The COVID-19 disease has forced most countries across the globe to enforce a lockdown of sorts to combat the pandemic. Unable to go about their usual daily routines, people are looking for different ways to keep busy. Gaming has seen quite a surge during these times, and Facebook is looking to jump at this opportunity.
When it comes to streaming video games, Twitch, Youtube and Mixer are the biggest players in the industry. They’ve established brands that cover the majority of the market share between them. However, if anyone has the resources and the brand value to challenge them it’s Facebook.
Facebook to compete with Amazon, Microsoft, and Google
Starting on Monday, Facebook is set to launch Facebook Gaming, a mobile(Android) app to live stream gaming content. The social media giants are very shrewd when it comes to capturing potential markets. Given the fact that they have an established daily user base of more than 2 billion, it can certainly make things happen quickly.
Facebook won’t have it all too easy in the streaming business though. They face quite the competition here and while they can usually out muscle any company, things are a little different here. Their competition has notoriously deep pockets as well; Twitch is owned by Amazon, Mixer by Microsoft and YouTube by Google. Now that is some serious competition.
Facebook will now join the three titans in the business from Monday as the app goes live on the Google’s Play Store. The same will hold true for App Store once Apple approves it.
According to the New York Times, 700 million of Facebook’s daily users are engaged in gaming. Hence, the company’s venture into the live streaming industry was only natural. It will probably also ensure it is a resounding success right from the off.
Fidji Simo, who will head the new app, explained what prompted them to take this step.
“Investing in gaming, in general, has become a priority for us because we see gaming as a form of entertainment that really connects people. It’s entertainment that’s not just a form of passive consumption but entertainment that is interactive and brings people together.”
While the app was initially slated to be launched later in the year, Facebook realizes this is the best time to do so.
Another factor that plays in their favor is that they already boast of a ton of game stream viewership through their primary Facebook app.
Edited by Harry Miller
Distributel Permanently Waives Data Overage Charges on all Internet Plans – Canada NewsWire
Company responds to the evolving needs of its customers
TORONTO, May 28, 2020 /CNW/ – Distributel Communications Limited is proud to announce that we have eliminated internet overage charges permanently on all current plans for our customers. In March, we communicated that we would temporarily waive these fees to support the large number of customers whose families are working and learning from home. Today’s decision reflects our customers’ changing needs and furthers our commitment to doing what’s right for Canadians.
“Our customers’ satisfaction is extremely important to us. They told us that they truly appreciated having data caps removed and that it made a real difference for them,” said Matt Stein, CEO of Distributel. “We thought about extending the program past the initial three months, but we quickly realized that customers’ needs have changed for the long term. The right thing to do was to eliminate these charges permanently. The internet has become such an essential part of our lives, that we want to make sure our customers can stay connected without ever worrying about additional charges.”
We listen to our customers and continue to respond to their evolving needs. This change is effective immediately across all capped plans, and no further customer action is required.
This is a time of change for everyone – our customers, our employees, and our partners. Our business continuity plans and practices have allowed us to continue supporting Canadians throughout this period. We are grateful for the tremendous efforts of our employees, customers, vendors and partners—all of whom continue to be there for one another.
“We’re all still adapting to this new world, and it’s clear that even as pandemic restrictions begin to lift, there are going to be long-term changes to how we work, learn and live,” said Stein. “Today more than ever, the internet enables many of the things we value most: keeping loved ones close, learning and developing, interacting with customers and colleagues, and recharging at the end of the day. We’re very proud that we can play such an important role in Canadians’ lives.”
Established in 1988, Distributel is a leading national, independent telecommunications provider offering a wide range of business and residential communications services. 100% Canadian-owned, with offices across the country and a national network, Distributel continues to forge new partnerships and bring innovative solutions to market directly and through a thriving wholesale division. ThinkTel, the Business Services Division of Distributel, is a provider of advanced voice and data services for the SMB and Enterprise markets throughout Canada. TV services provided through TotalTV Inc., an IPTV service provider that operates in Ontario and Quebec. As a top Microsoft Solutions Partner and a Cisco PMP, the Business Services division is focused on driving industry innovation. For more information, visit: www.distributel.ca.
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TikTok’s Play Store rating back up to 4+ stars after Google removed more than 8 million negative reviews – Android Police
TikTok was hit by a swarm of negative reviews in India following a dispute between local YouTube creators and TikTok influencers, which brought down the app’s Play Store rating to an average of only 1.2 stars. Since these reviews aren’t representative or related to the quality of the application itself, Google decided to remove the vast majority, bumping the social network back up to 4.4 stars.
In total, it looks like Google removed far more than eight million individual reviews to bring the app closer to the average 4.5-star rating it had before the backlash in India hit it in full force. In a statement to TechCrunch, Google justifies the move as a corrective action to limit spam abuse.
Above: When it all started: May 19 rating. Below: May 28 rating.
The dispute between YouTubers and TikTokers that kicked off the negative ratings is only the tip of the iceberg, as TechCrunch further reports. A lot of TikTok videos have surfaced that appear to promote violence, animal abuse, racism, child mistreatment, and sexual harassment, which certainly played into the backlash against the platform.
Distributel permanently waiving data overage charges on its internet plans – MobileSyrup
Distributel announced that it is permanently waiving data overage charges on all of its current internet plans for its customers.
The carrier started to waive overage fees in March due to a large number of its customers working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Distributel says that today’s decision reflects its customers’ changing needs.
“We listen to our customers and continue to respond to their evolving needs. This change is effective immediately across all capped plans, and no further customer action is required,” the company wrote in a press release.
Distributel notes that this is a time of change for everyone, including its customers, employees and partners. It says that its business continuity plans have allowed it to continue supporting its customers through the pandemic.
“Our customers’ satisfaction is extremely important to us. They told us that they truly appreciated having data caps removed and that it made a real difference for them,” said Matt Stein, CEO of Distributel, in the press release.
Stein says that the company thought about extending the program past the initial three months, but realized that customers’ needs have changed for the long-term.
This is a big move by the company, and one that will be appreciated by its customers. It will be interesting to see if other Canadian service providers will do the same.
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