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The Daily Moot (1/22/19)

1. Fortnite Introduces Snowman Disguises in Patch V7.20
We’ve said it before and we’ll probably say it again: the best game in the world just got better. You can now disguise yourself as a SNOWMAN (or woman) using the Sneaky Snowman item. The Sneaky Snowman comes in stacks of five. Primary fire will throw a projectile that creates a destructible snowman and secondary fire will cause you to wear the Sneaky Snowman. The patch also adjusted drop chances for shields and mobility items and vaulted the Quad Rocket Launcher, Port-a-fortress, and Grappler.
 
2. Blizzard Reveals WoW 2019 Esports Plans
 
Blizzard has revealed their plans for esports events in 2019 and there’s a little bit for everyone. The Arena World Championship is returning to pit the best arena players against each other. There will be two seasons each in North America and Europe, qualifying players for the World Championship at the end of year. The Mythic Dungeon competition also returns, this time open to all competitors. Get through five level 14 Mythic dungeons between February 26th and March 12th and you’ll unlock the tournament realm, where you can compete in time trials and move on.
 
3. League of Legends Cinematic ‘Awaken’ Celebrates Start of 2019 Season
 
The League of Legends ranked season kicks off in just two days and Riot has released an awesome cinematic to celebrate. ‘Awaken’ is another in a long line of impressive League of Legends cinematics; the music is beautiful, the characters are full of personality, and the visuals are stunning. This week also marks the start of League of Legends professional leagues.
 
4. Blackout’s next Limited Time Mode is ‘Ambush’
 
The Call of Duty companion app apparently leaked information about Blackout’s next limited time mode before players were meant to know. Treyarch has since confirmed the information that ‘Ambush’ will be the new limited time mode. In Ambush, players will only have access to sniper rifles and melee weapons. It will be a few weeks until players get a crack at Ambush, as Down But Not Out will continue to run on all platforms. Once Down But Not Out is gone, Ambush will be available immediately.
 
5. FIFA 19 Update Fixes Overpowered Goal Shooting
 
FIFA 19 introduced to the series a featured called Timed Finishing. It was meant to be a risk/reward mechanic that encouraged players to take more control over where exactly their shot would be aimed. Unfortunately, the mechanic was far too forgiving and even poorly timed shots were going toward the net. The new update fixes this, and players will be punished more for poorly timing their shots. Good looks, EA.
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The Daily Moot (1/17/19)

1. Black Ops 4 Blackout will have Respawning for a Short Time
Treyarch is introducing the ability to respawn to Black Ops 4’s Blackout mode starting this week. Seeing as respawning seems to pretty directly contradict the entire purpose of a battle royale mode, there must be a reason for this change. Most likely, this is meant to appease new players who are trying the game during it’s free to play week; new players will get to learn the game faster if they can respawn a few times during a game. Players can only respawn after they’ve collapsed if they still have at least one team member alive. This will last until January 30th.
 
2. Upcoming Sea of Thieves Update Will Require a Complete Reinstall
 
The studio that makes Sea of Thieves has announced that an upcoming update will require players to fully reinstall the game. Rare explained that this is necessary to prevent the game from bloating in size with each coming update. The new download will be almost half the size of the game’s original file, which Sea of Thieves players should be happy to hear. The update that will require you to uninstall and reinstall Sea of Thieves comes out on February 6th.
 
3. Brawlhalla to Invest $500k Into Esports this Year
 
The developers of Brawlhalla just announced the game’s fourth year of esports competitions will include the game’s biggest prize pools yet. Year Four will include total prizes of $500k USD spread across multiple in-person and online events. Brawlhalla has been an exceptionally popular fighting game on both PlayStation 4 and Steam, in large part due to it being free to play.
 
4. Bethesda has Started Banning Fallout 76 Players over Exploits
 
Sometime last week, a Fallout 76 player discovered a secret room in the game. This room was meant to be closed off to the general playerbase and only accessible to the game’s developers. Inside the room there were tons of items that aren’t meant to be in the game yet. Bethesda has started suspending the accounts that entered the room, but they aren’t suspending accounts that have had the improperly-obtained items traded to them. Man, this game’s a mess.
 
