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Monthly Archives: September 2016

  • $50,000 Overwatch Tournament Coming to Dreamhack

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    Dreamhack Winter 2016 is going to be a big one for any Overwatch fans out there.

    A brand new tournament with a $50,000 prize pool has been locked in for the Dreamhack Winter event, and it’ll see 8 teams from around the world battle it out on a live stage. First place prize is $30,000, whilst second gets $10,000 and 3rd and 4th both get $5,000 each.

    There will be three qualifiers for the event to determine which teams are allowed to take part in the tournament. A North American qualifier will go live from October 11-12th, whilst a Europe qualifier will take part from October 9th-10th.

    2 Players from Europe will advance to the tournament, alongside 2 North American players. The final four tournament slots will be filled with winners of the bring your own computer tournament that'll happen on November 24th at the Dreamhack Winter 2016 event. If players win the BYOC event, they'll be seeded into the Overwatch tournament the next day.

    Details including online qualifier sign-ups and BYOC ticket prices can be found over on the Dreamhack Winter 2016 website. With no invited lineups, this event is a perfect opportunity for any unknown teams with the right skill to get their names heard.

    All qualifiers will be played double-elimination Best of three, and the qualifying finals will be played as a Best of five.

    Do you have an Overwatch team that may be up for the challenge? This could be the best chance Overwatch teams have had yet.

  • Steve Aoki Owns an eSports Team

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    Steve Aoki, the famous DJ, has announced that he now owns an eSports team. It's becoming more popular for adults with a large amount of wealth behind them to put funding into an eSports team. We've seen it with NBA star Shaq, Rick Fox and NFL players too.

    Now, we're seeing the first DJ get in on the eSports action. Steve Aoki has put funding into the eSports organization called Rogue. The Rogue organization currently has a team in Overwatch that has seen recent success and a fairly new CS:GO lineup.

    Steve Aoki has mentioned that he has a huge life-long passion for gaming, so this new part ownership of Rogue eSports makes sense.

    "During his performance at TwitchCon Party 2016 on Saturday, STEVE AOKI announced his ownership in the Las Vegas eSports organization, ROGUE. Having been a life-long gamer, STEVE AOKI became determined to build an eSports team after his experience at PAX East in April of this year, where he was invited to participate in a Street Fighter V exhibition match."

    The current CEO of Rogue has made the following statement, "Our organization was expanding to the point where we wanted to bring on another partner. We couldn't be happier that we met Steve when we did. His genuine passion for the eSports scene was exactly what we were looking for."

    With more support, the Rogue team may now have the time to improve together and we may soon see the results pay off in Overwatch, Counter Strike: Global Offensive and any other games that the Rogue organization may decide to pick up a team for.

  • The Division Gets Public Test Servers

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    After what felt like an eternity, The Division is finally getting public test servers. This means that new experimental updates will be tested before they are pushed out to live servers.

    With public test servers, players get two benefits. Firstly, players can experience new content before it's ready by visiting the public test servers. Secondly, the developers for The Division can monitor feedback from players on the public test servers so that all bugs and issues are ironed out before a new patch goes live.

    Public test servers should hopefully improve the overall quality of each patch massively. Not only can the test servers be useful for spotting bugs before they hit live servers, but they can be incredibly useful for testing new balancing changes or new weapons.

    To begin with, the Ubisoft developers will be working on bringing the upcoming 1.4 update planned for October to the public test servers. Players who'd like to join the servers will need to install a public test version of the game. Once in the test server, players will be given a level 30 character with purple tier gear. This is because Ubisoft is focusing the first days of testing on 'Progression between World Tiers.' When you go back to the normal game, you'll continue playing with your original characters and the level 30 character will remain on the test servers.

    The public test servers will remain open until update 1.4 is ready to hit live servers. At this point the test servers will go offline until Ubisoft need more player feedback for future updates.

  • GTA Online Biker Gang Update Coming in October

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    A brand new GTA Online update is planned to hit in October and it'll feature some new biker themed content. The new Biker Gang update will hit on October 4.

    Rockstar wrote, "The next addition to GTA Online - brings underground Motorcycle Clubs to the forefront of the Los Santos and Blaine County criminal underworld with a rash of all new competitive and co-operative gameplay as well as new modes, vehicles, weapons, clothing and much more. GTA Online: Bikers arrives on October 4th as an automatic update to GTA Online on PS4, Xbox One and PC."

