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IN THE NEWS
Say goodbye to Game Show Network’s David Goldhill. He has been with GSN for a decade, VentureBeat’s Dean Takahashi reports, and will stick around until a suitable replacement is found.
GSN is best known for casino- and cash-style games like Wheel of Fortune Slots and Solitaire Rush.
Team Liquid and Twitch will continue their video partnership that started in 2011, they announced Wednesday.
Co-CEO of Team Liquid, Steve Arhancet, had this to say in a press release to GamesBeat: “Before many other brands came on board, Twitch’s commitment to esports in the early days helped create the spectator generation of gamers … Everyone at Team Liquid is psyched to partner with Twitch again in a much more comprehensive manner.”
People are fighting over the KKK in a Japanese RPG. A localization specialist wants his name removed from the credits of Japanese studio Acquire’s game, Akiba’s Beat, because he doesn’t “think it’s right to make any change, no matter how minor, for the purpose of ‘sanitizing’ a game.” Kotaku’s Cecilia D’Anastasio has more on the somewhat convoluted dust-up.
Riot is tweaking certain aspects of Patch 7.9 before it goes live. Dot Esports’ Aaron Mickunas has a full list of the changes being made to the changes, and why. Some aspects being scaled back include Rift Herald, Adaptive Helm, Gargoyle Stoneplate and Ancient Coin.
Mid-Season Invitational 2017‘s play-in stage starts tomorrow.
Marc “Tryndamere” Merrill whipped up quite a frenzy Wednesday with an early-morning tweet featuring League of Legends character Graves — and something we haven’t seen him with in awhile.
— Tryndamere (@MarcMerrill) April 26, 2017
Graves was introduced in October 2011, and with him came his favorite cigar. He later lost his cigar to the censorship gods two years ago, which caused a lot of controversy in the process. Merrill’s wordless tweet, featuring only a heart, has caused speculation to run rampant on Twitter and Reddit.
Team Liquid signed a new Academy team Wednesday, according to Yahoo Esports’ Zorine Te. Team members include Omran “Viper” Shoura; Ryan “ShorterACE” Nget; Andrew “Slooshi” Pham; Tristan “Cake” Cote-Lalumiere and Kenneth “ExecutionerKen” Tang.
Akshon Esports uploaded a “The Best In The West” video to YouTube featuring highlights from the Rogue vs. Team EnVyUs matchup in the Rumble Finals. This was the last North American tournament before the spring, when OGN’s Overwatch APEX starts in South Korea.
LuxuryWatch Blue released its official roster poster.
Season 2 of Overwatch Chicago starts today. Jade faces off against Sapphire at 7:00 p.m. CST, followed by Onyx vs. Ruby at 8:30 p.m. CST at the Ignite Gaming Lounge in Chicago. You can watch it all live from Overwatch Chicago’s Twitch channel.
Reddit has compiled statistics to dig through as the Kiev Majors 2017 continue.
Matches today include Digital Chaos vs. Vici Gaming J and Virtus.Pro vs. iG Vitality.
PlayStation and Xbox have released their free games for May.
- Tales from the Borderlands, PS4
- Abzu, PS4 (US Only)
- Alienation, PS$ (EU Only)
- Blood Knights, PS3
- Port Royale 3: Pirates and Merchants, PS3
- Laser Disco Defenders, PS Vita (Cross Buy with PS4)
- Type:Rider, PS Vita (Cross Buy on PS4)
- Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams – Director’s Cut, Xbox One
- Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, Xbox One
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II, Xbox 360 & Xbox One
- LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga, Xbox 360 & Xbox One
The trailer features 2 action-packed minutes of explosions, war and chaos. It teases a closed Beta at the end for anyone who pre-orders the game.
Pre-orders come with 4 options: Digital Deluxe Edition ($99.99 + a season pass), Digital Standard Edition ($59.99), Standard Edition ($59.99) and Pro Edition (season pass, SteelBook and additional bonus content). Oddly, the Pro Edition doesn’t lead to a specific page for any of the platforms, nor does it give an immediate price.
MASTER CHIEF IS BACK! 343 Industries did an interview with GamesTM magazine, and revealed that Halo 6 will focus primarily on our favorite protagonist. “Doubling down on Master Chief’s story and the amount of focus on him was probably the easiest learning from Halo 5,” 343’s Frank O’Connor said, according to Polygon’s Owen S. Good.
Dawn of Andromeda goes live on Steam May 4 for $24.99, according to Dark Side Of Gaming’s John Papadopoulos.
“Dawn of Andromeda is a real-time 4x space game, allowing players to take the reins of one of many civilizations and guide it through the myriad of dangers hiding in the galaxy,” Papadopoulos writes.Not familiar with the game? Check out Iceberg Interactive’s trailer.
Remember those infuriating puzzle games, Myst and its sequel, Riven? Now, if you so choose, you can play Riven on Google and Android phones.
“Spokane, Wash.-based Cyan, the creator of the Myst series, teamed with Saskatoon, Canada-based Noodlecake Studios to bring the classic adventure-puzzle titles Riven and RealMyst to smartphones,” Dean Takahashi at VentureBeat reports. “RealMyst (a real-time 3D version of Myst that debuted in 2000) released in January for $7, and Riven is out as a $7 premium title as well.”
GamesBeat Summit 2017 starts in 4 days in Berkeley, Calif., May 1-2.
HavenCon 2017 kicks off tomorrow in Austin, Texas.
PlayStation DevCon 2017 starts May 2 in Coronado, Calif.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Don’t hack games, unless you have an urge to be like Adam Mudd. Mudd, now 20, was just sentenced to two years in prison in the United Kingdom for creating a DDoS (distributed denial of service) application that allowed paying users to engage in DoS attacks when he was a teenager.
Titanium Stresser, according to PCGamer’s Wes Fenlon, “was used by others in more than 1.7 million denial-of-service attacks against victims worldwide, with most countries in the world affected at some point.”
“Mudd plead guilty to a charge of ‘committing unauthorized acts with intent to impair the operation of computers,’ a charge of ‘making, supplying, or offering to supply an article for use in an offense contrary to the Computer Misuse Act,’ and a charge of of concealing criminal property,” Fenlon reports.
Na na na na na na na na BATMAN: Arkham VR is now available “on Steam for Vive and Oculus Rift,” Destructoid’s Jordan Devore reports.
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