Astro has confirmed that it will be screening The International Dota 2 Championship 2015 (TI5), and this will very likely bring in a large number of viewers who have no idea what’s going on. Fortunately, we are here to provide a short primer on what is going on and who to cheer for.
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Razer somehow found itself stuck in the middle small outcry from indie developers after it announced the acquisition of Ouya. The micro-console maker had originally promised developers money in exchange for short term exclusitivity, a promise that was not kept. However, Razer has decided that the right thing to do would be to honour the promise and pay these developers.
Electronic Arts has revealed that it has plans to expand the reach of Titanfall through a free to play version of the game. Unsurprisingly, this new F2P Titanfall will be handled by Nexon – who are a specialist in the genre. Details of the deal are unavailable at this time, but all that is known is that the game will be PC exclusive and only open to the Asian market.
When a rumour refuses to die, it usually means there is some truth in them. That appears to be the case with national broadcaster Astro, which for at least a month have been rumoured to be ready to air the upcoming The International Dota 2 tournament for its subscribers. The company has now confirmed that rumour, which will surely delight local eSports fans.
— Razer (@Razer) July 27, 2015
Razer has announced the acquisition of Ouya, and it looks like the gaming peripheral specialist intends to use the micro-console’s expertise to further its own Android console goals. The company will be absorbing Ouya’s software, storefront, and technical staff; but the console itself will be discontinued.
Steam accounts belonging to several prominent streamers were temporarily stolen when attackers discovered a flaw in the gaming platform’s password reset system. There is no telling how many people were affected by the problem, although it has been solved and most of the stolen accounts returned to the rightful owners.
It definitely took some time, but after 15 long years, China has finally lifted the ban on video game consoles in the country. What exactly does this mean? For one, companies such as Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo can now sell and manufacture video game consoles anywhere in the country. Seeing how big of a country China is, this could affect the video game industry in more ways than one.
Riot Games and League of Legends appears to want a share of the recent eSports drama. While not nearly as serious as performance enhancing drugs, Team Impulse player Yu “XiaoWeiXiao” Xian has been suspended from the game for selling his services in ELO boosting, i.e. increasing the ranking of other players.
eSports organisation ESL is preparing to implement rules against the consumption of performance enhancing drugs (PED). This comes after an admission from a former Cloud9 player that the team had taken Adderall during a tournament to improve their concentration and performance.