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Twitch Announces Winners Of Landmark Competitive Gaming Scholarship

Today, Twitch, which is one of the world's leading video game broadcasting networks, announce the winners of the first annual Twitch & Alienware Scholarship for Outstanding Student Gamers. The competition awarded $50,000 in scholarship based on criteria spanning academic and gaming achievements, which was sponsored by SteelSeries, a leading manufacturer of gaming peripherals, including headsets, keyboards, mice, software and gaming surfaces. The winners, who each will receive $10,000, include Kevin Carlino (pictured above), John Stockwell, Antonio Revard, Joey Yurgelon and Kelli Dunlap. It is quite unprecedented to hear anyone receiving funds for higher education just from being a professional gamer — and we're not talking about those Dell commercials that give you a free Xbox 360 for school. "Live video game streaming is gaining momentum quickly as evidenced by the traffic to Twitch as well as the increase in pro tournaments, partnerships, charity drives, developer showcases and sponsor interest," according to CEO of Twitch, Emmett Shear. "The avid professional gaming and spectator community has helped us thrive with more than 20 million visitors a month, and this scholarship is our way of showing appreciation for their passion while reinforcing our commitment to what we view as a legitimate sport." The eSports movement has grown by leaps and bounds with millions streaming, tweeting, and sharing their competitive gaming accomplishments through a well-connected network of professional and non-professional gamers. SteelSeries, which partnered with Twitch (formerly Twitch TV), is Dell's high-powered PC gaming brand and is keenly aware of its place within the competitive gaming space. Kim Rom, not to be confused with Kim Dotcom, CMO of SteelSeries notes it well, saying, "Some of our most loyal, passionate customers are students. The passion that our customers show for gaming is absolutely infectious, and we want to support them in any way we can. We hope the scholarship money will help our customers turn their passion into a career. In order to have qualified for the Twitch & Alienware Scholarship, winners were determined by a panel of industry experts who factored in their grades, gaming achievements and true passion for the gaming profession. Watch live video from competitive_online on www.twitch.tv Below, you can find a breakdown on each of the scholarship winners and their merits: Kelli Dunlap: American School of Professional Psychology in Washington, D.C., PhD candidate — This Halo expert and graduate student is conducting her doctoral dissertation research on the interplay between video games, personality and mental health. Simply put: Are you a noob or are you a pwner? Kevin Carlino: Arizona State University, Computer Science — This fifteen year veteran of the classic Diablo franchise, Carlino also serves as the host of Diablo Daily for Team Evil Geniuses, and he loves s'mores (we keed, we keed). John Stockwell: Pennsylvania State University, Computer Science — This aspiring game developer has a mean fixation on playing competitive Team Fortress 2. You may not have enough logs to tussle with this Gaming Abe Lincoln. Antonio Revard: Michigan State University, Media Arts & Technology (Video Games Design & Development) — A popular name amongst Twitch users, Revard is also a former professional Counter-Strike player and is a prominent broadcaster on the world's leading video game broadcasting network. Joey Yurgelon: University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Mechanical Engineering — If you feel yourself to be a true real-time strategist then Joey Yurgelon may be one to disagree. The self-admitted fanatic of the Blizzard Entertainment classic Starcraft, also enjoys playing League of Legends.

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Leslie Jones Expresses Disdain Over Upcoming ‘Ghostbusters’ Film

Earlier this month, it was announced that Ghostbusters will be re-imagined. While the news sat well with fans of the mid-80s cult classic, it struck a nerve with others that are attached to the movie’s cinematic lineage.

Comedian Leslie Jones took to her Twitter account to air out her opinion, stating the all-women cast of 2016’s rendition of Ghostbusters, which she was a part of, were overlooked. “So insulting. Like f**k us. We dint count. It’s like something Trump would do. (Trump voice) ‘Gonna redo ghostbusteeeeeers, better with men, will be huge. Those women ain’t ghostbusteeeeers’ ugh so annoying,” she tweeted. “Such a d**k move. And I don’t give f**k I’m saying something!!”

