In June Blizzard was forced to ban 2-3 thousand bots in WoW Classic per day

Since June 17, Blizzard has blocked more than 40,000 World of Warcraft accounts. Due to the large number of bots in the classic version of the game, the company had to block 2-3 thousand users per day.
Kaivax, Blizzard community Manager:
“Recently, we have completed a series of blocking of unscrupulous players in World of Warcraft. We rarely talk about this publicly, because we know that it can help hackers avoid punishment, but this time we want to share information, as many users have asked for it.

We continued to actively block dishonest players, on average 2-3 thousand a day, and sometimes 4 thousand a day. Daily efforts have resulted in measures being taken against more than 40,000 accounts in America, Europe, Korea and Taiwan since June 17.”

A Blizzard representative noted that the blocking process is both automatic and manual. This is a time-consuming process, since the company needs not only to protect honest players, but also to fight organizations that use cheats to make real profits.
Kaivax, Blizzard community Manager:
“We also play World of Warcraft. We understand what it means to meet a bot in the game, and we fight against dishonest users. This is quite difficult, because we have to prove that the accused really does not control the character himself. We use powerful systems to determine whether a suspected player is using cheats, and our technology is constantly evolving. However, sometimes there is not enough evidence, and then we have to collect them manually, which is very long and difficult. However, the effort is worth it, because we do not want to block honest users. < … > Illegal trading for real money forces third parties to make huge efforts to circumvent our detection systems. This is very important for us, but it is the only priority for bot breeders and illegal organizations that sell and use them. The bans we issue are just the cost of doing business for them.”

The need to conduct a wave of blockages in World of Warcraft Classic was discussed in December 2019. Then users told how they get benefits by running next to the bot and preventing it from getting production.

Cyberpunk 2077 will have the ability to connect to memories and change them

At the presentation of Night City Wire, CD Projekt RED presented one of the game mechanics of Cyberpunk 2077 — the ability to get into the memories of NPCs and change them. The ability was called Braindance (“Brain dance”).

With this skill, you can get more information about NPCs or the world of Cyberpunk 2077. In the presented fragment, V looked through the memories of the bandit and found out who he killed during the robbery.

You can rewind the recording back and forth, or stop it. During the “dive” it is allowed to divide the memory into layers and thus get more information about what happened to the NPC: what sounds were around, objects, and so on.

Cyberpunk 2077 will be released on November 19 on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. All owners of the game on consoles will receive a free copy for the next generation of consoles. In 2022, an animated series based on the game will be released on Netflix.

The US army National guard has become a partner of NRG Esports

Multi-gaming NRG Esports has announced a collaboration with the us Army National guard. The eSports organization announced this on social networks.

The financial side and terms of the transaction are unknown. The Army National guard of the United States has its own cyber command and soldiers-streamers. In addition, in April, it partnered with the Complexity Limit Guild to sponsor Mythic Dungeon International’s World of Warcraft competition.

In June, the Chicago Huntsmen (also owned by NRG), a member team of the Call of Duty League franchise, entered into a partnership with the US army. The US military also sponsors the League itself, Complexity Gaming, and the Ultimate Gaming Championship tournament operator, which hosts Apex Legends Championships.

An animated series will be released on Cyberpunk 2077

On the live broadcast of Night City Wire, CD Projekt RED Studio announced Cyberpunk Edgerunners — an animated series that takes place in the world of Cyberpunk 2077. According to a CDPR representative, the project has been working on for a long time.

The plot of Edgerunners will not repeat the events of the game. The series will have its own key characters — it’s not about Vee or Jack. The show’s composer is Akira Yamaoko — who wrote the music for the Silent Hill series.

The show is produced by a separate CD Projekt RED team together with the Japanese Studio Trigger. The streaming service Netflix is also working on the project, where the series will be released. Its premiere is scheduled for 2022.

Team Unique lost their fourth meeting in a row, losing to OG at BEYOND EPIC

Team Unique lost to OG in THE beyond EPIC Dota 2 group stage match for Europe and the CIS. Ivan VANSKOR Skorokhod’s team finished the match with a score of 1: 2 and earned one point.

Previously Unique conceded ViKin.gg, Nigma and B8 Esports. For the team of Johan n0tail Sundstein, the victory was the second in the championship. OG earned three points and moved up to second place in group A.

The next match in the tournament will be the confrontation between B8 and Nigma. The game is scheduled to start on June 19, 21: 00 Moscow time.

