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Drai’s Beachclub partners with XSET For New Gaming Cabanas via Wicked Creative for use by 360 MAGAZINE

XSET × DRAI

 Drai’s Beachclub • Nightclub takes gaming to new heights with the recent launch of the first-ever gaming cabanas produced by XSET, the world’s most diverse, innovative and socially conscious Esports “SET” ever assembled. Gamers can now play their favorite video games in cabanas equipped with gaming consoles, enormous screens, and advanced sound-systems. Intersecting gaming with music, sports, fashion, art and culture, the innovative cabanas are available throughout the summer.

“Our goal is always to give our guests something unique that can’t be found at other clubs,” said Dustin Drai, Vice President of Marketing and Entertainment for Drai’s Beachclub • Nightclub. “These XSET cabanas are a perfect complement to the Drai’s Beachclub experience where guests can enjoy music, drinks, food and cutting edge gaming all in the comfort and privacy of these luxurious cabanas.”

XSET is about culture and lifestyle, both which include gaming, music, and fashion,” says Clinton Sparks, XSET Co-Founder and Chief Business Development Officer.  “Partnering with Drai’s to bring a first-of-its-kind gaming experience to their venue, while continuing to intersect music and gaming was a no brainer for both of us. Now, you can be at the world’s greatest party playing your favorite game while listening to your favorite DJ’s or artists performing live.”

XSET partnered with Drai’s Las Vegas to launch two new gaming cabanas wrapped with XSET walls, complete with 85” monitors and custom XSET consoles for VIPs to game while enjoying the experience of a club atmosphere. On the ongoing mission to merge and intersect cultures, XSET makes history again by being the first gaming organization to partner with a prominent club and being the first organization to have a gamer partnership at a club.

Drai’s Beachclub is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday – Sunday and transforms to Drai’s Resort Pool, open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., from Monday – Thursday. Drai’s Nightclub is now open from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Friday – Sunday. The upcoming Drai’s Beachclub • Nightclub lineup can be found at HERE.

Found 11 stories high, surrounded by breathtaking views of the Las Vegas Strip, the sweeping 35,000-square-foot Drai’s Beachclub is famous for unforgettable pool parties, luxurious cabanas and bungalows, and live performances. In addition to two full-service bars, Drai’s Beachclub offers more than 75 luxurious VIP tables under an awning of towering palms. The upcoming Drai’s Beachclub lineup can be found at HERE.

Drai’s is the only nightclub in Las Vegas that offers full-length concerts by today’s top-charting artists. Every weekend, the Drai’s LIVE concert series brings big names like 2 Chainz, Chris Brown and Rick Ross to the rooftop of The Cromwell, with banner performances set to the stunning backdrop of the lights of the Las Vegas Strip. The upcoming Drai’s LIVE concert lineup can be found at HERE.

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Millennials and the Metaverse: Here’s where Gaming and Engagement Come into Play

The digital age has taken over our daily lives. We now have technology that does everything for us – wake us up, read us our daily news, count our calories – the list goes on. But what the digital age has done for us most: provide fun and engaging ways for us to spend our downtime. 

The gaming universe has become one of the most flourishing industries of all time. With millions of games to choose from, like Bubble Hit, people of all ages can connect, engage, and enjoy. Recent reports show that the younger the generation, the higher the likelihood of engagement in the mobile gaming industry. Studies have shown that every 8/10 Millennial and Gen Z consumers are playing video games. Gaming is even on track to replace movies and television as the preferred form of entertainment. With numbers like this, it is a no brainer to begin ventures into this highly grossing marketplace. 

This thought is actually what created the staple of today’s gaming: the metaverse. With gaming on the rise, something had to be done to take it to the next level. The metaverse is an immersive virtual reality. Gamers enter this virtual world, “live”, and participate in activities in this virtual world. You may, in fact, have seen or heard of the metaverse in many different aspects besides gaming. The idea of NFT’s/cryptocurrency, for example, is another aspect of the metaverse. Games like Roblox, Minecraft, and Fortnite are examples of popular gaming sites that have immersed their users into the metaverse. 

