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POPULAR The Daily Moot (3/4/19)

1. Apex Legends hits 50 Million Players
Apex Legends has officially hit 50 million unique players, just one month after the game launched. For comparison, it took Fortnite’s free battle royale mode four months to hit 50 million players. However, battle royale gaming is more mainstream now than it was then, largely due to Fortnite. Whether Apex Legends will continue to grow to the point where it can compete with Fortnite, which has by now seen over 200 million players, is yet to be seen.
 
2. The PlayStation 2 is 19 Years Old Today
 
19 years ago, Sony introduced the PlayStation 2 to Japanese markets. Roughly 6 months later, on October 26th, 2000 Sony introduced the console to the US market. Since then, over 155 million PS2s have been sold. Some of the most iconic gaming franchises were born on the PlayStation 2. Many gamers, too, found their passion for the hobby on a PlayStation 2. What were some of your favorite PlayStation 2 games?
 
3. Astralis Win CS:GO Major at IEM Katowice
 
The grand finals of this weekend’s CS:GO major was a classive David vs. Goliath situation. Astralis is clearly the best team in the world and arguably the best team in Counter Strike history. ENCE were the underdogs, but they had already defeated the 2nd and 3rd best teams in the world on their way to the finals. Despite ENCE starting strong, Astralis quickly found their form and dominated the finals. Astralis has now won 3 out of the last 5 majors, including two in a row.
 
4. Gwent Expansion ‘Crimson Curse’ Announced
 
Gwent is CD Projekt Red’s Witcher-based card game. The game will be getting it’s first expansion, called Crimson Curse, on March 28th. Crimson Curse will introduce over 100 new cards, with 31 neutral cards and 14 per faction. There are new mechanics including: new Poison and Bleeding effects, Shield and Vitality boosts, and mechanics called Deathblow and Berserk. There are five preview cards on Gwent’s website to view now.
 
5. Sony is Allegedly Offering Refunds over Anthem Crashes on PS4
 
Anthem has a bit of a bumpy launch with concerns over both game mechanics and server stability. However, a third issue is a number of PlayStation 4 players who are experiencing console crashes while playing Anthem. Some of the crashes are so severe that a few users have claimed Anthem has bricked their system. Apparently, Sony is issuing refunds to some users who request them, although others claim their refund requests have been denied.
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POPULAR The Daily Moot (3/1/19)

1. Happy Friday Mootimon trainers! So, Pokemon Gen 8 probably won't have a battle royale mode. But, it will have a ton of other cool stuff which we cover in this week's episode of Moot Points with Dylan & Brian. We also talk about Fortnite Season 8, the new Overwatch hero, and more.
 
2.The next Legend for Apex Legends may have Leaked
 
There have been some supposed leaks regarding the next Legends to come to Apex Legends, but one is more convincing than the rest; an image showing a Legend named Octane looks very legitimate. Octane also visually matches one of the two shadows we saw in a teaser video from Respawn, adding credence to the leak. Octane’s passive lets him heal over time while out of combat, his tactical lets his spend health to move faster, and his ultimate is a launch pad.
 
3. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remaster Coming
 
PEGI, a website that gives games their maturity ratings, accidentally posted a rating for “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered” yesterday. It has since been removed from their website, but the damage is done. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was one of the most popular games in the iconic series. The title unfortunately suggests the Remaster may only include the campaign, but even that would still be welcome.
 
4. Apex Legends Map Leaked a Year Ago
 
About 11 months ago, an anonymous user posted a picture on reddit with the title “Alleged Minimap for Rumored Titanfall Battle Royal Game.” The picture is the map is almost exactly the Apex Legends map, just rotated 90 degrees. You probably didn’t see the original leak, as it had 0 upvotes and only 14 comments. Personally, we’re glad the leak didn’t blow up; one of the coolest things about Apex Legends was the surprise release, and the anticipation for the game may have ruined it.
 
5. Epic Sued over Save the World’s Loot Llamas
 
Epic Games is currently being sued for the apparently predatory nature of the Loot Llamas in the Save the World game mode. Unlike most “acceptable” loot boxes which only include cosmetic items, the loot boxes in Save the World include weapons, materials, and other resources that directly affect how successful you can be in the game. The lawsuit alleges the game baits players in with a low starting price, only to basically force them to spend money on Loot Llamas to play the game. It should be noted that last month Epic began disclosing exactly what was inside each Loot Llama before you bought it.
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POPULAR The Daily Moot (2/28/19)

1. Fortnite Season 8 is Here!
Remember that little indie game Fortnite? Epic Games just released the game’s eighth season and it is becoming even more like Apex Legends, which is a good thing. Season 8 introduces a ping system that lets you more easily communicate with your teammates. There is also an updated UI that looks great. As far as map changes go, there’s a new volcano and volcanic vents that boost players into the sky. Finally, a new season means a new battle pass with tons of sweet cosmetics.
 
2. Hearthstone’s Year of the Dragon Revealed
 
Blizzard announced the next year of Hearthstone expansions will be collectively called the Year of the Dragon. The new year of content will see big changes to the Arena game mode and a commitment to more single player content. Also, in surprising news, Baku the Mooneater and Genn Greymane are leaving Standard a full year early. The Even/Odd cards have dominated the Standard format for too long, so good riddance. Lastly, the iconic cards Doomguard, Naturalize, and Divine Favor are all being vaulted.
 
 
3. Cyberpunk 2077 Will be at E3
 
CD Projekt Red has confirmed they will be at E3 this year with Cyberpunk 2077. It is uncertain to what degree they’ll be demoing the game; while we can all hope for a playable demo, we still don’t even know a release date for the game so there’s no way to say if a playable demo is a realistic expectation or not. Several big games and studios are moving away from E3, so Cyberpunk 2077 may very well be able to take a big spotlight at the show. E3 starts on June 11th.
 
4. BioWare Updates Loot Systems in Anthem
 
Anthem players were upset with the loot in the game from the start and BioWare is hoping they can fix it. BioWare is changing inscriptions, level 30 drop tables, and masterwork crafting material requirements. Certain inscriptions were effectively useless, like increased physical damage on an elemental gun. Those will be removed. Uncommon and common loot is being removed from level 30 drop tables. Finally, it will only take 15 masterwork embers to create a masterwork instead of 25. These changes will go live either today or tomorrow.
 
5. ‘Season of the Drifter’ Brings Updates to Destiny 2
 
Bungie released a new video that outlines what players can expect from Season of the Drifter, Destiny 2’s sixth season. There will be a new version of Gambit called Gambit Prime, which offers a class-based experience with unique rewards. There’s also The Reckoning, which is a matchmade activity that brings players to The Plains of the Nine to fight against enemies. Watch the reveal ViDoc at the link below.
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POPULAR The Daily Moot (2/27/19)

1. Pokémon Sword & Pokémon Shield Coming Late 2019!
The upcoming core RPG for Pokemon with brand new generation 8 Pokémon has finally been announced. The journey will take place in the Galar region which is a diverse territory consisting of big cities, snowy mountain, vast plains, and much more! The three starting Pokémon were also revealed: the grass chimp Pokémon, Grookey, the fire rabbit Pokémon, Scarbunny, and the water lizard Pokémon, Sobble (all three pictured below). The game looks like one of the best yet and is set to release on the Nintendo Switch in late 2019. Are you guys looking forward to it?! We are!
 
 
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2.Final Fortnite Season 8 Teaser
 
Fortnite season 8 officially starts tomorrow, which means today’s teaser will be the last one. The first two teasers showed a snake and then a dragon, both surrounded by fire. This morning’s teaser shows a volcano in the foreground but we’re more interested in the banana in the background. Banana? Banana. There is clearly some sort of fire and brimstone theme here, but we’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see how a banana fits into things.
 
3. EVO 2019 Won’t Include Smash Bros. Melee
 
For the first time in over ten years, the biggest fighting tournament series won’t include Super Smash Bros. Melee. The Evolution Championship Series just announced the games lineup for EVO 2019 and they’ve chosen to include Super Smash Bros. Ultimate instead of Melee. EVO 2019 will also include Dragon Ball FighterZ, Tekken 7, Soulcalibur 6, and more. Check out the full lineup at the link below.
 
4. Ubisoft Reveals The Division 2 Year One Plans
 
Ubisoft has just revealed their plans for the first year of post-launch content for The Division 2. This includes several free updates and a season pass. The free updates will add new specializations and story missions for everyone, but season pass owners will get early access and extra missions. There will also be a shop with cosmetic items that can be purchased directly. The Division 2’s open beta starts on March 1st and the game launches on March 15th.

