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Buy a World of Warcraft Charity Pet – Help Disaster Relief



Blizzard Entertainment has a history of creating charity pets that World of Warcraft players can purchase. A percentage of the money raised by players who buy the charity pet goes to a specific charity. Players get a cute pet that can follow their character around in-game.

In the past, the percentage of money that went to a charity from the sale of a charity pet ranged from 50% to 100%. This year, Blizzard released the new charity pet – Shadow fox – early (before BlizzCon 2017 that takes place in November.) Their reason for the early release was because they wanted to act now to help those who were affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, or by the flooding in South Asia.

For every Shadow fox adopted between now and December 31, 2017, 100% of the $10 USD adoption fee will be donated to both American Red Cross Disaster Relief and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Disaster Relief Fund.

Blizzard points out that your donation will be split equally between the both organizations. Half will go to the American Red Cross to help people affected by disasters big and small in the U.S. The other half will go to the IFRC to help Red Cross Red Crescent Societies respond to disasters through their Disaster Relief Emergency Fund.

The Shadow fox pet has a color-changing coat with light and shadow effects. Sometimes the Shadow fox is yellow, and other times it is purple. As with other World of Warcraft pets, you purchase one and all of your World of Warcraft characters will be able to use it.


Blizzard Opened an Esports Arena in Los Angeles



Blizzard Entertainment announced that it has opened Blizzard Arena Los Angeles. The Burbank, California venue was custom-designed and built with amenities to accommodate top esports competitors and their fans. High profile events for Hearthstone esports and Overwatch esports have already been scheduled.

The Blizzard Arena is intended to be the hot destination for premier esports competition. Multiple broadcasts and events can be run out of Blizzard Arena simultaneously because it has multiple sound stages, control rooms and player lounges throughout the facility. There will also be an on-site Blizzard store that will open during events and feature a rotating selection of gear and goods based on the event that is taking place.

The Overwatch Contenders Playoffs will run the weekend of October 7-8, 2017. This event will be the grand opening event of Blizzard Arena Los Angeles. The Summer Championship for the Hearthstone Championship Tour will take place on October 13, 2017.

The Overwatch League launches later this year, and Blizzard Arena Los Angeles will be the home for the inaugural season.


R.B.I. Baseball 17 Now on Nintendo Switch



R.B.I. Baseball was released in 1986 for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). After more than two decades, R.B.I. Baseball is excited to bring back R.B.I. Baseball to Nintendo Platforms. R.B.I. Baseball 17 is now available for Nintendo Switch.

R.B.I. Baseball 17 is officially licensed by MLB and the MLBPA. It is available for $29.99 on Nintendo Switch. You can purchase it as a digital download or from participating retailers such as GameStop, Best Buy, Walmart and Target.

Game Highlights:

  • Accessible, Fast-paced, Fun: Play full nine-inning game in less than 20 minutes with easy-to-use two button controls.
  • Authentic MLB Experience: Play with all 30 MLB teams, 30 detailed ballparks and over 1,000 MLB players with detailed attributes
  • Your Team, Your Way: Modify lineups with complete MLB rosters or play classic R.B.I. Baseball rosters. Stay current with downloadable roster updates throughout the 2017 season.
  • Stats: Track season stats by team, player and league leaders across multiple seasons.


Niantic Updates Pokémon GO Safari Zone Event



Niantic has been offering several special Pokémon GO events. There was one in Chicago, followed by one in Yokohama. Soon, it will be time for players in Europe to participate in the Pokémon GO Safari Zone event.

The first series of Pokémon GO Safari Zone events in Europe are just around the corner! On September 16, official Pokémon GO Safari Zone activities will be taking place at Unibail-Rodamco Shopping Centers located in CenterO in Oberhausen (Germany), Les Quatre Temps in Paris (France) and La Maquinista in Barcelona (Spain).

At each event, players will receive an in-game medal and special 2km Eggs from the various PokéStops found and each of those shopping centers. Lures will be activated all day at each PokéStop at the events so players can catch Pokémon together.

Some of the Pokémon players might find include Kangaskhan, Chansey, Larvitar, and others. There is also a chance that players will spot Shiny Pikachu, Shiny Magikarp, and various forms of Unown. Gym and Raid Battles will not be available at those shopping centers during the events.

