Travis Scott To Headline ‘Rolling Loud Thailand’ In 2023 

Travis Scott Performs At E11EVEN Miami During Miami Art Week

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It feels like just yesterday Travis Scott was getting pulled from concert lineups due to the controversy surrounding the tragic events of his 2021 Astroworld show, but lately the “Highest In The Room” rapper has been booked for a few big time shows and Rolling Loud is the latest event that has enlisted the talents of one Cactus Jack.

This past Wednesday (December 7), Rolling Loud took to their official Twitter account to announce that Travis Scott would be headlining their December 23rd show… in Thailand! We guess American Travis Scott fans will have to book a flight overseas if they want to see their favorite artist live and in concert. Rolling Loud Thailand is set to go down on April 13 and end on the 15th at Legend Siam in Pattaya. That gives Scott fans enough time to sell a few pairs of their Travis Scott Air Jordans, book an Air BnB, and get it poppin’ in the heart of Southeast Asia come April 2023.

Rolling Loud Thailand will make the festival’s first show in Asia and is said to feature 66 acts and international headliners to ensure it makes an impact come next year. 66 acts? If something goes wrong y’all know conspiracy theorists are going to have a field day with that. Just sayin.’

But this won’t be the only Rolling Loud that Travis Scott will be involved in as he recently announced that he and Kendrick Lamar would be holding it down for Rolling Loud Rotterdam a few months later in June of 2023. It’s looking like 2023 will be the year that Travis Scott once again puts the music game in a chokehold and the sneaker game in a state of despair what with all the sneaker bots leaving us everyday folk out in the cold. Just sayin.’

What do y’all think of Travis Scott headlining Rolling Loud Thailand? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Wendy Williams’ Son Has Been Evicted From Miami Apartment 

Wendy Williams Honored With Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame

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It seems Wendy Williams’ son is facing some financial troubles. He was evicted from his Miami apartment after failing to make payment.

As spotted on Page Six the self proclaimed Queen of All Media’s health issues has caused her son to go into the debt. The celebrity gossip outlet reports that Kevin Hunter Jr. had been living in a $2 million dollar apartment complex since last year but started missing installments the monthly back in February. In August he was served a lawsuit for the back rent to the amount of $70,000.00 dollars.

According to reports he responded her only son responded to the filing admitting he had not made the payments as per the lease due to his mother’s noted “health issues”. “All of this happened suddenly and all of the financial support that she always gave me stopped, including my housing,” wrote. The 22-year-old went on to further explain how he was put in a bad position. “Even though my name is on the lease, my mom was paying, and for medical and legal reasons, she has not been able to pay the rent for the past months since the 1 year lease ended and the court has controlled her finances.”

The US Sun reports Hunter moved out of the building on September 7.

 

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YeDolf Hitler aka Kanye West Gets Honorary Degree Rescinded 

Celebrity Sightings In Los Angeles - November 27, 2022

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Proud antisemite Ye fka Kanye West keeps stacking up the L’s. In the latest, the College Dropout rapper has had the honorary degree bestowed on him by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) rescinded.

Should anyone be surprised, considering the hate he’s been spewing to anyone who places a mic in front of him, though?

The school’s President shared a letter citing Ye’s hateful, “Indefensible” rhetoric as the reason his honorary doctorate, which was awarded to him back in 2015, has been scrapped.

Reports TMZ:

According to a school letter, obtained by TMZ, honchos decided to rescind Ye’s degree, stating, “His anti-Black, antisemitic, and incendiary statements, particularly those directed at Black and Jewish communities, are disgusting and condemnable”.

The letter, written by President Elissa Tenny, continues, “As a community, we know that there are varying opinions on what our School’s response should be––even as we all agree that his behavior is indefensible.”

SAIC tudents created a Change.org petition demanding Ye’s honorary doctorate be rescinded. Some of the other recent Ye L’s include getting a $116K bill from for right loon Milo Yiannopoulos and his Yeezy clothing line allegedly owing $600K in taxes.

Hey, it’s not like the notorious “free thinker” studied for the degree anyway, right?

 

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HHW Gaming: ‘Star Wars Jedi: Survivor’ & Other Big Announcements From The Game Awards 

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor & Other Game Awards Announcements

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The Game Awards are not just about handing out trophies. We also get to see trailers for the games we are looking forward to and titles we didn’t know were coming out, and this year there were plenty of them.

