Ninja reportedly paid 1 million to stream Apex Legends at launch

first_img 23 Photos 2:42 The coolest Fortnite merch you can buy Tags Post a comment This isn’t Ninja’s first time making millions streaming games online. He raked in nearly $10 million last year playing Fortnite. Ninja has become one of the most famous e-sport professionals. In September, Ninja became the first professional gamer to be featured on ESPN’s magazine cover. Ninja didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. The free-to-play battle royale game is similar to Fortnite and PUBG, which means the last one standing wins. But in Apex Legends, users can only play in squads and have to pick a character class that suits their style. The fighting styles and weapon choices are also fancier in Apex Legends than in the other two. Apex Legends has gained a lot of attention in a very short time. Earlier this month, the game had already reached 50 million players since launch. Epic’s Fortnite: Battle Royale counted 200 million players in a year. But Apex Legends may catch up soon. First published on March 13, 3:36 p.m. PT.Updates on March 14, 1:06 p.m. PT: Adds Ninja was featured on ESPN’s magazine cover.  How is Apex Legends different from Fortnite and PUBG? Share your voice Video Games Gaming Now playing: Watch this: Ninja 0 Tyler “Ninja” Blevins has reportedly made about $1 million playing Apex Legends.  Ethan Miller via Getty Images Here’s more evidence that the battle royale of battle royale games has begun. Tyler Blevins, a famous gamer known as “Ninja,” made a million dollars streaming himself playing Apex Legends, according to a Reuters’ report on Wednesday. Apex Legends, made by Respawn Entertainment and EA, gained 10 million players in the first 72 hours after it launched on Feb. 4. Ninja reportedly tweeted about Apex Legends on Feb. 5 and streamed himself to his more than 13 million followers on Twitch. He got paid about $1 million for the promotion, Reuters said, citing an anonymous source.last_img read more

Spain offers to take in stranded migrant ship with 629 migrants

first_imgMigrants on a rubber boat are rescued by the SOS Mediterranee organisation during a search and rescue (SAR) operation with the MV Aquarius rescue ship (background) in the Mediterranean Sea, off the Libyan Coast on 14 September 2017. Photo: ReutersSpain has offered to take in a ship stranded in the Mediterranean with 629 migrants aboard after Italy and Malta refused to let the vessel dock, as an NGO raised fears for their safety due to deteriorating weather conditions.Aid workers warned that fresh food and drink supplied by the Maltese navy to the Aquarius on Monday would only last until Tuesday.The migrants, including pregnant women and scores of children, were saved by French charity SOS Mediterranee on Saturday.”This mobilization is a very positive signal although reaching Spain would require several days of sailing. With so many people on board under deteriorating weather conditions could become critical,” the NGO said on Twitter late Monday.”Safety of all rescued people should remain the priority before all.”Malta and the new populist government in Italy both refused to take the migrants in, accusing each other of failing to meet their obligations.The refusal to accept the Aquarius in Italy was the first major anti-migrant move since far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini took office this month.Salvini tweeted “VICTORY” after two days of confrontation with Malta over the migrants ended with Spain’s offer of help.The new Spanish administration headed by Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez agreed to allow the Aquarius to dock at its eastern port of Valencia, insisting that it was an “obligation” to do so.But Spain’s new foreign minister, Josep Borrell, said the gesture was also intended to underline the need for solidarity from the entire bloc.”Italy has received an enormous influx of migrants and so far other European countries haven’t shown much solidarity,” Borrell told a news briefing in Madrid.There was, he said, a “need for Europeans… to face up, in a united and coordinated manner, to a problem that is a problem for all, and not just for Greece one year and for Italy the next”.- Fresh supplies -SOS Mediterranee director general Sophie Beau earlier warned that the ship would have to travel some 1,300 kilometres (800 miles) to reach the Spanish coast — which AFP estimates could take at least four days — and that by Tuesday “there will be no more food (on board) apart from energy biscuits”.”The Aquarius has just received a resupply of 950 bottles of water, 800 packs of noodles and snacks from a vessel of the Maltese navy,” the SOS Mediterranee tweeted Monday, adding that this would only allow for one more meal on Tuesday.Malta and Italy thanked Spain for stepping up, but maintained their dispute over who was responsible.Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat tweeted his thanks to Sanchez “for agreeing to accept the Aquarius after Italy violated international law and caused an impasse”.He added: “It will be necessary to sit down and discuss how to prevent this kind of thing from happening in the future. This is a European issue.”Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said his country had “asked for a gesture of solidarity from Europe and this gesture has been made”.Conte is set to head to Paris for talks with French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday ahead of the European summit on June 28-29, with a particular focus on migration, Macron’s office said Monday.But Beau said that under maritime law the ship should be allowed to dock in one of the nearest countries, Italy or Malta.- ‘Close the doors’ -The UN had called on Malta and Italy to immediately allow the boat to dock, describing the situation as “an urgent humanitarian imperative”.The EU and its biggest member state Germany made similar pleas.”The priority of both the Italian and Maltese authorities should be ensuring these people receive the care they need,” European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas told reporters, calling for a “swift resolution”.But Salvini refused to back down.Migrants are rescued by staff members of the MV Aquarius, a search and rescue ship run in partnership between SOS Mediterranee and Medecins Sans Frontieres in the central Mediterranean Sea on 10 June 2018. Photo: Reuters”Saving lives is a duty, turning Italy into a huge refugee camp is not. Italy is done bending over backwards and obeying, this time THERE IS SOMEONE WHO SAYS NO,” he wrote on Twitter followed by the hashtag #closethedoors.Despite his refusal to accept Aquarius, the Italian Coast Guard ship Diciotto, carrying 937 migrants, was expected to dock in Sicily Tuesday or Wednesday.- ‘Vulnerable patients at risk’ -MSF Sea (Doctors Without Borders) said the medical situation of those on the Aquarius was “stable for now but unnecessary delay to disembarkation in safe port puts vulnerable patients at risk.””Particularly seven pregnant woman, 15 with serious chemical burns and several critical drowning hypothermia patients,” MSF Sea added.Conte said Sunday that Rome had sent two patrol ships with doctors on board “ready to intervene and ensure the health of anyone on board the Aquarius who might have the need”.The migrants were rescued in six separate night-time operations in the central Mediterranean on Saturday.- ‘Land of refuge’ -Under EU rules, migrants must apply for asylum in the European country where they first arrive.That has put pressure on Italy and Greece, the entry points for hundreds of thousands of people fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East, Africa and Asia since 2015.EU leaders in December had set an end-of-June deadline for an overhaul of rules to create a permanent mechanism to deal with migrants in the event of a new emergency.last_img read more

