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Seattle startup Unikrn banks on rising popularity of eSports

Unikrn, a Seattle-based startup with a focus on creating a unique eSports ecosystem, will allow gamers to bet on organized, sanctioned eSports competitions - and will feature live viewing, discussions and competitive odds directly on its website.

 

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Sood, the co-founder and CEO of Unikrn is best known as founder of VoodooPC and the former GM of Microsoft Ventures, and he teased additional details about Unikrn for weeks to go. The Unikrn Arena is designed to provide a safe betting atmosphere, while Unikrn and Tabcorp helped work out legal issues, betting and gaming matters, and liquidity to improve stability.

 

Unikrn's platform has been in development since last November, and the company has raised $3 million with over $5 million committed, according to Sood.

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Microsoft taking new approach to E3 this year, Xbox boss says

Microsoft is taking a fresh approach to promoting and marketing the Xbox One, video game titles, and PC gaming during E3 in June.

 

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Head of Xbox boss Phil Spencer has promised "some interesting changes this year for briefing and the week." It's unknown when Microsoft will host its press conference, but could be on the same day as Electronic Arts, Sony, and Ubisoft at the beginning of E3 week.

 

The company will discuss both Xbox One games and PC titles, with Spencer offering the following answer to Twitter users: "We'll have some of both."

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Avalanche Studios releases Just Cause 3 gameplay on PlayStation 4

Avalanche Studios has released gameplay footage of Just Cause 3 being played on the Sony PlayStation 4! The open world game trailer features protagonist Rico Rodriguez throwing a pilot out of a fighter jet, buildings exploding, high-speed car chases, and general mayhem. The game studio wanted to make sure gamers have plenty of missions to complete and a widespread environment that can be explored during the game.

 

 

"[We're] designing a game that constantly encourages exploration and challenges players... not to break the game, but explore the game." said Christofer Sundberg, founder and creative director of Avalanche Studios, in a statement to The Verge. "I like to see our players as anarchists. You can't really tell them what to do. If you tell them to go right, they will absolutely go left. Or up and down, in this case. So, design a game that really encourages experimenting and exploring and not trying to set up rules for the player."

 

Just Cause 3 will launch in time for Christmas on the Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

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Some Chinese men are paying escorts join them while they play games

Alongside paying per hour for the services of an internet cafe, some men in China are also paying "between 20-100 yuan" ($3.20-$16) per hour for the company of a female escort, as reported by the China Times.

 

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We're told that this relationship is purely non-sexual and is set to help alleviate some of the loneliness felt by these guys throughout their short or long gaming sessions. The women involved are said to be from many different backgrounds, with college students making up a fair portion of those available.

 

This isn't necessarily a service for the 'working class man' as the China Times also points out that most patrons are mostly earning a comfortable wage and partaking in this hobby which we are told is also becoming somewhat common in South Korea and Japan.

Valve nixes paid mods for Skyrim after massive gamer backlash

After facing some serious backlash from the entire gaming community, Valve has removed the payment feature from the Skyrim Workshop on Steam. Our Lord and Savior, Gabe Newell, had even approached the topic, but things have changed in just 48 hours.

 

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Valve has explained that it [seriously] underestimated the differences "between communities built around its own games and those from other studios" reports Engadget, with Valve adding: "We've done this because it's clear we didn't understand exactly what we were doing. We've been shipping many features over the years aimed at allowing community creators to receive a share of the rewards, and in the past, they've been received well. It's obvious now that this case is different".

 

Right now, the top Skyrim mod on Steam is a protest against the aforementioned paid mods, we can see just how big this has gotten on Steam in such a short amount of time.

Project Cars 'The World is Yours' clip will have you upgrading your PC

Project Cars is closer and closer with each hour that passes, so the team at Slightly Mad Studios has released a new trailer dubbed 'The World is Yours' which we've embedded below.

 

 

The trailer teases: "No Matter What the Car, No Matter What the Track (Showing different tracks in different parts of the world), No Matter Where You Come From, What Matters is Finishing First". The graphics are so pretty that I didn't even pay attention to anything else. The game is just oozing next-gen graphics, and I for one, can't wait until May 8.

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Konami confirms Kojima's Silent Hills video game has been terminated

Game publisher Konami has confirmed it doesn't plan on developing the Silent Hills project, as the company continues dealing with internal drama. Both Guillermo del Toro and Norman Reedus previously showed disappointment that they won't be involved in the game title any longer, as Konami tries to sort itself out.

 

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"Konami is committed to new Silent Hill titles, however the embryonic Silent Hills project developed with Guillermo del Toro and featuring the likeness of Norman Reedus will not be continued," Konami said in a statement to GameSpot.

 

Director Hideo Kojima is leaving the company and it looks like a power struggle is currently taking place among Konami's senior leadership. It's a shame to see that Konami and Kojima's public feud has spilled over from Metal Gear Solid 5 and has impacted Silent Hills.

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ESPN Radio host says he would quit if asked to cover eSports

Don't count Colin Cowherd, host of The Herd on ESPN Radio, as a fan of eSports, promising he would quit if he's ever asked to cover gaming.

 

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On Sunday evening, ESPN2 showed the finals of a "Heroes of the Dorm" competition, in which two competing universities were playing for scholarship money - and many ESPN viewers were not pleased with what they saw.

 

It turns out, at least one ESPN employee also didn't like the coverage: "If ESPN ever forced me to cover that, or do play-by-play, I would quit," Cowherd said. "Somebody lock the basement door at mom's house, and don't let 'em out. I will quit this network if I am ever asked to cover that."

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Gears of War remaster in development for the Xbox One by Splash Damage

With the original Gears of War coming out nearly 10 years ago now, news of a remaster for the Xbox One shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. Especially since Microsoft acquired the Gears of War IP from Epic Games not too long ago, but now Splash Damage is reportedly behind the remaster of Gears of War for the Xbox One.

 

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With news of a new Gears of War game coming soon teasing gamers, a remaster of what started it all makes sense. Back in March, Black Tusk studio boss Rod Fergusson told Polygon last month: "I love the passion, but there's no Marcus Fenix Collection. We ARE working on other exciting Gears projects. I'll see you at E3!".

 

Polygon is reporting that the Gears of War remaster will feature 60FPS multiplayer, which I'm sure will be in the singleplayer side of the game too. Here's hoping for a full 1080p 60FPS, considering how much faster the Xbox One is than the Xbox 360.

Guillermo del Toro says that Silent Hills "is not gonna happen"

When Silent Hills started its very underground, but very vocal push into the market, it excited most people. It was fresh, completely new, and totally terrifying. But, it looks like we'll never see that game released.

 

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Horror director Guillermo del Toro has told attendees at a film festival in San Francisco that Silent Hills "is not gonna happen", something he was co-directing with Hideo Kojima. He added that "it breaks my greasy heart", and my heart too, I might add. Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl on The Walking Dead, has said on Twitter "super bummed about this was really looking forward to it. Hopefully it'll come back around. Sorry everyone".

 

The game looks like it'll be completely disappearing, as it will P.T., the "playable teaser" of Silent Hills, will be removed from the PlayStation Network on April 30. With all of the issues that Hideo Kojima seems to be facing, I would dare say it was the controversy happening behind the scenes that led to the disappointing breakdown of Silent Hills.

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