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Twitch lays out new plans for addressing severe off-service misconduct

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Twitch has announced a new plan for addressing severe off-service misconduct. After updating its Hateful Conduct and Harassment Policy, Twitch is taking more steps to protect the community. In a Twitter post, it stated that these plans will handle incidents that happen off the live streaming platform. The company is also bringing on a third-party investigative partner to assist with investigations.

Old Twitch Policy on Off-Service harassment and misconduct

Twitch’s old policy regarding hateful conduct or harassment off their services did not offer much protection or help to victims. It stated that in some serious cases and upon verifiable evidence they may take action against users for misconduct that occurs off Twitch services. Non-Twitch services include social media, other online services and offline.

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Twitch’s off-service enforcement now falls into two categories. The first category states that in reviewing a case of harassment that happened on or off Twitch, all off-service behaviors relating to that incident will be considered.

This means if a person was harassed on or off a Twitch live stream, every off service-related harassment report will be taken into account.  Therefore, a report of related continued harassment on Twitter becomes material if reported on Twitch.

Secondly, Twitch will now enforce sanctions against serious offences that occur entirely off the platform if they pose a huge risk to the community. Activities falling under this category include;

  • Deadly violence and violent extremism
  • Terrorist activities or recruiting
  • Explicit and/or credible threats of mass violence (i.e. threats against a group of people, event, or location where people would gather).
  • Leadership or membership in a known hate group
  • Carrying out or deliberately acting as an accomplice to non-consensual sexual activities and/or sexual assault
  • Sexual exploitation of children, such as child grooming and solicitation/distribution of underage sexual materials
  • Actions that would directly and explicitly compromise the physical safety of the community
  • Explicit and/or credible threats against Twitch, including staff.

Furthermore, this new policy is limited to only the two categories above. Twitch also stated that these investigations are largely complex and can take more time and resources to resolve. They will also work with other services and law enforcement in carrying out the updated policy.

Twitch partners with a law firm

Moreover, the company will bring on a third party investigative partner to assist their internal team on investigations. The third party is a law firm with experience in handling such investigations.

Per Twitch’s blog post, the law partners “have deep expertise in these types of cases, as well as training in conducting investigations with respect and sensitivity to all parties involved. ” The company has also increased the capacity of its internal law enforcement response team.

How to report off-service misconduct in the related categories

In addition, members of the community now have a dedicated email address to report egregious, off-service misconduct. Twitch will treat all information sent to the address as confidential. However, the investigation team and a very limited group within the company will have access to the information.

Aside from this, only parties involved will receive all updates and outcomes of the investigations. The blog post also points out that the company considers these policies an ongoing process with more changes likely to come over time.

Twitch has long battled with toxicity affiliated with its platform. The problems range from racist slurs, emotes to sexist and homophobic comments. As Twitch continues to increase in popularity, it is imperative to protect its users. However, how the company will fully implement these updated policies especially in regards to collaboration with other entities remain to be seen.

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Source: https://www.dailyesports.gg/twitch-lays-out-new-plans-for-addressing-severe-off-service-misconduct/

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Two World of Warcraft pets inbound after meeting $1 million charity goal

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World of Warcraft players will receive a pair of unique in-game pets following the reaching of a donation milestone for Doctors Without Borders.

The charity fundraiser reached its initial goal of $500,000 on March 24. Just shy of a month later the ultimate goal of $1 million has been met.

Players on the retail World of Warcraft servers can now redeem a pair of in-game pets–Bananas the Baby Gorilla and Daisy the Sloth.

Bananas is a traditional pet that will follow you around Azeroth as normal. Daisy is a pet that players can carry upon their back as they move around on their adventures.

These two rewards will be available until August 1, so make sure to not leave it till to late before adding these adorable critters to your collection.

The duo is available to all players whether you contributed to the campaign and can be redeemed through the Blizzard Shop in the Battle.net client.

The Charity Pet program in World of Warcraft is one of Activision Blizzard’s initiatives to support global fundraising. The company similarly released a cosmetic pack in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 titled the “Call of Duty Endowment United Pack,” with proceeds put towards helping veterans find employment.

For those looking to get their hands on their new pet friends right now, only Bananas can be claimed, while Daisy will be made available in the near future.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/wow/news/two-world-of-warcraft-pets-inbound-after-meeting-1-million-charity-goal

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Magic Arena to give away $50,000 during Friday Night Magic event with MrBeast

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Magic Arena is partnering with YouTuber MrBeast for a Friday Night Magic in-game event where two players can win $25,000.

With in-store play no longer an option due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Friday Night Magic events on Arena started amid worldwide lockdowns. This Friday, an additional special guest and level of competition will be present, as MrBeast will be playing Arena from 1pm to 2pm CT anonymously.

