Something that people are learning quickly amidst a global pandemic is that there is only so much bandwidth to go around. Some have blamed video games for the drop in their internet speeds (do some research), but video streaming across every major platform is suffering. Last week Netflix announced it would be reducing speeds in Europe to try and help deal with the rise in demand for the service. Yesterday Lucas Shaw at Bloomberg reported that YouTube would be doing the same. Videos will now default to standard definition. They can be turned back to high definition, but the default will remain the low res option for now.
You know who is looking for something to do right now? EVERYBODY! This opinion piece from Peter Suderman at the New York Times tells you why you should be playing video games, and more importantly why you shouldn’t feel bad about it.
“Yes, games are frivolous. Yes, they are escapist. But the longer the coronavirus keeps social life and culture in isolation, the more we’ll need frivolity and escapism.”
It’s not often that you hear of professional athletes not wanting to play. LCS pros took part in a survey from the LCS Players Association, and overwhelmingly voted to cancel the rest of the spring split. The results of the survey were provided to Riot in order to help them make their decision of whether the split should continue. Pros answers are bringing a lot of heat from the outside. Players had different reasons for their votes, but the end-all-be-all of it is that LCS will go on. Tyler Esguerra at Dot Esports has the full story.