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With the total eSports revenues of 2014 said to equal $194 million, Newzoo's latest report claims that this figure will climb to a massive $465 million in 2017.
This report was conducted in conjunction with Repucom, a sports market research company. Their findings also state that the number of eSports enthusiasts is likely to climb from 89 million as seen in 2014 to 145 million in 2017 - with another 190 million said to be included as casual viewers. Relating this to the general (public) sporting field, this means that eSports will generate a similar fan base to the traditional sports of Volleyball, American Football and Ice Hockey.
ESL is one of the largest names in the eSports world, conducting numerous tournaments spanning many different titles each year - seeing tens of thousands of live spectators and hundreds of thousands of online fans watching their every move. Their global managing director, Heinrich Zetlmayer, is excited by this news, stating "Reading through the first, most extensive and comprehensive report that puts some realistic numbers on the esports industry was a pleasure. Especially the comparison to traditional sports is a valuable insight that will help everyone understand better what this business is about and the potential it has."
Project Cars has been delayed again, with Slightly Mad Studios announcing that it will be missing its March 17 release for an April 2 release on Steam for the PC, and April 7 on the PS4 and Xbox One. In Europe however, it will release on all three platforms on April 2.
The simulation racer was meant to launch last November, but it was pushed out to March 17, and now to April 2. The latest delay to the game has come from "final adjustments in the game that are required to provide fans with the best gaming experience they can have" according to publisher Bandai Namco.
Slightly Mad Studios' boss, Ian Bell, explains: "Moving the release date was not an easy decision to make, as we know our fans are eager to get their hands-on on Project Cars. But we know that these extra days will allow us to provide the best game experience that our fans deserve. We assure you the wait will be worth it when the game does arrive early April".
Ready at Dawn is on the verge of releasing its PlayStation 4 exclusive The Order: 1886, but the Internet has been on fire in regards to the games length. One YouTuber has finished the game as quick as possible, clocking it in under five hours, even with countless cutscenes.
The developer has gone into defensive mode, with its Chief Technical Officer Andrea Passino saying that he would not respond to "clickbait rumors about game length" even though the YouTube video in question was taken down quite quickly. Pessino has been quoted as saying "at a normal pace and difficulty level, you can finish the game in a window between eight and ten hours".
Considering that gamers who have gotten their hands-on The Order: 1886 early have said that the game is half filled with cutscenes, which you can't skip, and there are countless quick time events (QTEs), the five-hour runtime seems extremely short. With it being a singleplayer title, there's next to no replayabality, which is a real downer for the game and its five-hour playthrough.
Motorcycle riding Halo fans better put some money aside, as toy-maker NECA is preparing a helmet designed around the look of Master Chief's helmet from Halo.
The Halo inspired helmet is inspired in many ways from the popular Xbox franchise, with the front air intakes preventing fogging, while the rear exhaust vents will keep your head nice and cool, and comfortable. There's also a reflective shield with UV protection, as well as a removable top and cheek pads.
NECA began showing off its Halo helmet back in June 2014, but now we're getting closer to it being available. The new Halo helmet will be ready in July, after it is approved by the Department of Transportation in the United States.
Rise of the Tomb Raider will have a totally different look to the reboot of Tomb Raider from Crystal Dynamics, with Tomb Raider's previous Art Director taking the position of Game Director for its sequel.
Brian Horton, the new Game Director for Rise of the Tomb Raider has reiterated the importance of a new look to the environment, where in Rise of the Tomb Raider, Lara Croft will venture out to Russia. Croft will be exploring a lost city, looking for answers about the immortal soul, with the new environment including various new challenges, and enemies.
Horton talked with Game Informer, where he said: "The concept art pieces that we do, generally have to accomplish a couple different things. They have to provide a sense of composition. You look at it and you go, 'Oh, I know where I am supposed to be looking. That is really interesting. I can't wait to get over there.' You create that interest through lighting, through complimentary color schemes, things you can say like I am in a very cold place or there is a warm light, or vice versa".
To be conducted on HLTV, professional CS:GO player Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom has been surrounded by quite a whirlwind of drama as of late and thus will be answering questions from the public surrounding his thoughts on recent happenings and future plans.
After former teammate Robin "GMX" Stahmer let loose that his old team had been part of match-fixing, Benrlitom and his squad were suspended from the gaming organization. This was followed by another Stahmer statement, claiming that Benrlitom had nothing to do with this match-fixing scandal. Finally, all of Benrlitom's teammates were handed life-time bans by Valve after being found guilty of match-fixing - leaving this poor man in the center of a big mess.
Benrlitom has made no public comment on his plans for the future, alongside not releasing many thoughts on the situation. In order to let the public in on his thoughts and future prospects, HLTV will be running an 'Ask Me Anything' (AMA) this coming Thursday - where members of the public can ask of him what they wish, directly. All questions will be taken from comments this article, so we suggest you get posting if there's something you wish to know.
If you thought your mom was cool during school, they probably weren't as cool as a mom in the UK that turned up to her kids' school in an Americanized cop car in the style of the Need for Speed game.
Rachel Sims purchased the car after the game promoters were finished with it, and while she has been pulled over by the real police in it, they gave her permission to continue driving it around. Sims' three children, aged 15, 12 and eight, now get to ride to and from school everyday in this Need for Speed cop car, which is damn cool.
Marion Cotillard, an Oscar-winning actress, will be joining Michael Fassbender for the Assassin's Creed movie according to Deadline.
Deadline has also reported that if the first Assassin's Creed movie is successful and doesn't require a day one patch, that the actors have signed on for multiple films. It was only late last week that Ubisoft boss Yves Guillemot confirmed the movie with New Regency, with a release date of December 21, 2016.
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.
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.
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.
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.