Niantic states that attendees will receive Trainer kits for joining the day’s Pokémon-catching activities. There will be special offers for Pokémon GO Trainers in each of the participating shopping centers and in select stores.

Soon, players will be able to reserve free, nontransferable tickets to each of these Pokémon GO Safari Zone events that will take place on September 16, 2017. It sounds like the tickets will have a QR code, which is required in order to participate in the event. Everyone who claims a ticket must be over the age of 13 and must present a valid photo ID.

In addition, Niantic has announced a few more Pokémon GO Safari Zone events:

October 7, 2017
* Fisketorvet – Copenhagen, Denmark
* Centrum Černý Most – Prague, The Czech Republic

October 14, 2017
* Mall of Scandinavia – Stockholm, Sweden
* Stadshart Amstelveen – Amstelveen, The Netherlands.


NRG Esports Signed 17-Year-Old Overwatch Pro for $150K



The Overwatch League consists of nine teams that are located around the globe. Andy Miller is the Chairman and Founder of NRG ESports, which is the Overwatch League team based in San Francisco. NRG Esports has signed a teenage Overwatch pro player for $150K.

Jay “sinatraa” Won is 17-years-old and a North American Overwatch star. ESPN reported that “sinatraa” signed a $150,000 per-year-contract with NRG ESports and has joined NRG’s Overwatch League roster. His mother had to sign the agreement because Jay “sinatraa” Won is a minor.

His salary is $100,000 per-year above the league minimum, with revenue-sharing options available. He, and his future teammates, are entitled to 50 percent of team bonuses, per Overwatch League rules.

On August 9, 2017, NRG eSports announced that Brad Rajani would be the new head coach for NRG’s Overwatch League team. The same announcement stated that Seamus “Seamoose” Anderson would be moving from his position as coach of NRG’s Overwatch squad.

Brad Rajani was formerly co-owner of Selfless Gaming, where he was a coach. Selfless Gaming disbanded on July 7, 2017. Jay “sinatraa” Won left Selfless Gaming when it disbanded. Now, “sinatraa” has reunited with his former coach.

Jay “sinatraa” Won is considered one of the best North American DPS players. He competed as part of the North American Overwatch World Cup team. That team will compete at BlizzCon in Anaheim, California, on November 3-4, 2017, with an opening match against South Korea.


Phoenix Labs Kicks Off Dauntless Closed Beta



Phoenix Labs has created a game called Dauntless, which is coming Free-to-Play to PC in 2017. The Founder’s Alpha has ended, and a Closed Beta has begun. Anyone who owns or purchases a Dauntless Founder’s Pack at any tier will be able to participate in the Dauntless Closed Beta.

Dauntless is a co-op, action RPG coming to PC, currently in early access. Battle ferocious Behemoths, craft powerful weapon, and forge your legend in the Shattered Isles.

The Closed Beta started on September 1, 2017, and will run until the Open Beta. (The start date of the Open Beta is “to be determined”.) The early stages of the Beta will be entirely populated by those who have purchased any of the Founder’s Packs.

I couldn’t find any information on the Dauntless website that gave details about what the Founder’s Pack’s cost or what they contain. GameSpot reported that each Founder’s Pack contains an assortment of items to use in-game.

The least expensive option is $40 and gives players “champion status” for 90 days, increasing Behemoth drops. GameSpot also says the Founder’s Packs include a kit of consumable items, an in-game title and forum icon, and an exclusive flare. There is also a $70 Hero pack, that comes with all of the above plus 10 Chromo Cores to dye your gear and 10 Transmog Stones to change your gear’s appearance.


WildStar is Holding a Community Showdown Contest



WildStar is holding a contest called Community Showdown.  The contest is about a new feature in Homecoming (which arrives September 6, 2017). The new feature is called Communities.

You’ve invested impressive amounts of time and effort in designing rich, elegant living spaces to call home. And with Homecoming, you’ll at last have the ability to find neighbors who can move into properties right next door! Collaborate together to build a vibrant and bustling Community – a massively expanded housing social feature that affords players the cosmic opportunity to relocate their homes to shared land.

