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Razer offers Aussie LoL fans a ticket for worldwide travel

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 hours, 9 mins ago

In a bid to win over the fanatical League of Legends audience, Razer has up for grabs three spots in its Australian and New Zealand Golden Ticket Competition. The top prize will see the three winners flown to the League of Legends world Championship Semi-Finals in Belgium and the finals in Germany.

 

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If these travel tickets aren't enough to get you excited, the winners will also receive Razer peripherals and one-on-one time with Razer sponsored professional gamers and celebrities.

 

The competition began back in July 2015 and is set to finish on the 30th of September. To enter you must purchase a Razer product and enter your details into this website.

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compLexity makes a come back to CS:GO, lead by SEMPHIS

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 9 hours, 10 mins ago

compLexity is about as old school as it gets when it comes to Counter Strike, featuring varied success over more than a decade of gaming which spanned Counter Strike 1.6 and CS:GO tournaments alike.

 

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In a recent announcement, compLexity is back on its feet after leaving the scene in July 2014 - seeing its old team picked up by Cloud 9. This fresh squad will be lead by Kory 'SEMPHIS' Friesen, currently commonly known for admitting adderall use in tournaments.

 

The rest of the team comes fresh out of 'Nihilum' and the temporary name of 'Maximum Effort' and are currently competing in CEVO's Professional league. compLexity founder and CEO Jason Lake is keen to see what his new squad can do, stating: "Everyone involved understands that the division will be a work in progress, but developing talent and building champions are areas in which we excel."

The first eSports random drug test results come back from ESL

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 11 hours, 7 mins ago

In the famous words of a Battlefield 2 Medic: "Clear! All right, you're good to go!" The ESL One Cologne random drug test results have been released and they're all negative.

 

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Set as the biggest CS:GO event in history, ESL One Cologne was the first foray into random drug testing by ESL. This testing regime was brought in due to concerns of players using Adderall and Cannabis in order to enhance game play, something that is strictly forbidden under ESL's rules.

 

PC Gamer asked ESL how many players were randomly tested, but was denied an answer on the grounds that the drug testing methods will stay as private as possible.

ESL major event delivers over $4.2 million to players

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 12 hours, 15 mins ago

As confirmed by Valve and ESL, the recently completed ESL One Cologne event saw teams gather a massive $4.2 million dollars in total - split between prize money, stickers and signature sales.

 

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Coupled with a total viewership of 27 million people and a peak concurrent number sitting around 1.3 million, HLTV reported that this event saw a massive 180% increase in crowd-funded dollars over ESL One Katowice, which involved $1.5 million in community support given away.

 

This method of funding means that teams and players must market themselves well, hoping to sell in-game stickers and signatures to adoring fans to represent them whilst playing in public servers. This is slightly different to the Dota 2 model, which sees funding go directly into the prize pool, whereas ESL One sits at a static $250,000 no matter how much is raised.

The Witcher 3 sold over 6 million copies in six weeks

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 1 hour ago

Today CD Projekt RED has announced that its celebrated dark fantasy RPG The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt cleared an impressive 6 million copies sold within the first six weeks of its launch.

 

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"We've just concluded our shareholder conference where we announced that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt family got a bit bigger -- we sold over 6 million copies of the game in six weeks since launch," CD Projekt RED studio head Adam Badowski revealed. At $60 a pop we can estimate that CDPR made a whopping $360 million in less than two months from its magnum opus. Wow.

 

CDPR isn't about to let all that success go to its head, and Badowski affirms that the studio isn't going to let cash compromise its artistic vision. Ultimately gamers come first to CDPR. "One could think we have six million reasons to be happy and that's it," Badowski said. "Yes, six million copies is a great achievement for a company making RPGs, but this business is not only about that. If our games are a gallery of sound, picture and text - you are the visitors of this gallery. To an artist, there's no sweeter sight than people enjoying their work. That's why, in the name of all the devs in the studio, I'd like to say thanks to each and every one of you."

