to plan, the Legendary Lunch hour could become a weekly event. Let’s see how this first one goes! Dialga counters, other Legendary Pokémon currently available Legendaries are primarily caught in Raid battles, and much challenging than standard encounters, so will require as many players as possible to take them down. Living in major cities with gyms at popular landmarks will naturally attract players without organising before hand – just look out for the blue and white
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Jade Raymond has joined Google – PC Gamer

Google is set to make its games industry splash at GDC next week, and ahead of that presentation, Jade Raymond has announced she will serve as a vice president at the company–presumably a vice president working on its games interests.I’m excited to finally be able to share that I have joined Google as VP!March 12, 2019Raymond worked at Ubisoft as a producer and then as an executive producer on the first two Assassin’s Creed games, as well as Splinter Cell: Blacklist and Watch Dogs, before moving to Electronic Arts to work on several Star Wars projects. She left EA in October.Tweeting the news today, Raymond didn’t specify what she’s the VP of, though when asked for clarification she responded with an eyewink emoji. That seems to suggest that she’s the VP of a yet-to-be-announced wing of the company. It all makes sense.Google will present its GDC keynote next week. Its recently been testing a game streaming service for which Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey is up and running, and a patent filing recently emerged for a game controller notification system.Here’s the GDC keynote teaser video:
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Dr Disrespect and shroud debate on how Apex Legends loot RNG can be improved – Dexerto.com

Despite its explosive success, Apex Legends is a far from perfect game, and popular Twitch streamers Guy ‘Dr Disrespect’ Beahm and Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek have some ideas on how it can be improved. On March 11, the pair engaged in a public discussion about Apex Legends on Twitter, and the topic they focused on was RNG. RNG, of course, refers to random number generation, a system commonly used in battle royale games to randomize in-game aspects such as loot drops, quality of loot, outcome of certain events, and more.  The Doc believes that RNG should be eliminated from the game, which would be done by standardizing the loot. This means, essentially, that the same items of the same rarities would appear in the same places on the map every game.  Read More: Dr Disrespect argues PUBG is better than Apex Legends in one major wayAccording to the Doc, such a change would legitimize the pro scene, establish points-of-interest for loot, increase the risk/reward balance for specific high-tier items, and create a stronger narrative for casting and/or spectating.  I think Respawn should really consider trying out set loot with @PlayApex. Not only would it legitimize the pro scene by eliminating RNG, it would also create POI for loot, higher risk/reward for specific high tier items, and a stronger narrative for casting/spectating.— Dr Disrespect (@drdisrespect) March 12, 2019 The Doc further expanded upon his idea by explaining how it would work in the early-game stages, which would become even more tactical and strategic since everyone would know where the higher-tier loot is located.  “Maybe everyone drops in with a default, low-end loadout, or nothing at all,” he tweeted. “But with map experience, you would drop in an area with knowledge of what’s there already.” Maybe everyone drops in with a default low end loadout or nothing
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What are you most excited to see at Apple’s March event? [Poll] – 9to5Mac

Apple today officially confirmed its March event. The company sent invites to the press, inviting them to Steve Jobs Theater on March 25th at 10AM PT. The event is expected to be focused on Apple’s streaming video and news subscriptions, but there could be some surprises in store. What are you most excited to see at Apple’s March event? Sylvania HomeKit Light Strip Bloomberg and BuzzFeed News have both reported that Apple’s event will focus on its burgeoning Services segment. The company has been hard at work on both a premium version of Apple News and a streaming video service, and this month’s event will be the first public showcase of both those platforms. Apple’s streaming video service is expected house dozens of original TV shows and movies. While Apple will show off its efforts this month, Variety has reported that the service itself might not go live until later this year. As far as pricing goes, details remain unclear. CNBC reported that Apple would make at least some of its content available for free to Apple device owners. It seems likely, however that some content will require a separate monthly subscription as well. Further, Apple is rumored to be upgrading the TV app on Apple TV. The company is said to be planning support for third-party subscriptions, which would allow you to subscribe to platforms like HBO and CBS All Access via the TV app directly. Last but not least, Apple News is expected to gain a new paid subscription service. While negotiations between Apple and publishers have reportedly been tumultuous, the company is reportedly targeting a $10 per month price point for customers. BuzzFeed News reported last month that Apple will not release new hardware at its March event. However, there are several rumored hardware changes in the
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Apple’s New iPhone Problems Suddenly Make Sense – Forbes

Apple has some surprises lined up for its next iPhones, but there has also been a lot of negativity and now the problems behind the biggest concern suddenly make sense… Apple’s iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR are unlikely to be the last iPhones lacking 5GApple In a new report, Bloomberg has revealed why Apple will not only fail to equip its next iPhones with 5G but why iPhones in 2020 are going to struggle to incorporate the technology as well: Apple has run out of options. Speaking to Cowen, Bloomberg learns Apple’s first option is to “launch 18 months after 5G competition with an inferior modem from Intel likely without mmWave capabilities” (the fastest band of 5G spectrum). This doesn’t fit with Apple’s ‘later-but-better’ approach. Second is to “source a 5G modem from chief competitor Samsung… [on] “tough commercial terms” which would not be viable at scale. Third is going to Huawei, but ongoing security concerns mean that is “off the table as an option” while “MediaTek’s stack is too far behind in terms of timeline.” Lastly, there is the dream scenario of Apple settling its global legal disputes with Qualcomm (the world’s largest modem supplier) but that “might it be too late already?” Especially with no sign of compromise and Apple showing its disgust at recent developments.   iPhone Fold (concept pictured) is expected 2020 but without 5G?www.foldable.news Even at the extreme end, nothing adds up. Cowen says Apple could buy Intel’s modem business and try to accelerate development internally but this would be “would be VERY difficult against a 2H20 timeline.” All of which leaves Apple treading water in 2019 but at a serious loose end for its redesigned 2020 iPhone, around which the iPhone’s biggest reinvention yet is expected to take place. In an
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Microsoft patent application reveals an improvement is coming to an important Surface Pro feature – Phone Arena

