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Think great deals on Apple products ended with Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Think again. The pre-Christmas sales rush is in full flow with many products now at record lows. Here are my top picks of the best deals on AirPods, iPhones, iPads, MacBooks and the Apple Watch you can buy right now.&nbsp;

Tip: bookmark this article, it is updated throughout the day.

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Best Apple AirPods / Beats Live Deals

AirPods Pro Live Deals

  • 12/23 – STOCK CHANGES – AirPods Pro (typically $249.99) – Amazon –&nbsp;$249.00 (12/19 still out of stock!) / B&amp;H&nbsp;$249.99 (availability 6-10 weeks) / Best Buy &nbsp;$249.99 ( “getting more soon”) / Target &nbsp;$249.99 (12/23 – now "available to pick from some stores") / Walmart – $249.00 (out of stock)

AirPods With Charging Case Live Deals

AirPods With Wireless Charging Case Live Deals

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Beats&nbsp;

  • 12/24 CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE – Powerbeats Pro – Totally Wireless Earphones (typically $249) – Amazon: $199.95 (12/24 – currently unavailable) / Kohls: $199.99 (12/24 – out of stock) / Best Buy: £249.99 (12/24 – $50 price increase) / Target: $249.99&nbsp; (12/24 – $50 PRICE INCREASE) / Walmart: $249.95&nbsp; (12/24 – $50 price increase)
  • TOP DEAL – Beats by Dr. Dre – Beats Studio³ Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones – Gray – (typically $349.95)&nbsp; Amazon: $279.95 / Best Buy – $179.99 / Target: $279.99 / Walmart: from $269.93
  • TOP DEAL – Beats by Dr. Dre – Powerbeats³ Wireless (typically $199) – Walmart: $89.00 / Best Buy: $94.99
  • TOP DEAL – Beats by Dr. Dre – Powerbeats³ Wireless (typically $199) – Amazon: $89.99 / Best Buy: $89.99 / Target: $199.99 / Walmart: $89.00
  • Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones – (typically $199) – Amazon: $199.98 / Best Buy: $134.99 (refurbished) / Target: $179.99 (12/24&nbsp; now "available to pick from some stores") / Walmart: $126.19 (out of stock)&nbsp;
  • urBeats3 Earphones with Lightning Connector – typically $59.95 – Amazon: $34.47 / Best Buy: $39.99 / Target: $39.99 / Walmart: $39.00 (12/24 – out of stock)

Apple’s Best Live iPad Deals

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  • Apple iPad Pro (11-inch, Wi-Fi, 64GB) – Silver (Latest Model) – $649.99 (save $150) – Walmart: $735.00 / Target: $799.99 / Best Buy: $799.99 (12/19 – $150 PRICE INCREASE) / B&amp;H: $759.00 (12/19 $60 PRICE INCREASE)
  • Apple iPad Pro (10.5-inch, Wi-Fi + Cellular, 64GB) for $529 (typically $779) – Amazon – shop deal now
  • STAR DEAL – Apple iPad Air 10.5-inch Wi-Fi Only (2019 Model) – 64GB $399.99 / 256GB: $549.99 – (save $100) Amazon: shop deal now / Target: shop deal now / Walmart: shop deal now&nbsp;
  • 12/19 NEW – Apple iPad Air 10.5-inch Wi-Fi + 4G LTE (2019 Model) 64GB and 256GB – 64GB from&nbsp; $479.00 / 256GB from $579.00 (save $100) – B&amp;H: Shop deal now / Best Buy: shop deal now

