In The News
Telltale Games’ skeleton crew is finishing up Minecraft: Story Mode, Netflix told Polygon’s Matt Patches. Telltale also put out an update on the Walking Dead, saying it’s looking at “multiple potential partners” to finish the final season. Comments to the update were generally negative, with folks demanding Telltale focus less on TWD and more on the “200+ employees that lost their jobs.” Variety’s Brian Crecente has a long-form writeup of the timeline and additional details about the company’s closing.
SocialTube founder Benjamin Lemaire has been convicted of “sexual abuse of a minor,” Dexerto’s Calum Patterson writes. “His professional activities involve working with movie stars, musicians and social networks.”
Chris Taylor, 21, the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fan battling cancer, has passed away after Nintendo sent him a copy of the game to play. His brother Zach made the announcement on Reddit and said, in part, “On behalf of him and our family we are extremely thankful for all the love and support Chris has gotten. You guys made it possible for his wish to come true.”
Spyro: Myths Awaken creator Sebastian Chapman was sent a cease and desist notice from Activision over his game, Eurogamer’s Emma Kent reports.
Guild Wars 2 no longer has in-game transactions in Belgium. “ArenaNet has removed loot boxes from Guild Wars 2 for players in Belgium, entirely shutting down the in-game currency system,” GI.biz’s Hadyn Taylor reports.
GEEM and Freedom Pizza are partnering, Esports Insider’s Adam Fitch reports. “The result of this deal will see esports promoted in the UAE and will allow Freedom Pizza to engage with GEEM’s audience.”
Interviews: Staffordshire University’s Stuart Kosters (BBC).
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Cheddar and Twitch have inked a deal for “a new eSports news show called ‘Cheddar Sports’ and a live stream special at TwitchCon on October 27,” The Wrap’s Jocelyn Johnson reports. Cheddar Sports “will deliver news, highlights stories from the world of eSports and gaming to viewers both on Twitch and across Cheddar’s syndication network.”
We’ve got more information on Capcom’s Japanese Street Fighter League. It will “centre around Street Fighter V Arcade Edition, with its first matches due to be held in Japan in 2019. The format is currently planned to focus on three-on-three team battles,” GI.biz’s James Batchelor writes.
Guy “Dr DisRespect” Beahm is hosting “a Code Red Blackout tournament on Oct. 18,” Dot Esports’ Preston Byers reports. “There has been no information regarding prize pool, competitors, or format at this time.”
Real Madrid showed off their “esports and events arena in its revamped stadium plans,” TEO’s Andrew Hayward reports. “The revamped stadium is projected to bring in an additional €150M ($176.4M) per year once completed.”
Happy birthday Du “Monet” Peng and Kevin “PPMD” Nanne!