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Opening ceremony for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games featured game music

By Stephany Nunneley 23 July 2021 19:56 GMT The 2020 Tokyo Olympics officially started today and during the parade of athletes, video game music was played.The music kicked off with the theme from Athletes Dragon Quest’s “Overture: Roto’s Theme,” which was followed by Final Fantasy “Victory Fanfare,” Tales of series “Sorey’s Theme – The Shepherd,” Monster Hunter “Proof of a Hero,” Kingdom Hearts “Olympus Coliseum,” and Chrono Trigger, “Frog’s Theme,” respectively (via Nikkei Asia).But that wasn’t all: there was music from Sonic the Hedgehog, Ace Combat, Kingdom Hearts, Pro Evo Soccer, and others.Here’s the full list of games played at…

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Red Bull to join Valorant VCT EMEA as official partner with Red Bull Clutch Moments

Energy drink provider Red Bull will join the Valorants Champions Tour (VCT) EMEA as an official partner. Red Bull will present the ‘most thrilling clutch moments’ to viewers during Challengers Stage 3, the EMEA Playoffs and Last Chance Qualifiers. The energy drink producer has been one of the initial founding partners committing to the Valorant Champions Tour and already supported the First Strike tournament. Red Bull sports a long-time history as a supporter of esports operated by Riot and will continue to do so in Valorant’s first global championship.  Continue reading Red Bull to join Valorant VCT EMEA as official…

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Hyper Japan to host UK Splatoon 2 tournament this weekend, with hosts BOWIEtheHERO, Nimmz and Marc With a C

London’s Japanese culture expo Hyper Japan will be welcoming the Splatoon UK community this weekend, with teams battling it out in a Splatoon 2 tournament. This two-day Hyper Splat event will begin with qualifying rounds on Saturday July 24th, with the top eight teams progressing to the grand finals on Sunday July 25th. Matches start at 12pm midday each day. Seeding will be based on previous Nintendo and Splatoon 2 community events. Continue reading Hyper Japan to host UK Splatoon 2 tournament this weekend, with hosts BOWIEtheHERO, Nimmz and Marc With a C

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Respawn is working on a new single-player adventure

By Sherif Saed 23 July 2021 09:41 GMT Respawn Entertainment is looking for people to join a small team working on a new adventure.Apex Legends, Jedi: Fallen Order and Titanfall developer Respawn has announced that it’s working on a new single-player adventure game. The news was shared by Mohammad Alavi, the project’s creative director, on Twitter alongside a series of job openings.Watch on YouTubeRespawn is seeking a lead technical game designer, a senior technical game designer, a senior combat designer and a senior level designer to work on the incubation project.As Alavi noted, those hires will be joining a “small…

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Apex Legends: Emergence brings Ranked Arenas to the game on August 3

By Stephany Nunneley 22 July 2021 20:00 GMT During EA Play Live 2021, Respawn and EA revealed that Apex Legends: Emergence, the next major update for the game, will launch next month.To get you pumped for it, a new Apex Legends trailer was released and provides a look at the new Legend, Seer. The video also includes a look at the latest weapon making its way into the game as well as the “chaos” it and Seer will bring to the arena. Watch on YouTubeThe video also gives you a first look at Seer’s abilities and how he offers a…

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Red Bull Solo Q UK final and MNM Gaming bootcamp takes place in London this weekend: 1v1 League of Legends tournament has Sjokz on board as brand ambassador once again for 2021

Update (July 22nd 2021): The UK final of Red Bull Solo Q, the official global 1v1 League of Legends competition, will take place at the Red Bull Gaming Sphere in London this Sunday (July 25th). The participants will receive an exclusive bootcamp experience with UK org MNM Gaming on Saturday July 24th, in order to prepare themselves for the tournament. Eight amateur players will battle to be crowned UK champion, who will then face-off against the best duelists from more than 30 countries on the mainstage at the prestigious Red Bull Solo Q World Final in Germany at the end…

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Amazon’s Prime Gaming signs two-year shirt sponsorship with Stevenage FC

Prime Gaming, Amazon Prime’s destination for gamers, has today announced an exclusive two-year shirt sponsorship with EFL League Two’s Stevenage FC. The sponsorship will run until the end of the 2022/23 season and will see the Prime Gaming logo appear on both the home and away kits of football club Stevenage. Stevenage will debut the new shirts during the club’s pre-season friendly game against Crystal Palace on July 23rd. Replica shirts will be available to pre-order from the Stevenage club store from today (July 22nd). Continue reading Amazon’s Prime Gaming signs two-year shirt sponsorship with Stevenage FC

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Celebrity Esports enters liquidation – UK business had attracted Jimmy Carr, Primark and a Dragons’ Den investor to its Superstar League before it was cut short

