EA apologizes for ‘unfortunate mistake’ of cutting Colin Kaepernick reference from ‘Madden’

EA apologizes for ‘unfortunate mistake’ of cutting Colin Kaepernick reference from ‘Madden’

5:52pm, 3rd August, 2018
EA became the subject of online scrutiny this week when it was discovered that the gaming giant deleted a reference to Colin Kaepernick on the soundtrack for Madden 19. The former 49ers quarterback was name-checked by rapper Big Sean on a verse of the YG song “Big Bank,” only to have the mention deleted. The track includes the line, “You boys all cap, I’m more Colin Kaepernick.” The move was noted on Twitter this week and amplified by radio host (and Kaepernick’s girlfriend) Nessa Diab, along with Big Sean himself. The latter said the reference was deleted “like it was a curse word,” adding, “he’s not a curse, he’s a gift! Nobody from my team approved any of this.” Oh!!!!! who told you to edit Colin’s name out???? ? Curious minds want to know Thanks Jean for the info!!! If you guys see more shady stuff send it over. — NESSA (@nessnitty) Kaepernick became a leading figure in the Black Lives Matter movement after sitting and later kneeling during the National Anthem as a form of protest against black deaths at the hands of police officers. A number of NFL players have since followed suit, leading Donald Trump to call for the firing of players over on-field protests. Hey Sean, no doubt we messed up here. We look forward to making it right. — EA SPORTS Madden NFL (@EAMaddenNFL) In a statement to TechCrunch, EA called the deletion “an unfortunate mistake,” chalking up the move to confusion of relating to player rights: We made an unfortunate mistake with our Madden NFL soundtrack. Members of our team misunderstood the fact that while we don’t have rights to include Colin Kaepernick in the game, this doesn’t affect soundtracks. We messed up, and the edit should never have happened. We will make it right, with an update to Madden NFL 19 on August 6 that will include the reference again. We meant no disrespect, and we apologize to Colin, to YG and Big Sean, to the NFL, to all of their fans and our players for this mistake. notes, however, that this is apparently not the first time Kaepernick’s name has been removed from a Madden soundtrack. While the player’s likeness appeared in last year’s version of the game, his name was apparently also removed from the Mike WiLL Made-It track, “Bars of Soap.”
Valve's Newest Game, Artifact, Is Coming In November

Valve's Newest Game, Artifact, Is Coming In November

4:44pm, 3rd August, 2018
Valve finally responded to requests for a new game by announcing that there is a new CCG in the works called Artifact, and that it's a card game based on Dota 2. The company also recently revealed that the new title is due for release before this year out... more specifically,...
GameFly to shutter streaming service this month

GameFly to shutter streaming service this month

3:43pm, 3rd August, 2018
GameFly, the video game rental company, will be shutting down its streaming service at the end of the month, Variety earlier this week. This closure comes just over three years after the streaming service launched in 2015. GameFly, the no-console streaming service for gamers, for $7 and $10 per month that gave users unlimited access to titles — as long as they had a smart TV like an Amazon Fire or Samsung Smart TV, in addition to a controller and access to the internet. Just as GameFly’s original snail-mail rental service for games mimicked Netflix’s from days of yore, many toted the streaming service as the Netflix of gaming. Support for the service will be maintained through the end of August and accounts will not be charged for the service after that date, according to Variety. But people (and movies) from the company for $9.50 per month (one rental at a time) or $13.50 per month (two rentals at a time.) This news comes about three months after from GameFly’s cloud gaming division — a division that helped make it possible to save your progress to the cloud while gaming on the streaming service. But the acquisition did not include GameFly’s streaming service. “We acquired the team in Israel and the technology they’ve developed, we did not acquire the Gamefly streaming service,” an EA spokesperson told Variety. “We have not been involved in any decisions around the service.” TechCrunch reached out to GameFly for comment but the company did not respond by the time of publication regarding the reasons behind this closure. Meanwhile, the world of streaming games appears to be continuing on just fine. Sony’s PlayStation Now continues to add titles to its service, French startup Blade’s streaming service is this week in the U.S. and EA itself announced at E3 this summer plans to start work on its own streaming service.
Epic Games sidesteps the Play Store with Fortnite for Android launch

