Netflix Developing Beyond Good & Evil Movie With Detective Pikachu Director At Helm

Rob Letterman, the director of Detective Pikachu, has been tapped to direct a Beyond Good & Evil movie for Netflix, the streaming company confirmed. Originally reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Letterman will helm a hybrid live-action animated feature of the 2003 game, produced by Jason Altman and Margaret Boykin for Ubisoft Film and Television.

The movie is early in development and is currently looking for writers to adapt the game’s story. Beyond Good & Evil became a cult classic in the years following its release, leading up to Ubisoft resurfacing the property with Beyond Good & Evil 2 in 2017 after it had previously been announced in 2008. The game currently has no release date, but won’t be released prior to April 2021.

Netflix has a slew of video game adaptations both in development or currently available on its service, including Castlevania, the Witcher, and the recently announced Splinter Cell animated series–another Ubisoft IP–helmed by the John Wick writer Derek Kolstad.

In other video game film adaptation news, the Monster Hunter movie starring Milla Jovovich was delayed to 2021 and it was recently announced that the Sonic movie will be getting a sequel.

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After Twitch’s DMCA Music Takedowns, Here’s What Streamers Can Do

Last month Twitch streamers found themselves hit with a wave of DMCA takedown requests for clips that feature licensed music. For creators with hundreds of clips saved featuring various music in the background, this became a huge headache as they were asked to manually remove violating clips, which for some could be as many as hundreds of videos saved.

What Is DMCA?

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is a federal law that’s become quite infamous with the rise of social media services, particularly YouTube. Essentially, it gives the copyright owners the ability to call out unlicensed use of its products and request they be taken down.

While YouTube creators are familiar with the DMCA Twitch’s situation is unique in that the requests seem to come all at once, very quickly. Twitch’s official Support account acknowledged the takedown requests, but simply advised users to remove those clips. For users with large archives, Twitch says it’s “working to make this easier.”

Twitch’s DMCA Guidelines

Twitch’s guidelines on DMCA states that “It is our policy to respond to clear notices of claimed copyright infringement that fully comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. In addition, we will promptly terminate without notice the accounts of those determined by us to be “repeat infringers”.”

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How Does DMCA Affect Streamers?

The DMCA is infamous, but it’s also misunderstood. The Act primarily protects the interests of the copyright holder while also giving protections to digital platforms that would previously be liable for hosting copyrighted content that was uploaded without their knowledge.

“Most people think of the DMCA as something used against infringers,” says David Hoppe, Managing Partner at SF-based Media/Tech law firm Gamma Law. “But actually DMCA takedown requests are not sent to infringers. DMCA takedown requests are sent by copyright owners to sites that have content posted by users, and that content infringes the copyright. This could be a product review on Amazon, an essay posted on Medium or a YouTube video, for example.”

The purpose of the DMCA is to protect those platform owners, like YouTube or Twitch, from liability from the copyright holder, in case a user on the platform posts infringing content. “Any legitimate site will take a takedown request seriously and notify the user to take the content down so that the site will not have the risk of being sued by the copyright owner,” Hoppe says.”

Is there Free Music Twitch Streamers Can Use?

Owning an iTunes MP3 file or a Spotify Premium subscription doesn’t grant you the license to songs from those services. Streamers hoping to avoid a DMCA takedown may have better luck using royalty-free licenses through Creative Commons, or a variety of services that offer royalty-free music for generic use. Some streamers may look into commissioning custom tracks from musicians for exclusive use on their channel.

What Can Content Creators Do If They’re Hit With a DMCA Takedown Request?

Hoppe says that creators, like streamers, can send a counter-notice through the platform and their content will be put back up. “The copyright owner then has a limited time within which to file a lawsuit against the user. So if the creator gets a counter-notice back, they have to decide quickly whether it’s worth escalating to a lawsuit. Otherwise, the content could just stay up indefinitely.”

While platform holders will followthrough with DMCA takedown requests, there are steps creators can take if their content is taken down. However, these extra steps could lead to further litigation.
“The [content creator] will have to evaluate the legitimacy of the takedown request. If there is a credible claim that the creator’s content infringes on the other party’s copyright? If there is no credible basis, then the creator should file a counter-notice, and the site will be required to put the content back up. If it’s a closer call and there could be infringement, then the creator should consult a copyright lawyer and make the decision whether to file the counter-notice and possibly wind up in court.”

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Matt T.M. Kim is a reporter for IGN.

8 Best Shows And Movies To Stream For August 2020 – Netflix, HBO Max, Hulu, Disney+, Prime Video

August 2020 has plenty of new streaming options. Here are our top 8 choices of new releases to check out on Netflix, HBO Max, Hulu, Disney+ and Prime Video this month, including The Legend of Korra: Books 1-4, Muppets Now and Project Power.

Check out GameSpot for our full lists of what is coming to each streaming service in August on Netflix, Disney+, and Amazon Prime Video.

This Classic FPS Will Be Free Next Week During QuakeCon

QuakeCon is one of gaming’s longest-running conventions, and while you might have to watch the festivities from home this year, you’ll at least get something for your troubles.

Starting August 7, if you have a account and you watch QuakeCon, you’ll get the PC version of Quake on the Bethesda launcher for free, according to reputable Twitter user Wario64. Additionally, if QuakeCon hits its first fundraising goal of $10,000–which seems fairly likely–you’ll also receive a free copy of Quake II, the misleadingly-named sci-fi follow-up to Quake.

