It's National Graham Cracker Day! In the spirit of summer and graham crackers, why not light a bonfire and make some s'mores. Although, they're not the best snack to have while gaming...
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New Law Could Force Twitch to Better Justify Streamer Bans
Twitch may be in some hot water with a new California court law discussion. The service is notoriously known for banning streamers more often than other services do. Some users have even been banned more than once, if you can believe that. Indiefoxx, who was originally banned for their ASMR content, was once again banned for a similar reason. However, it is reported that the second ban issue was much more vague in its reasoning than the previous one was. Twitch had even banned the entire country of Slovakia after streamer dDandis was found illegally playing poker on the platform.
The California court stated that many times the ban reasons are not very transparent, and are often inconsistent with each other. This new potential law is currently based off a court case where streamer James Vargas, aka PhantomL0rd, filed a lawsuit against Twitch, winning more than $20,000 in damages (although he was originally asking for $35 million.) PhantomL0rd won the case against Twitch because the service could not actually prove he was engaging in the CS:GO website fraud that he was originally accused.
The law itself, the 'California Unfair Competition Law', could force Twitch to have a much stronger justification as to why someone is being banned. Does this mean we're all safe from bans now? Of course not. However, it could mean that there will be far less unfair treatment of streamers on Twitch in the future.
Extra Salt Wins CS:GO DreamHack Open
Extra Salt won 3:0 against O PLANO in the grand-final of DH June Open NA. On the first map, Extra Salt left no room for error, crushing O PLANO on Vertigo 16:2. On the second map, Dust 2, the efforts of O PLANO's sixth slot, leo_drk, weren't enough to level the score in the series.
On the third, final map, O PLANO was the closest to victory winning the first half 10:5, countered by a great comeback from Extra Salt to take the third map in a row, and subsequently the grand final as well.
The 'man of the match' was Josh 'oSee' Ohm, for finishing the three matches with an overall rating of 1.47.
DreamHack Open June North America final standings:
1.Extra Salt - $35,000 + IEM Fall North America Play-In
2. O PLANO - $15,000
3-4. paiN - $6000
3-4. Party Astronauts - $6000
5-6. GODSENT - $2,500
5-6. RBG - $2,500
7-8. Third Impact - $1,500
7-8. Triumph - $1,500
This tournament was the last for teams from North America before a month-long break. The official break for CS:GO players will hold from the 15th of July until the 15th of August.
Summer Games Done Quick Begins This Week
Summer Games Done Quick (GDQ) starts their speedrun charity event this week, and here's how you can watch. Click here to be transported directly to their website stream of the entire competition. For those of you who haven't seen our past GDQ articles, GDQ is a video game speedrunning competition where players compete and speedrun all sorts of games for charity. The event is held multiple times a year, with summer being the second event for 2021. This year's event is also fully remote, and has currently been averaging over 60k people watching during the course of the streams.
Some of the games being played today:
- Batman: The Video Game
- Super Smash Bros Brawl
- Cave Story 3D
- Kirby: Nightmare in Dreamland
- Paper Mario
- Shadow of the Colossus
Check out their full schedule to see when your favorite games will be featured. The competition runs until July 11th, 2021. This year's charity is Doctors Without Borders, and you can donate directly on their website as you watch the stream.
Virtual Reality Integrated in the Air Force
Baton Rouge based King Crow Studios have been working on a simulated cockpit to help train U.S. Air Force pilots. In the last 3 years the company was given over $7 million. They used that money to research and develop a training prototype for virtual reality pilot training. The contract with King Crow Studios is planning to end in 2025. The software being developed will be training B-52 pilots with a significantly lesser cost. Their technology will be able to train new pilots in an immersive experience. The best part is that there will be a reduced cost since they do not have to use fuel and military resources.
They have to create a personalized experience. The exciting part for King Crows Studios is that they are deep in the process. No other company had worked this far in development. The team learned the culture with the Air Force, so they can inject those specifics into the training modules to help with learning retention. Overall, the amount of learning retained is about 70% for pilots which is 20% higher than in a classroom settings, a significant improvement for success.
Video games are starting to permeate into aspects of many people's lives. They are starting to have practical uses to help people learn and perform better on their jobs. Ultimately showing the limitless potentially we can use the virtual space for human success.
Don't worry everyone, Monday's over. Hope you all had a great start to your week!
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