BEYOND EPIC for Europe and the CIS runs online from June 15 to 28. Teams play a prize pool of $200 thousand.

PSG football club became a partner of the team in League of Legends

Paris Saint-Germain football club has announced a partnership with the eSports organization Talon Esports. The League of Legends team will compete in the Pacific Championship Series under the PSG Talon tag.

The clubs entered into a partnership agreement for several years. The joint project is designed not only to achieve high results in competitions, but also to develop young talents in the region and create content for League of Legends. Other details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Talon Esports introduced the lol roster in January 2020. The team won the PCS 2020 Spring, and also became the mid-Season Showdown 2020 champion.

PSG FC opened an eSports division-PSG Esports-in 2016. The organization was already represented in League of Legends until October 2017 and planned to return to the discipline a year later, but Riot Games rejected its application to buy a slot in LEC. Paris Saint-Germain also supports DotA 2, FIFA, Mobile Legends and Brawl Stars rosters.

The US army has become a partner of the American Call of Duty team

The American call of Duty Chicago Huntsmen and the US army have entered into a partnership agreement. The team announced this on Twitter. Details of the collaboration are unknown.

In December 2019, the military Department changed the budget allocation for 2020, abandoning television in favor of digital technologies. Two months later, the US Navy announced a partnership with DreamHack and ESL, and in March, it became known about the army’s collaboration with the organization Evil Geniuses. Another similar deal was reported in April — when the US national guard became a partner of the Complexity Limit Guild from World of Warcraft.

Chicago Huntsmen is an American club that was founded in September 2019. It is owned by NRG eSports. Since 2020, the team participates in the professional Call of Duty League, in which it became the champion of the second week of the competition in Atlanta. For the first place, the Chicago Huntsmen earned $50 thousand.

CS:GO may have a new game mode

After updating the CS:GO from June 11, dataminers found hints of a new mode for the shooter in the game files. Information about this appeared on reddit.

Game files belong to Mirage and Inferno maps. They are intended for barriers in CS:GO and are called retake.asite and retake.bsite. Similar barriers are used to reduce standard maps in Wingman mode. However, in it, these objects are called differently-brush.bloker. The dataminer also found a new arena on the Mirage outside of the map.

On June 11, CS:GO developers updated the main tournament maps and improved the visibility of player silhouettes. One of the main innovations was changing the position of the doors at point B to Dust2. The next day, Valve added a profanity filter for text chat to the shooter.

Lelis joined the Quincy Crew

Fleiner Rodrigo Lelis of lellis Santos was the player of the Quincy Crew composition on Dota 2. The eSports player announced this on Twitter.

The debut of the new roster will take place at the BTS Pro Series Season 2: Americas tournament. On June 14, Quincy Crew will face Evil Geniuses in the League’s group stage. The match will start at 22: 00 Moscow time.

Lelis previously played for Ninjas in Pyjamas — he represented the club from January to April 2020. With the team, the eSports player took third place in the European qualification for ESL One Los Angeles 2020 and settled for a 7-8 place on WePlay! Dota 2 Tug of War: Mad Moon.

Quincy Crew Members:
Yawar YawaR Hassan;
Quinn Quinn Callahan;
Rodrigo Lelis Lelis Santos;
Arif MSS Anwar;
Avery SVG Silverman.

For fans of classics and spider-Man, the artist suggested an alternative design for the PlayStation 5

Australian artist BossLogic has revealed several PlayStation 5 customization concepts. He tweeted renderings of the black version of the console, as well as an alternative design for the game Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales. Later, BossLogic showed a variant with spider-Man from the Marvel film universe.

In April, BossLogic already offered alternative customization options for the DualSense controller, made in the themes of different games, brands and characters. At the beginning of the year, the artist imagined what the PlayStation 5 logo might look like.

Paradox Interactive postponed the stream with announcements due to protests in the United States

Studio Paradox Interactive moved the stream, which was supposed to share details about the new games. The company made this decision because of anti-racist speeches in the US: Paradox wants ” other voices to be heard now.”
Paradox Interactive:
“We decided to postpone Paradox Insider. Now there are more important voices that need to be heard, and we would like to focus on them. Details about Insider and how we can help will be provided later.”

The Paradox Insider stream was scheduled to take place next weekend as part of the guerrilla Collective online festival. IGN previously moved the Summer of Gaming stream, which was also part of Guerrilla, to June 8.

