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Microsoft Exclude’s Minecraft Creator from 10th Anniversary Event

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Microsoft is hosting a ten year celebration event on May 17 for seminal game Minecraft. A spokesperson from Microsoft told Variety that Markus “Notch” Persson, the original creator of Minecraft and founder of game studio Mojang, has been purposefully excluded from the event due to his past comments. “His comments and opinions do not reflect those of Microsoft or Mojang and are not representative of Minecraft,” the spokesperson told Variety.

Persson famously sold Mojang and Minecraft to Microsoft in 2014 for $2.5 billion. He has not been actively involved in the game’s development since.

In the past several years, Persson, who currently has 3.7 million twitter followers, has broadcasted several controversial and frankly abhorrent opinions and views regarding politics, race, gender, and sexuality, and even full-blown conspiracy theories.

The most recent Minecraft update quietly removed any mention of Notch in the loading screens, though his name is still present in the credits as the original creator. Many fans of Minecraft, upset with Notch’s behavior, have elevated digitally-created vocal artist Hatsune Miku as the creator of Minecraft, thanks to a viral tweet.

Minecraft was originally released in 2011. To this day it’s one of the most popular games of all time, especially for younger kids and teens. It’s the second best-selling video game of all time, behind Tetris. As of last year Minecraft boasted over 90 million active players.

Minecraft is available on every console and platform, and is even used as a teaching tool in schools.

Parenting Hero App Adds New Scenarios

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Parenting Hero is a mobile game app designed to help parents deal with common child-raising challenges through illustrated scenarios. The app originally launched last year on iOS and Android. This week the app received an update that added two new scenarios, bringing the total to 17.

The scenarios in Parenting Hero help teach parents how to communicate with their children by identifying their feelings and resolving conflicts by role-playing through certain situations. The scenarios are guided by over 1500 illustrations. The writing is based on the guide book How to Talk so Little Kids Will Listen: A Survival Guide to Life with Children Ages 2-7 by Joanna Faber and Julie King.

Specifically the app helps parents encourage children, set limits, and use praise while avoiding the pitfalls of bribery or punishment.

Parenting Hero was developed by award-winning Polish studio MythicOwl. The app is available now on iOs and Android for $2.99.

 

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Fortnite Extends Competitive World Cup to Creative Mode

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The Fortnite World Cup began last week with a series of competitive tournaments for both Solos and Duos. The ongoing competition will last for 10 weeks and consist of three different tiers: Arena Mode, Semi-Finals, and Finals.

In the new Arena Mode players will need to climb to the top of a leader board to qualify to the Semi-Finals, which take place every Saturday. From there the top 3,000 players will quality for the Finals to compete for a $1 million prize pool. The highest ranked players will be invited to the World Cup Finals, taking place in New York City in July.

This week Epic Games announced that the World Cup is being extended to Fortnight Creative Mode. World Cup Creative will task players with making it through five different trials created via Fortnite’s Creative mode. Each week will feature a new event, beginning April 29 and running through June 7.

Gameplay will need to be recorded and clips submitted using the event specific hashtags on YouTube. The hashtags will be provided when the events officially kick off. Three finalists will be selected from each of the five trials, earning a $5,o00 reward and an invitation to the Creative Competitions Finale in New York City in July.

See the official rules for the Fortnite World Cup Creative here. Note that participants must be age 13 or older.