But what exactly about the metaverse makes it so attractive? 

You can have fun with your friends anywhere,anytime. In the past, games could only be played together in person. But the metaverse extends the fun. Just the click of a button can take you into a new reality with all your friends. But the metaverse does more than just connect you with your friends – it can actually make you money. 

“I want to level the financial playing field and give the masses the opportunity to reach financial wealth,” remarks CEO John Vitti of VersusGames

Vitti transcended the already futuristic metaverse by going a step above and beyond – instead of simply having fun, you can have fun and earn money. VersusGames is a prediction-based gaming app, allowing you to make predictions that test your knowledge on all things pop culture. You enter a one-on-one match up, earning money through correct predictions. In addition to those earnings, by referring a friend, you earn 5% of their earnings. Players are earning so much that they’re even quitting their jobs! Here, the idea of the metaverse takes on a new meaning. The metaverse extends from the virtual world to reality, allowing you to turn your gaming into real-life profit. 

VersusGames also allows influencers and celebrities to engage with their fans. As creators host games, they are able to earn consistent profits from their engagement. Unlike other big tech giants that only have a small pot of funds for all of their creators, VersusGames ensures creators get value for their time. But VersusGames is more than another PR opportunity – celebrities like Kevin Hart, Jason Derulo, and internet superstars Josh Richards and David Dobrik find VersusGames a meaningful way to form genuine connections with their fans. 

VersusGames is a great example of how engagement is enhanced through the metaverse. By turning virtual fun into real-life profit, consumers aren’t just engaging with the product once, but consistently coming back for more. Besides a higher retention rate, the metaverse provides another layer of enhanced gaming. With tools like virtual reality sets, you aren’t simply playing a video game, you are inside of one. Gaming goes from a 2-D to 3-D experience. The physical gaming experience has become more immersive than ever, as well as the real-life opportunities that go with them. Gaming isn’t simply a passtime anymore. Thanks to the metaverse, it has become a lifestyle. 

With every innovation comes its skeptics. Many are worried about the impacts of the metaverse on privacy. With new technology like the metaverse, so much is unknown. From tracking your physical movements and patterns when you play games, to tracking personal and financial information in transferring gaming money to money in the bank, a lot of consumers are worried about the implications of these actions. Companies are ensuring that with this brand new technology, consumers remain the priority. Privacy laws regarding the new metaverse technology are now being developed to protect consumer privacy first and foremost. 

Another fear with the metaverse is its implications on its players’ physical and mental health. By entering such an immersive world, some players have experienced a feeling similar to a hangover or depression period after exiting the game. When switching from such an exciting and immersive world, the switch back into reality can sometimes be challenging. Companies like VersusGames have worked to ease the transition by providing real-life opportunities for advancement from the games, and allowing social interaction to be a large part of the game. By staying connected to others in the metaverse, players’ confidence in their abilities to interact is high, helping bridge the gap of social anxiety, and encouraging more genuine connection in reality. 

To sum up, here are the key features the metaverse provides your gamers:

  • An immersive and engaging gaming experience
  • Opportunities for profit
  • A great way to connect with friends/family

Gaming is redefining the entertainment industry. As the younger generations are now engaging with entertainment more often, gaming has become at the forefront of priorities. The era of the metaverse is here – it is time to get on board!

FORTNITE X MARVEL: ZERO WAR #4 via Blackwood, Anthony by 360 Magazine

FORTNITE X MARVEL

Check out the cover of FORTNITE X MARVEL: ZERO WAR #4, arriving this August

FORTNITE X MARVEL

ZERO WAR, the highly anticipated comic mini-series that will see the Marvel Universe collide with the world of Fortnite, kicks off next month! Written by veteran Marvel writer Christos Gage and Epic Games’ Chief Creative Officer Donald Mustard and drawn by artist Sergio Davíla, the five-issue saga will star heroes from both universes as they hunt down the elusive Zero Shard to save their respective realities from total collapse!