    One of the new additions to GTA Online: Bikers will allow players to use melee weapons whilst riding a bike. If another biker gets too close, a quick shank will surely put them off.

    Players can also do objectives to earn the respect of the biker gang president. By doing objectives, players will rise up the ranks and new rewards will be made available.

    A new vehicle, called the Western Rat Bike, will be added to the game, and a number of new cosmetic items will be thrown into the mix. The biggest features for the upcoming Biker update are related to new modes and missions though. Hopefully we'll find out exactly what kind of missions and modes will be coming on October 4.

    When the update arrives, it'll automatically be updated to your platform, regardless of whether you're playing on PC, PS4 or Xbox One.

  • Battlefield 1 Single Player Details Revealed

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    New details about the single player portion of Battlefield 1 have been released by DICE.

    In the new trailer and promo content on the Battlefield website, it has been revealed that the singleplayer in Battlefield 1 will have a number of separate 'War Stories.'

    Each of the War Stories will have their own story, their own objectives and their own objectives with unique abilities. Each story will offer a different depiction of World War 1 and will put focus on a number of different characters.

    This means that instead of one single campaign and one protagonist, the Battlefield 1 main storyline will have multiple stories and characters. It's likely that each individual mission will be a 'War Story' and players will get the chance to experience all sorts of different gameplay that Battlefield 1 has to offer.

    For example, in one War Story, players will be playing as the right-hand man of Lawrence of Arabia. The objective will be to locate an armored train, find the supplies needed to take it down and engage in a big firefight at the end of the mission to take the train off the tracks.

    There are plenty more War Stories with different scenarios and characters. On one mission you'll be out in the sky fighting it out against German fighter planes, whilst in another, you will be on the ground in harsh, unforgiving trench warfare.

    Battlefield 1 launches on October 21 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and the Origin Store on Windows PC.

  • Shaq Shares His Passion for eSports

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    For those that don't know, the big Shaq from NBA fame has started to invest in a North American eSports team named NRG. Shaq recently shared some of his feelings for eSports and shared why he has such a passion for it.

    The biggest reason Shaq has a soft spot for eSports can be summed up in one simple word. "Teamwork." It's clear that this is something that Shaq knows well, "Five guys working together, practicing together, trusting your brother. That's what makes a winner. It's a grind. It takes big time dedication to be the best and build a winner."

    It's not just the teamwork side of things that both eSports and NBA share, though.

    "The fans did it for me," Shaq mentioned. "The fan base is huge and so passionate about their favorite games, teams and players. We have seen this movie before with the NBA and other traditional sports leagues. Sponsors and distribution always follow."

    "I got to witness first-hand at CES this year how exciting the CS:GO world had become and how passionate the fans were and what type of dedicated athletes the players had become. I wanted in. I contacted Andy Miller who co-owns the Sacramento Kings with me and he asked me to become part of NRG eSports. I am totally digging how intense the CS:GO and League of Legends scene is and am excited for our plans to add many more teams and gaming personalities to the NRG mix."

    NRG has a long way to go before they're competing with the best, but with funding from such big names, the NRG teams have all they need to go far.

  • Capcom Cup Prize Pool Gets $90K Bump

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    Thanks to extended support through crowdfunding, Capcom has managed to bump up the Capcom prize cup by an additional $90,000.

    The new Capcom cup prize funding comes from the Capcom Pro Tour DLC pack. Featuring CPT costumes and a CPT stage, a portion of the revenue from the DLC pack was promised to be invested into the 2016 Capcom cup.

    It's now been confirmed that so far the initial $250,00 prize pool will be increased by an additional $90,000 thanks to the Capcom Pro Tour DLC pack. According to Capcom, they believe they'll be able to add roughly an additional $60,000 by November, which will make a total of $150,000 from the DLC pack.

    This will also mean that the full prize pool will sit at $400,000.

    For those that are interested, Capcom has confirmed that 30 percent of the Capcom Pro Tour DLC revenue will go straight into the prize pool, while 50 percent will go straight towards the product of the Capcom Pro Tour. By that logic, roughly $250,000 will go towards the production of the tour by November.

    "Our goal is to have an impressive prize pool for Capcom Cup 2016 - the biggest in fighting game history - and we want our fans to know they had a part in helping us achieve that once we reach that milestone later this year," Haunts stated in the blog post.

