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Twitch Removes Universal Ad-Free Viewing from Twitch Prime



Twitch recently made changes to the perks that come with Twitch Prime. One controversial change is that universal ad-free viewing will no longer be a part of Twitch Prime for new members. This decision could end up hurting streamers.

As we have continued to add value to Twitch Prime, we have also re-evaluated some of the existing Twitch Prime Benefits. As a result, universal ad-free viewing will no longer be a part of Twitch Prime for new members, starting on September 14.

Twitch Prime members with monthly subscriptions will continue to get ad-free viewing until October 15. If you already have an annual subscription, or if you upgrade to an annual subscription before September 14, you will continue with ad-free viewing until your next renewal date.

All other Twitch Prime benefits, like monthly channel subs, monthly games and loot, and chat badges are not changing.

Twitch provided some explanation for why they made this change: “Advertising is an important source of support for the creators who make Twitch possible. This change will strengthen and expand that advertising opportunity for creators so they can get more support from their viewers for doing what they love.”

Twitch says that an ad-free viewing experience is still possible. One way to get it is to subscribe to Twitch Turbo. Doing so will give you ad-free viewing across all channels.

Twitch also points out that Twitch Prime subscribers can still get channel-specific ad-free viewing as part of Twitch Prime by using their monthly subscription token on a channel that has ad-free viewing for subscribers turned on.

This change could harm streamers. People who cancel their Twitch Prime will lose the free monthly subscription that they could use to support a streamer. It is unclear how much of the revenue from the ads that appear on a stream actually go to the streamer.


Diablo III: Eternal Collection is Coming to Nintendo Switch



It’s official! Diablo III: Eternal Collection is coming to Nintendo Switch. It will be released in Fall of 2018, but you can pre-order it now.

The Diablo III: Eternal Collection includes the Diablo III game, the Reaper of Souls expansion, and the Rise of the Necromancer pack. Players can choose from 7 classes, play through 5 acts, and receive some Nintendo Switch Exclusives that are not accessible in any other version of the game.

Jump into local, action-RPG multiplayer with up to three friends, and crush demons from your comfiest couch cushions, no internet required – or fill out the ranks of your party online. You can play Diablo III shared-screen on a single Switch, remotely on up to four Switches, or combine TV and handheld play.

Pre-Purchase comes with:

Ganondorf Transmogrification Set – Lords of Hell, meet the King (or Queen) of Evil.

Switch-Exclusive Cosmetics – Cucco Pet and Triforce Portrait Frame, plus the Echoes of the Mask Wings

All Diablo III Game Releases – The Eternal Collection includes Diablo III, Reaper of Souls, and Rise of the Necromancer.

Local and Remote Multiplayer – Up to 4 players (remote requires Nintendo Switch Online)

The verified Diablo Twitter account provided some additional information in the form of a video.

The Diablo Twitter account responded to some of the questions that were asked as a reply to the above tweet. The additional information from the Diablo Twitter account confirmed that “Seasons will work similar to how they do on other platforms.”, and that players on Nintendo Switch will “be able to play offline solo and local co-op.”


Discord is Going to Bring the Games to You



Discord announced some updates that are currently being rolled out in beta. A curated group of games will be aded to Discord Nitro. Discord will also be launching a curated game store.

Today, we’re slowly rolling out a beta test to about 50,000 of our Canadian players and will be expanding to more over time. These players will see an upgraded version of Discord Nitro that has access to a curated selection of games along with the current subscription perks. They’ll also see a new Discord Store tab in the home screen with individual games for purchase.

Discord has created a curated list of games and will be adding them to Discord Nitro. If you are in the beta, and you subscribe to Nitro, you’ll get access to all Nitro games (which is a different selection of games than what’s available in the Store). Discord Nitro is “kinda like a Netflix for games.”

Nitro will keep all its current features, including an animated avatar, ability to choose your tag (the #0000 next to your username), higher quality screen share, custom emoji anywhere, animated emoji, larger file upload limit (50mb from 8mb) and a badge to show how long you’ve been supporting Discord.

Along with the upgraded Nitro, Discord will be launching a curated game store with recommendations about the hottest and newest games. Discord will be showcasing a variety of titles that they think you will like. As the store grows, Discord will rely on their community and their team to make the store feel super personal.

The store will be supporting “First on Discord”, indie games that they’ve helped bring to life. First on Discord games are temporarily exclusive. They’re literally first on Discord – usually 90 days – and then the developers can sell anywhere they want. The beta will not have any First on Discord titles.

If you want to, you can have Discord scan your computer for games. Then, you’ll be able to launch any of your games through Discord, even if they require another launcher.


