PUBG Emerges from their Salt pile to Sue Fortnite
Fornite is making more with microtransactions than PUBG is making in game sales. PUBG is suing Fornite allegedly for copyright infringement. Epic games is being accused of copying the game mechanics and items. Ironically enough concerning this accusation, Fornite is getting vehicles pretty soon. Both games released in early 2017 however, Fornite didn’t create a Battle Royale option until September 2017. Epic Games broke a world record of more than 3.4 million players online at the same time, the initial record was 3.3 million created by PUBG. PUBG applied for an injuction against Epic Games Korea in January.
“We filed the suit to protect our copyright,” the company told the Korea Times.
Source Both companies are under the Bluehole umbrella and the firm said it’s a shame that that Epic Games released a similar game. Epic Games had a hand in PUBG success, the Unreal gaming engine used within the game is made by Epic Games.
*Personal Statement: There have been so many games that have done Battle Royale mode. PUBG is lucky H1Z1 didn’t sue them. Also! Knowing that PUBG was inspired by the Japanese film Battle Royale, did they get a check for the inspiration? What makes it weird is that Epic Games contributed to PUBG’s success. It’s like having a little brother you don’t want to surpass you. Instead of spending all that money in court use it to make PUBG great on Xbox and maybe sales will pick up again. Fornite is free and available on consoles. *
Man, what an exciting tournament filled weekend! Echo|SonicFox took it all against G01 but not before reminding him, ‘Don’t come for me.’ Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition’s number one champ is UYU\NL with RZR\Xian close on his heel at second. We all thought Xian was going all the way! He really earned his spot in top 8. The Street Fighter that was the event of the weekend is Street Fighter Turbo. We had a double proposal, at the same time. Competitive player, Tanya @killermiller, coming in 5th decided to propose to her boyfriend, @Eltrouble, Eugene Lin, who came in first. Eltrouble decided to propose to Tanya as well.
*The Combo Queens meetup at Combo Breaker introduced me to a slew of women in the Fighting Game Community. I’ll be posting a video from our meetup pretty soon!*
Tomorrow night, New York Excelsior goes head to head with Philly Fusion, Dynasty vs Dragons and LA Valiant vs LA Gladiators. Who are you rooting for, LA or LA?
This is Week 3 of Stage 4.
Overwatch Viewership Dips
The Overwatch League is on Stage 4 and viewership is declining.
Day 2 of Stage 4 has the least amount of views with an average of 63,000. Stage 3 wasn’t super entertaining but did pick up during the playoffs with 133,000 views. Stage 4 starts with 113,000 views through Twitch, a 15.2% drop from Stage 3. There isn’t a certain answer for why viewership declined however it started with New York Excelsior dominating the other teams.
Today the London Spitfire take on the San Francisco Shock,
the LA Gladiators vs Florida Mayhem & Philly Fusion vs Shanghai Dragons
Esports at Tokyo Game Show
The visual theme for this year is esports, for the Tokyo Game Show. The Tokyo Game Show is a huge expo filled with different games whether from Indie devs or big game companies, exhibitors. This is Smartphone Game Area which focuses on games for smart devices and social games for portable devices. Indie Game Area is where games for every platform are on display to help generate new trends in the computer entertainment industry. Esports Area is for esports gaming, game devices, hardware and other related products. VR/AR Area is for VR games, hardware and other services. Game School Area is for professionals schools and universities to gather together and be inspired for future creators.
2014’s theme involved Sony sponsoring the Indie Game Area. This meant the developers didn’t have to pay for a booth.
ELeague’s new hostess
With Richard Lewis stepping down as ELEAGUE hosts there leaves an empty spot which Michele Morrow is more than ready to fill. She’s hosted many events including the Tekken Team Takedown this past year and DirecTV Virtual Ticket for BlizzCon events. The SFV Invitational starts on June 1 until July 13, the winner receives $250,000.
Combo Breaker 2018 in Chicago, IL May 25-27 https://combobreaker.org/
junaEsports Daily – May 22nd, 2018.
Team Liquid is making History!
