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Nintendo Switch to get Microsoft’s Call of Duty

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Have you been a fan of Call of Duty? Well, there is some great news for you then! Gamers are always jealous of the games that they don’t get access to on their gaming console. Most games are widely available but a few are restricted to particular platforms or gaming consoles. Call of Duty is one such game. Gamers across the globe enjoy this game, but it has been available only on select platforms, that is until now. 

Microsoft has now cracked a decade-long deal with Nintendo to make the popular game Call of Duty available on Switch. This news comes after the completion of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft for about $70 billion. Regulators from various countries are closely scrutinizing this deal. And Sony, maker of the PlayStation gaming console, has been making a lot of noise in front of antitrust watchdogs regarding “must-have” video games. 

So this move by Microsoft is being seen as a prudent one towards clearing itself from various accusations. The tension between Sony and Microsoft has intensified for quite some time now. It has come to such an extent that Microsoft President Brad Smith even tweeted about this. While thanking Nintendo for their recent deal, he said: 

“Any day @Sony wants to sit down and talk, we’ll be happy to hammer out a 10-year deal for PlayStation as well.” 

The debates around competition and access to consumers have taken up center stage in the midst of Microsoft’s latest acquisition and its rivalry with Sony. Ownership and access to several existing and upcoming games of Activision Blizzard is the matter which has sparked all this tension. And Call of Duty is a major game that is adding to this tension. Rival company Sony feels that Microsoft will start playing unfairly with the help of their latest acquisition.

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In the middle of all this, gamers are the ones who lose out when such giant tech companies are unable to resolve things amongst themselves. This is why Microsoft’s deal with Nintendo is being welcomed heartily by several gamers. This will allow several thousand gamers on the Switch console to enjoy Call of Duty. Can we expect a similar deal between Microsoft and Sony as well in the coming future? Well, only time will tell. Until then, gamers are the ones who will suffer.

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Trainwreck Discloses the Number of Twitch Subscribers He Gifted This Year

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Famous for his Twitch Gambling Streams and Massive Viewership, the known streamer Trainwreck has recently revealed the number of Twitch Subscribers he gifted in 2022. Not just on Twitch, he is also quite famous on the Amazon streaming platform, which he has used for money-making via donations, subscriptions, etc., for quite a time.

In his Livestream on December 14, the streamer revealed that he had gifted over 24,346 subscribers to various channels on Amazon. Subscriptions are one of the primary ways to assess the popularity of any Twitch streamer, as viewers on the platform can give it to their favorite streamer along with other rewards. But Trainwreck took this subscription donation to a whole new level this year with this massive amount.

By giving off these subscriptions to multiple smaller channels, Trainwreck has helped them to grow significantly. Despite this, the top five subscription leaders on Twitch are Casimoto, Asmongold, HasanAbi, Kai Cenat and xQc.

Trainwreck further added to it that this number doesn’t include the Twitch bits, StreamElements and StreamLab donations, which would further increase the count significantly. He has also revealed that apart from the online subscription donations on Amazon and Twitch, he also makes a lot of donations and giftings offline. 

On Twitch, a base subscription costs around $4.99. So, according to the number of subscriptions donated by Trainwreck, he has till now gifted the value of around $121,486.54 to various channels in 2022, assuming that each subscription is of Tier 1.

A majority of donations and subscriptions by Trainwreck are dedicated to small streamers and creators, which he wants to divert toward his other live-streaming platform, Kick. Along with that, he has also launched a mental health fund for donations to help and support other creators.

After gaining a lot of popularity for his gambling stream sessions, Twitch banned his such streaming sessions, which otherwise can be accessed on his platform Kick, his social media profile and occasional conversational streams on Twitch.

Even though many small Twitch streamers support Trainwreck and his live-streaming platform Kick, many popular live streamers criticized his platform publicly for taking 5% of subscription money. 

After facing a lot of backlash from such streamers to move to his own platform, Trainwreck announced the donation of $10,000 to 50 people under its holiday gateway, which started on December 12. According to Youtube Star Ludwig Ahgren, Trainwreck is one of the most generous Twitch Streamers online, and these gifted subscriptions are just proof of it.