Best Apple iPhone Live Deals

iPhone 11 Series

  • STAR DEAL – iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro – save up to $800 with AT&amp;T / $700 when you buy two iPhones on Verizon (prices valid through 12/24/19) – Membership Wireless – shop deals now
  • iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max – save up to $700 with second purchase PLUS switch &amp; get $200 (12/20 – Reduced from $400) – Verizon (prices valid through 12/24/19) – shop deal now
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  • iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max – Save up to $450 with qualified activation of an iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro for Verizon, AT&amp;T or Sprint – Best Buy – shop deal now
  • iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max – $300 gift card with qualified activation – Walmart – shop deal now&nbsp;
  • FREE iPhone 11 when you lease an iPhone 11 series, iPhone XS series, iPhone XR or iPhone X – Sprint – shop deal now
  • BUDGET DEAL – iPhone 6S / iPhone 6S Plus – Unlocked – 32GB – Total Wireless or Straight Talk – $99 / $149.99 (old models but stunning prices) – Walmartshop deals now

Older iPhones

  • STAR DEAL – iPhone 6S / iPhone 6S Plus – Unlocked – 32GB – Total Wireless or Straight Talk – $99 / $149.99 (old models but stunning prices) – Walmartshop deals now
  • iPhone XR, iPhone XS Max – save up to $300 with qualified activation – Walmart shop deal now&nbsp;
  • 12/20 $50 PRICE REDUCTION – Apple iPhone XS, 256GB, Space Gray – Fully Unlocked (Renewed) – $570.00 (save $730.00 on original price) – shop deal now
  • Apple iPhone 6S, GSM Unlocked, 64GB – Rose Gold (Renewed) – $186.99 (old model, but a stunning price) – Amazon – shop deal now
  • NEW – Apple iPhone 8 / iPhone 8 Plus (128GB) – $449.99 – Buy one, save $450 on a 2nd (new line required) – get up to $400 when you switch – Verizon – shop deal now.
  • 12/23 – $28 PRICE REDUCTION – Apple iPhone 8, 64GB, Space Gray – Fully Unlocked (Renewed) – $296.75 (save $150 on original price) – Amazon – shop deal now
  • NEW – Apple iPhone 7 32GB – typically $349.99 – Get this device free with Verizon activation (no trade-in required) – shop deal now
  • STAR DEAL – iPhone SE, 32GB – Simple Mobile – Silver – $59.99 – the cheapest iPhone deal you will find this year – Best Buy shop deal new

Best Apple TV Live Deals

  • Apple TV 4K (64GB) – $194.99 (save $5) – B&amp;H – shop deal now

Apple’s Best Mac / MacBook Live Deals

MacBook Pro

  • 12/18 STAR DEAL – Apple 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Mid 2018, Space Gray) – $1,349.00 (save $450) – shop deal now
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MacBook Pro deals are hitting record lows

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  • 16-inch MacBook Pro (brand new model) – save up to $200 on all models – Expercom - shop deal now / B&amp;H – shop deals now
  • 12/19 $200 PRICE INCREASE – MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Mid 2018, Silver) – $1,699.00 (save $300) B&amp;H – shop deal now
  • 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, Intel Core i7 2.6GHz, Pro 555X, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Space Gray (Mid 2019) – $2,399.00 (save $200) – Adorama – shop deal now
  • 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, Intel Core i9 2.4GHz, Pro Vega 20, 32GB RAM, 2TB SSD, Space Gray (Mid 2019) – $3,899.00 (save $450) – Adorama – shop deal now
  • 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Mid 2019, Space Gray) – $2,299.00 (save $600) – B&amp;H – shop deal now (12/19 – $100 FURTHER REDUCTION)
  • MacBook Air 13.3-inch with Touch ID – Intel Core i5 – 8GB RAM – 128GB Solid State Drive (Latest Model) – $999.99 (Save $100) – Best Buy – shop deal now
  • MacBook Air (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD Storage) – $699.95 (save $300) – Amazon – shop deal now
  • MacBook Air (13-inch, 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB) – Gold – $999.99 (save $100) – Amazon – shop deal now
  • 12-inch MacBook, Intel Core i5 Dual-Core, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD (Late 2018), Gold – $1,199.00 (save $400) – Adorama – shop deal now

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iMacs

  • iMac (21.5-inch Retina 4k display, 3.6GHz quad-core 8th-generation Intel Core i3 processor, 1TB) – $1,099.99 (save $200) – Amazon – shop deal now
  • Mac Mini 3.2 GHz 6-Core Intel Core i7, 8GB RAM, 1TB SSD (Late 2018) – $1,599.00 (save $100) – Adorama – shop deal now

