Tidal slams Apple
Over the weekend, controversy struck when Tidal accused Apple of blocking the live video stream of rapper Drake during the Lil Weezyana Fest, which was airing on Tidal on early Saturday morning. According to Tidal, Apple's lawyers threatened to sue Tidal for upwards of US$20 million, as Drake has an exclusive deal with Apple Music. "Apple is interfering with artistry and will not allow this artist to stream. Sorry for big brother's inconvenience," read the placeholder screen while Drake performed.
Sounds like some bitter competition between rivals, right? However, it might not actually be true. BuzzFeed News reports that Apple had nothing to do with the decision, and that Drake's manager, named Future the Prince, actually made the call himself, citing the fact that they had no say in how the stream was presented. As such, they opted out of participating.
"The decision to not have Drake participate in the Tidal steam has nothing to do with Apple or Drake’s deal,” he told BuzzFeed News. "Point blank, 100%. I made a business decision. Apple doesn’t have the power to stop us from being part of a live stream." He added, "I don’t understand... If you’re going to say something about the situation publicly, you should tell the truth. They saw the opportunity to take a situation and spin it in their favor as a publicity stunt."
Tidal is sticking to its story, it seems, but refuses to share vital details. "We have all the email receipts and written correspondence that took place with said, blocked performance. That being said we choose to keep it classy," a spokesperson told BuzzFeed News. Right. Totally convincing.
[Source: BuzzFeed News]
LawBreakers gameplay trailer
Last week, we caught our first glimpse at the world of LawBreakers, the free-to-play first-person shooter coming from Gears of War and Unreal Tournament designer Cliff "CliffyB" Bleszinski next year. It seemed promising, but now we have a look at the gameplay, and... well, yeah, it looks really promising too.
The rocket jump alone should convince you that LawBreakers follows in the footsteps of classic shooters, although the grappling hook certainly opens up some new possibilities. It's due out on PC sometime next year, so keep it on your radar.
Final Fantasy XV in 2016
Final Fantasy XV has a release date! Wait, no - scratch that. Final Fantasy XV's release date has a release date. Square Enix announced that the long-awaited role-playing game will release sometime in 2016, but is still being a total tease about it, as now we have to look forward to a release date being announced in March.
It's silly, but fans seem to be lapping up the slow release of details, especially after the positive reaction to the demo released earlier this year with Final Fantasy: Type-0 HD.
[Source: Game Informer]