QuakeCon was confirmed to be a digital-only event back in late June, and it runs from August 7 to 9. You can check the rest of the schedule on the event’s website, which includes a Representation in Video Games panel, a Doom Eternal panel, a look at the upcoming Dishonored tabletop RPG, and, of course, the grand finals of the Quake World Championship. There will probably be game announcements too, perhaps related to upcoming Bethesda games like Ghostwire: Tokyo and Deathloop. Don’t expect too many details on Starfield, though.

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Halo Infinite’s Multiplayer Will Be Free-To-Play And Run At 120 FPS

Halo Infinite‘s multiplayer component will be free-to-play and will support 120 FPS on Xbox Series X. 343 Industries announced this on Twitter, stating that more details about the game’s multiplayer will be shared at a later time.

Halo Infinite’s campaign was shown off during the Xbox event earlier in July, but 343 Industries has yet to show any footage of the game’s multiplayer component or offered details beyond confirming that the multiplayer will be available at launch. Xbox boss Phil Spencer recently said that Halo Infinite’s multiplayer was “special” and the team worked alongside professional Halo players to fine-tune the experience.

In a recent blog post, 343 Industries developers said that Halo Infinite might not have a multiplayer beta due to the difficulties of working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the same post, 343 Industries said that the team is going with a more ‘classic’ art style for the game, but the studio has heard the complaints that the game looks “flat, simplistic, and plastic-like,” after the single-player demo was criticized for its visual fidelity. The studio also said that the game will not feature real-money loot boxes the way Halo 5: Guardians did, but the game is expected to have microtransactions in some form.

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Halo Infinite Multiplayer Is Free to Play, 343 Confirms

Following a leak, 343 Industries has confirmed that Halo Infinite’s multiplayer will be free-to-play and will support 120fps on Xbox Series X.

Halo’s Twitter shared the news, saying “Halo is for everyone. We can confirm #HaloInfinite multiplayer will be free-to-play and will support 120FPS on Xbox Series X. More details will be shared later!”

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Earlier today, Smyths Toys leaked the news in its listing for Xbox Series X, highlighting the free-to-play news, 120 FPS, and “greatly reduced load times.”

While we have yet to learn much more about Halo Infinite’s multiplayer, we did learn much more about its campaign at the Xbox Games Showcase, where 343 confirmed it will be running at a locked 60 FPS.

Halo Infinite will also be more of a platform than a standalone entry, and this move to free-to-play only reinforces that this is what Halo will look like for the foreseeable future.

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343 Industries’ confirmation of Halo Infinite’s free-to-play future follows its open discussion on the community’s mixed response on the latest Halo’s graphics and visual style, a possible multiplayer beta, and microtransactions.

Halo Infinite will be released alongside the Xbox Series X in Holiday 2020, but will also be available on PC and Xbox One.

For more, be sure to check out more info on Halo Infinite’s villain and story, as well as why this new entry is the perfect jumping on point for those new to the Halo franchise.

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Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN who can’t wait and is so excited he just can’t hide it. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.

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The Last Of Us HBO Show Will “Expand” On The Series

Chernobyl miniseries creator and The Last of Us show producer, Craig Mazin, said that the television adaptation of Naugty Dog’s popular post-apocalyptic zombie franchise will “expand” on the series.

Mazin talked about The Last of Us show on BBC Radia 5 Live’s Chernobyl Special, in which he discussed the delicate balancing act he faces in adapting such a widely lauded game franchise to television. He assured fans during the conversation the show will “expand” instead of “undo” the source material.

“I think fans of something worry that, when the property gets licensed to someone else, those people don’t really understand it, or are going to change it,” Mazin said. “In this case, I’m doing [the series] with the guy who [created the game], and so the changes that we’re making are designed to fill things out and expand, not to undo, but rather to enhance [the source material].

“We’re creating anew and we’re also reimagining what is already there to present a different format,” Mazin continued. It’s kind of a dream come true for me. I’m a little bit scared because a lot of emotions connected to this game are rather intense. I think I’m probably going to go hide in a bunker for a while because you can’t make everyone happy.”

Mazin has previously professed his love for The Last of Us. A tweet ranking his favorite video games of all time saw 2013’s The Last of Us in his number one spot. And as a fan of the series and of Ellie as a character, Mazin also confirmed that the protagonist’s sexuality will remain unchanged in the HBO show.

While casting announcements have not been confirmed as of yet, the series has landed Vikings director and fellow Chernobyl cohort Johan Renck to direct the pilot episode. And Joel voice actor Troy Baker revealed who he thinks should play the gruff father figure.

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Fortnite Party Royale Diplo Presents: Higher Ground Concert

Diplo held his final concert in his summer Fortnite residency on July 31 within Fortnite’s Party Royale mode. Players got to see a short set of the musicians library of tracks as they drove ATVs into walls, flew around in gliders, and emoted towards the sky.

Diplo’s stage featured glowing panels, bounce pads, and plunger crossbows as the DJ spun records in front of fantastical neon backgrounds. It was a much quieter affair than Travis Scott’s larger-than-map performance but the intimate setting was enjoyable. It also didn’t have any capacity limits–anyone who wanted to join could enjoy the show.

This concert only featured Diplo but previous concerts have had appearances from the other members of Major Lazer as well as Young Thug, Noah Cyrus, Jordan Fisher, and others.

Party Royale is Fortnite’s non-violent game mode that prioritizes fun over victory royales. The main stage within the mode has also been the home of Christoper Nolan movie screenings, Star Wars trailer premieres, and a handful of other concerts. It also features paintball guns, party games, and race tracks all without the fear of getting eliminated by a sweaty player with a sniper rifle.

A rebroadcast of the event is happening on Monday, August 3 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT