Esports in the Olympics isn’t happening any time soon thanks to ‘killer games’

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Esports in the Olympics isn’t happening any time soon thanks to ‘killer games’

Over the last year or so, the idea of bringing esports to the Olympics has begun to sound more plausible. In 2017, the co-president of the Paris Olympic bid committee said it was considering video gaming for the 2024 program in France. The International Olympic Committee then declared that “competitive esports could be considered as a sporting activity, and the players involved prepare and...

Frodo lives: A new Lord of the Rings MMORPG is apparently in the works

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Frodo lives: A new Lord of the Rings MMORPG is apparently in the works

If you’ve been one of the folks begging for a new Lord of the Rings MMO, well, then today’s your lucky day. Online sports game maker Athlon Games announced this week that it has partnered up with Middle-earth Enterprises “to develop and publish a free-to-play massively multiplayer online video game” set in the Lord of the Rings universe. For reals....

Worlds Adrift’s 26th update is due to launch tomorrow with the alliance system

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Worlds Adrift’s 26th update is due to launch tomorrow with the alliance system

Worlds Adrift players should prepare for incoming… an incoming patch, that is. Last week, Boss brought a functioning build for Update 26 to the test server, and it’s slated for release tomorrowday. “PTS has just been updated to the latest RC build of Update 26, which means we are very likely to release next week! We are aiming for Tuesday...

Destiny 2’s new Gambit game mode will allow join-in-progress and penalize quitters

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Destiny 2’s new Gambit game mode will allow join-in-progress and penalize quitters

This past weekend, Bungie gave Destiny 2 players the opportunity to jump into the new Gambit game mode ahead of its official release with the game’s Forsaken expansion, which goes live tomorrow. Although the new gametype, which offers a unique blend of PvP and PvE mechanics, seems to have been largely well received, VG247 notes that it wasn’t without its...

Sony explains its crossplatform hangups, Fortnite decides tourney qualifier field by coinflip

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Sony explains its crossplatform hangups, Fortnite decides tourney qualifier field by coinflip

Everybody’s got an opinion on why Sony won’t play nicely with the other platforms, like the Switch, in regard to Fortnite, but how about listening to what Sony actually says? At an industry event last week, Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida explained that in general, the company simply doesn’t want to “compromise” on the experience. “On cross-platform, our way of thinking...

Riot Games says it’s proud of workshops designed for women and non-binary prospective devs

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Riot Games says it’s proud of workshops designed for women and non-binary prospective devs

Online gaming watchers will recall that League of Legends studio Riot Games has sustained heavy fire this summer over sexism and misogyny allegations from both current and former male and female employees. Last week Riot broke its silence on the allegation with a public letter vowing sweeping reforms for its corporate culture to “become a leader on diversity, inclusion, and...

PAX West 2018: Anthem shuns content paywalls, lockboxes while embracing ‘reactive storytelling’

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PAX West 2018: Anthem shuns content paywalls, lockboxes while embracing ‘reactive storytelling’

More information from BioWare’s Anthem presentation at PAX West this weekend has continued to roll out, bolstering the gorgeous trailer and potentially worrisome story-related statements from Saturday. Executive Producer Mark Darrah has doubled down on earlier revelations that Anthem will not embrace lootboxes of any sort. It will have “cosmetic stock” in the cash shop, but everything there will also...