5. Mixer Adds Premium Currency to Support Streamers
 
Mixer is Microsoft’s streaming platform meant to rival Twitch. Previously you could support Mixer streamers by donating them Sparks, which viewers generated passively as they watched streams. As you donated Sparks to streamers, they would attain different milestones which had cash rewards. Mixer has now introduced Embers; Embers are different from Sparks in that they translate directly to cash, without the milestone aspect.
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The Daily Moot (1/16/19)

1. EA Cancels Open-World Star Wars Game
Back in 2017, EA announced they were working on an open-world Star Wars game. The game was originally a project from Visceral Games that was not going to be open-world, but Visceral Games shutdown and EA inherited the project. EA decided to begin the project anew and felt an open-world game would have the most success. Now, we have received the unfortunate news that EA has canceled the project. It is rumored that EA canceled the open-world project in favor of a different, smaller Star Wars game they will be able to bring to market sooner.
 
2. Black Ops 4 Zombies gets Double XP to Celebrate 115 Day
 
Elemental 115 is significant to the Call of Duty Zombies lore, so Treyarch decided to celebrate 115 Day (January 15th) with a few days of doubled XP for Zombies. Until Friday the 18th you’ll receive double XP and double weapon XP, plus you’ll even get double Nebulium Plasma. PlayStation 4 players can also experience a new mode called Gauntlet; in Gauntlet there are 30 rounds, each with a different challenge. Failing a round gives your team a strike, and three strikes mean you’re out.
 
3. The Division 2 Private Beta Dates Announced
 
Ubisoft has revealed the private beta for Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 will begin on February 7th. The beta will only run for a few days, ending on the 10th. Players can gain access to the private beta by pre-ordering The Division 2 or by registering on the game’s website, however those spots are limited. Ubisoft also released a new story trailer today, exploring the game’s Washington DC setting a bit more.
 
4. Elder Scrolls Online Expansion ‘Elsweyr’ Announced
 
Elder Scrolls Online’s next major expansion is titled Elsweyr, and will see players journeying to the land of the Khajiit. The expansion will be similar in size to last year’s Summerset expansion, and will tell a roughly thirty-hour long story over the course of the next year. Players will help the Khajiit defend their homeland against invading Imperials and dragons. Elsweyr is bringing dragons to Elder Scrolls Online for the first time, and Bethesda has promised these dragons will be more difficult to defeat than the ones we remember from Skyrim.
 
5. Black Desert Online’s 50-player Battle Royale Launches Today
 
Black Desert Online is an MMO game with many complex in-game systems that collectively provide players with an incredibly deep play experience. Today, BDO has sunk to the level all games apparently have sunk to; today, BDO introduced a battle royale mode. The Shadow Arena is still just an early access version, but players can test out the 50 player battle royale mode. Players will start as a spirit but can become one of the game’s classes as the battle progresses.
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The Daily Moot (1/15/19)

1. A Massive Icy Orb Appears in Fortnite, Starting Season 8 Buildup
Buckle up buckaroos, it’s time for the wild ride that is Fortnite’s build up to Season 8. Last year, it was a purple cube. This year, it is an icy blue orb floating over the castle at Polar Peak. There is also the iceberg near Happy Hamlet with a universal health bar. This health bar depletes for everyone on all servers whenever anyone hits it with a pickaxe. At the current rate, we will find out what is inside the orb in just a couple short hours.
 
2. Valve’s Artifact has lost 97% of Playerbase in 2 Months
 
To say Artifact is struggling would be an understatement. The game was incredibly hyped before it released, as it is a digital card game from a partnership between the creator of Magic: the Gathering and one of the biggest gaming companies in history. However, almost immediately after release we saw issues with Artifact. The game is exceedingly complex to play or watch and has a frustrating economical model. Valve certainly hasn’t given up on Artifact yet, but it sure seems like the gaming community at large has.
 