Preconstructed decks will be provided for the event and two players that are lucky enough to play against MrBeast could win the $25,000 prize. Entry into the event is free.

Participants must enter the event and complete their matches. Players that concede early will be disqualified. The prize winners will be contacted through their email registered with Arena.

This opportunity is only open to residents of the United States, Canada, Japan, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Austria, and Portugal. Winners must be 18 years old. 

MrBeast is a popular content creator with 60 million subscribers on YouTube who built his name off of massive monetary donations and random acts of kindness. This is the first time MrBeast will be partnering with Wizards of the Coast for an event.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/mtg/news/magic-arena-to-give-away-50000-during-friday-night-magic-event-with-mrbeast

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Teamfight Tactics Set 5:Reckoning 11.9 PBE Patch Notes

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Team Fight Tactic's new Set 5: Reckoning will bring exciting new features into the game.
Team Fight Tactic’s new Set 5: Reckoning will bring exciting new features into the game. | courtesy of Riot Games

Teamfight Tactis Set 5: Reckoning patched PBE, bringing tentative balance changes.

Season 5: Reckoning has been on PBE for the last month with various new features. The general public seems satisfied because Season 4 has been dragging on for a bit. As the release date approaches in less than a week, the game makes a few changes before the official release.

The PBE patch happened April 20 with changes in the following area:

Let us take a closer look at major changes. For the full patch note, see Riot’s official 4/20 PBE Update article.

The April 20 PBE patch removed the two gold per win payout and added a two gold per loss payout.

Hyper Roll is a new game mod coming this season. Players start with 10 health, and love one health per defeat. Experience cannot be bought with money, and rolls costs health. This would require different gameplay from original ranked queue with a faster phase estimated 15 minutes per game. See Teamfight Tactics: Hyper Roll on Riot’s official website for detailed information about Hyper Roll.

The Forgotten champions have bonus Ability Power and Attach Damage.
The Forgotten champions have bonus Ability Power and Attach Damage. | courtesy of Riot Games

With the new season comes new traits and champions. A few new members include Draven and Viego, a part of the Forgotten champions. Another interesting champion is Little Devil Teemo where he takes health and not coins to be recruited. The list of traits and champions is found in the Trait Overview Cheatsheet released by the official Teamfight Tactics Twitter.

The shop roll odds for Level seven and eight has both decreased.

Spatula spawn rates on the carousel has been adjusted in stage two, three and four at the rate of 45%.

A total of 19 items have gone through changes in patch April 20.

Shadow items went through changes, where most items were weakened other than the Shadow Blue Buff and the Shadow Hextech Gunblade. More information about Shadow items can be found in the Reckoning Gameplay Overview by Riot.

The develop team continues to work on Teamfight Tactics to release Season 5: Reckoning. Players can be excited for a balanced gameplay on April 27 when the new season officially starts.

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Source: https://www.dbltap.com/posts/teamfight-tactics-set-5-reckoning-11-9-pbe-patch-notes-01f3xk3sjwcx?utm_source=RSS

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Dallas Empire benches Huke, promotes FeLo to starting roster

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The Dallas Empire has benched Huke in favor of Challengers player FeLo, the team announced today via Twitter.

Huke, who at one time was touted as one of the best players in the Call of Duty League this year, will move to a “reserve role,” according to the Empire’s tweet. FeLo will make his first CDL start against Stage Two Major champions Toronto Ultra on Sunday, April 25.

“FeLo will be in the starting lineup Sunday against Toronto as we move Huke to a reserve role,” the Empire’s statement reads. “The team has felt we are playing below our potential, and with FeLo playing so well in Challengers, he’s earned a shot to compete in the starting lineup.”

Huke tweeted: “Wish them the best, another challenge for me and I’m here for it.”

FeLo is a veteran of the Call of Duty scene, competing for the likes of OpTic Nation, CLG, Rise Nation, compLexity, eUnited, and Evil Geniuses. After spending the entire 2020 season in Challengers with Triumph Gaming, FeLo signed with the Empire as the team’s only substitute in January 2021.

The Empire won their first match of Stage Three earlier today, defeating the Paris Legion 3-1. During the series, Huke had a 1.05 K/D ratio, the second-worst of the four players. Shotzzy, the reigning league MVP, had a 0.82 K/D.

Dallas are in second place in the 12-team league with 190 CDL Points right now. They’re 12-7 on the season and finished second and third at the Stage One and Stage Two Majors, respectively.

FeLo and Dallas will take on the Ultra in the last match of the first week of Stage Three at 5pm CT on April 25.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/call-of-duty/news/dallas-empire-bench-huke-promote-felo-to-starting-roster

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