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Lag be gone! Riot are building their own League of Legends network

Originally reported by Kotaku, Riot Games are working on building their own network across North America and Europe to help combat and defeat lag in their popular MOBA title - League of Legends (LoL).

 

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This goes to show how big LoL has really come. These days if you're travelling into the city on a train or bus, you can often hear the youngsters going on about a penta-kill they achieved last night, or how they think Teemo is the cutest and most annoying character on the planet.

 

Read more for the full information and spiel from Riot Games.

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The 2015 Call of Duty Championship has been released - $1m first place

The Call of Duty $1 million 2015 Championship information has just been released, following their massive success during 2014.

 

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Advanced Warfare is the platform this year, seeing the finals held in Los Angeles over March 27-29. This year's tournament is sponsored by Microsoft and Xbox One, alongside the popular tournament and event conductor, MLG.

 

The online qualifiers will be run on Xbox One consoles, seeing the finals streamed live over Xbox Live and 'other networks' - likely involving Twitch TV, Azubu and YouTube streaming platforms.

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New Steam sales covers Anime related games

Today Valve announced their first Anime Games Sale through their popular gaming and messenger platform Steam.

 

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Beginning today and running through until Monday the 12th at 10AM PST, this sale features games up to 75% off - in true Steam fashion.

 

Their announcement points out that some of their largest titles on special include Agarest: Generations of War, Long Live the Queen, and Analogue: A Hate Story.

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Warhammer quest is launching January 7

Based on the Games Workshop Warhammer board game, UK indie developer Chilled Mouse have just announced their Steam release of Warhammer Quest - due to hit the e-shelves on January the 7th, 2015.

 

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The basics of this game have been described in their recently issued press release as - "Lead a party of brave adventurers through the dangerous winding dungeons of the Warhammer world in the search for wealth and glory, as players uncover and explore new settlements. In their quest for legendary weapons, players encounter enemies including evil Night Goblins, dangerous Orcs, gigantic River Trolls and hordes of the evil Skaven, hellbent on destroying the band of adventurers."

 

As with any game looking to keep its player base - You level up your heroes through battle, gaining new abilities, spells and blessings along the way as you continue on the path to become one of the Heroes of the Legend and play as various races including the Marauders, Dwarf IronBreakers, Grey Wizards and Wood Elf Waywatchers.

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Razer spearheads Open-Source Virtual Reality gaming ecosystem

CES 2015 - The Open-Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) ecosystem was announced during CES 2015, with Razer and other industry leaders hoping an open source SDK will help get more developers on the VR bandwagon. The OSVR platform will support all VR devices, including the Oculus DK 2 and Vrvana Totem headset.

 

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OSVR includes hardware and software support for the gaming industry, working with the Unreal 4 Engine, Unity 3D, for example - with hardware device plugin support from the likes of Razer, Bosch, Sixense and LeapMotion.

 

The OSVR SDK limited developer access is available now, with public release slated for Q2. The OSVR hacker dev kit, designed by Razer, will be available in June with a $199.99 MSRP - and features the HMD module.

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Mad Catz launches TRITTON Swarm wireless gaming headphones

CES 2015 - Gaming peripheral company Mad Catz launched the TRITTON Swarm wireless mobile headset, designed for use with PCs, mobile and smart devices.

 

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Swarm is a gaming headset but also can be switched as a method to receive and answer phone calls, since the headphones can be paired with two separate devices at the same time.

 

"TRITTON is known for its outstanding audio quality and we believe now is the time to further broaden the appeal of the brand," said Darren Richardson, president and CEO of Mad Catz, in a press statement. "We believe the Swarm will resonate with today's fashion conscious gamer, who typically plays across a variety of devices."

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Mad Catz launches F.R.E.Q gaming headset for Mac, Windows gamers

CES 2015 - Gaming peripheral company Mad Catz launched its F.R.E.Q. Stereo Gaming Headset, designed for Microsoft Windows PCs and Mac OS X. As part of the company's Tournament Edition range of gaming products, F.R.E.Q. was created with help from professional e-sports gamers.

 

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The padded ear cups support precision 50mm speakers and the microphone is a uni-directional Boom Mic. The headset doesn't require any drivers or complicated software, a welcome decision as many gaming peripherals ship with occasionally complicated software.

 

"Our Tournament Edition range appeals to the passionate gamer who plays at a professional level," said Darren Richardson, President and CEO of Mad Catz, in a press statement. "By focusing on quality and only the features needed to win at a competitive level, we believe the F.R.E.Q. will prove a common fixture at LAN tournaments and allow us to grow our share in the rapidly growing e-sports arena."

SteelSeries shows off Apex M800, a next-gen mechanical keyboard

CES 2015 - Gaming peripheral company SteelSeries has introduced the Apex M800, a product that the company says is the world's fastest, most customizable mechanical gaming keyboard.

 

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SteelSeries says the keyboard has 25 percent faster actuation than current mechanical gaming keyboards, able to respond to every keystroke from PC gamers. Each key has a surface-mounted LED, and colors can be customized based on each gamer's particular needs.

 

The SteelSeries Apex M800 has a $199.99 MSRP.

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Kung Lao is coming back, will be featured in Mortal Kombat X

Avid Mortal Kombat fans might have been missing the likes of Kung Lao, but never fear, Lao is coming back to complete some Fatalities and more in Mortal Kombat X.

 

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The news is coming from Mortal Kombat fansite TestYourMight, which is reporting that Lao will have three fighting forms: Tempest, Buzz Saw and Hat Trick. The Tempest form focuses on whirling spin attacks, but the Buzz Saw will see Kung Lao using his razor-lined hat. The Hat Trick on the other hand, lets gamers who are playing as Kung Lao call the hat back when they want, using it again and again.

 

Mortal Kombat X will have gamers preparing their trigger fingers on April 14, 2015.

Valve's latest feature for Steam: an in-game FPS counter

In a case of 'why didn't Valve do this sooner' the creator of Half-Life has just unveiled a new in-game FPS counter that is baked into Steam. Gamers across the world, myself included, will be loving this new feature which allows for a much easier way of keeping an eye of your frame rate in-game, without using third-party software.

 

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If you want to use the new in-game FPS counter, you're going to need to opt into the new Steam beta, something that can be done through the Steam client's settings menu. The beta of Steam is pretty damn stable these days, with options like this placed inside of Steam to play around with them before it hits the final version.

 

The in-game FPS counter is enabled by going to the in-game menu, and then clicking the box to add the in-game FPS counter - simple!

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