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An American hacker has plead guilty to hacking charges after repeatedly accessing and sharing confidential business information from Nintendo.

He has agreed to pay Nintendo around $385,000 ($US260,000) for leaking commercially sensitive information online.

The 21-year-old began hacking Nintendo in 2016 when he and a friend successfully phished the credentials of a Nintendo employee.

Hernandez used the login details to probe around Nintendo’s servers, accessing video game files and other business information, like details about the forthcoming Nintendo Switch console, which was leaked to the public.

The FBI first knocked on the door of Hernandez’s family home in 2017, warning him of the consequences of his hacking activities.

Hernandez said he would stop breaking into Nintendo’s files.

However, Hernandez returned to his hacking operation and sharing Nintendo software developer kits, inside info on upcoming releases, and network vulnerabilities online.

Finding their previous warnings unheeded, the FBI raided Hernandez’s home in June 2019, seizing his Macbook, external hard drive, Nintendo development kits and consoles.

Along with the stolen Nintendo files, authorities found thousands of images and videos of child exploitation stored in a folder called ‘Bad Stuff’ on one of his drives.

The plea deal Hernandez struck had prosecutors recommending a three-year prison sentence and requiring Hernandez to register as a sex offender.

Hernandez will be sentenced in April and could face up to 5 years in prison for hacking offences, and 20 years imprisonment for possessing child exploitation material.

Europe’s Big Gaming Convention & Gamescom

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Gamescom, the electronic entertainment fair will runAug. 20-24 in Cologne, Germany, is as big a deal, if not bigger. Some 430,000 fans are expected to jam-pack the Cologne convention center for the four-day event. The Gamescom opening night will be streamed live — and translated into more than eight local languages — at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET here.

 

Soulja Boy Removes consoles From Stores Because of Nintendo Law Suit

Soulja Boy Removes Consoles From Stores Following Nintendo Lawsuit

Soulja Boy’s has since removed his consoles from stores. During their time on the market, these consoles have supposedly sold over 5 million units. The rationale behind pulling those consoles from the market was an impending lawsuit from Nintendo, the gaming giant.

Google Testing Game Service via Chrome

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Project Stream, is a “technical test to solve some of the biggest challenges of streaming,” according to Google.

The first test of the service will be open to a “limited number of participants” who will be able to play Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Odyssey via desktop Chrome browsers. That’s a notable change to previous reports that suggested the service may be available only via Chromecast devices or possibly a future Google-made gaming console.

The support for desktop versions of Chrome means the technology is also operating system agnostic with any user of Chrome on Windows, macOS, Linux and Chrome OS able to use the service.

There some minimum requirements including a recommended minimum of a 25-megabits-per-second internet connection while users will need both a Google and a Ubisoft account. The game can be controlled via keyboard and mouse or via a USB game controller. Google notes that recent PlayStation or Xbox controllers will work with the service.

Federal Judge Halts ‘Grand Theft Auto V’ That Allows Cheats

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Take-Two Interactive, which makes Grand Theft Auto Online, experienced a loss of at least $500,000 due to these programs, according to its initial complaint on March 23. Single-player mods are available with his programs, but the online community and publisher began to take issue when the online multiplayer sphere was impacted. The injunction seeks to stop sales of his product, which allows God Mode and can enable the practice of “griefing.” Online communities have engaged in substantial debate as to what qualifies as griefing, but it mostly involves creating inconvenience through level and firepower discrepancies between players.

 

Epic forcing Gamers To Download Fortnite via Sideloading

 

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Fortnite for Android won’t be available from the Google Play store. Epic will force gamers to sideload the game, just as a leak revealed a few days ago. And the reason why Epic is doing it is to prevent Google from taking its 30% cut of in-app purchases. The game is free to play, but Epic makes a fortune from in-app purchases.

 

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Overwatch Games Returning August 9th -30th 2018

Overwatch Summer Games event returns on August 9

Blizzard has confirmed that the Summer Games event will be returning this month, complete with its soccer-inspired Lucioball play mode. It appears a new arena set in Busan, South Korea is being added this year, joining the existing Rio de Janeiro and Sydney maps.

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World Health Organization Classification Of Gaming Disorder

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As of Monday, June 18, gaming disorder is officially recognized as a mental health condition by the World Health Organization. It’s called gaming disorder, and it’s characterized by “a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behavior,”, or an addiction to gaming. Folks who suffer from the disorder are said to have “impaired control over gaming,” which is to say an inability to control the frequency, intensity, duration, and context of their habits. WHO also notes that those who prioritize video games over “other life interests and daily activities” and continue to escalate the amount that they play “despite the occurrence of negative consequences” are also showing symptoms of the newly classified disorder.

