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Weekend in review
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congratulations to Gale Force eSports on winning the Rocket League Championship Series Season 4 World Championship in Washington, D.C. Sunday. They defeated Method 4-0 to secure the top spot and $55,000. Cloud9 came in 3rd and G2 Esports in 4th.
The Daily Walkthrough was at the MGM for all the action and went behind the scenes with Psyonix staff to learn more about putting on the 3-day event.
Here’s a snippet of the story, “Behind The Scenes Of The Rocket League World Championship“: “‘We had a little bit of a merchandise mishap,’ Watson laughed. ‘We had to scramble to get some replacements. That was, uh, fun. We opened up a few boxes and realized…’”
Xbox One X sold over 80,000 units in the United Kingdom, GamesIndustry.biz’s Christopher Dring reports. “Microsoft’s new super-powered console has sold as many units in its first week as Nintendo Switch did in March.”
Well, that didn’t go as well as expected. EA now claims the title of most downvoted comment ever on Reddit “at -87,000 and climbing,” Venture Beat’s Mike Minotti reports.
Korean e-Sports Association has been raided by the police. Akshon Esports’ David Lee reports that “Ex-Chairman Byeong-Heon Jeon was subject to bribery charges in which he allegedly accepted 300 million KRW (~ $270,000 USD) from a home-shopping branch of Korean mega-corporation, Lotte Group.”
Check this out. TheDominoKing used 148,777 dominoes to create a pretty astounding Super Mario Odyssey setup, Game Informer’s Elise Favis writes. “The nearly five minute video shows the entire setup. Each part is recorded individually and it’s then all edited together to give the impression of continuity between each set.”
Nintendo is upping Switch production for 2018, The Wall Street Journal’s Takashi Mochizuki reports. “The Kyoto-based company is sketching out a plan to make 25 million to 30 million units of the Switch in its next fiscal year, which begins April 2018, and has begun informing business partners about it.”
Zynga has a lot going on. “The company reported its second consecutive quarter of net income, the first time it has done so since going public in 2011,” Venture Beat’s Dean Takahashi writes. He interviewed Zynga CEO Frank Gibeau about what to expect from the company going forward. Here’s a snippet: “One thing that drove that is we released a social dictionary, which includes 50,000 new words. They’ve been played 33 million times since we…”
Razer has $500 million more to play with thanks to a successful IPO in Hong Kong, CNBC’s Cheang Ming reports. “The company, backed by Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing, pricedits initial public offering at HK$3.88 ($0.50) a share, it said in a filing on Friday. The company said it raised around HK$3.9 billion ($500 million) from the 1.06 billion primary shares offered.”
“Our entire team is working around the clock, and we would like to share our current status update,” Sledgehammer Games said of its Call of Duty: WWII launch. “Its release was not totally smooth, with players reporting online and multiplayer issues. In a blog post today, developer Sledgehammer thanked fans for their support,” GameSpot’s Eddie Makuch reports.
On that note, Call of Duty put out a Veterans Day video sharing stories “from WWII veterans on the unbreakable bonds they formed during the crucible of combat.”
Dating someone famous can be difficult for a lot of reasons. PC Gamer’s Luke Winkie interviewed D’Angelo Taylor, Zoie Burgher’s boyfriend, to get the inside scoop.
Here’s a portion: “D’Angelo Taylor is not part of that world. He’s a crane operator and a single dad, and while he once had a brief dalliance with competitive Call of Duty, his awareness of the volatile, still-malleable notion of ‘videogame fame’ was tenuous at best.”
FaZe Clan acquired Gorilla Core Esports’ PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds team, according to Dot Esports’ Scott Duwe. Players include Max “MeTor” Lion, Anssi “mxey” Pekkonen, Jere “Jembty” Kauppinen and Adrian “Haxete” Blom.
Death Knight Hero cards are leaving Hearthstone’s Arena tomorrow.