The authors of Warcraft III and StarCraft II have opened a new Studio for creating strategies

Former Blizzard Entertainment employees Tim Morten and Tim Campbell have announced the opening of their own game Studio. A company called Frost Giant Studios will create new titles in the RTS genre.

By data, the Studio has already attracted $4.7 million in investment. Among the first sponsors of the company was Riot Games, responsible for the development of League of Legends and Valorant.

In the past, Tim Morten served as the production Director and lead producer of StarCraft II, while Tim Campbell was the designer of Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne and Reign of Chaos. The developers have not yet revealed any details about upcoming projects — they will spend the first investment on creating a gameplay prototype.

Previously, other Blizzard Entertainment veterans, including former co-founder and President Mike morheim, founded Dreamhaven publishing and Moonshot and Secret Door studios. What projects they will be engaged in, it is not reported.

Hackers broke into Denuvo‑protection of the Crysis remaster

Hackers from the CPY group were able to bypass the Denuvo DRM protection of the Crysis remaster and put the game files in the public domain. 32 days have passed since the release of the title. Information about this appeared on the Crackwatch portal.

Crysis Remastered was one of many games using Denuvo that were hacked in recent days. During the week, hackers from the CPY group hacked marvel’s Avengers, Mafia, Death Stranding, Total War Saga: Troy and eFootball PES 2021, and on the account of EMPRESS — Planet Zoo, Mortal Kombat 11, Tekken 7 and Total War: Three Kingdoms. Before that, it was not possible to bypass Denuvo for several months.

The Crysis Remastered version for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 was Released on September 18. The average rating of the title on the review aggregator Metacritic is 71 points out of 100 from the press and 3.4 points out of 10 from users.

The new ASUS gaming monitor is priced at $6.400

ASUS has released a new ROG Swift PG32UQX gaming monitor. You can pre-order it in the Chinese Taobao store for $6.4 thousand.

The 32-inch monitor is equipped with an IPS matrix with a 144 Hz refresh rate, 4 MS response time, and Mini-LED illumination. It supports 4K resolution, as well as NVIDIA G-Sync Ultimate and Ultra Low Motion Blur Reduction technologies. The ASUS ROG Swift PG32UQX covers 90% of the DCI-P3 color space.

Probably, the price of the monitor is not final. ASUS representatives did not name its official price, and it is possible that Taobao placed the product with a preliminary price. The ROG Swift PG32UQX was first UNVEILED at CES 2020. After that, there were rumors that it would cost $3.6 thousand.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War flooded with cheaters after the start of open beta testing

After the start of the open beta testing of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, players faced a huge number of cheaters in online matches. Mass complaints about this began to appear on reddit.

From the very beginning, the developers added a global crossplay to the game on all platforms. To isolate themselves from cheaters, players on consoles began to disable this feature in the game settings.

Open beta testing of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War started on October 17. Before that, the game could only be tested by owners of the PlayStation 4, as well as those who pre – ordered the shooter. prepared a review of the beta of the new part of Call of Duty, which highlighted the positive and negative components of the game.

OG came in the playoffs of ESL One Germany 2020

OG defeated Yellow Submarine in the ESL One Germany 2020 — Online Dota 2 group stage match. the Match ended with a score of 2:0. Johan n0tail Sundstein’s team Advanced to the playoffs, completing the group stage with a score of 3:1.

Yellow Submarine will continue to fight for the next stage of the competition. It is not known who the team from the CIS will fight in the final exit match.

Astralis unveils branded mask to protect against coronavirus

Danish eSports organization Astralis has released branded medical masks to protect against coronavirus. They are made in black with a white team logo in the center. Photos are published on the official website of the club.

The cost of the mask is €17 (approximately ₽1.5 thousand). on Twitter, representatives of Astralis reported that the product is already sold out. It is not known when a new batch will be available.

Previously, G2 Esports and Team Liquid also introduced protective masks. The first, according to the club’s CEO Carlos ocelote Rodriguez Santiago, released such products to “contribute to the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.” Liquid also introduced the mask as part of a charity event.

MagicaL about the style of playing Dota 2: “I Want to develop myself as an active mider».

Cyber Legacy mider Idan MagicaL Vardanyan told why the team stopped taking Templar Assassin for him. The esportsman noted that the hero is not included in the current meta, and stated that he wants to be more active in his role. Vardanyan said this in a blog on

Published with the source’s spelling and punctuation preserved

Idan MagicaL Vardanyan:
“[The decision not to take TA] is no longer mine, because the miders have become active, this is their direct task in this meta. And the main pool of the first position now is greedy heroes. Lanaya and greedy KOR don’t mix. In addition, I want to develop myself as an active mider, who is consistently able to run and play,

but I think we will see Lanaya in this team again, that’s for sure!»

