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  • Mass Effect Andromeda Can Be Played Early on Xbox One

    mass effect andromeda EAThanks to the EA Access program on both the Xbox One and the Origin store on the PC, EA Access subscribers will be able to play Mass Effect Andromeda a week before launch.

    It's not been confirmed yet, but it's likely that all, or if not, the majority of the title will be available during this early EA Access period. Similar to different EA Access promotions in the past, this early play time will be restricted to just 10 hours of gameplay. Players can close down their game and open it at any point to ensure they get the most out of those 10 hours.

    Once the 10 hours are up, players will be locked out of playing, but they will be able to continue their progress on the full game a week later.

    To make the deal sweeter, this promotion will apply to those that have not yet pre-ordered the game. This means that players with EA Access will be able to get a taste of the Mass Effect Andromeda experience before purchasing it. Once again, players who go through this route will be able to continue their progress after launch day if they choose to purchase the game.

    Unfortunately, the EA Access program is not currently available for the PS4 version of Mass Effect Andromeda - PlayStation owners will need to wait the extra week to play the full version, and it's unlikely that a trial version will be available.

  • Tekken 7 Console Dates Revealed

    tekken 7If you're a fan of the Tekken fighting game series then you'll know that it's been a long wait for the proper release of Tekken 7. Since Tekken 6 we've had new Street Fighter Titles, a new Mortal Kombat game and even a new Killer Instinct exclusive for the Xbox One.

    Thankfully, we can finally confirm that Tekken 7 will be making it's way to consoles soon across the globe. The bad news is that Bandai Namco will not be able to meet the 'early 2017' window they had previously set for the fighting game title. Now, Tekken 7 will be launched later in the year.

    "We were trying our best to get the game out at that time," project lead Katsuhiro Harada mentioned to GameSpot when referring to the 'early 2017' launch window at a press event held in Tokyo earlier this month.

    Harada continued by saying "We saw some title, some our own, some from others, which didn't have a very good launch because of lack of content, or whatever it was, and it caused players to bash the product."

    Understandably, the Tekken 7 team wanted to avoid this same route, and as a result, the console release has been pushed back to June 2, 2017.

    Harada wanted to clear a few things up about the chosen date. "Although this is the first time we've actually announced a date, it wasn't always June. It came through a process and we made some hard decisions and that was the result. Early was probably March or April from your average perspective. We realize it's not 'early,' I'm so sorry!"

  • Lionsgate Invests in eSports

    lionsgate invests in esportsThe movie studio behind hits like The Hunger Games, Power Rangers, and the Expendables has announced its recent investment in esports team, The Immortals.

    It seems as if we're seeing investments from all over the place when it comes to eSports, and now Lionsgate has got in on the action. Interestingly, The Immortals has already seen financial support from other popular names including Michael Milken and Steve Kaplan.

    Lionsgate didn't share too many details on what their investment would involve or what they would hope to receive from their partnership, but it's clear that they see the expectation in the eSports industry to follow the footsteps of other popular sports industries, such as the NBA and NFL.

    This isn't the first time Lionsgate has gotten involved with video games. In fact, they have an entirely separate wing dedicated to interactive experiences and video games.

    Lionsgate President of Interactive Ventures and Games mentioned, "We're delighted to be an early mover in a market that has the potential to transform the face of sports entertainment. Our involvement in eSports creates tremendous opportunities to develop new content and utilize our suite of distribution platforms for a coveted consumer demographic with compelling engagement metrics. Collaborating with an elite group of partners, the combination of the Lionsgate and Immortals brands will be formidable."

    We wonder if Lionsgate has any plans for eSports movies in the near future - with their partnership with Immortals, they certainly have the chance to get a real insider's look at how the eSports world works.

  • 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.

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