Celebrity Esports, a UK-based business that organised gaming tournaments featuring celebrities, has entered liquidation. This means the company is closing down and its assets are being sold in order to pay those who it owes money to. Celebrity Esports was founded in March 2020 by Leo Skagerlind, an entrepreneur who was previously the PA for investor and former Dragon’s Den panellist Richard Farleigh. Leo, who has been involved in other businesses including home care firm Access Care and 2 Degrees of Separation, which connects businesses and investors, brought Richard Farleigh on board as chairman of Celebrity Esports. Continue reading Celebrity…

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Activision Blizzard sued by California over sexual harassment and bullying allegations

A two-year investigation by the state of California has ended in a lawsuit aimed at Activision Blizzard, citing sexual harassment, bullying, unfair pay, and more besides.Following a two-year investigation by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the state has filed a lawsuit against the publisher and developer, alleging the company incubated a “frat boy” culture (via Bloomberg Law).The lawsuit alleges that female employees working for the company – who make up roughly 20% of the workforce – are victims of discrimination in terms of unequal pay, sexual harassment, bullying, and retaliation.CONTENT WARNINGThe investigation that brought the lawsuit to Activision…

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Ubisoft’s Skull & Bones has entered alpha stage, but it’s taken eight years to get there

Remember the Ubisoft game Skull & Bones that was announced at E3 2017? It has been in development for eight years and is just now reaching the alpha stage of production. That’s according to various Skull & Bones developers at Ubisoft who spoke with Kotaku recently. Watch on YouTubeWhat started off as an offshoot of Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag back in 2013, instead of being released as a post-launch update, the project became its own title and went into development at Ubisoft Singapore. The game was announced at E3 2017 as a cooperative multiplayer title with PvP and plenty of…

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Williams board approves plan to invest millions of pounds in esports, expects to double number of dedicated esports staff year-on-year

British Formula One motor racing team Williams has spoken of its plans to invest heavily in esports over the coming years. This will involve branching into new esports titles and growing the number of dedicated esports staff on its team. Steven English, head of esports at Williams Racing, told Esports News UK: “The board of our company recently approved a new esports business plan, which is investing in millions over the next five years and beyond.” Williams entered esports three years ago in sim racing, and now has its sights set beyond that. Continue reading Williams board approves plan to…

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Steam Deck’s controller-friendly UI will replace Big Picture mode, at some point

By Sherif Saed 21 July 2021 12:55 GMT Steam’s outdated Big Picture mode will receive the overhaul we’ve been asking for, eventually.One of the biggest takeaways from the Steam Deck reveal, outside of all the hardware and platform talk, is the handheld’s UI. It was very easy to tell that this is very much not the archaic Big Picture setup we’ve been using for years.Watch on YouTubeIt turns out, that is because Valve built the new interface for Steam Deck, but it won’t just live there. The company has confirmed that, as many suspected, this design will eventually replace Big…

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Blast win a trio of trophies at new UK-based esports business awards show GameFace

Esports tournament organiser Blast won a hat trick of trophies at the inaugural GameFace Awards ceremony last week, which was held online. GameFace is a new business-oriented esports awards show, aiming to ‘make heroes out of the people behind esports organisations and to connect them to global brands’. The ceremony celebrated everything from the best social media and internal events teams to the best partnership activations and tournament experiences. Blast took home trophies for Best Internal Social Media Team, Best Live Event Production and Best Partnership Activation for its work with watch brand TW Steel. Continue reading Blast win a…

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Thunder fury: Asmongold’s ‘ghetto solution’ to internet outage after house struck by lightning

Did someone say [Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker]? No, but Asmongold had some IRL thunder fury after his house was struck by lightning. The popular MMO streamer, who has been playing Final Fantasy 14 recently more than World of Warcraft content, lost his internet after lightning struck. Lightning literally just hit my house and knocked out my internet Holy shit lol — Zack (@Asmongold) July 19, 2021 At first, Asmongold was told by his internet service provider that there was an outage in his area, and that he needed to get a new modem. Continue reading Thunder fury: Asmongold’s ‘ghetto solution’…

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Castlevania Netflix creator working on animated PUBG show

By Stephany Nunneley 20 July 2021 20:54 GMT Adi Shankar, creator of the Castlevania animated series for Netflix, will create and showrun an upcoming animated project based PUBG.Krafton Inc. announced today it had signed Adi Shankar for the animated PUBG project.Watch on YouTubeAlongside Castlevania, Shankar is also known for The Grey starring Liam Neeson, Killing Them Softly with Brad Pitt, and more Hollywood films. “As a player, I’ve been crushing the competition in the Battlegrounds since PUBG was released in 2017,” said Shankar. “I’m grateful to Krafton for the trust and confidence they’ve placed in me to execute my vision…