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CSGO Lotto Scammers Get off with a Slap on the Wrists

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The CSGO Lotto debacle is still fresh in the minds of many Steam users. Plenty of gamers hoped the con-artists responsible would be punished, but the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has let them off with little more than a warning.

Back in late 2015, YouTubers Trevor Martin (TmarTn) and Thomas Cassel (ProSyndicate) posted videos where they claimed they found a safe and legal site, CSGO Lotto, where gamers could gamble Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO for short) weapon skins for the chance to win even rarer skins that could be sold for vast amounts of real-world money. The videos went viral and attracted millions of gamers to the CSGO Lotto site. Fast forward to 2016, YouTubers such as h3h3Productions and HonorTheCall discovered that Martin and Cassel actually owned the site, and gamers were livid. According to a recent GameSpot article, Martin and Cassel violated YouTube guidelines by not disclosing their relationship to CSGO Lotto. The FTC eventually followed suit and investigated Martin and Cassel for using deceptive tactics to endorse the site.

According to the FTC’s investigation, not only did Martin and Cassel fail to disclose their ownership of the CSGO Lotto site, but they also ran an “influencer program” where they paid people with large social media followings between $2,500 and $55,000 to promote CSGO Lotto. The evidence against Martin and Cassel was damning, but sadly, the FTC only sent Martin, Cassel, and 21 of the influencers warning letters that stated they could not endorse any sort of brand without “clearly and conspicuously” disclosing any “material connection.”

While the lack of any tangible punishment may rub many gamers the wrong way, especially those who were victims of Martin and Cassel’s scam, according to Rolling Stone, “the commission typically can’t assess civil penalties on the first violation.” Furthermore, the FTC spokesman Mitchell J. Katz clarified, “The goal of the FTC isn’t to be a punitive or draconian agency. We are here to educate consumers about new markets.” However, the FTC isn’t letting Martin, Cassel, or the influencers off entirely scot-free, as they will be charged fines up to $40,654 if they violate a “consent order” set to take effect October 10th. Only time will tell if this order is enough to stop Martin and Cassel from trying to con gamers again.

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Sony is reportedly engaged in discussions to form a partnership for a potential bid on Paramount

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There hasn’t been much buzz lately about any new acquisitions in the world of video game intellectual property. According to a recent report, Sony is currently engaged in discussions with a well-funded partner to potentially acquire the renowned film studio Paramount, along with all the exciting possibilities that come with such a merger.

As reported in the New York Times (thanks, ResetEra), Sony Picture Entertainment is reportedly in discussions with Apollo Global Management, an investment firm, as per two sources familiar with the matter. In the past, Apollo had made an offer to acquire Paramount for a minimum of $26 billion, but their bid was ultimately turned down.

The terms of the joint bid are currently under discussion, and there is a chance that the two parties may decide against making a formal offer. Unnamed sources have revealed that Paramount is currently in exclusive discussions with Skydance, preventing any official offer from being made at this time. Investor opposition to the recent deal that Skydance brought seems to have been significant.

The potential impact of such an acquisition is immense. First and foremost, it would introduce adaptations of Sonic and Halo into the expanding media empire of the PlayStation platform holder. Following the announcement, Paramount’s stock experienced a significant 11% surge in after-hours trading.

What are your thoughts on the news? Is there a possibility of Sony acquiring Paramount? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Helldivers 2 Players Face Overwhelming Hordes of Factory Striders

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In the ongoing conflict against the Automaton invasion fleet, the Helldivers 2 players have successfully halted their advance. However, the situation has now reached a tiresome stalemate. Yet again, the machines refuse to take a break from their relentless pursuit of progress, with reports emerging of the Factory Striders being deployed in record-breaking quantities.

There have been reports of alleged machines that were supposedly encountered during Operation Swift Disassembly, which was just the beginning of a larger campaign. However, these accounts should be taken with a grain of salt, as they are unverified and seem to be more on the imaginative side. Factory Striders have gained a reputation as formidable weapons platforms that can produce more Automatons while enduring significant damage. If the machines are able to withstand such a relentless assault, it will be necessary to develop innovative strategies.

Have you come across groups of Factory Striders in Helldivers 2? Which strategies are proving to be the most effective in taking down these armored brutes? The Orbital Railcannon Strike will prove to be a valuable asset in the comments section below.

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Todd Howard affirms that the timeline of the Fallout series is coherent and well-constructed

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The recent release of Amazon’s adaptation of Fallout has ignited a renewed interest in the series and brought attention to the captivating alternate history that forms its foundation. Fans have expressed concern that the TV show’s events might be at odds with the plot of the Obsidian Entertainment video game New Vegas. Warning: Spoilers ahead for New Vegas and Amazon’s show!

Bethesda Game Studios director Todd Howard and Fallout TV executive producer Jonathan Nolan recently sat down with IGN to discuss the timeline. Howard was taken aback when showrunners Graham Wagner and Geneva Robertson-Dworet presented him with the surprising concept of obliterating Shady Sands, the bustling capital of the New California Republic, in the aftermath of the events in New Vegas. Howard eventually warmed up to the idea: “After discussing it, we realized that this could be a significant story moment that many things hinge upon.”

It seems that they had to make some tough decisions to ensure everything fell into place, but Howard emphasizes the importance of preserving the integrity of the Fallout timeline: “We take great care with the timeline. There seems to be some confusion in certain areas. However, all the events from the previous games, including New Vegas, did occur. We take great caution in that matter. We’re really pushing the limits here, but the explosions occur right after the events of New Vegas.

What are your thoughts on this? Is it up to par? Even though it may not have a significant impact on the overall quality of the games or show, it is comforting to know that those in charge are paying attention. We value your feedback and would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

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