Microsoft’s high-end Surface Pro tablets have a built-in kickstand that can prop up the screen to give you a better viewing angle to watch streaming content, or to use the device like a laptop with the optional Quick Type cover. Now, it appears that Microsoft is looking to improve the mechanism of the kickstand. A patent application released by the USPTO (via Windows United) reveals some changes to the hardware feature that could be implemented as soon as the upcoming Surface Pro 7.The patent “Friction Hinge with Clutch-Based Resistance,” covers a rather complex bit of mechanics that will allow the user to close the kickstand while employing less energy than it takes to open it. Additionally, the resistance level when closing the kickstand can be adjusted by the user. This should prevent the kickstand from accidentally opening, while still making it easy to close.”The difference between the opening and closing resistance can be adjusted or otherwise determined by the width of the locking mechanism. For example, the width of the cuff can determine the difference in resistance levels. A larger collar covers a larger portion of the shaft and thus less shaft is designed for friction when closing, resulting in a lower closing resistance. In some cases, the diameter of the shaft may be lowered or otherwise reduced to allow such friction in receiving the cuff. The closing resistance can thus be adjusted to a desired level.”-From Microsoft’s patent applicationThe patent application was assigned number US20190064886 and was originally filed on August 29, 2017. Images from the application can be viewed in the slideshow below. We could see Microsoft take the wraps off of the Surface Pro 7 this coming October.
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Shroud explains why Apex Legends is ”PUBG all over again” after rage quitting – Dexerto.com

Respawn Entertainment / Shroud, Twitch / Bluehole Popular Twitch streamer and former CS:GO pro Michael ‘Shroud’ Grzesiek is generally known for his calm demeanor – yet one game of Apex Legends sent him over the edge. Shroud was in the midst of a game of Apex Legends when he became the unfortunate victim of lag, getting downed by an opponent in the middle of a gunfight due to the game’s latency. He appeared to have a hard time stomaching the loss, explaining that he hates losing games due to elements outside of his control. “We literally lost to these guys because of fucking lag!” Shroud shouted, putting his head in his hands. “I’m gonna break something! Holy shit, I hate when stuff isn’t in my control.” Read More: Apex Legends leaks hint at adding NPC charactersShroud even left the game out of anger, comparing Apex Legends to earlier battle royale title PUBG, known for its insufferable latency and frame stuttering. Respawn Entertainment Apex Legends saw massive success upon release, garnering over 10 million downloads in its first week after going live. If you are lagging on @PlayApex sit at the start screen for 1 minute manually change the server and you should be good!— 👑KingRichard👑 (@KingRichard) March 9, 2019 However, not all is lost; well-known Fortnite player ‘KingRichard’ gave a handy solution to Apex’s lag issue, advising players to wait at the game’s menu screen for one minute before changing the server. While Apex Legends continues to experience growing pains, the game received critical acclaim upon release, earning a whopping 25 million downloads within its first two weeks after going live.
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Microsoft Issues Windows 10 Upgrade Warning – Forbes

We all know all about Windows 10’s most controversial feature, and Microsoft has now confirmed it has struck again… Microsoft has warned users about problems caused by its latest Windows 10 update Steve Kotecki Picked up by the ever-excellent AskWoody, the latest update for Windows 10 (patch KB4482887) has crippled gaming performance on the platform across both Nvidia and AMD GPUs. Microsoft has now confirmed the problem and issued an official warning about the update. “After installing KB4482887, users may notice graphics and mouse performance degradation with desktop gaming when playing certain games (eg: Destiny 2),” explained Microsoft, with the company saying it is working on a fix. Needless to say, users are furious. Woody Leonhard highlights two threads on Reddit in particular (1,2). Leonhard himself, also warns: “Is the problem confined to games? Highly unlikely, in my experience. It’s just that gamers notice bugs sooner than most of us.” Microsoft’s Windows 10 updates have long been a minefieldWindowsCentral Which brings us back to Windows 10’s worst feature, as Leonhard nicely summarises: “Moral of the story: Don’t go clicking Check for updates! That’s the only way you’re gonna get this “optional non-security” cumulative update. I second this. Microsoft’s record with Windows 10 ‘seamless’ updates remains erratic at best. Even amongst its biggest defenders, Windows 10 has a “Software Quality Problem” and the last year alone has seen updates to the operating system cause serious problems in January, April, October, November and February 2019. Yes, updates are essential to the long term security and stability of Windows 10. But Microsoft needs to make them a lot more reliable if it plans to continue the company’s controversial policy of forcing them down the throats of computers worldwide… ___ Follow Gordon on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ More On Forbes Windows 10 Problem Sees Upgrades
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