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The Biggest News in Gaming (Week Beginning 20/04/20)

Updated: May 8, 2020

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Nintendo Suffers Massive Data Breach

Nintendo Japan has confirmed that approximately 160,000 of its account holders have had their data illegally accessed by third parties this week.

No payment information has been accessed, but Nintendo has confirmed that nicknames, email addresses, dates of birth, genders, and locational data have been laid bare.

"We would like to provide an update on the recent incidents of unauthorised access to some Nintendo Accounts", the company said in a statement published this week.

"While we continue to investigate, we would like to reassure users that there is currently no evidence pointing towards a breach of Nintendo’s databases, servers or services.

"As one action in our ongoing investigation, we are discontinuing the ability to use a Nintendo Network ID to sign in to a Nintendo Account. All other options to sign-in to a Nintendo Account remain available," the statement continued.

The Japanese video game titan also cautioned its customers to enable two-step verification on their accounts as a method of safeguarding their own data more efficiently.

"As a further precaution, we will soon contact users about resetting passwords for Nintendo Network IDs and Nintendo Accounts that we have reason to believe were accessed without authorisation.

"We apologise for the inconvenience and concerns caused to our customers, and we will continue working hard to safeguard the security of our users’ data", the statement concluded.

Travis Scott Fortnite Event Brings in Record Number of Players

Fortnite has seen a new record number of concurrent players this week thanks to an in-game collaboration with the American rapper Travis Scott.

Astronomical, a "one of a kind musical journey" within the game saw the already popular battle royal title reach a new high of 12.3 million concurrent players worldwide.

The official Fortnite Twitter account announced the news by saying "Over 12.3 million concurrent players participated live in Travis Scott's Astronomical, an all-time record!"

The event, which occurred at multiple points on April 24th and ended the following day, acted as an online live concert in which an enormous character model of the rapper performed his music to players in Fortnite's world.

Exciting visual sequences built from the ground up by the game's developers aided the in-game performances and a new song from the artist was also debuted during the event.

For comparison, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, a single-player RPG released in 2015 saw a record number of concurrent users in recent months with 10,000.

Physical Game Sales Drop as Animal Crossing Sets New Digital Sales Record

Sales of physical video games have seen a 43% drop in the UK this week while Animal Crossing: New Horizons has set a new record for the number of digital sales a console game has made in a single month.

According to Superdata, the latest installment in the Animal Crossing franchise has shipped an estimated 5 million units in digital sales alone since it's release on March 20th of this year.

The record for most digital sales within a month was previously held by Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII. Superdata says that New Horizons' sales "roughly matched" the combined digital sales of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Pokemon Sword and Shield.

Superdata has found that the total spending on digital games has reached $10 billion USD in March, which is the highest monthly total to date.

Meanwhile, in the UK, sales of physical games have seen a 43% drop week-on-week. Physical markets saw an initial surge four weeks ago due to people buying new consoles as COVD-19 lockdowns began, but this week just over 200,000 physical games have been sold.

Last week the figure was over 350,000.

WWE 2K21 Officially Cancelled

After a reliable source published a video last week saying WWE 2K21 would not be coming to market later this year, the pro wrestling company has confirmed the leak during a call to investors.

"There’s not going to be a launch of a game this year," said WWE interim chief financial officer Frank Riddick.

This marks the first time in over 15 years that an officially licensed WWE game will not release.

In an email to Kotaku, however, a representative from 2K did say the publisher will be "sharing details on the future of the WWE 2K franchise as well as some exciting news" on Monday 27th of April.

Elijah Wood Makes Animal Crossing Player's Day With Island Visit

Animal Crossing: New Horizons' "stalk market" is becoming more and more utilized as players try to maximise profit on their digital islands. For one player, however, selling turnips this week has earned her more than just in-game currency.

Elijah Wood, the actor best known for portraying Frodo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings films visited a stranger's Animal Crossing island this week after seeing her turnip sale prices on Twitter.

"Guys I tweeted my turnip prices and Elijah Wood just came to my island and hung out. This is the best day in quarantine yet", said the player on Twitter.

"Jessa", or "@directedbyrian" updated her followers as the actor's visit progressed, posting screenshots that showed him politely asking to pick some fruit and complimenting her digital home.

After seeing her turnip prices, the Frodo actor sent her a DM saying "would love your dodo code to sell these turnips!" To which Jessica replied, "UM OF COURSE YOU CAN".

The aptly named "stalk market" acts as an in-game profit-making feature for Animal Crossing players, allowing them to buy turnips on Sunday mornings, only to sell them for the highest possible prices they can find at home or abroad throughout the week.

Image Credits: GamesPress, 2K Games, Twitter/directedbyrian, Fraser Porter

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