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ESL brags 8.78 million unique viewers on Twitch.TV over Katowice event

Wondering if eSports is growing? The answer is yes! ESL recently released an info-graphic showing that they played host to 8.78 million unique viewers on Twitch TV alone throughout their Katowice ESL One CS:GO event - meaning this does not include any other streaming service or live audience members.

 

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Other than this 198% rise in unique viewership, they also broke the 1 million concurrent viewer milestone - seeing 1,012,745 tune in at one time.

 

As for the tournament itself Fnatic took the crown, seeing their player Olofmeister rated as the highest-point fantasy league player alongside his team conceding the quickest round loss of 13 seconds.

 

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Teachers in the UK reporting parents to police for allowing 18+ games

We've just learned that the Nantwich Education Partnership, a group of head teachers from 16 different English schools, will be reporting parents to the police if they allow their children to play 18+ games such as GTA V.

 

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A letter has been sent home to parents explaining that these types of games may leave their precious children "vulnerable to grooming for sexual exploitation or extreme violence" while further resulting in "early sexualised behavior."

 

The letter went on to state that "if your child is allowed to have inappropriate access to any game, or associated product, that is designated 18+ we are advised to contact the police and children's social care as this is deemed neglectful." Alongside GTA 5, Call of Duty, Dogs of War has been pointed out as a highly influential title.

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Halo 5: Guardians will reach the Xbox One on October 27

During The Walking Dead's season finale, Microsoft aired a new advertisement for Halo 5: Guardians, teasing its release date on the Xbox One for October 27, 2015.

 

 

In the trailer above, you see Agent Locke walking through a city that has been reduced to almost nothing, where he walks toward a statue of Master Chief. As he gets closer to the statue, Master Chief is laying down pretty wounded and looking down for the count. The ad ends with Agent Locke pulling a pistol on Master Chief, before it goes to black and displays the Halo 5 logo, and 10.27.15.

 

Halo 5: Guardians is the next big thing for Microsoft this year, so expect a better unveiling at E3 2015 in June before its October 27, 2015 release on the Xbox One.

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Explaining a few differences between RPGs, Japanese RPGs

Nintendo and Sony are extremely popular in their native country of Japan, but Japanese game studios have to make changes on story lines of games - especially role-playing games - in an effort to cater to audiences in both countries. A well known Japanese game director recently spoke about what he believes are the differences between RPGs in the United States and JRPGs available in Japan.

 

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"One difference is that [Xenoblade Chronicles] did a good job of incorporating the innate heroism of JRPGs... allowing the user to become the hero, to become the protagonist," said Tetsuya Takahashi, director at Monolith Software, speaking in the newest Iwata Asks interview series. "On the other hand, games made in the west - and this is only my personal opinion - they are very well made, down to the last detail, but there's something stoic about them, and often the heroism aspect seems to take a bit of a back seat."

 

It's hard enough to make a hit video game in one region of the world, but trying to get it to translate elsewhere can sometimes seem like an impossible task.

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Fan made 'Super Mario 64' HD remake hits Unity

It's hard to believe, but it was almost 20 years ago that Nintendo ushered in 3D console gaming with 'Super Mario 64' - even if it's blocky polygons have aged about as well as Keith Richards. But now, one enterprising devotee has remade the entire first level of the game, and it's even playable in a web browser for you right now!

 

 

Unity developer Roystan Ross says that "Everything is just as you remember" with the exception of some minor changes, including "some really minor stuff that nobody cared about like red coins or the Wing Cap or the Big Bob-omb. Replacing them are crowd pleasers like giant springs and coin blocks."

 

'Super Mario 64 HD' is available here, or at least until Ninty's legal eagles swoop down like Koopa Troopers: https://roystanross.wordpress.com/super-mario-64-hd/

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Batman: Arkham Knight is going all-digital on the PC for the UK

Warner Bros. has announced that it has no plans to release a retail version of Batman: Arkham Knight in the UK, where it will be going online only in the country.

 

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The company talked with MCV UK where it said that every other country would receive a boxed copy of the game for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC. The UK will be greeted with boxed copies of the Xbox One and PS4 versions of Batman: Arkham Knight, just not the PC. This could be WB's move into a digital-only world, testing the consumers with one of its biggest releases of the year.

Monolith Software says Xenoblade Chronicles 3D pushes mobile RPGs

Monolith Software is still surprised that its Xenoblade Chronicles 3D, which was designed for the Nintendo Wii, transitioned to handheld devices. It will be the first 3DS game requiring Nintendo's New 3DS to play it - and will be released on April 10.

 

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Gamers have the chance to play the RPG exploring the story behind the Monado blade, while fighting the Mechon army. Monolith Software wanted to blend real-time combat with RPG strategy, and gamers can look at animated models of both allies and enemies.

 

"Now we can play Xenoblade Chronicles on the New Nintendo 3DS XL, and... now, this may sound a little egotistical, but I thought, 'This is really going to raise the bar for RPGs on portable devices," said Tetsuya Takahashi, director of Monolith Software, in a statement during the Iwata Asks.

Aussie underdog CS:GO team Vox Eminor loses a player

We've talked about these Aussie battlers before as they caused a global upset by taking down 3DMAX, ESC Gaming and Dignitas to qualify for the latest ESL tournament.

 

 

In sad news, Azad "topguN" Orami is the second ever person to depart from their active roster, quoting life commitments are now taking over as a priority.

 

Quoted as "the spiritual backbone of the team," the ex-CGS player was well known for his witty humor and amazing Desert Eagle plays.

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Dota 2: The International tickets sell out in just 10 minutes

It took less than 10 minutes for tickets to the second wave of The International, the Dota 2 championship tournament, to sell out after going on sale. Amazingly, both waves of tickets were completely sold out in only 10 minutes. All tickets were general admission and cost $99 each.

 

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The International takes place August 3 to August 8 at the Key Arena in Seattle, Washington.

 

The event last year took less than one hour to sell out - and as eSports continues a strong resurgence, it wasn't surprising that tickets only lasted a few minutes in 2015.

Valve begins selling tickets to the upcoming Dota 2 The International

Valve's upcoming Dota 2 tournament The International is one of the biggest gaming events each year, with tickets now on sale. The first wave of tickets will go on sale any minute, but if you miss the first wave, there will be a second on March 27 at 1am EDT.

 

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Last year, the tickets sold out in less than an hour, with ticket sales limited to five per household. This year, The International returns to its Key Arena in Seattle, taking place between August 3-8. The event itself runs for six days, extended by two days compared to last year's The International which ran for four days.

 

Valve will pit 16 teams in a championship Dota 2 touranement, with team invitations to be sent out "shortly after" May 1. Last yar, the grand final was taken out by Newbee, which defeated ViCi Gaming to take home $5 million.

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