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This past weekend was PAX South 2015, the first PAX held in San Antonio, and our reporters covered not-so-massive online games in addition to MMORPGs, including Star Citizen, Elite: Dangerous, Shroud of the Avatar, Gigantic, Moonrise and State of Decay, Pox Nora, and TUG. Here's what else the week brought not-so-massive fans.
- Jef took a look at sandbox Space Engineers for MMO Burnout.
- League of Legends' 2015 World Championship will be held in Europe.
- Marvel Heroes kicked off a cow-themed promotion and opened pre-orders for the Winter Soldier.
- DayZ has now sold over 3 million early access copies.
- Elite: Dangerous' February patch will focus on "new type of story-driven collaborative content."
- Heroes of Newerth is adding a new quest system and game mode.
- Path of Exile threatened cheaters with the banhammer.
- The Crew announced a new three-car DLC bundle.
- TUG implemented multiplayer.
- World of Warships now has aircraft carriers.
- Borderlands Online posted a trailer in time for its Chinese technical test.
- My.com released a new World of Speed trailer (it's after the cut).
- Heroes in the Sky is yet another WWII arcade battler.
- Shards of War introduced a new playable sentinel named Patches.
- League of Legends new Nemesis Draft mode is not going well.
- Destiny's getting a new PvP mode.
- Hearthstone's January 2015 ranked play season is drawing to a close.
- The "Wyrmius" minigame arrived in Warframe.
- Nosgoth landed in open beta.
- MOBA The Witcher: Battle Arena launched on mobile.
- A town in the Philippines banned Dota following a fatal stabbing over the game.
Betas, Trailers, Video, Business Models, Game Mechanics, PvP, News Items, Trading Card Games, Consoles, MMOFPS, MMORTS, World of Tanks, Miscellaneous, Not So Massively, MOBA, League of Legends, Diablo III, Crowdfunding, Destiny, Elite: Dangerous, Path of Exile, Buy-to-Play, Hearthstone, E-sports, OARPG
- Heroes of the Storm is now in closed beta. Blizz also previewed the Sky Temple map.
- Blizzard announced the 2015 Hearthstone World Championship.
- Riot announced League of Legends' mid-season invitational for May, pushed patch 5.1 live, and revealed Nemesis Draft, a new featured game mode. The game will also be celebrating Aussie players on Oceania servers later this month.
- Elite: Dangerous mapped out the beta schedule for its inbound updates and teased future expansions.
- Path of Exile completed PvP season one with its invitational tournament this weekend.
- Marvel Heroes pubbed its level 52 Hulk review.
- Diablo III patched 2.1.2 and ended season one.
- Borderlands Online revealed its four classes.
- World of Tanks introduced personal missions.
- MOBA Nosgoth's open beta is set to begin on January 21st.
- MMORTS Elvenar explained how to upgrade buildings.
- Square Enix publishe a dev blog for MOBA Lord of Vermilion.
- Infestation: Survivor Stories EP Sergey Titov admitted that the post-apoc game's original name, The War Z, was a "terrible choice."
- King of Wushu released videos for three new playable characters.
- Massively's Jukebox Heroes column reviewed Destiny's soundtrack. The game will launch the hardmode version of Crota's End this week.
- Dota 2 now boasts over 10 million players.
- Netmarble and Visual Toys announced they'll launch MOBA Pirates: Treasure Hunter next month.
- Former pro League of Legends team Vulcan leaped into fantasy e-sports.
- MOBA Summoner's Legion opens its first official server this coming Wednesday.
- Way, way too many devs think MOBAs are smart and sustainable for it to actually remain true. Ahem.
This week Kentucky's University of Pikeville followed suit when it publicized its offering of "at least 20 scholarships" to LoL players who will be treated like the school's other student-athletes. "There will be practice time and video time when they have to study other teams for upcoming competitions," said the university's new media director Bruce Parsons.
The firm explains why in a Q&A posted this week, and the short version is that your ISP is focused primarily on moving large amounts of data in seconds or minutes, which is fine for streaming video but not so fine for real-time gaming. To make matters worse, your internet connection "might bounce all over the country instead of running directly to where it needs to go," Riot says, "which can impact your network quality and ping whether the game server is across the country or right down the street."
