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Dreamhack Winter heated up this weekend when police were called due to a fight between Swedish Dota 2 professional Jonathan 'Loda' Berg and high-profile English eSports journalist Richard Lewis.
This altercation happened after a discussion on Twitter involving a sign held by Kellymilkies, manager of Berg's professional team (and his girlfriend), was posted by Lewis. The post was accompanied with a comment, reading "Can someone tell the groupie I kicked out of bed this morning that she left her sign." While Lewis later claimed that this discussion has nothing to do with Berg's manager as he didn't know she made the sign, it was still taken personally.
The official statement by DreamHack reads "During the afternoon today at DreamHack Winter 2015 there was an incident at the CS:GO backstage area, where Loda and Richard Lewis were involved in verbal dispute that escalated into a physical confrontation. The situation was witnessed by DreamHack staff, who intervened and pulled both parties apart when the confrontation began. After cooling down the situation, DreamHack Security Crew was called to the site, and took official statements of the involved the parties. DreamHack also notified Police that came to the location to take statements from both parties and witnesses."
While we reported a few days ago that Star Wars Battlefront had a poor PC player uptake, seeing a 24-hour peak of 33,337 players on PC compared to 66,444 on Team Fortress 2 and a massive 229,068 on Fallout 4, the weekend wasn't any kinder to this newly-released title.
Further comparison draws us, yet again, to Fallout 4, a title released alongside Star Wars Battlefront. White this game caters to a slightly different audience. Steam reports that this game has clocked a massive comparative peak of 254,357 players in the last 24 hours, with 162,742 playing at the time of writing this article.
Ubisoft says it will have Rainbow Six: Siege ready for launch, without problems, but before the launch on Tuesday the developer has released a new trailer dubbed "The Breach".
The trailer features a famous speech by Henry V in the eponymous 1600 play, before the battle. It kicks off with the line "once more unto the breach, dear friends". Ubisoft changed it up a bit, adding: "Close the wall up with our English dead," becomes "... our brave men dead" with the following line cut: "In peace there's nothing so becomes a man as modest stillness and humility".
Even on PC, Fallout 4's graphics aren't quite amazing. The Commonwealth isn't going to put an NVIDIA GTX 980Ti through its paces, and users with higher-end rigs have faced disappointment with the game's underwhelming visuals. With the addition of mods, all of that can be turned around.
A new mod called Vivid Fallout aims to inject a vivacious life to Fallout 4's environs. The game surely is much more colorful than Fallout 3, but a good portion of its flora and fauna remain undefined and rather beleaguered, and that's exactly what this mod overhauls.
As you can see in the side-by-side comparison, the mod's visuals are quite striking and much more pronounced in some instances, but sometimes you can't really notice. If you want to get the total package, this particular mod goes hand-in-hand with the new Realistic Lights add-on. The lighting mod overhauls the way light and shadow are presented in the game to add in a nice sense of realism, but it can be admittedly hard to see in metropolitan areas with skyscrapers.
With the release of Just Cause 3 right around the corner, we're being teased with a new gameplay video dubbed 'The map from end to end' which details the huge 400 square mile map in a helicopter ride.
The video comes courtesy of PlayStation Access, which posted the video to show off the gorgeous open-world environment. The linear distance of Medici in Just Cause 3 is around the same as Panau from Just Cause 2, but Polygon notes that Medici's "mountainous terrain includes greater elevation changes, which makes the journey a little longer. Just Cause 3's map also will be a little more dense, meaning more features packed into roughly the same space".
Just Cause 3 launches on Tuesday, December 1 for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC. In case you want some more Just Cause 3 video goodness, check out the 4K 60FPS video above.
Quantum Break isn't hitting the Xbox One until April 2016, but Remedy Entertainment has teased that it has finished the 'end scene' on the Xbox One exclusive.
Remedy's Drama Director Stobe Harju teased on Twitter: "Locked the end scene of @quantumbreak @remedygames. Not just that scene making me shiver, but late hours and the fact that i love this sh*t". Harju was asked "did you mean filming/shooting for QuantumBreak has been finished up? No more recordings then?"
He replied, tweeting "What I mean was that we basically can see how the ending is going to roll out among other scenes and that's important. That's all". Now remember, Quantum Break includes an interactive TV show, which is connected to the game itself. Digital episodes of the show will blend in and interact with the game itself, with Remedy explaining earlier this year at Gamescom: "The game is about the heroes and the show is about the villains".
Thanks to Ubisoft's impressive track record of releasing games that are polished, stable, don't require day one patches and run great on the PC - the developer has said that the launch of Rainbow Six: Siege will be fine.
Ubisoft had an open beta for Rainbow Six: Siege recently, something that was delayed because of issues in the game, but the company has said that the issues that halted the open beta would be solved before the game launches on December 2. Ubisoft explained: "Game sessions are not starting properly and we've encountered server issues, leading to failed connections. We've identified the root issue that was introduced after the Technical Test while fixing a separate aspect of the game".
This download has 12 total characters available, including the likes of Ken, Ryu, Cammy, Nash, Birdie, Chun-Li, Necalli, the Dictator, Vega, Rashir, R. Mika and Karin. While Street Fighter is all about PvP, this version is unfortunately local only, meaning you're going to have to battle against the AI, and the AI only.
It's recommended that Windows 10 users disable their "World Wide Web Publishing Service," alongside the creator urging everyone to close Skype before launching. The build of this hack is based on the latest Street Fighter 5 Beta, we'll let you know if any new versions come out in the near future.
Activision has just upped the ante at its upcoming Hearthstone World Championships prize pool for next year, to $1 million, up from the $250,000 from this year's prize pool.
Activision Blizzard held the 2015 tournament at BlizzCon, where $250,000 was given out to 16 of the participants. Next year, the company is upping the prize pool to $1 million, while the competition remains the same size. A further $100,000 prize pool for each of the nine preliminary events will also be up for grabs, with these matches being held in the US, Europe and Asia-Pacific before the World Championship kicks off.
The company has proven that eSports is important to the world, creating a dedicated eSports division led by former ESPN CEO and the former president of Major League Gaming.
I was wondering why a quick mid-afternoon game of Star Wars Battlefront quickly turned into a frustrated wait for players, rather then my quick lunch-break frag fest that it was intended to be. With this title being released only just recently, sometimes it seems neigh on impossible to get a match going unless you're playing at peak times.
At first I thought it might be just due to a low number of Australian and New Zealander players picking up the game, so I did a little investigating on the statistical side of things. What I was greeted with is what you could describe as 'poor' player numbers, seeing SWBstats report back telling me that the 24 hour peak for this brand new title sits at only 33,337 for PC.
If we compare this to a same-day comparison of another newly released game, Fallout 4, STEAM tells us that at the time of writing this article there are 174,236 players in-game, with a 24 hour peak of 229,068. Even eight-year-old Team Fortress 2 is besting Battlefront, posting up 66,444 players in the last 24 hours.