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Red Bull’s “esports player of 2017” voting is open.
Microsoft “eliminated forced arbitration agreements with employees who make sexual harassment claims and was also supporting a proposed federal law that would widely ban such agreements,” The New York Times’ Nick Wingfield and Jessica Silver-Greenberg write.
Give me more. The next Zelda game is already being worked on, Game Informer’s Imran Khan reports.
Twitch’s “competitive reality series” has a $60,000 paycheck for the streamer who comes out on top. “Twitch announced today it will produce a new reality TV series, Stream On,” Polygon’s Julia Alexander reports. “Streamers who reside in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom will be able to compete for a grand prize of $60,000.”
It looks like Steam is running into some issues with Chinese censorship, NDTV’s Rishi Alwani reports. “According to popular Valve fan site, ValveTime, the Steam Community has been blocked in China. The Steam client and the Steam store, however, still work.”
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds surpassed 1 billion “hours of total playtime.”
Super Mario Odyssey hit 1 million “physical sales” in Japan.
Activision announced Call of Duty: WWII “is the top selling console video game of the year in North America” followed by Bungie’s Destiny 2 in a press release.
Operate Now: Hospital moved over the 10 million download mark for iOS and Android.
A new study out from Purdue University reveals Pokemon Go “caused a spike in traffic accidents in one Indiana county in the months following its launch,” Glixel’s Stefanie Fogel reports.
Dr. Disrespect is taking a break from streaming after making a statement about his infidelity, and Richard Lewis weighed in yesterday with a video called “Stream Highlights: Talking Dr. Disrespect.”
FACEIT and Znipe.TV are partnering “to offer ‘multiperspective streaming’ to the FACEIT Pro League,” The Esports Observer’s Ferguson Mitchell reports.
Nexus Mods is putting in “a new donation system and storefront” in 2018, Kotaku’s Ethan Gach reports. “The fan site was founded in 2001 and now has over 10 million registered users.”
ARMS is getting its own comic. “Ian Flynn, most famously known for Archie Comics’ Sonic the Hedgehog” will write it, according to Khan.
Call of Duty: WWII news:
Ranked matches are now two-player party compatible.
Tyler “TeePee” Polchow joined OpTic Gaming as a coach.