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Summit1G slams EA over Anthem microtransactions

Published: 29/Jan/2019 12:10 Updated: 29/Jan/2019 12:36

by Connor Bennett

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Twitch streamer Jaryd ‘summit1g’ Lazar has slammed EA for its reported microtransactions in the upcoming release of Anthem.

Anthem is BioWare’s big upcoming release and a step away from what the studio does with Mass Effect but the game has already been roundly criticized from all corners before its release.

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The recent ‘VIP demo’ weekend suffered a number of problems, streamers like Michael ‘poured cold water over its chances at success and the game has already had its in-game microtransactions menu leaked, showing skins in the game won’t exactly be cheap.

BioWareAnthem is set for release on February 22.

Microtransactions are, as ever, a touchy subject but one everyone has an opinion on them – including Summit1g.

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Responding to a comment in his chat about the ‘leaked’ microtransactions for Anthem, Summit said: “I mean, I don’t know why we expect anything different. You think EA is just one day going to fucking grow a god damn heart or brain? They’re just going to keep doing what they do and make that money, feel me?

“They don’t care about their reputation man. Or, at least, whoever is leading the way over there doesn’t care about reputation.”

The screenshot leak of the microtransactions was posted to the game’s subreddit on January 25 – showing in-game ‘shards’ costing $1 per hundred and skins for the in-game Javelins at around $20. The backlash from the apparent pricing in the photo prompted a response from BioWare.

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Senior Systems Designer Chris Schmidt commented on Reddit about the leak: “Hey there! One thing to keep in mind is these don’t represent final, stamped for all of eternity pricing. We are iterating on our economy design and balance almost daily, so you’re seeing a snapshot of one iteration.

“This is why we tend to not discuss things like pricing,” Schmidt explains, “because it’s one of those iterative things that’s sure to change frequently right up until the day you play the game.”

BioWare has previously stated that no items for the game will be locked exclusively behind the shards currency and can be earned through in-game progression.

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How long those unlocks take remains to be seen but with less than a month until players will get their hands on Anthem, BioWare and EA may have to make some significant changes to the planned paid economy of the game.  

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Twitch streamer shocked after viewer sends him 126 lbs of cranberry sauce

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:02

by Virginia Glaze

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Popular Twitch streamer ‘TheStockGuy’ was left speechless after receiving 126 lbs of cranberry sauce in the mail from one of his viewers in a hilarious prank.

Twitch is one of the net’s most popular live streaming platforms, and rightfully so; the site is home to a slew of hilarious and shocking moments that happen in real-time, from everything to doors falling on unlucky streamers in the middle of video games to viewers rescuing streamers’ trapped cats.

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However, some of these on-stream occurrences are downright strange, and many streamers have received the odd occasional gift from their viewers, including that time when Pokimane received a body pillow with a photo of herself on it.

While streamers having a public P.O. Box to receive gifts from fans is not uncommon, very often the things they receive are; and Twitch streamer TheStockGuy became the subject of a seriously weird present of sorts.

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Twitch star “Pokimane” has received a slew of strange gifts from fans – one of which was a body pillow with her own face on it.

During an October 6 broadcast, TheStockGuy — who has gained notoriety on the platform for educating his viewers about finances and the stock market — revealed he’d been sent 126 lbs of Ocean Spray brand cranberry sauce.

“What is wrong with you people?” the streamer asked, seeming genuinely baffled by the situation. “Somebody sent me 126 lbs of cranberry sauce! What — where am I supposed to put this? Isn’t there some charity or something this money could go to?”

Although the he appeared to be utterly flummoxed by the viewers’ decision, he decided to make the best of the unexpected prank, stating that he would donate the sauce to his local food bank for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

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“I mean — you know what? Joke’s on you!” he continued. “I’m giving this to the local food shelter for thanksgiving, so they don’t have to purchase cranberry sauce! That’s right — we’re making something good out of this!”

It seems that TheStockGuy’s viewers found the scenario to be completely hilarious — and while it certainly is worth a hearty chuckle, it’s good to know that the broadcaster is putting his viewer’s practical joke to good use, in the end.

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