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which is created by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), has yet to recognize gaming as an official condition. However, the guide does include internet gaming disorder as a potential problem to continue monitoring for future inclusion.

Fortnite Celebrity Tournament

Twitch streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins and electronic music artist Marshmellow pose for photographs after winning the final round of Epic Games’ Fortnite Pro-Am competition.
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Last week, 50 celebrities and 50 professional video game players gathered near the north end of a soccer stadium in Los Angeles to play Fortnite for $3 million in prize money and drew more than 1.1 million viewers live on Twitch. The line to get in sprawled across every available stretch of sidewalk around the Banc of California arena.

Despite the star-studded lineup, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins was far and away the most sought-after celebrity in attendance. Photo by Nick Statt / The Verge

Epic’s next mission is to change Fortnite from a compulsive pastime into a competitive e-sport. The company has pledged $100 million in prize money for the game’s first year of competitive play, and strategically announced its intention to host a Fortnite World Cup in 2019 in the middle of the Pro-Am stream to ensure the news had the maximum impact to its most valuable audience.

Fortnite has enjoyed headlines about obsessed MLB players, basketball pros’ self-described addictions, and its cross-over pop culture appeal. Big names in hip-hop and EDM like Drake and Diplo have participated in record-breaking live streams with Ninja, whose rise to stardom has been more meteoric these past nine months than any other internet celebrity in recent memory.

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NBA player Paul George exchanging phone numbers with Twitch streamer and Fortnite pro Ali “Myth” Kabbani before the tournament started. Photo by Nick Statt / The Verge

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The Alarming Fortnite Obsession

 

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The latest game craze is “Fortnite: Battle Royale.” From professional athletes and musicians to everyday players, its popularity has exploded. There’s people that are online or at school that play for like 10 hours a day.
A hundred players are dropped onto a map and kind of like Hunger Games, the last survivor wins. They say it’s like an addiction. Like drugs how you just get addicted to smoking, you just get addicted to playing all the time and to killing people online.

Like the popular “Call of Duty,” there’s a ton of shooting and killing, but no blood in the cartoon-like game, and like “Minecraft,” there’s a lot of building and creating. You can buy featured weapons, cool costumes and the latest dance moves, and most parents like Jake’s mom, don’t see a problem.
The clinical psychologist says parents are mostly worried about how all-consuming the game can be. She says kids are often sleep deprived, have even dropped out of school and one even threatened suicide when he wasn’t allowed to play.

Dr. Strohman says the game becomes particularly harmful when kids feel like the game is their only social connection in the world.

She points out how oftentimes kids with no boundaries can get lost in the survival game. Just this week, Fortnite made headlines after a 9-year-old was sent to rehab because she wouldn’t stop playing, not even to go to the bathroom. The game has no pause button so if you stop, your avatar dies.

 

Has Mario(from Super Smash) Gone Insane? Here’s A Visual Interpretation

 Mario has gone from the fun-loving plumber we once knew to a face full of rage.

Now this mario here is exuberant to meet some new friends. Running headlong, with a smile on his face, unaware of what goes on in Super Smash Bros. He doesn’t even look like he’s aware he’s about to fight these guys. It’s like he’s running in for a hug. Mario is happy, he doesn’t know the dark future awaiting him. After this, he’ll know the truth. Everyone is trying to do him in. By the time Melee rolls around it’s clear Mario knows what’s up. His entire demeanor has shifted from one of unbridled joy to concentrated focus. He’s down to fight this time around. 

By the time Brawl hits, Mario knows that everything is a lie and no-one, not even his very own paramour, Princess Peach, can be trusted. Unlike previous covers, his back is turned to everyone, his visage dark and shaded under his hat. His brow furrows as he looks around him at what he now knows are not friends, but mortal enemies. 

Mario is now in full attack mode (hell, everyone is). After Brawl he has lost any and all remnants of the joyous, rotund hero who ran with open arms towards the other characters. He’s tired of dying and being reborn, only to die again and he’s not going to take it anymore. He attacks first in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. His battle cry is already ringing out before the game even starts.  The distrust, the fights, the violence have turned him into this, and he doesn’t care who this fireball hurts. They’re certainly not being launched towards his competitors. 

The Ultimate. At some point between fighting for his life concurrently in two separate games as his friends and enemies showed no remorse, Mario snapped. He is lost and all that is left is a fighting machine, hell-bent on destroying EVERYONE. And now they’ve given him that chance.

Once a hero saving people, did good deeds and even when his enemies crossed him he let them live on so they could play tennis or race each other sometimes. No more. That hero is gone. All that is left is madness. All that is left is fear. All that is left is death.

