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Man City stars show off new FaZe Clan merch collab

Published: 12/Dec/2020 13:19

by Calum Patterson

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Premier League football club Manchester City have teamed up with FaZe Clan once again for another collaboration, and some of the teams top players have shown off the new gear.

FaZe Clan’s rise from a Call of Duty sniping clan on YouTube to one of the most recognizable brands in esports, and gaming has secured them a number of opportunities outside of the endemic gaming space.

Man City, on the other hand, have been trying to move more into the esports & gaming area themselves, backing a FIFA esports team and previous collaborations with FaZe.

Some of their biggest stars are also big gamers – Sergio Aguero is one of the most popular streamers on Twitch, in addition to being the club’s all-time leading goalscorer.

FaZe Clan's Nate Hill wearing the new Man City jacket.

The two teams first announced their surprise partnership in September 2019. At the time, Man City said “Esports is the world’s fastest growing spectator sport and this collaboration with FaZe Clan marks the start of an exciting new chapter in Manchester City’s esports journey.”

On December 12, the same day as they will face their city-rivals Man United in the Premier League, Man City and FaZe Clan’s latest collaboration will go on sale.

The new ‘FaZeCity’ collection went on sale on December 10, and includes a variety of clothing and accessories with FaZe branding.

To promote the collection, City stars Bernardo Silva, Rodri and Joao Cancelo all showed off the lineup on Instagram.

 

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Equally, FaZe Clan’s content creators have been modelling the merch, including streamer and Man City fan Nate Hill.

Last time out, Man City actually wore training tops with FaZe logos for a Premier League game. Whether that happens again for their derby match against United remains to be seen.

Their partnership with FaZe Clan was extended for a year back in June, so fans of either organization can expect more collaborations in the future.

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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.