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Twitch partners with music licensing company Merlin to boost independent artists and labels

Twitch has announced a partnership with Merlin, a digital music licensing partner for independent artists and labels, which will aim to help them reach audiences on Twitch and access new revenue streams. The livestreaming platform says its new relationship with Merlin – which has offices in the UK, US, Japan and the Netherlands – will expand communications between Merlin members and Twitch, open up support for them to grow their audience bases, and unlock marketing opportunities. Continue reading Twitch partners with music licensing company Merlin to boost independent artists and labels

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Opinion: Is Microsoft’s shock $68bn buyout of Activision Blizzard good news for esports and gamers, or a match made in hell?

Microsoft’s $68.7bn acquisition of Activision Blizzard announced today can offer a fresh start for the beleaguered publisher, as well as fans of its games and esports, though there is still frustration that Bobby Kotick is retaining his job and a long road ahead to regaining trust with gamers. Esports News UK editor Dom Sacco shares his thoughts on what the deal might mean for the industry and esports in the future. Continue reading Opinion: Is Microsoft’s shock $68bn buyout of Activision Blizzard good news for esports and gamers, or a match made in hell?

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Guild Esports announces its biggest ever sponsorship deal worth £4.5m with Bitstamp after reaching Valorant VCT EMEA 2022 Challengers, will soon open a London HQ

UK-based esports organisation Guild Esports has partnered with Bitstamp, one of the world’s longest-running crypto exchanges. Bitstamp has become Guild’s official cryptocurrency exchange partner with the signing of a three-year global sponsorship deal worth £4.5m. It’s the largest sponsorship deal secured by Guild Esports in its history and will generate annual revenues of £1.5m over the three-year period. It commences on January 29th 2022. As part of the agreement, Bitstamp will be given marketing rights and prominent exposure across Guild Esports’ team jersey and will also appear across social and digital content featuring the company’s pro players and content creators….

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Cyber Monday deal spotlight: Save on the HyperX Cloud Alpha S gaming headset with virtual 7.1 surround sound

Here we are, chums, Cyber Monday. Ahh, how the mighty have fallen. What was once an interesting online addition to the Black Friday feeding frenzy, is now a withered and useless appendage. We all shop online now and Black Friday lasts for at least three months of the year. Well, either that or I’m in some kind of deals post writing, Groundhog Day-esque limbo. Whatever the case may be, Cyber Monday is still a weird 90s relic, like many other things with cyber as a prefix. Cybergoth, for example, a sub-sub-culture whose chief point of relevance in the modern era…

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Cyber Monday deal spotlight: $130 off the curvy Samsung Odyssey G5 27″ QHD gaming monitor

I don’t know about you, but when I hear the word odyssey, I’m expecting something grand, something mythic, something literally homeric. Samsung’s line of monitors certainly contains models that fit the bill, including the cyclopean Odyssey G9. Sadly, such excess isn’t always practical. Your desk just isn’t big enough or, for some reason, you don’t have a grand just sitting around to spend on a monitor. Despite that, you still want to have a little odyssey, as a treat. An odyssette, maybe? Which I’ve just discovered is a real word and not something I made up for a bad gag….

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Black Friday deal spotlight: Save $50 on the Razer BlackWidow V3 mechanical gaming keyboard

Well, chums, Black Friday itself has been and gone. I’m still here though, highlighting deals for you, because we’re in deals season now and the ride is going to continue all through to Christmas and the New Year beyond! The whole Black Friday phenomenon is very weird if you’re old enough to predate online shopping and not from the USA. Feels like just yesterday that everyone was terrified of using their credit cards online, Amazon was just a book shop and Thanksgiving was just something you only heard of on American TV shows. Now it’s another huge American export, allowing…

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Black Friday deal spotlight: Free parking for your butt on this Razer Iskur gaming chair

As those of you who have been hiding behind my sofa, or just read our “What are we all buying this Black Friday?” article, are aware, the top item on my Black Friday shopping list was a new chair. I did manage to procure a solid bottom-rest at a good discount and I’m very happy with my purchase. Unfortunately, it still cost a good chunk of change, leaving me with much less to spend on my recently rediscovered Warhammer habit. Luckily for anyone still looking for somewhere to park their behind while gaming, you can get your hands (cheeks?) on…

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Black Friday deal spotlight: Get £50/$50 off the SteelSeries Arctis 7 wireless gaming headset right now

Around this time last year, I put out a call for headset recommendations, looking for something cheapish and not terrible. An Internet Friend offered me an old set and I gratefully accepted, not being in the position to turn down free stuff. A few days later, I opened the package that arrived to find, not the slightly dodgy cast-off I’d expected, but a shiny SteelSeries Arctis 5. I’m not someone who gets good quality peripherals very often and the sheer generosity made me shed more than a few tears. Using it is like having an angel gently hug my head…

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Black Friday deal spotlight: The light aluminium frame of the HyperX Cloud II is now lighter on your wallet

When I write one of these Black Friday deal posts for your perusal, the first thing I do is light up a candle and delve into the dusty depths of the RPS archives to see if we have reviewed the product in question. Due to my lowly status, I’m not allowed to handle such hallowed items, so I must consult the wisdom of my betters. We haven’t written about the wired HyperX Cloud II 7.1 headset, but Katharine looked at the wireless version, which is the same, but with less wire. Katharine again, hmm? Is this some kind of conspiracy?…

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Black Friday deal spotlight: Big savings on the BenQ MOBIUZ EX2710Q 27″ QHD monitor

RPS chums, I have been unleashed! After serving my apprenticeship, I am now a fully fledged junior deals warlock, and just in time for Black Friday. I still have to do exactly what I’m told, but now I’m allowed to pull the big, brass lever that fires the deals cannon. In practice, that means I can keep updating you with the best bargains late into the sunless hours, while James goes home to do whatever hardware editors do in their free time. Since I have promised not to publish my thirty seven page manifesto entitled “Why I think dogs should…

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This Black Friday discount on the Samsung Odyssey G9 is almost as massive as the monitor

Black Friday is a time of excess, kicking off a season of even more excess. In that spirit, I’ve been thinking about buying four more of my current monitor and lashing them together into a makeshift array using rope fashioned from my corgi’s shed hair. There’s no way that I could achieve such an impressive display in any other way, certainly not with a single monitor. At least that’s what I thought, until hardware ed James reminded me that the humongous Samsung Odyssey G9 exists. Read more

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Black Friday deal spotlight: $500 off the RTX 3080-equipped Alienware m15 R4 gaming laptop

I had my first eggnog latte of the year yesterday, which means that like Black Friday, the actual holiday season is officially upon us. I’m sorry, I don’t make the rules. For many of us, me included, that means stuffing our faces with delicious treats like we’re in training for Fat Bear Week. What’s your favourite? Mine’s the lebkuchen hearts with apricot filling, plus anything with marzipan. The point I’m trying to get to is that this isn’t really a slim and sexy time of year for me. More of a fat and cuddly (but still sexy) season. On the…

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Black Friday deal spotlight: The 2TB Samsung 870 Qvo SSD is the cheapest it’s ever been

Are the tiny computer people who write all the information down on the hard disks inside your PC old and tired? Yeah, mine too. Well, I have good news! The superb Samsung 870 Qvo 2TB SSD is the cheapest it’s ever been here in the UK. RPS Supreme Overlord Katharine checked it out way back in 2020 (wait, that’s only last year) and proclaimed it “a bit good.”* Read more