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Fortnite Most Streamed Game on Twitch

Fortnite Most Streamed Game on Twitch for March 2021 – 7M Hours Streamed

According to data presented by Safe Betting Sites US, Fortnite was the most streamed game on Twitch for March 2021 – a total of 6.99 million hours streamed for the month.

Fortnite Leads Several of Twitch’s Key Metrics

Fortnite continues to dominate charts in 2021 and was the most streamed game on Twitch for the month of March. The popular online Battle Royale game logged a total of 6.99M hours streamed on the platform. The second most streamed game on Twitch was Call of Duty: Modern Warfare with a total of 5.03M hours streamed for the month of March.

Fortnite also led the charts in the number of streamers for the month of March 2021. A total of 669,749 streamers streamed Fortnite for the month. Minecraft had the second largest number of streamers with 468,017. Overall, the top 10 leading games in terms of the number of streamers for the month of March, were streamed by an estimated 3.2M streamers on Twitch.

The top 10 games on twitch with the most channels accounted for over 50K channels. Twitch had an almost 20% share of this total with 9,707 channels in March 2021. The second most was COD: Modern Warfare with just under 7K channels.

League of Legends had the largest recorded peak viewers on Twitch in March 2021 with 704,375 peak viewers. The second-largest belonged to Minecraft which recorded 663, 533 peak viewers in March 2021. Fortnite had the fifth largest peak viewers with 641, 227.

Rex Pascual, Esports Editor at Safe Betting Sites US commented: “Despite the rise of many other titles within the same game mode such as PUBG and Warzone, Fortnite continues to attract large audiences on video game streaming platforms. Fortnite’s status as the pioneer of the increasingly popular Battle Royale game mode gives it a loyal and avid fanbase that will keep it near the top of Twitch’s charts for years to come.”

You can read more about the story with more statistics and information here.

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Red Bull Batalla

WORLD’S LARGEST SPANISH FREESTYLE RAP BATTLE, RED BULL BATALLA OPENS APPLICATION PERIOD FOR 2021 U.S. NATIONAL FINALS

Top MCs who have what it takes will advance to next round and compete in the global rap competition’s 15-anniversary season

The new season of Red Bull Batalla kicks off as the largest Spanish freestyle rap battle in the world announces the application phase is now live for the U.S. National Finals. Seeking to uncover the country’s best Spanish freestyle talent around, any MC interested in applying can upload their freestyle submission video via the official Bull Batalla app. This will give them the chance to compete in a virtual qualifier as part of the 15-anniversary of the biggest international freestyle competition in the world.

Following the application phase, from now until April 30th, the top MCs will be chosen to advance to the next round. Those selected will have the opportunity to showcase their lyrical talents and compete in one of the many virtual, regional qualifier battles broadcasts on Twitch this summer. Top contenders from the virtual qualifier will then travel to U.S. National Finals in September. Later this year, all eyes will be on the top MCs as they battle it out in the International Final where one winner will be crowned.

Red Bull Batalla is a global freestyle rap competition that, since 2005, has provided a platform for the best hip-hop improvisors in the Spanish world to connect, develop and compete. The Red Bull founded project has risen to become the world’s biggest international freestyle battle competition, uniting Spanish speakers across the globe. The roots of this improvised rap scene are as deeply connected to hip-hop as they are to the improvisation styles of traditional folk troubadours. With the competition, Red Bull Batalla gives an opportunity for young MCs to train, perform and improve their improvisation and lyrical skills.

The 2020 Red Bull Batalla competition was won by Mexico’s Rapder who delivered the ultimate mic drop to win the most-watched live music event of the year. For the U.S., the region’s National Final winner Yartzifrom Puerto Rico, advanced to the Quarterfinals but was eliminated by Rapder. To relive 2020 highlights head to the Red Bull Batalla website Red Bull TV Batalla.

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Piepacker Launching on Kickstarter

New Social Gaming Platform with online multiplayer and video chat, Piepacker, Launching on Kickstarter

Over 100,000 users have already tested the platform, helping developers create something never seen before.

Piepacker, the new free social gaming platform that allows users to play officially licensed retro games with friends online, will launch on Kickstarter on April 6th.

At the crossroads of online multiplayer gaming and video chatting, Piepacker is a free and legal platform that provides instant access to officially licensed retro video games from a web browser, without any download.

Through its Kickstarter campaign, Piepacker is offering early access to its platform along with an exclusive piece of technology developed for nostalgic retro gaming: the PieReader. This new retro gaming dock is equipped with adapters to import one’s own retro game cartridges to the multiplayer world of Piepacker and play with their friends online, with only one cartridge.

Piepacker’s video chat features video game-themed 3D masks and filters as a fun way for players to (re)discover the greatest titles of retro gaming among friends as well as new indie and exclusive games.

