Trailer Gives First Taste Of Fruit Ninja Animated Series

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Trailer Gives First Taste Of Fruit Ninja Animated Series

YouTube is bringing an unlikely game franchise to life in a new YouTube Red show aimed squarely at kids. Fruit Ninja: Frenzy Force takes Halfbrick's popular fruit-swiping mobile game and uses it as a backdrop for a 13-episode series.

The animated show stars several formerly normal kids, who accidentally transport a 1,000-year-old ninja into the modern age. They help him adjust to this new world (to varying degrees of success), while he imbues them with the improbable powers of Juice-Jitsu, The kids have special fruit-oriented powers, which naturally come in handy as they beat back the forces of fruity evil.

Take a look at the show in the first trailer, below. YouTube Red subscribers can start watching the complete series on YouTube and the YouTube Kids app starting Friday, May 5. 

Grab Saints Row 2 For Free, Other Deep Silver Games Cheap On PC For A Limited Time

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Grab Saints Row 2 For Free, Other Deep Silver Games Cheap On PC For A Limited Time

To celebrate the arrival of the Saints Row IV and its expansion pack, Gat Out Of Hell, on the GOG.com storefront, the storefront and publisher Deep Silver are offering Saints Row 2 for the low price of free until Saturday, April 22 at 10am UTC. Additionally, you can find the game for free on Steam "for a limited time". 

Along with the freebie, you can find the rest of the Deep Silver catalog on GOG.com for 75 percent off. Saints Row IV and Gat Out Of Hell are also available through GOG Connect, which lets you import games from Steam to GOG.com for free, until April 27.

You'll Have To Register Your Phone Number To Play Ranked Dota 2 Matches

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You'll Have To Register Your Phone Number To Play Ranked Dota 2 Matches

Dota 2 currently has a few matchmaking issues, both lingering and recent: smurf accounts (essentially veteran players posing as newbies) have gone mostly unpunished for much of the game's lifespan, high level players could party up with lower-tier players to make matches unbalanced, and toxic players were going unreported in recent months. With a few changes, Valve is hoping fix most of these issues.

The biggest change Players will now have to register a valid phone number in order to play ranked matches. This makes it much more difficult for anyone to simply create a new account from scratch, play matches until they were a high enough level to play ranked games, and play with newer players. However, players looking to play normal, unranked games of Dota 2 can still do without registering their phone number. This change will take effect on May 4. If you already have your phone number linked to your Steam account (if you use two-factor authentication, for example), you need only click a button confirming your registration. Players can unlink their phone number at any time, though they will not be able to link that phone number to another account for three months afterward.

TBS To Air Celebrity Street Fighter V Tournament

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TBS To Air Celebrity Street Fighter V Tournament

Television network TBS is currently in the midst of the third season of its eLeague program, which follows the competitive world of eSports. After two seasons in the world of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, season three has been all about Capcom's latest head-to-head fighter, Street Fighter V.

The eLeague Street Fighter V Invitational Celebrity Showdown is a one-off special which will feature four celebrities facing off in a single-elimination tournament of Street Fighter V. The competitors are:

The contestants will compete for the $45,000 pot, with the winner receiving a majority of the money for a charity of their choice, and the remaining players getting less money for their worthy causes.

NPD: Ghost Recon Wildlands Rises To The Top, Nintendo Breaks Hardware Records

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NPD: Ghost Recon Wildlands Rises To The Top, Nintendo Breaks Hardware Records

With the release of the Nintendo Switch, Zelda: Breath Of The Wild, Mass Effect: Andromeda, and a surge of other releases, March was bound to be a big month for the games industry. However, it might be surprising to learn that Ubisoft's latest entry in the Ghost Recon series is what took the top slot for software sales last month across all platforms, with Breath Of The Wild coming in at No. 2, and Andromeda at No. 3. 

The Industry made $485 million in hardware sales (a whopping 91% change over March 2016 thanks to the Switch's debut) while video game software earned $612 million. Here's the breakdown of the top 10 selling games across all platforms in March.

NPD Top 10 Games For March

Get 20 Free Heroes In Heroes Of The Storm During 2.0 Launch Event

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Get 20 Free Heroes In Heroes Of The Storm During 2.0 Launch Event

Starting April 25, Blizzard is giving away a mega hero bundle to any Heroes of the Storm player, just for logging in. To celebrate the launch of Heroes of the Storm 2.0, players will receive enough free gems for logging in to unlock one of four themed mega bundles, each of which containing 20 characters. The bundles are all themed around specific team archetypes, and include Assassin, Flex, Support & Specialist, and Tanks & Bruisers. Players will be able to get in on this sweet deal until May 22.

You can get a look at all the bundles, as well as more details on the 2.0 update right here.

In other Heroes of the Storm news, Overwatch's Genji is set to join the Heroes of the Storm roster, along with a new Hanamura stage on April 25. You can read more about that here.

Kentucky Route Zero Free Tor Twitch Prime Members

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Kentucky Route Zero Free Tor Twitch Prime Members

Kentucky Route Zero, the indie surrealist adventure from Cardboard Computer, is now available for free to Twitch Prime members. Twitch broke the news today on its blog:

From April 20th — April 24th, Twitch Prime members can get Kentucky Route Zero! Kentucky Route Zero is a magical realistic adventure game about a secret highway in the caves beneath Kentucky and the mysterious folks who travel it. If you’re not a Twitch Prime member, you can sign up for a free trial at twitchprime.com.

For more on Kentucky Route Zero, check out this column I wrote about why Kentucky Route Zero is worth your time.

Dead By Daylight Coming To Xbox One, PlayStation 4

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Dead By Daylight Coming To Xbox One, PlayStation 4

A lone survivor wanders the woods, flinching at every cawing crow and snapping branch. Suddenly, a chainsaw revs, a chase ensues, and all is lost, leaving the murderer character victorious.

Pitting four victims against a single hunter, Starbreeze Publishing has announced that Dead By Daylight will soon bring its asymmetric horror to console. Physical and digital copies of the game, which will include bonus content such as the original soundtrack and previously-released DLC characters and maps, will be available for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 starting on June 20.

Check out our review of Dead By Daylight and our impressions of it on the GI Show.

The First Season Of Gears of War 4 Versus Begins Today

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The First Season Of Gears of War 4 Versus Begins Today

One of the most popular games on Xbox One is Gears of War 4, and its multiplayer suite is getting a shot in the arm with the long-awaited implementation of Seasons.

Season 1 of Gears of War 4 multiplayer begins today; along with an overhaul to the skill-based matchmaking algorithms, combatants should now be pitted against more evenly matched opponents. Seasons will last around three months (this first season is due to expire in mid-July) and offer exclusive rewards in the form of fancy-looking weapon skins, awarded for reaching high ranks in various modes. Additionally, next week will see the launch of a Ranked Stats tracker, so players can see detailed reports on their progress from season to season.

For more on Gears of War 4, check out our review.