In The News
Ah Twitter, the bastion of wise life choices and knee-jerk reactions. Jessica Price and Peter Fries, Guild Wars 2 writers, are no longer with ArenaNet after Price went off on a Twitch streamer in a series of tweets. “Price highlighted Deroir’s reply in a series of tweets suggesting he was uninformed and that his reply was condescending,” PC Gamer’s Austin Wood reports. “ArenaNet president Mike O’Brien characterized the statements as ‘attacks on the community.’”
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate designer Masahiro Sakurai did an interview with Imad Khan at The Washington Post about Nintendo’s newest iteration of the fighting game and its potential competitive scene. Here’s a snippet: “‘It comes to a point where they’re playing the game for the money, and I feel that kind of direction doesn’t coincide with Nintendo’s view of what games should be.’”
Switch sales at GameStop reportedly doubled following E3, GI.biz’s James Batchelor reports. “‘Super Smash Bros is jumping right up to the top of the [pre-order] list’ … Switch sales doubled over the course of the week in the wake of the Smash Bros deep dive, plus ongoing enthusiasm for Pokémon.”
Hackers are emulating Nintendo 64 games on the Switch, Pocket Gamer’s Jessica Famularo writes.
Esports saw $26 million in investment during June, TEO’s Trent Murray reports. That’s down from the “at least $50M raised … every month this year.”
The Norwegian Consumer Council reported Nintendo, Valve, Sony and EA “for breaching European consumer legislation,” GI.biz’s Haydn Taylor reports. It later dropped all complaints except for Nintendo.