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Humble Bundle has been Acquired by IGN

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There’s been a bit of a controversy behind this move, but it must be reported as well. So, Humble Bundle has been acquired by j2 Global, the company responsible for creating IGN. This happened after the company has surpassed a $100 Million Charity milestone. Not to mention, it puts 7 years without becoming corporate to rest.

“We chose IGN because they really understand our vision, share our passion for games, and believe in our mission to promote awesome digital content while helping charity.” This is a specific mention by the Humble Bundle company in a Blog post. With the CEO of the company Jeffrey Rosen adding the following: “I can’t think of a better partner than IGN to help Humble Bundle continue our quest,” emphasizing that “even bigger things lie ahead, and we think IGN is the perfect partner to help get us there.”

This shift in focus doesn’t mean the company will have any changes. Humble Bundle made clear that while the company has been acquired by j2 Global, no significant staffing changes or alterations to the company’s business model seem to be in place yet. Instead, Humble explained that “we will continue to bring you all of our humble products, but with more resources and help from IGN.”

This, of course doesn’t mean that the public (Including myself) isn’t skeptical of this decision. Some users took to Twitter to show their concerns about the recent acquisition. Some believing that this was the “Death of Humble Bundle”.

I’ll be frank, despite my Tweets about the issue. I don’t really think this is going to be a big deal because the name of the service will remain the same. Offer bundles of games at low prices for the sake of charity. So, let’s hope that things don’t escalate for the worse, eh? Then again, they are selling Quake Champions as part of their Humble Monthly this month…

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Google engineers successfully hacked the PS Portal to run emulated PSP games

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After about a month of work, a couple of Google employees have successfully hacked the PS Portal, PlayStation’s handheld streaming solution. Their project is not set for public release anytime soon, but the hack is purely software-based, eliminating the need for hardware exploitation.

Andy Nguyen, a cloud vulnerability researcher, and Calle Svensson, a security engineer, shared their latest project on Twitter. They successfully ran the PSP emulator PPSSPP on the PS Portal. They presented the 2005 PSP classic Grand Theft Auto: Liberty Stories.

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As a wireless streaming device, the idea of playing games on the PS Portal without a PS5 providing the power was considered impossible. It’s quite surprising how quickly Nguyen and Svensson have overcome this initial hurdle. It remains to be seen where their efforts will take them, but we will definitely keep an eye on their progress. Nguyen expressed that there is still a lot of work left to do.

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Lady Gaga reveals collaboration with Fortnite for upcoming festival and addresses typo

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Lady Gaga, also known as Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, has teased an upcoming collaboration with Fortnite Festival set to be unveiled soon. More pertinent to our specific attention to detail, Gaga has also admitted to a mistake made around four years ago, indicating her keen awareness of the franchise’s significant value.

Gaga shared a mesmerizing picture of her character in Fortnite and also retweeted a post from 2019 where she asked her fans, “What’s fortnight?”. She finally got the chance to correctly spell the title of the game, allowing us to breathe a sigh of relief after waiting anxiously.

Lady Gaga will be teaming up with other top celebrities to maximize their presence on the Fortnite platform. Travis Scott once hosted a live concert in Battle Royale a couple of years ago, while the Weeknd just premiered the music video for the song “Popular” at the Fortnite Festival.

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Reflecting on Street Fighter 5’s tumultuous launch, Capcom looks back eight years later

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For those who may not recall, nearly eight years ago today, Street Fighter 5 was released in 2016 in a rather incomplete state. The content available was impressive initially, but the limited number of characters and lack of single-player game modes stood out. Capcom expresses regret for the entire situation, offering apologies years later for having “betrayed” players’ expectations.

On SF5’s eighth anniversary, the developers must be feeling nostalgic. They recently posted a Japanese-language tweet looking back on the mistakes made and the challenges that were eventually overcome. The number of playable characters has grown to 45, and the game has seen various enhancements, including the introduction of new abilities such as V Skills/Trigger II and V Shift. Even now, hundreds of thousands of players still choose to play this game instead of the newer Street Fighter 6.
Have you had the chance to try out Street Fighter 5 since it was first released? What do you recall about the game’s reception? Take a trip down memory lane in the comments section below.

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