Sony, EA postpone gaming announcements in name of social justice

sony, ea postpone gaming announcements in name of social justice


This week was supposed to be a celebration of gaming, but now is not the time.As the summer of gaming was supposed to kick off in full force this week, with Sony’s unveiling of the PlayStation 5, and EA’s unveiling of “Madden NFL 21,” a virus has infected the United States and festered until it was forced into the light with the power and fury of an entire race of people and their allies that are rightfully fed up, demanding justice and change —settling for nothing less.George Floyd is a name few, if any, video game fans knew before last week. Today, it’s a name everyone knows for all of the wrong reasons. Killed at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, Floyd ‘s name lives on on the tips of every tongue of every demonstrator and protester demanding change and justice. Across the country, and here in Southwest Oklahoma, that demand for change continues to spread. Its power —its perseverance — can be felt in every walk of life.“Black Lives Matter” has been a rallying cry for years, but one often overlooked or simply dismissed by many. The ongoing battle for justice for innocent black men …



Sega’s Game Gear Micro is four $50 consoles with four games each

sega’s game gear micro is four $50 consoles with four games each


Sega has now revealed full details of its just-announced Game Gear Micro portable console — or, I should say, consoles. It turns out that the four color variants are different systems each with four different games preloaded, no doubt in an attempt to drive collectors to buy them all.
Here’s what you get on each.

The black model comes with:

Sonic the Hedgehog
Puyo Puyo 2
Out Run
Royal Stone

The blue variant includes:

Sonic Chaos
Gunstar Heroes
Sylvan Tale
Baku Baku Animal

The yellow Game Gear Micro has:

Shining Force Gaiden: Ensei – Jashin no Kuni he
Shining Force: The Sword of Hajya
Shining Force Gaiden: Final Conflict
Nazopuyo Aruru no Ru

And the red version is preloaded with:

Revelations: The Demon Slayer
Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible Special
The GG Shinobi

The hardware itself is 80mm x 43mm x 20mm with a 1.15-inch display. There’s a single mono speaker and a headphone jack. It charges over USB but can also run off two AAA batteries.

You may be wondering how exactly you’re meant to play games on a 1.15-inch display, which makes the Game Boy Micro’s 2-inch panel sound huge by comparison. Well, if you’re …


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Great Canadian Gaming Announces Normal Course Issuer Bid for 5.25% Senior Unsecured Debentures

great canadian gaming announces normal course issuer bid for 5.25% senior unsecured debentures


TORONTO, June 2, 2020 /CNW/ – Great Canadian Gaming Corporation (TSX: GC)  (“GCGC” or the “Company”) announced today that the Toronto Stock Exchange (the “TSX”) has accepted the notice of GCGC’s intention to commence a normal course issuer bid (the “NCIB”) of the 5.25% Senior Unsecured Debentures (the “Debentures”) (TSX: GC.DB).
The NCIB allows the Company to purchase up to $18,900,000 aggregate principal amount of its 5.25% Debentures (representing approximately 10% of its public float of $189,000,000 aggregate principal amount of Debentures) as of May 29, 2020, in each case, over a period of twelve months commencing on June 5, 2020. The NCIB will expire no later than June 4, 2021.
Under the NCIB, Debentures may be repurchased in open market transactions on the TSX, and/or alternative Canadian trading systems, or by such other means as may be permitted by the TSX and applicable securities laws and in accordance with the rules of the TSX governing NCIBs. The total number of Debentures that GCGC is permitted to purchase is subject to a daily purchase limit based on TSX regulations. Any Debentures that are purchased under the NCIB will be subsequently cancelled upon their purchase by the Company.
The average daily trading volume for the period commencing March 2, 2020 until May 29, 2020 was $602,000 principal …


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Louisiana senators remove state’s top gaming regulator

louisiana senators remove state’s top gaming regulator


(The Center Square) – Louisiana senators have refused to confirm Gov. John Bel Edwards’ re-appointment of the state’s top gambling regulator.The move comes at a time when the gaming sector, which provides a significant chunk of state revenue, is facing serious challenges on multiple fronts.  Ronnie Jones has chaired the Louisiana Gaming Control Board since 2013 and has been involved in regulating the industry since casinos and video poker were approved in the state during the 1990s.“I am deeply disappointed that Ronnie Jones was not confirmed after his decades of service and experience in gaming regulation,” Edwards said in a prepared statement. “Because of his time with Louisiana State Police, as a consultant and as a long-time member and chair of the board, he was uniquely qualified to fairly and ethically lead the group that regulates the gaming industry.”It is widely believed New Orleans Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, who chairs the state’s Democratic Party, personally blocked the Democratic governor’s appointments. The Senate traditionally has let members personally block confirmation of appointments from their home districts to boards and commissions, and Jones lives in Peterson’s district.The Center Square has reached out to Peterson’s office …


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Head of La. Gaming Control Board ousted

head of la. gaming control board ousted


The 11 people who weren’t confirmed to their jobs included appointees of Edwards, Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin, and Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain. One of Strain’s top assistants, Fred Bass, was refused by the Senate, and former Rep. Walt Leger was rejected for his position as president of the New Orleans Convention Center board.


