Howdy gamers, what’s the latest? I’ve been dipping a toe into the Itch Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality with Wide Ocean Big Jacket and Can Androids Pray. Have you been playing anything good lately? Let us know over on Twitter! Now, here’s what you missed this week.
Mixer Streamers Are Scrambling to Relocate
We mentioned last week that Microsoft’s streaming platform Mixer is shutting down on July 22. Since then, we’ve learned a few more details—for example, many of Mixer’s streamers and employees found out when Mixer’s Twitter account announced the shutdown.
Mixer Partners, streamers, and community – today, we've got some very big news for you.
While we’ve decided to close the operations side of Mixer, we're officially partnering with @FacebookGaming and we're cordially inviting all of you to join.
— Mixer (@WatchMixer) June 22, 2020
Though Microsoft is now partnering with Facebook Gaming, many streamers are concerned about having their real names attached to their streams, citing safety and privacy concerns. Mixer closing is also a problem for streamers who have been banned from Twitch. The decision means streamers are scrambling to find a new home for their channels and hoping that their audiences will follow them to other platforms. In a Business Insider article, some Mixer employees described a lack of growth, technical issues, and a toxic environment as contributing factors to the platform’s demise.
Video Game Companies Reckon With Allegations of Sexual Assault and Harassment
Even more companies are facing allegations over mistreatment of employees. Since last week, numerous people have come forward about their experiences at Ubisoft and Insomniac Games. As a result, Ubisoft creative director Ashraf Ismail stepped down from his position on Assassin’s Creed, which he announced in a since-deleted tweet.
A number of streamers have also been accused of inappropriate behavior, including sexual assault. In the wake of these accusations, Twitch announced in a blog post that it will investigate the claims as quickly as possible and issue bans based on those findings. However, as Vice reported, it is unclear how these cases will be investigated and who will investigate them. Additionally, as others have pointed out, Twitch has failed to take meaningful action against allegations of sexual harassment in the past.
I was a VP at Twitch and I reported this to the relationship-owning VP, the head of HR, and the CEO. All assured me it would be handled. Next year he was in the same VIP space at the same Twitch event. I was told he was the VP’s uncle and an “important” initiative launch partner. https://t.co/LvkPxW43zR
— Justin Wong (@JustinWong) June 22, 2020
I'm sick of being quiet. The CEO of @Twitch, @eshear, was asked in an All Hands meeting about partners using their platforms to abuse women- specifically using my case as an example. He chuckled, said "wow, the things that go on on our platform, can't really comment," & moved on.
— ✨ Starling ✨ (@YourStarling) June 22, 2020
Cyberpunk 2077 Is Still Transphobic
A livestream last week highlighted more of Cyberpunk 2077‘s customization options, which will allow players to get really… detailed. During the stream, players learned that characters’ pronouns will be tied to whatever voice players choose for their character, which is transphobic. Inextricably tying pronouns to voice restricts players from fully defining their character’s presentation; combined with no they/them pronoun option, Cyberpunk 2077 has made it impossible for players to build explicitly nonbinary characters. Of course, this isn’t the first time CD Projekt Red has been called out for transphobia in Cyberpunk 2077.
Cyberpunk 2077 making your character's pronouns be determined by their chosen voice, with no they/them option, is some of the most purestrain faux progressivism you can get.
— Effy, Frequently Making Moon Over June Faces (@EffInvictus) June 26, 2020
Also, this happened.
Apparently there are twins in Cyberpunk who are named "left" and "right" in Portuguese… but the word they used for "right" doesn't mean the direction, it means "correct".
Just a slight demonstration of the importance of native speakers checking your work! https://t.co/FHuA7SZCIr
— Jon Riesenbach 🎮 TWEWY/KH (@moriyoshijon) June 26, 2020
A July 3 update will bring swimming to Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
Cool off this summer by diving into the #AnimalCrossing: New Horizons free Summer Update – Wave 1, arriving 7/3! Put on your wet suit to dive & swim in the ocean, and even meet new characters! Stay tuned for info on Wave 2, planned for release in early August. pic.twitter.com/cYd86R7g6D
— Tom Nook (@animalcrossing) June 25, 2020
A Pokemon MOBA is coming.
You may think you know Pokémon…but you’ve never seen a battle like this!
Experience exciting 5-on-5 matches in #PokemonUNITE, a new strategic team battle game for Nintendo Switch and mobile devices!
Here’s your first look at some gameplay footage 👀 ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/mgJLjZYKC7
— Pokémon (@Pokemon) June 24, 2020
A former sensitivity consultant for Critical Role said the company took advantage of his services but ultimately ghosted him without implementing any suggestions.
so, with cr apparently coming back, i see no reason not to say this now. it's not like the people who believe i'm full of shit can believe me any LESS.
for four months last year, i worked as a sensitivity consultant for critical role.
— beast boy 🌈 @ halcyon city (@losebetter) June 25, 2020
Black Lives Matter (Still, and Always Will)
Many artists are still pitching in time and talents to raise donations for #BlackLivesMatter. Even though there’s been less coverage of the movement recently, many initiatives are still at work and still need financial support. Black lives matter and always will. Here are more artists taking commissions to aid in the long fight to end systematic injustice.
