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TheDW profiled Wawa’s Boot Camp and is back with an update. Their website is now live, and you can check it out here. Didn’t catch our original story or need a refresher? Read “Wawa Your Way To The Top With A Boot Camp Bringing Pros And Players Together” and get educated.
Esports Industry Awards finalists for “esports team of the year” are as follows:
- Call of Duty: OpTic Gaming and Team EnVyUs.
- CS:GO: Astralis and Dynasty Gaming Female
- Dota 2: OG and Team Liquid.
- Heroes of the Storm: L5.
- League of Legends: SK Telecom T1.
- Overwatch: Lunatic-Hai.
- Rainbow Six: Penta Sports.
Nick Allen is MSG Esports’ new vice president. “As MSG’s vice president of Esports, Mr. Allen will be responsible for driving the company’s efforts to expand its presence in the esports industry, with a primary focus on operating Counter Logic Gaming (CLG), MSG’s newly acquired esports franchise,” the press release reads.
The plot thickens. It looks like Golf will unlock for Nintendo Switchs on the date of late Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata’s death. “A Joy-Con-enabled ‘secret handshake,’ in his words, unlocked something on July 11th on the Switch’s home screen. And the motion laid out in the code’s numbers, he said, appeared to match Iwata’s famous Nintendo Direct gesture,” Cecilia D’Anastasio at Kotaku reports.
Bring out ye dead. “Nintendo made multiple copyright strikes against the well known ROM hacker who most recently revealed Super Mario 64 Online. One of the copyright strikes took out his Patreon account,” Polygon’s Owen S. Good reports. “Several — but not all — videos of his Super Mario 64 creations were taken down from YouTube.”
Magid is back with more good news for the esports industry. “Esports awareness and viewership are on the rise—up 20 percent since 2013—according to Magid Associates,” AListDaily’s H.B. Duran writes. “Over the past six months, 52 percent of core esports viewers have watched more esports content than the previous six months … Nearly half (46 percent) of those surveyed expect to spend even more time watching esports over the next six months.”
Xbox’s original fatty controller, Duke, is coming back to life. “Microsoft has approved Hyperkin’s updated remake of the original Xbox controller, and it is rolling into the next phase of production before the device launches for Xbox One and PC,” VentureBeat’s Jeff Grubb reports. “Microsoft first debuted the Duke, which was never its official name, alongside the Xbox in 2001.”
Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite esports is a go. Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite — Battle of the Stones will be held in Anaheim Dec. 8, Engadget’s Swapna Krishna reports.
Blizzard promises better things to come after the American Heroes of the Storm playoffs went poorly. PC Gamer’s Andy Chalk writes that “‘Over the course of the event, playoff venues experienced multiple DDoS attacks and equipment malfunctions that disrupted the tournament’ … ‘We want to be clear that the resulting experience this past weekend was not acceptable, and we sincerely apologize to the competitors who were adversely affected.’”
Shinnnyyy. Newly-promoted Phil Spencer hyped Xbox One X’s upcoming release be posting a picture of the consoles coming off a production line. “Great to have @panos_panay and team in the factory checking ship ready Xbox One X’s coming off the line. Looking good for November 7th.”
Players are cranky over microtransactions and 2K Games is reconsidering virtual currency costs in response. “A backlash against the price of certain things that use the virtual currency has forced 2K Games to reconsider the costs,” Game Informer’s Imran Khan reports.
One Special Day will be supported by some hefty companies this year. SpecialEffect’s charity sees participating game developers donate 100% of their United Kingdom revenue for 24 hours. Companies signed on include “Supercell, EA, Rovio, Zynga, Nordeus, Space Ape Games, Glu Mobile, Remedy Entertainment” and a lot more, GamesIndustry.biz’s Haydn Taylor reports.
The Federal Trade Commission explained disclosure rules on Twitter yesterday to better help people understand what you can and can’t do in the wake of the CSGOLotto case, Gamasutra’s Alex Wawro writes.