3. Black Ops 4 Will Start a Free Trial of Blackout This Week
 
Starting this Thursday, Blackout will be free to play for one week. Activision and Treyarch announced the free trial for Blackout will be available on all platforms. This is just speculation, but this could be a trial run to see if it is worth it for Blackout to be permanently free to play. This would enable them to compete with Fortnite for a larger share of the battle royale playerbase, as Fortnite is notably free to play.
 
4. Riot Games Publishes New Company Values
 
Riot Games, the creator of Legend of Legends, came under fire a few months ago due to allegations of a sexist and toxic workplace. Several previous employees came out with some concerning stories about their experience working at Riot Games. The company promised to improve and today they posted a new set of company values. Included in the new values, Riot promises they will cultivate a fair work environment and have their leaders embody and promote the company’s values. Only time will tell whether Riot Games, and specifically the higher up employees who seemed to be the root of the company’s problems, can actually adhere to the new values.
 
5. KFC is Hosting a Blackout Tournament
 
Fast food restaurant KFC announced they are hosting a Blackout tournament featuring 16 content creators and a prize pool of $63,700. There is also a ‘KFC Black Card’ up for grabs, which will allow whoever wins it to eat for free at KFC every day. The event is going to start on January 17th with more information to revealed between now and then.
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The Daily Moot (1/14/19)

1. Glider Redeploy Returns to Fortnite, with a Twist
Glider redeploy in Fortnite enabled players to pull out their glider if they fell from almost any height. It was a controversial feature, as it enabled players to take certain risks they could not normally take. Epic Games removed the feature after a short test period, but it is now returning with a twist. Glider redeploy is coming back, but as an item; players will be able to loot Gliders around the map, similar to how they could loot Jetpacks or Balloons, and Gliders will have a certain number of charges.
 
2. Rocket League Finally Gets Full Cross-Platform Play
 
With the help and cooperation of PlayStation, Rocket league is now to the second game to enter the PlayStation Cross-Play Beta program. Now, players on all the major systems can get randomly matched against one another. Cross-platform parties, on the other hand, are still not available. You can play private matches with and against friends on other platforms and full cross-platform parties are coming “soon.” Personally, playing against people on other consoles is just step one. Hopefully cross-platform parties come sooner rather than later.
 
3. Battlefield 5 Trailer Shows off Lightning Strikes Update
 
DICE released a trailer this morning showing off the Lightning Strikes update, which releases later this week on the 17th. Lightning Strikes focuses on tanks, vehicle warfare, and big explosions which makes for an exciting trailer. Lightning Strikes introduces new weapons, new vehicles, and some game modes. Rush returns, alongside a new co-op mode called Combined Arms. Lightning Strikes is the 2nd of 3 chapters in the Tides of War content series. The third chapter, which is set to release in March, will finally introduce a battle royale mode to Battlefield 5.
 
4. Datamine Reveals Potential SNES Games Coming to the Switch
 
An alleged data mine has potentially revealed an impressive list of SNES games that may be making their way to the Nintendo Switch Online store soon. The list of games includes: Super Mario Kart, Super Soccer, The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past, Yoshi’s Island, Star Fox, Super Metroid, Super Mario World, and more. There are already NES games available on the Switch Online store, so it’s not outside the realm of possibility for SNES games to become available as well. Fingers crossed for these rumors to be true!
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The Daily Moot (1/10/19)

1. Bungie Splits from Activision, Takes Destiny with Them
Bungie has announced that it is splitting with Activision, bringing an early end to their ten year publishing partnership surrounding the Destiny franchise. Bungie will acquire full rights and publish all future content independently. Destiny 2 will remain on BattleNet for PC players following the departure.
 
2. PUBG Bans a Dozen Pros and 30,000 other Players for Cheating
 
Last month, PUBG conducted a global investigation of all currently active pro PUBG players to see if any of them were cheating. Turns out, a handful were. PUBG just discovered a very hard to detect cheat that scanned data being sent to the servers, instead of game files themselves, which enabled the cheater to effectively have radar vision. PUBG caught and suspended 10 players for cheating and 2 more players who knew their teammates were cheating but said nothing. These players have been banned for 3 years and future pro competitors will be screened more thoroughly moving forward.
 
