BlizzCon 2019 Dates And Ticket Details Announced; Prices Are Going Up

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BlizzCon 2019 Dates And Ticket Details Announced; Prices Are Going Up

BlizzCon 2019 now has dates. The World of Warcraft and Overwatch developer's annual gaming show will be held November 1-2 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Tickets go on sale in two waves, the first of which commences on Saturday, May 4. The second wave will become available on May 8. In previous years, ticket-buyers received a goody bag, but this year, everyone gets to choose a special collectible statue.

The choices include either a human footman or orc grunt; these are meant to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Warcraft franchise. You can see the two statues below. The statues will be available for everyone to buy in the future as well.

Madden 20 Confirmed With Cover Star, Release Date, College Football Mode, X-Factor Players, And More

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Madden 20 Confirmed With Cover Star, Release Date, College Football Mode, X-Factor Players, And More

Madden NFL 20 has been announced with its cover star and a list of exciting-sounding new features, including the return of college football.

Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes will be on the cover of Madden NFL 20. Mahomes is a good pick for cover athlete, as he's one of the most exciting players in the NFL right now. He was the NFL's Most Valuable Player in 2018.

In terms of new features, Madden 20 brings a few especially noteworthy ones. Starting off, college football will be featured in the game in a limited capacity. A new mode called QB1 will see players creating a quarterback in college and then taking them through the College Football Playoff and eventually to the NFL Combine where they'll compete for a spot on an NFL roster.

Pokemon Go: New Legendaries Available Through May And June's Field Research

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A new month is just around the corner, which means Niantic will soon be rolling out a new set of Field Research tasks for Pokemon Go. The tasks are scheduled to begin appearing starting next Wednesday, May 1, at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET, and they'll be available through the end of June. On top of that, they'll give you another chance to catch a couple of fan-favorite Legendary Pokemon.

Each time you achieve a Research Breakthrough during the next two months, you'll be rewarded with an encounter with one of four possible Legendaries: Ho-Oh, Lugia, Latios, or Latias. Both Ho-Oh and Lugia were previously available through Research Breakthroughs, but this marks the first time you'll be able to encounter the Eon Pokemon this way, which is helpful if you missed out on their recent Raid events.

As usual, you'll be able to receive the new Field Research tasks by spinning the Photo Disc at Poke Stops. You can complete as many Field Research tasks as you'd like daily, but you'll only earn a stamp for the first one you finish per day. You'll need to collect a total of seven stamps to achieve a Research Breakthrough and encounter the Legendaries.

Nintendo Switch Sales Reach New Heights, Digital Game Sales Growing

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How's Nintendo doing from a business perspective? Quite well. The company today reported earnings for this fiscal year ended March 31, and times are (mostly) good. Nintendo pulled in ¥1.2 trillion ($10.7 billion USD), which is an increase from ¥1.06 trillion ($9.4 billion USD) for the previous 12-month period. In terms of profit, Nintendo made ¥249.7 billion ($2.2 billion USD) in operating profit, compared to ¥177.5 billion ($1.6 billion USD) the year prior.

Via Engadget, Nintendo sold 2.47 million Switch consoles in the final three months of the fiscal year, boosting the console's lifetime total to 34.74 million (which exceeds the lifetime sales of the N64). The 2.47 million Switch consoles sold during the final quarter of the fiscal year is down slightly from the 2.93 million consoles Nintendo sold in the same quarter last year. For the full fiscal year, Nintendo sold 16.95 million Switch systems; that's just under the 17 million that Nintendo forecasted it would sell the year, but it's up year-on-year.

Fortnite Week 9 Secret Battle Star Location Guide (Season 8 Discovery Challenge)

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Fortnite Week 9 Secret Battle Star Location Guide (Season 8 Discovery Challenge)

We're quickly coming up on the end of Fortnite Season 8, but Epic still has a few more challenges in store for players before Season 9 officially begins. Week 9's challenges are now live across PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch, and mobile, which means you have another chance to earn Battle Stars and unlock more of this season's skins and other Battle Pass rewards.

If you're familiar with how Fortnite works by now, you'll know there's an added incentive to complete as many challenges as you can; if you finish all of the ones from a given week, you'll also clear a Discovery challenge, which will reward you with a special loading screen. These screens typically feature a cool or humorous piece of artwork, but the real reason you want to unlock them is because they each hide a subtle clue that points you to a free Battle Star (which levels your Battle Pass up by one tier) or Banner (which can be used as a profile icon) hidden somewhere around the island.

Once you've completed nine weeks' worth of challenges, you'll unlock the loading screen pictured below. This one features Season 8's best new skin, Peely, rather unwisely trying to retrieve a treasure chest from a river of lava. Look in the background directly above the treasure chest, however, and you'll be able to spot an etching of a viking ship. This is the clue to where this week's free Battle Star can be found.