ZERO WAR #4, the threat to the Marvel Universe will become so great that Marvel’s most iconic villain will have no choice but to intervene… ENTER DOCTOR DOOM! Doom has thrown in with some of the most dangerous people in the Fortnite universe but what does Doom really want? And how far will he go to get it?

Each first print issue of FORTNITE X MARVEL: ZERO WAR contains a redeemable code to unlock a bonus digital cosmetic in Fortnite!

Here are the in-game items Marvel and Fortnite fans can look forward to unlocking in the coming months:

  • FORTNITE X MARVEL: ZERO WAR #1 – New Spider-Man Outfit – Exclusive to comic buyers for a limited time!
  • FORTNITE X MARVEL: ZERO WAR #2 – New Iron Man Wrap – Exclusive to comic buyers for a limited time!
  • FORTNITE X MARVEL: ZERO WAR #3 – New Wolverine Pickaxe – Exclusive to comic buyers for a limited time!
  • FORTNITE X MARVEL: ZERO WAR #4 – New FORTNITE X MARVEL: ZERO WAR Spray – Exclusive to comic buyers!
  • FORTNITE X MARVEL: ZERO WAR #5 – New FORTNITE X MARVEL: ZERO WAR Loading Screen – Exclusive to comic buyers!
  • Plus any fan who redeems all five codes will receive a new bonus FORTNITE X MARVEL: ZERO WAR Outfit!

Check out the FORTNITE X MARVEL: ZERO WAR #4 cover below as well as a variant cover by Stephanie Hans and pick up the debut issue of the comic series when it arrives on June 8. For more information, visit HERE.

To find a comic shop near you, visit HERE.

About Marvel Entertainment
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media for over eighty years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing, publishing, games, and digital media.

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How Graphic Design is Used for Online Gaming

When most individuals are asked what graphic designers do, they are likely to say they create logos, business cards, t-shirts, or other 2D images. Even though we engage with visual designers’ work every time we choose which games to play online, few people will mention their importance in game design. 

However, graphic design has taken on new dimensions in the twenty-first century, and with the growing online digital environment, it now plays a more critical function than ever before. Graphic design may be seen everywhere on the digital screen, from building web interfaces to online marketing, social media to online games.

The gaming industry is perhaps one of the most challenging fields in digital design. Of course, you need motion graphics, but you also need to pay attention to detail for credible elements and gaming instructions. Nevertheless, it’s safe to conclude that the gaming industry has progressed significantly. This article will look at how graphic design is vital in online gaming.

Marketing

Because many graphic designers work in marketing, their ability to create appealing visuals could benefit video games. Design specialists will capture people’s attention and enhance revenue long term by developing gorgeous banners. As users’ attention spans have shrunk dramatically in recent years, a visual approach gradually takes over written content.

User Interface

A graphic designer creates a game’s user interface (UI). The user interface is a collection of visual elements that allow the player to interact with the game and access various tools and settings. Several user interfaces are frequently found in a single game. When you initially start a game, the first UI you see is usually the launch screen, which sends you to the Menu, which is another UI. Each menu item opens to its own UI, which uses components like volume sliders and mouse sensitivity to assist you in navigating through each setting.

A graphic designer is responsible for selecting where all of these visual components and text should be placed so that they do not obstruct the player’s main view. Therefore, an excellent understanding of visual hierarchy is one of the most crucial skills a graphic designer possesses.

Gaming

So far, we’ve looked at how graphics are utilized in online games to attract attention and convey instructions, but what about the game itself? The motion graphics are well-articulated to guarantee that they achieve their full potential in terms of authenticity. Because online games are frequently adaptations of real-life games, such as casino games, getting them as similar to the real thing as possible is critical to ensure the gamer has a good time. Some of the most well-known gaming studios have reaped the benefits of advances in graphic design and computer technology, producing games that are as immersive as they come.

Video games are multi-faceted bodies with a semiotic landscape as one of them. Signs, display panels, visual announcements, and various other features distinguish games. These graphic objects are frequently employed in real life, such as in ads and the in-game world. As a result, it’s critical to pay close attention to them, enlisting a graphic designer’s help.

