The Update for week ending 18th October 2015

Hello Fellow Cravers. I am GD and I am here with this weeks top 3 gaming news stories, the top 5 games, new releases and a recap of YouTube of the week with the Update!

NEWS

3)StarCraft 2 matchfixing scandal leads to 2 lifetime bans

At least two figures in the professional StarCraft 2 scene in Korea have been banned from KeSPA (the Korean eSports Association) following charges of matchfixing.

This news is coming thanks to reports from various well-regarded eSports personalities, as gathered on a post on the Team Liquid forums. KeSPA itself has issued an official statement in Korean only.

Reportedly, as many as 11 people have been indicted on charges of matchfixing in StarCraft 2. So far only two names have been released: a player named YoDa and a coach named Gerrard, both of whom have been given lifetime bans by KeSPA. Notably, these two are members of the same StarCraft 2 team, Prime.

“Since 2010, the association has worked alongside the rest of the industry to fight against the illegal betting that has continued to threaten the foundation of eSports,” reads a fan translation of the statement from KeSPA director Cho Man Soo. “It is extremely regrettable that a related incident has occurred again, and we apologize to all of the fans who have shown eSports their love and support.”

KeSPA was apparently informed of Gerrard and YoDa’s illegal betting from “an anonymous source seeking a reward.” Shortly after that, the organization discovered that the two had been arrested in an official investigation related to this incident.

This is not the first time that a matchfixing scandal has rocked the StarCraft world. In 2010, several Korean players and programmers were accused of matchfixing by a North American player. These allegations were eventually confirmed, and 11 players were banned from KeSPA and received fines and other penalties.

Last year, a top Korean League of Legends player and his manager were accused of matchfixing by KeSPA. That scandal took a tragic turn when the accused player attempted suicide after confessing to taking part in the matchfixing.

The accusation of matchfixing for an eSport may seem hard to believe, but it makes more sense in Korea, where eSports is incredibly popular and potentially lucrative. The idea is that certain teams, coaches and players can throw the game while simultaneously betting on the outcome they know will happen and winning lots of money that way. Betting on eSports has become fairly commonplace in South Korea.

More information on the latest eSports matchfixing scandal is expected to be released by prosecutors in the coming days and hours. In the mean time, Cho Man Soo ends his letter with another apology:

“Once again, we apologize to all of the fans of Korean eSports and everyone who works tirelessly for the advancement of eSports.”

2)WWE 2K16 uses game writers persona, and he is not happy

What was just a normal trailer showing off WWE 2K16’s character creation toolkit has dissolved into a mini media-scandal this week when one of the wrestlers it featured resembled the alter-ego of a well known games writer.
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“Dr. Tracksuit” is the persona of Giant Bomb’s Jeff Gerstmann when he wrestles in the annual “PAX Wrestling” events using WrestleMania 2000 on Nintendo 64. On Wednesday morning, 2K Sports put out a trailer touting the game’s creation suite, and late in the clip a wrestler looking very much like Dr. Tracksuit was shown making his entrance.

After Gerstmann complained on social media, 2K Sports re-rolled a trailer to games media with the questionable footage stripped out.

The whole thing diverts attention away from the return of some key creation tools that had gone missing last year, disappointing many longtime fans. Most notably, Create-a-Diva returns (the only female wrestlers in WWE 2K15 were ones supplied by the game itself). Custom arenas, superstar entrances and championship belts also feature in the toolkit, and “for the first time” there’s something called “Create-a-Show,” though it’s not entirely clear how different that is from the old matchmaking/storyline tools in prior editions.

Anyway, WWE 2K16 launches Oct. 30 on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

1) EA Account details leaked as part of Data Dump

A document containing account information, including that belonging to members of Electronic Arts’ Origin service, spread online last week.

According to CSO Online, the leak came in the form of a Pastebin upload that has since been removed, and contained private, personal details such as email addresses and passwords.

Hundreds of accounts beginning with the letters A through F were included in the post. Certain EA titles associated with gamer profiles were also named, including Mass Effect and Star Wars Battlefront.