On October 7, Cyber Legacy debuted at ESL One Germany 2020. Vardanyan’s team met with Natus Vincere — the match ended with a score of 2:0 in favor of NAVI. At the time of publication, CL is playing against mudgolems in the second round of the competition. The broadcast is available on the match page.

ESL One Germany 2020 for Europe runs from October 5 to November 1 online. 16 teams play a prize pool of $400 thousand, the winner will receive $150 thousand.

Guild Esports raised more than $50 million in an IPO — co-owned by David Beckham

ESports organization Guild Esports, one of the co-owners of which is David Beckham, completed the placement of shares on the London stock exchange. Following the IPO, the club raised £41.2 million (about $52.3 million). This was reported by the portal AYO.NEWS.

The release of Guild Esports on the London stock exchange was announced in early September. Initially, the organization planned to receive an investment of at least £20 million. David Beckham became a co-owner of the club at the end of June, one of his companies invested £480,000 in Guild Esports.

The organization plans to spend the attracted investment on the formation of FIFA and Fortnite teams, the club has already signed a Rocket League team. In the near future, Guild Esports will release its own merch, as well as create an eSports Academy.

NVIDIA has postponed the release of the RTX 3070 on sale

NVIDIA postponed the start of sales of the GeForce RTX 3070 to a later date. Now the Junior model of the new series can be purchased no earlier than October 29 — two weeks later than the deadline announced during the presentation.

Representatives of the company explained this decision by the desire to increase the number of available video cards in retail stores at the start of sales. NVIDIA postponed the release date of the RTX 3070 in accordance with the wishes of customers who indicated a shortage of the RTX 3080.

The start date of the second season in Fall Guys became known

British Studio Mediatonic has announced the launch date for the second season of Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout. It will start on October 8, with new emotions, locations, challenges and skins in the style of the fantasy middle Ages.

The developers also announced the end of the first season. Up until the start of the second, players will earn twice as many glory points.

In mid-September, Mediatonic added an anti-cheat to Fall Guys and changed some modes. In particular, the developers added new routes and obstacles to the maps. The game was also randomly spawn hammer Big Jitus.

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout was released in August 2020. In the first month, the game became the leader in profit among titles on PC, and also broke the record for downloads in the history of the PlayStation Plus service.

Twitch removed ads in the middle of broadcasts

Twitch listened to the opinion of viewers and removed the impressions of commercials in the middle of broadcasts that streamers could not control. The official Twitch Support channel tweeted about this.

Twitch Support:
“We have completed testing, so viewers will no longer see ads in the middle of the video. We studied a lot of reviews for the original tweet, feedback on UserVoice, and so on. And we will take this into account before making any future changes to the order of displaying ads.”

Testing of automatic ad impressions was launched on September 15. The platform was criticized for this decision, as such ads can block beautiful moments or broadcast in the midst of an important eSports match. For example, at the presentation of the PlayStation 5, it appeared in the middle of announcements of new games.

Oculus unveils the most affordable virtual reality headset

Oculus released the Quest 2 headset with improved features and a lower price compared to its predecessor. The video with the announcement was released on YouTube.

Oculus Quest 2 is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 processor and 6 GB of RAM. Two displays, each supporting a resolution of 1832 by 1920 pixels, operate at 90 Hz. Like its predecessor, Quest 2 can be used without a PC or other external device, and its weight has been reduced by 10%.

The headset will appear on the market on October 13. It can already be pre-ordered for $299 — $100 less than the original Quest cost.

Cloud9 named the second player of the CS:GO team

William Mezii Merriman became the second player in The cloud9 CS:GO team. This was announced by the team’s General Manager, Henry HenryG Greer, on Twitter.

Before moving to C9, mezii represented GamerLegion — its transfer price was $83 thousand. The organization signed Merriman to a three-year contract. During this time, the organization will pay him $426 thousand in salary.

The first newcomer and captain of the future cloud9 roster was former team Vitality game coordinator Alex Mcmeekin. He also signed a three-year contract with the club, and his salary for this period will be $1.65 million. As previously reported by HenryG, the C9 roster will include six players.

Sony named the date of the new presentation of the PlayStation 5

On September 16, Sony will hold a new presentation dedicated to the PlayStation 5. Information about this appeared in the official Twitter of the console.

It is expected that the presentation will last about 40 minutes and during it Sony will name the official prices for the regular and digital versions of the PlayStation 5. According to a Wario64 insider, the company will also talk about new games for the console that are being developed by its internal studios and partner studios.