Critical Roles Crowdfunding Campaign for Animated DD Special Raises 2 Million in

first_img[UPDATE #1: The Critical Role campaign hit $3 million raised from 21,304 backers Monday at 5:20 p.m. PT.][UPDATE #2: The $4 million mark was hit around 4:40 a.m. PT on Tuesday, from 30,000 contributors.]The animated special is planned to be released in the fall of 2020, and Kickstarter contributors are slated to get rewards in May 2020. Contributors are promised a range of perks depending on their funding level.According to Critical Role, the 22-minute adult action-comedy special will be set in Exandria, the fantasy universe of the show, and will star characters from Critical Role. As higher funding levels are met, “add ons” will be made to the 22-minute segment.Critical Role partnered with Titmouse, the studio behind such shows as Netflix’s “Big Mouth,” Adult Swim’s “Venture Bros.” and “Metalocalypse,” and Disney’s “Star Wars: Galaxy of Adventures,” to create the animation. Jennifer Muro (“Justice League Action,” “Star Wars Forces of Destiny”) has signed on to write the special.Critical Role is led by veteran Dungeon Master Matthew Mercer, whose voice acting credits include “Attack on Titan,” “Fate/Zero,” the “Resident Evil” series, “Titanfall 2,” “Overwatch,” and “Fallout 4.”Originally, Critical Role launched its show in 2015 with Legendary Digital Networks’ Geek & Sundry, before moving to its own studio last summer and officially splitting from Geek & Sundry and Legendary Digital Networks last month. New live streams and on-demand replays of Critical Role are available exclusively on Critical Role’s own channels.Meanwhile, last Friday, Legendary announced that the Alpha subscription-streaming service — which had offered episodes of “Critical Role” — will shut down as of March 31.In “The Legend of Vox Machina,” the band of seven loners, while drunk, accidentally save the town’s ruler and are given their first “grown-up” mission, which forces them to live together and pits them against dangerous and legendary beasts — eventually transforming them into a band of adventurers called Vox Machina. “They will become heroes… if they don’t murder each other first,” the special’s description reads. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 A project from Critical Role billed as “‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ meets Dungeons & Dragons” has smashed Kickstarter crowdfunding records for a campaign of its size — raising more than $2 million in less than four hours.Critical Role, a popular D&D role-playing game that live-streams new episodes weekly on Twitch, teamed with animation studio Titmouse for animated special “The Legend of Vox Machina,” based on Critical Role’s first campaign.The campaign, which launched Monday (March 4) at 10 a.m. PT, reached $1 million in less than an hour, exceeding its baseline $750,000 goal. By 1:25 p.m. PT, it had reached $2 million — and counting. The campaign on Kickstarter (at this link) is set to run 45 days. “The Legend of Vox Machina” campaign currently has more than 15,000 contributors.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more