This is a synopsis of Matthew Razak, Editor-in-Chief at Flixist interpretation of Mario

OVERWATCH LEAGUE GRAND FINALS IN BROOKLYN NEW YORK

 

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Overwatch League Grand Finals, will be at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on Friday and Saturday, July 27–28.

Visit www.overwatchleague.com/#signup to register to receive information about ticketing for the 2018 Overwatch League Grand Finals and more.

Racist Trolls Dominating Video Games

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Xbox Live, an online gaming service that allows people to play video games with each other without being in the same room. Since then, it’s amassed 60 million active users, and during that time, it’s become a racist and toxic environment for players of color.

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High School Sports Association To Sanction esports, Shooters are Excluded

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The National Federation of State High Schools, the United States’ primary leadership organization for high school sports like football and water polo, is getting into esports.

The NFHS, which literally writes the rules for 17 sports played by 7.9 million students in more than 19,500 American high schools, will soon add video games — MOBA, sports and fighting games — to that list. No specific titles have been named, but the shooter category, including popular titles like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Fortnite, has been specifically excluded from the program. This year, students can compete in official state championship competitions and be recognized by their state athletic associations. That exposure could ultimately lead to recruitment efforts by colleges and universities, some of which are actively seeking out esports talent.

State tournaments will begin next year in between 18 and 20 states, Koski said. Games will be spread out over two four-month seasons, running from October to January and February to May.

 

The Microsoft Store & ESL In Sydney Launches An Esports Academy

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Helping students realize the dream of an esports career, the Microsoft Store’s Esports Academy, focuses on the nitty gritty of playing, but on the elements surrounding esports as a business as well. A wide array of talent from the Aussie esports scene will be on hand to teach attendees the ins-and-outs of  eSports.   Sessions run for three hours at a time and cover a wide array of esports related topics, giving attendees experience shoutcasting, playing as a team using games like League of Legends and Overwatch, and understanding the larger scale aspects of the esports business, with ESL Australia giving away tickets to IEM Sydney to attendees as well. Interested gamers, can register on the Microsoft site.

 

NBA 2K League Announces Season Structure

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The Structure

The NBA 2K League formally announced the structure it will use for the upcoming 2018 season. The season will begin in May and will last until August, a total of 17 weeks. The regular season will last 15 weeks. Within those 15 weeks, teams will play 12 weeks of matchups and three weeks of tournaments. The remaining two weeks will include the playoffs as well as the NBA 2K League Finals.

Matchups will occur on a weekly basis on Fridays and Saturdays with “staggered game windows” in order to cater to viewers around the world.

The Prize

The prize pool across the tournaments and playoffs will add up to $1 million. The “Tip-Off Tournament” will put teams into four different groups competing over five days. The top two teams from each group will advance to the single elimination playoff rounds. The “Tip-Off Tournament” will have a prize pool of $100,000. The following two single elimination tournaments will feature prize pools of $150,000 each. The final tournament also has more on the line, as it will award a playoff spot to the winner. The playoff prize pool will see the bulk of the $1 million prize pool. $600,000 will be distributed during the playoffs.

The Playoffs

The playoffs will start in August and will last two weeks. The top seven teams based on records in the regular season will qualify for the playoffs as well as the winner for the final tournament. In the case that the final tournament winner has one of the league’s top eight records, then the top eight teams will advance to the playoffs. The quarterfinals will begin with single-elimination play and the semifinals as well as the finals will be a best-of-three.

Keep your eyes peeled for the NBA 2K League to tip-off on May 1st, 2018! You won’t want to miss the first time one of the big four (NBA, NHL, MLB, NFL) sports leagues has directly invested into an esports league!

President Trump Plans To Meet With The Game Industry

President Trump plans to meet with members of the video game industry next week “to see what they can do” on the issue of gun violence.

Details on specific timing and attendance for the meeting weren’t immediately available, but Sanders cast the meeting as of a piece with multiple others that have already taken place between the president and “a number of stakeholders” in the gun violence debate. “This is going to be an ongoing process and something that we don’t expect to happen overnight, but something we’re going to continue to be engaged in and continue to look for the best ways possible to protect schools across the country,” Sanders said.

 

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New York Yankees Investing In eSports

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The New York Yankees has announced an investment partnership with Vision Esports, the largest single shareholder of three esports-related companies. The two organizations will create and manage an “ecosystem” of esports properties that include Echo Fox, Twin Galaxies, and Vision Entertainment.