Currently, most retro video games are acquired on pirate websites with direct downloads. Piepacker brings to the world of video games what Spotify brought to the world of music, making retro gaming accessible to all, for free and legally while guaranteeing a high quality of service.

“While many are limiting their face-to-face interactions due to the ongoing pandemic, connecting with others and remaining socially active has never been more important,” said Benjamin Devienne, co-founder of Piepacker. “Piepacker provides a fun way to interact. This innovation is at the forefront of transgenerational pop-culture, mixing gaming, video chat, 3D filters, and masks in augmented reality. It’s exciting for everyone.”

Under development since March 2020, Piepacker opened its beta version to the public in late December. Before the beta closed, 100,000 people had taken the opportunity to try out the platform and contribute to its development.

Piepacker provides access to games that have been featured on a variety of platforms: arcade machines, NES, Super NES, Saturn, Mega Drive, NeoGeo, and PlayStation with more to come. Piepacker has partnerships with publishers Codemaster, Team 17, and Interplay and indies like Bitmap Bureau or Morphcat. The catalog continues to grow with plans to add modern indie as well as original exclusive cards and board games.

For German indie studio Morphcat, Piepacker is currently “the easiest way to enjoy multiplayer games with your friends over the internet”. British studio Bitmap Bureau is “extremely impressed with the range of features that Pie Packer has to offer, most noticeably the ability to play Xeno Crisis with another player remotely, and believe that retro gamers around the globe will be especially interested in this new technology, with many classic games making their way to the platform.”

There are currently over 60 games including 2 cloud gaming exclusives available for free on Piepacker. Among the available titles are the iconic Worms World Party, Earthworm Jim 1 & 2, Xeno Crisis, and Micro Mages.

The Kickstarter campaign will close May 7, 2021, and the platform itself will be accessible to the public later this year.

About Piepacker

Piepacker was created by two friends, Benjamin Devienne and Jules Testard, two Frenchmen who expatriated long ago and share a decade-long friendship. Benjamin, the face of Piepacker, has an outstanding track record. Before graduating, he was at the head of an academic research project that led him to participate in a major TEDx in Canada, along with many celebrities. Benjamin was also a distinguished guest lecturer in several universities, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technologies (MIT). He founded the data science department of Gameloft, a French mobile game giant, and became a leader in that field. Facebook convinced him to step outside the video game industry to manage key teams of their data science department as Head of Analytics. The giant of video game streaming, Twitch, a company belonging to Amazon, was next in recruiting him as Head of Research Strategy on machine learning-oriented projects. Benjamin was not yet 30 years old.

When starting Piepacker, the pair recruited some of the world’s most talented experts in the field. They assembled a team of former employees of Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, EA, Blizzard-Activision, and Twitter.

After just a few weeks of development, Piepacker got noticed and backed by Y Combinator, the startup accelerator that has engineered the birth of Airbnb, Twitch, Dropbox, and even Reddit. Thanks to their key support, Piepacker’s development has been accelerated and also helped the two founders gather an elite group of advisors from the industry.

On the list of video game veterans advising them, one finds Kenji Matsubara, former president of SEGA, Justin Waldron and Tom Bollich, co-founders of mobile gaming gem Zynga, Kun Gao, co-founder of Crunchyroll, the platform dedicated to Japanese anime and Jeffrey Rosen, co-founder of video game distributor Humble Bundle.

Music Notes illustration by Mina Tocalini for 360 Magazine

What does Gaming Fashion Look Like?

Gaming fashion has developed massively over the years, both ingame and real life styles have contorted into ways we couldn’t have imagined ten years ago, and we take a look at why and how this happened.

Thanks to games like CS:GO, in-game items and skins have become a staple of what people are looking for in new games. Some of these items fetch more than their real life counterparts and at sites like CSGOBettor.com you can gamble skins or trade them to get better items for your character to wear.

Gamers have incorporated some level of advancement in their lifestyle, adapting to street wear, luxury, and some level of cosplay into their looks. It was some decades ago that video games started taking center stage, but currently, gamers have assumed the status of celebrities, garnering millions of fans online.

The meaning of this is that, in the midst of all other things, we’ve overcome the era when gamers wear jorts and oversized t-shirts. Both streamers and esports athletes now dress opulently, with urbane panache. This has led to some sort of blending between the Kawaii culture of the Japanese, video game fantasy, and Korean street wear and luxury brand worship.

