We cannot believe August is halfway done! It feels like the month has just begun. With many of us going back to school and bidding adeau to the summer, it can feel a little gloomy. Don't worry though, game releases never go out of season!
Today's Drop is a ~5 min read!
New Bill Could Protect Indie and App Developers
With the rise of technology, Congress has been increasing ways to break trusts and create more competition. The bigger industries such as Apple and Amazon are the major ones generating issues, but they are not the only problems. Some new legislation is aimed to help improve the market for independent developers and customers.
The Open App Market Act Aims to create a competition policy. The policy has a few goals. The app store owners cannot control the prices of the app on other platforms or prevent the developers from communicating with customers on discounts. The app store owner cannot require the developer to use their in-app payment system. The app store owners who own the operating system too cannot prevent customers from using other app stores. These rules would cover app stores with more than 50 million users. This is also affects Steam where they cannot control the price of games on different platforms. For example, when a game is on Steam as early access they aim to raise as much money as possible. Plenty of games such as PUBG and Valheim became incredibly popular in early access. Currently, if those developers chose to go to a different platform they need to charge at least the same price. Steam would prevent developers from charging their games on other platforms for a lower price.
It looks like the Open App Market Act is push in the right direction for small developers. The growing tech industry has not much regulation considering the revenue being produced. Hopefully, the laws can continue to protect consumers going forward.
Sentinels Wins VALORANT Champions Tour: NA Stage 3 Challengers Playoffs
Sentinels won against 100 Thieves 3:1 in the grand-final of VALORANT Champions Tour 2021: NA Stage 3 Challengers Playoffs. Both teams and also Team Envy earned spots for VALORANT Champions Tour 2021: Stage 3 Masters - Berlin, playing the final matches just for the money and the best seed in the tournament. The grand-final started from the interesting Bind map, where Sentinels confidently won the first half 8:4, but then lost the initiative and allowed the opponent to lead in score. In the end of the map, Sentinels regained consciousness and won Bind 13:11.
The second map followed a similar scenario. Sentinels won the first half 7:5, then allowed 100 Thieves to equalize the score, but on the second map 100 Thieves seized the chance to win the map, 13:11, equalizing the score in the series. Unfortunately, it seemed 100 Thieves had expended all their energy on these two cards. In their next matchup, Sentinels easily won the third map 13:6, and finished off the opponent on the fourth - 13:5.
The VCT: North America Stage 3 Challengers Playoffs winners are:
1. Sentinels - $40,000 + Masters Berlin
2. 100 Thieves - $20,000 + Masters Berlin
3. Team Envy - $15,000 + Masters Berlin
4. XSET - $10,000
5-6. Rise - $5,000
5-6. FaZe Clan - $5,000
7-8. TSM - $2,500
7-8. Luminosity Gaming - $2,500
Nintendo Threatens RomUniverse To Destroy All Pirated Games
Not everyone knows about the site RomUniverse, and that may be because most people like to buy games legally and legitimately. The website is known for allowing users to illegally pirate copies of various Nintendo games (and it has the audacity to allow users to pay for faster downloads.) Naturally, the website was sued for $2.1 million by Nintendo in May of 2021, and Nintendo obviously won. However, Nintendo's beef with the website isn't quite settled yet.
Recently, Nintendo sent out a massive threat to RomUniverse, telling them to "permanently destroy all unauthorized Nintendo games or other unauthorized copies of Nintendo’s intellectual property including movies, books, and music." The website's creator will have until August 17th to comply to the orders set by Nintendo. He is also barred from ever distributing, selling, copying, or playing any illegally downloaded Nintendo ROM's, and can no longer even use the name or logo for Nintendo. This current threat was in response to the website's creator not making the payments for his lawsuit (in the form of $50 monthly payments), causing the company to fear that not only would they not get their money, but that he would also continue uploading ROM's to his website.
A lot of you may be thinking: what's a few more bucks to Nintendo anyway? Well, perhaps money is the biggest factor in this for Nintendo, but for the gaming world it's something much larger. Imagine if a company as large as Nintendo would allow a random site like this to pirate its games and get away with it, what would that mean for the smaller companies or indie games? Taking this action not only protects Nintendo, but it will likely deter websites trying to pirate and illegally sell other games too.
Second Half Of August Game Release Reminders
With so many great releases so far this month, it can be difficult to remember every single game dropping later on. Luckily for you readers, we've got a refresher on what's coming up, so you can make sure to mark your calendars!
- Road 96 (PC, Switch) – 16th August
- Humankind (PC) – 17th August
- 12 Minutes (PC, Xbox) – 19th August
- Yuoni (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox) – 19th August
- RiMS Racing (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch) – 19th August (Pre-order)
- Recompile (PC, PS5, Xbox) – 19th August
- Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut (PS4, PS5) – 20th August (Pre-order)
- Madden NFL 22 (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox) – 20th August (Pre-order)
- Aliens: Fireteam Elite (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox) – 24th August (Pre-order)
- King’s Bounty II (PC, PS4, Xbox, Switch) – 24th August
- Murder Mystery Machine (PC, PS4, Xbox, Switch) – 25th August
- Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 (PS5) – 24th August (Pre-order)
- Psychonauts 2 (PC, PS4, Xbox) – 25th August
- Hotel Life: A Resort Simulator (PC, PS4, PS5. Xbox, Switch) – 26th August
- The Legend of Heroes: Hajimari no Kiseki (PC, Switch) – 26th August
- No More Heroes III (Switch) – 27th August
- Baldo (PC, PS4, Xbox, Switch) – 27th August
- New World (PC) – 31st August
Catch you on the ziggity zag.
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