The New York Yankees and Vision Esports will seek to accelerate the growth and increase the global brand awareness of the three companies – Echo Fox, a leading professional esports organization founded by three-time NBA Champion Rick Fox; Twin Galaxies, a one-of-a-kind League Operator considered an authority on performance validation, statistics and skill indexes; and Vision Entertainment, a studio that creates esports-specific content for scripted and non-scripted platforms.

Evo Tournament

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This year’s EVO championship.

  • Super Smash Bros. Melee
  • Super Smash Bros. (Wii U)
  • Street Fighter V
  • Injustice 2
  • Tekken 7
  • Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
  • Guilty Gear Xrd -REV2-
  • King of Fighters XIV
  • BlazBlue: Central Fiction

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Overwatch World Cup Tournament

Overwatch World Cup is about to kick off in Shanghai, China.

National Overwatch teams from China, Hong Kong, Norway, and Romania will battle in Group A, while France, Denmark, Thailand, and Argentina compete in Group B. Both groups are stuffed with top-tier, professional Overwatch talent—some, however, are full professional and others are newcomers. Teams that fill out each group, save a few, are new rosters put together specifically for the event: That means that anything can happen at the Overwatch World Cup.

Day one of the Shanghai group stage begins at 2am ET on July 14—which is 2pm in Shanghai’s local time. (Of course, if you’re in North America’s pacific time zone, the tournament starts on July 13 at 11pm PT for you.) China versus Romania begins the event, followed by Hong Kong versus Norway, France versus Argentina, and Denmark versus Thailand. Exact times for each match have yet to be released, however.

Day one is expected to continue until 9am ET.

Day two

Day two continues at 2am ET and running through 9am on July 15. China will take on Norway first, followed by Hong Kong versus Romania, France versus Thailand, and Denmark versus Argentina. As with the first day, no exact times have been laid out for each match.

Day three

Day three begins at midnight ET, running through 10am on July 16. In Shanghai, the event begins at noon. China versus Hong Kong starts the day, followed by Norway versus Romania, France versus Denmark, and Thailand versus Argentina. The playoff finals will close out the event immediately after.

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The top two teams will advance to the Shanghai playoffs, where two teams heading to the main event will be determined. All of this will go down on the Overwatch Twitch stream—though those local to Shanghai will be able to watch the event in person at Yun Space.

Girls & eSports

Sherry “Sherryjenix” Nhan, a pro Street Fighter player, began in an all-female fighting game tournament. In her words, she “got destroyed” in that first competition, however, she became hooked. She became determined to keep practicing and grow her skills.

T.L. Taylor, a professor of Comparative Media Studies at MIT, describes discrepancies to Compete: “What we hear from women is that when they go online and are not hiding their gender, they often face consistent pushback.”

Pro gamer Sherry Nhan also described the persistent harassment she has received online, such as gendered insults and disparaging comments about her looks. However, Nhan says that the fighting game community has always been welcoming to her when it comes to in-person interactions. Rachel “Seltzer” Quirico, a former pro gamer and current esports host, echoed that sentiment: “Whether you’re a sister or a brother in this scene, it’s very much a family feel for me.”

New England Patriots & Miami Dolphi Purchased Slot in Overwatch League

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New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphi both purchased multi-million dollar slots in the Overwatch league. It remains unknown as to how the owners of the Pats and Dolphins will decide to field a team. Teams such as NRG, Fnatic and Cloud9 have all secured recent investment whilst Misfits, Dignitas and Splyce already have links to traditional sports – such as NBA or NFL.

Facebook Wants In On eSports

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Katowice, Poland is home to the largest eSports event in the world—Intel Extreme Masters. Photo courtesy ESL
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Facebook said Thursday that it has partnered with ESL, formerly known as the Electronic Sports League, to live stream video game tournaments, also known as eSports.

As part of the deal, Facebook  will live stream upcoming ESL contests in which players battle each other in the first-person military shooter game, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Facebook will also host a weekly show dedicated to highlights and interviews with players participating in the Counter Strike tournament.

Each week ESL will live stream 30 hours of Counter-Strike tournaments, known as RankS competitions, via Facebook, the companies said. The RankS competition involves 300 gamers from North America and Europe who battle to win a cut of the $40,000 prize money ESL awards each month. In total, ESL plans to broadcast over 5,500 hours of gaming tournaments, starting in June.

 

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Look Out eSports-Now There’s Drone Sports

Drone Racing League (DRL) organizes drone races across the globe and films them using a mix of camera drones, stationary cameras and first-person-view (FPV) video. Since its launch in 2015–2016, its races have been viewed on YouTube, Twitch and Facebook over 43 million times. DRL events have also been on TV, and the organization expects the coming season to be viewable on TV screens in up to 75 countries.