i am opening up donation commissions in the style down below! i will accept directly through paypal, and ALL profits will be split between the 2 orgs listed, unless you prefer your money to be donated elsewhere! DM if you are interested pic.twitter.com/0nRuvA2BoZ
— (abigail) (@abicmo) June 2, 2020
I was invited alongside a group of writers & artists to participate in a donation fest, all proceeds going towards #BLACK_LIVES_MATTER
Please DM me before making a donation!! Here are some examples of my art as well! 💜 pic.twitter.com/HSfaHGsmhI
— petrichor⁷ ⟭⟬ 🐳💜 (@bngtnpetrichor) May 31, 2020
I am offering FREE (yes FREE) line art commissions to each and every person who donates ANY amount to one of the following:
Black Lives Matter: https://t.co/j5SjQM4btN
Kids of Colour: https://t.co/m4fJOtAfL0
— Grandaddy Nurgle (@ChungusisHungus) June 5, 2020
#BLACK_LIVES_MATTER !! I’m doing donation commissions, please look at the second image for info!! 💖
Here is a direct link to the organization’s I will donating to https://t.co/rbOJdwefsD#blm #donationcommission #commission #doodle #art #blacklivesmatterart #sketchart pic.twitter.com/vClChe5Z7j
— crumpitcroc ✨ BLM (@CrumpitCroc) June 5, 2020
Finally finished this one. Meet Megadeth and Slayer, two svirfneblin who want to destroy the world. I am still taking commissions for donations, so send me your receipts and get some artwork for showing your support. Black Lives Matter. #dnd #characterdesign #art pic.twitter.com/IMB3dsyJbH
— CyberpunkJirobi (@CJirobi) June 25, 2020
I'm moving out soon so I can't donate anymore money 🙁 but you can still donate here for .@Blklivesmatter and get an art commission from a mystery artist for 15.00 or more!!
RT if you can! We so close to 1k!https://t.co/Cjy1AGjX7q
— Deepeearts (Commissions open) (@DeePeeArts) June 9, 2020
Good Afternoon! I am still doing Donation Commissions for BLM causes! $20+ gets you a colored sketch, but now for $40+ I can do a fully lined and colored piece! Please DM me your receipt from any of these funds dated TODAY to get started! https://t.co/NwXjfBa3Dz pic.twitter.com/v07BbhFp7i
— Self-IsolEscher (BLM-ACAB) (@escherbug) June 4, 2020
sorry these r in bad quality!! i’m doing donation commissions for BLM!! dm me if ur interested! pic.twitter.com/EHyHEpcDG5
— vale 🐸 (@hemofrogin) June 3, 2020
COMMISSIONS OPEN! Comic covers and headshots for $80 and 50% of all profits will be donated to Black Lives Matter charities and freedom funds: https://t.co/VxQTo6zz2g #BlackLivesMatter #blacklifematters #destiny #Destiny2 #destinythegame #xbox #commissionsopen #art #ps5 #gaming pic.twitter.com/CPQN4O6EZQ
— jack 🎨 (@jackdrawss) June 3, 2020
Taking magical girl commissions for donations to Black Lives Matter https://t.co/ZbkpIcscXg over on my art tumblr.
Any donations of $30 or more and I'll draw ANY magical girl for you (anime, comic, oc etc.)
More info here: https://t.co/m4l32B0UeC pic.twitter.com/bhHqm9jfcE
— that old BunnyMajo dub (@kawaiibunny3) June 6, 2020
Donation Commissions #BLACK_LIVES_MATTER #BlackLivesMatter
» All proceeds go to the fund of your choice, please check thread for the link!
» DM on Twitter/Instagram for confirmation before proceeding. Unconfirmed payments will be donated w/o art
— Lev (@levira2019) June 1, 2020
in order to raise more money for @blklivesmatter, i will be taking vector art commissions for any photo of your choice! 100% of the profits will go to #BlackLivesMatter or a bailout fund of your choice! let’s raise some money for this important cause and fight racial inequality. pic.twitter.com/N1Ebh9BNWE
— michaelah reynolds 🌈 (@MichaelahAnne) June 6, 2020
I’m opening donation commissions! 100% of proceeds will be donated to the Black Lives Matter and Trans Women of Color Collective. If you’re financially able I’d love to make art for you to help support these causes! pic.twitter.com/LzJxRdmmqr
— 🍃jordan navarro🍃 (@navasketch) June 8, 2020
— PLUM PLUM WORLD (@plumplum_world) May 29, 2020
100% OF PROCEEDS WILL GO TO HOUSTON CHAPTER OF BLACK LIVES MATTER #blm #art
Please dm me if you are interested and we can talk payment method (venmo/cashapp/paypal), and about your commission piece. I will send you the reciept of the donation as soon as the payment goes through. pic.twitter.com/3Agn1kyq9d
— ℭ𝔥𝔩𝔬𝔢 (@sansaasnarkk) June 4, 2020
Opening up donation commissions for Black Lives Matter 🖤
DM or email me at SarahKTurnerArt@gmail.com if you are interested or have any questions. All the proceeds will be immediately donated to funds of your choice as long as they also accept PayPal
— SarahKTurner (@SarahKTurnerArt) June 3, 2020
wanted to be able to help more with my time for as long as i can!! DM me or email me at email@example.com if interested
— snotty (@snottle) June 1, 2020
I am doing BLM donation comms!
Pls msg me on IG first, then send me a screenshot 30mins after my ok with the timestamp!
U can check the link in my bio for places to donate!
I'm also selling stickers on RB, and all proceeds will go to Reclaim the Block! pic.twitter.com/WWj4R7lnLq
— vin🌛 should b studying (@stupidvin) June 1, 2020
I'm opening up commissions for charity to help out the Chicago chapter of Black Lives Matter – just 30 bucks for art of any character you want! DM me for a slot and my Paypal info~ pic.twitter.com/uDa3m14VWe
— Sunnie @ college graduate???? (@SunnieDoesStuff) June 5, 2020
Taking BLM headshot commissions, They are 10$ and all proceeds will be divided amongst:
🌸Black Trans Travel Fund
🌸Black Lives Matter#BLM #commissionsopen #art #artist #blmcommissions #digitalart #illustration pic.twitter.com/pGp1A5tJRc
— Uyane (@Uyane2) June 8, 2020
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