Best Apple Watch Live Deals

  • 12/18 STAR BUY – Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS + Cellular, 44mm) – $599.00 (save $250) – Amazon – shop deal now / Best Buy – shop deal now
  • 12/19 NEW STORE – Apple Watch Series 5 (GPS + Cellular, 40mm) – Amazon –$479.00 / Target: $499.99

I will be extensively tracking Apple deals and publishing the best offers daily, so be sure to bookmark my page.

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Think great deals on Apple products ended with Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Think again. The pre-Christmas sales rush is in full flow with many products now at record lows. Here are my top picks of the best deals on AirPods, iPhones, iPads, MacBooks and the Apple Watch you can buy right now. 

Tip: bookmark this article, it is updated throughout the day.

Amazon Christmas Sales: Here Are The Best Live Deals [Updated]

Forbes Gordon Kelly

Best Apple AirPods / Beats Live Deals

AirPods Pro Live Deals

  • 12/23 – STOCK CHANGES – AirPods Pro (typically $249.99) – Amazon – $249.00 (12/19 still out of stock!) / B&H $249.99 (availability 6-10 weeks) / Best Buy  $249.99 ( “getting more soon”) / Target  $249.99 (12/23 – now “available to pick from some stores”) / Walmart – $249.00 (out of stock)

AirPods With Charging Case Live Deals

AirPods With Wireless Charging Case Live Deals

Walmart Best New Deals: AirPods, iPhones, Xbox, PS4, Massive TVs

Forbes Gordon Kelly

Beats 

  • 12/24 CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE – Powerbeats Pro – Totally Wireless Earphones (typically $249) – Amazon: $199.95 (12/24 – currently unavailable) / Kohls: $199.99 (12/24 – out of stock) / Best Buy: £249.99 (12/24 – $50 price increase) / Target: $249.99  (12/24 – $50 PRICE INCREASE) / Walmart: $249.95  (12/24 – $50 price increase)
  • TOP DEAL – Beats by Dr. Dre – Beats Studio³ Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones – Gray – (typically $349.95)  Amazon: $279.95 / Best Buy – $179.99 / Target: $279.99 / Walmart: from $269.93
  • TOP DEAL – Beats by Dr. Dre – Powerbeats³ Wireless (typically $199) – Walmart: $89.00 / Best Buy: $94.99
  • TOP DEAL – Beats by Dr. Dre – Powerbeats³ Wireless (typically $199) – Amazon: $89.99 / Best Buy: $89.99 / Target: $199.99 / Walmart: $89.00
  • Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones – (typically $199) – Amazon: $199.98 / Best Buy: $134.99 (refurbished) / Target: $179.99 (12/24  now “available to pick from some stores”) / Walmart: $126.19 (out of stock
  • urBeats3 Earphones with Lightning Connector – typically $59.95 – Amazon: $34.47 / Best Buy: $39.99 / Target: $39.99 / Walmart: $39.00 (12/24 – out of stock)

Apple’s Best Live iPad Deals

  • Apple iPad Pro (11-inch, Wi-Fi, 64GB) – Silver (Latest Model) – $649.99 (save $150) – Walmart: $735.00 / Target: $799.99 / Best Buy: $799.99 (12/19 – $150 PRICE INCREASE) / B&H: $759.00 (12/19 $60 PRICE INCREASE)
  • Apple iPad Pro (10.5-inch, Wi-Fi + Cellular, 64GB) for $529 (typically $779) – Amazon – shop deal now
  • STAR DEAL – Apple iPad Air 10.5-inch Wi-Fi Only (2019 Model) – 64GB $399.99 / 256GB: $549.99 – (save $100) Amazon: shop deal now / Target: shop deal now / Walmart: shop deal now 
  • 12/19 NEW – Apple iPad Air 10.5-inch Wi-Fi + 4G LTE (2019 Model) 64GB and 256GB – 64GB from  $479.00 / 256GB from $579.00 (save $100) – B&H: Shop deal now / Best Buy: shop deal now

