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CDProjekt RED has confirmed The Witcher 3 will need almost 50GB of space for installation on the Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One game consoles. Exact figures weren't specified, but the studio told GameSpot around 50GB is an accurate estimate.
Earlier released PC specifications for The Witcher 3 revealed around 40GB of HDD space would be necessary - a massive file size for gaming consoles. There are a few games that require 40GB or more of space, but it's far less common for console games, however, that seems to be changing.
CDProjekt RED plans to release The Witcher 3 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on May 19 later this year.
Featuring a massive 22 categories covering almost anything you can think of from "best ceremony" to "worst drama" and "best Korean Terran", Team Liquid has just released their eSports-focused highly-anticipated 2014 StarCraft II awards.
Although not currently as often in the spotlight as it once was seen, StarCraft II is still a massively popular RTS game across the globe, seeing constant Blizzard support in the form of tournaments, events and game updates. Many regard StarCraft II as the birth of eSports professionals worldwide - seeing its rise in popularity begin the professional couriers of many commentators, journalists, streamers, tournament organizers and gamers alike.
Compiled by a massive team of 17 writers, one graphical artist and one editor, Team Liquids well-written and professional-presented awards are always worth a look into.
We recently published an article stating that former-Epsilon CS:GO team member Robin "GMX" Stahmer dug up some dirt on his ex-team mates - claiming that they threw a match on purpose in order to win in-game items in a bet against themselves on CSGOLounge.
Stahmer has taken to Facebook, explaining how he believes that his former teammate Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom wasn't involved in the scandal - stating "I did this under anger, and in this act, I forgot to say that my former team mate ScreaM, didn't know about this throw. I've talked a bit with Adil [ScreaM], and in my anger, I forgot he didn't know about it. I don't know yet if they told him about it or not, but I didn't."
Stahmer went on to express his sympathy and regret, stating "I want to apologize toward the community, and toward ScreaM who doesn't deserve all this hate."
Valve has explained their harsh stance on match-fixing and betting scandals, joining almost-all major tournament providers across the globe in banning a bunch of American and Canadian CS:GO players for throwing a match and benefiting around $10,000 worth of in-game skins through the process.
Recently there was a massive match-fixing and betting ring scandal that rocked the whole North American and Canadian Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) scene, seeing numerous players and a manager be banned for life from all Valve major events, ESEA tournaments and more.
In recent news, French-based eSports organization Epsilon has suspended their whole CS:GO division pending a current match-fixing investigation.
Their world-class CS:GO squad has been unearthed by former teammate Robin "GMX" Stahmer, with him stating that his old team purposefully lost a match on the ESEA platform against rivals OverGaming in order to profit from weapon skins. These skins were achieved through bets made against themselves on the popular website, CSGOLounge.
With League of Legends as their game of choice, Robert Morris University (RMU) proudly state that they are "the first college to offer scholarships and create an eSports varsity team."
First announced on Friday June the 20th, 2014 - RMU are offering scholarships covering 50% of tuition and 50% of room and board costing, asking people to email in for applications.
Sponsored by DX Racer, Pwnt Wear, ASUS, Cooler Master and CM Storm, it's exciting to see this kind of advancement being made in the competitive scene. Coming from an eSports background myself, a vast majority of the competitive community is made up of university students, meaning it only makes sense to market to this target audience by sponsors and game manufacturers.
Featuring some of the best teams in the world across two gaming titles, the Intel Extreme Masters is currently running their Taipei contingent of Season 9 - featuring thousands of dollars in prize money and being hosted at the Taipei Game Show, 2015.
Although the League of Legends part is now finished, StarCraft II players are still battling out for top spot. Without spoiling any of the results here, you can view all the results, placings and tournament information on the official landing page.
Seeing players and teams travel from Korea, Australia, Europe and America - this event is sure to tickle your fancy if eSports or competitive gaming is something you're interested in.
All live streams are available on the official website, check it out and enjoy - there isn't long left! If you have missed the action however, all content will be uploaded for private viewing in the near future.
Let's take a look way back to 2012, when Curse gaming picked up a lease of this beautiful $2 million mansion located within Beverly Hills - set to broadcast the lives and training schedules of their five League of Legends players to viewers around the world through to the now-closed streaming service Own3d.tv.
8,000 square feet in size, this house contained a live live-in production team, supplied computers, a pool and spa and every single home-comfort one could hope for.
Curse founder and CEO Hubert Thieblot stated at the time that "ESports in the western world are gaining in popularity at record breaking speeds and competitive gamers have become young celebrities that live an exhilarating lifestyle," adding that "fans crave more from these new celebrities and want insight into their daily lives. Other gaming houses have portrayed pro gamers as uninteresting and lifeless individuals living in cramped quarters bound to their PCs. Curse plans to change that perception and show the fun side of training in the competitive scene."
This is just one example of numerous gaming houses located around the world, however it's certainly one of the most impressive.
The former iBUYPOWER CS:GO professional player and current banned member of the match-fixing and betting ring scandal Joshua 'steel' Nissan has issued a public statement and apology on his public Facebook page.
In this statement he highlighted his disappointment in his actions, the good times while competing in various CS:GO tournaments and some of his plans for the future. He's currently planning to stream his public matchmaking game-play through Twitch.TV, alongside commenting that "I am still a host of knowledge about Counter-Strike. I will try to make all of this information available to everyone for free. It's the least I can do."
Many enraged members of the public have decided to boycott all of Nissan's content, further naming him as "Steal".
Despite the recent match-fixing and betting ring scandals surrounding the former and friends-of iBUYPOWER (IBP) CS:GO squad teammates - the large North American computer company has announced they are looking toward another CS:GO pick-up.
IBP and their CS:GO team split on January the 5th before the accusations were confirmed. As as we're now rolling into February 2015, they've stated that another team is on their mind - commenting that their previous players actions "are not in keeping with the philosophy of the iBUYPOWER brand."
They further stated that "IBP is committed to supporting gaming at the highest levels, and expects each member of our staff and teams to perform to the best of their ability and conduct themselves with integrity at all times," adding "recently, IBP learned that certain members of the IBP CS:GO team failed to meet that expectation. The actions of these individuals come as a shock to us."
Ahead of its scheduled release date of March 17, an open beta of Battlefield Hardline will take place from Tuesday, February 3 to Sunday, February 8. The game is powered by the Frostbite 3 game engine and includes both single player and multiplayer modes.
There will be three separate modes for gamers to enjoy: A conquest mode that is similar to traditional team-based death match, supporting up to 64 gamers on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One - and 24 players for the Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3. The Hotwire mode focuses on chase scenes, and the Heist mode features bank robbers trying to complete a heist before the police capture them.
Interestingly, a "Hacker" mode is available so one person on each team can hack to operate cameras and better spot enemies, with information relayed back to teammates.