Graphic designers’ responsibilities do not end with the elements mentioned above. These designers will always be in demand for a variety of projects. In addition, graphic design is an integral part of gaming since it allows you to fully immerse yourself in the experience. We may take the technology employed in the graphical design component of games for granted, still, it has taken a long road of experimentation in line with general advances in computer technology to get to where we are now.

Overall, graphic design has become an essential part of many industries. It has been established via the study of online gaming that graphic design is critical to the success of the digital game. Consider this: without design in marketing, fewer people will be drawn to the game; without design in instructions, people may be confused about how the game works; and without design in the game itself, people may be dissatisfied with the game they have played.

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Snoop Dogg × FaZe Clan

FaZe Clan, Inc. (“FaZe Clan”) the digitally native lifestyle and media platform rooted in gaming and youth culture, announced that the entertainment icon, avid gamer, and owner of Death Row Records Snoop Dogg will become a member of FaZe Clan’s talent network and, upon closing of the previously announced business combination with B. Riley Principal 150 Merger Corp. (NASDAQ: BRPM)(“BRPM”), will join FaZe Clan’s board of directors. Snoop Dogg joins FaZe Clan’s robust talent collective of gamers, creators, entertainers, and esports professionals. He will represent FaZe Clan with the official name “FaZe Snoop.” As the latest talent member of FaZe Clan, Snoop Dogg will co-create content, participate in key business initiatives, and launch merchandise with the brand while appearing across FaZe Clan’s platform. Watch the announcement video HERE.

FaZe Clan announced on October 25, 2021, that it will merge with BRPM, a special purpose acquisition company, to become a publicly traded company. The transaction is expected to close in Spring 2022. In his role as a director, Snoop Dogg will bring his extensive entertainment industry insights and his passion for Web3, gaming, and culture as FaZe Clan charts its course as a public company. A full list of the expected post-merger Board of Directors will be announced later this month.

“The organic relationship between FaZe and Snoop has been building for years now, so we are thrilled to officially welcome FaZe Snoop to the family. As the original internet kid, and a first-generation gamer, Snoop has always understood the cultural connection between music, lifestyle, and gaming,” said Kai Henry, Chief Strategy Officer of FaZe Clan. “Today, Snoop is a prominent voice in the emerging Web3 community and we have exciting plans to create together in the metaverse, driving new engagement opportunities for both of our fanbases.”

“It only makes sense to partner with FaZe Clan as both a team member and on the Board of Directors,” said Snoop Dogg. “The youth identifies with their brand and that’s something my son Cordell knew, which is why he brought us together.”

“As I’ve been watching what FaZe Clan has been building in the gaming space, I knew there was a natural connection with what my dad has been doing,” said Cordell Broadus, Creative Consultant, Channel 21. “When I look at the two brands, I was inspired by the synergy they could create so I brought them together in this partnership. I can’t wait for the world to see what we are about to do.”

Beyond becoming a talent member of FaZe Clan, Snoop Dogg will also launch a community outreach program centered around charitable activities that support youth. A display of this community outreach collaboration took place during Super Bowl weekend in February. FaZe members played in a co-branded FaZe Clan x NFL flag football game and for each team’s participation, $25,000 per team was donated to youth sports. FaZe Clan’s donation went to Snoop Dogg’s Youth Football League.

Snoop Dogg joins FaZe Clan’s talent collective of over 85 members which consists of world-class gamers, influential content creators, and personalities whose following expands beyond the world of gaming. Members include NFL star Kyler “FaZe K1” Murray, Lebron “FaZe Bronny” James Jr., Lil Yachty aka “FaZe Boat,” and Offset aka “FaZe Offset” and as part of the roster, they represent FaZe Clan in the gaming community and across the converging media and entertainment industries. 

What to know before watching Arcane

League of Legends is one of the most well-known MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) games of all time. Riot Games’ 2009 release, League, drew gamers from all over the world and developed a significant esports scene. It features two spin-off games: Teamfight Tactics, an auto-chess battler, and Legends of Runeterra, a card game.