Each drone is equipped with a camera that streams images in real time to first person view (FPV) goggles worn by the pilots. The pilot literally feels like he or she is sitting on the nose of the drone, as it flies around courses in venues like outdoor stadiums, factory buildings or tents.

“Drone racing essentially means that a pilot can shift their consciousness into the aircraft, flying through tiny gaps without any fear of physical danger.

When you wear FPV goggles you share the pilot’s experience, something that has often been compared to Star Wars or a computer game.

 

 

African American Hair Appears To Be A Problem With Video Games

Black character creator options in video games still have a long way to go

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Black players don’t get to look like themselves in video games.

Video game character customization isn’t exactly a new trend, but recent titles like Fallout 4NBA 2K17 and even newer Pokémon entries make it easier than ever to create a main character that looks just like you — they say it helps to have straight hair.?

Even when games get skin tone options right, the hair type and facial structure typically is ignored resulting accustom made black character that ends up looking more like a brown white person. See Here

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‘FIFA’ customization wins by a hairSource: Xavier Harding/Mic
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Dome afro, one of three black hairstyle options in ‘Mass Effect: Andromeda.’Source: Xavier Harding/BioWare

The WWG Gaming Comunity

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Twitch Streamer Gets Swatted Off The Plane

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On Thursday, the relationship between Paul Denino, known as “Ice_Poseidon” online, and his fans got out of hand as he was escorted off of a flight after someone called in a bomb threat in his name. This practice is known as “swatting,” and it’s how malcontents in the gaming community terrorize people they don’t like.

The usual setting for a swatting is someone’s home, so a plane is kind of crazy, although not entirely without precedent. In 2014, Sony Online Entertainment President John Smedley tweeted his flight, and trolls quickly tweeted at the airline saying there was a bomb aboard the flight. The plane was grounded in Phoenix.

The Biggest Esports Prize Fund

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Valve confirmed that the world’s largest annual Dota 2 tournament would be taking place August 7-12 at KeyArena in Seattle. That’s where it has resided for the past four years. Tickets went on sale via Ticketmaster on April 4.

 

 

 

Best Selling Video Games 2017

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Ubisoft’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands was the best-selling game overall from February 26 through April 1. This is the first reporting period to include Sony’s Horizon: Zero Dawn, which launched on February 28. Sony’s PS4-exclusive landed in the No. 4 spot for March, behind Mass Effect: Andromeda (No. 3) and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (No. 2)., the Nintendo Switch outsold the PS4 and Xbox One in March. The Switch sold 906,000 units in the US during March.

  • Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  • Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn*
  • MLB The Show 17*
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • For Honor
  • NBA 2K17
  • Nier: Automata
  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

March 2017 Top 10 PS4 Games

  1. Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  2. Horizon: Zero Dawn*
  3. Mass Effect: Andromeda
  4. MLB The Show 17*
  5. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix
  6. Nier Automata
  7. Grand Theft Auto V
  8. NBA 2K17
  9. For Honor
  10. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

March 2017 Top 10 Xbox One Games

  1. Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  2. Mass Effect: Andromeda
  3. For Honor
  4. NBA 2K17
  5. Grand Theft Auto V
  6. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  7. Battlefield 1
  8. Halo Wars 2
  9. Overwatch
  10. Forza Horizon 3

March 2017 Top Nintendo Switch Games

  1. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  2. 1-2 Switch*
  3. Super Bomberman R*
  4. Just Dance 2017*
  5. The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth*
  6. Skylanders: Imaginators*

March 2017 Top Wii U Games

  1. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  2. Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD*
  3. Super Smash Bros.*
  4. Minecraft*
  5. Paper Mario: Color Smash*
  6. Pokken Tournament*
  7. New Super Mario Bros. U + New Super Luigi U*
  8. Super Mario Maker*
  9. Yoshi’s Wooly World*
  10. Splatoon*

PlayStation Vue & eSports

 

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PlayStation Vue is slated to get its very own, dedicated eSports channel with 24 hours content facility. Along with boosting the still nascent eSports industry and giving it a larger audience, this would also serve to give the players something to do between bouts of game play.

The Electronic Sports League (ESL) said that its EsportsTV will be coming to Sony’s TV streaming service later in the month.

The service launched in Europe last year and has already reached in excess of 5 million households. ESL is one of the largest names in the niche and organizes a whole host of programs including the likes of League of Legends and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

Users will have other options besides Twitch and the like to watch eSports events. With Vue available on PlayStation 4, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, mobile, and other platforms, there will be a host of places where users can easily get hold of all the happenings in the niche.

