Sony is Ending Support for the PlayStation 2 After Eighteen Years - Dexerto
General

Sony is Ending Support for the PlayStation 2 After Eighteen Years

Published: 4/Sep/2018 18:55 Updated: 4/Sep/2018 19:22

by Virginia Glaze

Share


Sony have announced that customer support for their popular Playstation 2 console will no longer be available, as of August 31.

With the company no longer offering warranties, repairs, and any other form of support in Japan, the console has essentially reached the end of its lifespan. 

Advertisement

In a report by Japanese website IT Media, players who looked to repair their console one final time were given the opportunity to fill out a maintenance form up until August 31. News of this announcement was released on June 22, giving enthusiasts a little over two months to repair their trusty system.

Now, that time period has ended, and Sony has cut ties with the console – in terms of keeping it alive. While backwards-compatible versions of the PlayStation 3 are still available in the wild (but no longer actively produced), players will have to go to their local console wizard to fix any hardware issues with their PS2.

Advertisement

The console was released in March of 2000, and was produced until 2013. With support ending in 2018, the PS2 enjoyed a long, happy lifespan of eighteen years.

Within those eighteen years, the system released some of gaming’s most treasured classics. From Shadow of the Colossus to Okami, Kingdom Hearts, and more, the PlayStation 2 was a treasured console for many.

It was likewise one of the best-selling gaming systems, with over 158 million units sold at the end of its production in January 2013. The PS2 also featured a library of over 3,000 games, rendering it as one of the longest-lasting systems as well as one of the most versatile.

Advertisement
Entertainment

StreamElements supports underrepresented streamers with Creator Diversity Fund

Published: 2/Sep/2020 17:38 Updated: 3/Sep/2020 9:32

by Calum Patterson

Share


StreamElements has announced the 20 recipients of its $100,000 Creator Diversity fund, providing creators of underrepresented groups on Twitch with professional livestreaming services.

These streamers are up-and-coming broadcasters who are fighting for their place in the uber-competitive landscape of livestreaming, and who face even harsher competition because of their protected characteristics.

Advertisement

The Creator Diversity Fund will provide them “a wide range of support from StreamElements which includes graphics, production, and mentorship.”

StreamElements Logo
StreamElements
StreamElements provides tools and services to livestreamers.

Additionally, SteelSeries is onboard to provide all recipients with Arctis 1 Wireless Gaming Headsets.

Advertisement

StreamElements said they were inspired to start the fund, due to an acknowledgment that these creators, in underrepresented groups, face extra challenges in the livestreaming space.

StreamElements Creator Diversity Fund Recipients

The creators were selected due to the type of content they were producing, their dedication to livestreaming, and their own insights provided when they applied.

The fund hopes to be “a way to help elevate their presence and voice in an ecosystem where discovery and access to information is an issue.”

Advertisement

Marc, who goes by Teknikalx on Twitch, told us “I applied for the fund because I thought it would be beneficial for my channel to receive additional support to give the channel a more professional look vs what I have now. Also to bring to light that programs like this exist and if a channel such as mine can receive support in this manner, other channels can too.”

Teknikalx boasts over 5,000 followers on Twitch, but says that having the support of StreamElements ‘Dream Team’ will “give a boost to my channel in the extra visibility to my content. I truly believe that the access to doors that would otherwise be closed will open, with their support to show that my content is worth not only checking out but supporting.”

Fellow streamer StreetGrind, who streams everything from Fall Guys to Horizon Zero Dawn, said the support from the Creator Diversity fund will take his “content and brand to the next level in overall aesthetics as well as consistency.”

Advertisement
Twitch streamer StreetGrind
StreetGrind
StreetGrind, one of the recipients of the Creator Diversity Fund, aims to take his content and brand to the “next level.”

“I’m hoping to use this support to increase my discoverability on who I am and what my brand is about. Improving every day one step at a time and helping others along the way,” he explained. “We stand stronger together instead of individually.”

Another recipient, GoofyWise, similarly hopes the support will push his stream further and provide a better viewing experience. “Opportunities like these are rare especially those targeted to people who look like me.”

Advertisement

GoofyWise

“I plan to use this opportunity to take my channel to the next level by giving my stream an increased level of professionalism that will attract viewers from all around,” he told Dexerto. “Not to mention the added confidence boost from having a higher quality look and feel. Look good, feel good!”

The support will include guidance on growing their brand, securing sponsorships, merchandising, and all other facets of growing and maintaining an audience.

StreamElements is one of the leading third-party services used by countless streamers to manage their donations, overlays, alerts and more while they are broadcasting.

“Livestreaming is not an easy profession and it can be even more daunting for members of underrepresented groups,” said Doron Nir, CEO, StreamElements. “With the Creator Diversity Fund, our goal is to provide those invaluable industry insights on top of improving all aspects of their channels.”

Each of the 20 recipients will have an “account manager”, with 24/7 assistance, and provided a selection of “in-game overlays, alerts, emotes, transitions, sub badges, headers, tipping pages, info panels, and logos,” customized for their channel.