Your JungleDrums host, AcuteJungle66, is joined by Scholarly Gamer to delve in this week’s latest tech and gaming news. Corsair acquires Elgato Gaming, PUBG no longer suing Fortnite, Steam Summer Sale 2018, and more!
- Corsair recently announced that it is acquiring Elgato’s gaming division. Corsair has been producing high quality peripherals and computer components (I’ve built several PCs using their power supplies and fans), whilst Elgato is synonymous with bringing streaming hardware to the masses. The merging of these two titans will surely be beneficial for gamers everywhere, but details of why this acquisition took place in the first place are yet to surface.
- According to Bloomberg, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has withdrawn the lawsuit against rival BR game Fortnite. For a quick recap, PUBG claimed that Fortnite mimicked the characteristics of its own title, and filed a lawsuit on the grounds of copyright infringement. Whether a settlement was reached or if PUBG believed the chances of victory were slim, remains unknown. What is known however is the continuing rise in the popularity of Fortnite, whilst the PUBG player base continues to diminish.
- Battlefield V closed alpha invites are going out now, but only for PC players. If you have registered for the alpha then check your email and get in there!
- The Steam Summer Sale can be bittersweet for many; so many games for sale, but which ones to buy? This list from techradar is a great place to start, and also presents some great tips on how to get the best deals. The only item I happened to grab so far was the Steam Link for £2; which whilst I don’t need it, I thought that at price it would be silly not to snag one. Plus, I am fairly partial to my tech.
- Snapchat may be diving into the gaming scene later on this year. These games will allegedly be downloadable from within an app store on Snapchat, which could very well be tied in to their recent acquisition of PlayCanvas. Snap introduced developer kits and began distributing them a couple of weeks ago, so games could start appearing as early as September or October of this year. Micro-transactions will likely feature heavily, adding a much-needed revenue stream due to the volatility of the company’s stock prices.
- Last year we discussed EA’s decision to shut down Visceral Games, which was of course a tragedy for the gaming scene. The only project to survive the aftermath of that move was the upcoming Star Wars game that promised to be a story-driven adventure, with development of the project continuing at EA Vancouver with the project being led by Amy Hennig (the creator of Uncharted). Unfortunately, Amy left EA in January and the status of the game is unknown at this time.
JungleDrums is a weekly news show run by Scholarly Gamers’ Content Coordinator, AcuteJungle66. Topics discussed in the show focus heavily on gaming, highlights, streams, and tech, but will typically hover around hot-button topics of the week. Joining AcuteJungle66 are a rotating selection of guests, ranging from friends and those interested in the topic at hand, fellow Scholarly Gamers, or members of raiding parties from gaming staples of his such as Destiny 2, The Division, Rainbow Six Siege, or Monster Hunter: World