The Saturday Night Live cast member also displayed how the upcoming film, which is slated to be released in 2020, and its possible all male cast will diminish the box office success of a cast spearheaded by women. “...if they make this new one with all me and it does well which it will, it might feel that ‘boys are better.’ It makes my heart drop,” she said. “Maybe I could have use different words but I’m allowed to have my feelings just like them.”

So insulting. Like fuck us. We dint count. It’s like something trump would do. (Trump voice)”Gonna redo ghostbusteeeeers, better with men, will be huge. Those women ain’t ghostbusteeeeers” ugh so annoying. Such a dick move. And I don’t give fuck I’m saying something!!

— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Lesdoggg) January 19, 2019

It’s very sad that this is response I get.When the point is if they make this new one with all men and it does well which it will. It might feel that “boys are better”it makes my heart drop. Maybe I could have use different words but I’m allowed to have my feelings just like them

— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Lesdoggg) January 20, 2019

The all-women adaptation of Ghostbusters, which also starred Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, and Jones’ fellow SNL cast mate Kate McKinnon, netted $180 million at the worldwide box office at its time of release. While it was one of the most talked about films of that year, during the press run Jones received a wave of racist comments from social media users, a moment that led the entertainer to take a step away from the Twitter platform.

“You have to hate yourself to put out that type of hate. I mean on my worst day I can’t think of this type of hate to put out,” she said.

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An Unofficial Documentary About Drake Is Currently On Streaming Services

An unauthorized documentary about the rise of musician Drake can be viewed on video distribution services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. Drake: Rewriting the Rules initially dropped on Vimeo in Nov. 2018, and now, fans of the "God's Plan" musician will have a chance to watch it at their leisure on other platforms.

The documentary chronicles the music superstar from his days growing up in Toronto, to portraying Jimmy on the hit-teen drama Degrassi, to becoming a hip-hop star and working with musicians from Kanye West to his Young Money leader, Lil Wayne.

"Discover the untold story of how Drake rewrote the rules and rose from a child actor to become a cultural phenomenon and global musical icon," writes IMDb of the film's synopsis. "He is the king of pop and hip hop, combining many musical styles into one mainstream sound." The film runs 74 minutes long. Interviews from media figures and writers are included in the doc, which was directed and written by British filmmaker Ray King. However, no representatives from Drake's team are included.

Drake has not commented on the doc as of press time. He has been relatively quiet in the news, however, it's being reported that he is close to securing a residency of sorts at the Wynn's XS Nightclub in Las Vegas.

 

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Stream: Hulu's 'FYRE Fraud' Doc Examines The Festival That Scammed Thousands

In 2017, rumors of an exclusive festival taking place in the Bahamas took over social media. Organized by Billy McFarland and promoted by Ja Rule, the FYRE Festival was the new, cool kid on the festival block and quickly put other more seasoned festivals to shame.

But all that glitters isn't gold.

FYRE FRAUD, the new documentary streaming on Hulu, takes an intimate look at the scam that left thousands stranded on the island. Directed by Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby Nason, the dark-comedy interviews whistleblowers, victims, and the convicted con-man himself, McFarland.

In a press release, Fraust and Nason said the goal isn't to make light of those who were scammed.

"Our aim was to set the stage for a strange journey into the moral abyss of our digital age, going beyond the meme to show an ecosystem of enablers, driven by profit and willing to look the other way, for their own gain.

"We draw on countless cultural references, on true crime tension, and on humor - but we did not intend to create a toothless comedy about the Fyre Festival. We hope this film can pierce our collective apathy and disrupt our own millennial peers, if only for an instant - to look at these stories for what they truly are, and to halt this algorithm before it devours us whole."

FYRE FRAUD is now streaming on Hulu.

 

 

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