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Ireland’s Vela Games raises £12.5m in funding from Ubisoft, London Venture Partners and Novator

Vela Games, a Dublin-based studio with industry veterans from Blizzard, Epic, Riot Games, EA and Moon Studios, has today announced it’s secured $17.3m (£12.5m) Series A investment. The funding comes from lead investor Novator, with additional investment from Ubisoft and London Venture Partners, to fuel development of its breakthrough Multiplayer Online Co-Operative (MOCO) title, an MMO/MOBA hybrid codenamed Project-V. Founded in 2018 by Travis George, Brian Kaiser and Lisa Newon George, Vela Games previously raised $6.9m in funding rounds, to establish a team of over 25 developers and flesh out their design. Continue reading Ireland’s Vela Games raises £12.5m in…

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Valorant’s next update adds a robot and changes just about everything

Valorant Episode 3 Act 1 arrives tonight, and it comes with tweaks to almost all the agents, as well as changes to gun and ability prices that will likely shake up the game’s economy for the foreseeable future. Before we get to that, however, the biggest news is that the new ability-suppressing robot KAY/O is joining the roster. Apex Legends has a cool killer robot, Overwatch has a pretty floaty robot – it was about time Riot’s tactical shooter joined the club. Read more

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League of Legends esports now has its own sticker album as LVP Superliga partners with Panini for the first time

Sticker albums are largely associated with football here in the UK, but now they’re branching out into League of Legends and esports for the first time. Trading card manufacturer Panini has teamed up with LVP (MediaPro Group) to produce a sticker collection for The Superliga, the Spanish European Regional League (ERL). The Superliga album is now available in digital format, although fans who complete it will have the opportunity to purchase it in physical format as well. Continue reading League of Legends esports now has its own sticker album as LVP Superliga partners with Panini for the first time

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Riot announces mobile version of Valorant and 14m PC player numbers as game celebrates first anniversary, Shroud and Ninja share their views on its longevity

Valorant is one year old today and Riot Games is celebrating by announcing a mobile version of the shooter in the works. Riot also announced that an average of more than 14m PC players from around the world log on each month to play Valorant, with half a billion games played so far since Valorant launched on June 2nd 2021. Valorant Mobile doesn’t have a release date just yet, but it follows in the footsteps of other top competitive shooters that have made their way to mobile, such as PUBG and Fortnite. Continue reading Riot announces mobile version of Valorant and 14m…

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Riot announces main partner for 12 League of Legends European Regional Leagues including UK/Nordics NLC, as well as the EU Masters, LCL and LEC

Riot Games has announced that KitKat will be a main partner across several of its League of Legends tournaments in Europe. KitKat will be a main partner of the LEC and EU Masters through to 2023, and of the Continental League (LCL), 12 European Regional Leagues (ERLs) – including UK/Nordics league the NLC. This makes KitKat the first confectionary brand partner of the NLC.  “This makes KitKat one of the farthest reaching partners we’ve ever had, and we couldn’t be happier to have them with us,” Riot said in a press release. Continue reading Riot announces main partner for 12…

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Valorant’s new game mode makes your whole team play as the same agent

Riot Games seem to be experimenting with another less competitive game mode in their guns ‘n wizards FPS Valorant. Replication is a new best-of-nine Spike planting mode with a rather chaotic gimmick – players on the same team will all have to play as the same agent. I know what you’re thinking: ‘Oh god, I’m going to be perpetually blinded by five Breaches’. But thankfully, Riot are adding in a little feature called Flashguard that should at least let you see for a couple of seconds. Read more

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League of Legends World Cup: Riot wants to run an international tournament in the future

Riot Games is open to organising an international League of Legends World Cup-style tournament in the future, where teams would represent their countries. This has been a talking point since two showmatches took place between an all-star French team and a Spanish mix team, drawing hundreds of thousands of viewers. But could this kind of thing become an official Riot tournament in the future? John Needham, global head of esports at Riot Games, said: “We’re always looking for new ways to engage with our fans and while a LoL World Cup would translate well around the world, making room in…

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Valorant UK & Ireland Skirmish announced as Intel extends sponsorship with ESL Prem

A one-off UK & Ireland Valorant tournament has been announced, which will be operated under the ESL Premiership banner. The Valorant UK&I Skirmish – Powered by Intel, will see the first instance of organised Valorant play for the local ESL UK office. It will include open qualifiers and an eight-team round robin group stage, which will see two groups compete to qualify for position in the playoffs. On Saturday June 26th, qualified teams will begin their bracket run to be crowned champions and lay claim to the £10,000 prize pool. Continue reading Valorant UK & Ireland Skirmish announced as Intel…

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Valorant will start recording voice chat to tackle hate speech

I played a lot of Valorant in the two weeks after its release and enjoyed myself immensely. Then I got yelled at by a teammate and never played the game again. Now Riot say they’re going to start recording in-game voice comms so they can analyse it and “take action against players who use voice comms to harass others, use hate speech, or otherwise disrupt your experience.” They also acknowledge that this will pose a privacy concern for some, but that “if you prefer to not have your voice chat captured, you may turn off voice chat.” Read more

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Valorant voice chat will recorded to combat “disruptive or offensive behavior”

Valorant voice chat will now be recorded by Riot GamesRiot Games has made changes to its Privacy Notice and Terms of Service, noting that starting now, all voice chat in Valorant will be recorded for the purposes of combating “disruptive voice communications.”Watch on YouTubeAccording to the notice, this will also be a possibility in Riot’s other games, such as League of Legends, but for now, the only game where chat will be recorded is Valorant (thanks, Blue).“We know reducing disruptive behavior is a complex problem that will require long-term investment and many different approaches to address—particularly in terms of voice…

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Valorant’s sunny new map Breeze is out now

It’s time to take a trip to the bright beaches of the Bermuda Triangle – not in real life, I don’t think I’d ever want to go to that spooky place. But in Riot Games’ tactical FPS Valorant, it’s the delightful setting of the new map Breeze. Moving well away from the cold corridors of Icebox, Breeze is a lush seaside location complete with a historical fort, wide open spaces for relaxing (or fighting), and some ominous techy pyramids. It’s out right now, alongside a new battle pass and some pricey gun skins in Episode 2 Act 3. Read more

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Valorant’s new map has a neat yet pointless trap door

I love a good gimmick in my Valorant maps. Icebox and its many ziplines, Bind and its teleporters, and now Breeze and its daft trap door. Riot Games announced Breeze earlier today: it’s a new seaside map coming to the tactical FPS next week. It’s big, it’s pretty and I had a chance to try it out early and capture some footage for you to feast your eyes on. Breeze also features a trap door that I don’t full understand the function of, but that just makes me love it all the more. Read more

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MAD Lions’ LEC win ‘marks the end of the dominance of G2 and Fnatic in the LEC, with competition becoming increasingly fiercer each year’ – Riot

Image credit: LEC Flickr (Michal Konkol/Riot Games) Riot Games has commented on MAD Lions winning the Spring 2021 LEC and how ending G2’s reign as European champions reflects the tougher competition in the league. Yesterday, MAD Lions beat Rogue 3-2 in the LEC finals. In doing so, they became the first League of Legends European champions in six and a half years outside of G2 and Fnatic. The only other team to have won a European LoL title (EU LCS or LEC) was Alliance, back in Summer 2014 (you can see the full list on, with Fnatic having seven…