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THQ Nordic purchased Koch Media for “121 million euro,” PC Gamer’s Joe Donnelly reports. It “acquires Deep Silver—publisher of Saints Row, Dead Island, Kingdom Come Deliverance and the incoming Shenmue 3.”
Splatoon 2 sold over 2 million copies for the Nintendo Switch in Japan, IGN’s Shabana Arif writes.
Thanks to a public initial coin offering, Silver.tv has $20 million it intends to use to improve “the bandwidth available for esports streams,” VentureBeat’s Dean Takahashi reports.
The National Center on Sexual Exploitation demands Steam take down 2 games, Glixel’s Brian Crecente reports. “The group is asking the company to remove the games House Party and Porno Studio Tycoon.”
Don’t tell CNN or MSNBC, but Twitch’s concurrent viewership beat out those 2 media giants in January. “Twitch’s peak viewership for January was 962,000 … Fox News Channel and ESPN peaked at 1.5 million, followed by MSNBC at 885,000, and CNN at 783,000,” GamesIndustry.biz’s Haydn Taylor reports.
On another Twitch note, Glixel’s Stefanie Fogel writes that “people who consistently create and share a channel’s video clips will get a special chat badge.”
Paul “Redeye” Chaloner compiled an exhaustive list of “sports teams in esports” in a Google sheet. Check it out here.
Meet The Story Mob, “a dedicated esports communication consultancy” created by Anna Rozwandowicz, Nicola Piggot and Kalie Moore. The Esports Observer’s Thiemo Bräutigam did an interview with the 3.
Poof. That’s the sound 77% of Game Dev Tycoon’s positive ratings made when they vanished from the Google Play store. “[Patrick] Klug reached out to Google, who explained that Game Dev Tycoon’s ratings were purposefully removed to align with the company’s Comments and Ratings policy,” Gamasutra’s Emma Kidwell reports.
Daedalic Entertainment opened an office in Munich, Germany, according to GamesIndustry.biz’s James Batchelor.
Twitch streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins was gifted a free food card by Chipotle, Dexerto’s Mike Kent reports. Feed me.
Gentlemen? Right. A gun ban on the professional level in Call of Duty: WWII isn’t being upheld by everyone, Kent writes.