Best Apple iPhone Live Deals

iPhone 11 Series

  • STAR DEAL – iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro – save up to $800 with AT&T / $700 when you buy two iPhones on Verizon (prices valid through 12/24/19) – Membership Wireless – shop deals now
  • iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max – save up to $700 with second purchase PLUS switch & get $200 (12/20 – Reduced from $400) – Verizon (prices valid through 12/24/19) – shop deal now
  • iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max – Save up to $450 with qualified activation of an iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro for Verizon, AT&T or Sprint – Best Buy – shop deal now
  • iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max – $300 gift card with qualified activation – Walmart – shop deal now 
  • FREE iPhone 11 when you lease an iPhone 11 series, iPhone XS series, iPhone XR or iPhone X – Sprint – shop deal now
  • BUDGET DEAL – iPhone 6S / iPhone 6S Plus – Unlocked – 32GB – Total Wireless or Straight Talk – $99 / $149.99 (old models but stunning prices) – Walmartshop deals now

Older iPhones

  • STAR DEAL – iPhone 6S / iPhone 6S Plus – Unlocked – 32GB – Total Wireless or Straight Talk – $99 / $149.99 (old models but stunning prices) – Walmartshop deals now
  • iPhone XR, iPhone XS Max – save up to $300 with qualified activation – Walmart shop deal now 
  • 12/20 $50 PRICE REDUCTION – Apple iPhone XS, 256GB, Space Gray – Fully Unlocked (Renewed) – $570.00 (save $730.00 on original price) – shop deal now
  • Apple iPhone 6S, GSM Unlocked, 64GB – Rose Gold (Renewed) – $186.99 (old model, but a stunning price) – Amazon – shop deal now
  • NEW – Apple iPhone 8 / iPhone 8 Plus (128GB) – $449.99 – Buy one, save $450 on a 2nd (new line required) – get up to $400 when you switch – Verizon – shop deal now.
  • 12/23 – $28 PRICE REDUCTION – Apple iPhone 8, 64GB, Space Gray – Fully Unlocked (Renewed) – $296.75 (save $150 on original price) – Amazon – shop deal now
  • NEW – Apple iPhone 7 32GB – typically $349.99 – Get this device free with Verizon activation (no trade-in required) – shop deal now
  • STAR DEAL – iPhone SE, 32GB – Simple Mobile – Silver – $59.99 – the cheapest iPhone deal you will find this year – Best Buy shop deal new

Best Apple TV Live Deals

Apple’s Best Mac / MacBook Live Deals

MacBook Pro

  • 12/18 STAR DEAL – Apple 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Mid 2018, Space Gray) – $1,349.00 (save $450) – shop deal now
  • 16-inch MacBook Pro (brand new model) – save up to $200 on all models – Expercom - shop deal now / B&H – shop deals now
  • 12/19 $200 PRICE INCREASE – MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Mid 2018, Silver) – $1,699.00 (save $300) B&H – shop deal now
  • 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, Intel Core i7 2.6GHz, Pro 555X, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Space Gray (Mid 2019) – $2,399.00 (save $200) – Adorama – shop deal now
  • 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, Intel Core i9 2.4GHz, Pro Vega 20, 32GB RAM, 2TB SSD, Space Gray (Mid 2019) – $3,899.00 (save $450) – Adorama – shop deal now
  • 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Mid 2019, Space Gray) – $2,299.00 (save $600) – B&H – shop deal now (12/19 – $100 FURTHER REDUCTION)
  • MacBook Air 13.3-inch with Touch ID – Intel Core i5 – 8GB RAM – 128GB Solid State Drive (Latest Model) – $999.99 (Save $100) – Best Buy – shop deal now
  • MacBook Air (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD Storage) – $699.95 (save $300) – Amazon – shop deal now
  • MacBook Air (13-inch, 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB) – Gold – $999.99 (save $100) – Amazon – shop deal now
  • 12-inch MacBook, Intel Core i5 Dual-Core, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD (Late 2018), Gold – $1,199.00 (save $400) – Adorama – shop deal now

