Hockey Takes a Penalty

Hockey is temporarily off the table.

Here in Canada, we take a few things very seriously, that includes but is not limited to; Hockey and Coffee. And as you’ve all may or may not heard, but both of these Canadian staples are being rocked by C-19 Virus that has erupted across the globe. The National Hockey League (NHL) has officially released a statement regarding their LIVE games and the attendees who were planning on visiting.  

The following is a statement on behalf of Hockey Canada from Tom Renney, chief executive officer, and Scott Smith, president and chief operating officer, on the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

“Without question, this is an unprecedented period of difficulty for the sports world. The health and safety of all participants in sport, including players, coaches, staff, officials, fans, family, volunteers and the general public, is of the utmost importance to Hockey Canada. 

After much consultation with the Hockey Canada membership, our chief medical officer and public health officials, the Hockey Canada Board of Directors has made the decision to cancel all Hockey Canada-sanctioned activities, including our national championships, until further notice, effective Friday, March 13, 2020. 

We recognize the tremendous effort that has been put forth all year by individuals across the country as they participate in Canada’s game. Although it is difficult to process the hockey season ending abruptly, we feel this is the best course of action in order to do our part in keeping our country safe.”

COVID-19 has caused cancellations far beyond hockey.

So as you can guess, Canada is currently in an upwind about our National Sports being canceled outright for the year due to this outbreak. Hockey fans across Canada have announced their distaste as they exclaim their selfish reasonings as to why the season should continue. Hockey is not the only sport taking this safety stance against the C-19 Virus. Rugby, Curling, the CFL, and minor leagues are also canceling outright. Schools across Canada are canceling their own sports as well, in which schools are remaining open.

In the midst of all of this mayhem, there is one thing to be said that is true. No matter the situation, Canadians will always want their coffee. In all of the stores closing and preventions in place, Tim Hortons is also taking their own preventative actions as they close their dining rooms across Canada. Only allowing drive-thrus to remain open during this time.  

So as you leave to grab your morning coffee, before whatever important matter you have to leave your home for… Wash your hands, take some Lysol wipes with you and wipe down your most used surfaces including your debit card and wallet/purse. Be safe, from all of us here at DVS Gaming. 

Diablo and Overwatch Rumored to get Animated TV Adaptations

Overwatch Animated Shorts

Since Overwatch’s launch, Blizzard has released some stunning animations to show players the character lore and to explain essential events in the world’s history. We’ve seen a deathly dual between Hanzo and Genji, the reunion between McCree and Ashe, the loss of Mei’s team, and many other heart-wrenching scenarios revolving around the heroes and villains of the game.

After watching these animated shorts, it’s no surprise that an animated show based on Overwatch’s lore may be in the works. While nothing is confirmed yet, some leaked information may prove that both Overwatch and Diablo may be on more than just our computer screens in the future.

McCree from Overwatch animated “Reunion” Courtesy of GameSpot

The Reveal

According to the LinkedIn profile of Nick van Dyk, the co-president of Activision Blizzard Studios, he states that he worked on both a Diablo and an Overwatch series. It seems that Diablo will get an adaptation “rendered in anime style,” which is in pre-production and will release globally through Netflix. Based on this rudimentary description, I imagine it will be artistically comparable to Castlevania’s adaptation currently on Netflix.

Further down, van Dyk also lists that he “developed and sold an animated series based on Blizzard’s Overwatch franchise.” There is no confirmation about this project, and it’s not yet clear who bought the series, but it does suggest potential in a future animated show.

Even if this information is accurate, it does not mean we’ll ever see these shows. The Overwatch series has only been bought, not greenlit, and the Diablo show can only be said to have been in pre-production at some point. If we do see some new animated series of the two, they will join the ranks of video game turned show along with games like Castlevania and The Witcher. Both show a lot of potential.

Blizzard has not yet made an official announcement surrounding either project.

Activision Demands That Reddit Identify Call of Duty Leaker

Activision has invoked the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) against a Reddit user.

While leaks are everywhere on the Internet about the next big game, Activision has sent a clear message to the sleuths of the gaming world: don’t leak Call of Duty.

The game developer has used the DMCA to file a subpoena against Reddit to identify those who leaked the upcoming Warzone mode of the Call of Duty franchise. The filing was submitted on February 14 in California’s Northern District Court. “The Content infringes Activision’s exclusive rights under copyright law. Specifically, it infringes Activision’s rights in its popular video game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. The Reddit user, Assyrian2410, has had his post taken down.

Could other game developers follow suit?

The DMCA protects Internet companies including Reddit and YouTube from liability for copyright infringement if a user of the website posts copyrighted material without permission from the original copyright holder. In exchange, the company has to take down infringing content, which is what was done in this case.

Activision is deciding to go after the individual in this case—Assyrian2410—and is currently seeking legal action against the user for the leaks. They want information such as names, addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses, and IP addresses to identify the individual. It is unknown if Reddit has handed any of this information to Activision, or even what they do with user data after account deletion. If Activision is successful, it may be seen as a sort of Pyrrhic victory because of the amount of time and resources they may spend to go after Assyrian2410.

The Warzone mode is scheduled for release in March, but this definitely shines a light on how far major game companies will go to take on random Reddit users. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below!