Professional League of Legends players cannot stream Hearthstone, World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Dota 2, and World of Tanks, Riot Games has decreed.
League of Legends players who wish to compete in Season 4 of the Championship Series must sign a contract that precludes them from streaming titles Riot Games deems to be in competition with its popular MOBA.
In response to community backlash, Riot eSports manager Whalen 'RiotMagus' Rozelle took to Reddit, saying the company wants League of Legends to be a legitimate sport.
“There are some cool things that come from that (salaried professional athletes, legitimate revenue streams, visas, Staples Center), but there’s also a lot of structural work that needs to be done to ensure a true professional setting.”
“We recognize there may be some differences of opinion in the perception of pro players’ streams. In the past, pro gamers only had to worry about their personal brands when streaming and, at most, may have had to worry about not using the wrong brand of keyboard to keep their sponsor happy. Now, however, these guys are professionals contracted to a professional sports league. When they’re streaming to 50,000 fans, they’re also representing the sport itself.”
Universal Studios and Legendary Pictures have announced some of the cast members for the upcoming World of Warcraft film.
The cast includes Ben Foster (X-Men: The Last Stand), Travis Fimmel (Vikings), Paula Patton (2 Guns, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol), Toby Kebbell (Wrath of the Titans, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time) and Rob Kazinsky (True Blood, Pacific Rim).
Universal Pictures is also in final stages of negotiation with Dominic Cooper (Captain America).
Buying a Jaguar XJ13 in Gran Turismo 6 will set you back approximately twice the amount the game itself costs.
In November, Sony unveiled the new in-game payment model. The system will allow players to buy bulk sums of “in-game credits” to buy cars and parts.
Eurogamer reports that those sums will cost the following amounts on the UK PlayStation Store:
The first story expansion for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is coming later this month, according to an ad in the latest issue of Game Informer.
An official announcement has not been made, but the ad states that the game's Freedom Cry DLC will be available from December 17.
Notably, the Wii U and PC aren’t listed as release platforms.
Mark Rein says none of the second screen functions available now on Wii U and SmartGlass add real value to a game.
Speaking with Alist Daily, the Epic Games vice president said, “I think we’ve yet to see the real value of the second screen idea, if you’re talking about [Xbox] SmartGlass and companion apps and things like that. But that doesn’t mean that it won’t be big one day. I don’t really know what it is yet.”
“Where it fits into gaming, I don’t know,” he added. “I’m not sold on picking up my tablet to choose my play and then putting it back down and picking up my controller. It’s kind of a wonky way to choose to play, so I don’t know if that’s how it’s going to go or not.
The studio that created the ambitious if flawed Spec Ops: The Line is now recruiting for a new free-to-play game for next-gen consoles.
Several listings on Yager’s website make reference to the AAA project. The roles call for developers with expertise in vehicle combat and weapon design, free-to-play, next-gen, the latest version of Unreal Engine, and multiplayer.
Yager first mentioned the project in August 2012, but no further information was subsequently released.
Xbox One and PlayStation 4 only have four or five years before they’re forced to vie with devices from likes of Apple and Google for dominance of the living room, says EA’s new CEO, Andrew Wilson.
Speaking at the Credit Suisse 2013 Technology Conference, Wilson explained that interactive entertainment was evolving “at a very, very, very rapid rate.”
“I think that Microsoft and Sony have a real opportunity to build a strong following and a strong install base while they continue to be the single best way to get high fidelity, high definition interactive entertainment to your 80-inch television,” he said.
Battlefield 4’s China Rising downloadable content pack is available now for Battlefield 4 Premium subscribers, but comes with several issues developer DICE is working to fix.
China Rising adds four new maps to Battlefield 4, the Air Superiority game mode, as well as two new vehicles, new weapons, gadgets, assignments, and the new Proxy Attack ability in Commander Mode.
However, users report multiple issues with the DLC pack including erroneous prompts to download the DLC again after installation, and regular disconnects for some PC users. Some Xbox 360 players also report being unable to join matches.
More than 2.1 million PlayStation 4 consoles have been sold worldwide since the system went on sale in the US on November 15, estimates Sony.
That figure includes more than 700,000 units sold in Australasia, the UK and Europe.
“PS4 delivered the best launch in PlayStation history with the North American release and we’ve continued this incredibly successful start in Europe, Australasia and Latin America,” said Sony Computer Entertainment boss Andrew House.
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