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12.5.21

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12.5.21

• FansUnite Launches Brand Partnership with Cash Live Inc. • US tech giants call for funding to solve semiconductor shortage • YouTube will pay $100 million to creators using its TikTok competitor • Jerry Rice’s G.O.A.T Fuel Enters Esports With Oxygen Partnership

Canada

TGS and EMG Announce 2021 Schedule for Canada's Premier Annual Super Smash Brothers Tournament -- GOML -- sponsored by Red Bull

TGS Esports Inc. ("TGS" or the "Company") (TSXV: TGS) (OTC: TGSEF) (FRA: 5RH) is pleased to announce the 2021 schedule for Get On My Line ("GOML"), Canada's premier annual Super Smash Brothers Tournament, proudly sponsored by Red Bull. GOML is going global in 2021 with brackets for North American and European residents. GOML 2020 attracted 3,000+ competitors and had five million+ minutes of content watched while GOML 2021 is tracking to surpass those numbers with over 500 competitors registered in less than a week. "GOML is a staple of the fighting game community, and with each passing year it shatters Canadian participation and viewership records." Said Joe Cribari, CEO of EMG. "We are looking forward to working closely with the TGS team to deliver another world class event."

FansUnite Launches Brand Partnership with Cash Live Inc.

FansUnite Entertainment Inc. (CSE: FANS) (OTCQB: FUNFF) ("FansUnite" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has entered a brand partnership with Cash Live Inc. ("Cash Live") to launch FansUnite branded live games on the Cash Live mobile app. FansUnite has a minority interest in Cash Live, a tech start-up that offers a new popular poker and social casino game show platform. Cash Live is a free-to-play gaming app that is designed for mobile devices and features daily live-streamed poker game shows paying out real cash to its winners. After successfully completing the SnapChat Accelerator program, Cash Live has been launched on iOS devices in Canada, the United States and Mexico with live games 7 days a week, twice a day at 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm PT. A launch on Android is underway and is expected to be completed in 30 days.

Gaming

US tech giants call for funding to solve semiconductor shortage

Tech giants Apple, Microsoft, and Google have joined forces to form a lobby group called the Semiconductors in America Coalition. The newly created organisation also includes Amazon Web Services, Intel Corp, AT&T, Verizon, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and more, with the aim to promote semiconductor manufacturing in the US to solve the current chips shortage. In the release announcing its formation, the coalition called for funding, saying securing funds will be its primary focus. It's calling on "congressional leaders to appropriate $50 billion for domestic chip manufacturing incentives and research initiatives."

Roblox's first quarterly report sees bookings, losses soar

Roblox today released its first quarterly earnings report as a publicly traded company, and the results show it mostly continuing on its previous growth trajectory. For the three months ended March 31, Roblox reported revenues up 140% to $387 million, with bookings up 161% to $652 million. The jump in income hasn't yet improved the company's bottom line, as it also reported net losses of $134 million, a shortfall 80% larger than the $74.4 million net loss it reported for the year-ago quarter. As Roblox reported when it first filed for its public listing, the company has yet to post a profitable quarter.

Ubisoft posts record sales yet again, delays Skull & Bones yet again

Ubisoft today reported its annual earnings for the year ended March 31, prompting a bit of déjà vu. For the third time in four years, the company posted record sales figures and delayed the anticipated open-world pirate game Skull & Bones all the way out of its new fiscal year. For the full year, Ubisoft reported sales up 39% to €2.22 billion ($2.7 billion), while net bookings were up 46% to €2.24 billion ($2.72 billion). As for the bottom line, the publisher reported consolidated net income of €105.2 million ($128 million), compared to a €124 million ($151 million) net loss last year.

Content Creators

YouTube will pay $100 million to creators using its TikTok competitor

YouTube plans to pay $100 million to creators who use YouTube Shorts, its TikTok competitor, throughout the next year. The goal is to encourage creators to pick up and continually post to its new service, which doesn’t otherwise give creators a built-in way to make money. Exactly how much creators can earn is still up in the air. YouTube says that it’ll reach out to creators on a monthly basis, looking for people with the most engagement and views. “Thousands” of creators could get paid each month, YouTube says, and basically anyone who posts to Shorts is eligible. The one caveat is that their videos have to be original content, and, of course, abide by YouTube’s community guidelines.

TikTok is reportedly testing a job recruitment tool

TikTok's about much more than showing off killer dance moves or sharing cleverly edited videos. Some creators are offering career advice and, soon, you might be able to find a job through the platform. The service is testing a recruitment tool, according to Axios, to help people find jobs and companies, recruiters and brands to unearth solid candidates. Engadget has contacted TikTok for more details. The feature reportedly won't be baked into the core TikTok app. It's said to be a webpage where job listings are posted, most of which will likely be entry-level positions. Since this is TikTok, you'll be able to post a video resume rather than a boring old written one, according to the report. You might be able to add your resume video to your profile as well.

'This is wild': Canadian woman who became 'voice of TikTok' sues the app

Her voice is instantly recognizable to millions of TikTok users, but until recently, Beverly Standing had no idea she was part of the app. Standing, a professional voice actor in Ontario, Canada, is better known as the “voice of TikTok”, the computer-generated speech that narrates thousands of videos on the app. Since launching in late 2020, TikTok’s text-to-speech feature has become one of its most viral features, giving the effect of having a virtual assistant like Siri narrating a user’s videos. But Standing, whose recordings made for a different company in 2018 were used to build the feature, says she never gave permission for her voice to be used. She is now suing TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, in a U.S. court and seeking damages.

Esports

Jerry Rice’s G.O.A.T Fuel Enters Esports With Oxygen Partnership

Oxygen Esports has secured a partnership with G.O.A.T Fuel, the energy drink brand co-founded by NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice. The exclusive partnership is G.O.A.T. Fuel’s first deal in esports. Oxygen’s new sponsorship deal will focus on its Rainbow Six Siege team, which is currently competing at the Six Invitational, Siege’s annual world championship, in Paris, France. G.O.A.T Fuel will serve as the organization’s official energy drink. The deal will position G.O.A.T. Fuel as a healthy alternative to other energy drinks active in the esports space. The companies will collaborate on product integrations and health initiatives centered around the R6 squad.

Nerd Street Gamers unveils in-person summer esports and gaming camp

North American esports infrastructure company Nerd Street Gamers has announced that Camp Localhost, the firm’s esports and gaming camp, will offer both in-person and virtual sessions this summer. According to the release, children and teens aged from nine to 17 will be able to participate in structured, week-long esports and gaming camps featuring titles such as VALORANT, Overwatch, Rocket League, FIFA, NBA 2K, and League of Legends. The first-ever in-person Camp Localhost will take place in Philadelphia and St. Louis, with limited availability due to maintaining social distancing and COVID-19 measures.

Gen.G to Relocate 2K League Team to University of Kentucky

Shanghai’s NBA 2K League team Gen.G Tigers will now compete out of a facility at the University of Kentucky, further expanding the partnership between Gen.G and the college. The team will practice and compete out of the UK Federal Credit Union Esports Lounge and have access to other campus facilities and services including dining halls and recreational centers. Gen.G joined the league last season, becoming the 23rd NBA 2K League franchise. It is the first team in the league not directly affiliated with an NBA team.