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  • Azubu Acquires Hitbox for eSports Streaming Plans

    azubu acquires hitboxTwitch might have a near-monopoly on the video game streaming industry, but other competitors are still fighting hard to get a grip on it.

    One of the longest running competitors for video game streaming is Hitbox - it's a service that offers a similar service to Twitch, and also has a larger focus on streaming esports. In recent news, Azubu has just acquired Hitbox for a sum of "tens of millions of dollars."

    While operation at Hitbox is still going on as normal, this acquisition could mean big things for the platform and even bigger things for the video game streaming industry as a whole. To begin with, Azubu is certainly interested in putting more focus on the esports side of things. The majority of streams on Twitch are non-esports related, so Hitbox and Azubu have a potential void to fill.

    Interestingly, Azubu is another streaming platform that hasn't managed to gain the attention it's hoped for. Previous talks suggested that Azubu was close to shutting down due to budget issues related to a lack of exposure. This new acquisition will allow Azubu's talent and fresh ideas to shine on a platform that already has a stable viewer base.

    Azubu's main goal with Hitbox is to "launch a new platform, focused on optimizing the mobile user experience and monetization technologies, strengthened by our internally developed technologies, technical partner relationships and a passionate team dedicated to pushing the boundaries of video game live streaming."

  • Miami Heat Buys Stake in Misfit eSports Org

    miami heat misfits esportsThe Miami Heat sports organization has recently purchased a stake in Misfit eSports.

    Whilst unknown to some, the Misfit eSports org includes teams for Smash Bros, Heroes of the Storm and League of Legends. Perhaps their best-known players form their Overwatch team, which has recently performed incredibly well on a global level.

    Most individuals would certainly know Miami Heat on the other hand - with a valuation of over $1.3 billion, the sports company is most known for their basketball team. In January 2016 the Miami Heat team was considered the 10th largest NBA franchise.

    Considering the huge scale of Miami Heat, it's clear to see that the Misfits eSports organization are going to get all of the funding and support they need to keep their teams progressing towards new levels. Currently, the ownership of Misfit eSports resides with the original owners, but with Miami Heat owning a stake, they have the ability to call some of the shots as far as sponsorship deals, promotions, and team management goes.

    We've seen this kind of eSports interest from huge traditional sports franchises in recent history, but this may be the first time such a large organization puts effort into making some of the more important calls relating to the eSports world.

    With eSports growing considerably in recent years and with increasing support from traditional sports communities, it's clear to see that eSports could become the next biggest worldwide spectator sport.

  • Nintendo Switch Release Date Revealed

    nintendo switch release dateAfter a big unveiling event, details about the Nintendo Switch have been revealed to the world. We now know when the Nintendo Switch will release, the first party games it will include at launch and the price tag of the console and some of its accessories.

    First things first; the release date. Nintendo has confirmed that the Nintendo Switch will get a release on March 3rd, 2017. The console will be made available globally from this date, so if you're interested in picking up a console make sure to have your calendars marked.

    If you'd rather pre-order the Nintendo Switch, you can do so from a local retailer. For example, GameStop is currently accepting pre-orders for the Switch in the United States. The price tag for the Switch sits at $299.99 in the United States and $399.99 in Canada. The Nintendo Switch can be purchased for 279.99 pounds in the UK.

    While extra accessories will be available, the day one unit will feature a left and right Joy-Con controller, wrist straps for each Joy-Con, a Joy-Con grip, a dock for the Nintendo Switch, an HDMI cable and an AC adapter for charging and playing at home.

    To begin with, there will be two different color variants - while the console color will remain the same, one option will include gray controllers whilst the other will include metallic blue and red controllers.

    With the PS4 starting at $299 and the Xbox One starting at $249, Nintendo clearly aims to make the Switch a direct competitor, despite the console offering a more portable experience

  • 10 New Backwards Compatible Games Added to Xbox One

    new backwards compatible games xbox oneThe year has only just started and Microsoft are already going crazy with their backwards compatibility lineup. In January so far, 10 more backwards compatible games have been made available to play on the Xbox One.

    To begin with, a bundle of seven Xbox One compatible games were launched to the Xbox Games Store. This first bundle included both of the previously Xbox 360 exclusive Battlefield titles (Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and Battlefield 3), as well as a number of other AAA and indie/arcade titles.

