IT'S no secret that Overwatch League needs and wants to grow its audience. It has already made it onto TVs across the globe as well as being streamed directly to the PCs and phones of millions of fans online. Franchises have been sold for millions of pounds, while sponsorship is coming in from huge brands like Toyota, Coca-Cola and T-Mobile. Those franchises have been snapped up by owners of other major sports teams -- and Gritty, the Philadelphia Flyers mascot, showing up to lead their sister team the Philadelphia Fusion out for their opening game demonstrates how seriously they're taking it. But money has to follow money, and the more cash that is staked on the league the more demand there is for a return on that investment. That means there need to be more fans, and those fans need to watch for longer and be more engaged. That's where the problem comes in. Tactics for all sports go in cycles, and right now Overwatch League is in a funk. TACTICAL CHANGE It's gone from a high-octane … [Read more...] about Overwatch League is back with a bang – but can it keep it up for 2019?
Newegg is offering deep discounts on some new and powerful gaming tech in a Presidents Day sale. The deals cover everything from PC hardware and peripherals to 4K TVs and monitors. You can also save a few bucks off some brand new games, like Jump Force and Crackdown 3, plus Rage 2 pre-orders. Throughout the weekend, Newegg has also been running limited time “blitz deals”, available only to email subscribers. Newegg’s Presidents Day sale ends tonight at midnight PT. Some highlights are listed below. The deals that are unlocked with promo codes require you to check a box agreeing to subscribe to Newegg’s marketing email list. PC hardware Gaming accessories Video games … [Read more...] about Games, accessories, and hardware are on sale at Newegg’s Presidents Day sale
Razer gave two weeks’ notice today that its Razer Game Store is shutting down on Feb. 28. Razer, in the note to customers, attributed the shutdown to “the company’s realignment plans.” That realignment comes not even a year after the storefront’s April 2018 launch. The Razer Game Store sold keys for Steam and Uplay games, so any game anyone has bought isn’t going away. However, those who haven’t yet activated any keys need to retrieve their keys from the Razer Game Store before the shutdown, which is 4 a.m. on Feb. 28. Game keys were also sent to customers via email, so they have records of them there, too. Pre-ordered games will still be fulfilled, Razer said in an FAQ. Razer Silver, an incentive program, can still be redeemed for rewards even after the Game Store shuts down. Razer Gold, the company’s virtual credits system, is also still valid in the Razer Gold Catalog. The company said that after the shutdown, it will “be … [Read more...] about Razer Game Store says adios after 10 months
Pokémon Go creator Niantic reached a settlement with a class action of pissed-off homeowners that, assuming a judge approves, will resolve the trespassing and nuisance lawsuits that sprung up shortly after the game’s white-hot 2016 release. In the settlement, filed on Thursday and first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Niantic agrees to deliver courtesy reminders to users, through the Pokémon Go app, whenever 10 or more are catching Pokémon in the same location. Niantic will also work with public parks authorities to remind users of a location’s hours of operation; maintain a database of complaints; make “commercially reasonable efforts” to resolve them within 15 days; and grant Pokéstop or Gym removals to homeowners within 40 meters of their properties. Niantic was sued in August 2016, barely a month after the game’s launch, by several property owners alleging the game was enticing its users to trespass on private property, and … [Read more...] about Pokémon Go settlement would resolve class-action trespassing claims against Niantic
Operation: Burnt Horizon is set to kick off year four of Rainbow Six Siege, and Ubisoft intends to ramp up post-launch support and continue to grow the game. The first, and perhaps most fundamental change, will be splitting the development team into dedicated cells that will tackle each major part of the game: events, balance, maps, and operators. This includes a team focused on player behavior and toxicity, to ensure that playing the game is as pleasant as it is balanced. An upcoming feature will punish players who are trolling their team with friendly fire by reflecting that damage back at them. Fans of Siege can expect the same cadence of eight new operators per season, but there will be greater focus on maps. One new map and three reworks have been announced for year four. The reworks will visually overhaul old environments and tweak gameplay, such as adding cover to some locations and creating new paths or chokepoints. Ubisoft noted that, at this point in the game’s … [Read more...] about Rainbow Six Siege starts year four, announces a smorgasbord of support