3. Red Dead Online gets a more Genuine Battle Royale Mode
 
Rockstar has said they will adapt Red Dead Online to match what the playerbase wants to see, and apparently the players want to see more battle royale. A new game mode called Gun Rush came to Red Dead Online today which is truer to the usual Battle Royale style than the Make It Count game mode currently in RDO. In Gun Rush, up to 32 players will gather weapons and ammo for a fight to death in an ever-shrinking play area.
 
4. The Better Business Bureau Gives Epic Games an F
 
Epic Games just received an “F” rating from the Better Business Bureau, supposedly for not responding to customer complaints. The majority of the complaints have to do with customer service and ignoring refund requests. It should be HEAVILY EMPHASIZED that the Better Business Bureau is a private organization, not a government entity, and there is an EXTREME CORRELATION between companies that pay them money and companies that get good ratings. Have you ever had to interact with Epic Games customer support staff? If so, do you feel this rating is fair?
 
5. Stan Lee Tribute Added to World of Warcraft
 
Azeroth’s biggest cities have always been full of fun Easter eggs for the most diligent World of Warcraft players. It was one of these players who noticed a new NPC (Non-Player Character) walking the halls of Stormwind Keep. The character is named ‘Stanley’ and he looks exactly like the late Stan Lee, of comic book fame. If looking like Stan Lee isn’t enough to confirm this is a direct tribute, Stanley actually shouts Excelsior! as he walks around. Nice touch, Blizzard.
 
6. Old School Runescape gets a New Region in Today’s Update
 
In what is the first big update since the game went multiplatform late last year, Old School Runescape got a new region today. The Kebos Lowlands includes a new town called Brimstome, a new monster in the form of a hydra, a new slayer dungeon. There is even a new farming guild. Jagex has called this update the game’s most diverse since Old School Runescape launched in 2013.
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The Daily Moot (1/9/19)

1. Ubisoft Foregoing Steam, Selling The Division 2 on Epic Games Store
Ubisoft and Epic Games have announced a partnership deal that will see the PC version of The Division 2 selling on the Epic Games store. The Epic Games store may pose the first real threat to Steam, which has has effectively been the only online marketplace for digital games for some time now. Epic only takes 12% of revenue, which is significantly lower than the 30% Steam takes. In the announcement, Ubisoft announced they will release a few more select titles on the Epic Games store over the course of 2019.
 
2. Final Fantasy Digital Card Coming to PC, in Japan at Least
 
Square Enix has revealed a digital card game inspired by Final Fantasy, due to start a beta test in Japan this month. There has been no word yet if the game will come to other regions for beta testing or upon release. The game has players compete in turn-based battles where you place characters and monsters on a grid-like board.
 
3. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey gets Level Scaling and More
 
Ubisoft has been grinding away to bring new content to Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. It’s not all about content though, as the game is getting expanded features as well. Perhaps the most exciting new feature is the option to choose how your enemies scale to your level. Starting tomorrow, you’ll be able to adjust enemy scaling so you can play the game at the exact difficulty you desire. There is also a litany of new quests coming to the game this month. Check the article below to read more about how Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is expanding this month.
 
4. Epic to Host a Fortnite Tournament at the Australian Open
 
The Australian Open is one of the four biggest tennis tournaments of the year, but this year it won’t be all about tennis. Epic Games has announced they will be hosting a tournament called the Summer Smash at the event, which boasts a prize pool of $355 thousand USD. There will be a solo tournament and a pro-am duos tournament, open to Australia and New Zealand residents over 16 years old. The tournaments will take place during the final weekend of the Australian Open, January 26-27. The ProAm will feature popular streamers from the region, including Loserfruit, LazarBeam, and Muselk.
 