Blizzard Added a Third BlizzCon Ticket Sale



Blizzard Entertainment held two ticket sales for BlizzCon 2018, on different dates, earlier this year. As always, those tickets sold out incredibly quickly. If you missed out on the first two ticket sales, there’s a chance you will have better luck with a newly added third ticket sale.

Hoping to attend BlizzCon in person this year, but didn’t manage to snag a ticket during the first two sales? You’re in luck – we’re thrilled to announce a third ticket sale, scheduled for Saturday, August 18 at 10 a.m. PDT.

The third ticket sale will be hosted by Universe.com. Tickets are priced at $199 each (plus applicable taxes and fees.) This third ticket sale will work just like the previous two. Blizzard recommends that you check out the BlizzCon Ticket Page and a Badge Information page for more details.

BlizzCon 2018 will take November 2 and 3 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.

If this third round of tickets sell out before you were able to buy one, there is another option. There is a BlizzCon Virtual Ticket that will provide live streaming coverage to viewers around the world. Blizzard has not yet released specific details about what, exactly, will be streamed.


Pokémon GO August Community Day Focuses on Eevee



Pokémon GO is having a unique back-to-back Community Day in August focusing on Eevee. The information about this event is scattered across the Pokémon GO website, twitter, and emailed newsletters.

The Eevee Community Day will take place for two days in a row. A recently sent Pokémon GO email had some information about what this event will be like.

Trainers, get ready for a unique back-to-back Community Day in August, featuring the Normal-type Pokémon Eevee! Because Eevee can evolve into many different Pokémon, this extended Community adventure will give you the opportunity to explore the wonders of Evolution. On both Saturday, August 11, and Sunday, August 12, the Evolution Pokémon will appear in the wild more frequently for three hours each day.

The email went on to say that all Eevee caught during those three-hour windows will know the Normal-type attack called Last Resort. In addition, players will earn 3x Stardust when catching all Pokémon, and Lure Modules will remain active for three hours during the event each day.

The Pokémon GO event website says that Fast TMs and Charged TMs will not grant exclusive moves during Community Day. To learn the exclusive move, you must catch or evolve the featured Pokémon during Community Day hours.

The Pokémon GO verified Twitter account tweeted on August 8, 2018, “Our special Community Day weekend has one more surprise for you! You can evolve your Eevee until 1 P.M. PDT on Monday, August 13, and its Evolution will know the exclusive move Last Resort!”


The World Ends With You: Final Remix Release Date Revealed



Nintendo revealed that The World Ends with You: Final Remix is coming to Nintendo Switch on October 12, 2018. The game was developed by Square Enix and is is a role-playing game. The number of players has not yet been determined.

Complete the mission…or face erasure.

That’s all Neku knows after regaining consciousness in the middle of a busy intersection without his memories. Now he and his partner must fight to survive a life-or-death game in this twisted tale with more turns than the urban labyrinth of Tokyo they’re trapped in. This definitive version of Square Enix’s RPG classic brings the dark story to life on the Nintendo Switch system along with a new scenario and some killer, new remixed music.

The Nintendo America website says that Neku needs to learn how to work together with a partner to complete the Reapers’ Game. They only have seven days to do it. Right now, it’s unclear if The World Ends with You: Final Remix is going to be a one-player game (where Neku pairs with an non-player character) or if the game will be two-player. The Nintendo website also says: “Take control of real-time, action-fueled RPG battles using touch controls or Joy-Con controllers.”

Other details include:

  • Fight to survive the week-long “Reaper’s Game” playing out on the twisted streets of Shibuya, Tokyo
  • Delve into Square Enix’s remastered RPG classic
  • The Nintendo Switch exclusive new scenario makes this the definitive experience
  • Collect an array of mysterious, stylish pins with powerful psychic abilities, then point the way to victory in real-time, action-fueled RPG battles
  • New remixed music tracks, new enemies, and hours of additional content – all exclusive to The World Ends With You: Final Remix
  • Distinctive modern art from a team of artists led by producer Tetsuya Nomura, best known for his work on the Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy game series.
  • The expansive soundtrack boasts a wide array of genres, including everything from rock to hip-hop to electronica

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Beta Dates Announced



Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has a beta that is starting on different dates. Playstation 4 owners had an exclusive opportunity to play the beta (which ends Monday, August 6, 2018). There are more betas coming up that you might be able to access.

PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players will be able to experience the Beta during the second weekend, which will take place from 10am PT Friday, August 10 until 10am PT on Monday, August 13.

To gain access to the console Beta, you will need a Private Beta key that will be provided when pre-ordering the game from select retailers. Players that pre-order digitally through the PlayStation Store or Xbox Store will automatically be registered to participate in the Beta.