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The God of War Live Action Series is Set to Release on Amazon Prime Video

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To make holidays more fun and exciting for God of War fans, Amazon Prime Video is bringing its live-action-based series on the platform. The series will be available to enjoy in over 240 countries and regions globally.

However, its premiere date has yet to be officially announced. The series will be released on the platform in co-production with Sony Pictures Television and Playstation Productions.

Indeed the series is going to be a hit, and Amazon prime video has shared some insights on how it is going to be. The series will follow the story of the God of War, Kratos, who lives in the Norse realm of Midgard after leaving all his wealth behind. 

To fulfil his dead wife’s wish of spreading her ashes from the highest Peak- he heads on a challenging journey with his son Atreus. However, on this latest quest, he has to fight with monsters and other gods to prove his bond with his son. 

The series announcement on Amazon Prime came after the public release of its sequel God of War: Ragnarok, last month. The Santa Monica Studio developed it, and in no time, it became the fastest-selling first-party launch game in the history of PlayStation. In the first week, the iconic game sold 5.1 million copies.

Now for the upcoming release of this live-action-based God of War series on Amazon Prime Video, the president of Sony Productions, Katherine Pope, has shown her enthusiasm and high expectations. The company is thrilled to adopt this game into a beautiful premium live-action series.

The God of War is one of the best-selling and most awarded games on Playstation. The recent collaboration with Sony Productions and Amazon Prime Video will further benefit the game to capture a bold and diverse audience globally in a more authentic and unique way – per the Head of Playstation Productions, Asad Qizilbash. 

Vernon Sanders, the head of Global TV at Amazon Productions, stated that the God of War is a highly competitive and compelling game that has all the abilities to captivate the global audience with its storytelling and rich media experiences.

This is the latest title of Playstation in the last year that is going to be released on a wide platform like Amazon Video Prime to gain TV series fame. The title is set to join the list of other upcoming video game-adapted series like The Last of Us (HBO) and Netflix’s Witcher, Arcane, Resident Evil, etc.

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Skyrim is Now Available for NVIDIA DLSS, FSR and XeSS, Thanks to Modders

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A new mod version (unofficial) of The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim has been released today to make the game available for NVIDIA DLSS, FSR (AMD) and XeSS (Intel). This latest release supports the upscaled resolution technology to let players enjoy the popular Bethesda RPG at higher settings.

The popular modder PureDark released the latest version, the same mod that has been working on The Resident 2 Remake Mod. While this version supports VR, the modders are working on a VR-specific version to optimize the graphics quality for an enhanced gaming experience. The modder has released this mod version specifically for the Anniversary/Special Editions of Skyrim.

The upscaling technology used in this mod works by redrawing the pixels on a screen to make graphics comparable to the high-resolution ones without actually being highly pixelated. This way, the game requires less space and resources on gamers’ hardware, so more people can play it.

To try this mod version, players require an NVIDIA RTX graphics card supporting DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling) technology that boosts the gaming experience without requiring better hardware. It is available for the latest graphics cards of NVIDIA, like DLSS 2.0 or 3.0. While for AMD and Intex, it works with any GPU. Also, some plugins like SKSE would be required to try the add-ons by PureDark.

Modding is currently the most popular way to keep Skyrim alive and popular amongst gamers. There are plenty of elements and ways to experiment with to enhance the gaming experience for this popular title. From graphical tweaks to fixing bugs, creating new missions, NPCs and even minute details allowing modders to release unique versions of this game. It is because of the modders’ community that the 2011 RPG was in the limelight this year.

There are a variety of mods that players can check for the special edition. For instance, Wyrmstooth is an expansion-sized mod that keeps adding new quests and dungeons. Players can also check the Skyrim Together Reborn mod. Right now, Skyrim fans are experimenting with different mods to explore new ways to enjoy this title, and the craze is not going to end anytime soon.

Currently, Skyrim doesn’t feature any mod for ray tracing. However, some new software has been released by NVIDIA that can make mod ray tracing easier for older games. Currently, the Lux-Via mod is the only possibly closest mod for Skyrim ray tracing.

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