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Crytek will unveil a new VR experience at GDC 2015 next month

It looks like Crytek is ready to push into the world of VR gaming, as the studio will be showing off a new VR experience on the Oculus Rift at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2015 next month.

 

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VRFocus is reporting that Crytek has confirmed with the site that it will be showing off a "a brand new experience" for VR, especially when compared to what it was showing off at last year's GDC. Last year, Crytek was showing off a VR technology demo running in CryEngine on the Oculus Rift DK2 at 100FPS.

 

Crytek will be showing off its CryEngine running on Android, too. GDC takes place between March 2-6 in San Francisco, California. You can be sure we'll be reporting about any and all things from the event.

Ubisoft sees future success for Far Cry game franchise

In less than two months, Ubisoft has sold more than 7 million units of Far Cry 4, and it doesn't look like the game franchise is going to end just yet.

 

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Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot didn't confirm a new Far Cry video game, but indicated Far Cry 4 may not be the last title for gamers. "The Far Cry franchise is here for the long-run and is a stronger contender in the shooter genre," Guillemot said during a recent earnings call.

 

Meanwhile, Ubisoft released the Overrun Far Cry 4 DLC for PC and console gamers, providing new maps, a new vehicle, and a new PvP mode. The game publisher seems focused on releasing updates for Far Cry 4 and will keep any rumblings of a new title under wraps for the time being.

World of Warcraft's charity pet raises $1.9 million to fight Ebola

Blizzard has announced that its charity pet, Argi, in World of Warcraft has raised over $1.9 million in donations to help fight Ebola over in Africa.

 

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The developer has donated 100% of the proceeds from the sale of its space goat in World of Warcraft to the American Red Cross to support its ongoing relief efforts of Ebola in Africa. Argi has a $10 "adoption fee" with the space goat still available for purchase, but they are no longer earmarked for charitable purposes.

NVIDIA to host 'Made to Game' special event during GDC 2015 on March 3

NVIDIA has started teasing a new event that it will host during GDC 2015 called "Made to Game", which the GPU giant will host on March 3. NVIDIA will have its President, CEO tough guy Jen-Hsun Huang at the show, with a major announcement.

 

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Huang's invitation to the media teases: "More than 5 years in the making, what I want to share with you will redefine the future of gaming". Huang has also referred to the event as a "very special event" but nothing else has been shared. What could we see? A new GPU? A new portable gaming device? A specialized Steam Machine? Who knows, but I'm excited for whatever NVIDIA will be showing off.

PGL announces $110,000 CS:GO league

Teaming up with the world's biggest LAN party - DreamHack, PGL announced its new $110,000 prize pool league - set to feature eight teams total, with six invited by PGL and two to qualify through the DreamHack's Bucharest competition.

 

 

PGL has been described as a staple throughout the Romanian CS:GO scene since release, also functioning as a partner of DreamHack, offering local live competitions and qualifiers - The CS:GO Championship Series (CCS) isn't to be confused with the Counterstrike Gaming Series (CGS) as famously flopped in the American scene.

 

The CCS participants will be sectioned into two groups of four teams, seeing the top team from each qualify for the finals stage. The remaining teams will fight it out in a relegation stage, giving them a second chance at the crown.

 

Online qualifiers for this competition will begin near the end of February 2015, with the main league set to kick off on March the 6th.

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Atari announces next-gen Asteroids, launches it as a survival game

I'm sure you remember Asteroids, but I bet you didn't see this one coming. Atari has just teased a multiplayer-focused survival game for the PC through Steam's Early Access program, called Asteroids: Outpost.

 

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Atari describes the game as: "Set in the distant future, Asteroids: Outpost thrusts players into a harsh deep space environment. While on a massive, unforgiving asteroid, players face the challenges of exploring the asteroid, collecting resources, scavenging for ore, crafting equipment, and expanding their territory as they build highly customized bases - all while forming alliances and fighting off other players in challenging multiplayer gameplay. Recurring showers of smaller asteroids represent a source of wealth and a threat as players shoot down these incoming projectiles to defend their claims and harvest their components".

