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The Witcher 3 officially a best-selling game again after Netflix series

Published: 27/Jan/2020 22:16 Updated: 3/Sep/2020 15:38

by Bill Cooney

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Netflix’s new Witcher series came out at the end of December 2019, and introduced a whole new audience to the world of Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri.

As a result, the 2015 Witcher 3 title, set in the same universe as the show, has once again become a best-selling video game.

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More than 1.5 million people preordered TW3 when it first came out in 2015, and it’s gone on to sell 40 million total copies while being widely considered one of the best games to come out in the 2010’s.

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The Witcher 3 is still considered one of the best RPG games of all time, even a half-decade after its release.

Data on how well The Witcher 3 was doing following Netflix’s announcement of the show was compiled by the big brains over at Thinkum, who found that sales began to skyrocket even before the series came out.

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“At Amazon.com, where only the top-100 items are tracked, The Witcher had all but disappeared from the site’s sales ranks between August 2017 and last fall,” Thinkum said. “But then in October, when details for the Netflix show were first revealed, the titles shot to the top-10 at Amazon, peaking at 4 out of 100 on October 9, 2019.”

At the time of writing, the game is still in Amazon’s top-100 games and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down soon.

It is also listed as one of the most popular games on Steam at the time of writing, which makes sense since The Witcher 3 originally came out on console, so PC players may have missed out on some of the hype.

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CD Projekt Red, the game studio behind the series, certainly doesn’t mind the extra attention their game has gotten thanks to the show.

The studio is currently working on another highly-anticipated RPG: Cyberpunk 2077 (whose release was recently delayed until fall of 2019) but that doesn’t mean they’re not thinking about the next Witcher game already.

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CD Projekt Red has ruled out another game starring Geralt, but not another Witcher game entirely.

CD Projekt Red has said they plan to release two triple-A titles by the end of 2021, with Cyberpunk 2077 being one of them.

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It doesn’t take a big stretch of the imagination to think that the developer would want to capitalize on the Netflix Witcher craze with a fantastic new game for fans to explore, but whether or not we get news on a new game soon, we’ll always have TW3 to fall back on.

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Hashinshin claims FBI cleared him of sexual harassment allegations

Published: 8/Oct/2020 4:00

by Andrew Amos

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Popular League of Legends streamer Robert ‘Hashinshin’ Brotz has claimed the FBI investigated him over allegations he was sexually harassing minors, and cleared him of any wrongdoing. He was permanently banned on Twitch over the claims.

Hashinshin was ostracized from the League of Legends community back in July, after claims the 30-year-old Twitch streamer sexually harassed underage girls by abusing his platform of power.

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Other popular content creators, like Joedat ‘Voyboy’ Esfahani, stated that “Hashinshin is a manipular, predator, and worst of all [a] pedophile who used his platform to abuse so many underage girls over the years.”

However, the disgraced streamer has claimed he was investigated by the FBI and cleared of all wrongdoing.

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“There has been an FBI investigation into me, and I have neither been jailed or charged with a crime. Some of you might not believe that. I have a freedom of information request [to prove my innocence publicly], but that can take up to a year,” Brotz said in a October 7 statement.

Numerous women came forward stories in July of Hashinshin grooming them while they were underage. However, Hashinshin has always maintained his innocence, claiming these stories were false, and that many of those who came forward have since deleted their statements.

He also stated that he was potentially looking into suing some of the alleged victims for defamation, stating they did a “public assessment of [his] character” that distorted what people thought of him.

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“I was going to sue Alli for defamation ⁠— and I probably should have ⁠— but Alli is not a victim, and people started getting these really distorted views on what was happening,” he said, referring to one of the victims.

“Things aren’t as they seem, regardless of what they seem. I’m not a rich and powerful figure. They didn’t find that I did anything. I think a lot of this was a public assessment of my character, and a lot of people did this because they didn’t like me.

“I’ve been working on bettering myself over the last two years, and I think I’ve become a better person overall. It hurts a lot…to see all these people denying that.”

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Brotz claimed that while he believed his accusers weren’t “all terrible people,” they betrayed his trust. He also said that while he believes they should apologize, he hopes no one in the community attacks them. He just wants to “go back to living a normal life.”

“I thought these were nice people, I thought I could trust them and work with them. That’s why my response to this was all sh*tty because I shouldn’t really have trusted anyone. I don’t think they’re all terrible people, but things really escalated,” he said.

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“I don’t want anyone to attack them. I just want to go back to living a normal life. I just want to exist peacefully, and I hope people can start letting me do that. I hope this can change their minds in some way.”

Hashinshin remains permanently banned on Twitch despite his attempts to clear this name. He has also lost his Twitch partnership, and has instead moved to streaming on YouTube.