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These folks want to teach you how to stream. Pipeline launched “right now,” according to a Monday tweet. It describes itself as “a members-only community for streamers turning their passion into a career. We are here to help you learn, connect & build.” Former professional LoL player Stephen “Snoopeh” Ellis is involved with the project. The website can be found here.
World War Z zipped past 1 million copies sold in its first week, VentureBeat’s Jason Wilson reports. “It accomplished this despite not being on Steam — it’s an Epic Games Store exclusive for PC.”
GAME and GameStop are acting unphased “by the announcement of a discless Xbox,” GI.biz’s Haydn Taylor reports. “Despite threats that Microsoft’s digital-centric move could accelerate the decline of physical game sales, both retailers remained coy about what impact it could have on the sector.”
Tencent raised “the minimum age of its ‘digital lock’ measures from 13 to 16 years-old” in China, GI.biz’s Matthew Handrahan writes. “Under the new system, Chinese players under the age of 16 will need parental consent to play, and be limited to two hours of gameplay per day.”
DouYu International Holdings is looking for an IPO “in the US for up to $500 million,” GI.biz’s James Batchelor writes. “The Chinese start-up operates a livestreaming platform of the same name, which focuses on video games and esports. It is backed by local giant Tencent.”
Interviews: CCP Games Hilmar Petursson (GI.biz).
Extra Esports News:
Rumble Gaming acquired “talent agency MKM Esports. The acquisition now sees Rumble Gaming feature over 300 professional esports teams, players, venues, streamers, and content creators. Among them include esports organisations, Lazarus and Rogue,” Esports Insider’s Laura Byrne reports.
We Are Nations and ’47 are partnering, TEO’s Andrew Hayward reports. “The companies began their partnership earlier this month with the release of Team Liquid’s LCS Spring Finals winner’s hat.”
Happy birthdays Nikola “LeBronDota” Popović, Lei “Rex” Hao Chen and Jordan “EyeIgnite” Stellon!