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Activision Blizzard and Google have announced a multi-year strategic relationship that will see Google Cloud services as the preferred provider for Activision Blizzard's game hosting infrastructure. YouTube will act as the exclusive streaming partner globally, excluding China, for live broadcasts of Activision Blizzard's popular eSports leagues and events.  Activision Blizzard says that it sought a partner to help enhance its gaming infrastructure while delivering superior, low-latency player experiences. It says it turned to Google Cloud because of its highly reliable global footprint, advanced data analytics, and AI capabilities. Benefits for players under the new arrangement include low... Read more...
The office can be a dangerous place. Forget about office politics, have you ever stubbed a toe on a file cabinet, threw out your back restocking the water cooler, or been attacked by a spinning chair? Our condolences if you answered "yes" to all three. Before you dismiss the latter as an actual workplace hazard, however, a clip of a murderous chair in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, should serve as a cautionary tale. Okay, maybe office chairs have never spun so hard that they actually killed someone (I don't have any stats on this). However, a user on Reddit discovered a hilarious glitch in which two spinning chairs inside the hotel of the St. Petrograd map can mortally wound players. Just colliding... Read more...
The release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s battle royale mode may be just around the corner. The mode has not officially been confirmed, but its map has reportedly been found. A redditor used a glitch to explore Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s upcoming battle royale map. u/KingBeezoR discovered a glitch during a private match on the map “Vacant”. Once the game had started, u/KingBeezoR was able to use the spectate feature to wander around the map. They were able to explore far beyond Vacant’s typically boundaries. The map is not fully rendered, but u/KingBeezoR was still able to explore a variety of areas. Their explorations included “Gulag”, a 1v1... Read more...
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare players have complained about a variety of issues with the game since its launch in August. One thing that players have been upset about is the absence of kill-death ratios during most matches. The good news is, Modern Warfare is now selling a cosmetic pack that includes a watch which shows a player’s stats. Unfortunately, the cosmetic pack rings in at a steep $20 USD and it feels like an obvious money grab. Players have typically been able to view their assists, deaths, and kills during matches in previous Call of Duty games. This feature helped players monitor their stats and adjust their gameplay style accordingly. In most standard modes, Modern Warfare’s... Read more...
At long last, Blizzard finally announced a "supercharged sequel" to Overwatch during BlizzCon 2019 (along with Diablo IV, in case you missed the news). Overwatch 2, the next installment of the developer's hugely popular first person hero shooter, will build upon the original's game foundation of player versus player (PvP) competition, but will also include a new 6v6 PvP mode, along with "a tone of PvE content." "With Overwatch 2, we’re building the cooperative, narrative-driven game experience that players have been asking for since the original—and that we’ve wanted to make for a long time," said J. Allen Brack, president of Blizzard Entertainment. "We’re looking forward... Read more...
The highly anticipated Call of Duty: Modern Warfare reboot is off to a fast start. According to an announcement sent out by Activision, Modern Warfare has sold more units in its first three days than any other Call of Duty game sold in the same time frame within "this console generation." It is also the top-selling premium game release of 2019, with over $600 million in sales in just three days. "Call of Duty is once again the top selling new premium game of the year, proving the enduring nature of the franchise across console, PC, mobile, and esports," said Bobby Kotick, Activision Blizzard’s Chief Executive Officer. "In its first three days of release, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare more... Read more...
It has been an interesting week for Blizzard Activision, to say the least. The developer-slash-publisher found itself in the midst of a viral hellstorm after deciding to issue a one-year suspension to professional Hearthstone player Chung "Blitzchung" Ng Wai, in apparent reaction to him voicing support for Hong Kong protestors during an official tournament livestream. According to Blizzard, however, its relationship with China had nothing to do with the penalty. In addition to the one-year suspension, Blizzard also initially decided Blitzchung was not eligible for the $10,000 tournament prize he had won. What sparked all this was Blitzchung saying, "LIberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times,"... Read more...
