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Weekend in Review:
The ClaWww… Ahem, DICE general manager Oskar Gabrielson hooked Battlefield V critics and threw ’em under a tank over their #NotMyBattlefield complaints. “I wanted to share some thoughts on the reactions so far. It sure seems we created a lot of excitement, and also some questions on a lot of different topics … First, let me be clear about one thing. Player choice and female playable characters are here to stay.”
Atari co-founder Ted Dabney has passed away at 80 years old. He decided “against treatment for esophageal cancer,” Engadget’s Jon Fingas reports.
Voodoo, a company making mobile games, “raised an estimated $200 million from Goldman Sachs … The company has plans to use it to develop a publishing hub to help mobile game developers reach their full potential,” VentureBeat’s Dean Takahashi writes.
Codemasters is valued at “£280 million” and will go public this week, GI.biz’s Haydn Taylor reports. “The Warwickshire-based developer best known for its range of successful racing games intends to raise around £15 million which it will invest in expanding its portfolio into mobile.”
Logitech acquired Beyond Entertainment, Esports Insider’s Lydia Mitrevski reports. “While the announcement did not release finer details, the Beyond staff will now join forces with Logitech and ASTRO.”
Congratulations to Nioh on over 2 million copies sold.
Apple rejected Valve once, but is open to a second date. “Apple senior VP Phil Schiller has been emailing Steam users with word that it will ‘continue to work with’ Valve on developing a Steam Link version that follows the App Store’s rules,” Fingas writes.
Ninja clocked in as the top streamer for hours watched last week on Twitch at 5.3 million. Shroud came in 2nd at 1.1 million and Drlupo at 3rd with 814,700.
DreamHack and The Esports Observer are partnering to “host a networking lounge at three DreamHack events in 2018,” TEO’s Trent Murray announced.
Grizz Gaming and FedEx are partnering, TEO’s Ferguson Mitchell writes. “The partnership itself will see FedEx’s logo placed upon the team’s virtual court—with the exact same placement as the current FedEx logo at FedExForum, the Grizzlies’ stadium.”
ReKTGlobal and OverPowered Network are partnering. “The partnership will see ReKTGlobal use their infrastructure to grow esports in the Middle East,” Esports Insider’s David Hollingsworth reports.
FaZe Clan and SteelSeries are partnering, according to a tweet.
Turtle Beach and EA Sports are partnering for “the EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series,” according to a press release.
Happy weekend birthday to Rocket League’s Remco “remkoe” den Boer and Hearthstone’s Dan “Frodan” Chou!