The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced that it will present Grand Theft Auto developer Rockstar Games with the prestigious Academy Fellowship at the upcoming British Academy Games Awards. Awarded annually, the Fellowship is the highest accolade bestowed by the Academy in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, television or games.
League of Legends will be beta testing a new queue option where players will choose their role, position, and Champion before looking for a game. In theory, this will allow for more balanced teams and prevent players from being forced into a specific role due to the choices of their team mates.
A couple of days ago, a thread appeared on Reddit that warned users about the Valve Anti-Cheat system was going through users’ DNS caches and reporting back to its servers. It triggered a short bout of concern that Valve was engaged in active spying of customers internet activity, despite a lack of evidence that the system was actually transmitting any information.
In a rare appearance, Valve co-founder Gabe Newell posted a lengthy explanation of what the VAC does and why it goes through users’ DNS history.
After 14 years in business, the CEO of World Cyber Games yesterday has announced through an internal e-mail to its partners that the organization will not organized any events or tournaments from this year onwards. The news shocks e-Sports fans throughout the world considering that WCG is one of the pioneer in the competitive gaming world and has act as a stepping stone for many professional gamers out there since its inception in 2000.
In the wake of the news, we reached out to PIKOM who is the national organizer for WCG Malaysian Championship for the past few years. Here is their response:
From PIKOM’s end, we just heard about the news regarding WCG. It is very unfortunate to hear about the challenges faced by the organizer of International World Cyber Games which has led to cancellation of all tournaments for this year. At PIKOM, no agreement has been signed with World Cyber Games Inc. as we are still finalizing our 2014 activities. We will issue an announcement early March to inform the public on our major events for 2014.
Technically, PIKOM should be able to organize its own WCG-branded tournament since yesterday’s email stated that national partners are allowed to use the WCG brand to organize their own local event. However, since the response from PIKOM above didn’t provide much details, guess we will only able to find out if WCG or any sort of gaming event is part of PIKOM’s plan for this year once the organization revealed its 2014 event calendar next month.
[Image: WCG Malaysia @ Facebook]
World Cyber Games, one of the longest running competitive gaming event in the world will apparently cease to operate this year according to an internal e-mail from its CEO to WCG partners. Obtained by OnGamers and Rapture Gaming Vietnam, here is the said e-mail:
This year, World Cyber Games Inc. will not organize tournaments and events, including the World Cyber Games finals world.
Accordingly, each partner can use brand WCG in your country from this point. This decision was made by the WCG committee after considering the current global trend as well as the business environment.
This is a shocking news to you, we know, the entire staff of the WCG was surprised.
In 14 years, all you have to do what makes the best WCG become the greatest events in the world.
There are many great moments based on your dedication.
Although the brand has disappeared but WCG spirit will remain forever in the hearts of each player and fans.
This moment is very difficult and painful for me. However, I must say goodbye to the WCG.
I appreciate the passion and enthusiasm of you in 14 years.
I hope your company will grow, prosper, and we will soon meet again.
Brad Lee, World Cyber Games Inc. CEO.
Frankly, we are shocked to hear the news. Since World Cyber Games Inc itself has yet to release any official announcement just yet, we are still looking for more information regarding the surprise closure of WCG. We’ll keep you updated once we managed to obtain more.
Our very own e-Sports team, Lowyat.NET e-Sports, are in the midst of battle in the finals of the Invasion AMD Gaming League, where they are battling against the Philippines’ Mineski-Dota!
The match is happening as we speak, as it officially started at 8.30pm. As it stands, the teams are locked 1-1 in a best-of-three games match. Support the country’s growing e-Sports community by tuning in to DotaTalk TV via the link below:
This is something for Battlefield and Dota soldiers out there: Invasion together with AMD Malaysia are cooking up a tournament specially for you guys. Dubbed as the Invasion – AMD Gaming League, the tournament will be held from 14 to 15 December at Invasion Cyber Zone in Taman Bukit Maluri, Kepong.
There will be a total of RM 5000 cash prizes have been reserved for the winners of this tournament, with majority of the prizes will be going to the Dota 2 winners (yeah, we know). Nevertheless, it is an event that Battlefield 4 players out there might want to consider since we haven’t heard of a Battlefield tournament in Malaysia for quite some time.
To all Battlefield 4 and Dota 2 teams that are interested to participate in the Invasion – AMD Gaming League, you are welcome to register your team and members right over here for free. For more info, do get in touch directly with Invasion e-Sports through their Facebook page.
