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A salty voice actor named José Eduardo Garza Escudero may have spilled the beans about Mortal Kombat XI, Game Informer’s Imran Khan writes. “Garza later clarified that he did not necessarily know if this project was actually Mortal Kombat XI, as it could be ‘MKXI, MK10.5, MKXYZ or whatever.’”
Skybound Games announced in a post yesterday it has resumed development on the final season of The Walking Dead.
Turkey’s Ministry of Commerce is investigating Sony “following complaints that certain games on the PS Store were priced far too high, particularly in the wake of the country’s current high inflation and the Turkish lira’s lowering value against the dollar,” GI.biz’s Rebekah Valentine writes.
Niantic and United Nations World Tourism Organization are partnering “to boost tourism through its games. The two bodies will collaborate on creating a variety of campaigns and events that build on Niantic’s titles such as Pokémon Go,” GI.biz’s James Batchelor reports.
Matias Myllyrinne, former CEO of Remedy Entertainment, “has assembled a grew of video game veterans to start Redhill Games,” VentureBeat’s Dean Takahashi writes.
Drew Murray, Sunset Overdrive’s director, has joined Microsoft’s The Initiative.
Why doesn’t Spyro Reignited Trilogy have subtitles? Unclear, but here’s Activision’s statement GamePitt about it, via Gamasutra’s Emma Kidwell: “‘While there’s no industry standard for subtitles, the studio and Activision care about the fans’ experience especially with respect to accessibility for people with different abilities, and will evaluate going forward.’”
The Desert Bus for Hope annual fundraiser pulled in “a record-breaking $730,099 for Child’s Play and pushing the event’s lifetime funds raised to over $5.2 million,” Gamasutra’s Alissa McAloon reports.
The Women in Games exhibit at The Strong Museum’s National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York is open.
Interviews: Chris Seavor (GI.biz).
Players’ Lounge launched an all-new renovation of the site featuring $1 and $5 instant-matchmaking queues. The results? An immediate 25% jump in total players playing for money. #TrustTheProcess.
Special shoutout to all of our industry friends who gave us Free-to-Play insights to inspire our site renovation.
$1,000,000. That’s how much money is in Players’ Lounge player accounts. Right. Now. And that number is only getting bigger.
Extra Esports News:
Congratulations OpTic Gaming on winning the $2,500 CMG ProDown! They defeated 100 Thieves in the finals.
Pgl_dota2 was the Twitch channel with the most hours watched in the last week at 3.65 million, TEO reports. Dota2mc_ru came in 2nd at 3.57 million, Ninja in 3rd at 2.05 million and shroud in 4th at 1.7 million.
OverActive Media “has acquired the entirety of Splyce,” ESPN’s Jacob Wolf reports. “OverActive had previously invested $1.5 million in Splyce in March, as part of a $2.8 million funding round.”
EMLS is expanding “with three new squads. Atlanta United, D.C. United and FC Cincinnati will all have eSports clubs appearing in the next season,” Engadget’s AJ Dellinger reports.
Gen. G Esports and SIDIZ are partnering to provide “chairs for Gen.G’s Seoul, Korea headquarters. The Seoul Dynasty and four Gen.G teams train at the Seoul home base,” TEO’s Andrew Hayward writes.
SLIVER.tv and Tencent are partnering “to host a 24/7 channel for the developer’s new Battle Royale game, Ring of Elysium,” Esports Insider’s Adam Fitch writes.
FOKUS CLAN and “Intersnack‘s crisp brand, funny-frisch” are partnering, Fitch reports. “Marketing agency Infront helped to form the partnership, which includes funny-frisch acting as a jersey sponsor.”