Tyler Blevins, known to most by his streaming name “Ninja”, has got the biggest following of video game lovers on his channel. His influence is enormous and his reach is unimaginable. It makes perfect sense companies would want to bring him in to play and promote their games, but who knew he could pull in this much for one day!
According to an anonymous source who spoke to Reuters, the 27-year-old gamer was paid a whopping $1 Million USD to stream “Apex Legends” on Twitch during launch day by the game maker, EA.
The game debuted on February 5, and many other streamers quickly got in on the action. The majority did it because the game is just plain awesome, but it is undeniable that without a streamer like Ninja getting in on it during launch day, the game would have certainly take more time to pick up steam.
Representatives from EA and for Ninja declined to comment on how much he had been paid on the record, but the amount named by the source is more than twice media reports of Ninja’s monthly earnings from what he makes when he typically streams things like “Fortnite”.
EA also paid popular Polish-Canadian streamer “Shroud,” who has nearly six million Twitch followers, to play Apex Legends but declined to disclose the terms of the deal.
“Apex Legends” is being considered as the “Fortnite” killer by many, and has been battling hard to take over the battle royale gaming sector.
EA’s “Apex Legends” has been killing it for gamers this week, hitting over 10 million users in just a mere three days! With impressive graphics, awesome gameplay, and just generally being a ton of fun, “Apex Legends” is quickly becoming the game to beat. It may also be one of most progressive shooter games at launch.
In an interview with Rock, Paper, Shotgun, Respawn community manager Jay Frechette revealed Bloodhound is non-binary:
“I mention Bloodhound, a tracker character sporting futuristic plague doctor garb, and Frechette confirms that yes, Bloodhound is non-binary, or at least non-specified, in terms of gender.”
Gibraltar is a gentle giant with a wild side. The son of two SARAS (Search and Rescue Association of Solace) volunteers, he has always been skilled at getting others out of dangerous situations that are common in the Outlands. However, he only began to understand the value of protecting others when he and his boyfriend stole his father’s motorcycle, took it on a joyride, and got trapped by a deadly mudslide. His parents saved them, and his father lost an arm in the process. Gibraltar has never forgotten that sacrifice and has devoted his life to helping those in need.
It’s nice to see a video game like this announcing things like this upfront, rather than retconning things or explaining it like it was a mystery later (cough Soldier 76 cough). Either way, the question now is will toxic gamers step away from the game once they hear this, or will this news not affect their growing user base?
Move over, Fortnite, a new battle royale game has hit the market and has quickly overtaken it!
EA and ReSpawn Entertainment’s “Apex Legends“, a new game set in the video game world of “TitanFall”, recently launched their free-to-play game across many systems. It’s quickly become one of the top streamed games on Twitch, and made EA’s stock explode this week, making their highest gain in over a year.
It should come as no surprise that the game is capturing the attention of gamers everywhere, but no one expected it to be this successful so quickly. So much so that they have already surpassed 10 million players in a mere three days!
Respawn’s Vince Zampella left a message for fans on the Apex Legends blog, which reads:
In 72 hours, over 10 million players have jumped into Apex Legends and we’ve breached 1 million concurrent players!
This has been a truly incredible journey. We tested and tweaked. We argued and agreed. We got to a point where we felt some magic. We knew it would be risky to take the franchise in this direction, to go free to play, and do a surprise launch. But we fell in love with Apex Legends and wanted, needed, other people to play it too.
We hoped you’d love it as much as us, but never in our wildest dreams could we have expected the outpouring of support and positivity we’ve seen. From all of us at Respawn, thank you for giving us and Apex Legends a chance. Thank you for joining us on this journey. This is just the beginning! We have so much more in store for you this year.
See you in the arena!
“Apex Legends” is a class-based shooter like Overwatch, with randomized elements like PUBG. The focus is team-based combat, pitting 60 players grouped into three-man groups fighting to determine who the last team standing will be. The game has improved on elements from its predecessors, and is just really fun!
There are currently eight playable characters in the game, with plans to start adding more very soon.
EA today announced the official launch of EA SPORTS™ UFC® 2, available in retail stores and as a digital download on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The game features the largest roster ever for an official UFC® game, boasting more than 250 athletes, including cover stars, UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor and former UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, as well as all-time fighting legends like Mike Tyson, UFC Hall of Famer Bas Rutten, Kazushi Sakuraba, and Bruce Lee – all unlockable by making it to the UFC Hall of Fame in Career Mode. EA SPORTS UFC 2 also introduces a Knockout Physics System that, when paired with thousands of new animations and updated character likenesses, makes knockouts more dynamic and realistic than ever.
“By listening to fans, sharpening our fundamentals, focusing on areas of innovation in gameplay, and adding massive depth to modes, we believe we’ve taken the franchise and MMA games to the next level with this one,” said EA SPORTS UFC 2 Creative Director, Brian Hayes. “We’re excited that it’s finally time to ask fans to stare back at their opponent, bite down on their mouth piece, come out swinging and finish the fight.”