Against the backdrop of protests, Sony’s PlayStation 5 stream, PC Gaming Show from the PC Gamer portal and Night City Wire, which was supposed to host the presentation of Cyberpunk 2077, were also postponed.

Quincy Crew qualified for the ESL One Birmingham 2020 Grand final

Quincy Crew beat CR4ZY in the final of the top bracket of the ESL One Birmingham 2020 Dota 2 playoffs for the Americas. Avery SVG Silverman’s team finished the match with a score of 2: 0 and went to the Grand final of the championship.

CR4ZY fell into the lower bracket, where it will play the second quota in the Grand final with the winner from the Evil Geniuses — business associates pair. The meeting is scheduled to start on June 6, 20: 00 Moscow time.

ESL One Birmingham 2020 regional leagues are held from may 24 to June 7 in China, Southeast Asia, Europe and the CIS, and North and South America.

In WoW: Shadowlands increased the distance for moving without a loading screen

In World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, players will be able to move between zones without a loading screen. This feature was noticed by participants of the alpha test of the Supplement.

Blizzard has revealed plans to remove the boot screen at BlizzCon 2019. In the alpha version of Shadowlands, the function is already implemented, but after some trips, you can still see the long loading of textures and unusual behavior of the character: he levitates when passing through the portal. Sometimes the loading screen returns — users assume it depends on the distance between zones.

Earlier it became known that on June 9 at 19: 00 Moscow time, a presentation on World of Warcraft: Shadowlands will be held. Blizzard will tell you more about the future addition and show new content from the game.

RELATIONSHIP WITH A HORSE AND DEATH FROM A COUPLE OF SWINGS OF THE SWORD — WHAT ELSE DID WE LEARN ABOUT GHOST OF TSUSHIMA

As if apologizing for a couple of years without much detail, the Studio Sucker Punch began to share more and more information about Ghost of Tsushima. Our Maxim Solodilov also found out some details about the game from the artistic Director Nate Fox (Nate Fox).

According to the developer, the game will be able to challenge sophisticated players. If the story is important to you in the first place, then no one will prevent you from setting the minimum level of difficulty:

The game is very difficult. And it has difficulty levels in case the definition of “very difficult” does not please you. We have created a combat system in the image and likeness of films about samurai, where everyone usually dies from a couple of swings of the sword. However, this works both ways: you will also die from multiple enemy attacks. The stakes in battle are extremely high. And if you like it, then welcome aboard! If you are more interested in the story, then feel free to set a low level of complexity.

To defeat the bosses, you will have to learn their movements to parry attacks and strike back. “This is an extremely serious challenge that requires many attempts,” Fox emphasizes.

The combat system is not built around counterattacks — you can always attack first, which sometimes will even be the best possible option. The most spectacular and powerful attacks require determination, which is displayed as Golden balls in the corner of the screen. In addition, it is necessary for the treatment of the protagonist.

By the way, violent battles are not the only reason why the game received an age rating for adults. The dark tone of the plot also played a role:

The game tells the story of a brutal Mongol attack on Tsushima. In itself, the story of people’s survival in this difficult time is adult in nature. It has a place for valiant heroes and desperate egoists. Such a serious topic is not suitable for everyone, it is aimed at an adult audience. In addition, we have a brutal combat system, which also contributed to the adult rating.

As for classes in the open world, everyone’s favorite clearing of outposts will be here. However, according to Fox, this does not interfere with the gameplay variety-they say, the game also has a lot of ” typical activities for the samurai genre.”

During a demonstration on State of Play, a player drove past a bear that was gnawing on a Mongol, but decided not to interfere, although he could easily do so. In the game there are both friendly animals that can help you, and hostile ones, like the same bear. Of course, the attackers can be killed. However, the world is alive and consists not only of animals that want to kill you. There are still Mongols patrolling the island. Add to this dynamic systems of changing weather and time of day, and you get an interesting world to explore.

In addition, the main character is able to steal horses from the Mongols, but the main horse named Nobu remains with you throughout the game. An ungulate companion cannot die, and it is allowed to summon it at any time. As you progress, your relationship will develop.

Not all of the content in Ghost of Tsushima was created “manually” — some of the work was left to random algorithms. This should make the game less predictable:

The game is for the most part a combination of these things. It is not entirely scripted, because it is a simulation. But at the same time, this simulation unfolds among the stories, and they are made “manually”. And when these elements collide, you get interesting results, because you do not know how the Mongols will react, for example, to your attempt to save someone from certain death.

