#156 Upcoming Preseason Invitational For Apex Legends

Apex Legends looks to be kicking off their own tournament, with $500k in prizes this coming September!

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#133 E3 2019 Final Day Wrapup

Wrapping up E3 2019 with some final thoughts, along with some ideas on what to expect next year. Oh, and here’s the link for the Miller Lite “Cantroller”.

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#127 Microsoft Looking At Big Changes In Windows 11

In a recent interview, Microsoft’s VP covered some very interesting yet vague “Modern OS” points. It’s leading many to believe that some details may have been dropped about Windows 11 that we hope to hear about in several months or so.

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#89 Snapchat Goes All In On Mobile Gaming

Gaming has been becoming increasingly more mainstream through the years, growing alongside the growth social media has seen as well. With so many different companies diving head first into video games, it shouldn’t really be a shock that reports are stating that Snapchat will be the latest to join this market with their own version of a mobile gaming platform for its app.

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#87 Ninja Was Paid HOW MUCH To Stream Apex Legends?!?!

A big chunk of change was divvied out to Ninja and many other top streamers and content creators on YouTube and Twitch when Apex Legends was released. Is this the strategy that game companies should look at moving forward?

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#84 Apex Legends Now Faces Major Hacking Problems

Did you know that Apex Legends has nothing to combat aimbots and cheating? Yea, that’s pretty bad. But what is EA going to do about it? Listen in for more!

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Microsoft And EA Are Launching Their Own Streaming Services

Microsoft and EA both have plans to allow users to stream games to their smartphones and other devices.

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It seems like streamed gaming is this year’s trend. Both Microsoft and EA have confirmed that they are working on their own streaming services.

EA CEO Andrew Wilson introduced the plan at its EA Play press event on Saturday. According to Wilson, the company is working on a way for gamers to stream its library of games onto smartphones, tablets and low-end PCs. It’s highly possible that the service will be tied to the Origin Access subscription.

The company showcased the streaming service at the event but clarified that its not ready to launch.

EA acquired cloud gaming company GameFly for an undisclosed amount last month. The latter developed technology to stream PC games to Samsung and LG smart TVs as well as Amazon Fire TV devices. It just makes sense for EA to make use of GameFly for its own upcoming streaming service.

On Sunday, Xbox maker Microsoft followed suit and announced its own streaming service as well. Similar to EA, the cloud gaming service might be accessed through its Xbox Game Pass.

“Our cloud engineers are building a game streaming network to unlock console-quality gaming on any device. We are dedicated to perfecting your experience everywhere you want to play — your Xbox, your PC and your phone.”

Neither of the companies were the first to try bringing cloud gaming to devices but none have been quite successful. However, with the 5G network coming soon, these two might just be able to pull it off.

Both companies did not provide further details including availability and pricing for the streaming service. That means we have to be on our toes for more news. Are you excited?

 

EA Announces Battlefield 5 Details and Origin Access Premier

EA had some exciting news to share at E3 2018 including details on Battlefield 5 as well as a new subscription service.

Battlefield 5 is the latest entry in the iconic Battlefield franchise. First launched in 2002, the series gained popularity and spawned several versions. Now, EA is bringing its “deepest and most immersive” entry to the series.

Similar to Battlefield 1, the latest addition brings users back to World War II. This time, the intention is to give an insight into some of the lesser-known conflicts in that war.

Fans will be happy to know that Battlefield 5 will have both have a single-player campaign and multiplayer modes. Some of the multiplayers modes from Battlefield 3Battlefield 4 and Battlefield 1 are making a comeback but there are also two new ones to look forward to.

EA also confirmed the Battle Royale mode coming to the game. According to DICE, its version will include the brand of action and destruction that the Battlefield franchise is known for. The developer promised more information will be revealed in the next coming months.

The game is expected to launch simultaneously on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One. The early trial version is going to be available on October 11 to EA Access and Origin Access members. The deluxe and standard editions of the game will be available on October 16 and October 19 respectively.

Origin Access Premier

Aside from game updates, EA also announced its new all-in-one subscription service.

Basic members get to try new games up to ten hours, starting five days before release. Current Origin Access members will now become Origin Access Basic members and will have the same benefits as before.

The new Origin Access Premier brings full access to both archived games as new and pre-released games. This means unlimited playtime on the full versions of the games starting five days before the launch. Upcoming games include Anthem, Battlefield 5, Unravel 2, Fifa 19, A Way Out and Madden 19.

Membership for the service costs $15 per month or $100 a year. It will be available this summer.

BioWare Talks Anthem And The Lack Of Mass Effect: Andromeda DLC

Game developer BioWare has teased fans of the upcoming updates for its popular game Anthem. The company’s new game is slated to be released soon. With this, a company official has released studio updates which include, among others, the Mass Effect: Andromeda.

 

BioWare to release Anthem in 2019?

 

According to BioWare general manager Casey Hudson, the developer was not able to bring new DLC for Andromeda.


“As you know, we were not able to deliver story DLC for Andromeda—this was as frustrating for us as it was for players, and it was something we knew we had to solve in future games,” Hudson said in a blog post.

 

He added that when BioWare released the Mass Effect: Andromeda, there was a strong call from players for a story DLC that involves the fate of quarians. Hudson did not further issue some specifics but he admits that it impacted how the company worked on Anthem.

 

Anthem is actually an open-world action game. The upcoming game is slated to be released this year. It can be recalled that last January, EA had announced that Anthem’s release date would be in early 2019.

 

“That experience ultimately became a defining moment in refocusing BioWare’s mission. We need to delight players with new experiences and innovation, but we must stay focused on the importance of the world, character, and storytelling elements that players expect from our games,” Hudson explained.

 

“And our games must be designed to continue delivering new stories and experiences, in an ongoing relationship with players in the worlds we’re evolving together,” he added.

 

With this, Hudson said that they are working speedily on the development of Anthem. He wants the players to enjoy playing the game in a fresh world story and characters.

 

“It will be unlike anything you’ve played, but if we do it right, it will feel very distinctly BioWare,” Hudson stressed, who worked as a director on the original Mass Effect trilogy including the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.

 

In case you don’t know, Hudson left BioWare shortly and returned in 2017 following the company’s upheaval.