Brazilian Team Liquid blew everyone out the water by becoming Season 7’s Rainbow Six Siege champs. Team Liquid flowed through FNATIC with a 6-5 then Oregon 5-2 making it to the semifinals. To get into the grand finals Millenium had to beat Team Liquid the score was 3-5. Team Liquid took PENTA in the map Consulate 5-1 crowning Liquid as the champs.
BAM 10, Battle Arena Melbourne, is a masters for the Tekken World Tour. A few notable Tekken professional players showed up like ROX|Knee, Uyu|Jeondding and FOX|Saint. A note worthy match is Knee & Saint’s, who were in the grand finals. Saint made it out of Losers’ Finals and fought a good fight but couldn’t beat Knee.
Overwatch League Update
Philly Fusion shut down the Florida Mayhem 4-0. The Dragons could not bring the heat to the Valiants, 1-3. Excelesior is the only one spitting that hot fiya; they took the victory against the London Spitfire 3-1.
They are called Royal Never Give Up for a reason! They are the new Mid Season Invitational LoL champs. Sunday morning in Paris, South Korea’s Kingzone DragonX went up against China’s RNG and takes the L. The odds were always in RNG’s favor. DragonX did a bit of gambling in the first three games which gave RNG the advantage from jump. RNG capitalized and take the MSI Champion title.
Epic Games is funding Fortnite community competitions with $100,000,000 worth of prizes.
They haven’t fully released the details but they did say;
“We’re getting behind competitive play in a big way, but our approach will be different – we plan to be more inclusive, and focused on the joy of playing and watching the game.”
Stay tuned for more info.
This is a great opportunity for those of us in the community to help them see diversity and be inclusive. Stay tuned for more info for tournaments hosted by your community.
Check out @KayIsGaming’s Tweet:
$1.2 million goes Mobile Esports game
Gamelynx raised over $1.2million to create team based mobile esports games.
Gamelynx is a game development studio established in 2016 by a former dev of League of Legends with their first title releasing later this year.
There are many people backing this movement like Y Combinator, Skycatcher Fund, M Venture and Riot Games. This effort of creating an esports mobile game has been attempted in the past but failed because the games were similar to other games readily available on PC or console. Yesterday in my piece about mobile esports on the rise I mentioned mobile gaming broadening the competitive gaming community’s demographic. I believe that the games that were made for esports on mobile may have failed to bring in a different demographic. There are few people who will have a game on PC/Console and then want to turn around and put it on their phone. I’m not saying it hasn’t been done but, it is a bit much. According to CEO of Gamelynx, Alexander Mistakidis, they are given the technology needed to succeed in making a good mobile esports game.
As the line between mobile and PC/console continues to blur, the portability and accessibility of mobile creates an even brighter future for competitive gaming and esports,” said Mistakidis.
Eleague Street Fighter V Invitational
If you’ve been paying attention to Eleague’s fighting game reality show on TBS don’t forget that tonight is the night we find out who will win the spot at the Eleague Street Fighter tournament. It’s Commander Jesse vs JB. http://www.eleague.com/street-￼fighter-v-2018
Last night Philly took Boston for a joy ride with a 3-1 win. NY blew Florida out with a 3-0 victory and Houston showed London they were about that life with a 4-0 win.
Tonight’s games are Fuel vs Gladiators, Uprising vs Outlaws, and the Shock vs Dynasty, tonight starting at 5pm CT
Red Bull Esports Online Tourneys
International Centre in Toronto will host the first ever Red Bull esports online tournament from July 27-29. Fortnite and DOTA 2 are amoungst the hype of this Red Bull AdrenaLAN tournament. Registration is opened for both tournaments and you are allowed to compete in either one. This is a Bring Your Own Computer tournament. Players can arrive on Friday to the venue. Team slots are open for two day matches from July 28 & 29. Players are allowed to freely switch teams. 400 players will be battle in 200 duo competitions, the battle bus is leaving every 5 minutes from 10am to 7pm every day. The winning team of eat match takes home $156. The team with the most victories play a winner’s match at the end of the weekend.