One of the biggest premieres has to go Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, the follow-up to 2019’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. The release date and pre-order information “leaked” ahead of The Game Awards, BUT we didn’t see the new trailer until now.

Cal Kestis (Cameron Monaghan) is back, and he is stronger and a more confident Jedi after his encounter with the Jedi Hunters and a brief battle with Darth Vader.

The game picks up five years later after the events of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, and we follow Cal as he continues to grow as a Jedi while evading the Empire’s pursuit.

BD-1, his trusty droid sidekick, is still by his side, and he is joined by new and old allies who will aid him on his quests, like mercenary Bode Akuna (Noshir Dalal) and former crew member Cere Junda (Debra Wilson).

Cal will have new ways to make his way around the different worlds he visits. He now has an ascension cable that will help him reach certain heights and the ability to tame and ride wild creatures.

His lightsaber skills have also been upgraded in the game. Star Wars Jedi: Survivor introduces numerous combat stances that enhance gameplay. Cal can go from a single lightsaber to dual-wielding for lightning-fast gameplay and a new Crossguard stance “that brings a measured, but hard-hitting combat option to help Cal defeat threats standing in his way.”

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor Wasn’t The Only World Premiere At The Game Awards

Cal Kesits’ new adventure wasn’t the only game to premiere during The Game Awards. There were plenty of other world premieres in the form of trailers during the award show.

You can check them out in the gallery below.

Photo: Respawn Entertainment / Star Wars Jedi: Survivor

1. Death Stranding 2 (Working Title) – TGA 2022 Teaser Trailer | PS5 Games

2. ARMORED CORE VI FIRES OF RUBICON – Reveal Trailer

3. Hellboy Web of Wyrd – Reveal Trailer

4. Horizon Call of the Mountain – The Game Awards Teaser Trailer | PS VR2

5. Dead Cells: Return to Castlevania DLC – Animated Trailer

6. Atomic Heart – Arlekino Gameplay Trailer

7. After Us – Official Announcement Trailer

8. Street Fighter 6 – Pre-Order Trailer

9. Forspoken – Demo Announce Trailer

10. Dune: Awakening – Pre-Alpha Teaser Trailer

11. Horizon Forbidden West: Burning Shores – Announce Trailer

12. Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League Official Batman Reveal

13. Remnant II – Announcement Trailer

14. Behemoth – Cinematic Reveal Trailer | PS VR2 Games

15. Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden – World Premiere Reveal Trailer

16. Crime Boss: Rockay City – Announce Trailer

17. Crash Team Rumble – Reveal Trailer

18. TEKKEN 8 – Story & Gameplay Teaser Trailer

19. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II – Raid Episode 01

20. Judas – Reveal Trailer

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HHW Gaming: The Game Awards Full List of Winners 

The Game Awards Complete List of Winners

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The Game Awards went down live at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Thursday, December 8, celebrating the best video games of the year.

Coming into the night, God of War: Ragnarök led all games with ten nominations and with Elden Ring and Horzion Forbidden West close behind with seven.

It looked like God of War: Ragnarök was heading towards a big night, winning six Game Awards, but Elden Ring took home the night’s most significant award, Game of The Year.

FromSoftware’s Hidetaka Miyazaki accepted the award, hinting at more content coming to Elden Ring and a new game from the studio. He also thanked author George R.R. Martin who wrote the backstory for the game.

In addition to Game of The Year, Elden Ring also won Best Game Direction, Best Art Direction, and Best RPG. Surprisingly, Horizon Forbidden West was shut out.

You can see the complete list of winners (highlighted in bold) below.

Game of The Year

  • A Plague Tale: Requiem (Asobo Studio/Focus Entertainment)
  • Elden Ring (FromSoftware/Bandai Namco)
  • God of War Ragnarök (Sony Santa Monica/SIE)
  • Horizon Forbidden West (Guerrilla Games/SIE)
  • Stray (BlueTwelve Studio/Annapurna)
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3 (Monolith Soft/Nintendo)

Best Game Direction

  • Elden Ring (FromSoftware/Bandai Namco)
  • God of War Ragnarök (Sony Santa Monica/SIE)
  • Horizon Forbidden West (Guerrilla Games/SIE)
  • Immortality (Half Mermaid)
  • Stray (BlueTwelve Studio/Annapurna)

Best Narrative

  • A Plague Tale: Requiem (Asobo Studio/Focus Entertainment)
  • Elden Ring (FromSoftware/Bandai Namco)
  • God of War Ragnarök (Sony Santa Monica/SIE)
  • Horizon Forbidden West (Guerrilla Games/SIE)
  • Immortality (Half Mermaid)