This has caught the attention of most of the major brands. The extremely popular streamer of video games, Tyler Blevins, also known as Ninja, sealed a deal with Adidas, and this came with a release of a limited edition of night joggers, which did not take time before it sold out. The London esports team named Fnatic got into a partnership with Gucci to model a $1,600 dive watch. Collaboration happened between the most popular esports in the globe, League of Legends and Louis Vuitton for some number of shirts and capsules. Also, Jeff Staple, the designer that has always been given credit for initiating the collectible sneaker revolution, got into a collaboration with Overwatch League bordering on a line of jerseys.

I have the feeling that with the rise in street wear, the rise in gaming was also happening, said Mr. Staple. He went ahead to reveal that the collaboration started when overwatch made the contact in 2018. There is also styling in gaming accessories. You can see players wearing very large headphones with huge keyboards that stick out from their backpacks. But a very famous line of gaming headsets was created by Hyperx, and the people that championed it were the street fighter champion, Daigo Umehar, the Pittsburgh Steelers player JuJu Smith-Schuster and singer Post Malone.

Players try to showcase a varying array of styles to their fans, from a Pokémon cosplay camo jacket to a team branded hoodie. In line with this, we had some chats with three players on what they think about their appearance. They included an amateur gamer, a pro gamer and an influencer, and below are the results of the conversations.

Imany Anys

She is just 24 years old and popular for Twitch streaming. Her nickname is Pokimane, and 7 million people follow her on Twitch. Her style involves a mix of street wear, a cute spectacle and comfort.

The first question that was thrown to her was that many streamers are seen dying their hair in colors that are not natural, why?

Her reply was that both your accessories and hair becomes a huge part of your branding and part of your person. She went ahead to say that it is the blue hair for the Ninja for example, but for her, the curly wavy brown signature hair and the use of a headset always has become her identity.

She was later asked what accessories she likes to wear while streaming.

The answer she gave to that was that the thing borders more on the type of accessories that you won’t want to wear. She gave an example by saying that she has discovered that the reason why she rarely wears earrings or bracelets is because the earrings can obstruct the headset, and it even hurts sometimes. For the bracelets, she said that they also make you feel uncomfortable laying your hand on the gaming chair’s armrest.

She was also asked why streetwear is popular in esports and gaming cycles.

Her answer was that those wears make you feel comfortable when you wear them. It could be dressed down or up and that that comfort angle is very essential for people that will sit on a PC chair for many hours.

Asked the street wear brand she wears right now, she replied that she is in love with Prix. She said that she cherishes some athleisure – if one can refer to Nike and Adidas as streetwears. But she later said that one of her favorite stores is Maniere De Voir.

The next question to her was whether there is pressure on women that stream to try and look cute, and does it conflict with their comfort. 

She answered that people are mostly taking to athleisure as a default because there aren’t brands that are focusing specifically on clothes that are comfortable for people to walk around and sit in. For her, the best thing here is for all to do what makes them happy and comfortable, and the popular athleisure brands are Lululemon, Nike and Adidas.

The next question to her was that since Twitch has a very huge male audience, is there pressure on ladies to wear sexier clothes, and whether that is in parallel with her modesty in fashion. If yes, how does she handle that?

She replied by saying that honestly, the desire for both exists. Some people will demand that you turn up in clothes that are more revealing, while there are some that will throw in very rude comments if you choose to do so. She said that she discovered that the best thing is to do what you are comfortable with or what you want.

She was later asked how her style has been affected by the health crisis, and she answered that she initially did not experience much impact from the physical isolation and stay at home rules, but these days, she picks the clothes she normally wears for outings and puts them on while at home. She does this in the bid to add a little bit of spice to life and get the clothes useful until things return to normal and they can be worn for outings again.

Thomas Paparatto

This professional player of the Call of Duty league for the New York Subliners, which is part of the Andbox esports , and also has an arm that is into clothing design, is also known as ZooMaa. However, he made an announcement sometime this month that he will take a break from competing in games because of wrist problems, though he will keep streaming.

He was asked what he was wearing, and he answered that it was part of his collection, which includes a hoodie, which he complemented with a pair of jeans and matching white shoes. He stated that in terms of clothing, he likes keeping it very simple.

He was asked what his goal with the collection was, and his answer was that he just wanted to create something that looks good, which anybody can wear to go out, irrespective of their age. He said that the idea was to create something that people can go to school with and it won’t be obvious that they are gamers.

He was also asked what he meant by being obvious they are gamers, and he answered that he doesn’t want it to have the same effect as a sponsored jersey or a team name. He needed more – something that looks like the casual wear of everyday that could be worn to work, school or around an office.

