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Nintendo ship nearly 6 million Amiibo NFC figurines worldwide

With Skylanders and Disney Infinity figures continuing to move impressive numbers for gaming systems worldwide, late last year Nintendo got into the market with their range of Amiibo figures for the WiiU and New 3DS systems, releasing a total of 29 NFC equipped Amiibo figures, with a further two waves to come in the next few weeks. With product shortages and some of the rarer figures commanding big prices on eBay, it's no shock that Nintendo completely underestimated the lines popularity, but today's earnings call reveals how strong that popularity is.

 

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Nintendo announced that they've sold through 5.7 million Amiibo figures worldwide, with 'The Legend of Zelda' character Link proving the most popular in all listed countries - except in Australia where Mario topped the chart. Our friends at Vooks are the first to translate the sales charts here.

Malaysia now recognizes eSports as an official sport

Following in the footsteps of the US, Malaysia has now officially recognized eSports as a professional sport - listing it under the Sports Commission of Malaysia.

 

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Reportedly kicked off due to their local team Orange eSports placing highly in Valve's 2013 International Dota2 tournament, eSports began receiving a lot of publicity throughout the nation. This push was majorly supported by Malaysia's Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin directly - eventually ending up with the ruling as seen today.

 

It hasn't always been smooth sailing, with Arrow Gaming being accused and found guilty of match fixing - but this controversy has further pushed the government towards this ruling, meaning that they can now directly control any issues that may occur in the future.

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Heroes of the Storm is just starting to take flight

Have you had a chance to get your own Blizzard's Heroes of the Storm (Heroes) beta yet? Set out to be a fast-paced and action packed MOBA style game, Blizzard have made it publicly known that they're interested in turning this title into another large eSport offering.

 

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With plenty of different Blizzard characters on offer including your favorite Warcraft and StarCraft personalities, they've set out to make this game somewhat of a LoL style environment (jump in and play, or practice and go pro) with a twist. There's a bunch of side objectives you can complete in every game alongside each match shortened to around 20 minutes.

 

This game also does away with singular hero leveling. A little confusing at first, all heroes on the same team will level at the same rate no matter how many kills or deaths one player may have. This helps your team progress together and provide some more linear game-play. There's no earth-shattering ultimate abilities like in Dota2, however the fast-paced nature and quick games make for an enjoyable experience.

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Techland releases patch for Dying Light which adds mod support

Techland promised a patch for Dying Light that would see the return of mod support, as it was removed in an earlier patch. So over the weekend, Techland released version 1.4.0 of Dying Light, which allows for mods.

 

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The new version of Dying Light will not allow modded versions of the game to work online with others who are playing the original, vanilla version of the game, but the mods will be compatible with other Dying Light gamers who have the identical mod installed. The new patch included some other baked in changes, fixes, balances, and upgrades to the game.

 

One of which is "significantly reduced RAM usage" and a fix for the "extremely long loading times" that some users noticed. Next month, Techland will introduce "Hard Mode" to Dying Light, which will make the game even harder during the night time cycle of the game.

DOTA 2 breaks 1 million concurrent users, a first for Steam

Valve has announced that DOTA 2 saw a huge 1 million concurrent users over the weekend, a first for both the game, and its digital distribution service.

 

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But these numbers pale in comparison to that of the almost unstoppable League of Legends, which routinely sees between 5 and 7.5 million users online at once. But, 1 million users is nothing to complain about, with DOTA 2's numbers still double that of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, which has the second highest player count on Steam with 420,000.

 

Team Fortress 2, even while it's still popular, only has 88,000 concurrent users, while Football Manager 2015 is the highest ranking non Valve game with around 71,000 concurrent users.

Satisfy your nerd cravings with this 20-inch Link figure

If you're a fan of figurines and nerd-culture, JAKKS Pacific might just have your next purcahse waiting on their shelves. This 20-inch tall Link product is part of the new Big Figures line - said to be the first look into this highly-detailed series.

 

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We say highly detailed because of the care put into the manufacturing of the figurine itself. As pointed out by Gizmodo, "you can even see the texture of the fabric on his tunic" - showing some of the extensive detail that has been implemented in this series.

 

The release date and price is currently unknown for this model, but rest assured we'll be smashing every pot until we've gathered enough Rupee's to buy our own.

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No friends? You can trade Pokemon with yourself - someone's done it

In order to 'catch them all' you're going to first need a friend, then that friend needs to have a similar handheld and Pokemon game title as you. If you're already failed step one, hacker Pepijn de Vos has your back.

 

 

Working for both Pokemon Red and Blue titles, this function is completed with the help of an Arduino system. The process works by you beginning the transfer yourself and storing the data in the Arduino's memory, swap your game cartridges to the desired Pokemon game and finish the trade. Think of it as some kind of time-delay data-storing mechanism.

 

If this kind of tech isn't an option for you, we suggest you start making some friends instead.

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HALO back in spotlight - Championship Series prize pool now $100k

Halo has had a massive roller-coaster ride in the past few years in regards to eSports. Starting off as the building block for large events like MLG and ACL Pro, it had majorly fallen off in recent times, however 343 Industries wants to change this. In recent news, the Halo Championship Series Season 1 finals prize pool has seen a massive improvement from $50,000 to $100,000 - thanks to the developer.

 

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Taken from Halo's official website, media director Che Chou has commented that this increase is thanks to gamer feedback and advice, stating: "One of the most important pieces of feedback we've heard is that all players - from amateur to top teams - simply want more opportunities to compete and earn more money in the HCS."

 

This prize pool increase will see the following payment structure take place:

  • First: $50,000
  • Second: $20,000
  • Third: $10,000
  • Fourth: $8,000
  • Fifth-Sixth: $4,000 each
  • Seventh-Eighth: $2,000 each

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The CS:GO ESL One Katowice teams are confirmed, including one surprise

The full 16 team list has now been confirmed for the upcoming ESL One Katowice main event, held on March 12-15 at the Spodek Arena and featuring a $250,000 prize pool.

 

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There's one underdog in the mix, this comes in the form of Australian team Vox Eminor (Voxe). Seeing limited success in the overseas scene, they've managed to topple 3DMAX, ESC Gaming and Dignitas in order to make their way into the final 16-team live event. Voxe will be joining the seven other qualifiers to play against the 8 'legends' teams who qualified through the latest DreamHack event - Winter 2014.

 

All of the action will be streamed on Twitch.TV - if you're interested in learning a little more about CS:GO and eSports, this is the place to be.

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Physics games are still cool - The Besiege Alpha is fantastic

Did you ever play Bridge Builder? I know I spend many hours of precious High School learning time teetering away, trying to build the best bridge on a budget to somehow transport my cargo across the raging chasm I was provided with.

 

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Well we're now in the 'new age', with physics games being more than a few colors and lines - in comes Besiege. You're given a tiny starting block and as many resources as you can poke a stick at, each level has a slightly different objective and almost all have these cute little knights and archers waiting to slice you up.

 

Interested? Here's more - whether you're after a more tactical approach or simply want to build something ridiculous and massive like my aptly named 'Cannon Fire' (as seen in the full story), Besiege will present you with various problem solving tasks that you must complete. Each component in your arsenal can be tweaked and tinkered with, including different turning speeds, strengths and firing orders - further adding to the depth of this indie title.

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