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POPULAR The Daily Moot (2/26/19)

1. New Overwatch Hero ‘Baptiste’ Revealed
Yesterday evening Blizzard revealed Overwatch’s next hero, Baptiste. Baptiste is a Haitian combat medic that has some awesome abilities. There are two ways for Baptiste to heal his allies. He can launch a grenade that heals allies near it and he can also use Regenerative Burst to heal allies near him over time. Baptiste also has an ability called Immortality Field, which temporarily prevents allies from dying. Finally, his ultimate is the Amplication Matrix would doubles the damage and healing of projectiles shot through it. Baptiste is currently available on the PTR.
 
2. First Major Red Dead Online Update Released
 
The first major update for Red Dead Online just went live today. It introduces Daily Challenges, a new rare shot, new emotes, and a range of new clothing items. There are also improvements to player visibility, Parley, and Feuds. Finally, the Law and Bounty system is now live. While this all sounds great, a lot of players are upset. The update seems to have cut earning potential for missions in half, while the prices for the new cosmetics feel through the rough. Basically, Rockstar wants your money and they’re not being bashful about it. Is anyone still playing Red Dead Online anyway?
 
3. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Update adds New Game Plus
 
New Game Plus is a growing feature in games. It lets you ‘restart’ the game but with all of your progress and unlocks carried over to the ‘new game.’ Today’s update brings New Game Plus to Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. You can now start again in Kephallonia as Alexios or Kassandra with all of your earned and unlocked gear, mounts, upgrades, abilities, crafting materials, and more. Today’s update also readdressed the Shadow Heritage DLC, fixing an issue that forced players into a heterosexual romance instead of letting them choose.
 
4. Kingdom Hearts Board Game Coming Out this Year
 
Talisman: Kingdom Hearts edition is now in development and will release this year. The Kingdom Hearts twist on the classic Talisman board game will be playable for between two and six players. According to an official press release Sora and the gang will work to “acquire the needed Strength and Magic to seal the Door to Darkness and keep Heartless from consuming the communal worlds.”
 
5. Several Overwatch Hero Changes on PTR Now
 
The Overwatch PTR update that introduces Baptiste also includes several nerfs and buffs for existing heroes, as well as some general changes. Armor will now reduce beam-type damage by 20% and will no longer reduce damage over time effects at all. Damage boosts now matter when a projectile is fired, not when it deals its damage. Knockback distance is more consistent, and you can now knockback and slow flying enemies. Check out the link below to read all of the nerfs and buffs to your favorite heroes. (Yay, Soldier 76 buffs!)
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1. Fortnite Season 8 Coming Soon
Season 7 is coming to a close and everyone’s eyes are on Season 8. Now that the snow has melted, it looks like Season 8 may be a wet one with various bodies of water taking the focal point. You can expect a mix of all things aquatic, from fish to pirates and buried treasure. Planes are getting vaulted so perhaps we could see submarines, jet skis, or pirate ships as new vehicles to traverse the waterways. Of course, we're also eager to see what's going to happen with the mysterious eggs - perhaps an epic battle of sea creatures and sky dragons? Only time will tell, Season 8 is set to start on February 28.
 
2. The Division 2 Open Beta
 
Following its private beta a couple weeks ago, The Division 2 will have an open beta from March 1 - March 4. The open beta will have more content available than the private beta did, and will allow players to check out both early game and end game content. This is a great opportunity to try out the game and decide whether or not you want to purchase it once it officially releases on March 15.
 
3. Activision and EA CEOs Among Most Overpaid
 
A recent article found that Activision’s Bobby Kotic and EA’s Andrew Wilson are two of the most overpaid CEOs in America. Kotic’s salary is nearly $29M which is 306 times more than his average employee earns. Wilson earns even more, with his nearly $36M salary which is 371 times more than his average employee earns. Both Activision and EA have come under fire recently for firing many of their most valued staff members and producing worse quality games. This seems to make it pretty clear that they value profits over product.
 
4. Classic Resident Evil Games Coming to the Switch
 
In an homage to Resident Evil’s early partnership with Nintendo on the GameCube, Resident Evil 0, 1, and 4 are coming to the Switch. This is great news for Resident Evil fans who have shown that they’re just as interested in replaying the classic games as they are with a new game in the series. They likely won’t be remastered so the graphics will certainly look dated, but the gameplay will be as good as ever. The first of 3 games is set to come out on May 21.
 
5. Anthem 90-day Roadmap
 
Anthem got off to a rough start and BioWare knows it. The studio promises to improve the game and just released a 90-day roadmap detailing how they intend to do so. Aside from new items and missions, there will be 3 major in-world events which should spice up gameplay. BioWare is also focusing on developing end game content to keep players interested after they complete the core missions. The first event is set to start next week.
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POPULAR The Daily Moot (2/22/2019)

1. What's going on Moot Nation?! In this week's Moot Points episode Dylan answers questions from the community! Check it out to see if your question was answered and to get a better idea where Moot is heading!
 
2. Fortnite World Cup Announced with $30M Prize Pool
 
Are you ready for Fortnite to make you a millionaire? The details of the Fortnite World Cup have been announced and the prize pool is insane! The finals will be held live in New York City from July 26-28 and will have 100 solo players and 50 duo teams with each finalist guaranteed to win at least $50,000. You can win your way to the finals by competing in the online qualifiers which will be held from April 13 to June 16. Each of these weekly qualifiers will have a $1M prize pool and the top competitors will advance their way to the finals. Good luck to all of you competitors!
 
3. FTC Addresses Loot Boxes
 
The Federal Trade Commissions is looking to tackle the growing problem of loot boxes in video games. FTC chairman Joseph Simon says that they “have remained vigilant for potential consumer protection issues,” and is planning a public workshop to address loot boxes later this year. Some countries have already enforced laws either forcing transparency about loot boxes and their odds, while other countries have banned loot boxes altogether. The United States could soon be following suit, but Simon says that the FTC will first explore options that don’t require law enforcement efforts.
 
4. Epic Exploring Fortnite Respawn System
 
In an effort to overthrow Apex Legends and once again become the biggest game in America, Fortnite is considering adding many of the features of Apex Legends. One of the most notable changes that may come in Season 8 is a respawn system. This is one of the most loved features in Apex Legends and one aspect that truly sets it apart from other battle royales. Epic is also looking to incorporate Apex’s ping system, which should help facilitate team communication. Season 8 looks like it will have some big changes for Fortnite, and it’s clear that Epic is trying to act as soon as possible before Apex Legends becomes unstoppable.
 
5. Fallout 76 Post-Launch Roadmap Revealed
 
Despite its poor reception on launch, Bethesda isn’t giving up on Fallout 76. The post-launch roadmap shows that they are pouring their resources into the game, bringing several new missions, items, and a new game mode called Survival. It’s good to see that Bethesda hasn’t given up on Fallout 76 yet; maybe these updates will be exactly what’s needed for the game to make a resurgence. The first update, Wild Appalachia, comes out on March 12.
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POPULAR The Daily Moot (2/21/19)

1. Black Ops 4 Loot Boxes Cause Controversy
Cosmetic-based microtransactions are nothing new and the gaming community largely accepts that microtransactions can exist as long as they don’t affect gameplay. Nobody wants a pay-to-win game. Apparently the Black Ops 4 team didn’t get the memo; now they’ve locked the new specialists behind a loot box paywall. This goes directly against what their design director promised just a few months ago. It’s honestly disgusting that they would so blatantly lie to the community like this, and this will seriously make me reconsider ever buying another Call of Duty game again.
 
2. Hearthstone Giving Regular Players a Chance to Go Pro
 
Hearthstone is unveiling their brand new pro scene which is sure to bring excitement to high-level casual players. Rather than being invite-only or restricted to only the top legends, there will be 30 tournaments held each week that anybody of any rank can enter. The highest performing players will earn an invite to a Masters Tour event which has a guaranteed minimum prize pool of $250,000.
 
3. Space Engineers Finally Getting Full Release
 
After more than 5 years of early-access with over 200 updates, Space Engineers is finally getting its full release. Since its inception, Space Engineers has been critically acclaimed as one of the best physics-based, realistic sandbox games on the market. The developers say that along with their full release, they’re creating a survival mode which will add new layers to the game and make it much more of an experience than merely being a great sandbox game. The full release is scheduled for February 28.
 