    A little while after the initial 7 games were announced, 3 more titles were added to the backwards compatible games list. The additional three games were Mega Man 9, Mega Man 10 and Beat'n Groovy.

    The full list includes the games listed below.

    Battlefield: Bad Company 2 ($20; 4.88 GB)
    Battlefield 3 (requires disc)
    Dragon Age: Origins ($15; 6.44 GB)
    Ghostbusters ($15: 6.18 GB)
    Scrap Metal ($15; 130.06 MB)
    The Splatters ($10; 505.95 MB)
    Strania ($10; 206.86 MB)
    Mega Man 9
    Mega Man 10
    Beat'n Groovy

    Battlefield: Bad Company 2 can be downloaded for all users that already owned it on Xbox 360 - the file size is 4.88GB. All other titles have been dealt with in the same way, with Battlefield 3 as an exception - this still requires the original disc to be playable.

    Do any of these recent Xbox 360 titles take your fancy? File size information and digital download prices have been included where possible.

  • Dishonored 2 Will Get New Difficulty Modes

    dishonored 2 difficulty modesA new update is being planned for Dishonored 2 that will add new difficulty modes to the game.

    The new update will include a number of other features and will arrive on PS4 and Xbox One on January 23. PC players will be able to download a beta update on Steam on January 18 to test it early.

    The level of control a player will have over how difficult Dishonored 2 can be may be the most impressive we've seen in a game so far. Instead of having locked difficult levels, the new update for Dishonored 2 will give players access to 20 different sliders, all of which can be used to adjust the difficulty of different game mechanics.

    For example, one slider can change how many enemies are likely to attack you at once, while another can change how quickly it'll take for a sleep dart to take effect. One slider will be named Iron Mode, use this slider and you can turn off manual saving, load functionality and even add permadeath.

    Finally, the other major feature of the upcoming Dishonored game update will allow users to select and restart previous missions at their discretion.

    The update will include a range of other features and fixes, all of which haven't yet been announced by Bethesda, but are said to be based on player feedback. This upcoming update for Dishonored 2 is the second large free patch for the game since its release date.

  • Cloud9 and Fnatic Drop Out of Overwatch NGE Winter

    cloud-9-fnatic-overwatch-nge-winterSuddenly the trophy at the Overwatch NGE Winter Premiere is up for grabs, as both Cloud9 and Fnatic have dropped out of the event completely.

    It's been confirmed on the official NGE event team list that Fnatic and Cloud9 will no longer be taking part. FaZe Clan and Citizen7 will take their place.

    Whilst both FaZe Clan and Citizen7 have both shared their great news, surprisingly neither Fnatic nor Cloud9 have made any mention about their quiet drop out. Fnatic's insane performances in 2016 allowed them to get a direct invite to the tournament and Cloud9 were following closely behind.

    Dropping out of an event this big is rare, but it does happen, usually when scheduling issues are involved. For example, official news on the OGN Apex Season 2 event is rumored to be hitting soon, and if the drop out from Fnatic and Cloud 9 is anything to go by, both teams may have chosen to attend the OGN event instead.

    We think this is a great thing for the Overwatch scene - not only will the battle to the grand finals at Overwatch NGE Winter be even closer, but the OGN Apex Season 2 event is expected to be even bigger and potentially include a bigger prize pool than the previous season, so it's certainly going to attract top talent from around the world.

    What event are you looking forward to the most? OGN Apex Season 2 or the NGE Winter Premiere?

  • LDLC Say Goodbye to COD

    ldlc-call-of-duty-team-spartanWhile it may not be a permanent goodbye, seeing LDLC saying their farewells to a game that helped make their name famous is slightly unsettling.

    LDLC have always been one of the organizations at the top of Call of Duty, but after their struggles to get hold of a good enough team, it seems like LDLC may be putting their feet up for a while.

    Almost a year ago, LDLC picked up Team Spartan, and while their year wasn't completely terrible, the mixed results that the team achieved just didn't quite hit the expectations the LDLC organization had for the newer players.

