Weekly News Digest #7

Apr 14 2019 9 min read

Weekly News Digest #7 ⚡⚡⚡ Esports and gaming news, analytics, reviews on WePlay! The latest news on WePlay!

Whether you are an esports enthusiast or a simple humble gamer, the past week was full of major and minor news you might be interested in. There’s a been a lot happening, and we managed to include the hottest topics in our weekly news digest. 

Since this is a lengthy article, we’ve included handy interactive contents for you to enjoy. Click on the topic you feel most attached to – and have fun!

Sony has finally made a move that is likely to make many PlayStation players happy – you can now change you PSN nickname! While the feature costs $9.99 (or $4.99 with an active PS Plus membership), the first change is completely free. In less joyful news, a strict father, dissatisfied with his son’s grades at school, made the boy destroy his PS4 console while filming the whole scene on camera. Groovy.

According to the recent reports, Microsoft is planning to launch a new subscription-based feature, which is rumoured to combine Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass. Tentatively called Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, the feature is going to cost $14.99 a month. The announcement is expected on the same day Xbox One S All-Digital releases, although we might hear the first details during the nearest Inside Xbox event.

Todd Howard, the head of Bethesda Game Studios, has shared his thoughts in regards to the performance of Fallout 76. We all know that the game had a turbulent launch and was surrounded by criticism and controversies, but Howard believes that the game did, quote, “very, very well.” While this om Bethesda, look at what Activision Blizzard is doing. The company pays its employees for detailed pregnancy data.

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It was a busy week for competitive Dota 2, and we had a lot to cover. Tigers had to leave OGA Dota PIT Minor after losing to WarriorsGaming.Unity in Southeast Asia, while Ninjas in Pyjamas and Alliance took the seventh and eighth places at OGA Dota PIT Minor in Europe. Two latter teams – along with Gambit Esportswithdrew from ESL One Mumbai to focus on the aforementioned Minor and Dota 2 Pro Circuit. Finally, Team Secret got a direct invite to ESL Birmingham 2019 being the last announced squad, and Na’Vi will perform at ESL One Mumbai without the team’s support player.

Regarding CS:GO, we have the champions of the StarSeries i-League Season 7Natus Vincere defeated their opponents from Fnatic in the finals winning all the three maps in a row. Na’Vi went home with $250,000 in their pockets while Fnatic had to condone with a “pathetic” sum of $80,000. These are normal amounts of money for such a well-established esports discipline, but on the note of less established ones, the 100 Thieves team has announced its updated line-up for Apex Legends.

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Perhaps, the most anticipated summer event for a common gamer is E3 2019 – the annual gaming convention dedicated to all sorts of interactive entertainment from various publishers and developers. We’ve compiled a thorough guide so that you don’t have to search for any information in regards to the event yourself – all the major livestreams, confirmed games, possible rumours, etc.

Another huge event is, of course, The International 2019, which will be held this summer in Shanghai, China. Just recently, we’ve learned that Valve delayed the tickets sale for the event due to the doubtful reputation of the chosen reseller, Damai.com. The platform is associated with scammers, and Valve decided to protect the fans of the event from the possible fraud.

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Bethesda has recently released its latest title in The Elder Scrolls franchise – TES Blades, which is a mobile game, unfortunately. A couple of weeks ago the game launched in closed testing with random invites, although about a week ago the title became available all over the world for the owners of iOS and Android devices. The Elder Scrolls: Blades is a free-to-play game and has several game modes.

While some of you might think that Bethesda is mocking TES fans, it is worth reminding that the proper continuation of the series – The Elder Scrolls 6 – is currently in production. Still, there’re some players who have never played TES games before – and our journalist Max is one of those. He’s shared his impressions in regards to The Elder Scrolls: Blades. Spoiler – he didn’t like the game.

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We’ve waited for too long for this, but Borderlands is finally back, although the official announcement of Borderlands 3 had a negative impact on the PC community. The long-awaited triquel is going to be a timed exclusive for Epic Games Store before eventually hitting Steam next year, and the devoted Steam users executed a negative review attack on the previous games of the series currently available on the platform. Luckily, Valve has parried the attack with its new system.

