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The Daily Walkthrough is live from The Game Awards today in Los Angeles, Calif.
Results are in, and some of Glassdoor’s best places to work include Blizzard and EA, GamesIndustry.biz’s James Brightman reports. “The highest ranked pure gaming company, however, is Blizzard Entertainment, which secured the 28th spot on the list … In 56th place, EA is praised by staff for its high salaries and nice perks.”
PlayStation 4 passed 70 million units sold worldwide, Eurogamer’s Wesley Yin-Poole reports. “The milestone was achieved just over four years after the console went on sale, in November 2013.”
One hundred and twenty-five million later, “Los Angeles venture capital firm CrossCut Ventures … will invest its newfound capital into a host of startups, including software-as-a-service, artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented realities, games, and esports,” GamesIndustry.biz’s Haydn Taylor writes.
ELEAGUE announced a new partnership with Boost Mobile. “The deal, which goes through 2018, includes tournaments for games such as Rocket League and” CS:GO, AListDaily’s John Gaudiosi reports. “Nick Holt, senior manager of advertising and creative at Boost Mobile, told AListDaily that esports is something Boost Mobile was a part of back in 2006 with the Major League Gaming Pro Circuit.”
Steam no longer accepts Bitcoin, VentureBeat’s Jeff Grubb reports. “High fees and the roller coaster market value have convinced Valve to give it up as a viable alternative to traditional payment methods … ‘Transaction fees that are charged to the customer by the Bitcoin network have skyrocketed this year.’”
Squanchtendo Games is re-branding to Squanch Games to avoid Nintendo’s ire.
“We recently discovered a video game related company with a similar name to our former name. We never could have predicted the discovery of a video game entity with such a similar name. What a surprise to us,” a portion of the press release reads.
Destiny 2’s Curse of Osiris expansion is out, but players aren’t happy. “People who have not purchased the add-on are discovering that they can no longer play some of the game’s high-level endgame content,” Polygon’s Samit Sarkar writes.
Love walking in the rain? Now you can walk in the rain while you walk in the rain! Engadget’s Mallory Locklear reports that Pokemon Go “will soon reflect the real weather around you and that will affect which Pokémon you see and how strong they are.”
Rainbow Six Siege hit 25 million players.
Hearthstone’s Dungeon Run is getting a $30,000 competition via Twitch. “Twitch is once again putting a prize on the line for the new single-player content. Once the expansion goes live, players will have ten days to record a run where they clear all nine classes on the Dungeon Run mode,” Dot Esports’ Callum Leslie reports.
Call of Duty news:
Eric “Snip3down” Wrona will play with MoneyMatches, an esports betting platform, during CWL Dallas Open. “Snip3down’s roster for CWL Dallas will include Garrett ‘LifeStyle’ Miller and former Halo World Championship runners-up Carlos ‘Cratos’ Ayala and Ayden ‘Suspector’ Hill,” Dot Esports’ Preston Byers writes.
Dot Esports’ Justin Binkowski did an interview with Matthew “Burns” Potthoff “on the eUnited Cadets.”