STALKER developer teases new game, will defend the STALKER franchise

The developer behind the STALKER franchise, GSC Game World, has begun teasing its upcoming game. There's nothing known about it just yet, but the developer has also come out swinging for its STALKER franchise, saying that it will defend it from other developers.

 

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Back in February 2011, GSC Game World terminated any and all work on its next STALKER game, closing the company down. The core team behind STALKER went off to Vostok Games, but Public Relations Director for GSC Game World, Valentine Yeltyshev has said that he stepped away from the games industry entirely, moving into a career on the motorcross circuit. He's now back with GSC Game World, but he's had quite a few years.

 

Yeltyshev has said that GSC Game World is back, and that they have an eye on West Games' STALKER: Apocalypse. STALKER: Apocalypse hit Kickstarter, but disappeared pretty quickly, taking to a service called Wfunder. Wfunder is a crowdfunding platform that is similar to Kickstarter, but isn't based in the US. Yeltyshev has dismissed West Games, saying that the team doesn't have what it takes, or the permission, to make a STALKER game. He said: "We started to develop a Flash-based, a web-based STALKER before 2011. An isometric, open-world STALKER. And that was these guys [that make up the core of West Games]. When we realized that this project would not be as good as we wanted it to be, we closed the project".

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Bethesda announces E3 2015 press conference, Fallout 4 or the Doom?

Well then, Bethesda has just announced its hosting its own E3 press conference, but what should we expect? The studio has a fair amount of content it should share at the event, but what could it be?

 

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We could see the new Doom, Fallout 4, a new Elder Scrolls game, Dishonored 2 or something completely new. What do you want to see unveiled? Personally, I want to see the new Doom unveiled. Bring it on.

The ESL One Katowice CS:GO qualifier groups are out

If you're a fan of CS:GO and wish to see some of the best teams on the globe fight to the death in order to secure their spot in a major event - you've opened the right article.

 

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Thanks to HLTV, we've been informed on the latest group updates for the offline-qualifier component of ESL One Katowice. Being conducted in the Angelo Hotel, the top four teams from each group will be pushed towards the finals stage - where they will meet the top eight placed DreamHack Winter teams.

 

It's interesting to note that Australian team Vox Eminor will once again be making the trek overseas, alongside the ex-ESC Gaming squad being once-again included thanks to their lifetime Valve ban being overturned.

 

The action begins on February the 14th - local time. All match times below will be stated in local timing, for an easy conversion - simply make an account on HLTV, set your own time zone and log in to see them automatically changed.

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A 15 year old kid just won a $3,000,000 Dota2 tournament

How many times has your mother in the past told you to get off the computer and "do something productive" with your time. Ignoring her, for me, landed me a job in eSports, ignoring her for 15 year old Syed "Suma1L" Hassan, meant he carried his team to victory in the Dota 2 Asian Championships - playing a massive hand in his team walking away with the $1,284,158 first place prize incentive.

 

 

Not only was this Suma1L's first attendance at a massive major live event, he more than paid for his own worth - as you can see in the video above. On top of his amazing Tinker playing ability, he helped carry his team to victory when playing Storm Spirit. In the final game of the grans final series, although dieing four times quickly at the beginning, he managed to use his incredible placement, micro and forward-thinking techniques to run rings around his opponents.

 

So I'll just let that sink in for you all - a 15 year old has just walked away with $250,000 in prize money after beating the best Dota2 teams in the world. It gets even better - Suma1L and his new-found teammate Aui_2000 were both stand-ins for this event. Although not 'officially' on the Evil Geniuses Roster, they were called upon to play due to the departure of Artour "Arteezy" Babaev and Ludwig "zai" Wahlberg (to Team Secret).

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