Enthusiasts are working on their own remake of Crysis

A team of enthusiasts is developing their own version of the Crysis remaster, despite the imminent release of the official version. The game is created on CryEngine 5.

The unofficial remaster will include various graphical improvements like raytracing, SVOGI (voxel-based lighting), and surround lighting. In addition, the shooter will support volumetric clouds and fog, as well as other features exclusive to the fifth version of the engine. Thus, the work of enthusiasts will have most of the functionality declared in Crysis Remastered.

Development is currently at an early stage and only a few levels are ready. The team is in search of animators, programmers, and artists, so it’s not worth waiting for an unofficial remaster to be released in the near future.

The team provided several screenshots to show the current progress. The release of the Remastered Crysis will be held on September 18 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. The version of the game for the improved PS4 Pro and Xbox One X consoles will support software raytracing — the developers recently demonstrated it in operation.

Serious Sam 4 system requirements became known

The developers of Serious Sam 4 published the game’s system requirements on the title page on Steam. A dynamic shooter will require at least 8 GB of RAM and a Quad-core processor to run.

Minimum system requirements for Serious Sam 4:
OS: Windows 10 64-bit
CPU: Quad-core with a frequency of 2.5 GHz.
AMD GPU: Radeon 7950/280/470;
NVIDIA GPU: GeForce GTX 780/970/1050;
free disk space: 40 GB.

New Zealand Prime Minister made a deb for Twitch viewers

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern surprised Twitch users by becoming a guest of the broadcast of new Zealand streamer Broxh. During the broadcast, she chatted with viewers and even fulfilled their request to make a deb on camera.

ESports journalist Rod Slasher Breslau drew attention to Ardern’s visit. He noted that this is the first time in his memory that a high-ranking politician came to visit a Twitch steamer and directly communicated with His audience.

In the past, other politicians have already paid attention to the Twitch audience. In particular, in February 2019, French President Emmanuel macron chose the platform to hold debates with activists of the “yellow vest Movement”. Channels on Twitch have the us presidential candidate for the 2020 election, Bernie Sanders, as well as the current President of the country, Donald trump. However, these politicians did not conduct any personal broadcasts.

Broxh is a popular new Zealand streamer with almost 1.2 million followers on Twitch. He specializes in broadcasts on Whakairo-shaped Maori wood carving, and also plays in World of Warcraft. In the new Zealand community, Broxh is called one of the most modest streamers of the platform. He gained such fame after he returned money to donater for donated subscribers.

Minecraft will get support for virtual reality devices on PlayStation 4

PlayStation 4 owners will be able to play Minecraft in virtual reality — support for VR headsets for the console is promised to be added by the end of September. The developers did not give an exact release date for the update, but the feature will be available in the next patch.

Minecraft developers noted that the VR version of the game will have the same content as the original version. Before starting the game, users will be asked to choose one of two modes-Living Room Mode (playing on a virtual screen) or Immersive Mode (playing with a first-person view).

Previously, the VR version of Minecraft was only available on PC. The game officially supports Oculus, Windows Mixed Reality, and Gear VR headsets.

Natus Vincere lost to ENCE eSports in the group stage of ESL Pro League Season 12

Natus Vincere lost to ENCE eSports in the group a match at ESL Pro League Season 12 by CS:GO for Europe. The team of Kirill Boombl4 Mikhailov finished the match with a score of 0: 2 (9: 16 on Train and 12: 16 on Dust2) and did not earn points.

In the opening match at the tournament, NAVI beat GODSENT. ENCE also started the performance with a victory — the Finnish team coped with Heroic. The next meeting in the championship will be the confrontation between BIG and OG. The match is scheduled to start on September 4.

The matches of the European division of the ESL Pro League Season 12 CS:GO runs from September 1 to October 6 online. 16 teams play for $450,000. It was originally planned that the competition would end with a LAN final in Malta, but the event was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Geek Fam dissolved Dota 2 because of the uncertainty in the tournaments

The Geek Fam organization has parted ways with the Dota 2 roster. The club announced this on its official Facebook page.

Geek Fam explained that after the abolition of majors and transfer to The International 2020 for an indefinite period the organization became difficult to support Dota 2. The club does not exclude that after eSports announcements from Valve, he may return to discipline.

Previously, due to insufficient support for the competitive scene from Valve, another organization, Reality Rift, left Dota 2. Co-founder of the project Ilya Vlasov said that the club can return to the discipline in 2021, if the sanitary and epidemiological situation in the world allows it.

AdmiralBulldog released its own plush toy

Alliance fans can buy a plush toy with the face of Swedish Dota 2 player Henrik AdmiralBulldog Anberg. The figure went on sale in a limited edition of 1.5 thousand copies. The cost of one toy will be $24.99.