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Valorant CEO Pens A Heartwarming Message To The Gaming Community – EssentiallySports

valorant ceo pens a heartwarming message to the gaming community – essentiallysports


Riot Games jumped into the first-person shooter category with Valorant in early April. Despite their first venture into the widely popular genre, the 5v5 character-based tactical shooter has fared remarkably since releasing as a closed-beta. Valorant had been revving for a full launch for quite some time. Thus, Riot announced the June 2 release date for Valorant, and last week, on May 28, the beta version went offline.

Yesterday, June 1, the developer revealed the official June 2 launch times for their tactical shooter across several regions around the world. As the full-scale global release spanned over multiple time zones, Valorant began rolling out in phases.
Consequently, Japan, Korea, and most of Asia-Pacific experienced Valorant Episode 1: Ignition first. Turkey, Europe, Middle East & North Africa, Russia, and CIS countries followed next. North America, Latin America, and South America were the last regions to join the ranks. Meanwhile, as millions across the world prepared to hop on to Valorant, the CEO of Riot Games conveyed a heartwarming message.
Read more: Launch Times for Valorant Episode 1 Announced
“The days are tense and draining, and we all feel it”- CEO of Valorant
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Analysis: NFL will play games after support/pressure applied

analysis: nfl will play games after support/pressure applied


Call it support. Call it pressure. However you describe it, the NFL is going to get it regarding playing games on schedule.

And barring a setback in the reopening of America during the coronavirus pandemic, the show will go on.

Wisely, the NFL has taken baby steps toward some sort of normalcy. It has moved slowly in allowing a small number of team personnel to return to club facilities. It essentially has barred travel by team and league personnel, while able to remotely conduct the business of the sport: free agency, the draft, owners meetings.

Conducting offseason workout programs virtually isn’t ideal, but it’s been worthwhile.

The NFL’s medical staff, in conjunction with health officials across the nation, has taken a safety-first approach that, so far, has served the league well.

“I think the basis of it is medical and what the medical community is telling us,” says Troy Vincent, the league’s executive vice president of football operations. “We’ve got to get this right. And we are coming out of phase one and going into phase two, and we have to show the general public and the players that our protocols and our procedures, we can’t miss, we can’t fail.

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England allows Floyd justice messages by players in games | WTOP

england allows floyd justice messages by players in games | wtop


English Premier League players will be able to show solidarity with the George Floyd justice campaign during games without the prospect of facing sanctions.
The Football Association on Tuesday endorsed FIFA’s new stance that “common sense” would be applied when assessing the context of on-field messages on players’ equipment. The laws of the game prohibit “any political, religious or personal slogans, statements or images.”
German soccer authorities said they may sanction players who used goal celebrations to highlight last week’s death in Minneapolis of Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died after a white police officer pressed his knee into his neck for several minutes even after he stopped moving and pleaded for air.
But the English FA, which oversees disciplinary action for Premier League games, has given the green light for players using games to protest against social and racial inequality.
“Where any behaviors or gestures on the pitch that may constitute a breach of the laws of the game have to be assessed, they would be reviewed on a case by case basis with a common sense approach and understanding of their context,” the FA said in a statement when asked about players’ tributes to Floyd. “ …


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How Unikrn’s UMode is levelling up gaming – Esports Insider

how unikrn’s umode is levelling up gaming – esports insider


The world of competitive video gaming is easily one of the most underrated and exciting strands of the entertainment industry. Its roots in the world of technology have allowed it to adapt better than any competitor to the ways in which audiences digest entertainment, and have helped spawn a huge array of new and intriguing formats during the course of its, still reasonably brief, time in the spotlight. 
The video game community is known for its players being unafraid to speak their minds and brag about their skills, and esports wagering site Unikrn has combined both this and the creative ways of enjoying esports titles with its unique UMode feature, the only way for gamers to back their skills in their favourite games and earn rewards based on how they perform.
Image credit: Unikrn
What Is Unikrn’s UMode?
To put it simply, UMode is the only player vs. house skill betting platform that allows esports fanatics to back themselves in their favourite games and make money playing games. The system makes use of a blockchain-powered backend and syncs a user’s Steam, Xbox, or account with their bet to ensure that they are given a fair, balanced …


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HP’s new Omen 15 gaming laptop promises big performance in a smaller size

hp’s new omen 15 gaming laptop promises big performance in a smaller size


The new Omen 15 is the company’s smallest Omen laptop ever. 

On the heels of a reset of the Omen gaming brand and a new gaming desktop, HP announced a complete redesign of its 15.6-inch laptop, the Omen 15. Available today from Best Buy and directly from HP starting at $1,000, the updated design has its smallest footprint yet, but it’s filled with the latest components from Intel and AMD. The laptop is built around a 15.6-inch display with slim bezels on three sides and a new 180-degree flat hinge design that increases stability, HP said. Display options include UHD resolution with a 120Hz refresh rate or FHD resolution at 300Hz as well as an OLED display.  The Omen 15’s new keyboard has a desktop-inspired keyboard layout with full-size arrow keys and optional per-key RGB lights.
There are quite a few other choices you can make with the Omen 15’s configuration such as getting it with up to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super with Max-Q design, up to a  10th-gen Intel Core i7 H-series processor or up to an AMD Ryzen 7 H-series processor. Configuring it with up to 32GB DDR4 of RAM and up to 1TB PCIe SSD or dual PCIe …


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