Gaming illustration by Gabrielle Marchan for 360 Magazine

Lexus Puts Gamers in the Driver’s Seat 

Luxury automaker reveals Gamers’ IS: the first vehicle designed by and for the Twitch community as the ultimate gaming space 

Gamers, start your engines. Lexus is unveiling the Gamers’ IS: the first vehicle designed by and for the Twitch community as the ultimate gaming space. In a livestream hosted by popular streamer Fuslie last month, more than 554,000 unique viewers watched and weighed in on their favorite features. They voted on modifications ranging from the gaming-themed exterior wrap, to the custom controller to their “game fuel” beverage of choice. Lexus then worked with the fabrication experts at SCPS to bring the custom, crowdsourced car to life as a totally immersive gaming vehicle.

“The Twitch community dives headfirst into their passion of gaming, just as we did in designing the new 2021 Lexus IS as a pure expression of a sports sedan,” said Vinay Shahani, vice president of marketing at Lexus. “We asked for their help designing their dream gaming space, and they answered in spades. Together, we created the ultimate fusion of design and performance in automotive and gaming.”

The exterior of the Gamers’ IS, a modified Lexus IS 350 F Sport, is adorned with the “Infiltrate” design custom vinyl wrap, as chosen by 48 percent of voters in the Twitch poll. This look exudes a technical, interface-driven, HUD-centric design territory reminiscent of first-person gaming, black ops and reconnaissance.

For the interior, more than half (55 percent) of Twitch voters selected the “Neon Tokyo” style featuring an electrified, neuron-exploding Japanese pop art aesthetic. The ceiling of the cab is decked out with a clear layer of acrylic embedded with resin “raindrops” all backlit with programmable RGB LED lights, giving off the effect of driving under the lights of downtown Tokyo at night in a light rain. Behind the rear seats, LED panels project programmable content onto the rear window, creating an animated backdrop. SCPS included many custom upholstery elements into the design of the Gamers’ IS interior. Smart Tint on the windows dims the cabin for gameplay.

A custom-built gaming PC with an MSI Gaming GeForce GPU + AMD CPU is installed in the vehicle’s trunk. It has sleek custom housing, all highlighted by programmable RGB LED’s. A fog machine and automated RGB lasers were installed for maximum reveal effect.

In the passenger’s side is a fully integrated gaming system complete with haptic feedback in the seat and a high-def, fully positional curved monitor. The curved monitor was chosen over a flat one by nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of Twitch voters. The system features a retractable keyboard and mouse platform, and a one-of-a-kind 3D printed game controller. Nearly half (42 percent) of voters chose the “Cyber” design for the controller, featuring a metallic space gray and dark teal with neon accents.

Filling the six-drink center console cooler is the community’s “game fuel” of choice–coffee drinks–as selected by nearly two-thirds (61 percent) of voters. The entire vehicle is custom wired, including all the electronics and programmable lighting.

Walker Jacobs, Chief Revenue Officer at Twitch, said “Lexus has effectively leaned into the community and connectivity that define Twitch. Our viewers crave being a part of the action, and through this collaboration we were able to create a truly immersive experience that celebrates their passion for gaming. The result is a first-of-its-kind gaming vehicle. Bravo Lexus!”

The transformation of the Lexus IS into the ultimate gaming vehicle required “all hands on deck” at fabrication expert SCPS. The project involved 20 different members of their team, including concept artists, designers, 3D modelers, electrical and structural engineers, metal fabricators, craftsmen, artists, custom upholsterers and computer technicians—most of whom are serious gamers themselves. From designing the initial concepts to the reveal, the entire build took five months.

Fuslie is a variety streamer who first made her mark within the PUBG community. She has played in multiple tournaments, including Twitch Rivals. She is also known for her singing voice and her urban exploration streams around Los Angeles.

This partnership is part of a new “All In” campaign for the 2021 Lexus IS. The campaign celebrates those who fully embrace their passions, while showcasing Lexus’ own obsession: an unapologetically pure sports sedan.

For more information on the new IS, visit Lexus’ website.

About Lexus 

Lexus’ passion for brave design, imaginative technology, and exhilarating performance enables the luxury lifestyle brand to create amazing experiences for its guests. Lexus began its journey in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since then, Lexus has developed its lineup to meet the needs of global luxury customers in more than 90 countries. In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 243 dealers offering a full lineup of luxury vehicles. With six models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers eight F SPORT models and two F performance models. Lexus is committed to being a visionary brand that anticipates the future for luxury customers.

About Twitch 

Launched in 2011, Twitch is a global community that comes together each day to create multiplayer entertainment: unique, live, unpredictable experiences created by the interactions of millions. It brings the joy of co-op to everything, from casual gaming and world-class esports to anime marathons, music, and art streams. Twitch also hosts TwitchCon, the biggest community event of the year, where tens of thousands of people come together to celebrate and connect with others who share their interests and passions. We’re always live at Twitch. Stay up to date on all things Twitch on Twitter and on our Blog.