The description of the figure on the store’s website says that it will help the buyer get a girl and a new car, as well as get an additional +5 thousand MMR to the rating in ladderer.

AdmiralBulldog performed on the professional stage from 2012 to 2016. Became the champion of the International 2013 in the Alliance. Since 2016, Anberg has been the official streamer of the organization, as well as a co-investor with Jonathan Loda Berg and Joakim Akke Akterall.

At CS:GO tournaments raffled over $100 million

Total prize pool of all CS tournaments:GO exceeded $100 million. Such data was published by the Esports Earnings portal. At the time of publication of the news, the total amount of prize money in the discipline was $100.09 million — this money was played at 5,160 tournaments.

By amount of prize money:GO takes the second position among eSports disciplines, second only to Dota 2. more than $226 million was played in Valve’s MOBA tournaments. The top five in prize money also included Fortnite ($93.9 million), League of Legends ($76.8 million) and StarCraft II ($33.4 million).

The biggest tournaments in CS history:GO were WESG 2016 and WESG 2017 — they raffled off $1.5 million each. In third place was the first season of ELEAGUE with $1.4 million. In total in the history of CS:There were 17 tournaments with a prize pool equal to or exceeding one million dollars.

Riot Games named teams that it wants to see in the LCK franchise League

Riot Games has introduced ten teams that it wants to see in the LCK for League of Legends after the League’s transition to a franchise format. The administration also compiled a reserve list of teams that can qualify for the main League of South Korea if one of the participants refuses the slot or if the pool of teams is expanded in the future.

The compiled list of teams from Riot Games is not final. The company will start negotiations with the clubs on September 9, and the final list of participants will be known in mid-October.

Riot Games management announced plans to switch LCK to a franchise format in April. Since then, the League organizers have conducted two stages of selecting prospective participants, during which they evaluated their financial and marketing capabilities. The transition to the new format will begin in the spring of 2021.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt: “The Future of storytelling is in video games, not movies»

Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt (“500 days of summer”,” the Beginning”) said that video games use innovative storytelling techniques and the future will be for them, not for movies. He spoke about this in the show Hot Ones on the channel First We Feast.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt:

“The future of storytelling is video games. I don’t think filmmakers will be able to move it forward, and video games offer the most innovative ways of storytelling. As for a completely new kind of storytelling, something that no one has ever seen before, I don’t think it will appear in the movies.”

Gordon-Levitt heads HitRECord, a company that produces books, short films, and other media content. In the summer of 2019, the platform signed an agreement with Ubisoft, under which it organized a music competition — the winning songs will appear in Watch Dogs: Legion.

A game in the Eve Online universe has been released on mobile devices

NetEase and CCP Games announced a mobile game in the Eve Online universe-Eve Echoes. It is now available on devices running the iOS and Android operating systems. This was announced by the company in a press release.

According to the announcement, the development of Eve Echoes took three years. At launch, the game is available in English, Russian, Chinese, German, French, Spanish and Portuguese. The developers did not specify whether they are going to translate it into other languages.

Events in Eve Echoes take place in parallel with the universe of Eve Online. As in the original game, Echoes implemented the exploration of worlds, collecting resources, fighting in various modes, as well as more than eight thousand star systems.

A crossplay is now available in Dead by Daylight

Behavior Interactive has launched a crossplay in Dead by Daylight. The feature is now available to Steam, Windows Store, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch users. The mobile version is not included in the crossplay.

Some restrictions apply to the new function. For example, in-game chat is not available for players on consoles. The developers also noted that they do not plan to add keyboard and mouse support for players on PS4 and Xbox One yet.

You can disable the crossplay feature in the game settings. Behavior Interactive noted that the time for selecting opponents will significantly increase. Gamers will also be able to add users from other platforms to their friends list, but a shared chat with them has not yet been implemented.

OG was the last participant in the DreamHack Open summer 2020 playoffs

OG beat forZe in the final match of the DreamHack Open Summer 2020 CS group stage:GO for Europe. Valdemar’s team valde Vangse finished the match with a score of 2: 0 and earned the last slot in the championship playoffs. ForZe finished third in the group and finished the tournament.

Earlier, BIG, Heroic and Complexity Gaming entered the final stage of the competition. In addition to forZe, Team Spirit also left the competition. The playoff matches will begin on August 15. The first meeting will be the confrontation between BIG and OG. The game is scheduled to start at 14: 00 Moscow time.

DreamHack Open Summer 2020 for Europe takes place online from August 8 to 16. Teams compete for prize Fund in the amount of $90 thousand.