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  • PS4 System Update 5.0 Launched

    ps4 system update 5.0A brand new system update for the PlayStation 4 has been released. PS4 owners can download and install the new 5.0 system update now.

    While moving to 5.0 sounds like quite a big jump, there aren't any significant changes in this latest system update. Unlike previous big OS updates for the PS4, the 5.0 system update puts a focus on backend fixes.

    The visual changes are very minor, but we'll discuss what has changed below.

    The biggest feature of the PS4 5.0 system update is the support for Twitch streaming up to 1080p resolution for those with a PS4 Pro. If you own a PS4 Pro, you'll be able to stream your game directly to Twitch at 60 frames per second and in 1080p resolution. You are now able to follow users in PS4's What's New feed. Previously, it was only possible to follow verified users from this feed.

    A couple of changes have also been made to the notifications system on the PS4 5.0 system update. Starting in 5.0, PS4 owners can now prevent notification pop-ups from appearing during video playback. People will now also be able to leave a party and check notifications from within the PS4 Quick Menu.

    Sony has also added reworked parental controls. PS4 owners can now create a 'family' account and have different labels for that account. Labels include parent/guardian and child. Each label can have its own set of permissions.

    What are your thoughts on this system update? It's not very exciting, but the few changes may prove useful for some PS4 owners.

  • Twitch Prime Members to Get Free Overwatch Golden Loot Box

    Twitch Overwatch Golden Loot BoxThe range of rewards Twitch Prime is offering to gamers has been incredible so far this year. Next up, Twitch has teamed up with Blizzard to give out a free Overwatch Golden Loot Box to all Twitch Prime members.

    Starting today, anybody with a Twitch Prime account (Or Amazon Prime account) can go onto Twitch to collect their free Golden Loot Box.

    The Golden Loot Box is guaranteed to contain a legendary item of some sort. This offer will continue until August 2017. When August hits, the Overwatch promotion won't end. Instead, the Golden Loot Box will be replaced with 5 free loot boxes.

    5 more loot boxes will then be given out for free in October. Blizzard also plans to launch a number of promotions through Twitch Prime for Hearthstone and for Heroes of the Storm later in the year as well. We'll let you know more about that when Blizzard releases more information.

    It should be noted that if you have Amazon Prime already, you'll be able to sign up to Twitch Prime for free. If you've never had Amazon Prime before, you can also sign up for the 1-month free trial to claim the free Overwatch loot, and then cancel your subscription once your loot has arrived in your Overwatch account.

    What are your thoughts on the free Golden Loot Box? Have you opened up your free box yet? Let us know what item you get by leaving a comment below.

  • E3: Twitch eSports Arena Announced at E3

    Twitch eSports ArenaTwitch, the popular video game streaming service, has taken to the stage at E3 to announce a brand new Twitch esports arena.

    The brand new arena will be sponsored by T-Mobile and will be available for viewing on Twitch.tv/twitchesports.

    During the E3 event, three games have been picked out for the esports arena at E3. The first game will be Street Fighter V - this event will take place on June 13 and will start at 12PM and will run throughout the day. Notable players for this event include Punk, Snake Eyez, Smug, and NYChrisG.

    On June 14, Tekken 7 will be the next game to be hosted at the Twitch esports E3 arena. This event will also start at 12PM and will end at 8PM. Notable players for this event include Bronson, Anakin, P Ling, and Brawlpro.

    Finally, on June 15, an Injustice 2 esports event will be hosted at the Twitch esports E3 arena from 12-5PM. Notable players for this event include Noble Dragon, Pig of the Hut, and BioHazard.

    At 5:30 PM, the USA team for the Overwatch world cup will be announced and a four-game match between team USA and team Canada will take place.

    Will you be tuning in to see any of these Twitch esports events? This is more of a community effort by Twitch to host a small event during E3, as opposed to a large scale esports tournament, but it'll be interesting to see if this event by Twitch runs smoothly.

  • Astralis Take Record Breaking ELEAGUE Win

    Astralis ELEAGUEWhether you're into Counter Strike or not, the latest ELEAGUE win from Astralis should make any eSports fan happy.

    The story behind Astralis' win is a very big one. Despite being a top performing team, the Astralis players, who had previously played under other names, such as TSM and Dignatas, had never managed to break out of their 'semi-finals' curse.

    It seemed as if every major CS:GO tournament that the Danish lads entered would see them with a loss in the semi-finals. This time, things were different. The Atlanta ELEAGUE major, which was televised on North American channel TBS, saw Astralis take the win in an incredibly close battle between them and the Polish team, Virtus Pro.

    After a scary loss on the first map, Nuke, and an unsettlingly close half on the second map, a win for Astralis almost seemed out of the question. Fortunately for Astralis though, they managed to pull it back, taking the second and third maps, although not without hardship.

    With over 200,000 people tuned into the TV channel, and over 1 million viewers between Twitch and GOTV, it was a milestone in eSports history.

    Astralis must be happy with their results, too - the team took home $500,000 in prize winnings, and also showed their recent new sponsor, Audi, that there was a lot of potential in eSports sponsorships. This is the first time such a reputable worldwide brand that's known outside of the eSports scene has stepped in to offer a sponsorship.

  • 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."

  • Capcom Cup 2016 Results

    capcom-cup-2016-resultsThe Capcom Cup 2016 Finals have come to an end and we the grand final results have come in!

    If you don't want to be hit with spoilers, make sure to come back to this page after checking out the Capcom Cup previous broadcasts over on Twitch.

    Unsurprisingly, the majority of the top 8 players in the Capcom Pro Tour Finals were from Japan. While 6 Japan players made it to the top 8, a surprising American duo managed to make it into the finals as well. In fact, one of those USA players went on to finish in first place at the grand finals.

