The developer behind the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt Red, and the author responsible for creating The Witcher, Andrezej Sapkowski, have reached a new licensing deal that will see the studio retain rights to keep developing games based on the intellectual property. There’s no question that The Witcher has turned into a major pop culture sensation of sorts, with the license just receiving its very own Netflix series. While reviews on that are mixed, the game franchise holds a special place in the hearts of gamers.
The adventures of Geralt of Rivea are legendary amongst the game-playing public now, to the point that the character was even dubbed worthy enough to join the roster of Soul Calibur 6. Most recently, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt debuted on Xbox Game Pass, much to the delight of gamers subscribed to the service. But there was a lingering question about just how long developer CD Projekt Red would be able to hold onto the license after the franchise’s creator, Andrezej Sapkowski, was outspoken about how unpleased he was with the current deal.
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Evidently, these public statements were eventually led to a resolution in the form of a new deal between CD Projekt Red and Sapkowski – as announced on the developer’s official website. The news broke on December 20th, coinciding with the release of the first season of The Witcher on Netflix, making for a fantastic marketing play. Details on the licensing agreement have been sealed by an embargo, which will also prevent Sapkowski from publically voicing his displeasure with any new deal moving forward. All in all, however, each party appears to be content with the new arrangement.
According to a statement released by President and Join CEO of CD Projekt Red, Adam Kiciński, “we’ve always admired Mr. Andrzej Sapkowski’s works — a great inspiration for the team here at CD PROJEKT RED. I believe today marks a new stage in our continued relationship.” Most importantly, the new deal is said to lay out the framework for future collaborations between the two parties.
It also allegedly builds on CD Projekt Red’s “title to ‘The Witcher’ intellectual property in video games, graphic novels, board games, and merchandise.” Truthfully, it sounds like both sides are walking away for the better. At the very least, here’s hoping this new deal leaves a better taste in the mouth of Sapkowski, although it doesn’t sound as if he’ll be able to talk about it even if it doesn’t.
Source: CD Projekt Red
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SHA warns of possible COVID-19 exposure at Yorkton and Regina businesses – Regina Leader-Post
The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) is warning the public that a person visited two Yorkton businesses and two Regina businesses while they were likely infectious with COVID-19.
The individual visited a Yorkton Walmart four times over the course of eight days and a Giant Tiger once. They also visited a Regina Walmart and Safeway. The dates and times of the visits are listed below.
Walmart, 240 Hamilton Rd.
• Sept. 14, 2020, from 9:10 to 10:30 a.m.
• Sept .16, 2020, from 9:10 to 9:40 a.m.
• Sept. 18, 2020, from 9:10 to 9:50 a.m.
• Sept. 22, 2020, from 9:15 to 10:30 a.m.
Giant Tiger, #30 – 146 Broadway St. E.
• Sept. 17, 2020, from 9:15 to 9:45 a.m.
Walmart, 2150 Prince of Wales Drive
• Sept. 19, 2020, from 2 to 2:30 p.m.
Safeway, 2931 13th Ave.
• Sept 24, 2020, from 10:30 to 11 a.m.
Public Health officials are advising individuals who were at these locations on the specified dates during the specified times to self-monitor for 14 days, and if they have had or develop symptoms of COVID-19, immediately self-isolate and call HealthLine 811 to arrange for testing. The SHA notes that individuals may develop symptoms from two to 14 days following exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19.
Epic Games continues fight against Apple, urges iPhone-maker to restore Fortnite on App Store – Economic Times
SAN FRANCISCO: Epic Games will strive anew Monday to convince a judge that its hit title Fortnite should be restored to Apple’s App Store, despite sidestepping the tech titan’s standard commission on transactions.
Apple does not allow users of its popular devices to download apps from anywhere but its App Store, and Epic is challenging its practice of taking a 30 percent cut of money spent on the apps by users.
The clash comes as Apple puts priority on selling digital content and subscription services to the one billion-plus people around the world using devices powered by its iOS mobile operating software.
The commission dispute has also become a rallying cry for app makers who believe Apple’s App Store policies are monopolistic.
Major app developers including Epic and streaming music giant Spotify recently formed a coalition to press for new terms with the major online marketplaces operated by Apple and Google.
Google runs a Play Store for apps tailored for devices powered by its Android software and also takes a commission, but people are free to get apps from other online venues.
The new Coalition for App Fairness advocacy group said it will seek legal and regulatory changes for the app stores which serve as gatekeepers for much of the mobile software distributed to smartphone users.
The move comes amid rising criticism of the fees and terms imposed by the app stores, and legal challenges by both Epic and Spotify to Apple’s commission for online subscriptions.
A hearing slated for Monday before a federal judge in California will focus on whether Apple should be compelled to put Fortnite back in the App Store while an overarching lawsuit plays out.
Apple pulled Fortnite from its online mobile apps marketplace on August 13 after Epic released an update that dodges revenue sharing with the iPhone maker.
The judge in the case previously rejected an emergency injunction request by Epic, saying Fortnite’s eviction by Apple was a “self-inflicted wound.”
But Epic did not back down from its fight against Apple, accusing the tech giant of being “a monopolist.”
Due to the legal row, Fortnite fans using iPhones or other Apple devices no longer have access to the latest game updates, including the new season released at the end of August.
Stay Fit! Apple Watch Series 6 Wins Over Health Freaks With Oxygen Monitor, ECG & Fitness T…
All Health Metrics At One Place
At its much-awaited September event, Apple unveiled the Apple Watch Series 6, sequel to Watch Series 5, which keeps a track of all your fitness parameters at one place. It comes with various features such as ECG, fitness tracker and can also monitor the blood oxygen levels of the users.
What’s more? Given the Covid outbreak, the company has also partnered with various health organisations to see how blood oxygen level and heart rate can help users stay healthy.
The ability of the Apple Watch to monitor blood oxygen seeks to beat a similar feature already available on watches from rival Fitbit Inc, which Alphabet Inc’s Google is buying for $2.1 billion.
With all the health metrics available at one place, here’s why Apple Watch Series 6 can give a tough competition to Fitbit and emerge as the go-to gadget for all fitness enthusiasts.
Dtac introduces Family Setup for Apple watchOS – Telecompaper
Thai operator dtac has announced it will support cellular service for Family Setup, which allows kids and older family members of the household who do not have an iPhone to use Apple Watch. Apple introduces Family Setup in watchOS 7 1, bringing the communication, health, fitness, and safety features of Apple Watch to kids and older family members of the household who do not have iPhone.
Apple Watch can be set up through a parent’s iPhone, so children can access its tools while parents can reach their child and identify their location. Kids and older family members using Family Setup will have their own phone number through a separate cellular plan. Family Setup will be available with watchOS 7 and iOS 14, and requires Apple Watch Series 4 morels or later or Apple Watch SE, paired with iPhone 6s or later.
To use all Family Setup features, dtac customers can subscribe to the dtac Family Watch package. Packages start from THB 150 per month and include 100 minutes for voice calls, and 500MB for internet traffic.
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