League of Legends lets players to choose from over 100 playable champions from the mythical realm of Runeterra. The mythology and people of Runeterra inspired Arcane, a Netflix animated version of League.

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Arcane will dig into this universe, concentrating on the narrative of the sisters Vi and Jinx, who are estranged after being separated as young infants in the undercity of Zaun. There’s a lot to study before viewing the adaptation, with 12 years to build up the mythos. Before you watch Arcane, here’s all you need to know, starting with a glimpse at Runeterra.

Regions in Runeterra

Runeterra is a huge fantasy planet divided into 13 sections. These locations are occupied by a vast range of ethnicities and span a wide range of civilizations and biodomes. Runeterra is rich in history and magic, from the lush, verdant flora of Ionia to the enormous deserts of Shurima, the militaristic kingdom of Noxus to the solitary territory of Ixtal. Arcane takes place in two distinct areas: the shining City of Progress Piltover and the undercity neighborhood of Zaun.

Piltover and Zaun are so inextricably intertwined that Legends of Runeterra treats them as a single area in its game. Piltover is constructed above the cliffs that Zaun is built in, thus they practically stand on top of one other. Despite their close proximity, the two areas frequently clash owing to variations in living circumstances and customs.

Piltover, also known as the City of Progress, is a center for trade, science, and education. Piltover is well-known for its Academy, which educates Runeterra’s greatest brains in cutting-edge hextech science procedures and how to further enhance it. Its ports are also a major source of trade, with merchants travelling from all across Runeterra to Piltover. As a result, Piltover has become a wealthy city with a good level of living.

Zaun, on the other hand, is a far grimmer region, absorbing much of Piltover’s runoff and suffering from significantly greater rates of poverty and crime. Tragic chemtech and other industrial incidents occur often, but the Zaun Gray is one of Zaun’s most hazardous risks. The Gray is a thick haze from the industries in Zaun and Piltover, and its varying thickness makes breathing in Zaun a nuisance to a hazard. The people of these contrasting regions harbor a deep dislike of each other; the citizens of Piltover look down on those of Zaun as a lower class, while Zaunites have a simmering hatred of the Pilties for creating the impoverished conditions they live in. Arcane promises to explore these tensions, with the official trailer showing glimpses of riots and hinting that the tenuous peace between the regions is coming to an end. Of course, any fantasy world is only as good as the characters who inhabit it, so let’s take a look at the champions who will be in Arcane.

League of Legends Champions in Arcane

Jinx

Jinx is well-known throughout Piltover and Zaun as an anarchic madman armed with amazing armament, including her shark-shaped missile launcher Fishbones and explosive fire chompers. Jinx conceals many of her misdeeds under pranks ranging from changing all of the city’s street signs to wrecking and stealing Piltover’s most protected vaults. Much of Jinx’s background has remained a mystery, including a fascination with Vi that went unanswered until Arcane revealed that the two are sisters who grew up together in Zaun. The trailer also implies that Jinx’s madness is not a natural development for her, but rather a state of mind imposed on her by an unknown figure.

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Vi

Vi is a prominent character in Arcane, and she is voiced by Hailee Steinfield. Vi grew up in Zaun’s streets and rapidly earned a reputation for being quick to rage and even faster to punch. She led a gang in her teens for a brief period until a failed heist with a partnered game went wrong, putting innocent people in danger. Vi departed from Zaun shortly after putting the other gang in their place with her legendary hextech gauntlets. She subsequently reappeared as a member of Piltover’s Wardens, the organization in charge of maintaining peace and order in the city of progress. To this moment, the reason Vi departed Zaun has mostly remained a mystery, and Arcane will very certainly provide an explanation.

Caitlyn

Caitlyn, played by Katie Leung, grew up in a wealthy home, the daughter of renowned hextech engineers. Caitlyn, on the other hand, felt just as at home in the forest beyond Piltover as she did in the opulent metropolis where she grew up. Caitlyn learned to hunt wildlife and became an exceptional shooter as she explored the wilderness, which proved useful when she returned home to discover her parents taken. Caitlyn hunted out the crooks responsible – except for the mastermind, C – and went on to become a well-known private investigator. Caitlyn’s prowess eventually persuaded the Wardens to hire her as a sheriff, and she now maintains the peace in Piltover with the powerful hextech rifle her parents manufactured.