 

NBA Playgrounds

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NBA Playgrounds is a new arcade basketball game where you see sweet dunks in the spiritual style of over-the-top basketball games of eras past like NBA Jam and NBA Street.

The Boston Celtics & eSports

 

Boston Celtics move in on NBA 2K eSports: ‘There will be an eCeltics team’

NBA teams are seeking to invest in eSports teams, with a number of current and former pro athletes purchasing stakes in eSports leagues and teams around the globe.

The creation of the NBA 2K eSports league stands to be the most appealing investment opportunity for NBA teams, however, offering a means to directly enhance the brand within the pro gaming circuit.

The Celtics appear deeply invested in the process, and are actively looking at housing a Boston-based team for the NBA 2K league.

Celtics Managing Partner, Governor, and Chief Executive Officer, Wyc Grousbeck, said the organization is in a “trial phase” for testing out the technology, finances, and marketing of the pro gaming scene.

NBA 2K eLeague will start with around 8-12 teams, with the expectation that all 30 NBA teams will eventually be represented in some capacity.

Trends In The Game Industry (eSports)

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According to Newzoo, of the 1.3 billion gamers worldwide, 256 million are eSports fans today. That number will grow to 385 million by 2017. ESports generated over $493 million in revenues last year and are expected to jump to $696 million this year.

When you look at the gaming landscape, the only thing as “hot “as eSports is virtual reality. Newzoo forecasts global virtual reality and augmented reality will generate $569 billion by 2025. And gamers will be a big part of that revenue, with projections of spending $100 million on VR hardware by 2018.

The Electronic Sports League (ESL), and one of the giants in both the tech and gaming markets, Intel, are already laying the groundwork for virtual reality eSports. The eleventh season of the Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) eSports tournament just concluded in Katowice, Poland over two sold-out weekends this month. Over 173,000 people attended and another 40 million people tuned into the livestreams across Twitch, Twitter, and a dozen television networks globally. IEM Season 12 will kick off its year-long tournament tour schedule on May 6 in Sydney, Australia.

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Vegas Aquires eSports Arena To Attract Millennials

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Vegas gets e-sports arena in effort to attract millennials

Teams compete against each other playing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive during the Dreamhack Masters e-sports tournament at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. A permanent 15,000 square-foot e-sports facility is scheduled to open in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

The 15,000-square-foot e-sports venue  will host competitive video game tournaments. It’s part of a trend that the casino industry hopes will attract the millennial crowd, the 15- to 34-year-olds who are becoming majority spenders in today’s economy but aren’t necessarily interested in traditional gambling. Las Vegas needs to consistently reinvent itself to remain relevant to the up-and-coming generation.

Athletes participating in a tournament at the arena will emerge from a tunnel surrounded by roaring crowds in the stands. They will then go on a podium and sit at stations equipped with game consoles, monitors and other equipment.

The venue will open its doors March 3 with a three-day, $50,000-prize-pool Halo World Championship qualifier and host an EA Sports-sanctioned Madden 17 NFL tournament later in March.

 eSports  currently draws tens of millions of spectators to online platforms and real-world venues, including New York City’s Madison Square Garden, the Los Angeles’ Staples Center and Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena, which earlier this month saw 16 of the world’s best CS:GO teams compete. Estimates show 323 million people watched e-sports in 2016. The global audience is expected to grow to 385 million this year

 

eSports @ The Stadiums

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The NFL teamed with EA Sports last fall to host tournament games at select teams’ stadiums.

eSports consists of professionals playing a multiplayer online game competitively. Typically large groups of spectators look on from the web, community game platforms likes Twitch, apps or even broadcast TV.
The matches often include commentary, analysis, and related programming – just like a football game on TV.  The Patriots will stream the live event from the team’s website (Patriots.com), the official Patriots app, as well as on the Madden NFL Twitch channel.

The winner of the Madden 17 Patriots Championship at Gillette Stadium will earn the right to represent the Patriots at the Madden 17 Club Series Championship, a Premier level event, where you will play against the winners representing the other participating NFL teams including the 49ers, Bills, Chiefs, Jaguars, Seahawks, Steelers and Vikings.

Winners from each market will compete at the Madden 17 Club Series Championship in April. It has $50,000 prize pool. These games provide players a chance to qualify for the more lucrative 2017 EA Sports Madden Championship in May.

The Madden NFL 17 Championship Series -which includes all qualifying tournaments and the final competition – will offer a total prize pool of $1 million.

Inside of the World of professional Gaming Where The Stakes Are high

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This weekend, – the first Call of Duty tournament of the 2017 season, a $100,000 Overwatch invitational and the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive ELeague Major qualifiers.

When:Thursday to Sunday, starting at 10 a.m. ET. Where to watch: Twitch.