Best Art Direction

  • Elden Ring (FromSoftware/Bandai Namco)
  • God of War Ragnarök (Sony Santa Monica/SIE)
  • Horizon Forbidden West (Guerrilla Games/SIE)
  • Scorn (Ebb Software/Kepler Interactive)
  • Stray (BlueTwelve Studio/Annapurna)

Best Score and Music

  • Olivier Deriviere, A Plague Tale: Requiem
  • Tsukasa Saitoh, Elden Ring
  • Bear McCreary, God of War Ragnarök
  • Two Feathers, Metal: Hellsinger
  • Yasunori Mitsuda, Xenoblade Chronicles 3

Best Audio Design

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II (Infinity Ward/Activision)
  • Elden Ring (FromSoftware/Bandai Namco)
  • God of War Ragnarök (Sony Santa Monica/SIE)
  • Gran Turismo 7 (Polyphony/SIE)
  • Horizon Forbidden West (Guerrilla Games/SIE)

Best Performance

  • Ashly Burch, Horizon Forbidden West
  • Charlotte McBurney, A Plague Tale: Requiem
  • Christopher Judge, God of War Ragnarök
  • Manon Gage, Immortality
  • Sunny Suljic, God of War Ragnarök

Games For Impact

  • A Memoir Blue (Cloisters Interactive/Annapurna)
  • As Dusk Falls (Interior Night/Xbox Game Studios)
  • Citizen Sleeper (Jump Over The Age/Fellow Traveller)
  • Endling – Extinction is Forever (Herobeat Studios/HandyGames)
  • Hindsight (Team Hindsight/Annapurna)
  • I Was a Teenage Exocolonist (Northway Games/Finji)

Best Ongoing Game

  • Apex Legends (Respawn/EA)
  • Destiny 2 (Bungie)
  • FINAL FANTASY XIV (Square Enix)
  • Fortnite (Epic Games)
  • Genshin Impact (HoYoverse)

Best Indie

  • Cult of the Lamb (Massive Monster / Devolver Digital)
  • Neon White (Angel Matrix/Annapurna)
  • Sifu (Sloclap)
  • Stray (BlueTwelve Studio/Annapurna)
  • TUNIC (TUNIC Team/Finji)

Best Debut Indie

  • Neon White (Angel Matrix/Annapurna Interactive)
  • NORCO (Geography of Robots/Raw Fury)
  • Stray (BlueTwelve Studio/Annapurna)
  • TUNIC (TUNIC Team/Finji)
  • Vampire Survivors (poncle)

Best Community Support

  • Apex Legends (Respawn/EA)
  • Destiny 2 (Bungie)
  • FINAL FANTASY XIV (Square Enix)
  • Fortnite (Epic Games)
  • No Man’s Sky (Hello Games)

Best Mobile

  • Apex Legends Mobile (Lightspeed & Quantum/Respawn/EA)
  • Diablo Immortal (Blizzard/NetEase)
  • Genshin Impact (HoYovese)
  • MARVEL SNAP (Second Dinner Studios/Nuverse)
  • Tower of Fantasy (Hotta Studio/Perfect World/Level Infinite)

Best VR/AR

  • After the Fall (Vertigo Games)
  • Among Us VR (Schell Games/InnerSloth)
  • BONELAB (Stress Level Zero)
  • Moss: Book II (Polyarc)
  • Red Matter 2 (Vertical Robot)

Best Action

  • Bayonetta 3 (Platinum Games/Nintendo)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II (Infinity Ward/Activision)
  • Neon White (Angel Matrix/Annapurna)
  • Sifu (Sloclap)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge (Tribute Games/Dotemu)

Best Action/Adventure

  • A Plague Tale: Requiem (Asobo Studio/Focus Entertainment)
  • God of War Ragnarök (Sony Santa Monica/SIE)
  • Horizon Forbidden West (Guerrilla Games/SIE)
  • Stray (BlueTwelve Studio/Annapurna)
  • TUNIC (TUNIC Team/Finji)

Best Role Playing

  • Elden Ring (FromSoftware/Bandai Namco)
  • Live a Live (Square Enix/Nintendo)
  • Pokémon Legends: Arceus (Game Freak/Nintendo/TPCI)
  • Triangle Strategy (Artdink/Square Enix)
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3 (Monolith Soft/Nintendo)

