The Daily Populous

Friday March 15th, 2019 night edition

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$1 million if you are Tyler Blevins, known to millions as “Ninja,” the world’s most-followed computer gamer.

The 27-year-old, famous for his hair color changes - currently a bright, turquoise hue - tweeted about the free-to-play game early on Feb. 5 and streamed the action to his more than 13 million followers on game-streaming site Twitch.

For this he was paid around $1 million, a source told Reuters.

EA also paid popular Polish-Canadian streamer “Shroud,” who has nearly six million Twitch followers, to play Apex Legends but declined to disclose the terms of the deal.

EA’s stock price and market value rose 16 percent, or $4 billion, in the three days after Apex Legends launched and a month later the game has 50 million users, a quarter of Fortnite’s 200 million.

Joost van Dreunen, co-founder of Nielsen-owned gaming research firm SuperData, estimated that in 2018 Fortnite raked in $2.4 billion in revenue, more than any other single title.

If each user registered so far bought the most basic Apex Coin package, with which kids and teenagers can buy character skins and other upgrades, EA would take in $500 million. »

Brexit latest: MPs to vote on giving UK public second referendum

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MPs will vote today on whether to give the public a fresh referendum on Brexit after John Bercow selected an amendment that could lead to a Final Say vote.

Other pro-referendum MPs had wanted to hold off on tabling a motion calling for a fresh public vote until it was more likely to be approved by MPs.

The vote on the proposal for another public vote will take place shortly before MPs vote on a government motion proposing a short delay to Brexit until June if MPs pass a withdrawal agreement by 20 March, or a much longer extension if they do not. »

Mueller investigation: US House passes resolution calling for Trump-Russia report to be made public

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He said in an initial statement that the meeting was about Russia halting adoptions of its children by US citizens.

Getty Images 5/17 Jared Kushner Mr Kushner is President Donald Trump's son-in-law and a key adviser to the White House.

Both parties have noted an additional resolution will be required upon the completion of Mr Mueller’s report into the 2016 election. »