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iMacs

  • iMac (21.5-inch Retina 4k display, 3.6GHz quad-core 8th-generation Intel Core i3 processor, 1TB) – $1,099.99 (save $200) – Amazon – shop deal now
  • Mac Mini 3.2 GHz 6-Core Intel Core i7, 8GB RAM, 1TB SSD (Late 2018) – $1,599.00 (save $100) – Adorama – shop deal now

Best Apple Watch Live Deals

  • 12/18 STAR BUY – Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS + Cellular, 44mm) – $599.00 (save $250) – Amazon – shop deal now / Best Buy – shop deal now
  • 12/19 NEW STORE – Apple Watch Series 5 (GPS + Cellular, 40mm) – Amazon –$479.00 / Target: $499.99

I will be extensively tracking Apple deals and publishing the best offers daily, so be sure to bookmark my page.

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Huawei P40 Pro rumors: Release date, specs, 5G support, colors and 10x optical zoom – CNET

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This is the Huawei Mate 30 Pro released last year, the company is scheduled to launch the P40 Pro in March.


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Huawei isn’t letting the last-minute cancellation of Mobile World Congress stand in the way of its 2020 launch plans. Amid the extraordinary circumstances stemming from the novel coronavirus now dubbed COVID-19, Chinese telecom giant Huawei is pushing forward with plans for its latest generation of flagship phones, the Huawei P40 and P40 Pro, which will be unveiled in Paris on March 26 with an expected release date soon after. Just like its predecessor the P30 series, the upcoming premium phones won’t feature Google’s suite of services (which includes Google Play Store, Gmail, Google Maps and so on) nor will it have the full might of Google’s Android operating system behind it due to the ongoing trade ban with the US. Instead, the phones are expected to operate yet again on Android’s generic open-source operating system and consumers will have to download apps via Huawei’s App Gallery as a substitute for the Google Play Store, which isn’t the case for fellow Chinese phone makers such as Realme.

It is worth noting however that Huawei seems to have a plan to wean the company off its reliance on Google. According to Reuters, Huawei has banded up with Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo to build a challenger to the Google Play Store known as the Global Developer Service Alliance  — and it too will reportedly launch in March.

The launch of the P40 handsets will mark Huawei’s second and latest flagship launch since the US slapped the Chinese telecom giant with an export ban last May. But until official announcements are made in the coming weeks, we leave you the with the most credible rumors of the much-awaited Huawei P40 and Huawei P40 Pro

The P40 Pro may come with a 10x optical zoom camera

Although Huawei’s software (or more specifically its glaring lack of Google apps) may prove to be a dealbreaker for many outside China, it looks likely the Chinese phone maker will continue to push the envelope as far as cameras are concerned. Images shared on Twitter by widely followed leaker Evan Blass purport to show the P40 Pro equipped with a rectangular camera module containing what appears to be five sensors on the back. 

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Leaked images of the Huawei P40 Pro in a black and white color scheme.


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According to known Apple leaker Ming Chi Kuo, a 10x optical zoom camera could be included as one of the sensors in the P40 Pros camera system, making it the world’s first phones to achieve such a feat. The Mate 30 Pro featured a quad-camera set-up, and included a 50x digital zoom and a 5x optical zoom, which catapulted it into the mobile hall of fame. 

Optical zoom is achieved by switching from a wide-angle camera to a telephoto camera. The magnification number is a reflection of the difference of those two lens lengths. Using the telephoto camera without “pinching in” results in a higher-quality image instead of using digital zoom which is what happens when you pinch the screen of your phone while using the main camera — or when you try to zoom in beyond the telephoto camera’s capabilities.