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StarCraft II launches Archon Mode with Red Bull tournament support

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 10 hours ago

Described as "two players, one army - two armies, one game" in a recently issued press release, Red Bull has announced that StarCraft II's new Archon Mode will be featured in its next Red Bull battle Grounds playoffs.

 

 

Set to be featured in Blizzard's standalone expansion, Legacy of the Void, Archon Mode sees two players take over a single army, controlling it in unison against a same-structured opposing team.

 

Said to be even more intense and exciting than the common 1v1 mode as seen over the many years of StarCraft II and Brood War tournaments, this mode will see air time on September 19 in Washingson D.C, at the next live Red Bull event.

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Avalance Studios makes the Mad Max game's car a reality

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 12 hours ago

Ever wanted to drive your favorite gaming car in real life? Forget Burnout Paradise and Need for Speed, Avalanche Studios went out and created the 'Magnum Opus' from its upcoming Max Mad game, thanks to the help of West Coast Customs.

 

 

Set for release on September 1 across PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, Mad Max will be centered around a new vehicle called the 'Magnum Opus', setting out to provide players with a trusty vehicle to last a literal life-time.

 

This short documentary covers some backstory on the title itself, the creation of the vehicle and also an annual wasteland gathering which takes in the Mojave Desert - looking like Borderlands meets Mad Max, but in real life.

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GOG Galaxy now lets gamers roll back, or completely skip game updates

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 14 hours ago

GOG Galaxy has just unveiled a very awesome new feature, letting gamers rollback patches and updates to their games. This is a useful addition to GOG Galaxy, as some patches or updates can break games or remove features that gamers loved before the update came along.

 

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The company is quite know with gamers as DRM-free with anti-Steam features, but with this new feature they are ahead of the curve. GOG Galaxy's Technology Vice President, Piotr Karwowski said: "We know that patches can occasionally break a game or affect your mods". GOG Galaxy also now provides you with an option to opt-out of automatic updates, with the ability of buying games directly from its store without the platform. This is a nice change from the likes of Steam or Origin.

 

But the problem that we have here, is that GOG Galaxy doesn't offer the latest games, with one of the most bleeding edge games being The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. So while GOG Galaxy might now feature some of the best features for patch and update rollbacks, now the company just needs to get games into its library, quicker.

ESL proud to announce CS: GO tournament was most watched event

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 2 hours ago

The Electronic Sports League (ESL) has a lot to be happy about, after its recent Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) tournament was the largest - and most watched - CS: GO event ever hosted.

 

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More than 11,000 people packed into the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany each day, while 27 million unique viewers watched almost 34 million hours of the live stream. During its peak viewing time, more than 1.3 million people watched the festivities via Twitch.

 

Team Fnatic beat team EnVyUS in the final, capturing a large portion of the $250,000 total prize pool from ESL One Cologne. Capturing three major CS: GO titles, Fnatic showed why they are currently the most dominating CS: GO team in the world.

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Kojima heralds the end of an era in new Metal Gear Solid V trailer

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 5 hours ago

The last trailer for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain went live today, and it feels like Kojima's heartfelt goodbye to fans across the world.

 

 

Hideo Kojima's new (and final) Metal Gear trailer has a very distinct air of finality to it, and the feels are quite overwhelming. Everyone wants to play Metal Gear Solid V, and for good reason. But at the same time it represents the end of an era; when MGSV releases, it will be the last true Kojima MGS game we'll likely ever see. Sure Konami says that it'll make more Metal Gear Solid games in the future, but it won't ever be the same. It just won't be the same.

 

Although the footage is labeled as the launch trailer for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, it's more of a kind of epitaph on the gravestone that is MGS in its current form; a sort of eulogy read during the funeral of the series. We're sad to see it go, but we're also glad it's been around since 1998 and that we'll get one last hurrah before it's over. And the end will be anything other than a quiet slip into death--Kojima's MGS will go out with an explosive bang.

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