With the first Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major of 2017 approaching, 16 teams are competing in LAN qualifiers this weekend for the remaining eight spots in the ELeague Major. Over four days, teams will compete in Swiss format — 

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare— MLG Vegas-PT, Saturday open bracket starts at 10 a.m. PT, pools start at 3 p.m. PT, championship bracket starts at 7:30 p.m. PT, Sunday championship bracket runs from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. PT. on Twitch

 

Saturday starting at noon PT, Sunday semifinals starting at 11 a.m. PT, Sunday finals starting at 3 p.m. PT.

Sunday finals at 3 a.m.  ET.

Where to watch: Twitch.

Shaq Is Spreading The Word: the White House Is Holding An eSports Event

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The White House is live-streaming a competitive gaming event Monday, Dec. 12, and four-time NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal is helping them get the word out.

After playing some Rocket League and declaring himself the black David Beckham, Shaq got down to business and announced the White House Competitive Gaming Event. The event is a game-a-thon running from 4 to 8 p.m. ET Monday on Twitch, with a myriad of gaming personalities and esports professionals playing games and spreading the word about health care and the Affordable Care Act.

 

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Smash will be in the Midwest this weekend with the UGC Smash Open in St. Louis, Missouri. Some of the best Melee and Smash 4 players in the world are convening on UGC Smash as they battle for $40,000 spread across both games.

The action starts at 10 a.m. CT Saturday and Sunday Dec. 3 and 4. The Smash 4 singles top eight starts at 4 p.m. CT Sunday, followed by the Melee singles top eight at 7:30 p.m. CT. The matches will be broadcast live on UGC’s Twitch and Melee Everyday’s Twitch.

ELeague ‘CS:GO’ Season 2 Playoffs On Twitch For 1 Million

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ELeague Season 2 is one of the last big tournaments of the year and one of the last LAN events for these teams to prove themselves before the first Major of 2017 in January.

The quarterfinals matches begin at 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday and Thursday on Twitch, followed by the first semifinals match at 5 p.m. ET Friday and the second match at 10 p.m. ET broadcast on both Twitch and TBS. The finals finish off Season 2 of ELeague on Twitch and TBS at 4 p.m. ET Saturday.

eSports

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Open qualifiers for the “Overwatch” Winter Premiere will be held for four days starting December 10 and will be presented at NGE’s official website. The Next Generation Esports said that all “Overwatch” teams for North America will be able to play for the event and team registration can be filled out online.

In the “Overwatch” Winter Premiere by Next Generation Esports, only the top eight teams will be able to battle it out after the open qualifiers. The top eight “Overwatch” teams will then face off in a Double Round-Robin group play for three weeks until two teams are left.

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Amazon’s eSports Tournament

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Amazon continues to invest in eSports, and the company’s latest initiative expands the experience to the types of casual games that many people play on their smartphones.

The tech giant on Monday announced the Champions of Fire Invitational, a new eSports tournament it will host via the Amazon Appstore.

On Dec. 2 in Las Vegas, 16 top gaming celebrities will play five popular casual mobile games and compete for a cash prize pool of $100,000. The event will be live-streamed on Amazon-owned Twitch, as well as via Amazon Fire TV, Amazon.com, and other social media networks. CBS Sports Network will air a two-hour highlights TV show on Dec. 12.

The single-elimination tournament will feature five games: Disney Crossy Road, Pac-Man 256, Bloons TD Battles, 8 Ball Pool and the all new Fruit Ninja Tournament Edition. Matches will only take a few minutes, while each game has a $30,000 grand prize.

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Pokemon Go Cheaters Will Be Banned

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Niantic is starting to permanently ban players who cheat either by spoofing their location or by using software to access the game in an unauthorized manner. You  can get permanently banned for falsifying your location, using emulators, modified or unofficial software and/or accessing Pokémon GO clients or backends in an unauthorized manner including through the use of third party software. More Here

The company does offer a form for banned users to appeal the decision if they believe a mistake has been made,

 

eSports @ The Olympics

The Rio de Janeiro eGames Showcase will take place at British House, Parque Lage in Rio de Janeiro on the 15th and 16th of August.

The showcase will feature some of the leading eSports personalities in the world taking part in a showcase of SMITE and a full international Super Smash Bros. tournament.

The venue, British House, will celebrate the best of London and the UK during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, from its sporting excellence to its business and culture.

