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Paranormal Activity’s Gregory Plotkin slated to direct FaZe Clan movie

Published: 13/Aug/2020 20:04

by Virginia Glaze

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Esports and entertainment organization FaZe Clan is getting its own cinematic universe — and its first film, centered around social media giant FaZe Rug, is being headed by one of the biggest names in horror.

FaZe Clan announced its upcoming cinematic universe film series in June, revealing that its own lineup of content creators would be starring in the movies.

To bring their vision to life, the org is partnering with Invisible Narratives, a digital content studio headed by film producer Andrew Sugerman and former Paramount president Adam Goodman.

As reported by Deadline’s Amanda N’Duka, the FaZe Clan cinematic universe’s first movie will center on Brian ‘FaZe Rug Awadis,’ the group’s most-followed content creator.

At just 23 years old, Awadis has already amassed an impressive 16 million subscribes on his YouTube channel, where he posts a variety of content stemming from his past in Call of Duty highlights to humorous vlogs.

As for the person directing Rug’s feature film, it seems that the helm is being charged by one of horror’s biggest names — Gergory Plotkin, known for his history with Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, Hell Fest and even the editor of Happy Death Day.

That’s not all; the script is being written by none other than Simon Boyes, who is behind the upcoming pandemic thriller Songbird, which is likewise produced by Invisible Narratives and Michael Bay.

FaZe Clan's logo stands beside the Invisible Narratives logo on a smoky background.
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FaZe Clan announced its partnership with Invisible Narratives for a cinematic universe back in June of this year.

While nothing about the plot has been released just yet, considering the names behind FaZe’s first film, fans can expect it to be a thriller / horror flick of some sort. Who knows — FaZe Rug could get sucked into a horror game during a live stream (or maybe that’s just us being hopeful).

What do know is that Paramount’s former president and Invisible Narratives lead, Adam Goodman, has faith in the upcoming film — a good sign, considering the divisive history of video game-based movies.

“Nobody understands genre movies better than Greg Plotkin. He’s a master at building suspense, finding laughs, and creating authentic moments,” Goodman said of the project. “This will be our 15th project collaborating together, so needless to say my trust in him is unparalleled.”

For now, all fans can do is watch and wait for more information to unfold regarding this unique — but not entirely unwelcome — marriage between movies and esports stars.

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Ninja shocks Valorant star with huge donation after Twitch refund scam

Published: 22/Oct/2020 2:56

by Andrew Amos

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Chargebacks are a Twitch streamer’s worst nightmare, as Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins knows it all too well, so when he saw Valorant star ‘AverageJonas’ get scammed out of over $5,000, he knew he had to step up and help.

There’s few Twitch scams more infuriating than chargeback scams. When you have avid viewers donate to your stream, it’s a wonderful feeling.

However, some viewers do it maliciously, with the intent of taking, not giving. After donating hundreds, or even thousands of dollars, viewers dispute the charge with PayPal or their bank, saying they were hacked and didn’t actually donate the money.

The money then goes back to the donator, and the Twitch streamer is left without the donations, and most of the time, also has to pay a fine on top.

That’s exactly what happened to AverageJonas ⁠— a Valorant Twitch star with over 130,000 followers. He had a viewer refund $5,400 worth of donations, which ended up costing the streamer $5,800 after accounting for transfer fees.

“I have received over $5,400 in several donations from one person on Twitch which have all been refunded even though donations are supposedly non-refund. To top it off, I have been personally charged $400+ in refund fees from PayPal,” Jonas said on Twitter.

“This person used me and my community to gain clout and other benefits by acting like an extremely wealthy and giving human being. The person also pretended like the refunds were a mistake.”

Fortunately, Ninja got wind of the fellow Valorant streamer’s woes.

After all, Jonas is one of Valorant’s biggest content creators, and Ninja is slowly working his way to the top of the pro scene. With all of Jonas’ informational content, it’s the least Ninja could do to put his fandom to use.

Ninja replied to Jonas’ tweet with a simple “fixed.” What he meant by that was he donated AverageJonas $5,800, to cover not only the Twitch donations from the user, but the PayPal fees as well.

Jonas was shocked: “Dude thank you so much you’re such a legend omfg.”

It’s a big win for Jonas, however, it highlights a much bigger issue with Twitch donations. If Ninja hadn’t caught wind of the streamer’s troubles, it’s likely nothing would have been done.

Chargebacks are still a big issue, and there’s nothing you can really do about it as a streamer if PayPal or Twitch don’t step in ⁠— like what happened in Jonas’ case.

However, now he can go back to doing what he does best ⁠— sharing Sova line-ups for every Valorant player to learn.