Lexus Gamers’ IS by LexusNewsroom for 360 Magazine

Lexus Gamers’ IS by LexusNewsroom for 360 Magazine

Lexus Gamers’ IS by LexusNewsroom for 360 Magazine

video game illustration by Gabrielle Archuleta for 360 Magazine

GAME+ RAISES COMPETITIVE GAMING STAKES

Available on iOS and Google Play, Game+ provides a safe and secure marketplace for gamers to play for money 
Today, Game+, the app that enables skill-based head-to-head gaming competition for money, officially launched. Available now to download on iOS and Google Play, Game+ offers members a secure marketplace where they can create or accept gaming challenges for money and have their winnings automatically transferred to their account.

“Video games have always been a passion of mine, are surging in popularity, and are inextricably woven into the very fabric of our culture,” said Karim Sanford, Co-Founder and President of Game+. “We built Game+ to bring a secure, on-demand, competitive marketplace to the category that enables gamers to test each other’s skills for money while removing barriers to access any winnings.”

To use the Game+ platform, upon successful identification verification, gamers will create an account and receive a Game+ Discover® prepaid card that can be used everywhere Discover is accepted – at stores, online, or to get cash at ATMs nationwide.  Members who sign up can receive 5% cashback on purchases, subject to terms and conditions.

Once members’ accounts are set up, they will be able to use the app to send challenges to friends, choose from a library of over 50 games, select the gaming console or mobile device they want to compete on, and set the amount of money they want to put on the line for the game. The game is then played and the winner reports the results to the app, which automatically transfers funds to the winners’ account. Game+ members can participate in competitions across a variety of device formats including Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, iPhone and Android.

In addition to facilitating competitive skill-based head-to-head challenges amongst friends, Game+ enables users to compete in challenges with the broader community for money. The platform currently supports dozens of popular games including FIFA, Madden, NBA 2K, Call of Duty, Fortnite, Halo, Tekken, Street Fighter, Super Smash Bros., and Rocket League. Members will be able to join hubs for their favorite games and create challenges. In the same way they’d challenge a friend, their game will then be shared with the community, providing industry defining, on-demand competition.

Game+ solves two of the thorniest problems in facilitating gaming for money. First, it provides a bank-level financial backend that enables payments to move quickly and safely to winners’ accounts, without excessive delays or hidden fees. And just as importantly, Game+ ensures fairness by vetting all users much as a bank would, and by creating a dispute resolution system in which judges review evidence from disputed matches to determine the winner. Game+ is a clean, trusted community where members’ funds are safe and their matches are fairly decided.

The Game+ app is certified compliant with the age verification and geolocation mandate under the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA). The certification was completed earlier this year by a leading independent lab – establishing a new standard for legitimacy and trust in the space.

The Game+ app is available to download on iOS or Google Play (standard data rates may apply). You must be 18 years of age or older to create an account on Game+. Game+ is not available in Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Louisiana, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Carolina, South Dakota, or Tennessee.

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Donald Trump Impeached Again

By Dana Feeney

The House of Representatives has voted to impeach President Donald Trump for the second time in his four-year term as president, which started in January of 2017. He is the third president to be impeached and the first president ever to be impeached more than once. This second impeachment comes shortly after the riots in the capital last week on January 6th, 2021. Trump is being impeached on the charge of “incitement of insurrection’’ because of the statements he made on January 6. He told his supporters to “fight like hell” because the Democrats were stealing the election. You can watch the speech hereDuring the riots, Trump supporters carrying a variety of racist and white supremacist paraphernalia swarmed the Capitol and forced their way into the building to stop the count of electoral votes. The riot caused the deaths of at least five individuals, including a Capitol police officer. 

Because of the insurrection, Democrats pushed for Vice President Mike Pence to enact the 25th amendment, which he could use to declare Trump unfit to serve as president and remove him from office. Republicans blocked this move. U.S. Congressmen David N. Cicilline (RI-01), Ted Lieu (CA-33), and Jamie Raskin (MD-08) introduced the article of impeachment to the House of Representatives on the morning of January 11, 2021. The article of impeachment is co-sponsored by 211 members of Congress according to Cicilline’s press release. You can read the full article of impeachment here. On January 13, 2021, the House of Representatives voted to impeach Trump with a 232 to 197 majority. 10 Republicans voted to impeach, more members of the president’s party than in any prior impeachment.

