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As we say goodbye to 2020 (good riddance) it’s time to look back on the year in video games. James Batchelor at gamesindustry.biz presents The Year in Numbers. Some of the highlights include; a $174.9 billion total spend for the video game industry, this is a 19.6% increase YOY. The best selling game in the US this year was Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. For more details on that information, plus SO MUCH MORE you can check out the full article.
You’ve probably heard about the Covid-19 relief bill that was just passed by the United States Congress. What you may not know (although you should because we mentioned it in the newsletter a couple of weeks ago), is that the bill also included some legislation regarding the streaming of copyrighted material. “The Protecting Lawful Streaming Act” does not, however, appear to be the death sentence to content creators that many were worried about when the rumors of all of this began. Meredith Rose, senior policy counsel of public interest nonprofit Public Knowledge had this to say: “As a general matter, we do not see the need for further criminal penalties for copyright infringement. However, this bill is narrowly tailored and avoids criminalizing users, who may do nothing more than click on a link, or upload a file. It also does not criminalize streamers who may include unlicensed works as part of their streams. I’d guess that this is intended to prevent businesses from running those streaming sites that just host and run ads against free unauthorized content, like live sports streams, new movies, etc.” Nathan Grayson at Kotaku has the full story.