TriplePoints of Interest – Week of May 16

In this week’s TPoI: fans rise up against The Washington Post’s negative review of Uncharted 4, Google I/O brings some big announcements including a new VR platform, and the World Esports Association is created. 

The Washington Post versus Uncharted 4

Early this week, The Washington Post released a less than favorable review of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, resulting in a 4/10 on Metacritic. The review was the only score less than an 80 for the game and the internet went up in arms to get the controversial score removed from Metacritic through an internet petition. Many felt that critic Michael Thomsen’s review lacked substance behind his negative statements and neglected to assess the game with professionalism and respect. Kotaku followed the internet activity around the The Washington Post’s review and discussed the long-standing criticisms that surround Metacritic.

Google I/O and Daydream VR

Google I/O kicked off this week with a series of big announcements including new messaging apps, a speaker for the smart home, and updates to Android N. TechCrunch compiled a helpful slide of the keynote’s highlights. The Verge and many other outlets were also excited about Google’s new Daydream VR platform which will be built onto Android N and give users an entire ecosystem to use with it.

WESA, Assemble!

ESL announced the creation of the World Esports Association (WESA), an organization aimed at bringing teams, players, and league interests together to help standardize rules and competitions. IGN reports that the association will have profit sharing for teams and a player-elected council that will advocate for collective player concerns. Later in the week, WESA opened themselves up for an interview with GameSpot to clarify their role in communities, relationship with ESL, and plan for non-association members. According to Kotaku, the interviews when less than smoothly as the company struggled to address popular concerns, specifically related to its management of competitive Counter-Strike.