And finally a little about the technical features: Ghost of Tsushima supports HDR technology on both the base PS4 and PS4 Pro. The older model boasts only 4K resolution, which is achieved by chess rendering. The frame rate (30 fps) seems to be the same there and there.

“The Ghost of Tsushima” will appear on July 17. Whether the game will be released on the PlayStation 5 is unclear — at the moment, all the developers ‘ efforts are focused on the version for the current generation of consoles.

NAVI held the lead on the second day of the PSL PUBG Spring Challenge

Natus Vincere remained in the top position in the PSL Elisa Viihde PUBG Spring Challenge standings after the second day of play. The team made 57 kills and earned 108 points.

Matches are played on Miramar, Erangel and Sanhok. In second and third places are the Russian teams Northern Lights Team and UNITY — they scored 103 and 95 points, respectively. Team Liquid is in the fourth position, and Entropiq is in the fifth. Team SoloMid is ranked sixth, and TORNADO ENERGY is ranked seventh.

PSL Elisa Viihde PUBG Spring Challenge runs from may 19 to 21. Participants draw a prize pool of $16 thousand, the winner will receive half.

Take-Two: the new part of GTA will not be released until April 2021

Take-Two officially stated that the 2020 fiscal year will be “quiet” for the company, without AAA releases. This means that GTA VI and other major titles will not be released until April 2021.

The publisher clarified that high-budget games are in development, but did not report anything else. Take-Two is happy with its position. The company will wait a few months after the release of the PS5 and Xbox Series X, and then present their games on them — when the consoles find their first buyers.

In an annual financial report for investors, the publisher said that in the next five years, its studios will release 93 games. 63 of them will be targeted at the target audience, 17-at non-target audience, and the other 16 — at casual players.

The total circulation of GTA V exceeded 130 million copies, excluding distribution in the Epic Games Store. In addition, the circulation of Red Dead Redemption 2 was 31 million copies, Borderlands 3 — 10 million, and Mafia III — 7 million.

G2 Esports выпустила фирменные защитные маски для борьбы с коронавирусом

ESports organization G2 Esports presented branded protective face masks, which went on sale in an online store. According to CEO Carlos ocelote Rodriguez Santiago, so the club wants to “contribute to the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.”

All the money earned from the sale of masks will be transferred to the account of the Charité University hospital in Berlin, which is one of the largest in Europe. The cost of one mask is €15, and the organization will provide free delivery of the order anywhere in the world.

Fans of G2 Esports mostly reacted positively to the club’s initiative, although there were also those who were skeptical of the action. Some people did not like the design of the mask — they pointed out the unfortunate location of the logo, and also complained that the mask does not look like a “branded samurai”. Other users reminded that this mask is not able to protect against COVID-19.

Civilization VI and Borderlands collection-a possible list of upcoming distributions in the Epic Games Store has appeared online

A reddit user has published a possible list of games that will be distributed in the Epic Games Store in the coming weeks. According to this data, civilization VI, Borderlands: The Handsome Collection and ARK: Survival Evolved will participate in the store’s weekly promotion. Epic Games did not comment on this information.

Civilization VI is a turn-based strategy game released in 2016. The game has an average score of 86 out of 100 from critics on the aggregator Metacritic. Whether EGS will distribute any extensions along with the basic version of the title, is not reported.

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection includes the second part of the shooter series and Pre-Sequel, as well as all the DLC for them. The set was released in 2015, including as a port for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

ARK: Survival Evolved is a multi-player survival simulator that was released in June 2015. The PC version is rated 70 out of 100 on Metacritic.

As before, each hand of these games will last a week. Until may 21, Epic Games Store users can also get a free premium edition of Grand Theft Auto V with the “Criminal organization” set for GTA Online.

The authors of Nioh 2 made a gift to the players in honor of the million copies sold

Koei Tecmo Studio reported the first million sold copies of the action Nioh 2. As a thank you, the authors gave all users a set of samurai armor. Players received a set along with a free update, which was released on may 15 — you can see the list of changes at the link.

Along with the update, Sony recalled that three major story additions will be released for Nioh 2. The first one, titled “tengu’s Disciple”, is scheduled for July 30. The events of the DLC will be to develop the main plot. With the addition of new weapons and armor, demonic forms and bosses will appear in the game.

Nioh 2 is an action game with elements of a role-playing game in the style of Dark Souls. Events unfold in the setting of a fantasy medieval Japan. The game was released on March 12, 2020 exclusively for the PlayStation 4.

