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It's official. The US government has now declared that being a professional League of Legends gamer makes you an athlete. Riot eSports manager, Nick Allen, when speaking with GameSpot, said:
The United States government recognizes League of Legends pro players as professional athletes, and awards Visas to essentially work in the United States under that title. So this is groundbreaking for eSports. Now when [international players] come over, it's a much easier process because they are actually recognized by the government. It's a huge thing.
Riot reportedly had to fight very hard to get to this point, using all of their micro to get here. Considering the amount of work some of these League of Legends gamers put themselves through, they deserve it. Great news for LoL fans today.
This morning on the PlayStation blog, Mark Green, the senior producer at Guerrilla Cambridge, announced that sign-ups for the closed beta for Killzone Mercenary opened today. The company says they are only choosing a few select participants to participate in this exclusive multiplayer closed beta.
The post said that candidates have until 2pm PDT on Wednesday, July 17 to complete the sign-up for the public's first look at Mercenaries. If chosen, participants will receive an email with directions on how to get started. You can head over to Source #2 for the sign-up page.
Mercenary's multiplayer suite will provide players with a diverse range of weapons, grenades, armor, and special VAN-Guard devices enabling the player to customize their multiplayer load-out slots. This customization supports the tactical element of the game; will you armor yourself up and go in like a tank, or take a more precise approach and assassinate enemies stealthily?
No matter your tactical approach, Mercenary's multiplayer beta will give gamers an early look into the power and promise of PS Vita as the optimal handheld platform for first-person shooters.
Rovio announced this morning that it would be launching its next gaming title this coming Monday, July 15. Judging from their teaser image, the game appears to be a sequel to the current title Angry Birds Star Wars, as the the bird pictured appears to be just like a young Anakin Skywalker wearing racing gear similar to that in the 1999 prequel Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace.
This new game comes after the company expanded the license agreement with toymaker Hasbro to ship new toys and games based on the Angry Birds franchise. Additionally, Rovio is planning on releasing a new title named Angry Birds Go later this year based around the racing genre.
Square Enix attempts to police jailbroken iPhones with Deus Ex, prevents firing of guns on jailbroken devices
Square Enix has introduced a new "feature" to its latest IOS title, Deus Ex: The Fall, that effectively prevents anyone with a jailbroken iPhone or iPad from playing the game. Users can still load the game but when they attempt to fire their guns a message screen pops up that says "we're sorry but you can't fire on jailbroken devices."
This new "feature" (and I use the term loosely) was first reported on the popular media sharing website Reddit. After news began to spread, the game's App Store page was quickly updated to warn users that the "play experience is currently restricted on jailbroken devices" and that interested parties "should not purchase if you have voided your warranty and have jailbroken your device."
At the moment, it is unclear why Square Enix chose to implement this new "feature," but some industry insiders are speculating that it could be to prevent piracy of the $6.99 game, while others say it is because the company would like to mitigate future support issues that could arise from a jailbroken device. I think it's a combination of piracy concerns as well as support issues.
Steam has just kicked off its highly anticipated annual Summer Sale. The event will last from July 11 through July 22 with new discounts on major titles every day. So now would be a good time to reassess your budget and what is really important to you and by that, I mean be prepared to buy lots of games.
Today's deals include MARS for $13.39, Defiance for $13.59, Left 4 Dead 2 for $4.99, and many more discounted titles. Additionally, the Summer Sale includes flash sales that last for eight hours each. Right now you can pick up Dragon Age Orgins for $8.99, GRID 2 for $29.99, and Skyrim for just $20.99.
Steam is also letting the community vote on which games they would like to see highly discounted. Users can vote using the community choice box on the Steam main page for which game gets the biggest discount. At the moment, the three games in the running are Dishonored, Boarderlands 2, and Farcry 3. The Steam Store page can be accessed through the website, but the dedicated application appears to be experiencing technical difficulties.
Everybody's favorite running game that seemingly never ends has finally found its way onto mid-range Nokia Lumia devices. Previously, the game was only available on the high-end Lumias like the 920 but now it has been ported to the Lumia 720, 620, and 520.
Temple Run is the massively popular game in which you play and explore who has stolen an ancient artifact from the temple and must escape the evil demon monkeys who are in hot pursuit. And just like all true ancient temples, your path out is covered in many deadly obstacles.
Users use their fingers to make the player jump over, slide under, or turn left and right to dodge obstacles. The whole time you are being chased by a hoard of evil demons who would like nothing more than to get their hands on you. Users who wish to play the game can head over to the Windows App Store to pick up their copy today.
Peter Sunde, creator and co-founder of the infamous torrent sharing service The Pirate Bay, showed off his latest project today, a truly secure messaging app for mobile devices called Hemlis. The new app is currently in its early stages and is being developed alongside team members Leif Högberg and Linus Olsson.
At the moment, they are raising money through PayPal and BitCoin via the heml.is website to fund further development. Those who donate will receive a certain amount of unlock codes that will unlock the full app which will run on iOS and Android.
Sunde plans on offering the secure messaging app for free with a section for in-app purchases which will unlock additional features. The app aims to be the first truly secure messaging app with an encryption that will keep your conversation from prying eyes such as the NSA.
Fans first got a glimpse at the upcoming addition to its popular Splinter Cell franchise yesterday when NVIDIA announced that it would be bundling Splinter Cell Blacklist with its GeForce GTX video cards. Seizing the opportunity to further whet gamers' appetites, Ubisoft has just released a glimpse of the game's single player action.
In the trailer, we can see that the developers have retained the stealthy combat that Splinter Cell is famous for. The game's protagonist, Sam Fisher, is equipped with the usual array of technological weaponry and still retains the grace needed to sneak up on unsuspecting enemies.
Last year, we saw the end of an era come to pass as long time game publisher THQ closed up shop and bid the gaming world farewell forever. Unfortunately, there are some who feel that the now-defunct company still owes them a slice of the pie.
This morning, the once great gaming giant Sega has announced its intentions to sue the bankrupt publisher for almost $1 million over pre-orders of the game Company of Heroes 2. According to Sega, just over 20,750 pre-orders for the game were placed on Steam between September 2012 and January 2013. This equates to around $1.3 million in revenue from pre-order sales alone.
Website Eurogamer has pointed out that after Valve takes its one-third cut, Sega is left with a payout of $941,000 after THQ's filing. Sega claims they are owed this money because they purchased the developer of Company of Heroes 2, Relic Games, in late 2012 and is owed the revenue from those pre-orders taking place on Steam.
Pretty much every PC gamer on the planet was disappointed when they learned that Rockstar Games had no intentions of publishing its upcoming Grand Theft Auto V title on PC. The series began on the PC and has a following unlike any other game, not to mention an entire community based around modding the game on PC.
This morning it appears that there may be a little hope for those eagerly anticipating a GTA V PC launch. In a since-removed job advertisement, Rockstar appears to be seeking a graphics programmer to work at the company's Leeds studio "to help bring our latest titles to the PC platform." The advertisement was first spotted by fansite RockstarWatch.
The advertisement explained that the graphics programmer would be working with Rockstar Studios world-wide to port existing titles to the PC. With all of the company's previous titles being available on the PC, this can only mean that Grand Theft Auto as well as Red Dead Redemption will be coming to the PC in the future.