Jayce

Jayce, played by Kevin Alejandro, was raised in the City of Progress and exemplifies many of its principles of creativity and discovery. Jayce is a bright creative with a profound grasp of technology that allows him to outperform his contemporaries, including those who have studied for longer than him. His intellect has also caused some to regard him as aloof and arrogant since he just can not understand why others struggle with things that he finds simple. Viktor was the only scientist who could compete with Jayce’s intelligence until Viktor’s goals escalated to unethical proportions that Jayce could no longer ignore, leading to his murdering his only friend.

Viktor

Viktor grew up in Zaun and immediately learned that many of the industrial mishaps that plagued the undercity were the result of human mistake. He developed self-driving machines capable of performing manufacturing operations and eliminating the human component. Viktor’s talent attracted the notice of Piltover’s Academy, where he flourished alongside some of Piltover’s best brains, including Jayce. Viktor and Jayce collaborated on a number of projects, including a mechanized diving suit. Viktor advocated adding a chemtech helmet to the suit, allowing supervisors to manage the divers and eliminate human mistake even more – but Jayce regarded it as the unethical death of free choice.

Verdict

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Are Remastered Games Proof That the Industry Has Run Out of Ideas?

In 2021, around 30 remasters, remakes, and enhanced ports of classic video games were released to the market. This included Diablo II, Final Fantasy, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Mass Effect, and the Grand Theft Auto Trilogy, along with many other big names from the last few decades.

These re-released titles allow players to enjoy classic video games on modern hardware with upgraded graphics and tweaked gameplay.

For players that enjoyed them when they were first released, these new versions are a way to reminisce about games they used to spend hours playing without having to deal with the hassle of buying an old console or finding an emulator. They also allow new players who may not have been around when a game was released 20 to 30 years ago to experience it for the first time.

By upgrading the graphics, old games can be made to look almost like a completely new title or at least help to find a balance between respecting the original version while giving it a modern feel.

However, some people are beginning to question whether the sheer volume of remastered titles is proof that the video games industry has become creatively bankrupt. But is this a fair assessment, or is there value in this refreshing of old content?

Preserving Classics

Video games can often have lifespans of just a few years. They get released, see a flurry of sales, and then get replaced by a sequel. Sure, players can return to them whenever they want, but as new generations of consoles get released, fewer and fewer people have access to old titles.

Yet, just because a video game is 10 years old doesn’t mean that it is bad. The things that made it fun then will still be fun today.

Remastering old titles helps to preserve these games and allows players to enjoy them again. And with the improved backwards compatibility and digital libraries of modern consoles, it is more likely that these old games will be available for years to come.

Introducing New Players to Gaming History

Some of the remasters and remakes that were released in 2020 and 2021 were originally created in the 1980s and 1990s. That means there are two whole generations of gamers that didn’t get to enjoy them on their original hardware.

This includes gaming royalty like Final Fantasy, Command & Conquer, Half-Life, Super Mario 64, Tony Hawk’s Pro-Skater, and Doom – all titles that most players would agree are timeless classics.

Remasters and remakes give these games a fresh lick of paint to help them look better compared to newer releases, making them more appealing to newer generations so that they can enjoy them too.

Remakes Can Add New Features

Remastered games are typically the ones that stood out at the time they were originally on the market. This is usually a sign that they were well made and fun to play.

Therefore, most games don’t need to be improved, augmented, or enhanced as they are still great in their original form.

However, remakes still provide an opportunity for developers to get creative, either by editing the original or creating new modes that put a modern spin on the classic mechanics. For example, the new “Definitive Edition” of Grand Theft Auto Vice City has introduced new wayfinding features to the map, a modern aiming system, and a new weapon selection tool.

