The Twitch record for most concurrent viewers has been utterly destroyed by a former pro gamer and a dude with the same name as a male duck.
Fortnite streamer Tyler "Ninja" Blevins and rapper Drake teamed up in Epic Games's preposterously popular battle royale game overnight and amassed more than 635,000 concurrent viewers at one stage, easily besting previously record holder DrDisrepect's tally of 387,000.
For those who don't know, Blevins is a former Halo pro and Luminosity Gaming player whose streaming popularity has exploded this year: he gained 50,000 new subscribers in a 10 day period, and typically gets between 60-90,000 viewers per stream. He was playing on PC, while Drake played on PS4. They won four games together.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and rapper Travis Scott joined the twosome later for some squad action, and apparently old mate Kim Dotcom was on the stream at some point as well.
Drake's appearance had players calling for a "Hotline Bling" emote, and over on Reddit, Fortnite community coordinator Chris Attalus replied "feedback noted".
The Witcher hisself, Geralt of Rivia, is joining the playable character roster of Soulcalibur VI, Bandai Namco has announced.
When Soulcalibur VI launches later this year, it will mark the first time Geralt has appeared in a game outside the esteemed RPG franchise that is The Witcher.
"Geralt was trained at the elite School of the Wolf and is considered one of the deadliest monster slayers," said Bandai.
Aussie-made interactive storybook Florence, which is already a hit on iOS, is now available on Android.
Florence is billed as a story about finding love and discovering yourself that follows the heart-racing highs and heart-breaking lows of a young woman's very first love.
It is the first game from Monument Valley lead designer Ken Wong since he left London-based studio Ustwo in 2016 to return to Australia.
Samurai Punk today released The American Dream, a satirical virtual reality trip through a 1950’s world’s fair where you learn to live your life with guns.
It is the second game from the Melbourne-based indie, following cult "second-person shooter" Screencheat.
In The American Dream, guns are used for all manner of things, including eating meals, driving cars, and working a day job. Oh, and your guide through the game's 20 level narrative is Buddy Washington, a talking dog.
Square Enix is teasing a reveal for the next Tomb Raider, but details are already available in the source code of the game's official site.
As expected, the game is called Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and it's coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on September 14.
"Shadow of The Tomb Raider is the climatic finale of Lara’s origin story," the source code reads.
Roughly half of Australian studio Halfbrick has been made redundant, according to a CNET report.
According to multiple CNET sources, the Fruit Ninja studio's bosses made up to 30 staff members redundant on Monday.
Halfbrick was one of the first studios to see massive smartphone game success. Fruit Ninja, a game which saved the studio from oblivion, has been downloaded more than a billion times since its 2010 iPhone debut.
Kiwi-made co-operative steampunk puzzle-adventure 39 Days to Mars will launch for Windows, Mac and Linux on April 25, developer It's Anecdotal has announced.
Created by Christchurch-based Philip Buchanan, 39 Days raised NZ$3424 via Kickstarter in early 2014, and then worked its way through Steam's Greenlight programme.
Billed as a co-op steampunk puzzle-adventure game, 39 Days to Mars is set in an alternate reality some 150 years in the past.
Popular racing franchise V-Rally will return in 2018 after a 15 year absence.
V-Rally 4 will launch this September on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC.
It is in development at French WRC studio Kylotonn Racing Games, which last year released three fairly middling racing games in WRC 7, FlatOut 4: Total Insanity, and TT Isle of Man.
A listing on Amazon Canada's Ubisoft page for "Splinter Cell 2018" was briefly live today, suggesting that the stealth franchise will make a return this year.
The listing is no longer there, but IGN managed to get eyes on it after being directed there by a Reddit post.
The product was listed without a release date, platforms, or box art, so it's entirely possible it was a speculative placeholder listing by Amazon.
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