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Facebook introduces monetized streaming for gamers

Competes with Twitch and YouTube

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Since the explosive popularity of Twitch and YouTube, becoming a professional streamer and entertainer has become an alluring option for work. Using their popular Live platform, Facebook joins the fray with their own program for gamers.

Following a recent press release, the mainstream social network introduces a specialized package for gaming creators dubbed the Gaming Creator Pilot Program. The package aims to draw streamers away from the clutches of other streaming platforms.

Much like its competitors, the pilot program offers quality streaming that proves enjoyable for streaming audiences. Whereas the current settings for Facebook Live stream are 720p and 30fps, the program allows enrolled streamers to livestream at 1080p and 60fps.

As with Twitch, the pilot program will focus on monetization for its streamers. However, unlike the above streaming platform, Facebook will not offer subscription options that viewers can pay for. Instead, viewers can leave tips for the streamer, similar to Twitch’s Bits system.

The announcement comes shortly after the social network signed a deal with ESL Gaming. Alongside the program, Facebook is already the main broadcast platform for the CS:GO Pro League and ESL One events.

The program is still in its very early stages, hoping to attract more streamers as it gains more traction. At its current state, Facebook isn’t likely to offer the pinpoint specialization of either Twitch or YouTube. However, they hope to attract more streamers with their massive mainstream audience. As of 2017, Facebook already has more than two billion users worldwide.

Facebook’s massive reach also includes visibility on other popular Facebook-owned platforms like Instagram and Oculus.

As it is still in its infancy, it’s still too early to tell whether the Gaming Creator Pilot Program will take off. One thing’s for sure: Everyone wants in on the tempting allure of professional streaming.

SEE ALSO: Facebook is working on a video conferencing device — report

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My Hero Academia is getting a battle royale game

In closed beta right now

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Just when you thought the battle royale craze was over, a new contender has approached. Capitalizing on one of the most popular anime series in modern history, Bandai Namco is launching a battle royale based on My Hero Academia. My Hero Academia: Ultra Rumble is currently undergoing a beta test now.

Officially teased by Japan’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine (spotted by Gematsu), the upcoming battle royale game will come to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Steam. Like other battle royales in the genre, the game will be free-to-play.

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However, instead of an all-out brawl between dozens and dozens of players, the game will only feature 24 players in a single round. Though Bandai Namco has not announced a launch date for the battle royale, a closed beta announcement means things are rolling smoothly. It might not take long before an open beta and an eventual launch happens.

My Hero Academia: Ultra Rumble makes sense as a spin-off of the popular anime series. Put simply, My Hero Academia takes place in a world where superpowers are commonplace. It’s easy to see how a battle royale based on the anime can work especially with different powers acting as a way to eliminate opponents.

Curiously enough, the game is coming out in older console generations, rather than the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X/S.

SEE ALSO: FF7 series launches new PS5 update, mobile battle royale

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Microsoft has stopped making all Xbox One consoles

To focus on Xbox Series X/S

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Despite the global shortage, the gaming world is steadily moving towards next generation dominance. Both Sony and Microsoft want gamers to use either the PlayStation 5 or the Xbox Series X/S exclusively. However, the ongoing problem is preventing gamers from switching. To help with the shortages, Microsoft is discontinuing all Xbox One consoles.

This has been a slow death for the previous Xbox generation. Back in 2020, Microsoft stopped producing the Xbox One X and the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition to pave the way for the then-launching Xbox Series X/S. That was only part of the equation. Gamers could still get other variants of the Xbox One series. Of course, that ends now.

Microsoft has stopped producing new units of all Xbox One consoles. If you want to purchase an older Xbox, you’ll have to rely on existing stock.

According to a statement sent to The Verge, the company pushed through with the decision to focus its production more on the still-scant Xbox Series X/S. With enough luck, the move might help the shortage. Both the new Xbox and the PlayStation 5 still notoriously sell out seconds after new stock is announced.

Ironically, Sony is trying the opposite strategy. Because of the ongoing shortages, the PlayStation maker is instead manufacturing more PlayStation 4 units this year, ideally to fill in the lacking PlayStation 5 stock.

Which strategy will prevail? At this point, no one is. Both consoles are still missing from stores despite overwhelming demand.

SEE ALSO: Xbox creates a SpongeBob-themed Xbox Series X

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Acer announces refreshed lineup of Predator desktops, monitors

Refreshed and ready for intense gaming action

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Acer is no stranger to releasing quality gaming machines early into the new year, and 2022 is no exception. For their gaming lineup, the company announced a full refresh of select Predator gaming desktops and monitors. These refreshed unit promise to bring supreme power and upgradability down the road.

First up on the list are the Acer Predator Orion 3000 and 5000 series of gaming desktops. In these desktop machines, Acer included up to a 12th Gen Intel Core i7 processor with an NVIDIA RTX 3070 and 3080, respectively. They are simply built for the best and for those who only want the best gaming experience. Of course, other features include increased RAM and faster storage options.

To complement these refresh gaming machines, they also announced the new Acer Predator X32 and CG48 Gaming Monitors. For the Predator X32, this comes with a 160Hz refresh rate with 4K resolution and 99% coverage of AdobeRGB. Also, its more powerful brother, the Predator X32 FP, comes with a 165Hz refresh rate and HDMI 2.1 support for next-gen consoles. Similarly, the Predator CG48 comes with HDMI 2.1 on a 48-inch OLED display.

Pricing and availability of the new Predator desktops and monitors have yet to be announced.

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