Popular socialist streamer Hasan Piker did a cool thing earlier this week: he launched a new line of merch aimed at supporting workers. In addition to the clothes being made by union shops, some of the profits are also going to strike funds to help pro-labor causes across the country. The store also includes a tie-die Bernie Sanders shirt that’s extremely metal.
According to a report by VGC, an anonymous hacker has posted a 125GB torrent link containing, well, all of Twitch, including its source code and commit history going back to the start. The leak also contains streamers’ incomes since 2019, and information that suggests the Amazon-owned streaming platform’s Steam rival Vapor may really exist.
Over the last few days, Twitch streamers from marginalized groups have taken to Twitter to appeal to the Amazon-owned company to start doing something meaningful about the serious issues of harassment on the platform. In response, Twitch put up a Twitter thread saying it will engage in “open and ongoing dialogue.” All together: Siiiiiggghhhh.
Earlier this week, it came to light that Twitch was running ads in blatant opposition to the Amazon warehouse worker unionization effort in Bessemer, Alabama. Streamers, who had no say in whether or not these ads appeared during their broadcasts, were outraged. Today, Twitch has removed the ads, saying that they never should have run in the first place.
By Alex Calvin, Friday, 12 February 2021 18:07 GMT And it’s already partnered with three studios.The studio behind platformer series Yooka-Laylee Playtonic has opened its own publishing label.The brilliantly-named Playtonic Friends will apparently help studios release “fresh, creative and compelling” titles. It already has three games in its stable; Awe Interactive’s BPM: Bullets Per Minute, Slime-san from New York-based Fabraz and a title from Okidokico.“The knowledge that we were coming up to our sixth birthday triggered lots of typical Teams calls amongst the staff here at Playtonic,” Playtonic boss Gavin Price said.“Should we all don party hats and video chat…
By Dom Peppiatt, Monday, 11 January 2021 17:48 GMT Disney has announced that all future Star Wars games will be grouped together under one collective banner, Lucasfilm Games.In a statement that’s appeared over on StarWars.com, it was revealed without warning that “Lucasfilm Games is now the official identity for all gaming titles from Lucasfilm”. The name, it seems, takes its inspiration from LucasArts’ old moniker: the studio went by Lucasfilm Games until it rebranded in 1990.The statement notes that Lucasfilm Games – “a name that encompasses the company’s rich catalog of video games and its eye toward the future” –…