In other news regarding Borderlands 3, we’ve learned that Troy Baker, who’s portrayed the role of Rhys in Tales from the Borderlands, is not coming back for the triquel. Baker was disappointed that Gearbox didn’t reach him in advance, and he only learned about the return of Rhys when he saw the announcement trailer. Interestingly, the trailer was used for research to find out that we’ll be able to customize Moze’s mech with various guns.

Borderlands Game of the Year Enhanced was among other titles announced along Borderlands 3, and the remaster is already available worldwide. Unfortunately, the game suffered from connectivity problems, which prevented many gamers from playing online with their friends.

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This week we’ve seen various news and rumours regarding several huge franchises belonging to Ubisoft. First of all, the company might’ve already hinted at the possible historical setting of the next chapter in the Assassin’s Creed series. If there’s any credence to the Easter egg found in The Division 2, Assassin’s Creed will move to the Vikings Age next. We do hope that laser raptors will be mentioned in the game at some point for the sake of memes.

Another rumour touches upon the possible setting of Watch Dogs 3. The game should already be in production, and recently, Kotaku has briefly reiterated and confirmed that the events of the game will take place in London. New Splinter Cell might also be close to the official announcement, as Yves Guillemot has hinted at the potential comeback of the series.

Finally, recently released The Division 2 is getting its own Public Test Server, which is expected to release in UPlay as a separate client sometime next week. PC players will participate in the testing of the next major update simply called Title Update 3. It will add the very first endgame raid to the game.

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The release of Mortal Kombat 11 is getting closer, and NetherRealm is throwing at us more video content related to the game than ever before. Recently, the developers have revealed another new character for the game – four-handed Kollektor who’s already been claimed the successor of Reptile. Moreover, we get to see the reimagined set of Erron Black’s abilities and moves. On a separate note, D’Vorah also got some new moves and became even more powerful and dynamic.

Perhaps, the most exciting news is the official confirmation of Kitana’s return. This dangerous fan-wielding lady was first revealed in a bloodless family-friendly TV spot, but we did get a proper look at her violent combat style in the reveal trailer that followed later. And yes, she did perform an impressive Fatality.

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Epic Games has recently held Fortnite World Cup Warmup in early summer. What made it special was the possibility for every player from around the globe to participate in it – given they’ve reached the sixth division in Arena mode. The event had a $500,000 prize pool, and the winners also got direct invites to the qualifiers for the World Championship that have already started.

It’s been announced that Fortnite was getting the Apex Legendsrespawn mechanics, and it did happen. You can now bring back your fallen teammates via the Reboot Vans scattered across the game map. All you need to do is to pick Reboot Cards that drop once your teammates are eliminated and to call for them at the van.

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Apex Legends had a week full of information regarding the game. First of all, we’ve compiled all the rumours and possible details about Wattson – the newest character for the game. Respawn has officially confirmed that we are getting another new Legend during Season 1, and chances are Wattson can be the one. We also recommend you to take a look at the current records in kills count performed by Apex Legends’ players.

Respawn is slowly making the game a more comfortable and healthy place. Mistakenly added feature of time penalty for early quitters might still make it to Apex Legends in a slightly reimagined way, but there’s no timeline at the moment. The devs are also starting to implement hardware bans to battle cheating in the game, although famous streamer Dr Disrespect believes there’re other ways to make the game better.

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Star Wars Celebration event became the source of the major announcement for this week. EA prepared the community for the official reveal of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order in advance, and yesterday, it happened. The game is a singleplayer-only story-driven action-adventure experience by Respawn; it features zero microtransactions and completely lacks multiplayer. The main character is portrayed by the actor Cameron Monaghan who you might recognize by his roles in “Shameless” and “Gotham” TV series.

In less exciting news, BioWare is still struggling to make Anthem a better game. The title has received a few fixes with the latest update, but it’s obvious that the game needs a lot more than that. Like the ongoing support for Sea of Thieves, for instance. The MMO project is scheduled to receive a huge Anniversary Update on April 30 that is considered to be a true game-changer.

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Forge of Masters has completed its first half, and you can find all the information regarding the first four days of the tournament here. The battle is about to continue today, so take a look at the current schedule. We’ve also decided to make a research regarding the indisputable popularity of Mirage among the professional teams. Let’s find out what makes it so special.

Finally, we are proud to announce that WePlay! Esports has launched a virtual pressroom where you can find the most important and relevant information regarding our company. The pressroom is available 24/7 on our website in the Press Room section.

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