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KSI wins Logan Paul boxing rematch by split decision

Published: 9/Nov/2019 23:45 Updated: 30/Jan/2020 21:50

by Virginia Glaze

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YouTube stars KSI and Logan Paul touched gloves in the Los Angeles Staples Center to settle their long-running grudge for good – and, after a year and a half of waiting, it was KSI who reigned victorious.

Following three explosive press conferences, a star-studded weigh-in, and months of trash talk, KSI secured the victory on November 9 by a split decision from the judges, sending the online world reeling.

KSI took the win after six rounds of explosive boxing in a close fight, managing to down Logan Paul in round three with a shot behind the head. While KSI suffered a knockdown in the fourth round, being scored 55 – 56 / 57-54 / 56-55 tipped the scales in his favor, finally sealing his beef with Paul for good.

KSI, Instagram

KSI and Logan Paul met at their pre-fight weigh-in on November 8, which resulted in a slew of trash talk ahead of their November 9 rematch.

With KSI being coached by Viddal Riley and Paul under the guidance of Shannon Briggs, both entertainers brought the heat to November 9’s main event: a bout that has ended in mutual respect from both parties.

“The KSI last time was scared,” KSI said of his victory. “I was scared to touch [Logan Paul]. I was scared to get close to him. This time, I just went in. I just kept going. …I’m a dog. He hit me hard, and then he hit me in the back of the head. Your boy is happy, your boy is victorious. …I am a fighter and I keep going. That’s it.”

“It takes a big man to get in the ring,” he continued, after shaking hands with his opponent. “You made me work today. Thank you for a good fight, brother.”

DAZNKSI secured the win by split decision by the judges.600

While Logan Paul made up with his rival, he contested this decision from the commission, arguing that he shouldn’t have lost two points for hitting KSI while he was down after scoring a knockdown in the fourth round.

Logan Paul’s loss comes as a huge surprise to viewers as he was deemed the favorite to take the fight, with KSI penned as the bout’s underdog.

According to online betting platform Bovada, their money line bet placed KSI as the dark horse at a whopping -200, with odds for Paul sitting at +160.

KSI, InstagramKSI and Logan Paul bandied words at three press conferences ahead of their long-awaited rematch.

This rematch comes a year and a half after the YouTubers’ initial bout on August 25, 2018, which resulted in a majority draw that disappointed fans, critics, and the fighters, themselves.

Following this result, a leaked contract revealed a two-fight deal for the internet stars, with their rematch slated for February 2019 – but due to conflicts with Logan Paul’s team, their second bout was moved to November 9.

Streamed exclusively on sports broadcasting services DAZN and Sky Sports Box Office, the rematch wasn’t available on YouTube, unlike last year – and although viewership for the bout has yet to be released, last year’s bout saw 2.25 million eyes, with 1.2 million viewing illegally through Twitch.

Boasting an all-pro undercard, the KSI vs Logan Paul rematch marks the net’s biggest foray into the boxing world to date – but only time will tell if the online generation’s interest in the sport will hold.

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xQc explains why he actually likes strict Cyberpunk 2077 streaming rules

Published: 3/Dec/2020 6:35

by Brad Norton

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CD Projekt Red just unveiled details surrounding content creation and early access for Cyberpunk 2077. While many believe the guidelines to be quite strict, Twitch star Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel has explained why he actually likes them.

There’s no denying Cyberpunk 2077 is one the most hotly anticipated games in quite some time. After all, it has been seven years since the reveal trailer. The gaming industry has been salivating over every little detail since, and in a matter of days, it’ll finally be out in the wild.

Before we get to the December 10 release date, however, a few lucky individuals have already secured some early copies. Be it through accidental early shipping, or popular content creators being provided early access. Regardless of how people got their hands on it, everyone has to follow a set of strict rules.

Failing to do so will be met with harsh consequences. While various streamers were initially against this kind of approach, one of the biggest names on Twitch has spoken out in favor of CD Projekt Red’s decision. Here’s why xQc actually prefers the strict guidelines.

“Our ambition is for gamers all across the world to have the same – spoiler-free – experience at the time the game releases,” the devs shared in a December 2 post. As a result of this goal, no one is allowed to stream or release content before the December 9 embargo that drops at 3 AM PT.

Anyone that goes against this ruling will be met with copyright strikes and potentially face further legal action. Obviously, once this deadline expires, they want everyone to be sharing their experiences “like there’s no tomorrow.”

Reacting to the news, xQc explained why this approach is far better from a streamer’s perspective. In order to stream various other titles as soon as possible, xQc has had to jump through some hurdles.

“The only games I got to stream early… I literally had to get someone’s account from New Zealand, pay them so they buy the game on my account, get the account back, change password, log in, and play early.”

For other streamers, they’re often given early access codes. That’s never quite been the case for xQc though. Instead, he has to go about things in a more convoluted way. Manually accessing the game through a New Zealand-based account, the region where games unlock ahead of every other country. 

“I had to even out the playing field,” he explained. But thanks to these new guidelines from CD Projekt Red, that won’t be an issue with the launch of Cyberpunk 2077. “I’m happy that [they] took action in making sure the playing field is even across the board for the consumers.”

“It’s better for everybody,” he added before going off on another tangent. Currently investing his time into GTA V, it’s clear that xQc is eager to take a trip down to Night City. Expect to see him, along with practically every other streamer, jumping into Cyberpunk 2077 as soon as the December 9 embargo comes to an end.