5. Bungie is Unlocking the Bergusia Forge; Destiny 2 Puzzle Still Unsolved
 
The Bergusia Forge is the final piece of content related to the Black Armory, but before Bungie opened it to Annual Pass holders they had a puzzle the community had to solve. Well, the puzzle was too hard; so hard in fact that no one has solved it yet. Bungie released an announcement this morning stating they don’t want to withhold the content any longer, so the Bergusia Forge is now available. For you maniacs that still want to solve the puzzle, you’ll unlock a unique emblem and ghost for your efforts.
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The Daily Moot (1/8/19)

1. Fortnite Introduces Silenced Sniper Rifle, Brings Back Dual Pistols
Epic quietly (see what we did there) released a content update last night that introduced a new silenced sniper rifle to their battle royale mode. The same update has also brought back the popular dual pistols, affectionately nicknamed ‘dualies,’ and removed all versions of the burst rifle except for the rare and legendary rarities. Finally, the content update has heavily nerfed the X-4 Stormwing plane. Planes will now spawn less often and take more damage when they run into structures.
 
2. Laser Cannons Come to GTA Online in New Update
 
If you were struggling to find a weapon with adequate firepower in GTA Online, struggle no more; the Unholy Hellbringer and Widowmaker guns are both now available to purchase at an Ammu-Nation near you. If you need to earn some cash to purchase either of these bad boys, you can earn double cash and RP rewards from any of the Arena War game modes for the next week. Finally, there’s tons of new discounts on businesses and vehicles in this week’s update.
 
3. First Overwatch PTR Patch of 2019
 
The first Overwatch patch of the new year has come to game’s PTR servers. The first change comes to armor, which will only reduce damage by 3 instead of reducing it by 5. Next, Brigitte is being nerfed. Her Rally ability now has a maximum duration of 30 seconds. D.Va’s defense matrix has had its cooldown increased from 1 second to 2 seconds. And finally, Reaper is getting buffed, as his life steal is getting increased from 30% to 50% of damage dealt.
 
4. Tropico 6 has been Delayed Until March
 
After a closed beta run toward the end of 2018, the studio behind Tropico 6 has decided to delay the game’s release by a couple months. The extra time will give the developers an opportunity to implement community feedback in response to the beta. Specifically, they will polish pathfinding, multiplayer, and how the game simulations both the Tropicans and the economy. Due to the delay, if you have preordered the game or do so before January 10th, you will receive Tropico 6’s first DLC for free.
 
5. Earn Ana Bastet Cosmetics by Winning Games and Watching Streams
 
Yesterday, Blizzard released a short story called Bastet that focused on Soldier 76 and Ana. In the story, Ana spent some time as Bastet, the protector of Cairo. Today, a new set of in-game challenges has come to Overwatch that will give players a chance to unlock Bastet-themed cosmetics by winning games. 3 wins will get you a player icon, 6 wins gets you a victory pose, and 9 wins will unlock the Bastet Ana skin. You can also earn a unique spray by watching a handful of promoted Twitch streamers.
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The Daily Moot (1/7/19)

1. New Overwatch Short Story Explores Soldier 76’s History
Blizzard released a new Overwatch short story called Bastet today, which focuses on a conversation between Soldier 76 and Ana. During their conversation, it is revealed that Soldier 76 used to be in a relationship with a man named Vincent, whom he had to leave behind due to his duties. Soldier 76 is the second Overwatch hero to be LGBTQ, as an animated comic from 2016 revealed Tracer has a girlfriend named Emily.
 
2. 14 Days of Fortnite Challenges are Coming Back
 
Epic Games announced over the weekend they will be bringing back 14 Days of Fortnite after the event’s controversial end last week. 14 Days of Fortnite was an event that providing daily challenges and rewards, but some players missed out on completing the challenges due to a miscommunication from Epic. The challenges will be available again for about a week, although progress on partially completed challenges has unfortunately been reset. As before, anyone who completes just one challenge will unlock the Equalizer Glider.
 
3. Stardew Valley now has a Battle Royale Mod
 
The popular game Stardew Valley got multiplayer just last year. Now, there’s a downloadable mod called Battle Royalley that enables players to fight to be the last farmer standing. The game mode supports up to 100 players, although you may struggle to find that many for a match. Just like any other battle royale, players start spread around the map and a safe zone shrinks as the game progresses. You can build fences, chop trees, and even ride horses in the game mode. If you get a chance to play, we’d love to hear your thoughts on Battle Royalley!
 