Yet players can still enjoy the original story, the 80s soundtrack that features artists like Mötley Crüe, and the same Miami-vibe.

Similarly, online casinos often create different variants of classic games like blackjack. These new versions have a slightly different dynamic to the original version and present new challenges to the player. For example, in Live Free Bet Blackjack, the player can split or double down on certain hands for free.

Some players prefer these modern remakes, but for those that don’t, the original versions are usually also available.

Bankrupt?

Overall, remasters and remakes are not necessarily a sign of creative bankruptcy. The proof that fresh ideas and concepts still exist is found through looking at the huge number of new titles that are released each year.

Sure, big publishers are leaning a little more heavily on their older IP than they once were, but this is just a sign of how good that content is. After all, if players didn’t like these games, they wouldn’t be paying to play them again.

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YouTube Originals Premieres Copy That

YouTube Originals premiered the first episode of “Copy That!,” the new five-part competition comedy series from Sony Pictures Television and executive producer Charles Wachter, where four-star YouTube creators each with a different, incredible skill, step out of their comfort zones and attempt to copy their fellow creators’ area of expertise in hysterical ways! Episodes debut daily on each spotlighted creators’ channel beginning on today only on YouTube. Additional “Copy That!” bonus content will premiere daily with each episode for YouTube Premium subscribers, only on the YouTube Originals official channel.

“Copy That!” stars Sofie Dossi (6.21M subscribers), Lisette aka Luhhsetty (3.15M subscribers), Rosanna Pansino (13M subscribers) and Preston (17.9M subscribers) who demo their gaming, cooking, dancing, or beauty and makeup mastery in a blur of action and charisma, and then it is up to the other star creators to COPY THAT! and nail their own version. Whether it be a delectable crêpe cake, make-up demos, or jaw dropping dance routine, the other star creators will be in over their heads trying to create their own magic in a space they know little about. 

Fans can follow the episodic rollout on each creator’s channel daily:

“Copy That!” is produced by Sony Pictures Television and executive produced by Charles Wachter. Susanne Daniels is Global Head of Original Content for YouTube. Alex Piper serves as Head of Unscripted for YouTube Originals, with Cara Casey and Ryan Bratton overseeing “Copy That!” for the global platform.

About YouTube Originals

YouTube Originals are award-winning series, specials and livestream events for YouTube’s two billion active monthly users that entertain, inspire, connect, and educate audiences through authentic storytelling from YouTube creators, music artists and celebrities. By tapping into the platform’s growing global community, fan engagement product capabilities, and innovative content, YouTube Originals amplify the most popular and unique aspects of YouTube. Fans can experience YouTube Originals content for free through the standard YouTube platform (ad-supported), or through a paid subscription to YouTube Premium, which adds ad-free, bonus/exclusive content, and early binge access to select programming. YouTube Originals are available in over 100 countries worldwide.  Keep up with the latest YouTube news by visiting the global platform’s official blog at https://blog.youtube/.

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Emporium Arcade Bar Offers Event Venues

Emporium Arcade Bar, the lively venue known for its classic arcade games, colorful artistic ambiance and renowned drink menu, also provides six dynamic private event venues in several large metropolitan areas across the country. With three locations in Chicago (Wicker Park, Logan Square and Fulton Market), as well as two in the Bay Area (San Francisco and Oakland) and one in Las Vegas (inside the new mind-bending experiential art and entertainment complex AREA15), Emporium Arcade Bar offers everything from free table reservations for small casual gatherings to full venue buyouts for larger holiday company events.

Emporium Arcade Bar offers a completely hassle-free experience for small and large groups,” said Danny Marks, co-founder, Emporium Arcade Bar. “We offer corporate packages for groups who want to pre-plan the entire holiday party experience, as well as free and easy table reservations for smaller groups looking to host a laid-back gathering in a fun-filled atmosphere.”

