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Esports Wales announces new Welsh Masters tournaments in search for talent ahead of 2022 Commonwealth Esports Championships

Alphari, Vedius, Tadpole, crr – Wales has produced some top talent in esports, but who will be the next stars to emerge from the country? Esports organisation Esports Wales is hoping to find out. It’s hosting online tournaments known as the Welsh Masters for the third time, in order to find top talent in a variety of games. The Welsh Masters will crown the best esports players in Wales across some of the most competitive games, including CSGO, Rocket League, eFootball (aka PES), Tekken 7 and Dota 2. Continue reading Esports Wales announces new Welsh Masters tournaments in search for talent ahead…

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Three quarters of women disguise their gender to avoid sexual harassment when gaming online, while 25% stop playing due to abuse

Three quarters (76%) of female gamers have disguised their gender while gaming, according to new research published on International Women’s Day 2022 today. FandomSpot.com, a platform for fandoms and online communities, surveyed 2,000 female gamers across the world to discover common behaviours of women whilst gaming. This followed the release of US statistics which found that women accounted for 45% of gamers in the US in 2021. Of those who have admitted to disguising their gender, it was revealed that 93% of women did so due to experiencing sexual harassment online. Continue reading Three quarters of women disguise their gender to…

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French retailer Sephora appears to have pulled its listing for Screen Break ‘blue light protection’ spray from Addison Rae’s Item Beauty brand following gamer backlash

French beauty products retailer Sephora appears to have removed a recent listing for Screen Break ‘blue light’ protection spray after criticism from the gaming community. The product – launched by popular influencer and actress Addison Rae under her ‘Item Beauty’ brand – promises to offer ‘relieve tired, screen-drained skin with this hydrating boost of blue light protection’ with a ‘botanical blend clinically proven to protect skin from screen-emitted HEV blue light and daily pollution’. Continue reading French retailer Sephora appears to have pulled its listing for Screen Break ‘blue light protection’ spray from Addison Rae’s Item Beauty brand following gamer…

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Mac from Mad Lions begins selling his trademark ‘Guardian Lions’ ties made in the UK

James ‘Mac’ MacCormack, British League of Legends head coach for Mad Lions in the LEC, has made his trademark ties available to the public. Fans can now purchase his ‘Guardian Lions’ tie online, which is priced at €22.50 and available on the Mac’s Odds and Ends website. Mac has become known not only for elevating Mad Lions to a level not seen before, having won back-to-back LECs in 2021, but also for his smart dress sense and extravagant ties. Continue reading Mac from Mad Lions begins selling his trademark ‘Guardian Lions’ ties made in the UK

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Shortages of graphics cards, CPUs and DDR5 set to continue in 2022, says founder of online retailer Alpha Beta PC: ‘We currently have DDR5 stock in our 12th gen systems, but I’ve never seen anything like this in my 30-year career’

Promoted article (contains affiliate links) The major chip and hardware shortage in the PC market isn’t expected to improve in 2022, presenting PC gamers who hope to upgrade with an ongoing headache. CK Kohli, gaming PC builder veteran, Yoyotech founder and MD of new system builder Alpha Beta PC, which recently launched new systems with Intel’s 12th gen Alder Lake processors (pictured above), shared his views of the hardware shortage. Continue reading Shortages of graphics cards, CPUs and DDR5 set to continue in 2022, says founder of online retailer Alpha Beta PC: ‘We currently have DDR5 stock in our 12th…

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Final Fantasy 14 suspends all sales and new free trials to combat congestion

Maybe there’s such a thing as too popular. Naoki Yoshida, director and producer for Final Fantasy 14, took to the game’s official blog to announce that the company is suspending all sales and new free trials of the wildly popular MMO until Square Enix has a better handle on the server situation. Ever since the launch of Endwalker, the latest expansion to the game, it’s been plagued by monstrously long queues to even get into the game, with servers always filled to the brim. In a way, that’s great for Square Enix, as the game has never been more popular….

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ESI Digital Winter 2021 promises two days of online esports industry networking and talks

UK-based online publication and events business Esports Insider is preparing to host another edition of ESI Digital purely online in a few days’ time. Taking place on December 1st and 2nd 2021, ESI Digital Winter is the sixth edition of ESI’s digital events programme, promising a mix of networking, education and talks for those in the industry. ESI Digital Winter will bring together industry leaders in esports, sports and global brands to discuss and debate esports trends, opportunities and more. Continue reading ESI Digital Winter 2021 promises two days of online esports industry networking and talks

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New World launch day: devs respond to login queues and server complaints as game reaches more than 660,000 concurrent players and nears 1m Twitch viewers

