Showing posts with label YouTube. Show all posts
Showing posts with label YouTube. Show all posts

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Blizzard celebrates 20th anniversary of StarCraft

March 31, 2018 will mark for the 20 year anniversary for Blizzard Entertainment's sci-fi real-time strategy game StarCraft. The game originally came out on March 31, 1998 for PC and spawned a successful series of games that ran on Mac as well. Now, this occasion causes for celebration and Blizzard decides to rejoice this anniversary with a bunch of in-game giveaways like skins and rewards for their other fan-favorite titles.

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Blizzard celebrates 20th anniversary of StarCraft

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To celebrate this grand achievement of StarCraft, Blizzard has picked up Diablo III, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, Overwatch, StarCraft II, Starcraft: Remastered and World of Warcraft for players to earn these exciting rewards in-game.

RELATED: Blizzard Hints Diablo for Nintendo Switch

Instead of the end of the month, Blizzard decides to spread the joy of their accomplishment for the entire month of March and some of the reward items are for you to claim just by logging into the game. Following are the free rewards waiting for you to take in-game within the respected titles.

  • Diablo III: Dominion’s Revenge is a terrifying Battlecruiser-themed Pet that you can receive by logging into the third installment of the popular action RPG title after March 6.

  • Hearthstone: You have to play a StarCraft-inspired Tavern Brawl game to get three Kobolds & Catacombs pack rewards anytime from March 21 to 25.

  • Heroes of the Storm: From March 27 to April 7, get the 20th Anniversary Portraits for Protoss, Terran and Zerg species in exchange for a single log in.

  • Overwatch: To get the Sarah Kerrigan Ghost Skin for the defense hero Widowmaker, just log in to the team-based shooter game between March 6 and April 3. This skin of Sarah Kerrigan is akin to her Nova skin and themed on the character before the time when she turned into the Queen of Blades.

  • StarCraft II: Onwards from March 6, log on to the original sequel of StarCraft and get a special UI Skin for each playable race. Then within March 6 to April 3 logging into the game once again will get you a Portrait and Decal.

  • Starcraft: Remastered: A memorial 20th Anniversary UI Skin as a tribute is just waiting for you to claim by simply logging into the game.

  • World of Warcraft: This multiplayer online role-playing title grants you the “Salute to StarCraft” Feat of Strength for saluting any one of the StarCraft-themed pets among Baneling, Grunty, Mini Thor, Zeradar or Zergling within March 31 to April 6.

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Sarah Kerrigan Ghost Skin for Widowmaker

RELATED: Warcraft III Update Suggests Remastered Edition?

Aside from the in-game cosmetic item giveaways, the developer plans to host anniversary StarCraft stream of Twitch personalities, which will run from March 30 to 31. Also, on March 31, the very date of StarCraft's original release, Blizzard is going to release a video titled StarCraft is Life: A Celebration on YouTube, featuring the biggest fans of the game sharing their experience with the game for the last two decades.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

YouTube Changed Monetization Rules from 2018

For the betterment for the larger community of creators and advertisers, YouTube is changing their monetization rules once again. The brand-new set of criteria is also introduced recently, which will be effective immediately from now on. There have already been speculations among the channel owners and content creators on how this might affect them in a good way or otherwise and that includes many video game streamers and gaming channels, especially those who have just started their journey on this very platform and wasn't prepared for this sudden storm.

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YouTube Changed Monetization Rules from 2018

As the new monetization rules suggest, you have to have at least an overall watch time of 4,000 hours before even being considered eligible to have showing up ads on your videos to monetize it. You have to mount that up within the past 12 months before applying for the program and will also need at least 1,000 subscribers on your channel at that time. This new policy will be applicable from February 20th for all YouTube channels out there. That means, you have to meet the minimum requirement to earn from ads.

YouTube’s partner program had the scale for a minimum 10,000 public views for any channel before being considered qualified to even applying set from 2017. However, there was no pressure for a definite number of annual viewing hours back then and many could still make up to it. After enforcing these new guidelines on everyone, it would be very hard for small-time channels to rise to level of YouTube's expectation level. While a total of 4000 hours and 1,000 subscribers in 12 months may seem like a stretch to many, vloggers and live streaming gamers in popular category will probably take the hit better than the others.

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YouTube Introduces New Criteria

Now that you have to meet the certain criteria to have income from ads for your videos, YouTube believes it is a good thing as they will be closely watching who is abiding those rules are who are not. That way, it will be easier to pick up the bad seeds and deliver a cleaner path for those who truly belong here. They also assure that this was no hurried decision from their part. After long conversations with many creators of the platform and going through analytics, YouTube have come up with this new set of rules.

Not only will this allow them to discover the contributing creators who works for bringing positive change to the community so that they can drive more ad revenue for their videos and cut off the bad influence from the program. Even though YouTube haven't been mentioning but everyone can speculate that these sudden initiatives are the damage control efforts by the platform after the recent incident by Logan Paul.

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Controversial YouTube Star Logan Paul

Logan Paul is known to many as a young influencer on YouTube and was popular for his daily vlogs where he used to film the daily activities of his posh life. Most recently, Logan and his posse of crews went to Japan’s Aokigahara forest, which is also known as the infamous “suicide forest", while filming for is vlog. There they have found a dead body and they even filmed it, whereas they should have put the camera away or shut it off. Even though they tried to make it look like they were surprised by this event, the internet ain't buying it.

When he posted the video on YouTube titling “We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest…”, social media around went on an all out war against him. Concerned netizens and celebrities from all over the world start giving backlash at Logan. Super-hit TV series Breaking Bad actor Aaron Paul took Twitter to express his thoughts on the matter by addressing the so-called influencer.

This is really a matter of concern for all and Paul’s 15 million-plus subscribers, most of which are very young in age. Because, if they are following someone irresponsible and devoid of any common sense, believing they are some sort of iconic figure to follow, they surely are to be doomed. Even though he posted a public apology on social media, people seem not to fall for that and not ready to listen to him just yet.

Last year, the social video sharing site has suffered another incident regarding the involvement an immensely popular YouTuber known as “PewDiePie”, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg in an act of prank that went too far. In February 2017, Felix posted a video on the site that carries anti-Semitic message and he was then removed from Google Preferred program and gotten the second Season of his very own YouTube Red series "Scare PewDiePie" cancelled as penance for his actions. Felix mostly uploads footage of his playing of new and interesting video games in general for his massive fan-base of 50 million-plus subscribers.

Now that YouTube has been paying attention to these things, not everyone is going to be able to get away after posting inappropriate video just to get views, which exactly why Logan Paul pulled out this idiotic stunt over the platform. YouTube will be taking further steps to clear out any opportunities for such acts and anyone who is going to try something like that. The video gaming communities like any other will also be affected by these changes and let's hope that everything changes for the better.