Fortnite Developers Detail Toxic Work Culture, Working 100 Hour Weeks: Report

Fortnite is undoubtedly one the most successful video games out right now. With their constant updates and revamps to the game, they keep things refreshing for their users. Unfortunately, this comes at a price that employees at Epic Games have to play. According to a new report, employees from the company detail excruciating work weeks — upwards to 100 hours — in order to maintain the success the video game.

Fortnite Developers Detail Toxic Work Culture, Working 100 Hour Weeks: Report
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Polygon conducted interviews over the past few months with employees and contractors at Epic Games who’ve admitted they’ve been working extensive hours at the company to maintain the Fortnite‘s success. These laborious hours have many employees working 70-hour weeks while others are logging in 100-hours. A few people have reportedly suffered health issues due to the hours.

“I work an average 70 hours a week,” said one employee. “There’s probably at least 50 or even 100 other people at Epic working those hours. I know people who pull 100-hour weeks. The company gives us unlimited time f, but it’s almost impossible to take the time. If I take time f, the workload falls on other people, and no one wants to be that guy.

Working crunch is reportedly expected and a few people have admitted that those who’ve refused to work weekends got fired. Another source said that the demand has impacted his sleeping patterns and general behavior at home.

“I hardly sleep. I’m grumpy at home. I have no energy to go out. Getting a weekend away from work is a major achievement. If I take a Saturday f, I feel guilty. I’m not being forced to work this way, but if I don’t, then the job won’t get done.”

Despite the claims made by employees, a spokesperson for Epic Games denied that the 100-hour weeks were a common recurrence.

“People are working very hard on Fortnite and other Epic efforts,” a spokesperson said “Extreme situations such as 100-hour work weeks are incredibly rare, and in those instances, we seek to immediately remedy them to avoid recurrence.”

Beyonce’s Dad Announces Destiny’s Child Musical: "I Feel It’s Time"

Beyonce‘s father Mathew Knowles was once the manager Destiny’s Child until they broke up and parted ways. Mathew then went on to manage Beyonce’s solo career, but that ended and now years later he’s ready to helm a musical on one the best girl band’s and how they got their start. Mathew announced on Instagram that he is bringing Survivor: The Destiny’s Child Musical to life “with plans for Broadway, London’s West End, and a world tour!”

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“I want to pull back the curtain,” he explained. “I feel it’s time to give the world an opportunity to hear, see and feel the victories and failures that I’ve had as a husband, father and manager who risked everything in pursuit fulfilling dreams—those mine and others.”

The musical will cover how the women got their start, trials and tribulations making it in the industry and the sacrifices they had to make to along the way. There’s no word on who will play Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, LeToya Luckett and LaTa Roberson but keep it locked for more details coming soon. 

Uber Fires Man Accused Of Killing Former UFC Fighter Rodrigo De Lima

Tragedy struck in Brazil on Sunday when former UFC fighter Rodrigo de Lima was killed in an alleged hit and run after he reportedly got into an argument with an Uber driver. His friends who were on the scene at the time explained how de Lima had been arguing with the driver when the driver asked de Lima to get out. The man sped f but allegedly came back and hit de Lima with his car which is what killed him. He is survived by a wife and two children.

The alleged attacker, Jefferson Roger Maciel, has now been fired by Uber, according to TMZ. The rideshare company issued a statement today saying that they are appalled by what happened and have taken all necessary measures to make sure the man can’t use their app ever again. Uber also confirmed that Maciel was working for Uber at the time the incident. 

“As soon as we learned this incident we immediately removed the driver’s access to the app and we stand ready to assist law enforcement with their investigation,” Uber explained.

Stay tuned for updates related to this story. 

Lee Daniels Says Jussie Smollett’s Possible Return To "Empire" Is Being Discussed

Jussie Smollett may have been dropped from all charges surrounding his alleged staged homophobic and racial attack, but it doesn’t mean the whole world thinks he’s innocent. It’s for that reason that his brother Jojo penned an open letter for BET, asking people What If Jussie Is Telling The Truth? 