4. Nvidia Announces the RTX 2060 Graphics Card
 
Nvidia has revealed the RTX 2060 as their next budget graphic cards. According to an official press release from Nvidia, “The RTX 2060 is 60 percent faster on current titles than the prior-generation GTX 1060… and beats the gameplay of the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti.” The RTX 2060 features 6GB of GDDR6 and 240 Tensor Cores. What’s most exciting is how soon the new card will be available. The RTX 2060 will be available on January 15th for $350.
 
5. Humble Store now Selling Nintendo Switch and 3DS Games
 
Starting today, the Humble Store is now officially selling Nintendo Switch and 3DS games. Over 40 games are now available to purchase on the Humble Store, including Breath of the Wild, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and more. You can also purchase 3-month and 12-month individual memberships for Nintendo Switch Online. There’s no word if Nintendo titles will make it into Humble Bundles offered through the service, but this is a promising step towards that reality.
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The Daily Moot (1/4/19)

1. Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe Won't Include Bowsette
Bowsette came into existence when it was revealed that a new item existed in the upcoming Super Mario Bros game called the Super Crown. The Super Crown is used by Toadette and turns her into Peachette. Fans speculated that the crown could then combine any character with Peach, even Bowser. Bowsette fan art took the internet by storm for a few days, but now an item description for the Super Crown has been posted by Nintendo that clarifies the crown can only be used by Toadette. Oh well.
 
2. Hitman: Blood Money and Absolution Remasters Releasing Next Week
 
IO Interactive announced this morning the remastered versions of Hitman: Blood Money and Hitman: Absolution will launch January 11th on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The games feature both graphical and mechanic updates, including 4K visuals at 60 FPS, improved textures, improved lighting, updated controls, and more. There is also a digital-only package called the Hitman HD Enhanced Collection, that will cost $60 and presumably include the remastered versions of both games.
 
3. Batalj Beta Extended and Open to All
 
Batalj is a 1v1 strategy game that we had not heard of before today, but it has been in closed beta for about a month now. Although the beta was supposed to end with the new year, the developers instead announced they’re extending it until January and are making beta keys easily accessible. The game offers turn based combat, but with the unique twist where turns resolve simultaneously. If you want to try the game for yourself, check the article below to see how you can get yourself a beta key.
 
4. Bethesda’s Lawsuit against Westworld Mobile Game has been Resolved
 
A few months back, Bethesda sued Warner Bros. over an alleged copyright violation. Bethesda claimed a Westword mobile game was a ripoff of their own Fallout Shelter mobile game. Now, Bethesda has released a very brief statement saying the two parties reached an “amicable” resolution, but provided no further details. The Westworld mobile game is free to play and remains available on both iOS and Android phones.
 
5. New Pokemon Movie may be a Remake of the Original Movie
 
Fans are speculating the upcoming Pokemon movie, Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution, will be a CGI remake of the original Pokemon movie from 1998. After a new trailer released, some believe the theory to be even more likely. The new trailer shows a clip that is entirely CGI, which has also led some to speculate the new movie will be entirely CGI. Clearly, not much is known about the movie that will release later this year. What would you rather see? An entirely new story or a remake of the classic movie from almost 20 years ago.
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The Daily Moot (1/3/19)

1. Old Hearthstone Designers Announce They’re Making a Marvel Game
Last year, Ben Brode and a few of his colleagues left Blizzard to found their own indie studio named Second Dinner. Brode had been the director and face of Hearthstone for several years, so his departure was big news in and of itself. The new studio has now announced their first game will be set in the Marvel universe. The announcement also reveals they have accepted an investment from the Chinese company NetEase to the tune of $30 million. We still don’t know what genre of game will be made, but hopefully that will be revealed soon.
 