EA SPORTS UFC 2 delivers a mode for every fight fan, including the series introduction of Custom Event Creator, UFC Ultimate Team™, and Live Events which allow players to gain in-game rewards for playing out real-world fight cards before they happen. The game also features the brand-new Knockout Mode, which does away with clinches, grappling and submissions in favor of pure heart-pounding, stand-up fighting action. However, when fights do go to the ground, EA SPORTS UFC 2 gives fighters the tools to master mixed martial arts (MMA), including Grapple Assist, a new graphic overlay that helps fans dominate the clinch and find their next move on the ground.
“This game is an authentic representation of the UFC brand experience, bringing the excitement of the Octagon to life for all fight fans,” UFC Senior Vice President of Global Consumer Products, Tracey Bleczinski said. “From the walkout, incorporating the new UFC Fight Kit, to the intensity of being face-to-face with the top combat sports athletes in the world, this game has it all.”
EA SPORTS UFC 2 is developed by EA Vancouver, and is available now in North America and will be available March 17 worldwide on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. EA Access* members can try the full game for a limited time and get 10% off the digital version of the game on Xbox One. Fans should keep an eye on the website, as well as the EA SPORTS UFC Facebook and Twitter pages to make sure they’re always up-to-date on the latest and greatest news.
EA today announced EA SPORTS™ UFC® 2 launches on March 15, 2016 in North America, and March 17, 2016 worldwide. In addition to the announcement, EA released a cinematic trailer for EA SPORTS UFC 2 featuring some of the biggest moments from recent bouts, showcasing authentic gameplay features, and highlighting new character visuals and signature animations. The trailer opens on EA SPORTS UFC 2 cover athlete and UFC® featherweight champion, Conor McGregor showing fans the all-new Knockout Physics System in his championship fight at UFC® 194. From there, fans will see Dynamic Grappling, and Next-Level Submissions while reliving some of the heart-stopping moments from recent fights, and speculating what could happen in upcoming contests. Watch the trailer here.
“Whether fans want to play upcoming cards, recreate the outcome of recent fights, or go back to fight with MMA legends, we’ll help them do that in the most authentic and exciting way ever in an MMA simulation,” said Brian Hayes, Creative Director. “Our first two pre-order fighters, Bas Rutten and Kazushi Sakuraba are perfect additions to what is already the biggest roster ever for an official UFC game. Adding them is huge, and fans are going to go nuts when we reveal who the mystery fighter is. I can’t wait.”
Fans excited to step into the Octagon® can pre-order EA SPORTS UFC 2 and get day one access to two legendary fighters: UFC Hall of Famer and three-time King of Pancrase, Bas Rutten; and Japanese MMA legend, “The Gracie Hunter” Kazushi Sakuraba, with an additional mystery fighter who will be named later.* The deluxe edition of the game also includes up to $60 of UFC Ultimate Team™ Premium Packs**. For pre-order information, visit http://easports.com/UFC/buy.
EA SPORTS UFC 2 is headlined by five brand new game modes including KO Mode and UFC Ultimate Team, a revamped Career Mode that lets fans create female fighters for the first time ever in an official UFC game, and Grapple Assist, an integrated visual tool to help players learn and perfect takedowns, ground game transitions, and submissions.
EA SPORTS UFC 2 is developed in Burnaby, British Columbia by EA Canada, and will be available on March 15 in North America and March 17 worldwide on Xbox One and PlayStation®4.
So, on top of announcing the official release date of June 17, 2014, EA has also announced the addition of the legendary martial artist, Bruce Lee to EA Sports: UFC. You can pre-order today to get instant day-one access to Bruce, or you can complete the game’s career mode at Pro difficulty to unlock him. Players can fight with the legend across four different weight classes and test his legacy against the best of the best in the UFC.
Electronic Arts Inc. announced today it will be releasing a new, personalized and content-rich trivia game called TMi Trivia later this spring. Making its debut exclusively on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, the pop culture-driven trivia game will provide players with content that directly targets each player’s individual interests. Designed to showcase the very latest in pop culture and current events including music, TV, movies, celebrity gossip, fashion, technology and more, TMi Trivia creates new trivia questions daily based on what’s hot on the web. EA is partnering with major media partners Variety, SPIN, Celebuzz, and Fanhattan to deliver new content on a regular basis. Additional brands and partners will be added following the worldwide launch of the game.
To further personalize the game experience, TMi Trivia’sdaily updated content offers players a chance to answer questions about themselves, their friends, and their mutual shared interests. The tailor-made content is generated by utilizing players’ iTunes and Facebook profiles to create questions exclusively about and for the player. Up to five players can compete in asynchronous rounds, answering questions against the clock on the same subject, aiming to get the highest score. The higher the score, the more badges, achievements, and weekly jackpots can be won, all of which can be shared via Facebook Connect.
TMI Trivia will be free to download (wireless fees may apply) and is launching in the Canada App Store next week. The game will be released worldwide later this spring.
Electronic Arts Inc. and developer Crytek GmbH today announced an open multiplayer beta* for the premiere sandbox shooter , Crysis 3, will be available starting January 29th for Xbox 360, PlayStation3 and PC. Including two team-based modes and two maps, the beta will give players an opportunity to master the superpowers of the Nanosuit. The Crysis 3 multiplayer beta will be available for two weeks and give players the chance to get a leg up on the competition before Crysis 3 launches on February 19 in North America and February 21 in Europe.
