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An official announcement by Riot Games' League of Legends eSports management has just confirmed that Chris Badawi, "current part-owner of LCS team Team Dragon Knights (TDK) and CS team Renegades (RNG)" has been banned for one year from the LoL Championship Series (LCS) due to soliciting of players, even after warnings were issued.
Explained by 'RiotNickAllen', Badawi "solicited a player under contract with Team Liquid to join his team. After doing so he was notified by Team Liquid's owner and LCS officials that soliciting LCS players under contract was a violation of league tampering rules and could disqualify him for consideration as an owner, coach, or player." Allen went on to explain that despite the official warning, Badawi solicited yet another player, ensuring this ban would take place.
In order for his gaming team to compete in LCS over the next year, Badawi must forgive all team assets and ownership - marking himself as in no way related to his former gaming team.
Wargaming has found itself in hot water with gamers, where it partnered with Humble Bundle last month on a deal for its popular World of Warships game, which is still in beta.
At the time, the MMO developer was offering anyone who purchased the bundle access to the upcoming closed beta, a premium ship dubbed 'Murmansk' and 1,000 premium credits. Anyone who purchased the bundle would see their items carried over from the beta to the full game, but after Wargaming applied the latest patch to World of Warships, gamers have noticed that the ship, and premium credits, are gone.
Even when re-entering the code they were provided when they purchased the bundle, gamers were hit with the same brick wall: no premium ship or premium credits. Wargaming then posted a statement that the Humble Bundle deal that included the premium ship and 1,000 credits was only for the closed beta period, leaving gamers feeling like they had been bait and switched by Wargaming.
A lot of Batman: Arkham Knight PC gamers haven't had a pleasurable gaming experience during launch week, as there are a number of performance problems, bugs, and game glitches. Warner Bros. rightfully decided to temporarily suspend future sales of the PC version as the studio works to resolve issues.
Why was it the right call? Put simply, the studio had a bit of advice to PC gamers suffering issues: turn down the settings.
"We continue to work closely with AMD to resolve these issues as soon as possible; make sure you have the most current drivers and check back here for updates on when the next driver version is available," Warner Bros. said in a statement.
In the aftermath of Warner Bros pulling the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight because of it being a complete mess of a PC port, Electronic Arts' COO, Peter Moore, has come out talking about Star Wars: Battlefront.
Moore said that Electronic Arts wouldn't have a problem delaying a game if it wasn't ready, just like it did with Battlefield: Hardline. Moore said: "You can't ship it if it doesn't work or the quality isn't right. You just bite the bullet. Trust me, shipping Hardline in March was not the easiest thing to do from a business perspective, but it was the right thing to do from a player perspective".
Does that mean EA could postpone Star Wars: Battlefront? No. Moore said that the game is already "rock solid" even in huge 40-player matches, so a delay "ain't going to happen" according to Moore.
It looks like next month is going to be quite the Comic-Con, with our first glimpse at the PC version of Star Wars: Battlefront. Up until now, all of the gameplay we've seen is from the console versions of the game.
EA took to its official Twitter account for Star Wars, where they said: "Join us at the @thenerdmachine during #SDCC and try #StarWarsBattlefront on PC!". We also found out that DICE had unprecedented access to original Star Wars props and locations, allowing the studio to create the impressive visuals we've seen in Battlefront.
Mathew Everett, Community Manager for DICE, recently talked about the collaboration between DICE and Lucasfilm, where he said: "The Sullust they use within the comic is based on the Sullust we're introducing into the Star Wars universe in Star Wars Battlefront. This has been a part of the collaboration we have had with Lucas over the last few years".
He continued: "Mission maps are unique to Missions. The map count we revealed includes only Multiplayer maps from the base game (12 maps). We also have the two extra free maps that will come with the Battle of Jakku. The Battle of Jakku maps will arrive starting on December 1st or December 8th depending if you pre-ordered, which gives us 14 maps total before The Force Awakens arrives in theaters. We will reveal the full Mission map count in the near future".
Firaxis and 2K Games have shown off a new video featuring game play from XCOM 2. The following video features 10 minutes of gameplay and added commentary from XCOM 2 producer Jake Solomon. You'll learn some of the differences between XCOM: Enemy Unknown and XCOM 2:
The second game takes place 20 years after the original XCOM, with humans living under control of the successful conquerors. The XCOM serves as resistance fighters using guerrilla warfare tactics against the superior alien army. Gamers can launch attacks using new melee weapons and flying drones, while relying on a customized stealth system.
XCOM 2 will feature customized levels so every gaming experience will be unique to individual players. XCOM 2 will be a PC exclusive and is scheduled for launch this November.
During Bethesda's first ever keynote at E3, the company showed off the latest Doom video game, Fallout 4, and introduced Dishonored 2. Grabbing attention during a major press conference and keynotes are simply more effective at this year's E3 over trying to woo people to the studio's on-floor booth.
"I don't know if we'll do one next year," said Pete Hines, VP of Bethesda, in a statement to the Telegraph. "I don't know if we'll do one again. This year felt like the right time to do this kind of thing. Honestly, [this is] where my focus is: execute on this stuff that we're talking about and work with the MachineGames and Tangos and all the other studios to say 'OK, how do we do the next thing with you guys even better?' What does that look like? And how do we push ourselves forward?"
It's an honest opinion from Bethesda, as many large game companies strive for press conferences at E3 and other major events - it allows them a small windows where all of the attention is on just their products and hardware.
Warner Bros. Games has temporarily suspended sales of Batman: Arkham Knight for PC gamers, as there were just too many performance issues. To help get things fast-tracked, it looks like NVIDIA is going to help the game studio identify what's going wrong.
"We are working with WB Games and the development teams to address the performance issues of the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight," NVIDIA confirmed. "We have made our QA and engineering resources available will provide updates when they are available."
Meanwhile, Warner Bros. offered a public apology related to performance issues: "We want to apologize to those of you who are experiencing performance issues with Batman: Arkham Knight on PC. We take these issues very seriously and have therefore decided to suspend future game sales of the PC version while we work to address these issues to satisfy our quality standards."
Gamers who purchased a GeForce GTX 970 or 980 qualified to receive a free copy of the game, and NVIDIA also promoted graphical enhancements for Batman: Arkham Knight - so it makes sense the GPU manufacturer wants to sort things out.
Nintendo has announced that Splatoon, a colorful squid-based game for the Wii U game console, has topped 1 million copies sold worldwide. The multiplayer version of the game features four players competing as the squids try to spray ink in the digital world.
There were 476,000 physical and digital units sold in the Americas, at least 368,000 units sold in Japan, and more than 230,000 units sold in Europe - along with 20,000 units moved in Australia and New Zealand.
"Ever since Splatoon launched on May 29 in the United States, we've seen thousands of people go online to have fun in this colorful, chaotic competition," said Reggie Fils-Aime, company president of America at Nintendo, in a public statement. "This milestone puts us in a nice position as we prepare to launch 11 more exclusive Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games before the end of the year, plus amiibo, digital offerings and games from our third-party partners."
Bethesda will hook a fanatical gamer up with a copy of Fallout 4 after he mailed over 11 pounds of bottle caps to the studio. It turns out the Fallout team over at Bethesda do have a great sense of humor!
"He told me since I was the first person to do this, I would be receiving a copy of the game this November, and that he would be running my caps over to deposit them at the People's Bank of Point Lookout," GatorMacheteJr said in an update. In case you forgot, the People's Bank of Point Lookout is a pre-apocalyptic bank that was in Point Lookout Fallout 3 add-on.