    To begin with, the LDLC team managed to take a win at the South Lan Event. As a result, they bagged themselves a spot at ESWC COD in Paris. The team managed to just scrape by in ESWC to get a spot in Call of Duty XP in LA.

    Unfortunately though, Activision has pulled their funding for the LDLC team, and because of a lack of big prize wins and sponsorship deals in 2016, LDLC has had to pull the rug underneath their roster.

    Hopefully we'll see more developments from the LDLC organization in the future, but for the time being we won't be seeing LDLC at any future Call of Duty events.

    How do you feel about this news? Seeing a big organization like LDLC fail to hold on to enough sponsors to support their players in 2016 certainly isn't a good sign for the Call of Duty competitive scene in 2017. Only time will tell how things will go over the next year.

  • HungryBox has Broken Finger

    hungrybox-broken-finger-genesis-4After going full-time Smash pro, the worst thing that could happen to a Smash player would be to have their finger or hand broken.

    Unfortunately for Hungrybox, exactly that has happened. During a game of Dodgeball, Hungrybox ended up breaking his index finger, which might just be one of the most important fingers for playing games on a controller.

    The injury was a fracture in the top knuckle of Hungrybox's index finger. With Genesis 4 just around the corner, it was first rumored that Hungrybox would not attend the event at all.

    However, Hungrybox is going to soldier on - he will remap his controller so that use of his index finger is kept to an absolute minimum. As a result of this, Hungrybox may not be at top form, but we still feel he has a good chance at ranking high at Genesis 4.

    It's frustrating to see such a thing happen, but we can't wait to see how Hungrybox performs despite his injury. Fortunately, the injury should heal within a few weeks, so he won't be out of the game for very long.

    With Genesis 4 starting on January 20, his finger won't be completely healed until after the event.

    Do you think Hungrybox is doing the right thing to attend the event regardless of his injury, or should he sit it out so that his finger can heal properly? We'd love to hear your opinions on this topic.

  • New Overwatch Map Released

    new-overwatch-map-oasisA brand new map has been released for Overwatch and it's now accessible for all players on PC, Xbox One, and PS4.

    The new map is called Oasis, and it features a couple of concepts new to Overwatch. Before we get into that, though, let's take a look at the official description for Oasis.

    "Researchers and academics from around the region came together to found a city dedicated to scientific progress without restraints -- a monument to human ingenuity and invention. The city and its inhabitants are governed by the Ministries, a collection of brilliant minds who possess many secrets that have attracted the interest of powerful organizations from around the world."

    The first interesting addition to Oasis is the traffic - moving traffic will prove to be an obstacle, or potential weapon - if a hero comes into contact with the traffic, chances are they're going to need to be scraped off of the pavement.

    Oasis also has jump pads, which should add a new level of verticality to Overwatch. Many Overwatch maps have multiple levels for players to traverse, but a jump pad will allow less mobile heroes to reach these different heights easier.

    As for the appearance of the map; it's set in a city in the Arabian Desert. Players will be able to play the Control map on Oasis.

    Will you be testing out the new Oasis map? It's been on the public test realm for PC in the past but this is the first time it's openly available to all platforms.

  • Official Red Xbox One Controller Coming

    red-xbox-one-controllerIn an interesting move to stand out from the crowd, Xbox has announced a bright and colorful red Xbox One controller.

    The new all-red controller is expected to hit the online Xbox store from January 11. By all-red, we really mean it by the way. Everything from the accents on the buttons to the chassis and bumper buttons is red. The only hint of non-red is seen on the Xbox symbol, which remains white.

    The new controller will be on sale for $64.99, and GameStop will also stock it, both online and in-store.

    This isn't the first time Xbox has attempted to offer their customers new personalization options. In the past, they released the Xbox Design Lab, which allowed players to pick out their own colors for each part of an Xbox One controller.

    Despite the selection of colors, the Xbox One Design Lab still can't trump our own Custom Controller Creator - we add a greater range of colors for selection, and also have a variety of decals and fancier graphics available for the main chassis. And let's not get started on the variety of features and mods that can make our controllers even more elite than the Elite controller itself.

    We like where you're going Xbox, but you've still got a lot of catching up to do in the custom controller game.

    Why not take a look at our custom controller creator to see how it compares to the Xbox Design lab? We'll be surprised if you disagree.

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