4. Reggie Retires, Bowser Takes Over Nintendo
 
Reggie Fils-Aime, the beloved president of Nintendo, is retiring. Reggie has been one of the most prominent and recognizable faces in the gaming industry since he first joined Nintendo in 2003. Of course, all eras must come to an end and we wish Reggie a fantastic retirement. Perhaps even more interesting than Reggie’s retirement is the name of his successor: Bowser. I’m not making this up, Bowser is really taking over Nintendo. Doug Bowser to be precise. The shift will come in a couple months on April 15, hopefully Doug Bowser will be as great of a personality as Reggie is.
 
5. Embark Studios Unveil First Game
 
The former head of DICE, Patrick Söderlund, (responsible for classic titles such as Battlefield) left EA last summer to start a new gaming studio called Embark Studios. He just gave us a sneak-peak of their studio debut and the game looks absolutely phenomenal. It’s a co-op action game that requires teamwork to survive in a vast environment and overcome difficult challenges. It will also be completely free to play. Not only does the game sound incredible but it looks gorgeous, and will push visual limits to their max with things like dynamic weather and lighting. Just check out this picture below:
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POPULAR The Daily Moot (2/20/19)

1. Apex Legends Gets its First New Gun
Apex Legends received its first new gun today! It’s a full-auto assault rifle called “Havoc” that uses energy ammo. Like the Devotion, it charges up and increases its rate of fire. It’s the first gun in the game that can use two different hop ups: the turbocharger and select fire. The turbocharger removes spin up time while the select fire allows you to shoot a powerful laser shot.
 
2. Steam Shutting Down Videos Section
 
Steam’s seldom-used Videos section is being retired. Steam has scrapped its non-gaming related video market in order to focus entirely on gaming. There will still be gaming videos available but they will only be accessible through searches and recommendations. If you have previously purchased any movies or other non-gaming videos on Steam, all of your previous purchases will still be available to you.
 
3. Rocket League Launches Cross-Platform Parties
 
With the start of Season 10, Rocket League has launched their new party system which will allow players from any platform to party up and game with each other. As much as console giants have tried to prevent it, it’s clear that crossplay is the future of gaming. Rocket League’s successful cross-platform launch should help facilitate the process for future games to follow suit and unite gamers across all platforms.
 
4. Paradox Launching Modding Platform
 
Paradox is partnering with Microsoft to launch their new “Paradox Mods.” Modding games has historically been restricted to PC players so this is a huge step for console gaming as it will allow Xbox One players to use mods. Right now the platform has about 30 Xbox One mods for Surviving Mars, but it will likely add more for other Paradox games such as Cities:Skylines. Let’s hope that other developers will follow Paradox’s lead and start bringing mods to console.
 
5. Red Dead Online Getting Major Update
 
Red Dead Online is getting a major update next week which will introduce new clothing, weapons, and a new game mode called “Fool’s Gold.” In Fool’s Gold players will be hunting down a set of golden armor and attempt to kill enemies while wearing it to increase their score. Although Red Dead Online is starting to receive substantial attention from Rockstar, it will still remain in beta for the foreseeable future. The update is scheduled to come out on PS4 on February 26 and Xbox shortly after.
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The Daily Moot (2/19/19)

1. Black Ops 4: Operation Grand Heist Roadmap Revealed
The roadmap for Black Ops 4’s brand new season “Operation Grand Heist” has been revealed. It will add new modes and weapons, western-themed areas to the Blackout map, and a new specialist named Outrider. Much to the delight of fans, they’re also bringing back a favorite game mode: One in the Chamber. Grand Heist is live on PS4 today, and will come to other platforms next week.
 
2. Google is Joining the Gaming Market
 
There has been a lot of buzz surrounding Google’s upcoming keynote speech at GDC next month. Although it may seem that Google is just making yet another streaming platform, what have in store is likely much more special. It’s just speculation, but it looks like Google is trying to develop a way to make console games playable from anywhere. This means that you could play all your favorite console games straight from your mobile phone. If this is true it would be revolutionary, so I can't wait to hear more details about it next month.
 
3. Epic Games Suing Organizers of Fortnite Festival
 
A U.K. festival promised to be the Fortnite event of the year went disastrously wrong. Now Epic Games is suing them. Nearly 3,000 people showed up to the festival and waited in line for over 2 hours only to find out that there was nothing inside. Despite branding it as a Fortnite event, there was nothing Fortnite related at the event, and it seems they were using Fortnite’s brand and logo without Epic’s permission. Epic Games has been the recipient of a lot of lawsuits this past year, this time they’re the ones doing the suing.
 
4. Anthem Addressing Major Bugs Before Official Release
 
Although Anthem technically isn’t out until February 22, many players have been able to enjoy the game through EA’s Origin Access Premier. It’s a good thing too, because it seems like Anthem still had a lot of things to fix before releasing to the general public. Some of the most common bugs were invisible enemies, vanishing audio, and constant crashes. The developers promise that they’ll have all these issues fixed by the time it officially launches later this week.
 
5. Ghost Recon Wildlands is Getting its Final Update for Year 2
 
Ghost Recon Wildlands is getting a brand new PvE mode with its final update for year 2: Special Operation 4. Although there’s not a lot of info about it yet, the creators assure that it will “test your endurance.” It’s good to see Wildlands adding a solid PvE mode, as this should satisfy fans until the next game in the Ghost Recon series comes out. Special Operations 4 should be released later this month, with a planned release date of February 27.
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1. Moot Points Episode 42: How to win in Apex Legends!
 
We couldn't help ourselves, so we went ahead and did another entire episode focused on Apex Legends! We talk about our favorite Legends to play, places to drop, and gun combos to use. We also include a couple nice tips that should help you become Champion!
 
2. Fortnite is Currently Plagued by Earthquakes
 
Remember Fortnite? Well, because you’ve been playing Apex Legends for the last couple weeks, we figured we’d help you get caught up with everything happening in Fortnite. Currently, earthquakes are shaking Fortnite’s map and leaving behind cracks in the ground. We don’t yet know the source of the earthquakes and we don’t know what things are building up to, but expect to find out when Season 8 launches next month.
 
3. Anthem is now Live for EA Origin Access Members
 
Anthem is now live on Origin Access Premier. If you’re a member, you’re all set to get into the game and start playing. If you’re not a part of Origin Access, you’ll have to wait until a week from today to play. Specifically, Anthem will be live at 9 pm Pacific Time on February 21st. It will be interesting to see how the success of one EA game, Apex Legends, affects the release of Anthem. Honestly, we forgot Anthem even existed once we got our hands on Apex Legends.
 
4. Ubisoft Reveals Names of Next Two Operators in Rainbow Six Siege
 
We already knew the next two operators coming to Rainbow Six Siege were Aussies, but we now know their names. Gridlock is a farm girl from Central Queensland who uses Trax Stringers to help her team control their surroundings. Mozzie, the other new operator, uses a crossbow-deployed “Pest” to hamper the attacking team’s attempts to gather intel. The full Operation Burnt Horizon will be revealed during the Six Invitational this weekend.

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POPULAR The Daily Moot (2/14/19)

1. Apex Legends Beats Fortnite on Twitch for 10 Days in a Row
First of all, if you haven’t played Apex Legends yet shame on you! The game is free to play on PC, Xbox, and PlayStation 4. Apex Legends is not only incredibly fun to play, but it is also incredibly fun to watch. So fun to watch, in fact, that the game has beaten Fortnite in Twitch viewership for 10 straight days. Since the game’s launch, Apex Legends is growing in viewership numbers every day which is an amazing sign. If you’re looking for teammates to play with or some nice tips and tricks to play better, head over to the Apex Legends lounge here on Moot now!
 
2. Fortnite Patch v7.40 Introduces Infantry Rifle
 
It feels like forever since Fortnite added a new gun, but maybe that’s just because we’ve been playing Apex Legends instead of paying attention. Epic Games introduced patch v7.40 today which brings the Infantry Rifle to the game. The Infantry Rifle is like an assault rifle/hunting rifle combo; it is a semi-automatic weapon that is high accuracy and high damage. The patch also changed disguise bushes; they will now absorb one instance of damage.
 
3. Hollow Knight Sequel Announced
 
Hollow Knight is certainly one of the most satisfying and beautiful games released in the last few years. The platform is beautiful in all respects; the music, the art, and the gameplay will all leave you speechless. Team Cherry hit us this morning with the amazing news that they’re working on a full-blown sequel called Hollow Knight: Silksong. The new game will feature Hornet as the main character, which is pretty sweet. We’ll get to explore new places, face new enemies, and solve new puzzles. We couldn’t be more excited!
 
