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Bungie sues ‘Destiny 2’ YouTuber who issued almost 100 fake DMCA claims

In December of last year, a YouTuber by the name of Lord Nazo received copyright takedown notices from CSC Global — the brand protection vendor contracted by game creator Bungie — for uploading tracks from their game Destiny 2’s original soundtrack. While some content creators might remove the offending material or appeal the copyright notice, Nazo, whose real name is Nicholas Minor, allegedly made the ill-fated decision to impersonate CSC Global and issue dozens of fake DMCA notices to his fellow creators. As first spotted by The Game Post, Bungie is now suing him for a whopping $7.6 million.

“Ninety-six times, Minor sent DMCA takedown notices purportedly on behalf of Bungie, identifying himself as Bungie’s ‘Brand Protection’ vendor in order to have YouTube instruct innocent creators to delete their Destiny 2 videos or face copyright strikes,” the lawsuit claims, “disrupting Bungie’s community of players, streamers, and fans. And all the while, ‘Lord Nazo’ was taking part in the community discussion of ‘Bungie’s’ takedowns.” Bungie is seeking “damages and injunctive relief” that include $150,000 for each fraudulent copyright claim: a total penalty of $7,650,000, not including attorney’s fees.

The game developer is also accusing Minor of using one of his fake email aliases to send harassing emails to the actual CSC Global with the subject lines such as “You’re in for it now” and “Better start running. The clock is ticking.” Minor also allegedly authored a “manifesto” that he sent to other members of the Destiny 2 community — again, under an email alias — in which he “took credit” for some of his activities. The recipients promptly forwarded the email to Bungie.

As detailed in the lawsuit, Minor appears to have done the bare minimum to cover his tracks: the first batch of fake DMCA notices used the same residential IP address he used to log-in to both his Destiny and Destiny 2 accounts, the latter of which shared the same Lord Nazo username as his YouTube, Twitter and Reddit accounts. He only switched to a VPN on March 27th — following media coverage of the fake DMCA notices. Meanwhile, Minor allegedly continued to log-in to his Destiny account under his original IP address until May.

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Bungie will reveal what’s next for ‘Destiny 2’ on August 24th

fans will soon find out more about the future of the game. Bungie will host a showcase on August 24th, and although there aren’t many more concrete details, it’s very probable that the studio will reveal more details about the upcoming expansion, The Witch Queen.

A gave some hints about what’s in store. Along with a tagline that reads “survive the truth,” there’s a symbol that has been Savathun, the Hive witch queen. Savathun is also known as the “Queen of Lies” and “The Deceitful Sister,” which certainly have a connection with that “survive the truth” line.

Bungie has been planting the seeds for a bigger focus on Savathun in recent months, following years of teases about the character. Season 14 has seen the Vex imposing upon the Last City, and (spoiler warning) it seems Savathun was behind it all. That gives credence to rumors Savathun will be the main villain in The Witch Queen expansion.

What’s more, the studio said in February that it would have more to share about “The Witch Queen and beyond” in late summer. The timing of the showcase matches up with that.

Earlier this year, Bungie , partly because of the impact of COVID-19. The studio had long been thinking about shifting its annual expansions to the first half of each year anyway, “primarily for the health of the team.”

Meanwhile, alongside Season 15. We might learn more details about that important change during the showcase. The current season is scheduled to end on the day of the event. Season 15 should start soon afterward.

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Bungie begins selling its official Destiny toaster

You can now buy a Destiny toaster to go with your future purchase of an Xbox Mini Fridge. Yes, we’re getting another gaming-themed appliance and this one cranks up the zany dial to the max. As Bungie points out, the toaster actually toasts a Tricorn emblem onto your bread. Plus, it comes with a free container to house all your Destiny-themed sandwiches.

You can pre-order the toaster right now for $85 from the Bungie store and it will ship between this December and January, 2022. Fittingly, you’ll also receive a free Destiny 2 in-game Burnt Edges emblem. As the toaster is a by-product of a charity event, 10 percent of your purchase proceeds will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

Back in June, the Destiny community raised more than $800,000 for the pediatric treatment center, which specializes in cancer treatment and other life-threatening diseases. To help galvanize fans, Bungie offered to make a toaster if they hit a target of $777,777.77 (the developer has a thing for the number seven). Because nothing fuels a hungry bunch of gamers like the promise of toasted bread.

While the basic two-slice toaster is no match for premium smart and steam-based toasters, it’s clearly meant as a bit of fan service. Destiny players often say “let’s get this bread” when venturing for loot and even refer to the Jötunn rifle as a Toaster.

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Destiny 2’s future is set: Bungie just stacked the deck

This week Bungie reaffirmed their dedication to Destiny 2 and the entire Destiny IP in a major way. They’ve revealed that they’ll be expanding their Bellevue, WA headquarters, investing in new key talent, and welcomed new members to the Bungie Board of Directors “from the Entertainment and Media Industry.” Keep this moment in your mind – it may be a key point at which Bungie pushed Destiny beyond the borders of a traditional game, into the multi-media stratosphere.

Bungie is clearly preparing to expand Destiny beyond the borders of the game. Adding Trace Harris and Viacom CBS’ Pamela Kaufman to their board of directors is only the latest in a line of developments that suggest Bungie is ready to roll with Destiny not only as a game, but as a universe that can exist in media beyond the gaming PC and gaming console.

To make things extra clear, Bungie announced the following this week. “To expand the Destiny IP and bring new stories and experiences to their highly engaged community, Bungie appointed Mark Noseworthy (Vice President, Destiny Universe) and Luke Smith (Executive Creative Director, Destiny Universe) to oversee and prepare for the expansion of the Destiny Universe into additional media.”

Bungie’s announcement this week suggested that the addition of Harris and Kaufman “bring years of expertise in multi-media IP expansion” to the company. As President of ViacomCBS Global Consumer Products, Kaufman oversees licensing and merchandising for brands like Paramount Pictures (Paramount Movie Network), Nickelodeon, Showtime, and more. Bungie’s connections to major media networks expand in a major way thanks to Kaufman alone.

If this is any indication of what Bungie is preparing for Bungie in the future, their initial promises and outlook for the franchise look like they’ll be coming to fruition in a major way. Take a peek at the timeline below to see several times Bungie made it clear Destiny will stay the course.

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