Impeachment does not mean removal from office; impeachment is adjacent to an indictment. The difference in American law is that indictment applies to criminal charges, while impeachment is the accusation of misconduct in a political setting. Any civil officer in the United States can be impeached. In the case of the President or Vice President, the first step is the introduction of the article(s) of impeachment in the House of Representatives. After the article(s) of impeachment are introduced to the House, the House then votes on each article of impeachment, and if any pass by a simple majority, more than 50%, the articles will be tried in front of the Senate. During the Senate trial, the chief justice of the Supreme Court presides over the Senate trial, the Senate body functions as the jury, a committee of House representatives, called “managers,” act as the prosecution, and the president and his or her lawyers act as the defense. All articles of impeachment are argued on the Senate floor, then are voted on by the Senate body to either convict or acquit; to convict, there must be a two-thirds majority. Only two presidents, Bill Clinton and Andrew Johnson, were impeached and reached the Senate trial, both were acquitted. Despite an extensive impeachment investigation, Richard Nixon was never impeached because he resigned.  

Yesterday, January 13, 2021, the House voted to impeach Trump with only six days until the inauguration of Joe Biden. It is highly unlikely that Trump will be removed from office before the end of his term as president. The Senate is not set to be in session until January 19, 2021, and neither Democrats nor Republicans benefit from rushing the trial to be any sooner as this Senate trial will be a lengthy process that requires preparation from both the prosecution and the defense. Despite Trump losing the support of some members of his party, it is unclear how likely it is that Trump will be convicted because, even Mitt Romney, who voted to impeach in the first impeachment, has implied he is unsure that this is the right way to go. Many Republicans may hesitate to vote to convict because of the 74 million people who voted for Trump; these are the people who control whether Republicans will be reelected in the future. The main person who could cause a possible shift is Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader. If McConnell chooses to vote to convict Trump, other members of the Republican party may do the same. McConnell released this statement on January 13 saying that “there is simply no chance that a fair or serious trial could conclude before President-elect Biden is sworn in next week.”

Trump has been silent since besides releasing this video condemning violence and has not acknowledged the second impeachment. He has been banned from social media, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitch, and Snapchat. Along with these bans, the tech industry has made broad statements against this recent violence. Apple and Google have removed the app Parler from their app stores. The app was used by Trump supporters and white supremacists to communicate and coordinate the attack on the Capitol. Further, Amazon Web Services, which hosted the app, has cut off its service to Parler on the premise that it violated its terms of service. One feature of the app was that users could upload a photograph of their government-issued ID or driver’s license to become a “Verified Citizen.” The app lost the support of its security services, which protected user data, leaving it vulnerable to hackers who stole the data and turned it over to the FBI to be used to identify terrorists present at the riot. Read more about it here. Additionally, there are accounts publicly identifying people in photographs from the riots on platforms including Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok. Federal officials are identifying and arresting individuals who were at the event.

 The riots have caused many security changes in Washington D.C. and state capitals across the U.S. as Joe Biden’s inauguration grows closer and threats of further violence continue to spread online. These changes include the resignation of the U.S. Capitol Police chief, Steven Sund, increased police and national guard presence in Washington D.C. and the implementation of high security barriers around the Capitol building. Many D.C. businesses inside of the security perimeter are already making changes in preparation for the inauguration. Some are boarding up their windows in preparation for possible protests while others are preparing to serve guests who come to D.C. for the inauguration. In response to various local, state, and federal officials asking people not to travel to Washington, D.C., Airbnb has canceled all reservations in the Washington, D.C. metro area during the inauguration week, according to this press release. Some hotel chains in the city have stated that they will be hosting guests; as of now, nothing has been done to prevent this.

The events in this article, including the Senate trial, the consequences of the riots, and the coming inauguration, are all ongoing.

 

Paint Splash illustration done by Mina Tocalini of 360 MAGAZINE.

Second Virtual Teens Take The Met!

Looking for a way to spice up your Friday? Join The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s second Virtual Teens Take The Met! on Friday, November 6, from 3 to 8 p.m. All activities, programs, and workshops will be held online, and teens will have the opportunity to digitally participate in hands-on experiences created by more than 20 NYC cultural and community organizations through Instagram, YouTube, Zoom, Twitch, and other social media platforms.

Teens Take The Met! has been held at the Museum bi-annually since 2014 and has become one of New York City’s most dynamic events for teens. The Met hosted the first virtual festival last spring while the Museum was temporarily closed due to COVID-19 and over 5,000 from New York City and around the world had the opportunity to participate.

