Vancouver, B.C., steps in for Seattle as thousands gather for The International ‘Dota 2’ championships

Vancouver, B.C., steps in for Seattle as thousands gather for The International ‘Dota 2’ championships

5:36pm, 21st August, 2018
They come from “all corners of the Earth,” and this week, instead of settling in Seattle, competitors and rabid fans have assembled three hours north, in Vancouver, B.C., for The International, the huge “Dota 2” esports tournament. Bellevue, Wash.-based gaming giant Valve moved the tournament to Canada for the first time after holding it at Seattle’s KeyArena for four years. When the decision was made in March, of the venue at Seattle Center. Now Rogers Arena is playing host to the main event — which opened Monday and runs through Saturday — and its thousands of attendees and big tourism dollars. A video from the opening ceremony, above, was a mix of live music, acrobatics, team introductions and footage of gamers’ agony and ecstasy from previous competitions. Valve co-founder Gabe Newell then took the stage to welcome everyone. “I do want to personally thank our Canadian neighbors,” Newell said. “Putting on an event like this when you have people coming from 64 nations is really challenging.” Newell had previously said that The International because of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, but blame was ultimately placed on the $700 million renovation of KeyArena. The prize pool for The International is almost $25 million, with more than $10 million of that going to the first place team. If you’re not in Vancouver with thousands of other “Dota 2” fans, the action is being . You can also check out the scene so far in some images from the official Instagram account: A post shared by (@dota2ti) on Aug 20, 2018 at 12:23pm PDT A post shared by (@dota2ti) on Aug 20, 2018 at 12:47pm PDT A post shared by (@dota2ti) on Aug 20, 2018 at 12:42pm PDT A post shared by (@dota2ti) on Aug 20, 2018 at 12:13pm PDT A post shared by (@dota2ti) on Aug 20, 2018 at 3:13pm PDT A post shared by (@dota2ti) on Aug 20, 2018 at 6:16pm PDT A post shared by (@dota2ti) on Aug 20, 2018 at 8:53pm PDT
Dying Light: Bad Blood Hits Early Access In September

Dying Light: Bad Blood Hits Early Access In September

8:17pm, 20th August, 2018
The developers announced that Dying Light: Bad Blood will be a last man standing action title, utilizing the gameplay and mechanics from the original Dying Light, and it's set to enter into Early Access on Steam starting next month in September.
Twitch Prime ditches ad-free viewing as one of its perks

Twitch Prime ditches ad-free viewing as one of its perks

6:13pm, 20th August, 2018
Prime, the offering free loot, games and other benefits is ditching one of its best features: ad-free viewing. According to an email sent out to Prime members today, ad-free viewing will no longer be included as a part of Twitch Prime for new members, beginning on September 14. However, members with existing annual subscriptions will be able to continue to enjoy ad-free viewing until their subscription comes up for renewal. And those with monthly subscriptions will have access to ad-free viewing until October 15. Twitch’s email offered a simple explanation as to why ad-free viewing was no longer going to be a part of the benefit program, saying that: “advertising is an important source of support for the creators who make Twitch possible.” The company also stressed that this change would “strengthen and expand that advertising opportunity for creators so they can get more support from their viewers for doing what they love.” In an accompanying blog , Twitch further explained that the change will allow Twitch to remain a place where “anyone can enjoy one-of-a-kind interactive entertainment” and where creators can “build communities around the things they love and make money doing it.” In other words, creators need to make more money, and so does Twitch – especially if it ever wants to challenge YouTube. As you may expect, Twitch user reaction has been swift and negative. In the comments of Twitch’s post, users are threatening to ditch Twitch Prime altogether saying that its other features – like in-game loot, monthly channel subscriptions, exclusive badges and the like – were not the main reasons they were interested in this perks program. Twitch Prime was in September 2016 as a benefit for Amazon Prime members – one of the now many perks that accompany a Prime subscription, in addition to Amazon’s Prime 2-day shipping. Amazon had Twitch in 2014, and this was the first big move it made to integrate the two properties beyond some TV pilots on the service. Since Twitch Prime’s launch, Amazon has been adding features to the program – most recently, , for example. Twitch says this year it’s given away over $1,000 worth of games and loot to members, and promises “more and better free games” and loot in the future. Although ad-free viewing across Twitch won’t be included in Twitch Prime in the future, the company did note that there will still be a way to turn off ads. If Twitch users have an Amazon Prime membership (meaning they’ll still have Twitch Prime, too), they can use their monthly subscription token on a channel that offers ad-free viewing to subscribers. In addition, users can opt for , a separate monthly subscription program that offers ad-free viewing across all of Twitch, plus other features like additional emoticons, chat badges, priority support and more. Users, of course, are outraged that a benefit that used to come free with a Prime subscription will now cost an . Twitch’s decision to remove ad-free viewing could be a part of its bigger plan to woo creators to its service. The company has been in the news as of late for having YouTube-esque ambitions. According to a report from , the company wants to turn the game-streaming site into a broader video service and has been pursuing livestreaming deals with dozens of popular creators and media companies who have large YouTube fan bases. The company has offering minimum guarantees as high as a few million dollars a year, plus a share of future advertising sales and subscription revenues, the report said.
Battlefield V Open Beta Coming In September

Battlefield V Open Beta Coming In September

5:59pm, 20th August, 2018
Before releasing in October (where many wallets will be emptied), gamers will have an opportunity to play-test Battlefield V for themselves with an open-beta that's set to get underway for hardcore gamers starting next month in September.
A Pair Of Tomb Raider Games Go Backwards Compatible On Xbox One

A Pair Of Tomb Raider Games Go Backwards Compatible On Xbox One

9:48am, 19th August, 2018
It was recently announced that two classic Tomb Raider games have gone through the process of being made compatible with the Xbox One, and now the Xbox 360 third-person action titles are now available to play for those of you who have an Xbox One or Xbox One S or Xbox One X in your...