The solution is a direct network for LoL traffic as well as some sort of partnership with US and Canadian ISPs to facilitate player access.
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- Jagex announced that it plans to shut down the Transformers Universe MOBA in January.
- Elite: Dangerous launched this week. We compared it to EVE Online and drooled over a ridiculously cool Elite-centered PC rig.
- SMITE explored Awilix in depth, kicked off Saturnalia, and announced a $2,000,000 prize pool for its World Championships. SMITECentral named it the 5th highest prize pool in e-sports history. [Thanks, Sorenthaz!]
- Star Citizen released Arena Commander 1.0.
- League of Legends issues a royal welcome to one and all to its Snowdown 2014 celebration.
- Hearthstone formally launched worldwide on Android devices.
- Marvel Heroes adds Venom and put almost everything in the game on sale for 50% off.
- MechWarrior Online patched in a 64-bit client.
- War Thunder's Steel Generals expansion beta is live.
- A Destiny player beat the expansion's new content solo.
- Riot Games tried to beat League of Legends hackers by hiring them.
- Undead Labs answered player questions about Moonrise.
- DayZ is adding a bunch of new themed items for the holidays. The team also posted an anniversary video.
- Infinite Crisis released playable Swamp Thing.
- MOBA Shards of War introduced new sentinel Bastion.
- After much delay, GTA Online will be getting heists next year.
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- Hearthstone's first expansion, Goblins vs. Gnomes, launched earlier today after major balance tweaks last week.
- Ubisoft's action-driving MMO The Crew launched, landing at #6 on the UK charts.
- Destiny previewed The Dark Below and again rejected raid matchmaking.
- Over 27 million people tuned in to watch League of Legends' world finals.
- Zombie MOBA Dead Island: Epidemic launched into open beta.
- That rumor about a Borderlands MMO was true, though it's coming only to China.
- Warface will sunset on the Xbox 360 in February.
- Path of Exile prepped for its 1.3 update and tournament season one.
- Heroes of the Storm teased model updates and master skins.
- Infinite Crisis dredged up a playable Swamp Thing.
- Star Citizen's Hornet was made available to all backers.
- Frontier teased the Elite: Dangerous trailer and gave away old-school Elite for Mac.
- World of Speed profiled the BMW Z4 roadster in a new video.
- World of Warplanes taught us how to do a canopy roll.
- Nerd Kingdom told backers it's hopeful about an investor for TUG.
- Elvenar's devs posted a video preview of the MMORTS.
You can soak up the rest of the numbers at Riot's official website.
Not So Massively: Elite's refund controversy, Civ Online's closed beta, and Ghost in the Shell's G-Star debut
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- Elite: Dangerous navigated the refund controversy over its canceled offline mode.
- OFPS Ghost in the Shell unveiled its debut trailer at G-Star.
- Civilization Online posted a sweet new closed beta trailer.
- Blizzard explained the spare parts mechanic in Hearthstone's upcoming Goblins vs. Gnomes expansion.
- The opening cinematic for Destiny's upcoming expansion DLC was leaked. A demo version of the game is also now available. Bungie is reportedly planning more accommodation for solo play.
- This is how you stop exploits: Riot's paying out cash money to players who find League of Legends bugs. The studio's also working hard to disincentivize leavers.
- Tencent, Riot's main stakeholder, saw its Beijing offices vandalized earlier today.
- SMITE revealed Ao Kuang, the Dragon King of the Eastern Seas.
- Star Citizen explained its death mechanics.
- NCsoft's MOBA, Master X Master, is coming to mobile devices.
- MOBA TOME: Immortal Arena landed on Steam.
- The Crew launches its console beta tomorrow.
- Warframe's Archwing update hits consoles.
- World of Speed uploaded a new teaser focused on Toyota's Supra Mk 4.
- Ingress turned two years old and published an infographic to celebrate.
- GTA Online's character transfers are busted for accounts dormant since 2013.
- World of Tanks' Xbox 360 edition rolled out the German Maus heavy tank.
- The Order and Chaos MOBA, Heroes of Chaos, is due for a large mobile update.
- A StarCraft II player was booted from a tournament after tweeting about raping his female opponent.