There is also an PC Open Beta which will take place from 10am PT Saturday, August 11 until 10am PT Monday, August 13. To access this beta, you will need a Battle.net account. Those who pre-purchase Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 through Battle.net will also get a full extra day – beginning at 10am PT on Friday, August 10 – to play with their friends and community members.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is scheduled to be released on October 12, 2018.


Stardew Valley Multiplayer Update is Now Available



Eric Barone, creator of Stardew Valley announced that Stardew Valley 1.3 (Multiplayer Update) is now available. Previously, the game was single-player, only.

This update is a significant change for Stardew Valley…Not only does it include a good amount of new content (new items, events, etc.,) but it also includes the long-awaited addition of co-op multiplayer!

A detailed blog post on the Stardew Valley website points out some of the new content and provides an in-depth look at how multiplayer works. Stardew Valley now supports 4 player co-op. The Co-op version is described as “nearly identical to single-player, but with 1-3 other friends playing together with you to achieve a common goal.”

Any single-player game can be “converted” to a co-op game by having Robin build one or more cabins on your farm. One player serves as the host, and the other 1-3 players connect to the host in order to play. Therefore, the host must be in-game at all times when the group wants to play.

Clicking the Co-op button will bring up a menu that allows you to:

  • Host a new co-op game
  • Re-host an existing co-op game
  • Join a farm (provided that any of your friends are hosting and have a cabin available for you)
  • Re-join a farm (provided that the host is in-game)
  • Join a LAN game (by entering the IP address of the host)
  • Enter an invite code (generated by the host) to join a game (this allows for Steam/GOG crossplay)

In addition to new content being added, and a multiplayer option, the blog post states that console versions of multiplayer are in development and coming soon.


Parents are Paying for Fortnite Tutors



It is not unheard of for parents to pay for tutors to help their child improve their grades or to get a good score on a test. Apparently, some parents are paying for Fortnite tutors. The Wall Street Journal was the first to report that parents are paying up to $20 per hour for Fortnite tutors to teach their kids how to beat the game.

Fortnite is extremely popular. It was created by Epic Games. Fortnite is an open-world survival game where players must collect resources and weapons, fight against other players, and try and stay alive for as long as possible. The game became even more popular after Fortnite released its Battle Royale.

Crain’s Detroit Business reported that Tyler Blevins (also known as The Ninja) is a 27-year-old American Twitch streamer and internet personality. He reportedly is making $500,000 a month on Twitch from his subscribers who watch him to play Fortnite Battle Royale (and other games).

Ashland University added Fortnite to its eSports program for the Fall of 2018. They conducted open tryouts for Fortnite players, and offered scholarships in eSports for up to $4,000 based on player skill level and academic requirements.

So, maybe it isn’t so strange for parents to pay people to teach their kids how to be a better Fortnite player after all. There are now some real-life possibilities for talented Fortnite players to turn their skill into a way to pay for college or a career. It isn’t so different from paying a coach to teach your kid to be a better football player.


EA Introduces Premier with Origin Access



EA has introduced Premier. It is the newest tier of Origin Access subscriptions, and is “coming soon”. There are differences between Basic and Premier.

Premier is a new membership tier that gives you access to the latest and greatest EA games before anyone else. You get access to the full game – yours to play whenever you want, for as long as you’re a Premier member.

EA explained the differences between Basic membership and Premier membership in a blog post. Each is only available on PC. You cannot play games in The Vault or Play First Trials on a Mac.

The current tier of Origin Access is now a Basic membership. If you already have Origin Access, your membership won’t change unless you upgrade. You’ll still get your current benefits for the same price.

Basic membership includes:

  • The same 10% discount in the Origin Store on full games, pre-orders, expansions, FIFA points, and more
  • The chance to try out EA’s new games for up to ten hours, starting five days before launch, with Play First Trials
  • Access to The Vault, a library of games that keeps growing.

You can get Premier when it launches, whether you already have Origin Access and want to upgrade, or you’re ready to join for the first time. At the time I am writing this, Premier has not yet launched.

Premier membership includes:

  • Full, unlimited access to EA games, starting five days before they launch. This means no more limited-time trials. Play the full game starting five days before launch without purchasing it separately, until you cancel your Premier membership.
  • 10% discount in the Origin Store on full games, pre-orders, expansions, FIFA points, and more
  • Access to The Vault, a library of games that keeps growing.

Variety reported Origin Access Premier will include all new PC games from EA. The plan costs $14.99 per month, or $99.99 per year. Origin Access (or Basic Membership) costs $4.99 a month or $29.99 a year.