4. Tetris Battle Royale named ‘Tetris 99’ now Available on Switch
 
During yesterday’s Nintendo Direct several exciting things were announced, but perhaps none are more exciting than Tetris 99. Tetris 99 is the battle royale we never knew we wanted or needed; in Tetris 99, you’ll compete against 98 other players. When you complete a line it will cause blocks to fill up your opponents’ screens. Eventually the field will dwindle until only one remains, the ultimate champion.
 
5. Fortnite Season 8 Battle Pass can be Free
 
You can get the battle pass for Fortnite’s upcoming Season 8 if you complete all the overtime challenges. You will have almost two weeks to complete your challenges. Five overtime challenges are available today and more will be available to complete until Feburary 27th. The challenges seem to be relatively easy to accomplish, so hopefully everyone who wants to grind for the free battle pass will be able to earn it before the 27th.
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POPULAR The Daily Moot (2/13/19)

1. Apex Legends Patch Brings Valentine’s Day Items and Bug Fixes
The first patch for Apex Legends goes live today, bringing some much-needed bug fixes. The patch also introduces some Valentine’s Day cosmetics to the store, which will be available tonight at 6pm PST. There is also the Live Die Live Banner Badge, which you can get if you revive a member of your squad between today and February 19th. If you need teammates to squad up with, head on over to the Apex Legends lounge here on Moot!
 
2. Nintendo Direct Happening this Afternoon
 
There will be a Nintendo Direct happening this afternoon where Nintendo will share some of their plans for 2019. This has actually been the longest time between Directs, with the last one airing on November 1st last year. The focus will probably be on games coming to the Switch, both in the form of new releases and game ports from other systems. There may also be information about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, like new fighters coming in the form of DLC. Tune into Nintendo’s website at 2pm to watch the direct and see for yourself!
 
3. Rainbow Six Siege is Free This Weekend
 
Starting tomorrow, you can play Rainbow Six Siege for free on all platforms through Sunday. If you decide you like the game enough, you can buy it on sale and even keep your progress you made during the free trial. During the free trial you will have access to all maps and game modes to truly test the game. Ubisoft recently readjusted prices for all versions of Rainbow Six Siege, making the game more affordable than ever.
 
4. Blizzard Says There are no Major Games Planned for 2019
 
It’s been an interesting couple days for those following Activision-Blizzard. Yesterday, the company announced last year’s record sales numbers. Then, they fired hundreds of employees. Now, Blizzard Entertainment has announced they won’t be releasing any ‘frontline’ games this year. Hopefully this means they’ll be reinvesting in existing titles, but with them pulling developers away from Heroes of the Storm it seems like we’re getting mixed signals.
 
5. Next Call of Duty Game will have a Campaign
 
There were two notable aspects of Black Ops 4; the first was the inclusion of a battle royale mode and the second was the exclusion of a single player campaign. Activision confirmed this year’s Call of Duty game will include “an entirely new campaign,” plus multiplayer and co-op game modes. This year’s Call of Duty is coming from Infinity Ward, the developers who made Call of Duty, Call of Duty 2, Infinity Warfare, Ghosts, and the Modern Warfare trilogy.
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POPULAR The Daily Moot (2/12/19)

1. Apex Legends hits 25 Million Players
After just a single WEEK on the market, Apex Legends has reached over 25 million players! This game is truly something special; the servers are stable, the Legends and weapons feel relatively balanced, and the gameplay is genuinely exciting. There will be some new cosmetics this week to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Also, this afternoon there is the Twitch Rivals tournament where some of Twitch’s biggest streamers will compete to win the lion's share of $50,000 USD. If you need teammates or advice for Apex Legends head on over to the game’s lounge here on Moot.
 
2. Rocket League Cross-Play Parties Coming Next Week
 
This feature in Rocket League has been highly requested for a long time and it is apparently going to arrive next week. We say apparently because Psyonix has pushed back the release of cross-play parties several times over the last year. The update also comes with a friends list, where you can add friends regardless of platform. The Friends Update comes to Rocket League on February 19th.
 
3. The Division 2 Open Beta Starts March 1st
 
You’ll have one last chance to try The Division 2 before it releases on March 15th. Starting on March 1st, there will be an open beta for the game that will last 3 days. We don’t know whether there will be fresh content in the open beta beyond the missions included in last week’s private beta. In the private beta there were two main missions, five side missions, and a Dark Zone. The Division 2 is releasing on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
 
4. Civilization 6 is Free on Steam This Week
 
The Civilization series is seriously awesome. You can get completely lost in one of these turn-based strategy games. If you want to try out Civilization 6, you can play the game for free on Steam this week to celebrate the impending release of the game’s Gathering Storm expansion. Gathering Storm is introducing weather to the equation alongside some other cool new features. The game is also 70% off this week. Gathering Storm launches on February 14th.
 
5. Upcoming Red Dead Online Update will introduce Anti-Griefing Measures
 
Red Dead Online will get an update in a couple weeks that aims to reduce griefing amongst players. Player blips will be hidden on the map unless you’re within 150 meters of another player or firing your gun. Additionally, aggressive players will have their blips darkened in color so others can know they may be a danger. There is also a new Law and Order system where criminal acts will lead to a bounty. Read more about the update at the link below.
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POPULAR The Daily Moot (2/11/19)

1. Apex Legends was the Top Game on Twitch Last Week
Since Apex Legends surprise released last Monday, it has consistently been the top game on Twitch. Apex Legends averaged 183,089 viewers last week, which is significantly more than Fortnite’s average viewer count of 115,947. While some of this can be attributed to the excitement of a new game, it also speaks to the quality of Apex Legends; the game is both fun to play and watch. Apex Legends is free-to-play, on PC and console, and there’s an awesome lounge for it here on Moot for all your teamfinding and discussion needs. Check it out!
 
2. Big H1Z1 Update for PS4 Introduces Free-for-all Deathmatch
 
H1Z1 has been steadily plugging along as a medium-popularity battle royale for a few years now. Last year, the game launched for free on PlayStation 4 to try and take some players away from Fortnite and other competitors. A new update is rolling out for the game on February 21st that will introduce 2 new game modes. The first, free-for-all deathmatch, will put 50 players against each other in a small combat zone in a race to get 25 kills. The second is called Training Grounds and will provide players will a chance to practice with all of the game’s weapons.
 
3. Dota 2’s ‘Auto Chess’ Mode Causes Playerbase Spike
 
Dota 2 is experiencing a bit of a resurgence in the last few weeks, largely due to a user-created custom game mode called Auto Chess. Auto Chess has players fighting across an 8x8 field, like a chessboard, in a way that emphasizes strategic choices over actions per minute. Blizzard’s announcement that they are effectively ending support for Heroes of the Storm can also be a contributing factor toward Dota 2’s increase, as MOBA fans may be shifting their focus to a game that isn’t being abandoned by its developers.
 
4. Ubisoft Reveals New Map for Operation Burnt Horizon
 
This morning Ubisoft revealed the map for Operation Burnt Horizon, which is set in the Australian outback and set to be fully revealed this weekend. The new map is an abandoned service station in the middle of the Austrlian outback and is fittingly called ‘Outback.’ The Rainbow Six team is at this particular station “because of a nuclear convey that fell under stack while it was passing by.” The map and the rest of Operation Burnt Horizon will be fully revealed during the Six Invitational stream this weekend.
 
5. Activision-Blizzard is Reportedly Planning Massive Layoffs
 
Activision-Blizzard has been struggling a bit lately and the company may be planning some big employee layoffs soon. Numbers for big titles like Hearthstone and Overwatch have been flat or declining and the company just split off from Bungie, who took the Destiny franchise with them. Apparently, most of the layoffs will be in non-game development departments like marketing and sales.
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POPULAR The Daily Moot (2/8/19)

Good afternoon Apex Mootgends! In this week's episode of Moot Points the guys talk about the hottest new kid on the block, Apex Legends! Learn a bit about the game and let us tell you what exactly makes it sweet.
 
2. Apex Legends Hits 10 Million Players, 1 Million Concurrent
 
It took only three days for Apex Legends to hit 10 million unique players. The game also reached 1 million concurrent players last night, which is a tremendous achievement. These numbers would not be possible so fast if they game wasn’t free-to-play, which was a tough choice for Respawn to make. But, according to letter linked below, they knew they had an amazing game and they needed as many people as possible to experience it. If you need some teammates for Apex Legends head on over to the Apex Legends lounge here on Moot!
 
