DBZ takes #1 again, Activision Blizzard esports exclusive to Youtube, more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from thegamingobserver.com and welcome to your daily gaming update for Monday, January 27th. I’m excited back here talking about the news, so let’s get into it shall we?

UK Physical charts, week ending January 25th

The UK physical sales charts are in, and Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot continues to hold the #1 spot for the secon week in a row, which really surprises me I had no idea that game was so popular. That being said, it does beat out Modern Warfare by only 400 units, and had a 63% drop in sales, so its unlikely we’ll see it take #1 again next week. The rest of the top are the usual suspects, though I will say I’m always surprised to see Just Dance 2020 on the list above games like Star Wars Jedi and Luigi’s Mansion 3. The only debut on the charts this week was Rugby 20, taking #13. And of course following the success of the Netflix TV show, The Witcher 3 has now hit #12, when last week it was #20, and the week before #38. So we’ll see sales continue to increase in the coming weeks.

Activision Blizzard esports now exclusive to Youtube

Activision Blizzard has just signed a deal with Google regarding esports. YouTube will now be the worldwide exclusive streaming provider for live coverage of all of their games, including the Call of Duty League, the Overwatch League, Hearthstone, and World of Warcraft. Besides that, they also made an agreement for the company to now use Google Cloud as their preferred cloud services provider. And as this article from GI.biz notes, this is double whammy against Amazon. Previously all of the esports competitions were exclusively hosted on Twitch, and they worked closely with Amazon’s cloud services as well. On top of it all, they make a good note that this might actually be a more effective approach to exclusivity in the streaming world. Previously they went for content creators like Ninja and Shroud, but thus far it hasn’t been tremendously successful, so we’ll see how an event-focused approach will do the job.

Duelyst shuts down February 27th

Tactical card game Duleyst will officially be shutting down on February 27th. I’m sad about this one because the game was really tremendous, it was essentially a card game like Hearthstone, except you had a board that units could move around on. I had a lot of fun with Duelyst a few years ago, and its too bad it never took off. That being said, it obviously did something good for the developers Counterplay Games, because they will be working on the first announced game for the PS5, Godfall, which is getting tons of attention.

Newest game from Frictional gets an ARG

Frictional Games has begun the marketing for their newest game, via an ARG. They’ve done this before with SOMA, and they’re also known for developing Amnesia: The Dark Descent. If you don’t know an ARG is basically a big treasure hunt that can sometimes bleed into real life locations, but is often just a big collaboration between fans of a series like Destiny 2. So if you’re a fan of the company, feel free to check out the things that people have been unravelling for their newest title.

Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 2 coming February 20th. Ark: Genesis delayed to February 25th

Ok I’ve got two dates here for game content. First is Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 2, which will now be launching on February 20th. That’s two weeks past the original date, so they’re going to have some bonus content added to the first season. Also announced was that Ark: Genesis, which is a major expansion to Ark, has been delayed for the second time to February 25th.

Alright everybody thank you very much for tuning in, and thanks to Kristopher, Chris, Debi, and Jonathan all for leaving me 5-star reviews on Amazon. I am here every Monday-Friday with the news, which means I’ll be back tomorrow, and until then…happy gaming everyone.