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It's National Mascot Day! Unfortunately, Quick Drop Media doesn't have a mascot yet. What sort of mascot would you suggest for us? We were thinking maybe a water droplet that's a runner so their quick and also a drop. Get it? Neither do we. Is it Friday yet??

Today's Drop is a ~5 min read!


DROPPIN STONKS

Roblox Falls Again

Source: Google Finance. This is not investment advice.

Yesterday was a bumpy day for many stocks. The U.S. benchmark was down -0.54%. With major stocks like $RBLX and $CRSR falling more than -6%, many other gaming stocks followed suit. Even  Nintendo was down a little bit, after a strong E3 showing. Eyes were all on the Fed and the sentiment around potential rate increases. While the majority seem to be pushing for a rate increase we will see how the market continues to price that in over the coming months.


INDUSTRY NEWS

Cyberpunk 2077 Returns To PlayStation Store

cyberpunk-2077
Source: CD Projekt Red

Cyberpunk 2077 has been one of the biggest gaming disasters we have seen in recent years. When the game was release in December 2020, it was loaded with bugs and performance issues. It was essentially unplayable for any console except the PS5, the Xbox Series, or a strong PC.

How did this even happen? From the creators of the critically acclaimed Witcher 3, CD Projekt Red spent a decade presenting this futuristic steampunk world as a must play game, even including Keanu Reeves on their cast. After many delays, the game released on December 10th. It was a shockingly unplayable game for the PS4 or Xbox One while still have some notable issues on the PC. Cyberpunk 2077 was so poorly received that Microsoft and Sony ensured refunds, and the latter even pulled the game from their online digital store. 3

What happened in the last six months? CD Projekt Red started to implement hotfixes and major patches, with a big patch coming out in March. The company did undergo a massive cyber security ransomware attack in February that set them back quite a bit. However, the game seems to finally be in a much better state. Sony just released a statement that on June 21st, the game will be available back on the Playstation store after people noticing that it can be put on the wish list. However, the company still warns about playing on the PS4. CD Projekt RED promises a patch to improve performances on older consoles.

The development process for this game has been a sad demonstration for the problems the gaming industry face. The more we keep these companies accountable the better practices we can have for the industry. If you are interested Jason Schreier from Bloomsburg has an incredible telling article about this game development. Check it out here!


ESPORTS

OG Introduces New VALORANT Roster

Source: OG

The eSports organization OG reveals new VALORANT roster ahead of the VALORANT Champions Tour 2021 Europe Stage 3. The roster was built around Kevyn 'TviQ' Lindström and Benjamin 'uNKOE' Chevasson, who are currently the only players from the first OG squad. They were joined by the experienced Harry 'DPS' MacGill and two young prospects: Nikita 'trexx' Cherednichenko and Tomas 'Destrian' Linikas. The new OG coach is former coach of Team Heretics Tanishq 'Tanizhq' Sabharwal, under whose leadership Tem Heretics had previously won First Strike Europe.

Tanishq 'Tanizhq' Sabharwal's words about new OG line-up:

I’m super happy to not only be joining but helping to shape the new (and hopefully improved) iteration of OG Valorant. TviQ was on my initial team from the first week of Valorant Beta, and I am very excited to be able to properly work with him again after a whole year. I feel with this roster of both experienced players as well as younger talents we can go far in VCT Stage 3 and hopefully qualify to the Berlin Masters.

OG's Current roster:
Kevyn "TviQ" Lindström
Benjamin "uNKOE" Chevasson
Harry "DPS" MacGill
Nikita "trexx" Cherednichenko
Tomas Destrian Linikas

VCT 2021: Europe Stage 3 Challengers 1 - Open Qualifier will take place from 28th to 30th of June. More than 500 teams from Europe will compete for eight slots in the closed qualifiers.


CONSOLE NEWS

Facebook To Begin Playing Ads On Oculus

Source: UploadVR

Facebook stated they will soon begin sticking ads in Oculus Quest games and apps. The new change is supposed to be within a few weeks, and they'll be pulling information from Facebook users' accounts/profiles in order to gauge what to advertise. Facebook provided many more details in one of its blog post, stating that in-headset ads are "a key part of ensuring we’re creating a self-sustaining platform."

While not well received, this step was definitely expected. It's been less than a year after Facebook began making new Oculus headset owners link their Facebook accounts. A Facebook spokesperson has confirmed that the headset will be able to take information from peoples' accounts in order to create an ad experience.

What sort of information will they be taking? The data taken will mostly include what players are actually doing on the Oculus, like what apps they have viewed and installed, and other advertisements and media viewed. The data taken will not include information such as private conversations, height, weight, etc. However, it is to be assumed that gender information may play a part in targeted advertising.

Developers will benefit as they can earn money from in-game ads. Of course, Facebook will be keeping part of the revenue. Facebook also stated that it has yet to decide whether or not the ads will one day be featured on the Oculus Home Hub, though it is a likely possibility. The ads will currently remain flat, but they are currently "also exploring new ad formats that are unique to VR."


TECH UPDATES

Razer Unveils Svelte AMD Blade 14 Gaming Laptop

Source: The Verge

It's been a while since Razer has given us a new laptop. Many folks already knew a lot about the laptop, but it was officially revealed a few days ago. If you're looking for an upgrade to your current gaming laptop, this may just be your gadget. The laptop contains 'lots of flex', and an RTX 3060 as the top GPU.  The laptop contains an eight-core, 16-thread chip, while on the desktop that gets you a 12-core, 24-thread processor. The new Blade 14 uses ultra-thin CN aluminum to create rigid chassis, and has SKUs with up to a 100W TGP RTX 3080.

It's also using AMD's Ryzen 9 5900HX processor at the core, and that is the really big news. AMD's naming conventions aren't the same betwee desktop to mobile, resulting in the Ryzen 9 5900HX being listed as a different spec to the Ryzen 9 5900X. Check out the rest of the specs below:

Source: Razer

The new laptop is now for sale, with three models and prices starting at $1,799 for the 144Hz 1080p option with an RTX 3060. There are also RTX 3070 and RTX 3080 machines with that 1440p 165Hz screen option for $2,199 and $2,799 respectively. They all come with the same Ryzen 9 5900HX chip, 16GB 3,200MHz RAM, and 1TB PCIe SSD.

Congrats, you made it through the worst of the week. See you all tomorrow!

Daily Drop Credit: Anam, Carmine, Mark, and the Founders.

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