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  • 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?

  • Titanfall 2 Will Have Promotional 1v1 Mode

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    Titanfall 2 is going to land on October 28, but there is still a lot we're learning about the game every day.

    This week we learned that Titanfall 2 will have a new game mode that'll see one player fight it out against another in a 1v1 arena. The game mode will require tickets for entry and winning the 1v1 events will reward players with huge rewards, apparently that'll trump rewards from "anywhere else in the game."

    Whilst players will be able to earn tickets for the 1v1 arena by playing the standard multiplayer modes, there will be a number of promotional deals running that'll give players more chances to enter into the arena to earn rewards.

    One of the first promotional deals will be running with Mountain Dew - buying a bottle of any Mountain Dew drink in promotional areas will land players an extra ticket. Tickets will also be available from promotional Doritos packs. On top of the promotional 1v1 mode, rewards will be available for any players that eat at Buffalo Wild Wings.

    Buffalo Wild Wings has put a lot of effort into their customers with an interest in gaming this year. "From exclusive game content to our partnership with ELEAGUE that brings e-sports directly to our restaurants, we're listening to our Guests and embracing their passion for gaming and competition."

    What do you think of these new promotional deals? Do you think this could be a new opportunity for publishers to earn money from their franchises? Perhaps more deals like this in the future could help to reduce the price for further content such as DLC and season passes.

  • NRG Picks Up new Gears of War Team

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    Could Gears of War be the next big competitive console game?

    With Gears of War eSports gaining more traction, more organizations are starting to pick up Gears teams. In recent happenings, NRG has now picked up their own Gears of War team. The team will compete in upcoming North American events, including the ESL Pro League.

    The new Gears of War team has seen a number of different players come together for the first time, but it’s certain that all of the players on the new NRG squad have the potential to do well.

    "Long-time teammates Sleepytime and Sicamore, who placed 4th together in both seasons of the ESL Pro-League, are joined by their season 1 teammate Twist3DShot, season 2 teammate Xcells, and; Franko, who placed 4th in the recent Gears eSports North American Open with GOONZ, to create a roster that could prove to have the experience, synergy, and balance of skill-sets to excel in Gears 4. With every member boasting top 4 finishes, the new NRG squad proved to be amongst the best in Gears UE, and are entering Gears 4 with a renewed sense of purpose following their acquisition."

    There really has never been any better time for organizations to put their efforts into the Gears of War competitive scene so it'll be really exciting to see just how well the new NRG squad will perform. Here's a quick recap of the new lineup.

    Christopher Stephen 'Xavier Celsius' Hill
    Marvin 'Sir Sicamore' Moya
    Yadiel 'Sleepytime' Hidalgo
    Frank Wesley 'KO' Tibbs, Jr.
    Marlon 'Twist3DShot' Haynes

  • Destiny MLG is Coming

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    Finally, we have some great news about competitive Destiny.

    After what felt like a lifetime, Activision teamed up with MLG to showcase an MLG event, which was streamed live on the Twitch platform. Because competitive Destiny hadn't been around until now, the MLG event saw 12 of the best PVP players team up and fight against each other. The teams were split as follows:

    Alpha Team:
    Luminosity
    Bodies
    Viole
    SirDimetrious
    TripleWRECK
    SayWallaHBruh

    Bravo Team:
    nKuch
    Lil Sonic
    iFrostBolt
    KJHovey
    TrueVanguard
    RealKraftyy

    After the MLG event, which was shown as a best of five match, Bungie announced that private match functionality will be coming to Destiny. The new private match feature should be live this week and it will allow players to set up competitive PVP leagues, cups and more. The private PVP functionality will also allow friends to gather up together for a bit of fun outside of the typical matchmade PVP servers as well.

    Whether or not Destiny eSports will ever be a thing is hard to judge at this point, but by adding private PVP functionality, Bungie and Activision are certainly taking a step in the right direction. Developers and publishers are putting a lot more focus into providing easy accessibility for competitive play so it makes sense that the same will happen to Bungie too. Besides private match functionality, it'd be great to see Bungie and Activision work together to help support any kind of competitive scene that may start to grow.

    The success of a Destiny eSports scene really will depend on how much internal support Destiny will get at this point.

  • OpTic Pick Up Old CLG Halo Roster

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    Out of nowhere, OpTic Gaming has signed on the old CLG Halo roster to bag themselves a star player team for future Halo events.

    The CLG organization previously saw a lot of great results with their Halo team, especially during the Halo 5 eSports era. Their best accomplishments included a win at Halo World Champions and a win at season 1 of the HCS Pro League. It's no doubt then that OpTic Gaming had taken an interest in picking the team up.

    If you're a fan of the CLG organization, this may be disappointing news for you, but if you're a fan of the Halo team that was representing CLG, then this change in the Halo scene should only mean good things. The entire team has been transferred over - SnakeBite, Lethul, Royal 2 and Frosty are all going to be a part of the same team still, just from now on they'll be donning OpTic jerseys.

    Because of the rules set out by the Halo Pro League, this acquisition will also mean that OpTic will take CLG's spot in season 2 of the Halo Pro League. It may finally be time to see OpTic make a name for themselves in the Halo world again.

    This kind of roster sniping move has been before in eSports, but it seems to be becoming particularly popular in the Halo scene. Picking up a team just before an upcoming event and taking the league spot is perhaps somewhat unethical, but it should remain clear that it was the players that earned the spot and certainly the organization, so it makes sense that the spot should go wherever the players go.

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