The Daily Moot (5/21/18)
1. Epic Games Providing 100 Million in Prizes Over the Next Year
With the Solo Showdown limited time mode coming to an end many players are left with a thirst for more high level competitive play. Luckily for us, Epic Games just announced they will be providing 100 million dollars to fund the prize pools of Fortnite competitions over the next year. How exactly the Fortnite competitive season will look is still unknown, but Epic Games says they “plan to be more inclusive, and [focus] on the joy of playing and watching the game.”
2. League of Legends Unveils Sudden Death Feature for Clash Game Mode Clash is the new tournament game mode coming to League of Legends starting this weekend. Players will join as a full team and play in multi-round tournaments on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. In order to keep things moving, Riot is introducing a sudden death feature for Clash games specifically. After 60 minutes have passed, both team’s structures will start deteriorating. First towers, then inhibitors, and finally nexuses. By 70 minutes, only one Nexus will remain standing.
3. Jeff Kaplan Hopes for Cross-Platform in Overwatch Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan recently revisited the idea of cross-platform play and said it is something he’d like to see come to Overwatch. Previous concerns regarding the imbalance between console players using controllers and PC players with mouse/keyboard kept the discussion from going anywhere. However, the recent success of Fortnite, which allows for cross-platform play with voice communication, has emphasized how badly players want the option to play with their friends regardless of platform.
4. Tencent Acquires Majority Share of Path of Exile Studio Path of Exile is an action role-player game, similar to Diablo, that has been steadily growing in popularity over the last couple years. Over the weekend the studio behind the game, Grinding Gear Games, announced the Chinese company Tencent has acquired a majority stake in the company. Grinding Gear will stay relatively independent but will expand their ranks to continue releasing content for the game. The announcement update assures players that the game will not take on a pay to win model, but the game may see specific features coming exclusively to China.
5. More Details Revealed for Rainbow Six’s Operation Para Bellum Ubisoft just revealed more information about Operation Para Bellum, the big content update set to come to the game in June. We will be getting two Italian defensive operators, named Alibi and Maestro. Alibi can deploy a Hologram that looks just like her and Maestro has a bulletproof remote access turret. The update will also include a new competitive map and an operator pick/ban system similar to those in other competitive games, like League of Legends.
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