There are 312 million PC gamers in China. By 2023, analysts predict that number will reach 354 million, surpassing the total population of the United States and generating an estimated $16 billion in revenue. That alone is greater than the GDP of 90 different countries. But despite having the highest concentration of gamers worldwide, China's PC gaming scene is often misunderstood or treated as isolated from PC gaming everywhere else.But it's not.Over 24 percent of Steam users now have their language set to Simplified Chinese and Chinese players are downloading a whopping 40 petabytes of Steam games week after week, more than anywhere else in the world. Steam isn't even supposed to be accessible in China, yet more and more often, Chinese games not localized in English are reaching Steam's top sellers list, and Chinese gamers are flocking to games not even officially released in their country. More publishers, like Ubisoft, are looking to conform to China's strict censorship regulations … [Read more...] about Censorship, Steam, and the explosive rise of PC gaming in China
When developer Vile Monarch teamed up with storied indie publisher Devolver Digital to make a management sim game based on the legally-hazy world of the budding US marijuana industry – pun definitely intended – they didn’t really know what to expect. As Devolver’s Mike Wilson points out, the game that would be christened “Weedcraft Inc” was not only the studio’s first foray into commissioning a game from the ground-up based on a concept of their own creation, but their first entry in the buttoned-up genre of business sims. For Vile Monarch’s Scott Alexander, who served as a writer on the game, a marijuana tycoon game was a no-brainer. “The best tycoon games present you with a messy, complicated world, along with a bunch of interesting levers to pull that affect the world in various ways,” Alexander says. “When we looked at marijuana commerce in the US, especially as legalization has spread on a state-by-state basis, it … [Read more...] about How YouTube censorship hurts independent developers like the team behind Weedcraft
MARK Zuckerberg is the founder of social network giant Facebook who has pledged to give most of his wealth to charity during his lifetime. Here is everything we know about the genius entrepreneur and philanthropist. Who is Mark Zuckerberg? Mark Zuckerberg is the chairman, CEO and co-founder of social networking giant Facebook. Born in New York in 1984, Zuckerberg already had a "reputation as a programming prodigy" when he started college. While at Harvard, Zuckerberg launched a site called Face Mash, on which students ranked the attractiveness of their classmates. Harvard shut the site down after its popularity crashed a network and Zuckerberg later apologised saying it was "completely improper". The following term he began working on an early version of Facebook. The 33-year-old launched the social network from his dorm room on February 4, 20o4 with the help of fellow students. The friends would end up embroiled in legal disputes as they challenged Zuckerberg for shares in the … [Read more...] about What is Mark Zuckerberg’s net worth, who is the Facebook CEO’s wife Priscilla Chan and what happened at the European Parliament?
SteemIt’s CEO Ned Scott doesn’t believe in censorship; a stance that has won him and his platform fans in recent months. The appeal of video platform, DTube, which runs on the Steem blockchain database, is almost directly tied to what many creators allege has been happening on YouTube for more than a year: the “YouTube Purge,” an alleged condemnation of right-wing political channels, pro-gun advocates and conspiracy theorists, that’s led to claims of censorship on Google’s video platform. As YouTube attempts to crack down on content it deems hateful, bullying or promoting dangerous conspiracy theories, people are looking for alternatives. DTube is a decentralized video platform with little to no moderation that uses cryptocurrency and blockchain technology to pay its users. BitChute is similar, but whereas DTube takes much of its design inspiration from YouTube, BitChute looks like an older version of LiveLeaks. The creators of BitChute describe … [Read more...] about Controversial YouTubers head to alternative platforms in wake of ‘purge’
Whenever YouTube institutes a tougher moderation stance, a common debate emerges over censorship — especially from notable conservative voices. Questions over YouTube’s moderators and the power they hold were raised this week after notable conservative pundits, gun advocates, conspiracy channels and other right-wing voices received community strikes or were locked out of their channels. Creators who are affected by lockouts, strikes and suspensions are referring to it as the “YouTube Purge,” claiming that YouTube is purging all right-wing or pro-gun content. The move follows the company’s attempt to clamp down on dangerous content following the Parkland shooting. A YouTube representative acknowledged that new moderators, hired as part of the company’s plan to employ 10,000 people to help oversee content and respond to flags, may have been a little overzealous. “As we work to hire rapidly and ramp up our policy enforcement teams throughout … [Read more...] about ‘YouTube Purge’ points to bigger problem with conspiracy videos, transparency