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Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo oppose for Trump’s Tariffs on Gaming Consoles

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Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony — the technology firms behind consoles Xbox One, Switch, and PS4, respectively — have filed a joint letter to the United States government expressing concerns over proposed tariffs which could affect producing their game consoles in China.

In the letter, dated June 17 and addressed Joseph Barloon in the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), the business leaders clarify how tariffs on video game consoles hurt customers, programmers, retailers, and producers alike. The USTR’s tariffs also”hazard job declines in the business,” and “stifle innovation.”

Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony point from the correspondence which in 2018 over 96% of video game consoles were constructed in China, therefore redirecting one hundred percent of production into the US or another country would interrupt the present supply chain and increase prices, “much beyond the expense of the proposed tariffs.”

“In a single year (2018), our three companies collectively sold more than 15 million video game consoles in the United States alone. Together, we currently employ nearly 8,000 people across the United States,” the letter says, also noting that the $43 billion the video game business generated in earnings this past year.

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The projected tariffs include a 25 percent tax on all imports from China. Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony say the tariffs”probably put a brand new video game console out of reach for most families,” if retail prices due to their signature products grow to cancel the tax.

Describing a”ripple effect,” the 3 game publishers state the enforced tariffs growth on consoles will harm the smaller software programmers that they collaborate with.”Our consoles have generated a vast ecosystem of small and medium-sized game developers,” the letter says. “A significant number of the games played on Microsoft, Nintendo, and SIE video game consoles are not developed by our companies in-house.”

Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony are one of the half of a dozen tech businesses who have publicly requested the present government to excuse their merchandise in the increase in tariffs on Chinese products. Specifically, there is concern over tariffs being put on popular apparatus before the 2019 vacation season. The USTR held the hearings on June 17, so they could go in effect at any moment.

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The latest Xbox Game Pass title revealed!

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The official Twitter account of Sony Xbox Game Pass has been teasing the users by dropping some exciting hints. With the kind of fanbase Xbox has, it got to the users and spread very quickly. All gaming enthusiasts would relate to how difficult it is to be teased like this.

Xbox Game Pass is a subscription service for video games. It gives you access to a bundle of games and related services with one single subscription. This makes it easier for gaming enthusiasts to get access to a whole lot of games together. The company also ensures that they release some exciting games at regular intervals to keep gamers entertained.

To generate more excitement and create a buzz, Xbox Game Pass posted something unusual. The tweet had the following text: “a fun little guessing game for no reason in particular: 3 words. 4 letters each.” and it had an image about the same. When everyone started talking about this, the company started to slyly drop some hints. And then that was it, that created a whole storm of guessing, anticipation, and theories.

You might have come here looking for the answer to this very puzzle. But you need not worry, you can turn off your guessing mode because you won’t be teased here. The answer to this puzzle has come directly from Microsoft. Excited to know what it is? The company announced that the highly talked about a game whose name was unknown yet is LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga. Microsoft also clarified that the game is coming to Xbox in the first week of December itself.

Let’s talk a bit about this buzz-creating game. Want to live some iconic moment? Want to experience the action from all nine Skywalker Saga films? Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga will do exactly that for you. The movies have been presented in a new and fresh Lego style, of course with humor. In this version, you have 300 characters to play around with, literally. And then there’s a whole range of ships and other vehicles. And the one thing that you’re most eager for, the lightsaber, is also there for you.

Are you excited to play this Award-winning game? Look out for more updates that are likely to come in the next few days before the actual release.

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The original version of Warzone returns, after the Warzone 2 launch

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Are you a fan of Warzone? Well, there is some mixed news for you. The original Warzone has been relaunched by Activision as promised. It had been rolled back before the mega launch of Warzone 2 in order to migrate players to the newer version.

However, due to the massive fanbase, the company could not hold the original version back for long. It is now available for those of you who wish to play the original Call of Duty game again, though you should temper your expectations. You can expect a relatively stripped-down version only from this relaunch. The relaunched Warzone version is significantly different from the OG Warzone. Multiple features have been tampered with and the ones that have been eliminated are gone forever, including the maps.

If you’re wondering about the name, it has now been named Call of Duty: Warzone Caldera. Some finds might be shocked to know that the Fortune’s Keep and Rebirth Island maps are both missing on this version. They might never again see the light of day. Henceforth, Calendar will be the only map available for players to play. Even the modes of playing have changed, now you get the solo and quad, but no rotation of limited-time modes.

If you thought you will enhance your experience by buying some o the features, some more sad news is in store for you. The game has no in-app store which rules out the possibility of buying anything. As a saving grace, a new provision has been made whereby the COD Points are transferable through both versions of the game.

The reason behind shutting down Warzone in the first place was to make players shift to Warzone 2. However, with this launch, it will be interesting to see if loyal players go back to OG games and remain on the latest version. The company is trying very hard to keep people on the new version by having cut down a host of features from the original. And it seems to have achieved some success from it as well since 25 million players took to Warzone 2 within the first five days of its launch.

Only gaming enthusiasts can now decide about the future of Warzone: Calendar and Warzone 2. You get no points for guessing which one will the company keep trying to push.

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Fortnite Chapter 3 Finale spoilers emerge before official release

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Gaming fans know the pain of spoilers and leaks ahead of official releases. Sometimes it robs away the whole experience of novelty from the game. And something similar has now happened with Fortnite’s Chapter 3 finale.

The official release is about to take place within a few days, and such a time is always ripe for leaks and spoilers. A lot of leaks suddenly started floating around the internet overnight. A seasoned leaker of Fortnite @RealShiina commented on this by accusing someone from inside the Epic Games for these spoilers. The reason behind this suspicion is the legitimacy of all the information coming out. Seasoned players have witnessed such experiences in the past as well. Scary, right?

So if you are someone who does not enjoy spoilers, you might want to tread carefully on the internet, and social media these days. With the official release coming closer with each hour, so many more theories and leaks are popping up at an exponential rate. And most of these are coming out from Discord but spreading like wildfire across all social media and the internet.

One of the biggest news from these leaks has been regarding the map. It was believed that the new chapter will feature a new map, though the leaks indicate that the existing map will again be featured in this new chapter to a great extent.

This leak came in the form of audio which is being shared widely on Twitter. In fact, a Twitter user has gathered the leaks from across the internet and compiled them all in one single thread. Imagine all the speculations about maps, features, and the entire chapter in one place! Beware of that thread Fortnite lovers!

To add to the woes of the fans, even the concept art has been believed to be leaked. Also, the name of the name chapter was leaked, and the speculators claim it will be called ‘Reforged’. However, a lot of information coming from leaks has been recognized as completely fake.

Fortnite is a wildly popular game that debuted in 2017 and instantly became a hit. It is available on all major gaming platforms and devices like Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

Are you eager for the official release? Well, you still have time to pray and hope that the new chapter is not really like what the leaks and spoilers are suggesting.

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