It seems as though the same question is being asked by staff over at Empire, the Fox series Jussie has been a part from the jump and was very much a part when the attack took place. The show’s creator, Lee Daniels, was recently asked by TMZ whether Jussie would join the upcoming season or if he’ll be cut from the show entirely. “That’s the conversation that we’re having right now,” Lee said. When asked how he handles all the mixed emotions that are going on, Lee said he just prays and leaves the judging up to the God and the Judge in the courtroom. 

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As for season seven  Empire, there’s been no green light on whether it will actually arrive but we assume it will be considering the early debate on casting. 

“I am simply hoping there are some conscious-minded people out there who, instead carelessly victim blaming and shaming, want to loudly ask the simple question: “What if Jussie is telling the truth?” Jussie’s brother concluded his letter, read more here

Donovan Mitchell Helped Woman After Witnessing Car Crash In Salt Lake City

Donovan Mitchell has been one the most exciting young players in the league and has been seen as just an overall good guy by his peers. On Monday night, Mitchell dropped 31 points on the Houston Rockets in game four when his Utah Jazz were down 3-0 in the series. Winning four straight to complete the miraculous comeback seems like an impossible task, although for Mitchell, some things are just way more important than the game basketball.

According to a report from the Salt Lake Tribune, Mitchell was driving through downtown Salt Lake City on Sunday when he noticed a car accident on the side the road. Mitchell says he drove by and saw a woman in distress and that’s when he stopped to make sure everybody involved was okay.

“I was driving by, a lady was falling out her car, the airbags went f, she was grabbing her chest and I was like, ‘Oh shoot,’ Mitchell said. “Like a natural instinct to found out what happened.”

Mitchell explained that everybody involved in the crash was safe and that he doesn’t want to make more his gesture than it was.

“I was just going out there to make sure she was OK,” he said. “I don’t want to make it like a big, big deal.”

#DXCLUSIVE: Kill The Motherboard Recruits "Hip Hop Spiritual Guru" Eric Biddines For "The Water"

HipHopDX Premiere – Singer-songwriter Jon Brown, who co-wrote “Jesus Walks” with Kanye West, linked up with Jack Splash for the recently formed Kill The Motherboard duo. As they prep their debut album, The Legend of Picasso Jones, they’ve dropped a new single titled “The Water” featuring Eric Biddines.

“As soon as Jon and I started this song I could tell it was going to take on a very mystical vibe,” Splash tells HipHopDX about the song. “His lyrics about life and death and the cyclical nature of everything really blew me away. I knew as soon as we finished Jon’s parts that we needed to add Eric Biddines to the song.

“Eric had told me he grew up in a Jehovah Witness community, so I knew he would probably have a very interesting perspective and take the song to the next level lyrically/spiritually. Honestly, I still get chills every time I listen to this song because of how Eric Biddines comes in at the end like Hip Hop spiritual guru for a generation of lost souls.”

#DXCLUSIVE: Kill The Motherboard Recruits "Hip Hop Spiritual Guru" Eric Biddines For "The Water"

Brown adds, “‘The Water’ is a song about redemption or second chances. I feel like no matter what we’ve done in our life, no matter how egregious the act, we all deserve a second chance. you know, an opportunity to make things right. Every moment we’re alive is another opportunity to change or improve upon ourselves.

“In God’s eyes, we don’t run out of second chances, we just run out of time.”

The Legend of Picasso Jones is expected to arrive in the near future. Until then, listen to “The Water” up top.

Danish Rapper Sleiman Sues Tekashi69's Publishing Company Over Unreleased Track

Danish rapper Sleiman a lawsuit against Tekashi69 Publishing over an unreleased track.

Alongside his company, Apache Music IVS, Sleiman claims the now-jailed Tekashi 69 (real name Daniel Hernandez) never released their recorded song, ‘Red Bandnna [sic] / Black Hoodie.’  Apache Music had paid around €88,000 (just under $99,000) to Hernandez’s publishing company to set up the collaboration.

Tekashi69 recorded the vocals for the track.  His label, 10K Projects, however, claimed it had full rights to the work.  Thus, the label declared it won’t release the track, threatening Sleiman with legal action should he release the song through Universal Music Denmark.

10K Projects, founded by Elliot Grainge (son of UMG boss Lucian Grainge) in 2016, says any Tekashi69 track release requires its approval.  However, as Sleiman paid for and recorded the track, 10K Projects’ refusal shouldn’t affect his ability to release the song.