Best Fighting

  • DNF Duel (Arc System Works/EIGHTING/NEOPLE/NEXON)
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle R (CyberConnect 2 Co. Ltd/Bandai Namco)
  • The King of Fighters XV (SNK/Plaion)
  • MultiVersus (Player First Games/WB Games)
  • Sifu (Sloclap)

Best Family

  • Kirby and the Forgotten Land (HAL Laboratory / Nintendo)
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (Traveller’s Tales/WB Games)
  • Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope (Ubisoft Milan/Paris/Ubisoft)
  • Nintendo Switch Sports (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)
  • Splatoon 3 (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)

Best Sim/Strategy

  • Dune: Spice Wars (Shiro Games/Funcom)
  • Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope (Ubisoft Milan/Paris/Ubisoft)
  • Total War: WARHAMMER III (Creative Assembly/Sega)
  • Two Point Campus (Two Point Studios/Sega)
  • Victoria 3 (Paradox Development Studio/Paradox Interactive)

Best Sports/Racing

  • F1 22 (Codemasters/EA Sports)
  • FIFA 23 (EA Vancouver/Romania/EA Sports)
  • NBA 2K23 (Visual Concepts/2K Sports)
  • Gran Turismo 7 (Polyphony Digital/SIE)
  • OlliOlli World (Roll 7/Private Division)

Best Multiplayer

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II (Infinity Ward/Activision)
  • MultiVersus (Player First Games/WB Games)
  • Overwatch 2 (Blizzard)
  • Splatoon 3 (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge (Tribute Games/Dotemu)

Most Anticipated

  • FINAL FANTASY XVI (Square Enix)
  • Hogwarts Legacy (Avalanche Software/WB Games)
  • Resident Evil 4 (Capcom)
  • Starfield (Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)

Content Creator of the Year

  • Karl Jacobs
  • Ludwig
  • Nibellion
  • Nobru
  • QTCinderella

Best Adaptation

  • Arcane: League of Legends (Fortiche/Riot Games/Netflix)
  • Cyberpunk: Edgerunners (Studio Trigger/CD Projekt, Netflix)
  • The Cuphead Show! (Studio MDHR/King Features Syndicate/Netflix)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Sega Sammy Group/Paramount Pictures)
  • Uncharted (PlayStation Productions/Sony Pictures)

Innovation In Accessibility

  • As Dusk Falls (Interior Night/Xbox Game Studios)
  • God of War Ragnarök (Sony Santa Monica/SIE)
  • Return to Monkey Island (Terrible Toybox/Devolver Digital)
  • The Last Of Us Part I (Naughty Dog/SIE)
  • The Quarry (Supermassive Games/2K)

Best E-Sports Game

  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Valve)
  • DOTA 2 (Valve)
  • League of Legends (Riot Games)
  • Rocket League (Psyonix)
  • VALORANT (Riot Games)

Best E-Sports Athlete

  • Jeong “Chovy” Ji-hoon (Gen.G, LOL)
  • Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok (T1, LOL)
  • Finn “karrigan” Andersen ( (FaZe Clan – CS:GO)
  • Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev (Natus Vincere, CS:GO)
  • Jacob “Yay” Whiteaker (Cloud9, Valorant)

Best E-Sports Team

  • DarkZero Esports (Apex Legends)
  • FaZe Clan (CS:GO)
  • Gen.G (League of Legends)
  • LA Thieves (Call of Duty)
  • LOUD (Valorant)

Best E-Sports Coach

  • Andrii “B1ad3” Horodenskyi (Natus Vincere, CS:GO)
  • Matheus “bzkA” Tarasconi (LOUD, VALORANT)
  • Erik “d00mbr0s” Sandgren (FPX, VALORANT)
  • Robert “RobbaN” Dahlström (FaZe Clan, CS:GO)
  • Go “Score” Dong-bin (Gen.G, LOL)

Best E-Sports Event

  • EVO 2022
  • 2022 League of Legends World Championship
  • PGL Major Antwerp 2022
  • The 2022 Mid-Season Invitational
  • VALORANT Champions 2022

Photo: The Game Awards

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HHW Gaming: Kid Crashes ‘Elden Ring’s Game of The Year Moment At ‘The Game Awards,’ Twitter Reacts 

The Game Awards Final Award Almost Ruined By Stage Crasher

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The biggest night in video games almost went off without a hitch. Geoff Keighley’s The Game Awards arrived and ended with a strange moment that left gamers scratching their heads.

