The League of Legends Season 4 World Championships begins this week when the Group A and B matches kick off in Taiwan on 18 September. Once those are complete, the action moves to the Group C and D matches which will be playing in Singapore starting from 25 September. The tournament cumulates in the grand finals in South Korea. Lowyat.net will be giving out free tickets to all four days of the Group matches in Singapore over the next three days.
The new 15.6-inch Gigabyte P15F v2 gaming laptop is now available in Malaysia. As a gaming platform aimed at the gamer on a budget, the P15F cuts surprisingly few corners in trying to balance cost and performance. It also provides several upgrade options for those with a little extra money to spend.
A documentary about Football Manager (previously known as Championship Manager) is set to be screened in the UK early next month. Titled An Alternative Reality: The Football Manager Documentary, it examines how the game has impacted the modern game of football; from how former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjær grew up with it, to the advent of Premier League scouts using the game database to assist with discovering new talent.
A interesting piece of malware has been discovered to be infesting Twitch chatrooms. It spreads by using the traditional phishing scam that invites users to participate in a sweepstakes to win rare items from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Once the link is clicked, the malware then logs into the nearest Steam account and begins to clear it out.
While it has been known for quite some time that Rockstar Games is already working to deliver Grand Theft Auto V for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, it is only today that the developer has finally revealed the actual release date for all three version of the game. Yup, the next-gen consoles and PC gamers will finally be able to enjoy the game which is currently limited to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
A new free-to-play version of Counter-Strike will be entering an open beta phase later this month. Known as Counter-strike Nexon: Zombies, it was originally assumed to be a Western port of the Korean Counter-strike Online 2. However, it is apparently a genuine new standalone title, and will feature new game modes and models. Despite all this, it appears to be unavailable in Asia.
Owners of Sony’s PlayStation Portable handheld console are about to have their devices cut off from the PlayStation Store. The news comes from IGN who spoke to a Sony representative on the matter. While access to the PlayStation Store is denied, the users will still be able to use the other online functions of the PSP; and can still buy digital games for their consoles through the Sony Entertainment Network Online Store.
Square Enix will be making a game streaming service available to the Japanese market. Unlike most other services of this type, it will be only be made on smartphones and tablets through the Dive In app. Users will also only be allowed to rent games for a limited time, instead of buying it outright. The service starts with Final Fantasy 7, Final Fantasy 13, and Murdered: Soul Suspect.
Razer’s Cortex game sale tracking software has gone live after a two week early access period. In celebration of the announcement, eight games are being discounted on GOG.com for a month. The titles can be accessed from the Razer Cortex software, that users will have to download and register for a Razer account.
Steam will soon be converting all pricing to Ringgit for Malaysian users. This means no more checking exchange rates when buying games. It also means that any leftover currency in the Steam Wallet will be converted into RM when the change happens; whether this is a good or bad thing is a matter of the exchange rate at the time. The pricing change is scheduled to happen next week on 16 September – which coincidentally is also Malaysia Day.
In the oddest piece of news coming out of the gaming industry, Microsoft is reportedly in serious talks to acquire Minecraft developer Mojang. First reported by the Wall Street Journal, the deal could be sealed as soon as this week; with the estimated price of the Swedish developer valued at around US$2 billion.
It appears that another competitor to Steam and Origin may be in the works. Warner Bros Interactive, the publisher behind the Arkham series of Batman games and Injustice: Gods Among Us, has been spotted as filing for a series of trademarks for something called WB Play. The next game from the publisher has also been spotted with the WB Play label appearing on its website, meaning that the official announcement cannot be too far off.