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Thursday
Jan122017

The Miami Heat Enter the eSports Arena

That's right folks, yet another basketball organization is getting into eSports, and this time it is the Miami Heat. They have acquired stakes in the eSports organization Misfits. This will put the Heat in the managerial duties around the brand. For those who are confused about what that means, its a fancy way of saying that they will be doing the marketing, brand promotion, handling of sponsorship, and a rebranding of at least the team colors.

The organization currently has teams in League of Legends, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, and Super Smash Brothers. At this point I think we can start to see a pattern, if you have a LoL roster that is competitive and you also at least dip your toes into a couple of other games, you're going to be ripe for the picking, or at least you should be.

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Thursday
Jan122017

Film Studio Lionsgate Invests in eSports Team

I feel like this is really becoming a common occurrence now that companies and organizations are seeing two things.

  1. There is money in eSports (if you have a good team)
  2. eSports is a growing industry where if you act fast enough you can start with a good organization 

The movie studio Lionsgate has partnered with financier Michael Milke to invest into The Immortals. The Immortals currently compete in League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Overwatch, and Super Smash Brothers.

I'll be very interested to see how much stability appears after this deal takes full effect as well as what this will mean for merchandising and other aspects that more mature sports organizations have in place.

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Thursday
Jan122017

Come Mow Down the Dead in Outbreak

Many gamers out there remember the days either recently or in the distant past were part of our everyday gaming was to make sure we took down hordes of zombies. Well, it is that time again, Dead Drop Studios, is bringing us Outbreak. A game in which you can either play solo or online co-op (up to four players).

You will find yourself in a hospital where something has happened. You will choose between four playable characters, each with their own set of unique skills. There will be many twists and turns to this game, and you're going to have to survive through all of them.

Oh and to make things all that more challenging, you will have to complete this game with limited inventory space, no in-game pausing, several challenging puzzles that will stop you in your tracks, and finally you will only have 1 chance at this, that's right you only have 1 life. If you die, it is truly game over.

This game is scheduled for release January 17th on Steam (PC Only). It will be going for a discounted price of $10.49 for the first week, and then will be $14.99 afterwards.

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Thursday
Jan122017

Paladins Getting a New Map

For those of you out there who have taken Paladins for a spin you might have noticed that there seems to be a limited amount of maps to master, and you've probably been yearning for more. Well, there's some good news, it turns out that Hi-Rez wants you to have a new map. Although at the time of me writing this I don't know when this map will drop, it is coming soon. Let me introduce you to Stone Keep.

The thing I see first, and causes all kinds of questions is how high can I actually get on this map, where will I be able to perch and hopefully rain down hell upon my enemies? I'm also very interested to see how the map is actually mapped out, how does the lane snake through, and where are all the ambush spots? I guess we will find out when this map/patch drops.

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Thursday
Jan122017

A New Smite Event Starts Soon

If you've been playing Smite recently you will remember that there was the Odyssey Event that was basically running up to the World Championship. Wel,l that's now gone, if you haven't noticed, and the home screen of the game just looks a little bit lonely. Have no fear though, there is an upcoming event that will be starting January 17th.

 

This board game is called The Path of the Phantom Queen.

To complete the Path of the Phantom Queen, you must take part in an ancient magical board game, full of traps and treasures. Each square has its own quest, reward, or trap. Complete a quest to roll the dice and advance... or retreat, if luck is against you.

Now if this is anything like the last event you're going to be able to move one spot per 24 hours. This of course means you need to come back more often to the game (clever, very clever). There is one thing that I do need to make you aware of and that this isn't free. This will be made available to you in one of two ways. You will have to be a Twitch Prime member, this will unlock it for you once the event starts, or you will need to shell out 1000 gems.

There are some immediate benefits for all that partake in this event and that is that you will automatically unlock:

  • Oak-Seer - Exclusive Artemis Skin
  • Spriggan - Exclusive Terra Skin
  • Limited Celtic Loading Frame
  • Limited Celtic Music Theme
  • Limited Druid Shrine Pedestal

So if Smite is your jam, you might want to jump in on this, starting Jan 17th.

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