In a surprise turn of events, Overwatch’s Game Director, Vice President, and honorary “Dad” figure Jeffrey Kaplan has left Blizzard Entertainment. This comes after nearly 20 years at the company.
TikTok isn’t the same as it was last year.
As the app grows, so does the number of content creators. As a result, it’s becoming harder to get on the For You Page (FYP). Creators love to hate and hate to love the FYP, but no matter how you feel about TikTok’s FYP algorithm, you’ll have to stay up to date with its changes in order to go viral.
First, let’s clarify a few things. There are so many myths out there about the TikTok algorithm, but here are a few of the most widespread:
The answer? Have passion. For Brad Faucheux, animation is everything. Currently working on Overwatch 2, Faucheux took a moment to share his journey to becoming an animator and what it’s like to work in the gaming industry.
On January 11th, Spanish-language Fortnite streamer David Cánovas Martínez, known on Twitch as TheGrefg, broke Twitch records with a peak of 2.5 million concurrent viewers. What was supposed to be a Fortnite skin reveal stream became a truly landmark event, with so many viewers on the site that it crashed elements of Twitch’s API, payment processing, and UI. Impressively, Grefg kept his composure throughout the event but did make a point of calling both his mother and his video editor during the livestream.
Previously, the viewership record on Twitch for the highest number of concurrent viewers was League of Legends’…
When I was thirteen years old, I was scouted by a modeling agency in Canada and whisked into a world where everyone was six feet tall, with spidery limbs and eyebrows like untamed caterpillars. By the time I was sixteen, I was doing runway work. My agent gave me some food guidelines to follow, which, by any reasonable person’s standards, would be considered an extreme diet. If anyone followed that diet for more than a few days, they would feel lightheaded, suffer from headaches and faint with any physical activity. …
In a virtual Town Hall on December 16th, Twitch announced that they’d be banning some common slang words from use on their platform. Specifically, “incel,” “simp” and “virgin” will now be officially against Twitch Terms of Service (TOS) if they are “used repeatedly in a harassing manner.” In addition, any emote related to those words will be denied approval or taken down. These new policies will go into effect on January 22nd, and the words are specifically mentioned at the very end of Twitch’s blog post.
TikTok is a place for incredible viral growth for both brands and influencers. But it’s sporadic, and won’t happen for everyone. Success on TikTok depends on numerous factors and the algorithm is always changing.
I started on TikTok in June of 2020. I named my account after my favorite Pokemon because it was available. Vulpix. I was trying to grow a platform on Twitch, and someone messaged me with the idea:
On TikTok, it’s way easier to get discovered. The app WANTS people to find you. …
Mirage has always been an “off-meta” pick in Apex Legends. My teammates will often groan, “Oh great, a Mirage,” into their mics when I lock him on the legend selection screen. Even the Apex devs see Mirage as a challenging hero to use, admitting in the latest patch notes that “our bamboozler-in-chief is a hard legend to keep relevant.”
Mirage is challenging because his utility is based in mentally and optically confusing the enemy. Most other legends’ abilities enhance their mobility, loot or damage, while Mirage’s kit plays mind games that…sometimes work.
The drawbacks to choosing Mirage are obvious, but…
The new Apex Legends map, Olympus, was released on November 4th. By now, a lot of you probably have your own favorite drop spot. But where are the hottest spots, time and time again? Where’s the new Skull Town?
There’s this spot directly in the center of Olympus on top of turbine that has a single building and a bunch of waterslides (yes, waterslides!) that lead down toward Hammond Labs. And, oh man, is that single building on top of Turbine third, fourth and fifth party central! If you go to this spot, get out your R-99 and be ready…
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