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When will shroud make a return to streaming?

Published: 12/Jul/2020 12:17 Updated: 15/Jul/2020 9:38

by Joe Craven

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Shroud fans across the world have been left scratching their heads at the disappearance of the ex-CS:GO pro turned streamer, after Mixer’s shutdown.

Shroud and the collapse of Mixer

Shroud, alongside Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins, surprised much of the gaming community with his 2019 move to Microsoft’s Mixer. After years of cultivating an audience on Twitch, the move to a brand new platform came as a bit of a risk.

However, the collapse of Mixer has provided both men with an opportunity to chart their next move in the streaming world. While viewership for them both was down on Mixer, reports suggest that the two made around $40 million between them, for less than a year’s streaming.

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Streaming platform Mixer unexpectedly shut down in June.

Ninja, for his part, has been rumored to be in discussions with both YouTube Gaming and Twitch over his next long-term home. Shroud’s future, however, is more unclear.

While there has been frequent appearances of Ninja, including live streaming on YouTube, shroud has been totally silent since June 22.

Will shroud move to YouTube, or come back to Twitch?

His last public comment read: “I appreciate the Mixer community and everything I’ve been able to do on the platform. I love you guys and am figuring out my next steps.”

Given his popularity, it seems likely that shroud is also weighing up his future streaming options. Both he and Ninja were given the option to move to Facebook Gaming as Mixer closed down, but reports state that neither accepted this offer.

It seems likely then, that shroud will make a return to Twitch or YouTube, similar to the current discussions surrounding Ninja. A move to somewhere like DLive or Trovo is not entirely off the table, but shroud’s standing as one of the world’s biggest online entertainers make Twitch or YouTube far more likely.

When is shroud streaming again?

As for when he will make a return, only shroud knows for now. His absence over the last few weeks appears to suggest he is finalizing his next home, and a return to streaming seems likely as soon as that is decided.

It’s unconfirmed, but shroud’s affinity for streaming suggests he won’t be away for much longer. There should be an announcement within the next few weeks, and he’ll be back on our web browsers then – but this is only speculation for now.

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Epic Games sues Apple & Google in UK over Fortnite removals

Published: 16/Jan/2021 1:28

by Theo Salaun

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Following litigation over Fortnite’s app store removals by Apple and Google in the United States of America, Epic Games have officially mounted lawsuits against both tech companies in the United Kingdom, as well.

In August 2020, Epic Games added their own payment process to Fortnite’s mobile offerings so that Apple and Google’s cellphone and tablet users could purchase in-game items at a discounted price. This discount was specifically enabled by the new process, which bypassed each company’s transaction fees. 

Unsurprisingly, as the payment method was in direct violation of both the App Store and Play Store’s Terms of Services, each company subsequently removed Fornite from their offerings. And, expecting this, Epic Games responded by launching lawsuits against the companies in the U.S. and Australia. 

Now, the makers behind the world’s most popular third-person battle royale have tripled down and mounted legal action against both tech giants in the U.K. Citing violations of competition laws, Epic Games’ legal case in the U.K. is very similar to the ones already made in other countries. And, immediately contested, Apple and Google’s responses have proved similar, as well.

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Fortnite’s Crew subscription service means even more payments for Epic Games.

As discussed by BBC News, Epic have officially submitted documents to the Competition Appeal Tribunal in the UK. The allegations suggest a monopolistic abuse of power by each company that centers around competitive restrictions to app store and payment processing options, as well as unfair payment fees.

Typically, those fees come at about 30 percent of all purchases, although exact figures differ depending on company and app. Fortnite is obviously one of the biggest games in the entire world, so almost one-third of their sales on mobile means hefty earnings.

But, like their other lawsuits, Epic allege that this is about more than their own profits. The company demands that Apple and Google begin allowing software developers to institute their own payment-processing systems and options to be downloaded outside of the App and Play stores.

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Fortnite has always delighted its fanbase with purchasable cosmetics.

So far, Apple and Google have both replied similarly in the U.K. situation, claiming that they are open to reintroducing Fortnite to their mobile stores but that they deny any violation of competitiveness.

Dexerto will continue to monitor the legal cases in each country, providing updates whenever these prolonged legal disputes begin reaching their conclusions.