3. Aussie Operators Coming to Rainbow 6 in Operation Burnt Horizon
 
While it has been a rumor for some time now, Ubisoft finally confirmed this morning that the next Operation in Rainbow Six Siege will take us to the wonderful land down under. The new operators for the game are members of the Special Air Service Regiment, a unit in the Australian Army similar to the British SAS. Ubisoft will fully unveil Operation Burnt Horizon on February 17th during the Six Invitational in Montreal.
 
4. Monster Hunter: World’s Witcher 3 Crossover Event is Live
 
The collaborative event for Monster Hunter: World that brings Geralt of Rivia to the game is now live. Players who have reached Hunter Rank 16 can access a quest line that sends them on a mission to kill Leshen using Geralt’s special weapons and abilities. Next week, another event will start for Hunters over Rank 50. Next week’s event will be a multiplayer one that sends your group after the Anchient Leshen.
 
5. PUBG is Steam’s 2018 Game of the Year
 
Valve announced the winners of the 2018 Steam Awards today and PUBG claimed the coveted Game of the Year Title. Some other award winners include: Rainbow Six Siege as ‘Better With Friends,’ Assassin’s Creed Odyssey for ‘Best Alternate History,’ and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt with the ‘Best Environment.’ Check out the link below to see the full list of winners.

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POPULAR The Daily Moot (2/7/19)

1. Apex Legends ‘Twitch Rivals’ Tournament Starts Next Week
Twitch is bringing the iconic Twitch Rivals tournament series to Apex Legends, the new battle royale game on the proverbial block. Apex Legends is free-to-play, available on most major platforms (sorry Switch players), and genuinely fun to play. Most streamers you see are better than your average gamer, so it will be nice to see them pitted against each other. The tournament will feature 16 squads of 3, meaning there will be only 48 players in each match instead of the usual 60. So far, DrDisrespect, Shroud, and TSM_Myth are among the confirmed list of streamers for the event. Check out the Apex Legends lounge here on Moot for all your teamfinding and discussion needs!
 
2. Fortnite ‘Share the Love’ Event Starts Tomorrow
 
Epic just announced the Share the Love event for Fortnite, which starts tomorrow and will run until February 27th. The event features some new cosmetics, two double XP weekends, and a competitive series. Placement matches for the Share the Love competitive series will take place this weekend, and the next two weekends will be the double XP ones. Interestingly, Epic mentions the event will end “right before the arrival of Season 8” which means there will be a two-week long delay between the end of Season 7 and the start of Season 8.
 
3. GTA V Cheat Maker Must Pay $150,000 USD to Rockstar
 
A judge has ruled the creator of a GTA V cheat must pay Rockstar $150,000 USD, the maximum amount possible for copyright infringement damages. This is potentially the highest damages amount ever awarded in a game cheating lawsuit. The cheat, known as Elusive, apparently created new features in the game that damaged the online experience of other players. Rockstar sought maximum damages both because they estimated tremendous losses due to the cheat but also to set an example for would-be cheat creators.
 
4. Astroneer Launches out of Early Access
 
After two years in Early Access the space survival sandbox game Astroneer has officially launched. Astroneer is a co-op focused game but you can also play by yourself. From the limited exposure we’ve had to the game here at Moot, it definitely looks sweet. And unlike some games, just because Astroneer is now officially released does not mean it won’t keep getting better; the developers will be introducing cross-play and eight-player co-op in the future.
 
5. Elder Scrolls Online Plus will be Free for a Few Days
 
Elder Scrolls Online is a sweet MMORPG that moved away from mandatory subscriptions back in 2015. Since then, players who purchased the base game could always play for free but players who wanted to experience the DLCs needed to participate in the ESO Plus program. Starting today and running until February 12th, ESO Plus will be free to try for ESO players. Finally, us cheapos can see what we’ve been missing out on.
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POPULAR The Daily Moot (2/6/19)

1.Apex Legends Hits 2.5 Million Players in first 24 Hours
Okay, so you may have heard of this game by now. But it’s soooorrtta great and its definitely blowing up. The game is blowing up so much so, in fact, that it actually hit 2.5 million players in its first 24 hours. We’re big fans of Apex Legends here at Moot and we have an AWESOME lounge for the game. Head on over to the Apex Legends lounge to see how much Mooties like you are enjoying the game. You can also find teammates on Moot, which is great because Apex Legends forces you to play squads.
 
2. Sea of Thieves Free Trial Starts This Week
 
Sea of Thieves has experienced a resurgence over the last month. This has been the result of several free content expansions and renewed attention from popular Twitch streamers like Summit1G. Starting today, Sea of Thieves owners and Xbox Game Pass subscribers will be able to invite up to 3 friends to play for free. There is also some new limited content that seems to act as a bit of a welcome mission for these new players to complete alongside their trusty guides.
 
3. EA is Disappointed in Battlefield 5 Sales
 
Well, that’s quite a surprising headline; EA has the self-awareness to recognize one of their games is failing? Astonishing! In all seriousness, EA acknowledged their failure to meet expectations with Battlefield 5 in a conference call yesterday. Perhaps it is because the game’s battle royale mode STILL isn’t out, even though the game released multiple months? Maybe it’s because the maps and single player content are seriously underwhelming? Who knows; we’re all too busy playing other games, like Apex Legends.
 
4. New Titanfall Game Coming this Year, NOT Titanfall 3
 
So Titanfall fans have had a confusing week. Respawn released an amazing new free-to-play battle royale game called Apex Legends on Monday. On Tuesday, Respawn confirmed they are not developing Titanfall 3; however, later on Tuesday EA CEO talked about how they plan to release a “premium game this year that is a new twist on the Titanfall universe.” So we know it will be a paid game, unlike Apex Legends, but beyond that is anyone’s guess.
 
5. Assassin’s Creed 3 Remaster Coming Out Next Month
 
Ubisoft announced the release date for the Assassin’s Creed 3 remaster this morning. The game will launch on March 29th. Assassin’s Creed 3 had lots of potential, but the game didn’t necessarily live up to it. Hopefully, the remastered edition can fix most of the problems from the original game. Based on the trailer Ubisoft released today, we’re cautiously optimistic.
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POPULAR The Daily Moot (2/5/19)

1. Apex Legends hits 1 Million Players in 8 Hours
Apex Legends may be the smoothest game launch we’ve seen in recent memory. While there were whispers of this game among industry insiders, many gamers were caught by surprise when Respawn announced their new battle royale yesterday. Within 8 hours, the game had drawn in over 1 million players. That isn’t surprising, as Apex Legends is both free-to-play AND on multiple platforms. You can play Apex Legends for free on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Also, check out the Apex Legends lounge here on Moot to find the best teammates!
 
2. Fortnite patch v7.30 is Live now, Adds Bottle Rockets
 
A new patch is live today in Fortnite, bringing with it some basic changes and a new item! The new item is the Bottle Rocket, which can be used to call a mini-airstrike on an area. Throw the Bottle Rocket toward a location and it will soon call down a barrage of rockets that damage players and buildings. The patch also introduces the new environmental campfires; you can light campfires around the map to heal up, although these campfires can be used only once per match. Finally, patch v7.30 vaults the Boombox.
 
3. List of Changes to Anthem from Demo to Live Game
 
The Anthem public beta was a smashing success last week, at least according to EA. Unlike the VIP demo the weekend before, the servers generally ran smooth as many got to test Anthem for the first time. Anthem is set to release in just a couple weeks, and Polygon summarized a list of key changes to the live version of the game. We are most excited about the social hub and updated performance that will be in the game when it goes live. Check out the full list of changes to Anthem in the article below.
 
4. Kingdom Hearts 3 Sells Over 5 Million Copies
 
Kingdom Hearts 3 is now officially the fastest selling game in Kingdom Hearts history. Square Enix reported the new game has sold over 5 million copies globally. It’s no surprise the game is selling quick, as players waited so long for a new Kingdom Hearts game and the new one looks great. Kingdom Hearts 3 features several Disney characters like Donald Duck and Goofy alongside the main hero Sora. Kingdom Hearts 3 is available now on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
 
5. Cross-Play and Battle Passes are Coming to Apex Legends
 
Have you heard of Apex Legends yet? We’d assume so, both because it is currently blowing up and because it is today’s top story. Respawn posted a roadmap for the game’s first year of development. In the road map, the main emphasis is on battle passes; there will 4 different battle passes this year, with the first one starting up next month. Each battle pass includes free items, like new Legends, and exclusive cosmetics. Respawn also mentioned they are working on cross-play, but they admitted progress and purchases won’t transfer across platforms.
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POPULAR The Daily Moot (2/4/19)

1. Apex Legends, a Free-to-play Battle Royale, is Live Now
SURPRISE! Another free-to-play battle royale game just launched. Apex Legends is from Respawn, the studio that made Titanfall. Naturally, the game is set in the Titanfall universe. What may come as a surprise, though, is that it seems that the iconic Titan suits from Titanfall haven’t made their way into Apex Legends. Apex Legends is available for free now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC. Head on over to the Apex Legends lounge now to discuss the new game or find teammates!
 
