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Gaming Daily: ESPN Radio Host Verbally Slams eSports

It’s been a sad Monday indeed with the official cancellation of Hideo Kojima’ Silent Hills being the headline plastered across every website–as if Monday morning blues weren’t enough. Luckily, we were cheered up a bit with a cool new trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight , and the official launch trailer for Scarlet Moon Records’ soothing video game lullaby album. Since we know you’ve probably stayed away from the internet all day in fear of more bad news, we’ve gathered up a couple of news bits you may have missed. In today’s Gaming Daily: Valve removes payment option for mods on Steam, ESPN Radio Host slams competitive gaming, and Konami delists itself from the NYSE.

Colin Cowherd E-sports

ESPN Radio Host trashes competitive gaming. 

If you weren’t already in the know, ESPN hosted the “Heroes of the Dorm” collegiate competitive gaming tournament this past weekend. Several viewers were critical of the station’s decision to host the e-sport showdown, including the company’s own Colin Cowherd–host of the ESPN radio show “The Herd”. He definitely had a thing or two to say about gaming and the event in particular.

“If ESPN ever forced me to cover that, or do play-by-play, I would quit,” Cowherd remarked during his morning radio show. On the players, he elaborated, “Somebody lock the basement door at mom’s house, and don’t let ’em out,” he added “I will quit this network if I am every asked to cover that.”

That wasn’t all the outspoken personality had to say. After playing several clips of commentary from the event, he came across one that compared what was happening at that moment to going up for a slam dunk in basketball, without having control of the ball. To that Cowherd replied, “I’ll tell what that was the equivalent of there–me putting a gun in my mouth and having to listen to that.” Ouch.

If you know anything about how Colin approaches topics, this news shouldn’t really come as a surprise. But it is still fascinatingly cringe-worthy.


Valve is removing payment option for mods on Steam. 

Well, that didn’t take long. After receiving tons of negative feedback on their decision to launch paid mods on Steam just a couple of days ago, Valve has decided to remove the payment option and refund Skyrim mod buyers.

On the decision to axe the paid mods, they elaborated: “We’ve done this because it’s clear we didn’t understand exactly what we were doing. We’ve been shipping many features over the years aimed at allowing community creators to receive a share of the rewards, and in the past, they’ve been received well. It’s obvious now that this case is different.”

Though their intention was to grant mod makers the option to work on mods full time, they admitted, “We underestimated the differences between our previously successful revenue sharing models, and the addition of paid mods to Skyrim‘s workshop. We understand our own game’s communities pretty well, but stepping into an established, years old modding community in Skyrim was probably not the right place to start iterating. We think this made us miss the mark pretty badly, even though we believe there’s a useful feature somewhere here.”

Bethesda Softworks also weighed in: “Even though we had the best intentions, the feedback has been clear — this is not a feature you want. Your support means everything to us, and we hear you.”


Konami delists self from New York Stock Exchange

As we’re all still reeling from the official cancellation of Hideo Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro’s Silent Hills, another bit of Konami news hit the web, and it has a lot of people baffled. As of last Friday, April 24, 2015, the Japanese company voluntarily delisted itself from the NYSE. That means the company’s stocks will no longer be traded on Wallstreet, but will still remain in both the London and Tokyo stock exchange.

The reasoning behind their exit from the NYSE, according to Konami, has a lot to do with the low amount of stocks being traded in the U.S. leading them to believe “that the continued listing on the NYSE is not economically justified”.

It’s hard to say what this means for future Konami games. After rumors began to swirl about Hideo Kojima’s exit from Konami, restructuring of the company and cancellation of the highly anticipated game Silent Hills, a lot of people have been wondering what was really going on with the company. Konami’s financial report revealed that the company’s gambling machines saw nearly a 100% growth from last year, whereas digital entertainment only saw a 5.1% change. This has lead a lot of people to suggest that it wouldn’t be surprising if the company was planning on focusing on their gambling or mobile sector instead. Only time will tell.

HT:, Polygon

That’s it for today everybody. Keep Nerdist tabbed for all your upcoming gaming news, reviews and features.

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