Emporium’s unusually flexible array of options make it ideal for company parties centered around the upcoming holiday season. For larger events, each Emporium location can accommodate the following number of patrons:

Wicker Park: up to 350 guests

Logan Square: up to 500 guests

Fulton Market: up to 200 guests

San Francisco: up to 900 guests

Oakland: up to 200 guests

Las Vegas: up to 600 guests

Meanwhile, Emporium allows for ample branding opportunities on customizable LED monitors located throughout each venue. Ideal for playing videos or presentations, its Chicago locations also feature oversized projection screens ranging from 10 to 20 feet and its San Francisco location also features a 50-foot movie theater-sized screen as well as two 15-foot screens. For events requiring advanced audio-visual elements, Emporium offers an in-house team to set up any necessary presentation or AV equipment. In addition, Emporium has a comprehensive list of talented local DJs throughout its three regions who can set the right vibe for any holiday function.

Drink and game token packages can be booked for parties of any size and full catering packages are also available at all locations. For more information or to inquire about booking a private group, visit Emporium’s group bookings pages for Chicago, San Francisco, Oakland and Las Vegas.

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About Emporium Arcade Bar

Emporium Arcade Bar is the quintessentially cool place to hang out and have a good time. Originally launched in Chicago in 2012, Emporium now has six locations: three in Chicago (Wicker Park, Fulton Market and Logan Square), two in the Bay Area (San Francisco and Oakland) and one in Las Vegas (AREA15). Emporium Arcade Bar offers unparalleled destinations for all types of games, including classic arcade favorites, pool tables, pinball, foosball and many more. Its passionately curated bar purveys the choicest craft beer selections, an innovative cocktail program and expansive liquor list. In addition, Emporium Arcade Bar showcases vibrant work by local artists and an ongoing, robust calendar of live shows, DJs and game tournaments.

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Candy Crush National Tournament Announced

King, a leading interactive entertainment company for the mobile world, unveiled pop music sensation Doja Cat and national football champion Rob Gronkowski as celebrity competitors in the brand new Candy Crush All Stars U.S. tournament launching today. The duo appears in the brand new campaign film available HERE which showcases their drive to claim the winning title alongside tournament host Khloé Kardashian.

Doja Cat, known for dominating the music charts, TikTok trends and red carpets, and Rob “Gronk” Gronkowski, American football tight end and four-time champion, join the millions of players across the U.S. who will compete against one another for the first time ever in order to be crowned the ultimate Candy Crush All Star. The competition kicks off today and is open to any Candy Crush Saga player in the United States*. 

“Everyone knows that if you say the words ‘national competition’ three times, Gronk magically appears,” said Gronkowski. “When I heard about the launch of America’s first Candy Crush All Stars tournament I knew I had to get in on the action. I’m already playing Candy Crush Saga on the road all the time, so when I’m not spiking footballs, I’m swiping candies. Now, I’m inviting everyone to show up and compete with me. Let’s crown the best Crusher there ever was, America. Let’s go!”

“I’m so excited to be taking part in America’s first Candy Crush All Stars tournament!” said Doja Cat. “Anyone can compete and come out on top. But the real question is … who will be able to beat me and be crowned America’s No.1 Crusher?! Join now!”

Rob Gronkowski and Doja Cat join tournament host Khloé Kardashian, who will showcase her competitive side and hype up players from across the country to do the same. Anyone who has passed Level 25 in the Candy Crush Saga app can join them in the action to compete across the nation with both casual Crushers and long-time fans alike. 

How to Play

 King is inviting players to put their skills to the test and crush the competition across the country in the hopes of being crowned the nation’s No.1 Crusher! The tournament kicked off September 23rd at 8am EST. It is free to play and can be accessed by all who have passed Level 25 in the Candy Crush Saga app. The Qualifier Rounds take place from September 23rd to October 7th, but if you don’t qualify, don’t get sour yet! Players will have a last chance to qualify in two Wild Card Rounds. Once qualified, only the strongest Crushers will progress throughout the Quarter Finals, Semi-Final and the digital Final in November, where Khloé Kardashian will help crown America’s first Candy Crush All Star and award them a year’s supply of gold bars.

Candy Crush Saga is available to download and play for free on iOS and Android. More information is available HERE.