As 10K Projects refuses to authorize the track’s release, Sleiman has sued for the song’s rights.  He has also demanded a full refund of the money he paid for the collaboration.

The lawsuit reads,

Plaintiffs (Sleiman and Apache Music) are entitled to a judgment declaring that, pursuant to the Agreement, Plaintiffs have the right to exploit the Song, including the use of Mr. Hernandez’s name in connection therewith, without first obtaining 10k’s permission, approval, consent or ‘clearance,’ and without owing compensation to 10k, and that Plaintiffs are the lawful copyright claimants for the Song.”

Sleiman also blamed Elliot Grainge’s relationship with his father as the reason for the label’s refusal.

On information and belief, Universal Music Denmark is related to the Universal Music Group, whose Chairman is the father of 10K’s owner.

“As a direct and proximate result of 10K contacting Universal Music Denmark, Universal Music Denmark didn’t proceed with entering into a recording agreement with Sleiman.

Lambasting 10K Projects, Sleiman’s lawyer, Richard Roth, explained current U.S. copyright laws protect creators.  Through its refusal, Elliot Grainge’s label has engaged in “nefarious conduct.”

We intend on proving that’s precisely what happened here and that such conduct was willful, which will allow Sleiman not only the proper credit for the work, but all monies to which he’s entitled, including legal fees.

Sleiman has asked for a jury trial in addition to no less than €88,000 (just under $99,000) in damages.

You can view the lawsuit below.

 


 

Thousands of Indie Songwriters Rally Against Major Music Publishers' 'Industry Consensus' MLC

Thousands of indie songwriters are now speaking out against major music publishers like Sony/ATV, Warner/Chappell, and Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) over a questionable ‘black box’ collection scheme.

As the U.S. Copyright Office mulls over competing bids to run the Mechanical Licensing Collective, indie songwriters and publishers are becoming increasingly vocal.  Yesterday, the Copyright Office’s deadline for receiving comments on the selection of an MLC proposal lapsed, with hundreds of comments peppering the agency’s site.

Among the detailed commenters was the Nashville-based Songwriters Guild of America (SGA).  The Guild is headed by songwriter and musician Rick Carnes and represents thousands of writers.

In a detailed filing submitted to the Copyright Office and Register of Copyrights, the SGA raised flags over plans by the major music publishers to claim hundreds of millions — if not billions — of dollars in unmatched and unclaimed royalties that likely belong to smaller songwriters.

The issue has been a serious sticking point since major publishers Warner/Chappell, Sony/ATV, and Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), among others, moved to control the Music Modernization Act’s Mechanical Licensing Collective, or MLC.  Those publishers are represented by the National Music Publishers’ Association, or NMPA, which has remained silent on growing concerns about black box claiming processes.

The SGA emphatically underscored a serious conflict-of-interest problem.  “As to the first criterion set forth in the prior section above, transparency and accountability, Congress had reasons for serious concern that certain inherent conflicts created by the MMA would require particularly intensive scrutiny of the Mechanical Collective at both the threshold of its designation, and over the later performance of its duties,” the SGA declared in its filing this week (full submission ).

“The most obvious of these conflicts concerns the role of the Mechanical Collective in seeking to identify the rightful owners of hundreds of millions of dollars in unmatched royalties that will shortly be turned over to the Collective for identification and distribution.”

Carnes is a board member of the AMLC, which opposes the NMPA-backed MLC submission.  The group was largely formed to address perceived issues of unfair collusion among major music publishers.

Also chiming in: MusicAnswers, a group that has drawn more than 3,000 signatories for its ‘Declaration of Principles‘ surrounding fair music compensation and accounting transparency.

According to the group’s filing, major publishers are likely to claim more than a billion in unclaimed royalties, even though they have direct royalty-paying arrangements with major streaming companies like Spotify.

“A Board consisting largely of major music publishers, most of who have (or will have) direct licensing arrangements with digital music services, and whose royalties are therefore unlikely to flow through the MLC, strikes us as an inappropriate choice,” the group commented (full comment filing ).

“Moreover, because those same large publishers will receive the lion’s share of any distribution of unclaimed funds and would
have control over the distribution of those funds, it is a blatant conflict of interest for individuals representing those large publishers to occupy a significant number of the seats on the Board of Directors.”