[Source: AMD Malaysia @ Facebook]
If you’re not doing anything for Halloween tonight, why not explore some of the creepiest games we’ve stumbled across, that are free!
Our horror game fan and video guy Amir The Videoguy takes us through his top 5 picks for horror games to play in the dark, alone and with headphones on tonight…
Links To Download Games:
3) Silhouette – http://www.manikingames.com/silhouette/
4) 1916 – http://1916.dadiugames.dk/
5) SCP: Containment Breach – http://www.scpcbgame.com/
Out of the three official WCG Malaysia 2013 titles, it seems like PIKOM has put slightly more focus on FIFA 14. This is most probably due to the game’s popularity to the extent that the organization have provided four different qualifying sessions for FIFA 14.
From these session, 16 top players will then be allowed to compete at the main arena of WCG Malaysia 2013 which is the National Finals that will take place at Berjaya Times Square this November. The first session will take place on 12 October at FTZAsia.net in SS15 Subang Jaya while the second session will be held at Friendster Café in Berjaya Times Square on 19 October.
FTZAsia.net will then once again played host to another qualifying session on 26 October and the final session will take place on 8 November right at WCG Malaysia 2013 National Finals venue in Berjaya Times Square. Two National Finals spots are available at each of the first three qualifying sessions while the fourth session at Berjaya Times Square will feature ten spots.
There are additional rewards waiting for top players at each of the qualifying sessions above. So, to all FIFA 14 players out there, do make sure that you don’t miss out on these sessions which acts as your path to the WCG Malaysia 2013 National Finals.
[UPDATE - 0707PM]: It seems like PIKOM have closed down the registration for FIFA 14 at this moment. It is not yet known whether this is permanent or otherwise. We are trying to get official statement from PIKOM right away.
[UPDATE - 735PM]: Turns out that all the available slots for the first qualifier sessions have been snatched according to PIKOM. The registration for the next qualifying session will be opened from 13 October onwards.
[Source: WCG Malaysia Official Website]
Back in July, PIKOM have officially confirmed the return of WCG Malaysian Championship for 2013 which will take place in Berjaya Time Square from 8 to 10 November. As promised, they have now begin to accept registration from players who are interested in competing in the tournament which is one of oldest competitive gaming event in the country.
However, the list of WCG Malaysia 2013 official games have been trimmed from the original seven titles down to only three games. All in all, only FIFA 14, StarCraft II: Heart of The Swarm and Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition Ver. 2012 survived the cut. Additionally, the list of prizes for the event is still not available at the time being.
Nevertheless, the registration fee for each participant has been set at RM 30 and all gamers that would like to answer the WCG Malaysia 2013’s challenge are able to register themselves at the tournament’s official website right here. If you are planning to compete in FIFA 14, do stay tuned for our subsequent article as we will be detailing the extra qualifier route that PIKOM have set for you guys.
[Source: WCG Malaysia @ Facebook]
Lowyat.NET E-Sports Dota 2 Team, Champions of the Asian Gaming League #3
Fans of the TI3 3rd place heroes Orange eSports were keen to see their team (sans a China based Mushi) in action under their new banner Titan this weekend at the AGL #3 DoTA 2 tournament where RM5,000 was on the line for the champions. Little did they know, a dark horse representing Lowyat.NET E-Sports would rain on their first local tournament appearance by beating them 2-0.
The Asian Gaming League #3 saw 32 teams including Invasion.MUFC, Duskbin, Nara’s Stack competing for RM10,000 worth of prizes.
The team played incredibly well, taking the grand finals in straight games 2-0 with some interesting Morphling Play in Game 1 as well as Alchemist domination in the second to take home RM5,000 and peripherals from Razer. Lowyat.NET E-Sports Chaos Online Team also managed to come out tops, winning RM2,000 for their efforts!
We are incredibly proud of our team and hope to see much more in the future!
Following their incredible 3rd place performance at The International 3 and the departure of Mushi to China, it looks like the rest of Orange eSports has decided not to play under the Orange Tag any longer. In a move that saw the remaining 4 members of Orange eSports join forces with Ice (formerly of Zenith and Orange before that), the 5 will be playing under a new team in the South East Asian region named Titan. Titan, a German organization based out of Singapore looks to “be the prime example for professionalism in eSports” and for its first team, it chose to dip their feet in the Dota 2 world. Leading the team would be Xtinct and Orange (and old school MUFC fans) can look forward to Ohaiyo taking the mid role again.
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