Located at the historic Parque Lage, one of Rio’s most recognisable buildings, the house is set in the botanical surroundings of the Mata Atlântica, at the foot of the Corcovado

Other Games Besides Pokemon Go

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Geocaching’

Geocaching is an outdoor game app in which people use an app or a GPS device to discover hidden containers around the world. Yes, real containers, and some of them even contain small trinkets for trade.It’s like a  real-life treasure hunt

SpecTrek’

SpecTrek is an augmented reality ghost-hunting game in which users must walk or run to various locations to find virtual ghosts and “catch” them on their phone’s camera.

‘BallStrike’

BallStrike, users have to punch or kick a series of balls that appear all around them in their phones’ or tablets’ rear-facing cameras. The idea is for the user to twist and turn to hit each ball, making the ball explode.

Zombies, Run!’

Zombies, Run! is an immersive running game app in which gamers are tasked with surviving a zombie apocalypse. As gamers jog in real life, they can listen to scary story lines and sound effects of zombies chasing them. In fact, gamers have to speed up whenever a zombie is on their heels. The farther you run, the more supplies you collect to survive.

The Walk’

In The Walk, which was developed by the same team that created Zombies, Run!, the gamer must carry a package that could save the world to a mysterious destination.

As the player walks during the day, they get closer and get closer to the destination, while also unlocking immersive audio story clips along the way. The game takes three months to complete, which might be long enough to develop a new fitness habit.

Superhero Workout’

Superhero Workout was developed by the same creators of Zombies, Run! and The Walk. In the game, the user becomes the pilot of a battlesuit tasked with defending the world against alien forces. The game requires the user to complete real-world exercises, from abdominal crunches to arm punches, to defeat the aliens. The app uses motion detection to track progress.

 

Vancouver’s Nursing Shortage & Video Gaming Experience

 

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B.C. Children’s Hospital closed two of its eight operating rooms due to nursing shortages this year. Part of the problem stemmed from the amount of time it takes to train nurses and get them up to speed concerning various operating procedures.  Training a scrub nurse can take six months to properly gain operating room skills. The Association of Registered Nurses of British Columbia highlighted the strain on nurses, finding as many as 40% leave the profession within ten years, partially due to lack of mentoring stemming from nursing shortages.

Angela Robert, the CEO and founder of Conquer Mobile, a health tech company that specializes in medical education solutions, met with a few people on the cutting edge of integrating virtual reality into health care. Neurosurgeon Dr. David Clarke and neuroscientist Dr. Ryan D’Arcy et al concluded simulation could be a great way to train perioperative nurses and surgery residents. Robert said “they were actually looking for people with video gaming experience.” Robert decided to develop an app and virtual reality that would help train nurses without actually having to get them into the operating room. The key to the app was its usability, something the gaming industry thrives on.

Enter PeriopSim, is now used by over 200 facilities from Vancouver Coastal Health, Fraser Health and the Nova Scotia Health Authority. The app and accompanying full virtual reality version cuts training times in half and simulation training offers the opportunity to prepare nurses before they go into clinical placements.

Mario Kart Can Make You A Better Driver

 

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Photo: theguitarjammer via YouTube

Researchers at  New York University Shanghai and the University of Hong Kong has tested two groups in a driving simulator that challenged them with windy conditions. To test the connection between racing games and improved driving, they tried another test, this one using non-gamers. One group completed 10 one-hour Mario Kart sessions, while the other played Rollercoaster Tycoon III for the same time. Mario Kart players already showed improved visuomotor control skills, halfway through the training.

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In another study, researchers tried the first-person shooter game Unreal Tournament. Gamers in that study improved different aspects of their visuomotor control skills, leading researchers to conclude that the two styles of gaming could be beneficial for different types of drivers.

Li Li researcher from New York University Shanghai,and lead author on the study explained in a report for the Association of Psychological Science “Our research shows that playing easily accessible action video games for as little as 5 hours can be a cost-effective tool to help people improve essential visuomotor-control skills used for driving.”

New York States’3D Lottery Game

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The New York Lottery has just released a scratch-off game that can be played in augmented reality using your iPhone or Android smartphone. It’s called Gold Castle, and it is the first of its kind in the country. You simply scratch off a small section for “3-D Play” and scan the barcode into an app. A castle pops up out of your ticket, and you can tap glowing windows to see if you won.

City & State recently spoke with the head designer of the new game, Liana Kadisha, who is the chief products officer at Paymaxs.

A Game Better Than Pokemon Go?

Since Ingress’s launch in late 2012, it has gathered a small but devoted player base around the world. (It’s hard to tell how small; Niantic refuses to give out statistics. The game has been downloaded more than 11 million times, just like Pokemon Go.

Pokémon Go is a social game, while Ingress takes this aspect much further. In Ingress, two teams—the Enlightenment and the Resistance—battle for control of portals akin to PokeStops scattered throughout the world.

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