2. Microsoft Expanding Xbox Live to Nintendo Switch and Mobile Devices
 
Microsoft has just leaked they will be bringing Xbox Live cross-platform support to both the Nintendo Switch and mobile devices. The announcement was set to be made at GDC 2019, which is taking place next month. Xbox Live on non-Microsoft devices may sound confusing; the big takeaway here is you should be able to earn Xbox Live achievements for games even if you’re playing them on your phone or your Nintendo Switch. Kinda neat.
 
3. Steam Lunar New Year Sale is Live Now
 
The Steam Lunar New Year Sale is now underway, reducing the price of thousands of games in the Steam store. On top of drastically reducing prices, Steam is offering everyone a $5 USD discount on their first purchase over $30 USD. Additionally, you earn tokens for purchasing games which can be redeemed for more $5 USD discount coupons. The sale will run until February 11th. Boy, it’s a great time to be a PC gamer.
 
4. Anthem Won’t Support Guilds at Launch
 
In a multiplayer game like Anthem, guilds are frequently what keeps players engaged with the game long term. A group of friends whom share similar interests, goals, and playstyles as you? Sounds great! Unfortunately, guilds won’t be part of Anthem when the game launches later this month. However, you will still benefit from playing with others by earning Alliance XP. At the end of each week, this Alliance XP will convert into coins. BioWare promises guilds will be coming to the game eventually, which is good, but unfortunately they did not provide any information about when we can expect them.
 
5. Gfinity Hosting Call of Duty World League Open in London
 
Gfinity just announced they will be hosting a Call of Duty World League open in May of this year. The event will feature 2 separate Black Ops 4 competitions. The first is a tournament featuring 16 professional teams and a prize pool of $325K. The second tournament is open to over 200 amateur teams that will compete for $75K. If you're looking for an awesome Black Ops 4 team to support be sure to check out Broken eSports; they're a top tier team and we just announced a partnership with them! You can find a link to the announcement at the bottom of this post.
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POPULAR The Daily Moot (2/1/19)

Happy Friday Moot Pies! In this week's episode of Moot Points with Dylan & Brian the guys speculate about the PlayStation 5. Rumors are swirling about the upcoming system and anything could happen! Check out the episode below!
2. Surprise Hearthstone Nerfs Change some Classic Cards
 
In a surprising update, Blizzard announced they are nerfing some iconic Basic and Classic cards. This is mostly surprising because the last balance update was only about a month ago. In total 5 cards are changing when the update goes live on February 5th. Rogue spell Cold Blood will now cost 2 mana instead of 1; Shaman card Flametongue Totem will now cost 3 mana instead of 2; Paladin spell Equality will now cost 4 mana instead of 2; Hunter spell Hunter’s Mark will now cost 2 mana instead of 1; and finally, Hunter card Emerald Spellstone will now cost 6 mana instead of 5.
 
3. Dr. Mario World Coming to Mobile
 
A Dr. Mario World game will be coming to mobile devices in the United States and Japan this summer. Dr. Mario World will be free to play and will include optional in-app purchases. There isn’t any specific information for what to expect from the new mobile game, but we can safely expect it to be a puzzle game similar to the original Dr. Mario game released in 1990.
 
4. OWL All-Access Pass Will let you Choose Camera Angles
 
Starting with the impending 2019 Overwatch League season, the All-Access Pass will grant you the option to choose your camera angles. This has been a highly requested feature from OWL fans, so it is nice to see Blizzard provide viewers with the option. The All-Access Pass for the new season will only cost $15 USD and will also provide users with ad-free viewing, 200 Overwatch League tokens, and a single-use discount code for 20% off OWL merch.
 
5. Fortnite’s In Game Concert Featuring Marshmello Starts Tomorrow
 
If you’re a fan of Fortnite, Marshmello, or both you’re going to want to make sure you’re in Pleasant Park tomorrow at 2pm ET. There is going to be some sort of live concert in-game featuring popular electronic musician Marshmello. Epic Games has gone the full nine yards for this event, including a full line of Marshmello cosmetics in the Fortnite store last night.
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The Daily Moot (1/31/19)

1. New Overwatch Map set in Paris is now on the PTR
A new Overwatch map called Paris is available on the Public Test Realm (PTR) as of today. Paris is an assault map, like Temple of Anubis and Volskaya Industries. The attacking team needs to capture two different points, while the defending team tries to stop them. The map is full of iconic Parisian scenery set beside the famous Seine river. Iconic landmarks include the Cabaret Luna, Pâtisserie Galand, and the grand palace Maison Marat. It is unknown when the map will come to live servers or whether it will be included in the first stage of the OWL.
 
2. Cross-play in Sea of Thieves Will Soon be Optional
 
Sea of Thieves has experienced a surge in popularity recently, due in large part to several big streamers picking the game up as a change of pace from Fortnite. The pirate game looks to continue growing, as a PvP mode called Arena is coming to the game soon. Before that happens, console players will gain the ability to opt out of cross-platform play if they so choose. If you’ve been considering Sea of Thieves, today is the last day to purchase the game for half off.
 
3. Mario Kart Tour Delayed to This Summer
 
If you haven’t heard, Nintendo is developing a Mario Kart mobile game which was originally set to release before March of this year. The game, titled Mario Kart Tour, has now been delayed until at least this summer. According to Nintendo, the game is being delayed “in order to improve quality of the application and expand the content offerings after launch.” While waiting a few extra months is annoying, an incomplete game would certainly be worse.
 
4. Subnautica: Below Zero Releases in Early Access
 
Despite the confusing name, Subnautica: Below Zero is actually a paid stand-alone game and not just an expansion to the original Subnautica. Like the original game, Below Zero is an underwater exploration game set on an alien world. Specifically, Below Zero “challenges you to survive a disaster at an alien research station on Planet 4546B.” Subnautica was one of 2018’s best games, with an interesting premise, satisfying game mechanics, and an attentive developer. Hopefully Below Zero impresses us as well, but remember this first Early Access version of the game will certainly lack some polish.
 
5. Fear the Wolves Set to Launch Next Week
 
Fear the Wolves is an intense post-apocalyptic battle royale game from the studio that developed Stalker. The game has been available in Early Access since August, but it is now set to officially launch on February 6th. The launch will be accompanied by a “massive update,” which features a new artifact system, a new Wolf Matriarch mutant, new lockdown areas, and more. The new items should mix things up a bit in Fear the Wolves to celebrate the game’s official launch.
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POPULAR The Daily Moot (1/30/19)

1. League Play is Coming to Black Ops 4 Soon, on PS4 First
League Play is the competitive ranked mode for Black Ops 4 that was originally slated to release in December. After taking some extra time to work on it, Treyarch is ready to release League Play in mid-February, but only for PlayStation 4. PC and Xbox players will eventually get League Play, but they will need to wait at least a couple extra weeks. While people generally accept certain features releasing on platform before another, this feature is already over a month later than originally promised which has caused both the PC and Xbox communities to be understandably upset.
 
2. Sony is Shifting First Party Development to Next Gen Console
 
Sony is apparently having its first-party studios shift their focus to developing games for the PlayStation 5, which may release as early as next year. Apparently, PlayStation 5 developer kits are out there in the world and studios are generally happy with the new system’s specs so far. On top of the first-party stuidos, several third-party publishers like Bethesda and Activision are openly working on next-gen games. Despite the looming announcement of the PlayStation 5, there are still a couple unannounced games for the PlayStation 4 using existing intellectual property.
 
3. Pirahna Plant now Available in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
 
We knew the Piranha Plant was coming to Super Smash soon, but we didn’t expect it to be this soon. With the release of version 2.0.0 for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the Pirahna Plant is now available to play for anyone who has purchased the game or purchases it before tomorrow. The 2.0.0 update adjusted the moves of several fighters, which can be viewed in the patch notes. In addition, the Spirit Board can now be played with up to four players. View the full details of the new patch at the link below.
 
