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Weekend in review:
$1.5 million later and Niantic’s Chicago festival lawsuit is over. “The company is settling a class action lawsuit over the festival to the tune of $1.57 million, with an official settlement website due to appear by May 25th,” Engadget’s Jon Fingas reports.
The Esports Observer’s Thiemo Bräutigam writes that Turtle Entertainment and Azubu’s lawsuit is at an end. “On Dec. 11, 2017, the California Central District Court was informed that the parties have reached a settlement, however … While the terms of the settlement remain unclear, from the outside, an amicable agreement seems unlikely.”
Twitch clarified its updated guidelines after Tyler “Ninja” Blevins’ accidental slur last week. “A Twitch representative explained that context and intent are investigated when Twitch streamers are reported,” PC Gamer’s Fraser Brown writes. “The team ‘consider a number of factors to determine the intent and context of any reported hateful conduct.’”
Developers who get their hands on Magic Leap hardware have to keep it in a safe, Bloomberg’s Joshua Brustein reports. “A small group of software developers recently received devices at their offices, according to people familiar with the matter.”
Esports Insider’s Adam Fitch reports Twich is now G2 Esports’ “exclusive streaming partner, having entered a multi-year deal to deliver its streams, video premieres, and live interactions with supporters.”
The Esports Observer’s Graham Ashton reports that Gfinity and Lynx, a fragrance brand, signed a deal. “Gfinity announced late last week that it has brought aboard Lynx as the first non-endemic sponsor of its UK Elite Series competition.”
Far Cry 5’s United Kingdom sales pushed it to be “the fastest selling game in the franchise’s [UK] history,” GamesIndustry.biz’s Christopher Dring writes. “It also happens to be the most successful game to ever launch during ‘week 13’, beating the previous record holder – BioShock Infinite.”
Steam Machines bid adieu and their section on Steam has been removed.
Congratulations to Luminosity Gaming on winning the 2018 CWL Birmingham Open. They defeated Splyce.
Virtus.pro signed Paweł “byali” Bieliński to their PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds roster.
Daniel “TAFO” Lee is moving on from Cloud9 to join Counter Logic Gaming’s Super Smash Bros. team.
Happy birthday to StarCraft player Lee “Leenock” Dong Nyoung!