FromSoftware’s soulslike epic Elden Ring took home the night’s most significant award, Game of The Year. An unidentified person made his way onto the stage following the game’s developers and was immediately arrested after giving a bizarre speech.

The stage crasher followed director Hidetaka Miyazaki and his translator up the aisle at the Microsoft Theater after last year’s Game of The Year winner, Josef Fares, announced Elden Ring as the winner.

The unidentified person did congratulate the developers before standing behind Miyazaki and went unnoticed during Miyazaki’s acceptance speech. After Miyazaki and the other developers were taken off the stage, the crasher stepped up to the mic and said: “I think I want to nominate this award to my reformed orthodox rabbi Bill Clinton.”

Uh, okay.

Fares, the director of It Takes Two, was aware the kid was not a part of the FromSoftware crew, and the stage crasher was removed by security.

A rattled Geoff Keighley appeared immediately after to close out the show and confirmed everyone’s suspicions in a tweet announcing the unidentified person was arrested.

“The individual who interrupted our Game of the Year moment has been arrested,” Keighly tweeted.

No one has learned who the person was, but rumors are floating around. As expected, Twitter is also making fun of the moment because social media will find humor in anything.

Twitter deserves a Game Award for always being so witty when it counts.

You can see more reactions to the shocking but hilarious moment in the gallery below.

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2. Ha

3. STRESSED

4. HOWLING

5. Tears

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A$AP Rocky Discusses New Music, Fatherhood And More In New Interview 

A$AP Rocky Basel Edition

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It has been a defining year for A$AP Rocky. He discusses new music, fatherhood and more in a new interview.

The Harlem, New York talent has recently come up for air in an exclusive interview with Complex. Recently Pretty Flacko released a new single “Sh**tin’ Me.” This track is the first song from EA’s Need for Speed: Unbound video game. The visual is a play on his viral meme where he was seen fearing for his life while crowd surfing at Rolling Loud New York. But to hear A$AP Rocky tell it, the track has been tucked away for a while.

“I made “Sh**tin’ Me” a long time ago, years ago. Probably around like 2019. It was a little demo. My last album that I recorded was in 2018, so it was a loosie for a while” A$AP revealed. “And in 2020, we got the opportunity to work with EA for Need for Speed. So we figured that would be a real cool loosie to give to them as a lead single. I think it complements the game really well.”

A$AP also went on to detail how the single came to be. “The recording process was insane. ‘Shittin’ Me’ was with producer Kelvin Krash, and we were in my New York City apartment at the time. We were just vibing out. We made this wacky, quirky song, and ‘Shittin’ Me’ with unorthodox industrial drums and the beat just sounds very unfamiliar.”

He also confirmed that he has a new album on the way. “Yes. We’re [still] wrapping the album now. Like I told everybody last time, the Rolling Loud performance was my last performance until the album was wrapped” he said. And now it’s about time that we start dropping songs and getting prepared for the rollout. There’s a lot in store, and I’m excited about everything. Without giving out too many surprises, it’s some cool shit in store. And it’s not a situation where they are going to have to wait long. It’s like ASAP, no pun intended.”

Additionally, Rocky speaks on fatherhood. “It helps you prioritize, honestly. I love it. Everything is just based around my newfound love for being a dad and a family man. It’s lit right now. I can’t even describe it. Yo, you see this smile! I’m all smiles right now, man.”

You can view the video for “Sh**tin’ Me” below.

Photo: EA

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Jamaica Declares State Of Emergency In 9 Parishes To Combat Violent Crime 

Vibrant color houses on hillside in Jamaica

Jamaica has declared a State of Emergency order across nine of its 14 parishes in an effort to combat violent crimes. Prime Minister Andrew Holness issued the order in a public address on Wednesday (Dec. 7) ahead of the holiday season, stating that glaring issues are ramping up across the island nation.

Prime Minister Holmes spoke at a press conference at his office in St. Andrew on Tuesday (Dec. 6) and made the States of Public Emergency (SOE) announcement but the order does not extend across the entire island.

From the Jamaica Information Service website:

The Prime Minister said that the Government will continue to build the capacity of the security forces to respond to threats of violence.

He said that the tactical effectiveness and efficiency of the police force has improved, and intelligence is being used to nab the criminals at the point at which they are planning or committing crimes.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister said that while emergency powers are an important part of any society, the Government has no intention of abusing these powers.

He noted that in the various iterations of the SOEs “we have improved the regulations taking into consideration the public debate, the arguments put forward by our courts, which we welcome. It has helped to refine the measure as it is provided for in the Constitution”.