The beta will feature two of the eight modes included in Crysis 3. In Crash Site, players must secure and defend specific locations, earning points along the way for kills and their ability to hold those locations. The all-new Hunter mode makes its debut in Crysis 3. This asymmetrical, time based mode pits two players vs. ten (two vs. 14 on PC) in matches that begin with two cloaked hunters stalking 10 opposing CELL troopers. Armed only with enhanced Nanosuits and the lethal Predator bow, hunters must systematically stalk and kill the CELL operatives, who in turn must work together as a team as they fight to stay alive before the round ends. The twist is that once a CELL trooper is killed, that player will then respawn as a hunter, joining the others in their attempt to eliminate the remaining CELL operatives before the clock strikes zero. The Crysis 3 multiplayer beta will also showcase two of the game’s twelve maps: the Airport and Museum. Both will provide players a taste of the urban rainforest and tactical sandbox that awaits them under the Liberty Dome of New York City.
Also included in the Crysis 3 multiplayer beta is the New York Feed, a brand new in-game social feed that will showcase the accomplishments of gamers and their friends while offering challenges to complete. Crysis 3 multiplayer also contains new gameplay features including Rip & Throw, which allows players to interact with the elements of the environment to use as weapons or shields as well as the chance to control the Pinger, a fearsome alien tripod war machine that can be used to devastating effect.
Electronic Arts Inc. announced today that hip-hop artists Big Boi and B.o.B are bringing their talents to co-op action game, Army of TWO: The Devil’s Cartel. Not only will they be collaborating in the studio for the game’s official theme song Double or Nothing set for release in early 2013, but also in the game. The duo will play the roles of T.W.O. operatives Charles “Chuy” Rendall (Big Boi) and Anthony “Baker” Barnes (B.o.B), helping players navigate through Mexico’s most dangerous cartel.
EA also announced that fans who pre-order Army of TWO The Devil’s Cartel from participating retailers will receive an exclusive Hit-Makers Kit. This kit will give players access to a T.W.O.Contract mission that allows them to play as Big Boi and B.o.B’s characters, including custom masks and weapon skins designed by the artists themselves.
Big Boi (Antwan Andre Patton) made history with OutKast from their debut, “Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik” (1994, recorded when Big Boi was still a teenager) to their 2003 swan song, “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below”. One of the biggest-selling hip-hop albums in history – 11-times platinum in the U.S., over 15 million worldwide – “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” generated three Grammy Awards® (including Best Rap Album and Album of the Year) and spun off two life-changing #1 hit singles, André 3000’s “Hey Ya!” and Big Boi’s “The Way You Move” (with Sleepy Brown). His new album “Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors” is out on December 11.
B.o.B aka Bobby Ray is an American hip hop recording artist, singer-songwriter and record producer. After his debut single “Nothin’ on You” reached number one in both the United States and the United Kingdom, B.o.B rose to fame and was named the ninth Hottest MC in the Game in 2010 by MTV. On April 27, 2010, his debut album, “B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray” was released, reaching #1 on the U.S. charts and the album was certified Goldby the Recording Industry Association of America.
Developed by Visceral Games, Army of TWO The Devil’s Cartel re-sets the series with an action blockbuster storyline. Players find themselves in the drug-torn streets of Mexico as Alpha and Bravo, two operatives working for Tactical Worldwide Operations (T.W.O.), fighting against a dangerous drug cartel. Featuring both online and split-screen co-op, Army of TWO The Devil’s Cartel gives players the chance to distinguish themselves from their friends by providing a deeper and more advanced upgrade and customization system. From the mask that protects them in battle to the very weapons that keep them alive, players can customize their own Alpha and Bravo to create the deadliest mercenary team as they see fit.
Army of TWO The Devil’s Cartel will be available on March 26, 2013 for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system. This product has not yet been rated by ESRB or PEGI.
Electronic Arts Inc today announced that EA SPORTS developed a new feature for FIFA Soccer 13, named Football Club Match Day, boasting to drive the deepest and most meaningful connection between a video game and the real world of sports ever. With FIFA Soccer 13 and the real world soccer season integrated with one another through Football Club Match Day, real world happenings such as injuries, suspensions, team form and media gossip will be reflected through game play and in-game commentary.
Through Football Club Match Day, EA SPORTS intends to give a new experience to fans following their favorite clubs and teams in soccer. Real world fixtures and upcoming matches in soccer will enable the players to compete right alongside their favorite teams and athletes as the season unfolds. Player form, displayed in detail within the team management screens, change frequently so players in form (or players struggling to keep in form) will see their stats change based on their real world performances throughout the season based on real-world performance. On top of that, Games of the Week will be highlighted in the top global match-ups for fans to enjoy.
EA SPORTS Football Club Match Day will be available for PlayStation, Xbox 360, and PC, and will be included in a FIFA Soccer 13 demo for all three platforms that will launch around the world on September 11.
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