Tag: Esports

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Battlefield 1 tackles amphibious ops with December’s Turning Tides expansion

Despite what Steven Spielberg would have you believe, he did not invent storming beaches during war. World War I featured multiple operations that involved land and sea, and those conflicts are making their way into Electronic Arts’ and DICE’s Battlefield 1 shooter as part of the Turning Tides expansion due out in December and January….

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Overwatch now has 35 million players for Blizzard’s online team shooter

Blizzard Entertainment announced today that its team-based shooter Overwatch has passed the 35 million players mark. Overwatch launched in May 2016 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Overwatch hit the 30 million player milestone in April . Blizzard’s number is for total players, not active ones. So 5 million people bought Overwatch in about the…

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RumbleMonkey expands beta to let Hearthstone gamers compete for real money

RumbleMonkey  has created a platform that let gamers play their favorite games like Blizzard’s Hearthstone for real money winnings. And today, the company is opening up its beta test to allow more Hearthstone players to join the action. Seattle-based RumbleMonkey is betting that esports competition gets more interesting when the stakes are higher. The new…

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The British Parliament is examining the loot-box model in video games

Loot boxes in video games like Forza Motorsport 7 and Middle-earth: Shadow of War are raising a debate about business models in the gaming community, and some people are now trying to get their governments to do something about it. That has led Daniel Zeichner, a member of the British Parliament from Cambridge, to pose…

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GamesBeat weekly roundup: Oculus Go standalone VR, and Star Wars loot boxes

Hello, and welcome to another GamesBeat weekly roundup! This time, the classic space game Star Control II is getting a sequel, Fortnite: Battle Royale reaches 10 million players, and Hearthstone boss Ben Brode tells us what “casual” means to him. Enjoy, and have a great weekend! Pieces of flair and opinion The DeanBeat: Optimism and…

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PC Gaming Weekly: Independents day

We love PC gaming for high-end experiences such as Diablo III (read how Blizzard designed around thousands of corpses ) and Middle-earth: Shadow of War  (what I’m cheekily referring to as “the orc-collecting sim”). But this weekend, indie games took the spotlight. We sent Stephanie Chan to the 10th annual IndieCade festival, and she’s so far…

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Star Wars: Battlefront II developer addresses pay-to-win concerns

Publisher Electronic Arts and developer DICE just finished the beta test period for the upcoming sci-fi shooter Star Wars: Battlefront II, and while fans had a lot of nice things to say about the way it plays, a lot of people were loudly wondering about its business model . Battlefront II uses loot boxes, and…

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VY Esports raises funding for esports brand matchmaking platform

VY Esports has raised a round of funding for an esports platform that automates and simplifies the process of getting brands to sponsor esports teams and events. Santa Monica, California-based VY Esports wants to bridge the gap between brands and esports. It will do so by creating a platform where big brands can invest in…

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Discord launches verified servers for Minecraft, Squad, and more

Discord  hosts dozens of Minecraft-related communities on its service, but it wants to give you an easy way to tell if you’re joining the Minecraft community . To help developers better reach out to their audiences, Discord is rolling out verified servers today. This will put a Twitter-like check mark on more than 100 official developer…