POC Suffer When Communities are Diminished

POC Suffer When Communities are Diminished

This isn’t just about Twitch getting rid of their communities, this is also about feeling left out, once again, by this platform.

Communities on Twitch started off for Small Streamers to have a better rate of viewing. Or so like-minded people can share things with each other.

“Communities are a new discovery tool to help streamers connect to the most relevant audiences and help viewers discover streams that fit their interests easier and faster than ever.” -Twitch

I’d like to see the stats on which ethnicities use Twitch the most. Do People of Color or non POC use Twitch more? We know who is represented but, who uses the platform the most? I’m going to go with POC. In studies it shows, POC buy the most games & game consoles.

Once again POC are being screwed out of finding each other on this niche platform. We’d like to continue to grow communities like BGG, Thumbstick Mafia and The CookOut. POCs on Twitch are taking advantage of Communities because this can dwindle down on harassment.

Being in Black Girl Gamers you hear stuff like, “I want to stream or play online but (insert horrific online story here).” Bringing Black women together is a main part of BGG. Allowing them to feel safe during their hobby is another part. We want to continue to reach out to people any way we can; with Communities our reach became a bit further. Twitch says that Community usage is down 3%. A theory behind that is, we’re only allowed three communities. I picked the three communities which best suit me, BGG, Thumbstick Mafia & The Cookout. I choose these communities because people looking into these communities is the demographic I would like to reach. Once you find the community which suits you, why would you keep looking? I didn’t choose, Street Fighter, Tekken or Esports. I didn’t search for those first. Twitch is about you and not the game that you play – build it and they will come. It doesn’t matter what I play but, my audience does matter.

After creating the BGG Community, we started to grow even more. There are people who don’t have Facebook so they couldn’t know about BGG Facebook group. Being on Twitch and being able to search; girl gamer, black girl, black content creator, black streams, women of color or any of those keywords made POC feel more welcoming on Twitch. For those people just joining the streaming culture and have no idea where to find support besides searching via Twitch’s search bar, how will our communities reach them? I understand the insertion of tags but, if Twitch is so great at identifying and unifying groups, we wouldn’t have had to make a video showing off the literal dark side of Twitch with streamers of color both men and women.

We can submit tags but which tags will get approved? Who at Twitch has the authority to say, ‘yes, this group is important so they will get a tag?’ And anyone can use the tags. These tags remind me of hashtags on Instagram. I can type in #NiggasBeLike on IG right now and find hundreds or thousands of people who shouldn’t be using that hashtag. It may be the same thing with tags. Anyone can tag themselves to get the views of that group. With all the people who make fun of Black people on Twitch, what’s going to stop them tagging themselves as #Black or something that identifies with our community? Will the Twitch staff be willing to regulate who gets to use which tag? What is stopping from these people using the tags to bait people of the community then berate them when we get there.

ALL MY TWITCH LIFE I HAD TO FIGHT! With tags, that fight may get more intense.
I get that Twitch is a primarily a gaming platform so making ways to filter our FPS from FGC is a good idea but, what about the people? We POC need to feel included and our voice heard. Trust me, if we keep feeling like we need to sit at the back of the bus we will create our own.

#BringBackCommunities

Nintendo Directly Killed Luigi in Aug 2018

Nintendo Directly Killed Luigi in Aug 2018

Luigi dead and this the last Smash game ever, thanks for reading my article!

No seriously, they didn’t give Luigi back his soul and this Super Smash Bros Ultimate reveals new characters.

Characters
Simon/ Richter – which are similar in fight styles but different animations.
Alucard – Dracula’s son is an Assist Trophy
Chrom – Echo fighter for
Dark Samus – Echo fighter for Sammus
Rathalos – The first character to appear as Assist Trophy & boss
King K. Roo

Stages
Dracula’s Castle with monsters from the Castlevania series. Hitting candlesticks gives you items
Great Bay
Shadow Moses
Living Room
Gaur Plain
Figure-8 Circuit
Flat Zone X
Pokemon Stadium
Garden of Hope
Brinstar Depths
Summit
Unova Pokemon League
Magicant
Gamer
Final Destination
New Donk City Hall – we did it y’all; we have a black character in Smash – he’s just playing instruments.

