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Twitch is lowering its tolerance threshold for “hateful” behavior inside and outside of site use, The Verge’s Megan Farokhmanesh reports. “Under the platform’s new guidelines, any behavior deemed ‘hateful’ will result in indefinite suspension … Twitch will now take harassment that occurs off its platform into account when moderating actions on Twitch.”
100 Thieves hired John Robinson as their “first President & Chief Operating Officer,” a press release reads.
Nvidia beat expectations with “non-GAAP earnings per share of $1.72, up 52 percent from a year ago, on revenue of $2.91 billion, up 34 percent from a year earlier. Revenues were up 10 percent from the prior quarter,” VentureBeat’s Dean Takahashi reports.
Viacom Next is dead. “The closure comes as Viacom laid off close to 100 employees across multiple divisions as part of a cost-cutting move,” Variety’s Janko Roettgers reports.
Bandai Namco’s “Operating profits … fell 11.1 per cent to ¥53,462m ($489m) in the nine months ending December 31st 2017,” GamesIndustry.biz’s Ben Parfitt reports. The company said it will “enter the Chinese market and the formation of a new IP Creation unit.”
Eurogamer’s Tom Phillips confirmed Bandai will be the studio working on Metroid Prime 4.
Blizzard Entertainment noted in its “financial results for its fourth quarter of 2017” that it had 40 million monthly active users, VentureBeat’s Mike Minotti reports.
Some $30.9 million in prize money made its way to esports winners last quarter, according to The Esports Observer’s “Esports Industry Report Q4 2017” article.
University of California, Irvine joined the Entertainment Software Association in its condemnation of the World Health Organization’s potential classification of “gaming disorder,” Los Angeles Times’ Priscella Vega reports.
ESL invested in Nazara Technologies, a “mobile game publisher,” and acquired a minority stake, The Esports Observer’s Angelos Anastasopoulos reports.
Fortnite was brought down Sunday by too many players, Polygon’s Charlie Hall writes. “More than 3.4 million players logged in on Sunday, causing a half-dozen ‘partial and total service disruptions.’”
Monster Hunter: World “has topped six million in worldwide shipments and digital sales,” PCGamesN’s Dustin Bailey reports.
Dishonored 2 is set to receive a graphic novel, according to PC Gamer’s Joe Donnelly. It’s called “Dishonored 2: The Peeress and the Price.” It’s expected out in February.