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Cyberpunk 2077 Dev On The Million-Player Revival: ‘It’s F****** Good To Be Back’

Cyberpunk 2077’s launch has been one of the messiest in recent history. Praised in many initial reviews on PC, so broken on last-gen consoles it was pulled from the PlayStation Store, and then saddled with post-launch delays as players waited for promised fixes and new content. Now, nearly two years later, the ambitious open-world RPG’s fortunes have been transformed by the popular Netflix anime spin-off Edgerunners, and its lead quest designer couldn’t feel more vindicated.

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Streamer Kai Cenat Calls Out Twitch After Overtaking xQc For Most Subs

Kai Cenat provided a bright spot at the end of what was a very bad week for Twitch. The 20-year-old streamer managed to crack 80,000 paid subs, overtaking Félix ‘xQc’ Lengyel to become the most subscribed English-speaking channel on Twitch. A tearful mid-stream call with his mom summed up everything the moment meant to him and his fans. “My son works harder, he’s a grinder,” she said. “Every day, every night, and he gives me the world.”

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Congressman Under Investigation For ‘Sex Trafficking’ Caps Off Twitch’s Worst Week Ever

First Amazon-owned Twitch was ravaged by a major gambling scandal. Then it revealed a new, worse revenue split for creators because it had to charge itself too much for servers. Next Bloomberg reported that the platform has a major problem when it comes to potential predators using it to target children. And now Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), who’s being investigated for human trafficking and allegedly having sex with a minor, has announced his plan to use the platform to spread his racist dog whistles. “Is it Friday yet?”asked someone at Twitch, probably.

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Twitch Streamers Are Pissed That Amazon Is Taking More Of Their Money For BS Reasons

Yesterday, the president of Twitch, Dan Clancy, announced a change to the revenue system that would mean some of the top performing Twitch streamers will get less money. According to Clancy, Twitch was making this change in order to afford increasing server costs.The changes would not affect “the vast majority” of creators, but the blog post upset those who felt that Twitch was taking too much money and offering too little support.

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Andrew Tate Controversy Seemingly Leads Riot To Cut Valorant Esports Team Loose

One of the top ten esports companies in the world might have just lost its highly coveted franchise spot in Riot Games’ upcoming pro Valorant league because the CEO defended partying with internet misogynist Andrew Tate. Outside reports and comments by some employees certainly make it seem that way, insinuating that G2 Esports now faces a huge loss, all because its boss insisted on “partying with whoever the fuck I want.”

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Andrew Tate Controversy Seemingly Leads Riot To Cut Valorant Esports Team Loose [Update]

One of the top ten esports companies in the world might have just lost its highly coveted franchise spot in Riot Games’ upcoming pro Valorant league because the CEO defended partying with internet misogynist Andrew Tate. Outside reports and comments by some employees certainly make it seem that way, insinuating that G2 Esports now faces a huge loss, all because its boss insisted on “partying with whoever the fuck I want.”

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Top Twitch Streamer Mizkif Suspended From Gaming Org For Alleged Sexual Assault ‘Cover Up’

As if Twitch wasn’t in the news enough already, the platform is again making new headlines, following yesterday’s successful campaign by top broadcasters to ban gambling from the livestreaming service. However, instead of money problems, we’re dealing with issues of sexual assault and harassment, as personalities like Maya and Mizkif have been accused of encouraging the covering up of an abuse victim’s traumatic experience. Now, Mizkif is facing repercussions.

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Xplay Host Frosk Out At G4 A Week After Layoffs

A week after big layoffs rocked the network, Kotaku has learned that Xplay host, Indiana “Froskurinn” Black, is no longer with G4. Comcast, G4's parent company, bought out the remainder of her contract, according to two sources familiar with the business. The news was announced internally by head of the network, Joe Marsh, in a town hall meeting on Tuesday morning.

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Top Twitch Streamers Like Pokimane, Mizkif Threaten Strike After $200,000 Gambling Scam

On Saturday, a Twitch streamer named Abraham Mohammed, better known to viewers as Sliker, admitted that he had scammed fans and other content creators out of at least $200,000 to fund his Counter-Strike: Global Offensive gambling addiction. In response, big-name streamers such as Imane “Pokimane” Anys, Matthew “Mizkif” Rinaudo, and Devin Nash have been coordinating a boycott of Twitch during the week of Christmas to protest the platform’s lax policies on gambling streams.

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Elden Ring Twitch Streamer’s Drawing Tablet Run Is Getting Ridiculous

Another day, another Elden Ring challenge run. Since FromSoftware’s massively popular Soulslike dropped on February 25, Tarnished the world over have tackled the game in some absolutely nutty ways. But while beating it with a single hand and playing it with a harp are impressive, Twitch streamer Luality has been taking it to a whole new level lately by attempting to finish Elden Ring with a freakin’ drawing tablet.

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Pro Gaming CEO Pops Champagne With Misogynist Andrew Tate, Now On Unpaid Leave

G2 Esports CEO and cofounder, Carlos ‘ocelote’ Rodriguez, was recently caught partying with notorious internet misogynist and general piece of shit, Andrew Tate. The news provoked a huge backlash on social media, and naturally the former League of Legends pro decided to tweet through it. “Nobody will ever be able to police my friendships,” he wrote. “I party with whoever the fuck I want.” Less than 24 hours later, Rodriguez announced he’s going on two months’ unpaid leave.

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Resident Evil 4 Remake Launching On PS4, But Not Xbox One

Well, here’s a bit of surprise: The new Resident Evil 4 remake—out next year—is in development for PS4. We knew it was coming to next-gen machines, but now it’s also headed to Sony’s older home console. However, it seems this remake will be skipping the Xbox One, possibly due to a lack of power or sales. In June of this year—during a Sony State of Play—the Resident Evil 4 remake was revealed, confirming after years of rumors and speculation that it is indeed a real thing that will soon exist. The game isn’t a remastering of the classic horror title,…

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Shigeru Miyamoto Accidentally Trolled Everyone During The Big Nintendo Direct

Tuesday’s Nintendo Direct was a much-hyped affair, with a whopping 40 minutes dedicated to the Japanese company’s portable console and its games. Most people kept their expectations somewhat in check for this, because Nintendo said that the event would largely focus on products coming out this holiday season. But that still leaves room for surprises, and when Shigeru Miyamoto pops onto the screen, you get excited.

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Twitch Is Removing Its ‘Host Mode’ Feature And Everyone’s Upset

For some reason, which droves of streamers, viewers, and this journalist cannot figure out, Twitch is permanently removing its host mode feature on October 3. At that point, host mode, its accompanying chat command /host, and the channel settings feature Autohost will be lost to time, leaving streamers with only the raid option and its different functionality if they want to replace their stream with another when they go offline.

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This Twitch Streamer Just Became The First Person To Beat Every N64 Game

Samuel “Acegamersam” Girard owns a lot of video games. The 32-year-old Québécois has a vast library of classic console titles, including complete collections of North American Dreamcast and N64 games. Five years ago, with a fledgling Twitch channel, Girard began streaming the Nintendo titles to a tiny audience. That audience quickly began to grow as he set out on his goal to complete all 296 of them, a feat no one else has claimed to have done before.