Activision Blizzard (just Blizzard from here on out) finds itself mired in controversy after suspending Chung "Blitzchung" Ng Wai, a professional esports player, for one year and forcing him to forfeit a $10,000 prize he had one in the Hearthstone Asia-Pacific Grandmasters Tournament. His suspendable offense was voicing support for pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, during a livestream. "Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times," Blitzchung said while donning a gas mask and goggles. Playing remotely from Hong Kong, the 21-year old esports player had just won $10,000 and was being interviewed after the match when he made the comment. Blizzard stripped him of his Grandmaster prize earnings,... Read more...
Developer Infinity Ward is planning to reveal details about cross-platform play in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, during a livestream event today. It will also be sharing information about what is to come in the second weekend of the beta. Incidentally, that is also when the beta will extend beyond the PlayStation 4 to include Early Access on the Xbox One and PC. Cross-play support in Modern Warfare is a highly anticipated feature, and one that is long overdue—no previous Call of Duty game allows players on one platform to play against competitors on another platform. The livestream is also set to be the first official look at cross-play in Modern Warfare, assuming we get to see it in action.... Read more...
There has been a rumor that Overwatch would be heading to the Switch, and during the recent Nintendo Direct broadcast, it was confirmed to be true. Overwatch Legendary Edition is in fact bound for the Switch, arriving on the hybrid game console on October 15 in North America. Eager fans can preorder the game now. "Become the vibrant, powerful heroes of Overwatch! Line up the perfect shot using Nintendo Switch’s built-in gyroscopic motion controls, or engage the opposing team with the analog control sticks," Nintendo says. Switch players will be able to hop in and have access to 31 heroes on 28 maps. But it is the motion controls that could potentially set the Overwatch experience on the... Read more...
It was 15 years ago when World of Warcraft first stormed the scene, and rather than look back fondly at the game's early days, developer Blizzard went and released a World of Warcraft Classic. It has proven to be quite the popular decision. Gamers have flocked to the classic MMORPG, and in short order, are already hitting the level cap at 60. What makes this feat remarkable is how quickly the players have risen. WoW Classic just launched last Tuesday, and now less than a week later, hundreds of players have reached level 60. The first to do it was Jokerd, a 22-year-old streamer from Malta. He created a gnome mage and ranked up to level 60 in just 3 days, 20 hours, and 40 minutes, in front of... Read more...
There is reason to believe Blizzard Entertainment may be prepping a port of Overwatch over to the Nintendo Switch, and soon. Otherwise, the recent discovery of a short-lived listing on Amazon for an Overwatched-themed case for the Switch makes little sense, especially if, as the listing claimed, it's a licensed product. Nothing has been confirmed, but according to the listing (which has since been yanked offline), the case sports the following features... Sturdy outer shell with rubberized handle and durable dual zipper pulls Molded interior fits Console in handheld mode, and features felt lining plus zippered mesh storage Built-in padded screen-protector flap includes storage for nine game cards... Read more...
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will not launch until the end of October, but many gamers are already enjoying the alpha. As with all alpha and beta launches, there are already a slew of problems and new features. The developers of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare just released new maps and are looking into a variety of issues. The alpha for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare launched this past Thursday and gamers are able to test out “Gunfight mode”, or a 2v2 mode where players and a teammate are tasked with eliminating another duo. The first team to win five rounds is victorious. The alpha launched with three small maps dubbed “Speedball”, “King”, and “Pine”.... Read more...
For lots of gamers out there, after the fun of competition in single-player modes of games like StarCraft II wanes, it's time to break out some cheats and get down to dominating that AI. StarCraft II players have a slew of cheats to enjoy that they might not be aware of, so a complete list of all those cheats is presented below. Some warnings go along with the cheats, namely once you break out the cheats, you will get no accomplishments for that campaign. The only way to get back to earning achievements is to start a new campaign or restore your campaign to a time before you used a cheat. The cheats will not work in multiplayer modes, so players don't have to worry about a cheater ruining their... Read more...
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