Streamers are tricking football fans into thinking FIFA 23 games are pirate World Cup streams

Sneaky YouTubers are pretending their simulated football games are actually the World Cup.

Fake World Cup

Clever YouTube channels have found a way to tap into World Cup fever, streaming fake football matches that have been simulated in FIFA 23. Some of these videos have racked up tens or even hundreds of thousands of views, most likely tricking people who are searching for live pirate streams of the World Cup (Google Trends confirms spiking interest in the term "World Cup stream" over the last week).

According to Vietnamese news site VNExpress, a reader noted that one such video streamed near the start of the World Cup fooled them into thinking it was simply a low quality stream. "It wasn't until I read the comments on the livestream and watched the player's face close-up that I knew it was the image in the FIFA 23 game simulating the World Cup," they said (via machine translation).

A YouTube channel called Minute90Kplus, which VNExpress highlighted, has recently uploaded a number of videos and livestreams of World Cup matchups simulated in eFootball (formerly PES) and FIFA 23. One stream, posted on Tuesday, racked up 214,000 views. The most popular, from eight days ago, has accrued 277,000—though based on YouTube's chat replay feature, it seems like there may never be many active viewers on these streams. If I had to guess, they're just tuning in long enough to figure out they're not looking at the real thing.

But eFootball21 and FIFA 23 can be pretty convincing, at least from a camera angle high above the pitch. Drop the quality down to 240p or so, and I can see how people could be fooled.

I found several other Vietnamese World Cup channels, though they're not always trying to completely hide that the footage is fake. Still, using the #WorldCup2022 hashtag suggests they're hoping to grab a piece of that World Cup traffic. FIFA claimed 3.57 billion people watched the 2018 World Cup, so there's a whole lot of attention to go around.

The simulated match trick is hardly exclusive to Vietnamese YouTube channels: English channel Football Live, for example, has 1.25 million subscribers thanks to the same scheme, and countless YouTubers film themselves watching the World Cup with titles like "BRAZIL vs SOUTH KOREA LIVE Stream Watchalong" to catch a few eyeballs, too. Because some of these videos throw you into a couple ads immediately before you can watch, they're guaranteed to get a little bit of ad revenue even from viewers who bounce as soon as they realize they're not actually going to watch the match.

Elden Ring DLC - Release Date, Content, Leaks And More

Everything we know about the Elden Ring DLC, including its release date and content for Barbarians of the Badlands.

Elden Ring DLC

Since its release on 25th February 2022, FromSoftware's Elden Ring has been killing it, raking in over 16 million sales. Therefore, it is no surprise that Tarnished want an Elden Ring DLC or expansion to give them even more reason to venture back into the Lands Between.

This article shares everything we know about the highly-anticipated Elden Ring DLC, including its potential release date and what type of content you can expect. Rise, Tarnished!

Elden Ring DLC Release Date

At the time of writing, there is no exact release date for Elden Ring's first DLC. Pinpointing a release date window might just be as difficult as taking down Malenia using a Dance Pad as a controller...

Judging by past SoulsBorne titles, we know that FromSoftware generally takes less than one year to produce a big piece of DLC content, often seen as full expansions, for their titles; except for Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.

Elden Ring releases on 25th February 2022, so going by some historical data on FromSoftware titles, we expect the game's first DLC to release before 25th February 2023. However, there's no official word on the possible expansion at the time of writing. you as soon as an Elden Ring DLC/Expansion is officially announced and what the release date might be.

Elden Ring Barbarians of the Badlands Leaked?

Some leaks have suggested that Elden Ring's first DLC will be called Barbarians of the Badlands. As a full-scale expansion, Barbarians of the Badlands is reportedly set outside the scope of the Lands Between.

If you paid close attention to the game's lore, you would know that the Badlands is where Tarnished got exiled after Godfrey lost his grace.

The Tarnished, including Godfrey, perished in the Badlands. During the Elden Ring prologue, Tarnished returned to the Lands Between. If the first Elden Ring DLC is, in fact, Barbarians of the Badlands, it might take place in the past.

Keep in mind that the little leaked information about Barbarians of the Badlands should be taken with a large helping of salt until FromSoftware or Bandai Namco reveals official info.

At this point, all Elden Ring DLC/Expansion content is pure speculation. Some believe it could be focused on Melania's brother, Miquella, described as "the most fearsome Empyrean of all".

Alternatively, there's speculation that Elden Ring's first DLC could be focused on PvP, set in that massive Colosseum in the Caelid area.

Will Elden Ring Have Multiple DLCs?

We can't help but wonder which new terrors will be unleashed in the upcoming Elden Ring DLC. While there is a chance developer FromSoftware could release more than one Elden Ring DLC, no information about how many DLCs the game will have is currently available.

Except for the Demon's Soul Remake, every other Soulsborne title has received at least one big DLC.

For reference, let's look at FromSoftware's SoulsBorne titles and how many DLCs they've received.

  • Dark Souls - One DLC.

  • Dark Souls 2 - Two DLCs.

  • Dark Souls 3 - Two DLCs.

  • Bloodborne - One DLC.

  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice - One free DLC.

Our best guess is that Elden Ring will receive at least one big, expansion-size DLC and possibly a few one or more minor DLC.

We will update this article as soon as more information about an Elden Ring DLC becomes available. Stay tuned!

WoW Dragonflight Raid Vault of the Incarnates: Release Time And Date

The exact date and time for the Vault of the Incarnates release in World of Warcraft Dragonflight, so you know when the next raid opens.

WoW Dragonflight Raid Vault of the Incarnates

Heroes of Azeroth are excited for the first WoW Dragonflight raid to open up. Entitled Vault of the Incarnates, players will be able to acquire iLvl 389 loot or higher as they assault the fortress and the eight bosses within. That's why many can't wait for the exact release time and date for the WoW Dragonflight Vault of the Incarnates raid.

This article explains the precise time, and date Vault of the Incarnates opens for both US and EU players, so guilds can prepare with the best loot possible, get their raid compositions together, level up those professions, and more.

When Does Vault of the Incarnates Release?

First off, an official description of the new raid for WoW Dragonflight gives you an idea of what you and your raid party will have to face: "The Primalists breached the Titan prison used to hold the Incarnates for millennia. Within, Raszageth performs a foul ritual to unleash her siblings so together they can purge the world of the Titans' influence.

"The champions of Azeroth must assault this impregnable fortress and break their defenses to end this threat. While many could fall, defeat condemns all the realms to the Incarnates' reign of fire and blood."

With the lore description out of the way, you should know there are eight bosses and that Normal, Heroic, and Mythic Vault of the Incarnates will open at the same time.

WoW Dragonflight Vault of the Incarnates Raid Times & Dates

  • Vault of the Incarnates opens in the US on Tuesday, 12th December, at 08:00 PST.

  • Vault of the Incarnates opens in Europe on Wednesday, 13th December, at 04:00 CEST.

Cross-faction Mythic Vault of the Incarnates will be available from the start. Hall of Fame entries will require at least 16 out of 20 raiders to be from the same guild and faction to be eligible for rewards.

So there you have it, the exact dates and times in your region that Vault of the Incarnates releases as the first raid in WoW Dragonflight.

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