Just yesterday, the highly-influential Recording Academy , noting that the group needed time to vet through the competing proposals before making a decision.

 

 

Nike VaporMax 2019 Releasing In Black And Volt: Official Images

With the Nike VaporMax 2019, the Beaverton brand is straying away from the flyknit upper and instead it’s using the material that can be found on the Nike React Element 87. The shoe has an updated silhouette that has proven to be quite fashionable on foot and so far sneakerheads have been into the change. New colorways this model have been shown f and released over the last few weeks and with the Summer months on the way, Nike is showcasing even more new versions.

This latest colorway is coming in a sleek and clean black, grey and volt. The volt part the shoe can be found on the Nike swoosh, while the air bubbles and highlights on the sides are pitch black. The rest the upper is dressed in some charcoal grey which adds a nice muted contrast to the rest the sneaker.

These will cost you $190 USD and will be released sometime in the next few weeks, according to Sneaker News.

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Robert Kraft Spa Sex Tape Won’t Be Released Until Case Is Over: Report

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has been embroiled in a very public legal battle after it was revealed back in late February that he was one many men allegedly involved in a prostitution ring at the Orchids Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida. Kraft has since pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor counts first-degree solicitation. 

A huge part this impending court case is alleged surveillance footage that actually shows Kraft engaging in sexual encounters with two masseuses at the spa. Both those masseuses have been arrested and charged in connection with the case. Meanwhile, Kraft and his legal team have been working tirelessly to make sure the tape doesn’t see the light day. Their argument is that the tape would impede Kraft from having a fair trial.

Robert Kraft Spa Sex Tape Won't Be Released Until Case Is Over: Report

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Well, today, it appears as though the judge has agreed with Kraft’s points as a protective order has been placed on the tape, according to TMZ. Essentially, the tape cannot be released until the case is done and over with as it would, in fact, sway public opinion.

Despite the decision, the tape can still be released afterward which Kraft surely can’t be a huge fan . Either way, this latest ruling is a big win for the Patriots owner.

"Avengers: Endgame" Premiere Unites MCU Stars On The Red Carpet

Last night, the furiously anticipated Avengers: Endgame premiered in Los Angeles, largely to unanimous praise from fans lucky enough to catch it. While the film itself will likely serve as a conclusion to plenty ongoing narrative threads, Endgame’s premiere also served as a farewell for the vast ensemble cast. Damn near everyone involved in the MCU was invited to the Red Carpet, from the original main squad from the first Avengers to the Guardians Of The Galaxy.

Check out some the images from the premiere’s red carpet below, featuring actors like Robert Downey Jr, Jeremy Renner, Brie Larsen, Scarlett Johanssen, Mark Ruffalo, Benedict Cumberbatch, Benedict Wong, Paul Rudd, Tessa Thomspon, Natalie Portman, Vin Diesel, Sebastian Stan, Chris Evans and more. Even Miley Cyrus also came through to hold it down alongside Thor’s brother, Liam Hemsworth. Has your Avengers: Endgame hype peaked yet? 

Jordan Aero Morph Revealed In "Triple-White" Colorway: Official Images

Jordan Brand has been releasing a plethora brand new silhouettes this year. The Jordan Proto React, Apex React, and Proto 720 have all made their way to retailers this year and now another fresh silhouette is here in the Jordan Aero Morph. The Aero Morph is a mid-cut shoe that has a mixture materials on the upper such as mesh and leather. This sneaker also has a chunky midsole which is reminiscent what we’ve seen from the dad shoe trend. There is even an air max unit visible in the midsole for good measure.

One the first colorways that will be released is a classic “triple-white” fering which speaks for itself in terms name and aesthetics. The colorway helps set the shoe up for some more colorful versions in the future, which will surely make their way to retailers as soon as the Summer months come along.

According to Sneaker News, this pair will be released in the coming months, although the price has not yet been determined.

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YNW Melly Facing Death Penalty in Double Murder Case

YNW Melly is facing the death penalty in his double murder case.

The 19-year-old Florida rapper was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder on Feb. 13 stemming from the October 2018 shooting of his friends, Anthony Williams (YNW Sakchaser) and Christopher Thomas Jr. (YNW Juvy), near Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Cortlen Henry (YNW Bortlen) was also arrested in connection with the killings.