New World – the MMO from Amazon Games – has launched today and it’s attracted a high level of interest from the games community in the UK and beyond. New World currently has 665,000 concurrent PC players on Steam at the time of writing (5.20pm) according to the New World SteamDB page, and this is taking its load on the game. Many users have reported long login queues on social media, with some as long as tens of thousands and wait times longer than ten hours. Continue reading New World launch day: devs respond to login queues and server complaints…

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Nintendo and Gfinity announce 2021 Splatoon 2 Inkfest UK tournament

A new challenge for fans of Splatoon 2 is on the way with the Splatoon 2 Inkfest UK tournament 2021 series presented by Nintendo UK and tournament provider Gfinity. Matches will take place online via the Nintendo Switch across 12 weeks, kicking off on Saturday September 25th before culminating on Saturday December 11th 2021. Registration for the Splatoon 2 Inkfest UK Tournament 2021 is now open via the Inkfest UK Tournament Hub, which will be the main hub for the latest information and where teams can sign-up to take part. Continue reading Nintendo and Gfinity announce 2021 Splatoon 2 Inkfest…

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Red Bull Metropolis announced: UK and Ireland streamers including Biffa, The Spiffing Brit and RTGame to take part in competitive Cities: Skylines event

Red Bull and Paradox Interactive have announced the first major competitive Cities: Skyline event, Red Bull Metropolis, with several UK and Ireland streamers taking part. It will feature popular content creators including the UK’s Biffa Plays Indie Games and The Spiffing Brit, Canada’s Quill18 and Ireland’s RTGame. Red Bull Metropolis will test these players with six 30-minute challenges specially designed to evaluate their city planning skills. Red Bull Metropolis was developed with support from Paradox Interactive and the Cities: Skylines community. Continue reading Red Bull Metropolis announced: UK and Ireland streamers including Biffa, The Spiffing Brit and RTGame to take…

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Fnatic publishes esports safeguarding policies: ‘So far there has been limited progress made when it comes to protecting the rights of young people and vulnerable adults in our industry’

Fnatic, the London-based esports organisation, has today unveiled what it claims is the first ever set of safeguarding policies designed specifically for pro gaming. The publication of the organisation’s Global Safeguarding Policies ‘highlights Fnatic’s commitment to spearheading the conversation and development of safeguarding in pro gaming to build a safer system that protects current and future gamers’. The safeguarding policies were developed in partnership with leading experts, including safeguarding training consultancy Safeguarding Today, key advisers to the government on online harms and safeguarding, and safeguarding leads at professional sports teams, including various Premier League clubs. Continue reading Fnatic publishes esports…

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Another id Software game has been rated

By Dom Peppiatt 29 June 2021 10:45 GMT Another new id Software title has been rated in Australia, and this time the classification documents refer to Project 2021B – but what could it be?Earlier this year, we saw Doom Eternal VR revealed early by the Australian ratings board when a game called ‘Project 2021A’ was classified under the “virtual reality” category. Two months after the classification was spotted, the studio announced it was for Doom 3: VR Edition.Now, the ratings board is at it again (via Gematsu). This time, we’ve seen a slight progression in the naming convention and the feature of the game…

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Apex Legends as a platform for LGBTQ+ representation should be the standard

“I’m queer myself. Representation means a lot to me. I grew up in the ‘80s and ‘90s where you had to really read between the lines to find any sort of representation that wasn’t just tragic, terrible, or vilified,” Apex Legends’ lead writer Amanda Doiron tells me. “It made you feel more weird – there was more shame around it. So in Apex, it’s great, because there’s so much there, and there’s different ways to represent it – there’s not one way to be gay. So, it’s quite meaningful to me in that we’re not just continuing to represent a…

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How lockdown changed gaming in the UK: 9 key takeaways from Ofcom’s Online National 2021 Report

Ofcom has published its Online National 2021 Report which features a host of data about gaming habits in the UK – and how these changed after the pandemic hit last year. We’ve rounded up 9 stats from the report. 1. Almost two thirds of adults played games last year With people at home for much of the year, online gaming saw a big increase in 2020. Nearly two thirds (62%) of adults, and 92% of 16- to 24-year-olds, said they played games on an electronic device, and over half of all gamers agreed that gaming helped them get through lockdown….

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Fortnite Season 7 Battle Stars | How to redeem all Battle Pass content

Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 7 has launched with a slightly different Battle Pass system. Instead of advancing through tiers and unlocking content linearly as you go, you’ll now earn Battle Stars that you can spend to unlock content that appeals to you first.Watch on YouTubeIf this sounds a bit too good to be true, you’ll probably be unsurprised to learn that there are quite a few restrictions. Battle Pass content is divided into Pages, and you’ll need to complete previous pages and/or level up before you can get to the higher ones which (for most people’s money, I think) contain…