Virtus.pro and Natus Vincere will perform at the OGA Dota PIT online tournament

The organizers of OGA Dota PIT announced an online tournament for Europe. Four teams from the CIS will compete in the championship — Virtus.pro, Natus Vincere, HellRaisers, and Team Spirit.

Og, Team Secret, Team Liquid, Alliance, Ninjas in Pyjamas and ViKin.gg. Teams will compete in two groups in a round-Robin system. The playoffs will be held in a double-elimination format.

AMD SAPPHIRE DOTA PIT Online EU/CIS Region will be held from 13 to 23 may. The prize Fund of the competition will be $150 thousand, of which $62 thousand will go to the winner. From may 1 to may 11 a similar tournament is held in China.

Natus Vincere fell to the bottom of The weplay grid! Pushka League

Natus Vincere lost to Team Secret in the quarterfinals of WePlay! Pushka League Season 1 Division 1 Dota 2. the Match ended with a score of 0: 2. the Team of Ilyas illias Ganeev fell into the lower bracket of the championship, where they will meet with Alliance on may 10 at 14:00 Moscow time.

In the semifinals of the top bracket, Secret will compete with Team Liquid. The meeting is scheduled for may 10, 20: 00 Moscow time. The next match of the game day will be held between Ninjas in Pyjamas and VP. Prodigy at 20: 00 Moscow time.

WePlay! Pushka League runs from April 23 to may 12 online. 14 teams play for $250,000.

The third season of Parimatch Dota 2 League will start on may 10

Matches of the third season of Parimatch Dota 2 League will start on may 10. Participate in the tournament Virtus.pro, FlyToMoon and other teams. According to the mutual decision of the organizers and the club, the VP.Prodigy team will skip the season — Team Empire Hope will perform instead.

Stepan Shulga, head of eSports at Parimatch
Stepan Shulga, head of eSports at Parimatch:
“In our opinion, the Parimatch League will fairly adhere to the rule “1 organization — 1 team”. By a joint decision of the organizers and the club, VP.Prodigy leaves the League. First line-up Virtus.pro will continue to compete in the Parimatch League.”

The group stage will be held according to the round-robin system with matches up to two wins. The top four teams will go to the playoffs, where they will compete in a double-elimination bracket. The Grand final will be held in the best-of-5 format. Teams with 5-6 positions will play in the next season’s play-offs for the right to retain their place in the League, and the rest will leave the competition.

The prize Fund for Parimatch League Season 3 will be $100 thousand. The winner will get half. Ruhub Studio will broadcast the matches in Russian.

Team Secret closed its Fortnite division

Team Secret has announced the dissolution of the Fortnite roster. The organization decided to leave the discipline. On Twitter, representatives of the club noted that the game has become less relevant for professional teams.

The organization stated that Fortnite remains a good platform for casual players and content creators. Team Secret added that it may return to the discipline in the future, but did not say under what conditions.

The club signed the first Fortnite roster in April 2018. According to Liquipedia, over two years, members of the “battle Royale” team earned almost $280 thousand.

Former team Secret roster for Fortnite:
Scram;
Domentos;
Muse.

Team Unique earned its first victory in the Epic Prime League

Team Unique beat Cyber Legacy in the DotA 2 Epic Prime League Season 1 group stage match. Ivan VANSKOR Skorokhod’s Team finished the match with a score of 2: 0 and earned three points.

For Unique, the victory was the first in the championship. She lost earlier Virtus.pro, VP. Prodigy and FlyToMoon. The team beat B8 Esports in the standings-the roster of Danil Dendi Ishutin has five defeats and two points on the account.

Epic Prime League Season 1 runs from April 15 to may 12 online. Teams play a prize pool of $150,000.

Loda: “the International 2020 is canceled, but Dota 2 is thriving»

Jonathan Loda Berg shared his opinion about moving The International 2020 to Dota 2. He noted that online “DotA” continues to grow, despite the situation. In a tweet, Berg suggested that by the new dates of TI, this figure will reach one million users and the tournament will become the best eSports event in history.

Jonathan Loda Berg:

“The International 2020 is canceled, but Dota 2 is thriving. In a few months, we have gone from 400,000 players at the peak to 700,000. When TI returns, we will break the million-user mark and make IT the greatest event that has ever happened.”

Valve announced the transfer of TI 2020 on the night of may 1. The company made this decision because of the coronavirus pandemic. New dates for the tournament have not yet been announced, but the organizers assume that the competition will take place in 2021.