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Overwatch, Blizzard's new team based shooter has officially gone into open beta for those that pre-purchased the game while everyone else will get a chance to play beginning May 5th. If you didn't pre-purchase it and don't have a key, ask a friend that may have purchased it early as Blizzard is giving out extra keys just for friends. Overwatch was created by a team at Blizzard that was supposed to make the successor to World of Warcraft but unfortunately (or fortunately for us Overwatch fans) failed and then redeemed themselves with this fantastic game. In style, the game is reminiscent of Valve's Team Fortress 2 with heroes forming different classes that each have a unique and often devastating ability. The pacing is fast and at least for the PC, when the graphics options are turned up all the way, the game is nothing short of gorgeous. The official release date for the game is May 24th 2016. Video of me and some teamethics.us guys trolling as Tracer in a match: We plan to do a full review of this game once it releases on May 24th but until then, feel free to join us on Tech|Inferno TeamSpeak. If you want to watch a live stream of the game, check out our twitch feed: https://www.twitch.tv/dirtyscrubz/ Post edit: 5/4/16 - will be adding highlights below from the beta View full article
Blizzard's new Overwatch game was a risky move for a company that has never created a team shooter before but if we go by the amount of people that played it and the time spent in the game, it is easy to see the game is on the fast path to success. Blizzard issued a press release stating that Overwatch is Blizzard's biggest open beta ever with 9.7 million global players spread across the PC, Xbox One and PS4. Players logged in over 4.9 billion minutes (over 81 million hours) across more than 37 million matches in the game. According to Blizzpro, if you're looking to compare Overwatch to other recent betas as a measure of success, The Division beta had 6.4 million players, Destiny had 4.6 million while Star Wars Battlefront beta had 9 million players. In addition, to make it crystal clear that Blizzard is taking Overwatch very seriously, they also released a statement today letting the community know that they intend to crack down on cheaters in the game by banning them for life and will provide years of support for Overwatch - this should be of great comfort to many players that were concerned if certain pro players were cheating and whether Blizzard would say or do anything about it. Click the spoiler below for Blizzard's full press release: View full article
If you're into e-sports then you've probably heard of MLG (Major League Gaming) as they were pretty big in the scene and held tournaments for StarCraft 2, Call of Duty and others. It turns out that MLG was running substantial debt and needed a way out and so on Dec. 21st, MLG's Board of Directors approved an Asset Purchase Agreement with Activision Blizzard for $46 million. Of course the stockholders had no idea this was happening and it seems most of them will be left with next to nothing after MLG's debts are paid off. Esports Observer spoke with one of the affected stockholders who said, "I got fucked on stock". In fact, it was only the next day after the purchase agreement that the stockholders were informed of the sale. Nobody knows what Activision Blizzard intends to do with this purchase since they are close with ESL so starting their own competing eSports tournament may not make much sense. View full article