2. CS:GO had a Great Month after Going Free to Play
 
On December 7th, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive made the transition from a paid game to a free-to-play one. On the same day, Valve also added a battle royale mode to the game called Danger Zone. Looking at some of the figures for the game since then suggests the move was worth it, at least in the short term. Twice as many Steam users played CS:GO in December compared to the previous month. CS:GO has a valuable loot box system so Valve could still make remarkable profits off the game despite it being free to play.
 
3. Spooky Gifs from Infinity Ward on Twitter Hint at a new Call of Duty Game
 
The communications manager for Infinity Ward has been posting a spooky gif on their twitter account almost daily since the end of November, but it was just noticed by the internet at large recently. The gifs include subjects like ghosts, demons, ghouls, and more. While some are guessing this is hinting at a sequel to Call of Duty: Ghosts, that may not be the most likely. For one, Ghosts didn’t have demons or ghouls. For two, it was a pretty crappy game to be honest and doesn’t particularly warrant a sequel. Hopefully we will get some more concrete hints soon enough.
 
4. 14 Days of Fortnite Ends with Confusion
 
14 Days of Fortnite was a series of daily challenges that spanned two weeks. Players who completed all of the challenges by the end of the two weeks were meant to get a unique prize, the Equalizer Glider. Unfortunately, a bit of poor communication from Epic Games meant some players thought they would have a couple extra days to complete all of their challenges. To make it up to those specific players, Epic announced they will be giving the Equalizer Glider to all players who completed at least one of the 14 challenges.
 
5. Blizzard Punishes 18,000 Overwatch Accounts in South Korea for Toxicity
 
Blizzard has struggled over recent years to keep toxicity out of Overwatch matches. In fact, reducing toxicity was one of the studio’s main goals for the popular game last year. Blizzard overhauled the game’s report feature, began tracking down bad behavior outside of the game, and added social features to promote positive behaviors. While these measures probably helped to some degree, they haven’t fixed the problem. Yesterday, Blizzard’s South Korean office started off the new year by banning 18,188 accounts for toxic behavior.
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The Daily Moot (1/2/19)

1. ‘Town of Salem’ Data Breach Compromises 7 Million Players
Town of Salem is a fun online game that tests your abilities to lie and detect when others are lying. Recently, the developers of the game suffered a massive data breach that apparently compromised the personal information of more than 7.6 million players. The hacked information includes usernames, emails, passwords, IP addresses, game activity, and payment information. You can use the website HaveIBeenPwned.com to see if your information has been compromised.
 
2. Fallout 76 has been Nuke-Free all Year
 
An unexpected bug in Fallout 76 has left players unable to launch nukes since the new year started. While a New Year’s armistice sounds like a possible event, Bethesda has confirmed this short-term peace was entirely unplanned. It seems Fallout 76 in 2019 is picking up exactly where Fallout 76 in 2018 left off. Confusing headlines, poor communication from Bethesda, and a dwindling player base.
 
3. Get a Free Indie Game Every Day in 2019
 
Alright, now this is really cool. An indie game developer named Rami Ismail has announced a new game launcher that will give you a free, small game every day for all of 2019. The games will only take about five minutes to play through and will range in genre, from puzzlers to platformers. The launcher will download one game at midnight GMT which will only be available to play for 24 hours. Check the article below for more information and a link to download the game launcher, called Meditations.
 
4. Activision Blizzard Fires Their CFO
 
Activision Blizzard announced this week they are firing their chief financial officer Spencer Neumann, who appears to be headed to work at Netflix. While Activision Blizzard has certainly had a bumpy year, with declining numbers almost across the board, they said in the announcement that the firing is unrelated to the company’s finances over the last year.
 
5. Xbox Game Pass for January has Some Sweet Games
 
Xbox Game Pass will be bringing some excellent games to Xbox players over the course of January. On January 3rd you’ll be able to play Ark: Survival Evolved and Life is Strange 2: Part 1. If you haven’t played Life is Strange before, you can play both the first game and the prequel game through Xbox Game Pass as well. Just Cause 3 is the other big headline game, which will be available on January 10th. Check the article below to see the other games that are included in this month’s Xbox Game Pass lineup.
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