The Daily Moot: Twitch DMCA Debacle; PS5 Reveal EventNews Picks
1. Twitch DMCA Issues
Twitch streamers around the globe are panicking after a massive wave of DMCA copyright claims hit the service. The claims, which largely concern background music that appeared in streams between 2017-2019, have created massive issues for some of Twitch’s biggest streamers. This is in part due to Twitch’s internal policy regarding copyright infringements which forces the permanent ban of any user who gets “3 strikes.” Many of the most popular streamers are also some of the most prolific and tenured, meaning that they often have huge backlogs of previous streams which can now lead to their permanent ban from the service. To make matters worse, many of the DMCA claims - which are automatically approved - have been fraudulent. Twitch has released a statement noting that they are aware of the issue but it’s currently unclear what action the company will take.
2. PS5 Reveal Event The PlayStation 5 game reveal event now has a new confirmed date. Originally expected to take place on June 4, the event is now set for June 11. The reveal event will offer the world’s first look at many upcoming PS5 games and will feature a broad spectrum of titles from “innovative studios that span the globe.” Unfortunately, the previews won’t be an entirely accurate representation of the gameplay you can expect in the future. The broadcast will be limited to 1080p and 30fps, prompting Sony to release a statement assuring fans that “the games you’ll see on Thursday will look even better when you play them on PS5.”
3. Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality Itch’s Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality launched this weekend, raising proceeds for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the Community Bail Fund. The bundle, which is name-your-own-price, offers a whopping 742 games for a minimum donation of just $5. Some of the notable titles include Night in the Woods, Minit, A Short Hike, and Oxenfree, but with 742 games there’s probably a little something for everyone in there. The bundle will be available on Itch.io from now through June 15, and has already raised over $2.5 million via more than 200,000 individual donations.
4. Crucible Game Modes Removed Crucible, Amazon’s free-to-play multiplayer shooter, has removed 2 of its 3 game modes. Released just last month, Crucible has not received a warm reception so far with early reviews being mixed at best. Developer Relentless Studio is looking to change that by focusing exclusively on one game mode. The Harvester Command and Alpha Hunters game modes will both be removed from the game, leaving Heart of the Hive as the lone survivor. It’s unclear whether or not either of the removed game modes will eventually make a comeback, but according to developers they will remain retired “for the foreseeable future.”
5. Devotion Release Devotion, a first-person horror game from Red Candle Games, is finally getting released. Devotion was pulled from the Steam marketplace last year following controversy regarding the game’s inclusion of a Winnie the Pooh meme that mocked Chinese president Xi Jinping. Unfortunately, just because the game is coming out doesn’t mean that you’ll get to play it; Devotion will only be sold in Taiwan exclusively as physical editions. Devotion is expected to launch on June 15.