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3)Gabe Newell fires DOTA 2 Shanghai Major host and production company
At this week’s Dota 2 Shanghai Majors competition, a number of severe technical issues and questions over the dismissal of the host of the English-language coverage of its group stages have forced Valve head Gabe Newell to address the problems directly.
Earlier this week, host James “2GD” Harding announced via his Twitter account that he had been dismissed from hosting duties, adding that it was “Valve’s decision.” Harding opened the broadcast Wednesday evening (or Thursday morning in Shanghai) with a discussion of the absence of pornography in his Chinese hotel room, and the pre-game analysis panel he led was further derailed by strange asides and off-color comments.
The group stages of the event have been further plagued by a series of major technical issues, both on-set and in-game. Hosts’ mic levels have been too quiet to hear or have cut out completely, and Harding himself often looked awkwardly at the wrong camera and spoke to the on-set director to get the camera pointed where he wanted it. Harding rambled self-deprecatingly about how little he knew or understood about Dota 2’s current balance and accepted strategies, or meta, and sometimes insulted teams participating in the major or the players on them.
Worse, the live match coverage has often been interrupted for various reasons. Player medical issues led to one delay, but others have gone for hours at a time with little explanation. The competition has also seen multiple complete connection failures for the English-language streams on Twitch and Dota 2’s official site. This has also affected the English-language casting in the Dota 2 client itself.
After Harding’s tweets Thursday evening, there was rampant speculation within the Dota 2 community and competitive scene as to what exactly had happened. Friday afternoon, Newell posted directly to the Dota 2 subreddit to clear the air. “We’ve had issues with James at previous events,” Newell said. “Some Valve people lobbied to bring him back for Shanghai, feeling that he deserved another chance. That was a mistake. James is an ass, and we won’t be working with him again.”
Newell also pledged to address the poor spectator experience. “As long as we’re firing people, we are also firing the production company that we’ve been working with on the Shanghai Major,” Newell said. “They will be replaced, and we hope to get this turned around before the main event.”
The Shanghai Major is the biggest Dota 2 tournament of 2016 thus far. It has a prize pool of $3 million, and is one of four tournaments composing Valve’s official Majors initiative, bearing their stamp of approval. The tournament is being produced in partnership with Perfect World, Valve’s official steward of Dota 2 in China. The Majors are widely considered to be Valve’s attempt to add a bit of stability to the notoriously noisy Dota 2 pro scene. The Shanghai Major main event is set to begin next week after the group stages concluded this weekend.
2)Ubisoft seeking investors to stop Vivendi takeover
Ubisoft Entertainment is looking for Canadian investors to help prevent a takeover by media company Vivendi, The Globe and Mail reports. Quoting chief executive officer Yves Guillemot, they claim Ubisoft is meeting this week with parties in Montreal and Toronto to raise funding.
“We want to increase the number of Canadian shareholders in Ubisoft to have better control over the capital,” Mr. Guillemot said. “We feel it’s a good defence.”
Earlier this week Vivendi confirmed to Deadline that they had launched a hostile takeover bid against developer and publisher Gameloft, whose CEO Michel Guillemot is both Yves’ brother and co-founder of Ubisoft. European investment bank Bryan, Garnier & Co. tells The Globe and Mail that the maneuver is part of a “larger ploy to force talks with the Guillemot family and take over Ubisoft” The Globe and Mail reports.
“At stake,” the article says, “are more than 3,000 Ubisoft jobs in Montreal, Quebec, Toronto and Halifax and hundreds of millions in capital invested since the company opened its first studio in Canada in 1997. Quebec has the most to lose, with Ubisoft representing a pillar of its multimedia industry.”
1)Pokémon Sun and Moon coming this Christmas
Nintendo announced on friday that Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon are the next new games in the franchise. The games will launch worldwide on Nintendo 3DS at the end of this year.
The games will come with nine language options, according to the announcement, including Chinese for the first time.
The news came from the company’s special Pokémon-centric Nintendo Direct, held in advance of the series’ 20th anniversary on Feb. 27. Fans discovered Pokémon Sun and Moon ahead of the official reveal, however, when the logos and trademark applications turned up thursday in a European trademark database.
Pokémon Sun and Moon are the first mainline Pokémon games since Pokémon X and Y, which launched on Nintendo 3DS in 2013. These were followed by Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, which were 3DS remakes of 2003’s Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire on Game Boy Advance.
Although little else is known yet about the two games comprising Pokémon’s next generation of role-playing games, a new legendary Pokémon was recently unveiled. It’s expected that Magearna, who will premiere in this summer’s newest Pokémon movie, is the first of generation seven’s new collectible monsters.
Nintendo also announced that the upcoming 3DS Virtual Console re-releases of Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow will utilize the Pokémon Bank app. This will add new connectivity to the original Game Boy games, allowing players to transfer their monsters between games virtually — including Sun and Moon. Those games are available on the 3DS for £8.99 each.
UK GAME CHARTS
Ubisoft take their first No1 crown of the year as Far Cry Primal breaks Activision Blizzard’s hold on top spot. It’s a new look and a new launch window for the Far Cry series with Primal being the first to launch outside of Q4 since the original PC version in 2004. There’s also a second Top 3 debutant this week in the form of EA’s Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 at No2. Sales for the series are up 31%, although the first in the series (2014) was a timed exclusive for both Xbox One and Xbox 360 at launch. Fifa 16 remains at No3 for a third week, which means Call of Duty: Black Ops III slips down to No4. Familiar faces jostle for position in the Top 10 with last week’s debutant Street Fighter V the most notable mover down from No2 to No10. Outside the Top 10 3DS exclusive Bravely Second: End Layer makes its mark at No12.
Still at No.5: GRAND THEFT AUTO V
Down 4 to No.4: CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III
Still at No.3: FIFA 16
New at No.2: PLANTS VS ZOMBIES: GARDEN WARFARE 2
New at No.1: FAR CRY PRIMAL
GAMES RELEASED ON MONDAY 29TH FEBRUARY
Soul Axiom (PC) – Digital Only
GAMES RELEASED ON TUESDAY 1ST MARCH
Screencheat (PS4) – Digital Only
TRON RUN/r (XO) – Digital Only
GAMES RELEASED ON WEDNESDAY 2ND MARCH
Shadow Of The Beast (PS4) – Digital Only
GAMES RELEASED ON THURSDAY 3RD MARCH
Ultimate Chicken Horse (XO/PS4/PC) – Digital Only
GAMES RELEASED ON FRIDAY 4TH MARCH
The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD (Wii U)
Mortal Kombat XL (XO/PS4)
The Witch And The Hundred Knight: Revival Edition (PS4)
Heavy Rain/Beyond: Two Souls Collection (PS4)
Goat Simulator: The Bundle (XO)
YouTube videos of the week
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