Yesterday we told you about how ESEA and the all-mighty Valve had spoken up, banning numerous American and Canadian professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) players from their future events due to match fixing and a betting scandal.
In recent news, two other large-scale CS:GO entities have followed suit - seeing FACEIT and CEVO both taking action against these players.
FACEIT have removed the ex-iBUYPOWER team from their 2015 league, further stating that Joshua "steel" Nissan and Derek "dboorN" Boorn from Torqued will be barred from competing in their league closed qualifier. Not only the players were affected, with Casey Foster (pictured above), a member in this scandal and a head admin of FACEIT North America, being dismissed from his position.
CEVO is where the actual match fixing event took place. Their CEO & President, Charlie Plitt, has joined the anti-betting fight by stating "I am truly disappointed in these gentlemen who have been long time members of the CEVO community. It saddens me to think that they were willing to throw their individual reputations and competitive gaming careers away all out of greed." He went on to explain that "I want to further reiterate to the CEVO community that CEVO vehemently opposes these actions and will suspend anyone who engages in like actions. We will remain vigilant in upholding and refining our rules in an effort to provide the fairest gameplay possible."
While CD Projekt Red may have delayed The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to May 19, we're finding out more information on the game thanks to various members of the press playing with the latest build of the open-world title.
The developer has revealed that the most recent build of The Witcher 3 is running at 1080p on the PS4 while the Xbox One version is knocked down to 900p on the Xbox One, which is the least impressive version of the game against the PS4 and PC. The Witcher 3 on the PS4 is running at 1080p at 30FPS with higher fidelity graphics than the Xbox One version, even though it's been knocked down to 900p.
What's more interesting is that gaming industry insider 'shinobi602' reporting that the PCs that CD Projekt Red had setup with The Witcher 3 were "specced to consoles" or whatever that means.
In something that feels like it has come truly out of nowhere, Netflix has teased its new original series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. The new series is a prequel to David Wain's 2001 comedy, which has a huge list of stars attached to it, as well as an iconic 80s America look to it.
As for the list of actors, check this out: Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Michael Ian Black, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Ken Marino, Zak Orth, David Hyde Pierce, Joe LoTruglio, Christopher Meloni, Marguerite Moreau, Michael Showalter, and Molly Shannon.
We will see Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp released with an 8-episode limited run. Also, because of the sheer size of the cast, only a few of them will be used per episode, in a similar matter to how Netflix handled Arrested Development. There's currently no release date for Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was delayed recently, all the way through to May 19. But the developer behind the open-world title, CD Projekt Red, has allowed some of the media to play the game, and release some really eye-opening videos.
As you can see above, the game looks delicious as we all expected, with some truly great graphics. The world is absolutely mammoth in size, and so to is the level of detail in both the world, and the conversations with NPCs.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is scheduled for launch on May 19 for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
To celebrate this week's release of 'Supremacy' on Blu-ray HD and DVD, we have 3 copies of the Blu-ray to give away to readers, thanks to our friends at Icon Home Entertainment.
Based on a true story, 'Supremacy' recounts one harrowing night for a family held captive by an Aryan Brotherhood leader on the run from the law. Hours released from a 15-year prison sentence, Garrett Tully (Joe Anderson) executes a California state trooper after a routine traffic stop. To evade the manhunt, Tully breaks into the Walker family's remote farmhouse - the only black family on the block. Mr. Walker (Danny Glover) must convince Tully that killing him and his family will not help them escape in this powerful and thought-provoking thriller.
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Dying Light's launch is a strange one, but before we get into that, Techland has released the launch trailer for its open-world zombie-killing first-person shooter. Check it out below.
As for the launch, you can grab it on Steam right now for $60 while physical copies are also out in North and South America for the PS4, Xbox One and PC. When it comes to Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and Africa, it will be available on Steam tomorrow, while physical copies are out on February 27.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to finish this movie five months earlier.
In an event that rarely occurs in Hollywood, Paramount Pictures has decided to move the fifth installment of the long running Tom Cruise spy franchise 'Mission Impossible' forward by a whole 5 months. The initially announced release date of December 25th has now changed to July 31.
Hemled by Christopher McQuarrie who previously directed Cruise in 2013's 'Jack Reacher'), the film reprises Jeremy Renner as Agent Brandt, Simon Pegg as Benji and Ving Rhames as Luther Stickell. New to the film are Alec Baldwin, Simon McBurney and Rebecca Ferguson. With this newly minted released date, look for marketing including the first theatrical teaser trailer to begin ramping up soon.
I'm a big fan of Epic Games' Unreal Engine 4, as it's one of the most powerful, gorgeous engines that developers have access to. But this latest technology demo is one of the best, if not the best use of it I've ever seen.
Feel free to admit your mind is broken, and you don't know if you've just seen a movie with some added film blur, or a game engine. The developer behind it is from level designer and 3D artist Benoît Dereau, who worked on Dishonored. The Paris apartment is just totally gorgeous, and something I want to see come of this is an Oculus Rift-powered game with this level of detail. Insane.
Last August we reported on the 'Faraway Islands' GPU which was meant to be the Radeon R9 400 series but it looks like this is known as 'Arctic Islands'. You might have guessed from the word 'arctic' that AMD is looking to keep the R9 400 series cooler, with improved power efficiency, better aligning them with NVIDIA's Maxwell-based GeForce GTX 900 series GPUs.
Then in November we reported that the Radeon R9 490X (and any GPU close to it in the R9 400 series) could feature over 1TB/sec memory bandwidth, thanks to HBM. The latest rumors are pointing to Arctic Islands being baked onto the 20nm process, which should see the GPUs running much cooler than the R9 290X which runs quite hot, especially compared to a GTX 980.
When can we expect AMD to begin shipping the Radeon R9 400 series? Well, we are to expect the R9 300 series in Q2 2015 of this year (sometime between April and June) so we shouldn't see the R9 400 series until at least the second half of 2016.
Apple just reported its quarterly earnings, pulling in a massive $74.6 billion in gross revenue for the quarter, of which $18 billion was net profit. It's not all about those numbers though, as the company has now shipped over one billion iOS devices.
Apple CEO Tim Cook noted that the billionth device sold was, of course, a 64GB iPhone 6 Plus, which is the company's flagship handset. Apple will be keeping the device at its headquarters in Cupertino in honor of the massive milestone.