Epic Games sidesteps the Play Store with Fortnite for Android launch

9:17am, 3rd August, 2018
Epic Games continues to spread the love… to consumers, at least. Following the launches of Fortnite Battle Royale and earlier this summer, Epic Games is now confirming that the Android version of the game will be available exclusively through the Fortnite website. Users can visit Fortnite.com and download the Fortnite Launcher, which will then allow them to load Fortnite Battle Royale onto their devices. When asked why Epic would choose to distribute the game via their own website instead the more official channel of the Google Play Store, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney told TechCrunch in an email: On open platforms like PC, Mac, and Android, Epic’s goal is to bring its games directly to customers. We believe gamers will benefit from competition among software sources on Android. Competition among services gives consumers lots of great choices and enables the best to succeed based on merit. Of course, Sweeney didn’t mention the 30 percent fee that goes to Google each time a user makes an in-app purchase, but it’s hard to imagine that that’s not a factor in the decision. In-game purchases are a huge source of revenue for Epic. After all, Fortnite Battle Royale is still a free download across all platforms. That said, Epic Games has already made more than on the game through in-game purchases alone. For context on that 30 percent fee, Epic Games is making approximately $2 million per day as of July, according to . Using a virtual currency called V-Bucks, players can buy skins, pick axes, gliders and emotes, none of which offer a competitive advantage. Epic declined to clarify if mobile users have the same purchasing behavior as PC and console players. But if they do on Android, Epic will make 100 percent of the revenue. Epic Games also declined to give an exact date for the launch, still simply saying that the game will launch this “summer.” That said, you can expect to see the same game, and the same cross-play compatibility, on the Android version of Fortnite Battle Royale when it launches. One potential drawback to the launch will be security. As points out, loads of people will enable unknown sources in settings, forgetting to turn it off after, which could end up being a problem down the line. We’ll be sure to let you know more specific information around the launch date and supported devices as soon as we hear more from Epic Games.
New Life Is Strange 2 Trailer Teases The New Powers

New Life Is Strange 2 Trailer Teases The New Powers

10:20pm, 2nd August, 2018
Dontnod Entertainment has released a teaser trailer for Life Is Strange 2 and, based on the cop-flinging footage, we're starting to get an idea of what types of powers might be at play in the upcoming episodic adventure.
Xbox Adds A Pair Of Splinter Cell Games To Backwards Compatibility

Xbox Adds A Pair Of Splinter Cell Games To Backwards Compatibility

6:44pm, 1st August, 2018
Two more games have actually been added to the ever-growing line-up of Xbox One backwards compatible titles, including two titles that will surely make stealth fans grin from ear to ear with glee, given that two of Ubisoft's highly beloved _Splinter Cell _games have been made backwards...
Atari games are coming to Teslas via software update

Atari games are coming to Teslas via software update

4:27pm, 1st August, 2018
Here’s some unexpected fun, courtesy of the man himself. Elon Musk announced via Twitter today that Teslas will be getting a handful of classic Atari titles in the next four weeks, courtesy of a software update. Along with already announced self-driving features, Version 9.0 of the electric vehicles’ software update will include “some of the best” old games as an “Easter Egg.” The eccentric CEO appears to be soliciting suggestions via social media at the moment, including Pole Position, Tempest and Missile command, among others. has relied pretty heavily on software updates to help push features. Sure, this one is in good fun, but an update arriving late last year brought the fairly necessary addition of FM radio and a tripometer to the Model 3 — both pretty glaring omissions. Some of best classic games coming as Easter eggs in Tesla V9.0 release in about 4 weeks. Thanks ! — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) The games will likely be playable on the cars’ massive center display tablet, which is positioned in portrait mode on the Model S and X and in landscape on the Model 3. One presumes that the titles will only be playable when the vehicle is parked, so as to avoid having to explain to the officer that you crashed your car because you were playing Frogger. Speaking of not going anywhere, Pole Position will apparently use the steering wheel as an input — again, when the vehicle is fully parked. Indeed, $49,000 is an admittedly steep starting price for a new Atari console, but at least you can drive the thing around when you’re done with Missile Command.