Reseller Groups using Bots to obtain 3,500 PS5’s

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PlayStation 5 falls prey to reseller groups

PlayStation 5 is high on demand and short on stock, and perhaps inevitably there’s a big black market of scalpers who bought consoles at launch only to fleece early-adopters.

Price mark-up can be outrageous in the reseller market

One of these reseller groups operates via Discord, and has bought almost 3,500 PlayStation 5 consoles by using bots to monitor retailers and buy stock as it appears, faster than any mere human is able to.

Puny Humans: "Our total collective number is 2,472 PS5 consoles across all of our members," a manager of a reseller group told Business Insider, in addition to “just under 1,000” pre-orders. How did the group manage this logistical feat? "We knew where to go before they announced it.

Scalp away: The group charges a subscription fee to access their market, where sought-after items like the PlayStation 5 are sold. It's not just Sony that's struggling to make sure demand is met: Microsoft says there will be Xbox Series X shortages until around April next year.

Who is the last character you unlock in Subspace Emissary?

a) Sonic
b) Captain Falcon
c) Snake
d) Lucas

The answer will be revealed at the bottom of today's issue. Join up with our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss what the answer could be.

Lost Legos killed multiplatform Galidor

Galidor: Defenders of the Outer Dimension for Game Boy Advance was also supposed to appear on PC, PlayStation 2 and GameCube – but disaster struck the porting studio Asylum Entertainment

Asylum Entertainment was reported closed in September 2003

The studio got in financial difficulties, lost a Lego project that was supposed to be their lifeline and along with it a bunch of key developers. The unfinished PC version still made it to market as part of a budget bundle from Focus Multimedia and Valusoft.

Join our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss today's fact.

Lake Legends begins for Pokémon GO

Plenty of new events rearing to go in several games, especially in Pokémon Go where the next Go Battle League format just went live.

Lake Legends makes a splash in Pokemon GO until Nov 30

Pokémon GO

  • Lake Legends active until November 30th
    • Higher spawn rates for lake-themed Pokémon
    • Raids featuring Azelf, Uxie and Mesprit
  • Unlock Verizon mask and jacket with code L9Y6T82UW4EVSE9
  • Go Battle League Season 5
    • Format has shifted to Catch Cup until November 30th
    • Only Pokémon caught after November 9th permitted

Pokémon Masters EX

  • Blissful Bonanza event runs now until December 1st
    • Daily gems and 5 Star Scout Tickets awarded
    • Poké Fair Scout with Steven and Cynthia Sync Pairs

Pokémon Sword & Shield

  • Max Raid Battle Event reverts back to Bug and Poison-type event
  • Gigantamax Butterfree and Garbodor appears in Max Raid Battles

Nintendo’s just not that into esports

An anonymous insider has summarized the recent spat between Nintendo and the Super Smash Bros. Melee community.

Scandals could be keeping Nintendo from committing further

It seems like the relationship between Nintendo and the various esports groups trying to make Smash Bros. into a proper competitive sport is pretty peculiar, although it should also be noted that none of the information has been verified in any way and should be considered nothing more than rumours.

Arm's length: Nintendo is not outright hostile, but is also painfully noncommittal. Whenever it looks like some kind of progress is about to be made, Nintendo pulls back. The grassroots communities claim that Nintendo uses them when it pleases, and then turns around and ignores or even obstructs them.

Smashed wide open: Nintendo wants to keep its family-friendly, fun-first games company, and they might be reluctant to get associated with the esports and fighting game communities because of the frequent scandals rocking them in the last year alone.

Who is the last character you unlock in Subspace Emissary?

ANSWER: Sonic!

You're too slow! says the guy who showed up at the end

Subspace Emissary might not have been everyone’s idea of fun, but it was one of the easiest ways to unlock characters – like Sonic the Hedgehog. He appears at the final boss, and you unlock him after the credits roll. It’s a bit surprising that he makes such a minor appearance, considering he was one of the most requested fighters, but there’s a reason for that. And it’s not what you think.

Sonic was added pretty late in development, past the point where the developers would usually add more content to an almost finished game, but made an exception for the fastest thing alive. Since most of the game’s content and structure were already done, Sonic was wedged in right at the end. Sure, it’s not the most exciting way the Blue Blur could have entered the fray, but hey, at least he made it!

Today's issue of DailyBits was written by Gavin Herman, Erlend Grefsrud, Simon Priest, and Jamie Davey.

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