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Legendary YouTube gaming network Machinima wipes channel

Published: 19/Jan/2019 16:38 Updated: 19/Jan/2019 17:11

by Calum Patterson

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One of the most recognized brands in gaming entertainment, Machinima, has saddened the community on January 19, by deleting every video from its YouTube channel.

First founded in 2000, Machinima (machine cinema), was based on taking video game characters and assets and making short video stories or comedy shorts with them.

The brand would go on to become the main network for gaming YouTuber’s, allowing creators to generate an income from their YouTube content by signing a partnership with Machinima.

Machinima’s YouTube channel has been wiped clean.

The majority of gaming content creators on YouTube were at one point signed with Machinima, and the official channel soon became the hub for all the most popular gaming content on the platform, garnering over 12 million subscribers.

It reached a peak in popularity with the glory days of Call of Duty content on YouTube from 2007 to around 2012, and was the major network behind the surge in ‘gameplay commentaries’. The channel also held streams under its ‘Machinima Live’ show, and entered esports with ‘Machinima Vs’.

Perhaps one of the channel’s most beloved shows was ‘Machinima Respawn’, hosted by popular YouTubers Adam ‘SeaNanners” Montaya, Scott ‘Mr Sark’ Robison, and Shaun ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson.

The community reacted to the sad news that all of the channel’s content, over a decade worth of videos, had been entirely wiped.

In late 2018, Machinima was overtaken by Otter Media, and in turn all Machinima creators were transferred to “Fullscreen”, another Otter Media operated agency.

Big names including FaZe Clan’s Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney and streamer Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins, and many others, were believed to be partnered with the Machinima multi-channel network (MCN), and were transferred to Fullscreen.

However, some creators were not transferred and were instead simply dropped from the MCN altogether, including YouTuber Maximillian Dood, who has almost 1 million subscribers. He was later added to the YouTube Partner Program to continue monetizing his content.

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Warzone boosts Activision microtransactions to over $1 billion in 3 months

Published: 30/Oct/2020 0:54

by Isaac McIntyre

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Activision Blizzard has confirmed Warzone is indeed the mammoth money-maker everyone was always expecting it to be; the ever-growing Modern Warfare battle royale boosted the Call of Duty publisher’s total Q3 2020 earnings to $1.77 billion, including $1.2 billion in microtransactions.

Activision Blizzard, the overseers in charge of Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and Overwatch, shattered expectations when they unveiled their Q3 2020 earnings on Oct. 29. The publisher made $1.77 billion over the past three months.

Much of that, Dexerto can confirm the publishers revealed in an investors call on Thursday, was due to the popularity of Warzone. The new Modern Warfare battle royale has gone from strength to strength since its mega-sized release on March 10 earlier this year.

According to Activision in the call, Warzone alone was responsible for bringing in a $773m slice of the total $1.7b sum. Modern Warfare sales also added to the haul.

Activision’s Blizzard arm also raked in a hefty chunk of the Q3 profits. Hearthstone and World of Warcraft ⁠— which is just four weeks from its next expansion ⁠— made $411m. Finally, King’s mobile juggernaut ‘Candy Crush’ dominated with $536m.

Warzone’s dominance in the past eight months comes as no surprise. Recently, the Call of Duty battle royale overtook genre leader Fortnite as the most popular free-to-play title on the market for teen gamers, according to Yahoo Finance.

This has translated directly into Activision’s financial success. 

The publishers reported close to two-thirds of Warzone players either owned the full Modern Warfare title, or purchased the 2019 game’s multiplayer and campaign after playing.

“What we’ve seen with Call of Duty is an amazing transformation,” Bobby Kotick, chief executive officer of Activision Blizzard, said. “The phenomenon we had with Warzone is so many people are buying the premium Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.”

Call of Duty microtransactions were also four times higher thanks to Warzone.

Warzone fired Activision's Q3 2020 earnings to nearly $2 billion.
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Warzone fired Activision’s huge Q3 2020 earnings to nearly $2 billion.

In raw numbers, this has led to a huge 38% increase in revenue year on year, or a $490 million spike between Q3 2019 and the new Q3 2020 earnings.

“Warzone has really become an incredible addition to the franchise. It’s a central place where we can connect the entire Call of Duty community,” Kotick continued.

“I think maintaining that tight connection to the game is really important, especially for players who want to check out everything Call of Duty has to offer. You saw that with Modern Warfare. We plan to continue that into the future.”

Activision is banking on Warzone's momentum continuing into Black Ops Cold War.
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Activision is banking on Warzone’s momentum continuing into Black Ops Cold War.

Call of Duty has always been a juggernaut seller in the gaming community. It is now expected to continue its momentum into Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War early next month.

Black Ops Cold War will launch on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC on Nov. 13 with all three connected via crossplay. World of Warcraft’s next expansion, Shadowlands, is also finally set to drop soon after, on Monday, Nov. 23.