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Set to be held at ESL's TV studio in Cologne on April 10-12, ESL's Counter-Strike: Global Offensive pro league finals will feature eight teams fighting it out in a double elimination bracket for their share of $48,000 in prize money.
If you're interested in attending these finals to watch in the flesh, tickets will set you back €20 ($21.74 US) and are bundled with free drinks and snacks throughout the play.
With all games set in a best of three format, expect plenty of great maps over the three day competition.
The teams attending include:
- Team SoloMid
- Copenhagen Wolves
Since the first Call of Duty video game launched more than 10 years ago, 175 million copies have been sold worldwide - one copy sold approximately every two seconds, Activision has confirmed.
In addition, more than 100 billion multiplayer matches have been played online, with more than 300 billion grenades thrown.
Call of Duty still hasn't been able to keep up with Take-Two's Grand Theft Auto, selling more than 185 million copies. But CoD has racked up better sales than LEGO, Mario, FIFA, Final Fantasy, Pokemon, and Need for Speed - with all the series able to rack up more than 100 million units sold.
Free-to-play PC game Halo Online will launch as a closed beta in Russia only, giving gamers the chance to experience the multiplayer-only gaming experience. The game will be available to Russian gamers this spring, and runs a heavily customized Halo 3 game engine.
It's unknown if gamers in North America and Europe will get a chance to test Halo Online, with the following statement published online: "Right now our focus is on learning as much as we can from the closed beta period in Russia. Theoretically, any expansion outside of Russia would have to go through region-specific changes to address player expectations."
A full Q&A is available online regarding Halo Online.
Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford said Borderlands 2 has sold "well over 12 million units," and continues to rack up impressive sales figures.
The game was originally released in 2012 and became 2K's bestselling game ever in 2014, with more than 9 million units sold. There is a lot to be happy for, as The Handsome Collection will likely help boost sales even more, available for the Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4 game consoles.
"We announced [The Handsome Collection] after the Xbox One launched," Pitchford said. "And a lot of people that had upgraded, they really wanted the Pre-Sequel on that platform... so, we got a lot of people telling us 'Please bring this to next-gen!,' and our publishing partner, 2K games thought it was probably worth doing. We were too busy, we didn't have the resources to do the upgrade.
It looks like Ubisoft is pushing The Crew in its latest campaign for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, offering gamers a free two-hour trial. If they enjoy the game and purchase it, they can bring over their progress, too.
The two-hour trial of The Crew is the full version, which is a 14GB download on the PSN. However, the trial will not be made available for the previous generation consoles, so Xbox 360 and PS3 gamers, you miss out.
H1Z1 has captured headlines since its release, with Daybreak Game Company President, John Smedley, announcing that H1Z1 has sold over one million copies on Steam's Early Access program since it was released two months ago.
It wasn't long ago that Daybreak Game Company was known as Sony Online Entertainment, but it was sold off to an investment firm called Columbus Nova and began ejecting staff. The success of H1Z1 is great news not only for gamers, but for the studio. Development on H1Z1 is a continuous cycle, with the studio adding features and removing exploits. Smedley has said that the studio has banned thousands of gamers that have been taking advantage of exploits in H1Z1.
CD Projekt Red has come out with quite the tease of The Witcher 3 today, where the studio has said that Geralt's beard will grow over time. Yes, The Witcher 3 will have dynamic beards, that grow over time.
Michael Platkow-Gilewski, CD Projekt Red's Communications Chief, said to Eurogamer that Geralt's beard will have various "states" that will be triggered over time. Players can choose an unchanging style if they want, which will arrive in the form of the free Beard and Hairstyle DLC. Yes, a beard and hairstyle DLC... what.
Platkow-Gilewski explains: "The beard grows as time passes and when Geralt moves between locations. The beard has several "states" and these states determine its length - the longest is really long but it's not Gandalf-long. When you download the free Beard and Hairstyle DLC the growth of the beard will stop because we decided that when players want a predefined look, it would be weird to require from them to reapply it time after time".
After multiple delays, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be made available on May 19 for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.
One of the games that is right around the corner is Batman: Arkham Knight, but Rocksteady Studios has announced that they've delayed the game by three weeks. It had an original release date of June 2, but there's a new release date of June 23.
The studio has explained the delay, with Game Director Sefton Hill saying: "We're a developer that hates to make any compromises, so we are sorry to say this means it's going to be just a little bit longer until you can play the epic conclusion to the Arkham trilogy. As a reward for your patience and understanding, and to make the wait even more unbearable, we are pleased to whet your appetite with a new gameplay video of Batman: Arkham Knight. Thanks so much from everyone at Rocksteady for your continued support. We are working as hard as we can to make you proud".
In the meantime, the studio has released a seven-minute gameplay video captured from the PS4 version of the game. We are also told to expect that there will be a Batman: Arkham Collection remastered version of the game due for the PS4 and Xbox One that will be made available sometime later this year, cranking at 1080p.
After a few delays, Project Cars is nearly here and it is shaping up beautifully. During an interview with Daily Star, the studio talked about the crowdfunded game being one of the best car simulators ever created.
Andy Tudor from Slightly Mad Studios said that the game is pretty much already a success, as it's "the first AAA title to ever be crowd-funded, a racing game that's being considered a contender in the same sentence as Forza and Gran Turismo, one of the first titles to be publicly shown running at 4K resolution, the premium racing experience on Oculus Rift, the most beautiful and technically-advanced racing game on the planet, and one that's captured the imaginations of gamers, media, real drivers, and motorsports fans around the world".
He continued, adding: "The concept of releasing a game and moving on are long gone. Project CARS both from a technology and design standpoint are built for the future, so expect to see A LOT of content coming out for the game on a regular basis long after launch. We'll have more info on this soon but looking at what Destiny is doing is a good starting point ;-)".
Making his name in the Counter Strike 1.6 scene with his Ukranian team Natus Vincere, Starix made the transition into CS:GO with varying success.
Due to his low performance in the recent ESL Katowice CS:GO tournament, he has stepped down from the active CS:GO squad and will be taking up a position as a team coach and manager.
Tributes have started flooding in for this well respected professional gamer, with the 27 year old racking up an impressive 9,444 rounds played, 360 maps and 6,160 total kills in world-wide tournaments.