Tencent invests in Platinum, CWA partners with GWU, much more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from thegamingobserver.com and welcome to your daily gaming update for Wednesday, January 8th. Hey folks, my apologies if you heard a repeat episode yesterday. Every now and then I make a mistake uploading so if you ever hear a repeat, make sure you check my website or the podcast host of your choice if you still want to hear the news. Anyway, let’s talk about some video games.

In their effort to finally self-publish their own games, Platinum Games has secured an investment with the biggest gaming company in the world, Tencent. There aren’t any financial detials, however we do know that there is no change of ownership and the current Platinum corporate structure remains the same. The reason for the agreement is pretty obvious, publishing games requires a lot of money, and previously they have relied on 3rd party publishers. In fact, they don’t even have the IP rights to the games they are most known for, such as Bayonetta and and Vanquish. After a project called Scalebound was cancelled by Microsoft, that’s when they started pining for more control over the process. So, we know they are currently working on two new IPs that will belong fully to them, but that’s about all we’ve got right now. Certainly, a monetary boost from Tencent will help them along the way.

Ok we have two news items from Nintendo here. First of all, Super Mario Maker 2 will now be increasing the number of courses you can upload from 64 to 100. Apparently there are now over 10 million playable courses that have been uploaded to the game, which is just way more than you could ever need. On top of that, and perhaps in tandem with that, Nintendo announced a brand new Switch stylus. It will be under $10 in cost, and is releasing alongside the new Brain Age game.

CWA, the biggest communications and media labor union in the United States, has just launched a campaign alongside Game Workers Unite (GWU) to unify the tech and gaming sectors. It’s called the campaign to organize digital employees, and the CWA has also hired one of the GWU co-founders. This is probably the biggest movement in unionizing the industry in a long time, and of course with the numerous instances of game companies shutting down across the world, this is long overdue. It’s also worth noting that the UK branch of Game Workers Unite has been recognized as an official union under the wing of another union in late 2018, so that’s pretty cool.

For you esports fans, it looks like Blizzard ha officially struck up a deal with ESL and DreamHack, signing a 3-year deal for StarCraft II and Warcraft III: Reforged. Indeed, the StarCraft II World Championship Series will now be ending after seven years, and replaced with a combination of ESL and DreamHack. And of course Warcraft III isn’t even out yet, so the ESL Pro Tour will be its first major championship series.

Okay that is going to be all for today, I’d like to thank you very much for tuning in, and as you know I am here every Monday-Friday with the news, which means I’ll be back tomorrow and until then…happy gaming everyone.