    "We will be providing updates throughout the rest of the season, so you all know what sort of number we are targeting for Capcom Cup 2016 and next year you will see tangible benefits from your investment materializing in the scene through increased production values and additional support for tournament organizers."

    It looks like Street Fighter and the fighting game scene will finally be back on track to compete with other genres, such as MOBAs of first person shooters.

  • John Takeuchi Gets Crowdfunded for SFV Again

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    John Takeuchi is a Street Fighter player that came into the spotlight from out of nowhere. Now, Takeuchi is reaching his next from support from the /r/kappa subreddit again.

    r/kappa is a subreddit on the website reddit which is filled with a community of dedicated Street Fighter fans. The community has often come together to fund trips for different players in the past and recently they have taken it upon themselves to 'sponsor' John Takeuchi.

    The last event that the community at /r/kappa funded for John Takeuchi was the 2016 First attack tournament. Takeuchi took the funding honorably, absolutely smashed the competition and came out on top with a victorious win against GO1 in two best of three series in the grand finals.

    Now that John Takeuchi has landed back on home turf, the /Kappa crowd are looking to fund John Takeuchi again. This time, Takeuchi needs $950 to get to The Fall Classic 2016 event in Raleigh, North Carolina. With Takeuchi being on the other side of the world, transport can be expensive but it’s clear that the /r/kappa crew have got his back.

    One thing that makes John Takeuchi's story even more amazing is that he solely plays Rashid, a fighter that many players would have turned their nose up in the past. Rashid has had his victory in the past, but it's been a long time since any Rashid player has ever competed at a high level. The way Takeuchi plays Rashid is absolutely fascinating to watch and we cannot wait to see him take Rashid through the Fall Classic in North Carolina later this year.

  • New Overwatch Update to Hit

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    A new Overwatch update has made it to the public test realm and it should soon be travelling to the live servers for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

    The new update will include a number of changes, including improvements for spectator mode and custom games for eSports, balancing to a number of heroes and some overall fixes and user interface changes.

    The most important changes are definitely the adjustments made to three heroes; Junkrat, Widowmaker and Ana. The changes can be seen below.

    Ana
    Nano Boost
    - Ultimate cost has been increased by 20%

    Biotic Grenade
    - Radius has been increased from 3 to 4 meters

    Developer Comments: So far, we haven’t seen any indication that Ana is too strong overall, but her ultimate charges a little too fast, especially considering the impact it can have on a match. Also, her Biotic Grenades are getting a small boost to help her hit multiple targets.

    Widowmaker
    Widow's Kiss
    - Scoping-in animation time has been reduced from 0.5 to 0.3 seconds

    Developer Comments: This change will help Widowmaker acquire new targets more quickly and speed up her reaction time in fast-paced situations.

    Junkrat

    RIP-Tire
    - Ability now activates more quickly

    Developer Comments: Junkrat can be an extremely effective hero in the right hands, but RIP-Tire often felt underpowered when compared to his counterparts.

    The new custom game changes will also allow spectators to use a static camera and for each team to change their team names to be displayed on the spectator’s screen.

  • New Mafia 3 Trailer Showcases Gameplay

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    A brand new Mafia 3 trailer has been released by 2K Games and it features a range of interesting gameplay scenes.

    This particular new trailer focuses on the variety of weapons that will be available in Mafia 3. It's clear that the different weapon choices players will have in Mafia 3 will mark an important aspect of gameplay for the entirety of a playthrough.

    At the beginning, the trailer focuses on a number of different pistols and hand-to-hand weapons, such as knives and bayonets. Quickly the trailer progresses onto a much larger arsenal and around the 0:30 mark a huge collection of weapons can be seen. Pistols, sniper rifles, assault rifles, shotguns, rocket launchers and SMGs can be seen flying by.

    Hopefully players will be able to choose which weapons they'd like to use at any point in the game - with such a wide variety of weapons, from 9mm pistols to LMGs and rocket launchers, there's certainly a lot of choice available.

    The weapon select interface may share similar traits to the weapon wheel in Grand Theft Auto V - In fact, a work in progress wheel can be seen at the 0:40 mark in the trailer on Youtube. The wheel not only includes weapons but it also has slots for special abilities and useful help from friends the player will no doubt have made acquaintances during their playthrough.

    Will you be picking up Mafia 3 once it launches on October 7?

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