The studio has been testing out the program with a smaller group and has given $100,000 in rewards so far: "Currently in closed beta, the Riot bug bounty program is only available to a few security professionals who we've already identified. These professionals have helped us squish more than 75 bugs, vulnerabilities, and exploits, including client crash exploits, vision related exploits, and vulnerabilities that could potentially lead to player impersonation on forums."
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- Smilegate announced Lost Ark, a gorgeous Korean OARPG.
- Destiny updated with a massive 2.44 gig patch. One in five copies, claims Superdata, was sold digitally.
- Blizzard won its lawsuit against Legend of Crouching Dragon, an overt Hearthstone clone. A new HS trailer was also posted.
- Elite: Dangerous canceled the offline gameplay mode it promised during its Kickstarter campaign.
- Jagex announced potential layoffs affecting the Transformers Universe team.
- Dota 2's new update teases the Oracle.
- Warframe attempted to set a Guinness world record for moustaches (results are still pending, but over $9000 was raised -- yes, over 9000).
- Star Citizen's crowdfunding total topped $61 million.
- Riot Games found a way to reward the 95% of League of Legends players who are jerks.
- World of Warplanes celebrated its first anniversary.
- Mobile MOBA Vainglory launches on iOS tomorrowday.
- Infinite Crisis plans to release Arcane Supergirl in November.
- The Crew hyped its season pass in a new trailer.
- SMITE previewed new god Ao Kuang.
- Moonrise's devs discussed the game's PvP meta.
The team posted a letter praising "positive behavior" in the community, saying that 95% of players have never received punishment. Furthermore, only 1% of the crowd have caused issues that resulted in lengthy bans or chat restrictions. Riot says that it is trying out new ideas to further combat bad behavior: "We've recently been focused on addressing extreme cases of verbal toxicity, and will soon be testing additional systems that address gameplay toxicity like leavers, AFKs, and intentional feeders."
To players who haven't received any punishments in the 2014 season, Riot will be granting four-win IP boosts next week.
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- Blizzard announced online team-shooter Overwatch at BlizzCon. Chris Metzen says Blizzard is trying to build a more representative game with less hypersexualization.
- Hearthstone is launching in December and getting a new expansion: Goblins vs. Gnomes.
- EA's MOBA Dawngate is shutting down in three months.
- League of Legends introduced Kalista, the Spear of Vengeance.
- MMOTCG HEX dropped its beta key requirement but denied that it is in open beta.
- Heroes of the Storm's closed beta starts January 13th. It's also getting a sweet Diablo III-themed map.
- Diablo III previewed its upcoming season. According to content designer Kevin Martens, Diablo was once considered for an MMO, but no longer.
- David Braben says Elite: Dangerous' December 16th launch date is "sensible."
- Star Citizen passed $60 million in fundraising.
- Quirky indie MMOFPS Hunternet boasts 700-player battles.
- World of Tanks' 9.4 patch added Stalingrad map and tweaked strongholds.
- The Crew hinted at a new "PvP mode" and season passes.
- MechWarrior Online's latest dev vlog covered inner sphere quirks and faction switching.
- Ubisoft said that The Division's PC experience won't suffer because of consoles.
- Some jerk swatted a Bungie/Destiny exec; the internet demands prison time for said jerk.
- The latest World of Speed vid features nearly four minutes of gameplay.
- Bigpoint's Shards of War introduced a new sentinel, Vox.
- Undead Labs discussed balance in Moonrise.
- Dota is now the subject of a course at Chongqing Energy College in China.
Kalista is a marksman who cooperates with her Soul-Bound to deal substantial sustained damage, access her full repertoire of abilities and wither her enemies under her relentless assault. Kalista’s potential is unlocked by solid communication and cooperation with allies rather than raw mechanical skill. While still capable in her own right, Kalista misses out on Soul-Marked's bonus damage and effective use of her ult without direct cooperation from her ally.Riot has a brief unembeddable spotlight clip on the official site; we've included a longer one from YouTuber SkinSpotlights below.
One such player is 22-year-old Wei Han-Dong, who "retired" from playing professionally in order to sign a contract to stream 90 hours of matches a month for $817,863 a year. He maintains that streaming is less stressful than entering in tournaments, in which he was part of a world championship team in 2012.
The lengthy article discusses how competitive and costly the world of professional esports and streaming has become, how managers are paying large chunks of money to sign players, and how the industry is rife with negativity and instability.
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