With these new stages added there over 103 however, since you can choose battlefield or omega form for each stage this leaves over 300 stages to play on. And now you can transition in between stages during matches. With the old school stages, they kept the nostalgia but upgraded the experience, choose up two stages. There are over 900 songs, all the songs are derived from each title that is included in Smash.


The number of stages in Ultimate vs previous Smash games

Modes
The most impressive thing I’ve seen from Ultimate is its training stage. It shows you the range of attacks and how far characters fly from damage. This will be a game changer. Adding this stage shows me they are working to make this game more competitive. Sudden death is even a bit different, the camera zooms in and you start at 300% to create a sense of urgency. There is a tournament mode, choose the number of players and a bracket will be created. Tournament mode allows up to 32 players.
Squad Strike, 3v3 or 5v5. You can play with three players or play on a three-person team.
Smashdown, the previously selected fighters won’t be available after that round. So the more rounds you play, the smaller the selection of fighters get. The single-player mode is now called classic mode.

Opinion Piece
I think they’re going to put Goku is Smash and then you’ll know that it’s the last smash.

Masahiro Sakurai, director of Smash Ultimate, is sick of y’all!! Smash community, he’s done with you; he has to be! He said here is everyone, here is all the songs and stages you could ever want, please don’t @ me! What

A Little Bit of a Read
I really want is his take on the Smash community showing their behind at EVO. During the grand finals, players were throwing games and the audience were throwing things at the players because they didn’t like the characters they were playing with. This is unacceptable. Bear, who was present during this mini tantrum during the Super Smash Bros. Wii U Grand Finals reset said,

It was the first game of the GF reset. The players began by holding B, at 30 seconds in I pulled up the rules due to the fact that they were stalling. As soon as it passed 1.5 minutes I issued a yellow card for stalling and told them they got to play it out.

If I was Mr. Wizard himself, ain’t no Smash tourneys – that’s it. You don’t get to show your whole behind and still get an invitation!

Sakurai is Sick of the Smash Community

Sakurai is Sick of the Smash Community

Luigi dead and this the last Smash game ever, thanks for reading my article!

No seriously, they didn’t give Luigi back his soul and this Super Smash Bros Ultimate reveals new characters.

Characters
Simon/ Richter – which are similar in fight styles but different animations.
Alucard – Dracula’s son is an Assist Trophy
Chrom – Echo fighter for
Dark Samus – Echo fighter for Sammus
Rathalos – The first character to appear as Assist Trophy & boss
King K. Roo

Stages
Dracula’s Castle with monsters from the Castlevania series. Hitting candlesticks gives you items
Great Bay
Shadow Moses
Living Room
Gaur Plain
Figure-8 Circuit
Flat Zone X
Pokemon Stadium
Garden of Hope
Brinstar Depths
Summit
Unova Pokemon League
Magicant
Gamer
Final Destination
New Donk City Hall – we did it y’all we have a black character in Smash – he’s just playing instruments.

With these new stages added there are over 103 however since you can choose battlefield or omega form for each stage, this leaves over 300 stages to play on. And now you can transition in between stages during matches. With the old school stages, they kept the nostalgia but upgraded the experience, choose up two stages. There are over 900 songs, all the songs are derived from each title that is included in Smash.

The most impressive thing I’ve seen from Ultimate is its training stage. It shows you the range of attacks and how far characters fly from damage. This will be a game changer. Adding this stage shows me they are working to make this game more competitive. Sudden death is even a bit different, the camera zooms in and you start at 300% to create a sense of urgency. There is a tournament mode, choose the number of players and a bracket will be created. Tournament mode allows up to 32 players. Squad Strike, 3v3 or 5v5. You can play with three players or play on a three-person team. Smashdown, the previously selected fighters won’t be available after that round. So the more rounds you play, the smaller the selection of fighters get. The single-player mode is now called classic mode.

