Escape from Tarkov

Shroud explains how each Escape from Tarkov map can be improved

Published: 31/Jan/2020 21:05

by Albert Petrosyan


Escape from Tarkov guru Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek believes that “a lot of the maps need to be reworked,” detailing what’s wrong with each one and how they can be improved.

Playing Escape from Tarkov as much as he has over the past few months has turned shroud into an expert of the game’s ins and outs.

However, as fond as he’s been of the hardcore first-person simulator, the Mixer star isn’t afraid to acknowledge that the game has its flaws, especially where some of the maps are concerned.

Battlestate GamesThere are eight maps currently available in EFT with plenty more on the way.

During one of his recent streams, he talked about the issues he has with some of the maps and how they can be fixed, particularly when it comes to the older ones.

“A lot of their maps need touch-ups,” he said. “They keep making these really good brand-new maps, but they need to go back and fix their old maps.”

In contrast, he is very keen on the newer additions, such as the “fantastic” Reserve and “great” The Lab, which he believes the developers did a good job with in terms of “actual loot and items you can find.”

Battlestate GamesShroud thinks all of the older EFT maps need to be improved, especially Shoreline, which he jokingly called “Snoreline.”

Shroud on how to improve older EFT maps

Here are some of the EFT maps that shroud thinks aren’t up to par, including what issues he says they have and how they can be improved.

  • Customs: “The loot that you find is trash.”
  • Shoreline: “The most boring map in this game. A lot of people in the community call it ‘Snoreline.’ It’s not very fun and needs rework. The loot’s good, but only in one spot.”
  • Interchange: “Isn’t bad, but it could use a little bit of a tweak here and there, mainly with the lighting. That’s the problem with that map, it’s too dark.”
  • Factory“Definitely needs a rework, that b*tch needs to get bigger. And it will, I think they’re planning on expanding on it.”
  • Woods“Only serves one purpose and that is doing your Mosin Quests. That’s literally the only purpose of Woods. Everyone that’s on Woods is doing Mosin Quests. I think they can expand upon Woods a little bit.”

It remains to be seen whether or not developers Battlestate Games will be willing to dedicate resources to make changes to these older maps, especially since they have a bunch of other new ones in development.

There are seven new maps that have been announced to be coming soon to the game, including Streets of Tarkov, which has already been unveiled as the next addition.

That said, if the devs do end up deciding to go back and try to improve the older locations, it might be worth taking shroud’s comments and ideas into consideration.


Charli D’Amelio invests in $50 million banking service for teens

Published: 2/Dec/2020 19:00

by Virginia Glaze


TikTok’s most-followed content creator, Charli D’Amelio, has invested in her very first startup, and it’s a $50 million mobile banking service specifically aimed at teenagers.

In true D’Amelio fashion, Charli has decided to invest in her first company, Step, along with a slew of other celebrity investors.

What is Step?

Step is a mobile banking service directed toward teenagers aged 13-19, which announced this morning that it has raised over $50 million during its Series B funding stage.

Step has grown to over 500,000 users in two months after its official launch, and features a variety of elements seen in apps like Venmo and PayPal, allowing users to send money to friends via peer-to-peer technology.


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The service also offers its teen customer-base FDIC-insured bank accounts without any fees, easing their foray into the financial world. Step even gives users a Visa card that allows them to establish credit prior to turning 18.

Charli D’Amelio on her Step investment

As for Charli D’Amelio, she seems to be quite jazzed about the bank’s entire concept, having risen to prominence in the mobile world before turning 16 this year.

“As a Step partner and customer, I’ve been able to see firsthand how easy Step makes it to manage your money while providing the educational resources that today’s teens need but have largely been unable to find—myself included,” D’Amelio stated.


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“I’m excited to be able to use my platform to help close this gap and have made a direct investment in Step to help them develop even more useful products.”

Charli isn’t the only big name putting some stock into Step; A-list celebs like Will Smith, the Chainsmokers, and Justin Timberlake are also investing in the bank, making for a truly star-studded affair for the emerging company.

Step is planning to partner with even more celebrities and influencers in the future, and hopes to help its teenaged customer-base with everything from student loans to building credit in the long-term.

Charli D'Amelio invests in Step mobile banking, Press Kit
Step aims to help teenagers ease into the confusing financial world.

“Student loans are a big thing. Being able to extend credit to these folks. Being able to offer new products and services so they’re not paying these outrageous, predatory banking fees and high interest credit cards,” Step CEO MacDonald said of the service.

It looks like Charli is making big waves with this major investment, and all eyes are peeled to see if her 101 million TikTok followers will hop onto the Step trend, too.