Cops say Melly, whose real name is Jamell Demons, and Henry shot the men and staged the crime to make it seem like their friends were killed during a drive-by shooting.

Now the State of Florida intends to seek the death penalty against Melly. According to legal documents, obtained by TMZ, the State believes it can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Melly killed his friends for financial gain, the murder was especially heinous, atrocious, or cruel, and he committed homicide in a cold, calculated, and premeditated manner. The State also believes Melly is a criminal gang member.

Williams and Thomas Jr. were shot in the head, torso, and back. Police say Melly and Henry shot up their own car to make it look like a drive-by before taking the victims to the ER, where they were pronounced dead.

The “Murder on My Mind” hitmaker will remain in Broward County jail until a trial date has been set. Earlier this month, it was reported that Melly hired Boosie Badazz’ former lawyer, Jason Roger Williams, to represent him in the double murder trial.

Wiz Khalifa Announces ‘Decent Exposure Tour’

Fresh off blazing the stage at Coachella, Wiz Khalifa is taking his show on the road this summer.

The Taylor Gang rapper has announced dates for “The Decent Exposure Tour,” which will kick off July 29 in Atlanta with special guests French Montana, Playboi Carti, Moneybagg Yo, Chevy Woods, and DJ Drama. Produced by Live Nation, the 29-city trek will hit outdoor amphitheaters in Toronto, Chicago, Dallas, and more, before wrapping Aug. 15 in Boise, Idaho.

Tickets go on sale to the general public starting Friday, April 26 at 10 a.m. local time. Citi cardmembers will have access to a pre-sale beginning Tuesday, April 23 at 10 a.m. local time.

Wiz continues his prolific output. In addition to performing at both weekends of Coachella, he released his surprise project, Fly Times, Vol. 1: The Good Fly Young, last week as well as his Apple Music docuseries “Behind the Cam.”

Last summer, he teamed up with Rae Sremmurd on the “Dazed & Blazed Summer Amphitheater Tour” with supporting acts Lil Skies and O.T. Genasis.

The Decent Exposure Tour Dates

July 9 – Atlanta, GA – Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
July 10 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
July 12 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Banks Art Center
July 13 – Hartford, CT – XFINITY Theatre*
July 14 – Boston, MA – Xfinity Center
July 16 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater.
July 18 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
July 19 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
July 20 – Pittsburgh, PA – KeyBank Pavilion
July 21- Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater
July 23 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
July 25 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
July 26 – Indianapolis, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
July 27 – Chicago, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*
July 28 – Columbus, OH – Express Live!*+^
July 30 – Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center
July 31 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Center
Aug. 1 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Aug. 2 – Camdenton, MO – Ozarks Amphitheater+^
Aug. 3 – Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion
Aug. 4 – San Antonio, TX – Majestic Theatre*+^
Aug. 6 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium*+^
Aug. 7 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
Aug. 9 – Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre+
Aug. 10 – San Diego, CA – North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
Aug. 11 – Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion*
Aug. 13 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
Aug. 14 – Ridgefield, WA – Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
Aug. 15 – Boise, ID – Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater*.^

* Playboi Carti not on this date
+ French Montana not on this date
. Moneybagg not on this date
^ not a Live Nation date

Dak Prescott Gives Ezekiel Elliott A Popcorn Shower At Dallas Stars Game

In a shocking upset in the NHL playfs, the Dallas Stars eliminated the Nashville Predators in six games thanks to a 2-1 win in overtime last night. Many people had the Predators going all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals this year, but in a season where almost every series has ended in an upset, the Predators fell to a team that they probably should have beat. The Stars will now have to do battle against the St-Louis Blues who have been one the hottest teams in the league since the trade deadline.

Last night’s game was in Dallas and was attended by a couple Cowboys stars. Of course, those two players were quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott. Elliott and Prescott appeared on the Jumbotron at one point, which led to Prescott showering Zeke in popcorn as a nod to his infamous “feed me” celebration.

Clearly, the celebration motivated the Stars on the ice as they went on to win the game just a few minutes later. If the Cowboys make the playfs next year, we might even see some Stars players take in a game at Jerry World to provide some the same good luck charms.

For now, though, the Stars will definitely need some luck if they want to make it out alive against the Blues.