Google is paying big bucks for Stadia refunds, Dream is showing its face, and Sony may have a special “diamond” tier on PlayStation Stars.
Here we are at the end of another weekend. Assuming you’re anything like me, I’m guessing you’ve spent most of your Sunday playing video games, which means you’re probably behind on the latest events. Well don’t worry, that’s what these news roundups are all about, putting things right. Today we heard that Google will be spending big on Stadia refunds, popular YouTuber Dream has finally shown its face, and PlayStation Stars may have a hidden “diamond” membership tier. There’s more where that came from, so read on for the rest.
Activision’s CCO, who denied abuse allegations, resigns
Activision Blizzard’s chief compliance officer, Frances Townsend, recently resigned from the company amid a series of controversies. The executive branch became notorious last year for very publicly denying abuse allegations. “A recent lawsuit painted a distorted and untrue picture of our company, including factually inaccurate, old and out of context stories, some dating back more than a decade,” Townsend said at the time. “We cannot allow the egregious actions of others and a truly baseless and irresponsible lawsuit to damage our culture of respect and equal opportunities for all employees. At our company, we strive to do great things in our games, in our impact on society and in our work environment.”
Stadia users estimate that the average refund will cost Google $900
Google may just have to pay out the big bucks to refund all of its customers after Stadia goes obsolete. The average user will apparently get around $900 when the dust finally settles. “Pretty disappointed with the news but… looks like I’ll get $1,095.23 back,” the Reddit user aka Sickac noted on the social media platform. “Now how much do you all get?! Let’s find the biggest winner!”
Junji Ito does NFTs, fans devastated
Legendary horror manga artist Junji Ito has apparently jumped into NFTs, much to the disappointment of his many fans. “Horror manga artist Junji Ito will release his first NFT series Tomie by Junji Ito in November,” revealed NFT distributor Animeta. “We look forward to a long-term collaboration with more original manga creators.” Animeta is currently working with the manga artist on the project.
PlayStation Stars may have a secret “Diamond” level
The loyalty program called PlayStation Stars could have a secret “Diamond” membership level that offers a number of special privileges. “In an endless sea of stars, it seems as if there is nowhere to hide,” dataminers discovered on the official website. “But you wouldn’t be here if you let challenges like this stop you. Welcome to Tier 5.” The service currently includes tiers 1 through 4. PlayStation Stars is currently only available in Asia, but the platform will be coming to Europe and America in a few days.
YouTuber Dream finally reveals his face
The popular streamer and content creator known for his Minecraft videos on YouTube, Dream has finally shown his face and wowed his many followers. The big reveal, of course, came in the form of a YouTube video. “Hi, I’m Dream and this is what I look like,” the description reads. “After years of being completely faceless online, I’ve finally decided to reveal a face.” The content creator continued, “Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. I appreciate you all more than you could ever know.”
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