Aug 29 2014

eSports Weekly (Week of 8/25-8/31)

An unexpected currency comes to Twitch, and more Fnatic players depart from their Dota 2 squad. This and more on this week’s eSports Weekly.

Very Stream, Much Tips: Dogecoin Comes to Twitch

Twitch-logo-dogeIt’s been quite a week for Twitch. After Amazon swept the popular livestreaming site off its feet after Google had asked it to dance, a new partner emerged: Dogecoin. The internet cryptocurrency that began as a parody of BitCoin has taken off in the past few months (going as far as to sponsor a NASCAR driver) earning the currency a mention on national TV. The program, DogeTipBot, successfully integrated itself into Reddit a short time ago, and is now making its way onto Twitch. DogeTipBot Founder Josh Mohland stated in an interview with Digital Coin Magnates earlier this month that the DogeTipBot was coming soon. According to DogePay, 100,000 dogecoins (or 1 megadoge) is worth $14.74 USD. On DogeTipBot’s website, it was announced that DTB would be launched this weekend at the PAX Prime event in Seattle.

Now, members of the Twitch community can support their favorite streamers at their own pace and at their own quantity, instead of paying a set monthly fee to be a sponsor. The founder of DogeTipBot, Josh Mohland, expects the currency to evolve alongside the communities that it is becoming a part of. It’s got a long way to go, however, since a single BitCoin is worth over $500 USD, but with Twitch’s future looking bright, it’s a good horse to hitch your wagon to. Or to hitch your Dogecar too. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 29 2014

Heads Up: Ziggurat [Early Access]

Aug 29 2014

NEWS: Nintendo Announces new 3DS and Exclusive Titles

New3DSWhile Nintendo’s Wii U certainly hasn’t been king of the living room, they have been in the lead as far as portable gaming is concerned. They have sold over 44.4 million consoles worldwide, and with awesome titles, this only keeps growing. This morning’s Nintendo Direct had a piece of very interesting news, one that I didn’t really see coming. Nintendo is announcing a new model of the 3DS, and they are calling it… “New Nintendo 3DS.” Awkward name aside, the relaunch features a few new features that should get gamers excited. A C-Stick will now be added on the right hand side and there will be additional L/R buttons on the back. The new model also features improved camera tracking for better 3D viewing angles, brightness adjustments based on environmental lighting, a larger screen, buttons coloured in the same style as the Super Nintendo, expandable memory via microSD, and support for Amiibo figures. This update also boasts an improved CPU for faster performance, a longer battery life, and the option to wirelessly transfer files to the PC.

Now, what would any launch from Nintendo be without some games? As such they’ve announced that a port of Xenoblade Chronicles will launch alongside the New Nintendo 3DS and will fully utilize its potential, to the point that the game will not work with older 3DS models. The new console is expected to launch worldwide sometime in 2015. The console will be made available in two models: the standard which will retail for 16,000 yen (about $154), and the XL for 18,800 yen ( about $181). As a gamer who has yet to jump on the 3DS wagon, I’m pretty excited to see this new iteration as a perfect jumping on point at a decent price.

Aug 28 2014

Heads Up: Zen Pinball 2

Aug 27 2014

Heads Up: Metro 2033 Redux

Aug 26 2014

Heads Up: Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms [Early Access]

Aug 25 2014

NEWS: Amazon To Buy Twitch

Twitch amazon pixlrUPDATE: The CEO of Twitch, Emmett Shear, confirmed on Twitch’s blog, the source of all their news and updates, that Amazon has acquired Twitch. The details of the purchase have not been released yet.

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It was rumored back in May that the popular internet juggernaut Google was planning on purchasing livestreaming website Twitch for $1 billion. Just a month ago, these reports were confirmed. Well, hold on to your seats, because a new challenger has emerged: Amazon!

According to Kotaku, who cite articles from Wall Street Journal and The Information that I can’t read because I don’t pay them, Amazon is “in the final stages of purchasing Twitch.” According to the WSJ article, the deal could be announced as early as today.

This contradicts the VentureBeat/GamesBeat article that came out a month ago that confirmed Google’s purchase of Twitch, which would have brought the two dominant video platforms, Twitch and YouTube, under the Google umbrella.

But what does this mean for eSports and streamers? Well, we don’t really know what this means yet. There was a bit of worry towards the notion of Google buying Twitch, which would’ve most likely meant the same string of strict copyright laws that YouTube follows. But how will Amazon shape the direction of the most popular streaming platform? Until the purchase is confirmed and Amazon delivers their Twitch-related goals, we’ll just have to wait and see.

Aug 22 2014

HalfBeard Survives Legacy of Kain Blood Omen 2 Part 35 FINAL

Aug 22 2014

eSports Weekly (Week of 8/18-8/24)

This week we recap last weekend’s ESL One Cologne CS:GO tournament, we address the recent departure of notable Dota 2 players, and discuss Riot’s decision to keep their prize pools relatively small. This and more in this week’s eSports Weekly.

CS:GO: ESL One Cologne Recap

An emotional 'GeT_RiGhT' of NiP with the championship trophy. Photo found on r/GlobalOffensive, source unknown.

An emotional ‘GeT_RiGhT‘ of NiP with ESL One title.
Photo found on r/GlobalOffensive, source unknown.

Ninjas in Pyjamas finally reached the light at the end of the tunnel. After so many second and third place finishes, the CS:GO team out of Sweden finally won their first ESL major tournament since EMS Spring 2013. The 16-team showdown took place at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany this year, with $250,000 in total prize money on the line. One of the big stories coming into the tournament was the debut of the first Indian team in an ESL event. The squad, Team Wolf, would be eliminated in group play after losing to eventual champs NiP and the Ukrainian squad HellRaisers, but still delivered a strong showing. Another highlight were Cloud9’s spectacular group round victories against Titan and against Dignitas, which the Global Offensive subreddit hailed as two of the best ever seen.

Cloud9 would eventually lose to NiP in the first round of playoffs, which would lead to the eventual Swedish showdown in the finals between NiP and Fnatic. The first game on Cobblestone went to NiP after they completely shut out Fnatic in the second half after trailing 11-4 at halftime. That’s 12 straight rounds. Fnatic would take the next game on Cache 16-8, before a close back-and-forth game three on Inferno saw NiP take the series and the title. The ESL One Cologne tournament set CS:GO viewership records, as peak online viewership numbers hit over 400,000 viewers. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 21 2014

HalfBeard Survives Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2 Part 34

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