Pixel P&L: The Vanishing World of Filipino PC Cafes

The nostalgic decline of Filipino PC cafes and the groundbreaking lawsuits against Activision

Vignesh Raghuram
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Good Morning! It’s Monday, May 27. Today, we're diving into how Filipino PC cafes are in a fight for survival, Call of Duty Publisher Activision getting sued by victims of an elementary school shooting, and more. First time reading? Sign up here.

The Vanishing World of Filipino PC Cafes: Nostalgia or Niche?

Remember the days when Filipino PC Cafes buzzed with gamers, instant noodles, and epic battles? Imagine stepping into a cubicle, paying the cashier, and diving into DOTA 2, League of Legends, or Crossfire. The symphony of mouse clicks and friendly banter was electric. 

However as high-speed internet and personal gaming setups became mainstream, the PC cafe culture began to wane. Bustling businesses dwindled post-COVID-19 and the rise of mobile gaming further eroded the need for these once-thriving spaces.

Despite a shift towards home gaming, some cafes are fighting back. Transforming into esports and streaming hubs, they strive to stay relevant. Will these efforts revive the magic, or are PC cafes doomed?

Dive into the story of a culture on the brink of extinction. Are Filipino PC Cafes a lost nostalgia or a niche ready for a comeback? John explores their fascinating journey and uncertain future.

Families Sue Activision and Instagram Over Uvalde Shooting

On the second anniversary of the tragic Robb Elementary School shooting, the families of the victims have filed lawsuits against Activision, Meta, and gunmaker Daniel Defense, accusing them of playing a role in “grooming” the teenage gunman, The New York Times reports. The shooter, who killed 19 students and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas, allegedly used these platforms to train and equip himself.

The lawsuits, filed in California and Texas, claim that Activision’s “Call of Duty” game served as a training ground for the gunman, while Instagram facilitated the promotion of the AR-15-style rifle used in the massacre. This marks one of the first attempts to hold a video game publisher accountable for promoting weapons used in mass shootings.

“Daniel Defense is a predator but can’t get to the prey without the help of these other third parties,” said Josh Koskoff, the families' attorney, who previously secured a $73 million USD settlement with Remington for the Sandy Hook shooting.

Activision expressed condolences but defended the role of video games. As the lawsuits move forward, they face significant legal challenges, including protections for online platforms under Section 230 and federal laws shielding gun manufacturers.

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Samsung Electronics Launches Month-Long Esports Events for Students

Samsung Electronics has unveiled a month-long series of esports events for students across Southeast Asia, commencing on May 20, 2024. The initiative features the Galaxy Gaming Academy and the Odyssey Cup Campus League.

The Galaxy Gaming Academy targets student gamers from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Singapore, offering a competitive platform for Mobile Legends Bang Bang. Concurrently, the Odyssey Cup Campus League invites students from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam to compete in Dota 2. The total prize pool for the events is $25,000, with participants engaging in a variety of tournaments designed to showcase their gaming skills.

Singapore Police’s 'Mata-verse' Game Draws Millions

The Singapore Police Force (SPF)'s "Mata-verse" game, launched in June 2023 on Roblox, has attracted 4.4 million players by offering a 3D simulation of police work. Players progress through ranks and unlock items by completing quests such as apprehending robbers and identifying suspicious characters. The game, which features realistic police uniforms and vehicles, aims to educate the public on crime prevention and serve as a recruitment tool, aligning with the SPF’s vision of being a tech-savvy force.

FIA and iRacing Announce F4 Esports Global Championship

Auto racing governing body FIA and sim racing game iRacing have announced the FIA F4 Esports Global Championship, set to start in September. This new esports series will feature a four-event, eight-round competition with a $25,000 prize pool. Drivers can qualify through iRacing's FIA F4 Regional Tour series, which begins in mid-June. The top 10 drivers from each Regional Tour will be invited to the Global Championship, starting on September 14th. Doubleheader events will occur bi-weekly, with tracks revealed 24 hours before races. All events will be broadcast live on iRacing's social media channels.

Bungie Wins Major Lawsuit Against Destiny 2 Cheat Seller AimJunkies

Bungie has secured a significant legal victory against AimJunkies, a website selling cheats for Destiny 2. The Washington-based game developer sued the four men behind AimJunkies for damaging the player base and infringing on copyrights and trademarks. After filing the lawsuit in 2021, Bungie was awarded $4.3 million in damages in arbitration in 2023. Recently, a jury awarded Bungie an additional $63,210, with individual defendants owing $11,000 each and AimJunkies' co-founding company, Phoenix Digital, owing $20,000. This case marks a crucial precedent in the fight against video game cheats, reinforcing developers' rights to protect their intellectual property.

Did You Know?

On October 10, 2007, Valve Corporation made gaming history by releasing three highly anticipated games on the same day: Team Fortress 2, Portal, and Half-Life 2: Episode Two, all bundled in The Orange Box.

Team Fortress 2 redefined team-based multiplayer with its unique art style and gameplay, while Portal captivated players with its innovative puzzles and dark humor, introducing the iconic character GLaDOS. Half-Life 2: Episode Two continued the epic saga of Gordon Freeman, expanding on the critically acclaimed Half-Life 2 with new environments and story elements.

This triple release showcased Valve's creativity and versatility, setting a new standard for game bundles and cementing The Orange Box as one of the best compilations ever released.

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Vignesh has been covering the esports industry for nearly 5 years starting with the early days of the DPC. His industry expertise includes experience in Dota 2, CS:GO and Mobile Esports coverage.