P40 Pro may be equipped with 52mp Sony camera sensor 

According to GizChina, the P40 Pro’s rear camera will come with a 52-megapixel Sony IMX700 sensor, which is 10 megapixels higher than  P30 Pro’s rear camera. The 52-megapixel sensor is significantly lower in terms of resolution than Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Ultra 108-megapixel sensor, but reports suggest this new sensor can bring bigger pixels and better low-light image quality.  

P40 will support 5G networks

Huawei has all but confirmed that both of its next flagship phones will support 5G, although in 2019 the vanilla P30 model couldn’t support the next-generation network. Two recent listings of what is understood be the P40 and the P40 Pro on TENAA’s certification website (China’s regulatory body for mobile tech) show the devices possessing 5G compatibility, according to MySmartPrice. Although 5G ran into hiccups last year, including patchy coverage, it’s expected to improve this year as coverage expands into new locations among other reasons.

P40 series could come in 5 colors, including blush gold 

The P40 series is understood to be available in five different colors: Black, Ice White, Deep Sea Blue, Silver Frost and Blush Gold, according to 91Mobiles. The blush gold in particular reminds me of the champagne-like color palette used in the iPhone’s newer models. It also comes after the Motorola Razr announced blush gold as its second color for the new Razr, which will be available from this spring.

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Xbox Series X Will Have A New Feature Called Smart Delivery, But How Does It Work? – GameSpot

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As part of a bundle of new details about the upcoming Xbox Series X, Microsoft has unveiled a brand-new feature called “Smart Delivery.” The feature is designed to make sure that players are downloading the version of the game that corresponds to their Xbox in order to have the best possible experience.

Microsoft says that it’s committed to using this feature on all its first-party games, including the upcoming Halo Infinite, which is also coming to Game Pass. This means that players will only have to purchase a given game once in order to play what Microsoft terms the “best available version” for the Xbox console they choose to play on–even if they upgrade to newer hardware later.

Smart Delivery will be available for all developers and publishers on the Xbox platform. The technology is intended for games that will release on Xbox One first and come to the upcoming Xbox Series X later.

It’s unclear if publishers will have the option to decline to use Smart Delivery in lieu of selling two different copies of the same game for the Xbox One and Xbox Series X. CD Projekt Red has already announced that it will use Smart Delivery for their hotly-anticipated Cyberpunk 2077. We’ll see if other publishers will follow suit.

The blog post included details on all sorts of new features that the upcoming platform will have, including ray-tracing and Quick Resume, as well as its specific hardware specs. It also confirmed more details about Xbox Series X backwards compatibility.

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EA bans ‘abusive’ FIFA player Kurt0411 from all its games and services – Polygon

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In November 2019, FIFA competitor and streamer Kurt0411 was banned from playing in FIFA 20 events by publisher Electronic Arts. Now, EA has banned the player from its entire portfolio of games and services.

In a statement released today, EA said Kurt Fenech (aka Kurt0411) is “banned from playing our games and accessing our services” due to “serious and repeated violations.”

The statement, released on Twitter, explained that Fenech had initially been banned from FIFA competitions and live events after he “threatened employees and other players.” In the days following that ban, various EA employees’ Twitter accounts were hacked, displaying rogue messages supporting Fenech. Support staff on FIFA reported significant levels of personal abuse.

Fenech is highly critical of EA on his YouTube channel and his Twitter account, which has 93.9K followers, accusing the company of “tyranny” and “bullshit.” In the past, he has been vocally critical of certain aspects of the latest FIFA game, recently stating that EA has “done everything this year but look at themselves and admit they fucked it. They killed their game and their ‘esport’.”

He responded to Monday’s ban with a series of tweets alleging a conspiracy. “I have never said anything I shouldn’t have,” he wrote. “This is just deeper than anyone thinks. They didn’t want me competing at events cos they were scared I’d win them.”

In its statement, EA said that Fenech has “continued to post abusive and threatening messages and videos about EA employees and competitive players on social media, and he has encouraged others to do the same. His messages have crossed a line of decency into very personal attacks.” The company added that it is “open to feedback and constructive criticism.”

We’ve contacted Electronic Arts for more information and will update this story.

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