Mr. Holness said that “we have some really serious criminal threats facing us and we have to use all the powers at our disposal”.

“I believe Jamaica understands that while the Government is trying to improve the legislative framework and the capacity of our police to be able to execute their jobs with greater technology, greater efficiency, greater training, we have to ensure that our homicide rate and the level of violence that citizens experience on a daily basis do not get to the point where it threatens the collapse of the State.”

The order extends to the parishes of St. Ann, Clarendon, and St. Catherine, specified areas in Kingston, and St. Andrew, St. James, Westmoreland, and Hanover. An SOE was enacted in portions of the island last month as well.

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HHW Gaming: FTC Suing Microsoft To Block Its Activision Blizzard Acquisition 

FTC Suing Microsoft To Block Activision Blizzard Acquisition

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Microsoft and Xbox are having a hard time closing this Activision/Blizzard acquisition, and this latest news isn’t providing any more hope that it will happen soon.

The FTC announced in a statement it would sue Microsoft to block the $68.7 billion Activision/Blizzard acquisition from happening.

The Federal Trade Commission believes Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision/Blizzard will allow Xbox to “gain control of top video game franchises” and would “harm competition in high-performance gaming consoles and subscriptions services by denying or degrading rivals’ access to its popular content.”

To back its suit, the FTC points to Microsoft’s previous record of acquiring content “to suppress competition from rival consoles, including its acquisition of ZeniMax, parent company of Bethesda Softworks,” using now exclusive Xbox titles like Starfield and Redfall as examples.

The FTC’s decision comes after Microsoft’s commitment to bring Call of Duty to Nintendo consoles for the next ten years. Microsoft made a similar pitch to Sony, the most prominent opponent to the Activision/Blizzard acquisition since it was first announced.

Sony, who is Microsoft’s competitor, has encouraged investigations into the deal, so this is a win in their ongoing battle to either stall it or keep it from happening.

“Sony has emerged as the loudest objector,” said Microsoft president Brad Smith in a Wall Street Journal op-ed. “It’s as excited about this deal as Blockbuster was about the rise of Netflix.” Microsoft also called the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) “concern” about the acquisition “misplaced” while accusing the regulator of adopting “Sony’s complaints without considering the potential harm to consumers.”

Also, Sony isn’t innocent in all this, according to Microsoft. The company has accused Sony of giving bags to developers to keep games off Xbox Games Pass.

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Tyler, The Creator Tells Fans To “Study” Missy Elliott’s Catalog 

2022 American Music Awards - Show

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Two-time Grammy Award winner Tyler, The Creator has long been a music aficionado. He recently chimed in on a thread on Twitter where he encouraged the young fans among his 9.7 million followers to study the music of Missy Elliott. 

Missy Elliott, herself a four-time Grammy winner, recently shared some insight into the processes behind her critically-acclaimed catalog. She wrote on Twitter, “My 1st album was stressfree because I didn’t have any expectations. My label told me they would give me my own label if I did  1 album so me & @Timbaland completed this album in 2 weeks not knowing this would be the beginning of many more to come.” 

A day after the tweet, Tyler, the Creator jumped into the dialogue saying, “to my younger fans, go study all her albums. pass that dutch beat still blows my mind. go watch the hot boyz video. see how she approached lick shots and gossip folks with her voice. capitol M!” 

Missy replied, saying, “Oh my @tylerthecreator This means so much coming from someone I view as a CREATOR himself! I am so humbly Grateful I love you” 

A fan added, “Saurrrrr are we getting a collab? That’s what this sounds like to me idk” 

To which Missy replied, “Yes it’s a must we collab,” the tweet featured praise hands and flame emojis. 

 

In a series of follow up tweets, she talked about her sophomore album, Da Real World, which featured singles like “All In My Grill,” featuring Big Boi and “Hot Boyz.” 

“Now this was my 2nd album ‘Da Real World’ this was the hardest album to complete because of the success of the 1st album I was so hard on myself & for a while This was my least favorite until years later I realized the MASTERPIECE @Timbaland & I had created.” 

Missy also dropped knowledge about the rest of her catalog, sharing that with each release, she and Timbaland took risks “sonically.” 

Fans, including many in the music industry, chimed in with GOAT emoji and other messages celebrating Missy’s lengthy and dynamic career and offering their own ideas for collaborations and rereleases. 

The legendary artist and producer has not released an album since 2005.  But, we can hope.

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