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Electronic Arts officially confirms Codemasters acquisition
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
Codemasters, the British video games company known for its wide range of racing titles, is now a part of Electronic Arts. The acquisition has been in the works for some time now, and today, EA officially confirmed the move on a blog post that welcomed the racing giant into the fold.
The acquisition has been an interesting journey to keep an eye on. Take-Two Interactive was originally in talks to purchase Codemasters with a deal that involved almost a billion dollars. However, EA threw a wrench into the takeover talks by making a "knockout bid" worth $1.2 billion, which Codemasters went on to accept in December.
"This is the beginning of an exciting new era for racing games and content as we bring together the talented teams at Electronic Arts and Codemasters," said Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson in a statement. "Racing fandom continues to grow worldwide, and the franchises in our combined portfolio will enable us to create innovative new experiences and bring more players into the excitement of cars and motorsport. Our teams will be a global powerhouse in racing entertainment, with amazing games for players on every platform, and we can’t wait to get started."
EA's racing portfolio already includes popular franchises like Need for Speed and Burnout. Now with Codemasters on its side, that list is increasing to include Dirt, GRID, Formula 1, and Project CARS, among other series that expand the publisher's scope beyond just arcade racers while also enabling it to have multiple racing game launches a year.
By Ather Fawaz
AWS and Formula 1 announce six new racing performance stats
by Ather Fawaz
Image via Formula 1 With less than two weeks to go for the resumption of the 2020 season, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Formula 1 have announced six new performance statistics that will help fans analyze the flood of real-time data during races. This will help them gauge the performance of the cars on track and predict race outcomes. These statistics will use a variety of AWS offerings, including Amazon Kinesis, AWS Lambda, and Amazon SageMaker.
To start off, on July 3-5, at the RedBull Ring in Austria, the debutant 'Car Performance Scores' will display an individual car’s performance using four metrics: Low-Speed Cornering, High-Speed Cornering, Straight Line, and Car Handling. These are vital indicators of a car's race performance and will allow fans to compare different F1 cars on the track.
The Car Performance Score stats are in addition to the five other metrics that will debut this season. Complete details on those are as follows:
Vis-à-vis the initiative, Rob Smedley, the Chief Engineer of Formula 1, stated that “We’re excited to be expanding this successful relationship to bring even more insights to life, allowing fans to go deeper into the many ways that drivers and racing teams work together to affect success.” While Mike Clayville, Vice President of Worldwide Commercial Sales at AWS remarked that “This year, we’re thrilled to extend the power of F1 data in the cloud and unlock new insights that help fans understand more of F1’s rich complexity.”
By Timi Cantisano
Crypto.com sold to Monaco, the start of a new brand using a powerful domain
by Timi Cantisano
After being approached by multiple entities and being offered plenty of money, Matt Blaze refused to sell his website, Crypto.com. It looks like his tune has finally changed over the course of a year, as it is being reported that the website has now been sold to Monaco.
Now, a bit of the backstory of why this news is making the rounds. Matt Blaze, a Professor of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania, purchased the domain Crypto.com and created a website. While your first thought might be cryptocurrency, this domain was purchased back in 1993, when digital currency was still in its infant stages. So why did Blaze purchase this domain? Because of his passion for cryptography, of course.
As you can imagine, with the recent boom in Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other digital currencies, his website gained a lot of attention. Websites with domain names relevant to the world of cryptocurrencies had been previously purchased for large sums of money. Tokens.com sold for $500,000, while ETH.com sold for two million dollars in 2017. There isn't a hard number for the value of Crypto.com, but some have speculated that it could be worth millions.
In a bit of an odd turn, after refusing to accept offers, Crypto.com has now been sold. The buyer, Monaco, a company with ties to, you guessed it, cryptocurrency. While the sum that had been paid was not disclosed, Monaco CEO Kris Marszalek stated that “If it was only about money he’d have sold it a long time ago.” In addition, he stated that:
Monaco will carry on, it will be under a new parent name, Crypto.com. While its Visa card, wallet and transfer service will become MCO.
Source: TechCrunch, The Verge | Image via Crypto.com
Co-op heist game Monaco is free to claim on Steam for 24 hours
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
While the Humble Store is giving away Telltale's The Walking Dead Season 1, Steam is also jumping in on the action by giving away 'Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine'. Well received at launch in 2013, the game is an indie co-op title by Pocketwatch Games, where players are tasked with carrying out various heists and robberies.
The game is played out in a top-down perspective with a focus on stealth, as the few weapons that exist arrive with very limited ammo. The game offers eight characters to choose from, each one bringing various quirks to the table, such as opening locks faster, putting guards to sleep, and hacking into security systems.
While the game is playable in single-player, the experience is mainly catered towards a multiplayer experience. Up to four players can play together in online or shared screen co-op.
Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine is now available to permanently claim on its Steam store page for free, however, be quick as the offer only runs until September 8, 10am PT. It seems the giveaway is a promotion for Pocketwatch Games' upcoming strategy title, Tooth and Tail. Moreover, all Monaco owners will receive a 10% discount when pre-ordering Tooth and Tail.
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By wendy oltman
Chinese Grand Prix 2017 is next in the F1 calendar. With Vettel winning the first race of the season, we are expecting a good competition between Ferrari and Mercedes. Will Vettel take the lead or Hamilton pull off something unexpected?
Here's the schedule.