Sam Houston, a former community manager for Origin now working with Bugcrowd, suggested that the data dump is the result of an intentional hack into EA’s databases. “Gamers are often targeted with attacks,” he said in a statement, “and with EA’s accounts tied into all of their games and their Origin e-commerce site, a gamer’s EA account can be very valuable.

“Gaining access to an EA account would enable a hacker to play any of their PC games purchased through Origin, and could potentially be used to play on a gamer’s account on a game connected via the EA account system. Those accounts are valuable not only for financial gain, but also for harassing or impersonating users.”

Houston added that “Over the years, EA has been the target of a lot of ire from various gaming groups, so this could be a response to a particular issue that people are upset about.”

John Reseburg, EA’s senior director of corporate communications, denied Houston’s claims in an email to Polygon. “At this point, we have no indication that this list was obtained through an intrusion of our account databases,” according to the statement.

An explanation as to how the information ended up as part of the Pastebin file, if not the result of a breach, was not provided when asked.

Only a small number of the Origin accounts included on the list were found to be active, he added, and EA has taken action to secure these. “In an abundance of caution, we’re taking steps to secure any account that has an EA user ID that matches the usernames on this list.”

Reseburg went on to say that EA “[encourages] all players to safeguard their account credentials and use unique usernames and passwords on all online accounts.”

UK GAME CHARTS

FIFA 16 takes a 4th straight week at No1 leading an unchanged Top 4 for the second week. Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection sees sales drop 50% but still holds No2 ahead of Activision’s Destiny: The Taken King. Lego Dimensions remains at No4 ahead of a resurgent Grand Theft Auto V, which climbs the chart for the third week up to No5. Forza Motorsport 6 is pushed down a place to No6 just ahead of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain at No7, which benefits from price promotions. Several new releases make their debuts this week although Bandai Namco’s Tales of Zestiria is the only one to make it into this weeks’ Top 10 at No8. WRC 5 races into the chart at No12 placing the 4th best launch in the series in terms of week 1 sales. There’s no shortage of titles for RPG fans as Square Enix release Dragon Quest Heroes (The World Tree’s Woe and the Blight Below) at No19. There’s also room for Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance by NIS America lands at No27 giving fans of the genre three titles to choose from.

Up 1 to No.5:         GRAND THEFT AUTO V

Still at No.4:           LEGO DIMENSIONS

Still at No.3:           DESTINY: THE TAKEN KING

Still at No.2:           UNCHARTED: THE NATHAN DRAKE COLLECTION

Still at No.1:           FIFA 16

NEW RELEASES

GAMES RELEASED ON TUESDAY 20TH OCTOBER

Life Is Strange: Episode 5 (360/PS3/XO/PS4/PC) – Digital Only
Overlord: Fellowship Of Evil (XO/PS4/PC) – Digital Only
Sword Coast Legends (XO/PS4/PC) – Digital Only
Tales Of Zestiria (PC) – Digital Only

GAMES RELEASED ON FRIDAY 23RD OCTOBER

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (XO/PS4)
Guitar Hero Live (360/PS3/Wii U/XO/PS4)
Just Dance 2016 (Wii/360/PS3/Wii U/XO/PS4)
The Legend Of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes (3DS)
Space Hulk (PS3/PSV)
Zombie Vikings: Ragnarök Edition (PS4)
Gravity Falls (3DS)
Superbeat Xonic (PSV)
Hasbro Family Fun Pack (XO/PS4)
Just Dance Disney 2 (Wii/360/Wii U/XO)
Now That’s What I Call Sing (XO/PS4)
Disney Infinity 3.0: Toy Box Takeover
Skylanders SuperChargers Starter Pack (iOS)
Mewtwo and Modern Colours 8-bit Mario amiibos

YouTube videos of the week

Welcome as we look back at what went up this week on the Crave Your Game Channel.

CTG Plays Monopoly Part One

Cajr Plays Until Dawn Chapter 6

CTG Plays Star Wars Battlefront Beta

IRN RYN Plays The Escapists The Walking Dead

Billy Plays Silent Hill 2 Part One

The CTG Podcast Live! Episode 63

We are back with the CTG Podcast this Wednesday on twitch.tv/ctgpodcast. We return next Monday with the Update.

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