4. The Division 2 Private Beta will have one Endgame Mission
 
The Division 2 will have a private beta from February 7th to February 10th, where players will be able to experience a bit of everything. There will be two main missions, five side missions, one dark zone, and open world play. Additionally, players will get to test the game’s endgame content starting on the second day of the beta tests. Players will get access to a level 30 character and some of the game’s most iconic weapons, like the crossbow, grenade launcher, and sniper rifle. To gain access to the private beta all you need to do is preorder the game.
 
5. Rocket League Championship Series Season 7 Features a $1M Prize Pool
 
The Rocket League Championship Series is returning for a seventh season, this time featuring a prize pool of more than $1 million USD. The RLCS will also introduce a new region in the new season. South America joins North America, Europe, and Oceania as the regions where competitions will take place. The new season will also see esports cosmetics for sale in-game, with a revenue sharing model in place so players can support their favorite teams.
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POPULAR The Daily Moot (1/29/19)

1. Fortnite Patch v7.30 Vaults Bolt Sniper, Adds Chiller Grenades
In what may be a controversial move Epic Games has decided to vault the Bolt-action Sniper Rifle in patch v7.30. The Bolt-action Sniper Rifle is one of the game’s oldest and most iconic weapons. Alongside it, the Burst Rifle, Heavy Shotgun, and the SMG have been vaulted. Coming out the vault in this patch is the Suppressed SMG. Finally, patch v7.30 introduces the Chiller grenade which knocks back and freezes enemies.
 
2. Destiny 2 Update Buffs Golden Gun, Nerfs Blade Barrage
 
Today’s Destiny 2 update includes some big weapon changes for a few different classes. The Gunslinger’s Golden Gun will now do 40% more damage to bosses. Blade Barrage, on the other hand, has had its impact damage nerfed. The impact from Blade Barrage will now deal a measly 35 damage instead of 150, but to compensate the explosion damage will deal 250 instead of 150. Also, you can now damage yourself with Blade Barrage if you stand too close to the blast. Check out the full patch notes at the link below.
 
3. Fallout 76 Patch Nerfs Two Shot and Explosive Legendary Damage
 
A new Fallout 76 patch has nerfed the powerful combination of the Explosive legendary mod with Two Shot legendary weapons. The Explosive legendary mod will now only give +20% base damage instead of +100% for explosive area of effect damage and the Two Shot legendary effect’s damage bonus has also been reduced from +100% to +25% of base damage. The same patch also caps player carry weight at 1,500 pounds over the player’s current maximum carry weight. Bethesda says this is to help with server lag, as it should reduce the overall number of items in the game.
 
4. It is now Easier to Rank Up in Hearthstone
 
Beginning with the February Ranked Play season it will be slightly easier to rank up through the lower ranks in Hearthstone. Currently, it takes 5 stars to rank up through most ranks but in the new season it will only take 3 or 4. This change is actually effectively reverting Hearthstone to the game’s older ranked model; before the March 2018 season ranking up was very similar to how it will be again.
 
5. Fortnite’s NFL Skins Return for Superbowl Weekend
 
Starting February 1st, Fortnite’s NFL uniform skins will be available in the in-game shop. The NFL uniforms were available for a short period of time earlier in the football season but have not been in the shop for a few months now. Additionally, the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots will get a special white version of their uniforms in Fortnite to celebrate their Super Bowl appearances. Finally, there’s a new NFL Rumble Limited Time Mode; teams of 20 will face off against one another, with everyone wearing either a Patriots or Rams uniform.
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The Daily Moot (1/28/19)

1. Resident Evil 2 Remake is More Popular than Resident Evil 7
Capcom’s remake of Resident Evil 2 seems to have made a big splash, as it is more popular upon release than the series’ most recent game. Resident Evil 7 managed a peak of 20,449 players when it releases two years ago. In comparison, the Resident Evil 2 remake peaked at 74,227 players which is almost 4x more. Some of the game’s success may be attributed to the game’s demo, which demonstrated the remake’s impressive graphics to would-be players.
 
2. Destiny 2 Trailer for ‘The Last Word’ Hints at Another Popular Weapon Returning
 
Bungie is bringing The Last Word, a popular hand cannon from the original Destiny, back to Destiny 2. The Last Word was a fan favorite weapon in the Crucible, so its return is surely welcome by Destiny 2 players. Bungie released a trailer today to celebrate The Last Word’s return, but the real interesting thing in the trailer is in the last few seconds; we see some uniquely shaped bullets that are an obvious hint at the Thorn returning. The Thorn is another popular weapon from the original Destiny and was at one point the game’s most overpowered weapon.
 
3. Metro Exodus will be an Epic Games Store Exclusive
 
Metro Exodus is the newest addition to the Metro series, set to release next month on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. While the game was originally available for preorder on Steam, that is no longer the case. PC distribution of Metro Exodus will occur entirely on the new Epic Games Store, which offers developers a healthier cut of the sale price. As a result, Metro Exodus will only cost $50 USD in North America on PC. Metro Exodus releases on February 15th.
 
4. New Dragonball Z RPG ‘Project Z’ Announced
 
Bandai Namco released a trailer this morning announcing a new RPG called Project Z. Project Z is set in the Dragon Ball universe and will feature Goku as the main character. Whether this is a new story or a retelling of an old one is still unknown. The trailer looks great, which is a good sign if it uses in game footage. We don’t know when Project Z will release exactly, but Bandai Namco stated the game is coming later this year.
 
5. Last Week to get Pirahna Plant for Free in Smash Bros.
 
If you purchase Smash Smash Bros. Ultimate before January 31st you will unlock the Piranha Plant fighter for free when it comes out next month. If you don’t purchase the game before the end of the month, you’ll need to pay $6 USD to unlock Piranha Plant when it comes to the game. Once you purchase the game, you should find a code for Piranha Plant in your email.
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Good afternoon Rick and Mooties! In this week's episode of Moot Points with Dylan & Brian the guys discuss Anthem, a new open world third person shooter coming from EA. The game is certainly hyped up, but will it live up to expectations? Hear what the guys have to say in the video below!
 
2. Nintendo President Says they’re not Considering a Switch Successor or Price Cut
 
The president of Nintendo confirmed yesterday in an interview that they are not currently considering a successor to the Switch or a price cut. The Nintendo Switch has seen wild success around the world, yet some have been holding out hope for a Switch 2.0 or a price cut on the original Switch. If you were one of those holding out hope, this news seems to confirm you should just cave and buy the original Switch at the original price. Ask anyone with a Switch and they’ll tell you it is definitely worth it.
 
3. Red Dead Online Updates ‘Gun Rush’ Mode
 
Rockstar released an update to Red Dead Online today, with the primary focus being Gun Rush. Gun Rush is the game’s battle royale mode, where up to 32 players battle it out to be the last cowboy standing. We say ‘up to 32’ because many lobbies weren’t filling up, leaving the overall experience to be wanting. With today’s update, Rockstar says they’ve improved matchmaking so lobbies will fill up as they’re supposed to. To reward players for their patience with the Red Dead Online beta, Rockstar will give 5 Gold Bars to every player who launched RDO this weekend.
 
4. Blizzard Permanently Reduces Overwatch’s Price
 
Blizzard announced today they are permanently reducing the price of both the Overwatch Standard and Legendary editions. The Standard Edition of the game has been reduced from $39.99 to $19.99, a 50% reduction. The Legendary Edition, which includes some cosmetics for Overwatch and other Blizzard games has been reduced from $59.99 to $39.99. This is a nice move by Blizzard, but it may not be enough to keep Overwatch relevant as more and more games are following the Fortnite free-to-play model.
 
5. Fortnite Save the World’s Loot Boxes now let you See Inside Before You Buy
 
In the 7.30 update for Fortnite, V-Bucks Llamas will change to X-Ray Llamas in Save the World. The Llama’s are the game’s loot boxes; for a small amount of V-Bucks you open a llama that includes an assortment of weapons and cosmetics. With the new patch, players will be able to see exactly what is inside each llama to decide if it is worth buying. If you don’t like what you see, you can just wait until the store refreshes and perhaps you’ll be more interested in what tomorrow’s llama offers. Thanks Epic.

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The Daily Moot (1/24/19)

1. ESL Announces a Fortnite Tournament at IEM Katowice
ESL is one of the biggest organizations in gaming when it comes to hosting tournaments. This year Intel Extreme Masters Katowice will feature Fortnite for the first time. The Fortnite tournament will span across two weeknds and feature a prize pool of $600,000 USD. The first weekend, the top 100 Polish players will battle. The next weekend, 100 international players will battle it out to be the last duo standing.
 