This fall’s virtual event will offer new programming and activities every hour throughout the afternoon. Teens who preregister by noon on November 6 will gain access to a special VIP Zoom lounge, hosted by The Met, with activities and live DJs from Building Beats. Other highlights include:

  • Express Yourself: Self-Portraits with the Bronx Museum /  @bronxmuseum
  • Activism Poster Making with El Museo del Barrio / hosted on @metteens
  • Airheads: The Science of Flight with the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum / @intrepidmuseum
  • Original Songs from Remember Me: Hamlet Remix with Epic Theatre Ensemble / @epictheatr
  • Still Life Photography: Create Emotional Lighting with The Met’s Imaging Photo Studio / @metteens / Zoom (advance registration required)
  • Self-Care Art with Queens Museum / @thequeensteens

“Over the years, Teens Take The Met! has established itself as one of the most vibrant events at the Museum, where young people have an opportunity to carve out their own space and make their own connections to the collection and to one another,” said Heidi Holder, The Met’s Frederick P. and Sandra P. Rose Chairman of Education. “Like so many programs during this challenging time, Teens Take The Met! had to adapt, and last spring’s virtual event was a powerful opportunity to reach over 5,000 teens who tuned in from New York City’s five boroughs and around the globe, showing us their creativity and desire to thoughtfully engage with important issues. Join us for this fall’s Teens Take The Met! for special access to VIP content, workshops, and a Zoom party.”

Virtual Teens Take The Met! is open to all teens, ages 13-19. Visitors of all abilities are welcome to participate in any Museum program. For information about accessibility, programs, and services for visitors with disabilities at our two sites, visit metmuseum.org/access, email access@metmuseum.org, or call 212-650-2010.

Zhu – I Admit It

ZHU UNLEASHES NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO, I ADMIT IT FT. 24kGoldn

I Admit It Fashion Show On Luminosity Gaming Stream On November 13

Watch Official Video Here

Download / Stream I Admit It Here

ZHU explores an eerie, enticing sonic landscape with characteristic cool, flitting from the ethereal to the visceral, on his new single, I Admit It featuring 24kGoldn, who contributes a scintillating verse. 24kGoldn currently tops Billboard’s Hot 100 with his Platinum single Mood featuring Iann Dior. Released today by Astralwerks, I Admit It is available HERE.

The accompanying video unfolds on the production floor of a factory where the machinery has been repurposed to produce ZHU’s fashion line, which exudes an erotic, industrial sensibility. The unexpected combination of plastic, lingerie, work boots, kimonos, protective gear and faux fur, in shades of orange and black, is informed by hazmat imagery, filtered through a sensual, futuristic lens. After the robotic assembly line wraps up production for the day, the workers slip into pieces from the stunning, forward-thinking collection and take to the improvised factory floor catwalk ZHU and 24kGoldn perform. View the video, which was directed by Joey Vitalari, HERE.

Today, ZHU announced his November 13 fan exclusive I Admit It fashion show advance screening, which will take place in downtown Los Angeles. The event will also include a never before seen Blacklizt set. A limited number of passes are available for the advance screening. Attendees will be selected in a random drawing. Fans can submit their names HERE and can find all COVID protocols that will be enforced at the event. The I Admit It fashion show and Blacklizt set will premiere on Luminosity Gaming’s live Twitch stream later that night. The stream can be seen at https://twitch.tv/lgloyal. Additionally, ZHU will be the music director for EGLX 2020, along with hosting the rising stars each day of the four day extravaganza.

Adrian Montgomery, CEO of Enthusiast Gaming, the parent company of Luminosity Gaming, commented, This is our 2nd collaboration with ZHU. There is a natural fit between his music and our gaming audience, and we look forward to continue to partner on unique content experiences. After debuting on Luminosity Gaming’s Twitch channel, the fashion show will be available for viewing on ZHU’s YouTube channel.

ZHU gave fans a preview of the I Admit It merchandise collection, which features designs seen in the video. Items that will be available for purchase are faux fur coats, plastic duffle bags, plastic perforated hazmat suits, airbrushed sweaters, trench coats, a cape with accent orange stitching, and many graphic tees and long sleeves. ZHU worked alongside his creative director, Emmy Slattery, to create a peerless array of merchandise. Get a glimpse HERE. The Fall/Winter 2020 line will be available for a limited time in ZHUߣs online store beginning November 16 and at his pop-up store in downtown Los Angeles from November 17-21. Reserve a spot at the pop-up HERE.

I Admit It is the follow-up ZHU’s Risky Business. Flaunt, which premiered the official video, said, [ZHU] is a creative force and an effortlessly cool tastemakerߪaligning with ZHU’s whole image, [Risky Business’] is mysterious and raises curiosity in every sense. Dancing Astronautpraised it as another example of ZHU’s mastery over his craft. View the video HERE. ZHU has been livestreaming from locations like his own CLUB ZHUM, streaming from the Zhudio, to Sand Dunes Park in Utah (as part of Virtual Lollapalooza) to Billings, Montana (Tito’s Made To Order Festival).

