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Today’s top story can be found in the Extra Esports News section.
Sony issued a warning on potential console price increases if America and China’s trade spat continues. “Company financial chief Hiroki Totoki has warned that US plans for expanded tariffs on Chinese products could force a price hike on PlayStation consoles,” Engadget’s Jon Fingas reports. “The tech giant is still exploring its options, Totoki said, but passing the costs to consumers was one of them.”
Almost have of EA’s unit sales are digital, GI.biz’s Rebekah Valentine reports. EA posted “net revenues of $1.2 billion … operating income reached $415 million, and net bookings were reported as $743 million … EA’s digital sales are up 7% year-over-year, and 47% of its total unit sales now digital across all games.”
Automaton Games has entered into “administration, pulling the plug on its ambitious 1,000-player battle royale Mavericks: Proving Grounds,” GI.biz’s Haydn Taylor writes.
FIFA 20’s Ultimate Edition will see Zinedine Zidane as the cover star.
IN: Apple hired Xbox co-creator Nat Brown.
Interviews: Bloodline 2’s Brian Mitsoda (GI.biz).
Extra Esports News:
Echo Fox owner Rick Fox did a tell-all interview with Richard Lewis detailing what happened with his organization behind-the-scenes before, during and after the team’s forced LoL sale. Fox accused Echo Fox investor Amit Raizada — who used “racial slurs inalmos reference to former Echo Fox CEO Jace Hall” and Fox himself — of holding “a gun to everyone’s head” with allegedly shady business tactics. Fox has also gone after Raizada on Twitter.
Raizada took issue with Fox’s interview with Lewis. “In a comment to Kotaku, Raizada said that not only he is ‘truly hurt and pained by the false and defamatory allegations made by Rick Fox,’ but Fox is ‘crying wolf’ and is the ‘only person who is not a victim,’” Dot Esports’ Preston Byers writes.
IN: Dan Fleeter joined Counter Logic Gaming as COO.
Happy birthday Craig “Azure” MacKechnie!