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Weekend in review:
If you missed The PlayStation Experience over the weekend, Engadget’s Jessica Conditt has the whole shebang.
Call of Duty’s World League event in Dallas, Texas evacuated Friday due to a bomb scare and then again Sunday. “The Dallas Convention Center was evacuated thanks to a security guard who noticed that someone was carrying a backpack that looked like it had dynamite in it,” Unikrn’s Dustin Steiner reports.
Congratulations to Team Kaliber on winning the CWL Dallas Open. Splyce came in 2nd and OpTic Gaming in 3rd.
Sony spent the most on TV ads for the third month in a row, VentureBeat’s Eleanor Semeraro reports. “The gaming industry increased its TV advertising spending to an estimated $118.5 million in November from October’s $102.3 million … PlayStation snagged first place with an estimated $52.2 million spent on placing 16 spots that ran 5,200 times and racked up 1.9 billion TV ad impressions.”
Six weeks later, Call of Duty: WWII is still the “best-selling game in the UK,” James Batchelor at GamesIndustry.biz writes. “COD: WW2 has enjoyed the longest consecutive run as UK No.1 since Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 back in 2015. The game also managed to sell 76% more copies than FIFA 18 at No.2.”
Boss Key Co-founder Arjan Brussee left the company to join Epic Games, GameSpot’s Eddie Makuch reports. “There is no word as of yet regarding who may take over for Brussee in that role at Boss Key.”
Bethesda’s Pete Hines gave some insights into the company’s strategy in regard to “single player, VR and the Switch,” Rolling Stone’s Brian Crecente reports. Here’s a snippet: “Virtual reality, Hines says, is something the company has been looking at for awhile, something he calls a good fit for many of their games. ‘The decision needs to come from our studios, though,’ he says. ‘It’s more about what do they want to do? What’s a good fit?’”
Steam’s Curator Connect system is live. “Curator Connect aims to introduce a handful of changes to Steam’s existing curator system and ultimately make it more useful for curators and game developers,” Gamasutra’s Alissa McAloon reports.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ Xbox One controller layout is here.
“Ready Player One” has a new trailer out loaded with gaming cameos. Kotaku’s Brian Ashcraft has the full list, including characters like Overwatch’s Tracer and Tomb Raider’s Lara Croft.
The Witcher on Netflix will be written by “Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, who’s written Daredevil, The Defenders, and the Starz series Powers,” Game Informer’s Suriel Vazquez writes.
Congratulations to Jonathan “Cloud805″ Morales on winning Marvel V. Capcom: Infinite’s Battle For The Stones tournament over the weekend. Cloud805 defeated Christopher “NYChrisG” Gonzalez 3-2 to take home the top spot.
Congratulations to Saul “MenaRD” Mena on winning Capcom Cup. He defeated Taniguchi “Tokido” Hajime to take home $250,000.