About ZHU:

Since emerging from the underground in 2014, ZHU has brought a cinematic sense of world-building to his music. Born Steven Zhu and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, he began playing piano at a young age. After making his debut with Moves Like Ms. Jackson a 2014 release that drew widespread attention despite ZHU’s deliberately concealing his identity ZHU dropped his debut EP The Nightday and soon earned a GRAMMY Award nomination for Best Dance Recording for his breakthrough single Faded. Arriving in 2016, his debut album Generationwhy found ZHU illuminating his emotional life to a greater degree, in part by adding more of his lithe vocal work to the album’s channeling of desert psychedelia. It debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronics Albums chart. ZHU continued that sonic exploration on his sophomore album Ringos Desert, a 2018 effort featuring guests like TOKiMONSTA and Tame Impala. He has recently collaborated with Kito (Follow ft. Jeremih), Tinashe (ONLY), partywithray (CAME FOR THE LOW) and Bob Moses(Desire).

As his profile has risen over the past few years, ZHU has passionately pursued his interest in fashion, playing an essential part in the design of his fashion-forward merch. With ambitions of including a runaway at upcoming live shows, ZHU aspires to shed light on the left-of-center sensibilities of the more daring corners of the electronic-music world in all aspects of his artistry. ZHU has recently launched partnerships with Luminosity Gaming and Leica.

About 24kGoldn:

San Francisco native and 2020 XXL Freshman 24kGoldn broke into the scene late 2019 with his Platinum debut single, Valentino after signing to RECORDS/Columbia Records. Led by an initial burst on TikTok and surpassing 400 million total global audio streams, the 19-year-old showed the world his sound was universal, with the track appearing on over 40 Spotify Viral 50 lists internationally. 24kGoldn wrapped 2019 with the release of his genre-bending 8 track EP, Dropped Outta College, which had a multiple week run at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and was executive produced by Platinum producer, D.A. Doman. The EP includes his certified-Gold single City Of Angels, which also appeared on over 40 Spotify Viral 50 charts and has over 375+ million global streams to date. Goldn legitimately dropped outta college, which he attended for Business, astutely knowing that now was the time to chase his dream. Fast forward to today, Goldn’s latest single Mood currently stands at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, has topped the Spotify Global Top 50 Chart and earned a Platinum plaque with almost 500+ million streams in under 10 weeks. He has received praise from the Los Angeles Times, Billboard, Variety, Complex and Rolling Stone, as well as being named one of YouTube’s Artists on the Rise. Pre-COVID, he was on the road opening for Landon Cube and YBN Cordae, and performed at Rolling Loud.

About Astralwerks:

Established in 1993 in New York City, Astralwerks was the brainchild of Caroline Records staffers who saw an opportunity for a label focused on the nascent electronic and ambient scene. Now based at the historic Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood, Astralwerks has emerged as a modern, artist-first label and the #1 market share leader for dance/electronic music in the U.S. Combining a scalable, independent and global-thinking ethos with the ability to tap into the resources of a major label has enabled Astralwerks to sign such artists as ILLENIUM, Jonas Blue, Alison Wonderland, EDEN, ZHU and Alesso. As a testament to its pioneering approach, Astralwerks has amassed 30 GRAMMY nominations, taken home six GRAMMY Awards and had historic releases from the likes of The Chemical Brothers, Swedish House Mafia, Halsey, Porter Robinson, Phoenix, Eric Prydz, Fatboy Slim and many others. The label has also released such massive singles as the 5x Platinum Happier by Marshmello + Bastille and FISHER’s Losing It.

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PornHub Insights x Among Us

When originally released in 2018 by InnerSloth, the game ‘Among Us’ was not known by many people. However, this year the online game is now trending. ‘Among Us’ is a multiplayer internet game that uses internet or local wifi to connect you with users to “attempt to hold your spaceship together and return back to civilization” the InnerSloth’s website describes. 

PornHub Insights started noticing that within the last 30 days there have been 4.7 million searches for ‘Among Us.’ The game garnered mainstream recognition when well known Twitch Streamers and YouTubers began playing it. 

Kotaku reached out to PornHub so see if searches were being increased on their website as well. After reviewing their insights, they noticed that searches containing ‘Among Us’ became regular around the start of September and reached n September 16th, with nearly 700,000 searches in a single day.

With average daily searches of 115,000, ‘Among Us’ currently rivals Pornhub’s most searched games such as Fortnite.

It seems the public’s interests in online gaming has been reinvigorated since the start of COVID-19 and scouring the internet for articles for ideas to pass time seemed to be a top priority. 

The 360 MAGAZINE wrote an article recently, describing ways to not let boredom overcome you this fall. It references how playing online games is a way to pass the time, but the fall can bring on other new opportunities such as baking cookies or honing a new skill. 

While some are taking time to perfect skills, its no secret that online traffic and gaming has been increased. Some are going back to childhood games such as Club Penguin and ToonTown while others are exploring new games such as the ones InnerSloth are releasing. 

InnerSloth currently hosts three online gaming platforms all with different themes to peak the consumers interest.