    That player is Team Liquid's NuckleDu, who in the past year, has had not much success with getting a first place finish in an international event. With NuckleDu's great performances with Guile and R.Mika, we're happy to say he definitely deserved the win.

    In second place was the second USA player, which was Evil Geniuses' Ricki Ortiz, who has always specialized with her Chun-Li playstyle. Despite the international stage, this was Ortiz third event with a second place or higher standing in 2016.

    Kazunoko managed to hit a third place ranking, whilst Haitani took fourth, and Fuudo and MOV hit fifth together. Finally Yukadon and Go1 got a tied 7th placing. Below are the standings for the other 24 players.

    9th: Xiao Hai, Luffy, Xian, Phenom
    13th: Daigo Umehara, Mister Crimson, Eita, Filipino Champ
    17th: Mago, Sako, Samurai, DR Ray, Momochi, GamerBee, K-Brad, HumanBomb
    25th: Infiltration, Brolynho, Chris Tataria, Problem X, Julio Fuentes, Tokido, Justin Wong, Ryan Hart

  • 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.

  • New eSports Streaming Platform Znipe Detailed

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    A new eSports streaming platform like Twitch has been announced by two Counter Strike veterans that could potentially change the way we all watch eSports matches online. Traditionally, eSports fans will need to visit Twitch to watch a game live, but with the new platform, named Znipe, fans may have the option to watch an eSports match the way they'd like to.

    With Znipe, viewers are given the option to view multiple stream sources at once. However, these multiple sources will usually come from one match.

    Take this as an example - viewers on Znipe will be able to set up their own personal overlay, which could include a few POV streams of their favorite players, a stream that shows the view the commentators are seeing and additional widgets for the map or the radar. With this amount of control, players will be able to have their own interactive viewing experience. To really work, Znipe will need the support of tournament hosts to set up multiple streams and POVs for the viewers to use.

    For now, Znipe is in beta but the platform will be supporting games during the finals of Dreamhack Summer 2016 and the group stage of ESL One Cologne 2016. It looks like further games could become available for viewers willing to pay a subscription.

    Whilst Counter Strike is the initial focus of the Znipe platform, we could see it branching out to plenty of other games in the future if it ever takes off successfully. We'd love to see this work for console titles such as Call of Duty and Halo, or perhaps more interestingly a MOBA like League of Legends.

  • EA Play Event Will Feature Titanfall 2, Battlefield 1 and More

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    The EA Play event will take the place of EA's usual booth at E3 this year. At the event, visitors will get the chance to play a number of upcoming games for free. All of the games on the list are pretty exciting upcoming titles so there's a lot to get hyped up for.

    Even if you can't make it down to the EA Play Event yourself, there’s no doubt that a lot of juicy information will come from EA's booth and will make its way onto the internet. We're talking gameplay from Battlefield 1, NHL 17, NFL 17, FIFA 17 and even Titanfall 2.

    All of the sports games are yearly releases so there's nothing too exciting there, although we are interested to see what changes will be made and what new content will be added this year round. Battlefield 1 is definitely exciting to see - we can't wait to see some gameplay. Titanfall 2 is perhaps the wild card here - we haven't yet seen any promotional material for the game and it is set for release later in 2016.

    It'll be interesting to see what Respawn Entertainment has to offer at the EA Play event. If we truly get to see some gameplay, we'll be able to let you know just what to expect from the upcoming player vs titan shooter.

    At the LA event, we'll be lucky enough to see musical acts from Marshawn Lynch, Todd Gurley, Wiz Khalifa and Zedd. To add to the epic lineup, a 32 vs 32 Battlefield 1 multiplayer livestream will go live, featuring famous Twitch streamers, Youtubers and 'celebs.'

  • HCS Pro League Lands Evil Geniuses and EnVyUs in a Tight Battle

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    Recently the HCS Pro League Invitational took place and two of the top Halo teams made it into the grand finals. Only one team could take a spot for the HCS Pro League, whilst the other team would be sent back home.

    Read on to find out how the final match for the Pro League Invitational went ahead between Evil Geniuses and Team EnVyUs below. Keep in mind that this article is filled with spoilers so if you'd like to watch the match yourself, you can do so on the Halo Twitch channel under the past broadcasts section.

    Things started promisingly on Team EnVyUs' side for the first game as they took a 3-0 victory against Evil Geniuses on Coliseum. Game mode was Capture the Flag and EnVyUs completely shut down their opponent's hopes at getting a single flag.

    For all those watching for the action at home, Evil Geniuses put the ball in our court by taking the second game, albeit in a fairly close fashion. Lunchbox managed to pull out a decent 18-7 K/D in their second game, which was Slayer on Plaza, putting the end score at 50-33 in Team EG's favor.

    Team EnVyUs weren't getting shut down here though - they had a lot of surprises up their sleeves in game three, which was Strongholds on Eden. With an impressive 100 to 33 scoreline, EnVyUs triumphantly took their second win for the grand final.

    Despite the huge victory in the first CTF game of the series, EnVyUs couldn't quite pull it out again on the second CTF title on Fathom. Evil Geniuses managed to hit three flag captures whilst EnVyUs could only bag one.

    For the fifth game, things were looking pretty close to begin with but Evil Geniuses managed to pull out and get a huge lead on Regret Slayer that helped them end the match with their 50 kills before EnVyUs managed to hit 30.

    With things not looking so good at this point for EnVyUs, the team crumbled in the final match, leaving Evil Geniuses to pick up an easy 100 points versus EnVy's 15 on Strongholds on the Rig. Despite the intense back and forth action, Evil Geniuses definitely got a much deserved 4-2 victory which has secured their place in the upcoming HCS Pro League.

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