Opinion Piece
I think they’re going to put Goku in Smash and then you’ll know that it’s the last Smash.

Masahiro Sakurai, director of Smash Ultimate, is sick of y’all!! Smash community, he’s done with you; he has to be! He said here is everyone, here is all the songs and stages you could ever want, please don’t @ me! What I really want is his take on the Smash community showing their behind at EVO. During the grand finals, players were throwing games and the audience were throwing things at the players because they didn’t like the characters they were playing with. This is all I know about that event, I didn’t get to but, this is unacceptable. If I was Mr. Wizard himself, ain’t no Smash tourneys – that’s it. You don’t get to show your whole behind and still get an invitation!

Capcom Puts SFV at the Forefront for Esports | junaEsports

Capcom Puts SFV at the Forefront for Esports | junaEsports

Capcom is committed to strengthening its endeavors in Japan and all over the world, said Kenzo Tsujimoto, chairman and chief executive of Capcom.

Street Fighter V is played in over 100 companies.”
Recognizing SFV popularity will help in running events Tsujimoto is using that to maximize global brand. he wants SFV to branch out even further. Remember that Street Fighter movie from the 90s, it’s still producing revenue and helping with sales and to put money into SFV marketing and the esports department.

Human resources are being dedicated to the expansion of esports. Tsujimoto wants to increase title lifespan by up to five years, which is weird because Marvel vs Capcom:Infinite is pretty much dead. Haruhiro Tsujimoto, President of Capcom, wants to open more stores and increase sales via the store. He feels running Capcom Esports Clubs will build more of a market for esports interest and hype. The stores will have IPs & game demos.

Capcom Pro Tour will be held at the Tokyo Game Show in September. We learned earlier this year that Esports will be the main attraction at the TGS. There will be a spot for the top ranking Japanese player, this is to build more moral for the locals.

Watch the full Capcom Fiscal Year 2017 Financial Results Presentation here 

 

Kotaku published an article, To Eliminate Match-Fixing In Esports, Pay Them More.
The article brings up some good points, like paying players more money, I’m always down for that. Some competitors are throwing matches because they are promised more money like 10-time Starcraft champ Lee “Life” Seung Hyun. He received $60,000 to throw two matches in 2015. His total prize money for that year is $110,000 because he was still one of the top players. That was a pretty hefty bribe. The article goes on to mention how gambling almost ruined professional sports like the NFL. However, gambling made it more popular. That’s how you get people to watch teams they’re not interested in like the Browns. Gambling helped esports and yes increased organized crime, but saying that gambling could ruin esports, is a bit of a reach. It’s hard to rig Overwatch, League and Dota because they’re sponsored by billion dollar companies. DraftKings is already getting their hands on League. Then people will want to watch teams like Cloud9, kidding, kind of.

Hong “Madlife” Min-gi announced retirement last week. Last seen on stage in 2017 at League of Legend tournament. A lot of people are saying Madlife is the reason they main support like Matthew “Matt” Elento, the support of the Golden Guardians. His name used to be MattLife. Everyone is saying how MadLife changed the game but he hasn’t been on a team in over a year. For someone who is so reverenced, well respected and a legend, why hasn’t he been picked up? Matt was the last person to play against him in the Summoner’s Cup. The ESPN article is comparing him to Steph Curry, how sway? Curry is still playing! We need to take better care of legends.

League Switches up the Game…the Industry

League of Legends is changing the nature of this esports title to make it a long lasting game. It turns out the North American League already has this system in place. The difference in the European market is the League is split up in many different ways. Marc Schnell said in an interview

Currently, we have 10 teams in the league, and they qualify to participate in the league through a secondary league below that. That’s the old system. We’re moving away from that to an entirely different model where we’re partnering with 10 teams. Those teams will be long-term partners with the league. The concept is that the league and the teams become business partners to build and improve on this product together.” This may help so that League doesn’t become a revolving door. Or we can keep players like Madlife.

