World of Warcraft Classic’s launch was great or a disaster, depending on your race

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World of Warcraft Classic’s launch was great or a disaster, depending on your race

On Monday, Blizzard launched World of Warcraft Classic and it hit nearly a million viewers on Twitch before the servers even went live. When the floodgates opened, the server problems were surprisingly minimal ... unless you chose to play as one of the more popular races.

As a Tauren Shaman, I started in Mulgore. The number of giant cows grazing for quest items in the starting field slowed the game to a laggy, but playable, mess. I moved at a normal speed, but the Horde players around me flickered in and out of reality. Trying to attack enemies without them getting stolen by another player was frustrating, but surmountable.

Mega Man Zero collection coming to consoles and PC in 2020

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Mega Man Zero collection coming to consoles and PC in 2020

Capcom announced on Tuesday that it’s bringing the Mega Man Zero games to modern platforms with the Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One. The collection will be released on Jan. 21, 2020.

Included in the collection are six games, previously released on handheld platforms between 2002 and 2007:

CS:GO pros arrested in alleged match-fixing scheme in Australia

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CS:GO pros arrested in alleged match-fixing scheme in Australia

Australia’s Victoria Police have made multiple arrests in an alleged Counter-Strike: Global Offensive match-fixing scheme. A press release, issued late last week, says they were tipped off by a company that took some of those bets. In all over 20 suspect wagers were uncovered, leading to six arrests.

Players allegedly arranged to throw matches and subsequently placed bets on those matches, according to police.

World of Warcraft Classic players are standing in long lines to finish quests

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World of Warcraft Classic players are standing in long lines to finish quests

Yesterday marked the release of the highly-anticipated World of Warcraft Classic, a recreation of the original iconic MMO. It hasn’t been an entirely smooth launch: First, players had to wait in queues for hours. Then, when fans finally got into the servers, some folks reportedly experienced lag. And, once the ball got rolling, many players were surprised to find that doing early quests often meant waiting their turn.

In short, the servers are so highly populated right now that completing simple starting quests requires standing in line. On social media, many Classic aficionados are sharing images of long lines that look like something out of an amusement park, not a video game. Some lines are short, while others appear to have dozens upon dozens of patient gamers.

Fortnite’s latest patch adds a Borderlands-themed area and the new Shield Bubble item

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Fortnite’s latest patch adds a Borderlands-themed area and the new Shield Bubble item

The world of Borderlands has come to Fortnite. The latest patch adds a little section of Pandora, the planet from Borderlands, to the Fortnite map. The patch also adds a new item called the Shield Bubble, and makes a major change to the way most players build.

The area of the Fortnite map southwest of Paradise Palms is now Pandora-themed. This area replaces Fortnite’s traditional chests with Borderlands chests, letting players automatically generate shields. It even changes the game’s art style to match Borderlands’ cel-shading.

Fortnite’s latest crossover is with Borderlands

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Fortnite’s latest crossover is with Borderlands

Epic Games and 2K Games have teamed up for a surprising crossover, announced and launching Tuesday: Characters and scenery from Borderlands have come to Fortnite. You can watch the trailer for the crossover at the top of this post.

Players can buy the Psycho bundle from the shop to gain access to a Borderlands character and have Claptrap hang out on their back, or they can just enjoy the new changes to the map without dropping any cash.

Investment fund Kowloon Nights signs 10 more games in its second year

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Investment fund Kowloon Nights signs 10 more games in its second year

There aren’t many game developers in New Caledonia. In fact, there’s not much of a scene at all — but it’s not nonexistent. Phil Crifo and Thierry Boura are a two-person team called Awaceb; they’re New Caledonian developers and friends working from France to create a video game inspired by their home.

“We asked ourselves what makes us different, and it was our origins,” Crifo tells Polygon.

World of Warcraft Classic players are stuck in hours-long queues

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World of Warcraft Classic players are stuck in hours-long queues

Last week, Blizzard warned players that certain World of Warcraft Classic realms could reach login queues of over 10,000 players. With World of Warcraft Classic’s official North American launch on Monday evening, thousands of players proved Blizzard right.

As Blizzard said in their original warning, the Classic servers hold thousands more players than original Vanilla World of Warcraft servers ever did. Now, nearly every World of Warcraft Classic server has a login queue of several thousand.

Amazon listing may have just leaked Overwatch for Nintendo Switch

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Amazon listing may have just leaked Overwatch for Nintendo Switch

Blizzard’s team-based hero shooter Overwatch may be coming to Nintendo Switch.

On Monday, accessory maker PowerA briefly listed a carrying case for the Switch through Amazon that was Overwatch themed. The black and orange case featured the Overwatch logo, and the accessory noted that it was “officially licensed by Nintendo and Blizzard Entertainment.” The product listing was quickly removed from Amazon after being posted to Twitter and video game forum Resetera.