Charity efforts raised significant funds for Australian firefighters. Game developers have yet to mobilize in this effort. Read more.
It’s that time of year in Australia, so The Click Crew, a content creator group, ran a 36-hour charity stream for three organizations fighting fires in Australia. In total, they raised more than $200,000 with notable donations of up to $700.
The low-down: The wildfire crisis in Australia has been happening since September and has since burned more than 16 million acres across six Australian states. The casualties reported number in the hundreds of millions for animals and 24 human deaths. The money raised during the stream went to NSW Rural Fire service, the Australian Red Cross, and Wires.
A fan idea was recently posted that has since gotten significant feedback. They proposed a new firefighter look for two charity skins, Roadhog and Junkrat. The post has since gotten significant support from users with fans theorizing on the skin appearance while others pledged efforts toward any such cause.
Thought of charity: Holding a charitable promotion isn’t unlike Blizzard as they’ve done such in the past. Blizzard launched a pink mercy initiative during which the company raised more than $12.7 million.
Well-known casters Christopher “MonteCristo” Mykles, Erik “DoA” Lonnquist, and Chris Puckett all recently announced their departures. This comes on the heels of losing founding league commissioner Nate Nanzer to Epic games. Mykle’s departure after two seasons in OWL has raised some concerns regarding the future direction of the league. Considering this caster’s extensive experience and his growing popularity on social media, it’s easy to see why his departure was brought up so much.
According to Mykles in an interview with the Washington Post, “There wasn’t a really good, unified vision behind the aesthetic and the tone of the Overwatch League, especially when Nate left”. Since this time, Mykles felt that the differences in vision had become too difficult to overlook.
As the dust settles from December’s IPO of Astralis Group, the NERD’s at Roundhill are left with as many questions as answers with respect to valuing an esports organization. One question that stands out is if (or when, we would argue) there will ever be an esports organization valued at $1 billion or greater.
Esports Observers’ Chris Hana took a stab at this controversial question, leaning on conversations he’s had with decision makers across the industry and providing important context in the process.
Roundhill believes that esports and video games are the future of live media, sports and entertainment. $NERD is the first pure-play Esports ETF (exchange-traded fund), offering exposure to 25 global esports and digital entertainment companies.
Activision’s popular shooter Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is topping the download charts for the month of December. This comes after it being the best-selling game of 2019, beating out Grand Theft Auto V, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, and Star Wars Battlefront II. Exact numbers as to how many were sold wasn’t divulged.
Though the game has sold quite well, players still find themselves struggling due to various bugs that still remain prevalent. Many players more think that the game needs further tweaking, and mainly professional players wish for more content.
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