Overwatch Says It’s Hammond Time! | junaEsports

Overwatch Says It’s Hammond Time! | junaEsports

Overwatch it’s Hammond Time!
Overwatch Here Revealed
His name is Hammond; he is genetically engineered and is a tiny fury genius. It seems to come from the Horizon Lunar Colony and is good friends with Winston? He may not even be a hero. What I do know is, he rolled in my heart with his ball of death. Check out the tech:

Souce: PlayVS Tumblr

Rhode Island Interscholastic League (RIIL) is bringing esports to high schools

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NHFS) and RIIL entered a partnership to start an e-sports league in Rhode Island. The NFHS is looking to roll out this program in 15 more high schools by this fall. How it works is there will be two seasons, Oct. through Jan and Feb through May. Seasons include pre, regular and post competitions. There are different games available, which require approval. The leagues will be coed and unlimited teams can be formed at a varsity level. This allows more students to compete in the league. And the students matches will be live-streamed and play in front of a live audience.

All of this is being made possible by Play VS, a company hrlping schools put together this league. The students are required to pay $16 a month participatin fee. The schools need to have access to internet and computers.

Source: Rainbow Six Siege Website

Rainbow Six Siege is on and popping
The Paris Qualifiers started on Jun 22 through Jul 2.
Yesterday two Brazilian teams went head to head, BootKamp Gaming and Faze Clan, 6-4.
Today French league Team Vitality bested Mockit Esports, 6-1.
If you’re in Europe, North America and Latin America you too can join the first stage of qualifiers. Starting June 30th tournaments will be held every Saturday. The better you perform the more points awarded. Either eight or 16 teams will advance to the next stage based off points. Stage 2 starts July 16. Get more info here.

Super Smash Brothers Ultimate Announced at Nintendo Direct

Super Smash Brothers Ultimate Announced at Nintendo Direct

With a weekend full of incredible announcements, stunning trailers, massive live presentations, and questionable music performances, Nintendo presented their upcoming titles in their Tuesday morning Direct conference that has become their annual tradition in lieu to a massive stage conference. It is a quick, simple way to feed everyone the information they need and is very beneficial to those at home that are unable to attend the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) trade show that we all wait for each year.

Despite a multitude of performances, Nintendo decided to drop the mic and blow our minds by finally announcing the newest addition to their Smash Brothers franchise…and boy is it ginormous.

Super Smash Brothers Ultimate will feature every single character that has ever been in a Super Smash Brothers game, alternative costumes for those characters, new characters, side characters as assist trophies, new Final Smash attacks, new stages, and then some. Veteran characters have has face lifts to their attacks. New characters bring new variety. It is just a crazy huge game.

The roster currently announced is as follows:

\Mario, Samus, Kirby, Bowser, Link, Donkey Kong, Fox, Falco, Marth, Zelda, Shiek, Villager, Mewtwo, Meta Knight, Sonic, Ryu, Cloud, Bayonetta, Solid Snake, Peach, Pikachu, Ice Climbers, Inkling, Captain Falcon, Zero Suit Samus, Wii Fit Trainer, Charizard, Ivysaur and Squirrel, Ness, Lucas, Ganondorf, Ike, Pichu, Jigglypuff, Roy, Olimar, Diddy Kong, Lucario, Lucina, Robin, Mr Game and Watch, Greninja, R.O.B, Dr. Mario, Duck Hunt, Pit, Dark Pit, Palutena, Corrin, Bowser Jr, Toon Link, Young Link, King Dedede, Rosalina and Luma, Mii Gunner, Mii Swordfighter, Mii Brawler, Wario, Little Mac, Pac-Man, Shulk, Wolf, Mega Man, Yoshi and Luigi.

There is also the addition of Inkling from Splatoon and Ridley from Metroid. All characters will need to be unlocked in true fighting game form so the initial roster will only include key characters from Nintendo properties.

Other announcements geared towards Smash Brothers is that the Holy grail of game controllers will be able to be used – the Gamecube controller. So, no worries about having to learn how to play Smash Brothers with the Joy cons.

In a final mic drop, Nintendo gave us the release date: December 7, 2018. Hold on to your Switch consoles, gamers. This is going to be wild.