2. Sea of Thieves is 50 Percent Off This Week
 
Sea of Thieves is a multiplayer pirate game that looked promising during beta testing but upon release the game lacked the content necessary to maintain a player base. Since then, Rare has constantly added to the game and they’re capturing the attention of gamers. Notably, several big streamers have taken the game over the past few weeks, breathing new life into the pirate world. For the next week, Sea of Thieves is 50% off. Now’s the perfect time to buy into the pirate hype and take to the seas.
 
3. PUBG Lite Open Beta Starts Today
 
PUBG Corp. opened up a beta for PUBG Lite today to all players. PUBG Lite, as its name suggests, is a trimmed down version of the game for players with systems that couldn’t properly handle the graphically intense game. PUBG Lite is, and will forever remain, free to play. The current beta only includes Erangel and third-person mode, but you can play solos, duos, or squads. Apparently, additional maps and game modes will come to PUBG Lite eventually.
 
4. Cyberpunk 2077 Head Writer Joins Blizzard
 
Sebastion Stepien was both the head writer for Cyberpunk 2077 and a creative director for The Witcher 3. According to his LinkedIn profile, he has left CD Projekt Red and taken a job at Blizzard. This may actually be promising for Cyberpunk 2077, as it could mean the game doesn’t need any more writing and is nearing a release. What Stepien is working on for Blizzard is still unknown, but it may be a new Diablo game?
 
5. Fallout 76 ‘Survival Mode’ Beta Set for March
 
Bethesda just revealed more information about Fallout 76’s upcoming PvP mode and set a tentative beta date. ‘Survival Mode,’ as it’s called, will be separate from the main game which is now called ‘Adventure Mode.’ When you launch the game you’ll choose which to play. You can use an existing character or choose a new one. Survival Mode is a lot like the main game, but all players outside of your party are immediately flagged as hostile. Most of Survival Mode will be subject to change either before, during, or after the beta based on what the community likes and dislikes about it.
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The Daily Moot (1/23/19)

1. Farming Simulator League Announced with 250,000€ in Prizes
If you thought esports was intense, wait until you hear about the Farming Simulator League. Last year the Farming Simulator Championship was apparently enough of a success that GIANTS Software is doubling down and investing in a full-fledged league; 10 tournaments will take place across Europe, leading up to a championship at the end of the year where one team will earn the title of Farming Simulator Champion. The competitive matches will be played in a new competitive 3v3 mode.
 
2. Riot Games Teases what’s to come in 2019 for League of Legends
 
Yesterday Riot Games posted an amazing cinematic to build hype for the new League of Legends season, and today they’ve shared a short teaser video to showcase what players can expect from the game over the next year. To summarize what was teased in the video, which you can watch at the link below, we can expect: new game modes, new Marvel comics, a new Versus event, updates to Kayle and Morgana, returning skin lines, and new support champions. Sounds sweet to us!
 
3. Fortnite’s Guns Fire Slower at Lower Framerates
 
It recently came to light that framerates were affecting the rate of fire of guns in PUBG, of all games. DrLupo, a popular Fortnite streamer, considered this issue may also affect Fortnite as the game’s share an engine (Unreal Engine 4). He tested it, confirmed lower framerates meant lower fire rates, and tweeted at Fortnite. Their response? “We're aware of this issue and are investigating a fix for it.” Well, if that ain’t somethin’.
 
4. PUBG Adds Snowbikes and Night Mode to Vikendi
 
Vikendi is PUBG’s most recent map. The winter wonderland has received heavy praise for its map design and pace of play. A new update to the game has now brought a new snowbike to the map for players to enjoy. The snowbike has better mobility than the snowmobiles on Vikendi, but will blow up much more easily. Today’s update also introduced a nighttime setting to Vikendi, similar to fog or rain on older maps, that will allow players to battle under the moonlight and the aurora borealis. Neat!
 
5. Blizzard Reveals Skins for Overwatch’s Year of the Pig
 
Every year, Blizzard has an event to celebrate Chinese New Year. This year is the year of the pig and Blizzard has just revealed some of the new skins coming to the game. Reaper, Hanzo, Reinhardt, Torbjörn, and Zenyatta will be getting new legendary skins. We have also seen new skins for Tracer, Orisa, and Brigitte on the Overwatch Korea YouTube channel. You can see all of the skins showcased so far in the article below. Overwatch’s Lunar New Year event starts tomorrow!
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The Daily Moot (1/22/19)

1. Fortnite Introduces Snowman Disguises in Patch V7.20
We’ve said it before and we’ll probably say it again: the best game in the world just got better. You can now disguise yourself as a SNOWMAN (or woman) using the Sneaky Snowman item. The Sneaky Snowman comes in stacks of five. Primary fire will throw a projectile that creates a destructible snowman and secondary fire will cause you to wear the Sneaky Snowman. The patch also adjusted drop chances for shields and mobility items and vaulted the Quad Rocket Launcher, Port-a-fortress, and Grappler.
 
2. Blizzard Reveals WoW 2019 Esports Plans
 
Blizzard has revealed their plans for esports events in 2019 and there’s a little bit for everyone. The Arena World Championship is returning to pit the best arena players against each other. There will be two seasons each in North America and Europe, qualifying players for the World Championship at the end of year. The Mythic Dungeon competition also returns, this time open to all competitors. Get through five level 14 Mythic dungeons between February 26th and March 12th and you’ll unlock the tournament realm, where you can compete in time trials and move on.
 
3. League of Legends Cinematic ‘Awaken’ Celebrates Start of 2019 Season
 
The League of Legends ranked season kicks off in just two days and Riot has released an awesome cinematic to celebrate. ‘Awaken’ is another in a long line of impressive League of Legends cinematics; the music is beautiful, the characters are full of personality, and the visuals are stunning. This week also marks the start of League of Legends professional leagues.
 
4. Blackout’s next Limited Time Mode is ‘Ambush’
 
The Call of Duty companion app apparently leaked information about Blackout’s next limited time mode before players were meant to know. Treyarch has since confirmed the information that ‘Ambush’ will be the new limited time mode. In Ambush, players will only have access to sniper rifles and melee weapons. It will be a few weeks until players get a crack at Ambush, as Down But Not Out will continue to run on all platforms. Once Down But Not Out is gone, Ambush will be available immediately.
 
5. FIFA 19 Update Fixes Overpowered Goal Shooting
 
FIFA 19 introduced to the series a featured called Timed Finishing. It was meant to be a risk/reward mechanic that encouraged players to take more control over where exactly their shot would be aimed. Unfortunately, the mechanic was far too forgiving and even poorly timed shots were going toward the net. The new update fixes this, and players will be punished more for poorly timing their shots. Good looks, EA.
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Happy Friday [insert Moot pun here]! In this week's episode of Moot Points with Dylan & Brian the guys discuss Red Dead Redemption 2's new battle royale mode, Gun Rush. Gun Rush is still rough around the edges but it has tons of potential. Will Gun Rush and RDR2 pose any threat to the existing battle royale games?
 
2. Epic Games Announces Fortnite ‘Secret Skirmish’
 
Epic Games has announced the first big Fortnite tournament of 2019 will be the Secret Skirmish. We don’t know many details about the tournament yet, but we know it will feature the top players from every previous Open tournament. We also know the prize pool is $500,000 USD. Rumors claim the tournament will take place on February 14th-15th. More details will be announced soon.
 
3. Bungie Talks About the Future of Destiny
 
Bungie and Activision split up last week, leaving the future of the Destiny franchise in question. The game’s franchise director posted on Bungie’s website to promise they will remain committed to Destiny in both the short and long terms. In the short term, players can expect more content. In the long term, Bungie will stay committed to Destiny and the universe they created.
 
4. Netflix sees Fortnite as a Big Competitor
 
In a quarterly report, Netflix claimed they compete with Fortnite more than HBO. While at first thought this may be confusing, it actually makes sense. Fortnite exploded on Twitch last year, and kids (or adults) have been choosing to watch Fortnite instead of watch other things. With gaming growing more mainstream with every passing month, it will continue to compete with other more established forms of entertainment.
 
5. Admin Account for Atlas was Compromised, Leading to Chaos
 
Atlas is the pirate-themed MMO that seems a lot like a reskinned version of Ark. The game has been struggling since it launched but some people are still having fun with it. In fact, one person yesterday had a ton of fun when they got ahold of an admin account for the game. This person spawned warplanes, tanks, and massive whales to mess with the game’s player base. Things got so chaotic that the game’s developers had to rollback servers to undo the mess.

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