The Community Showdown launches on September 6, 2017, and lasts until 11:59pm PDT on October 4, 2017. Those who want to participate are to “construct the ultimate R&R facilities, with more than enough space for five battle-fatigued bodies to kick off the boots and unwind from the grind.” If you want to enter the contest, you must register via the contest page using your NC Account by September 20, 2017.

One Grand Prize Winning Team in each region will be awarded $2,500 (or €2.403,85) split equally among all members registered to the team on the contest site. You can have up to five members on your team. In addition, up to seven Honorable Mentions will be chosen across both North America and Europe, granting each registered team member the ability to claim any 10 items from the “Housing” section of the In-Game Store.

More information, and a link to the Official Contest Rules, can be found on the WildStar website.


Legendary Pokémon and EX Raid Battle Field Test Added to Pokémon GO



Niantic announced that three Legendary Pokémon, and an EX Raid Battle Field Test are being added to Pokémon GO. The Legendary Pokémon will be available for a limited time, and the EX Raid Battle Field Test will be available only to those who are invited to participate.

As of August 31, 2017, three Legendary Pokémon have been added to Pokémon GO. These newly added Pokémon can be obtained via Raid Battles. All three Legendaries come from the Johto region, and all will be available from now through September 30, 2017.

  • Raikou is an Electric-type Legendary Pokémon and can be battled throughout the Americas.
  • Entei is a Fire-type Legendary Pokémon and can be battled throughout Europe and Africa.
  • Suicune is a Water-type Legendary Pokémon and can be battled throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

On September 30, all three of these Legendary Pokémon will move to a different location and be available for Trainers to battle with friends until October 31. They will make their final stop in the last remaining location on October 31. Raikou, Entei, and Suicune will be available for this limited time period, so be sure to battle against them when they arrive at Gyms near you!

In addition, Niantic has begun an EX Raid Battle (which used to be called Exclusive Raid Battle) field-testing phase at select Gyms. During this test, they will be making periodic adjustments to EX Raid eligibility requirements, frequency, times, locations, and durations.

The first EX Raid Passes will be sent out soon. Those who are invited will have an opportunity to try out the new system as early as September 6, 2017.


Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition Available for Pre-Order



Microsoft announced that Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition, is now available for pre-order. Limited quantities are available. Microsoft suggests that those who are interested “Get it before it’s gone forever”. Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition costs $499.99, and will be available on November 7, 2017.

The Project Scorpio Edition features a custom design and vertical stand. The console, and the controller, each have a limited edition Project Scorpio badge on them. Every Xbox One X Project Scorpio console has a unique serial number.

Memory and Storage:

  • 8GB Flash Memory
  • 1TB HDD Internal Storage
  • 12GB GDDR5 at 326 GB/s

Video Capabilities:

  • 4K UHD Blu-ray Optical Disc Drive, HDMI
  • HDMI 2.0b (out), 2160p @ 60Hz, AMD FreeSync
  • HDR10 Support

Audio Components:

  • DTS 5.1
  • DOLBY Digital 5.1, TrueHD with Atmos
  • PCM 2.0, 5.1. 7.1

Wireless Capability

  • WiFi – Dual band wireless Wi-Fi Direct for home networks
  • IR – IR Blaster Send and receive signals

Connectivity

  • Power Port
  • 1 HDMI Ports (1 HDMI 1.4b in, 1 HDMI 2.0b out)
  • 3 USB 3.0 Ports
  • IR Out
  • S/PDIF
  • Ethernet Port

 


Mass Effect: Andromeda Announced End of Single-Player Updates



Mass Effect: Andromeda was created by Bioware (which was acquired by Electronic Arts). The Mass Effect Andromeda Team has sad news for people who enjoy playing the game solo. They are not going to release any more single-player or in-game story content.

A brief update on the Mass Effect: Andromeda website explains a change to the game.

Early in development, we decided to focus Mass Effect: Andromeda’s story on the Pathfinder, the exploration of the Andromeda galaxy, and the conflict with the Archon. The game was designed to further expand on the Pathfinder’s journey through this new galaxy with story-based multiplayer missions and we will continue to tell stories in the Andromeda Galaxy through our upcoming comics and novels, including the fate of the quarian ark.

Our last update, 1.10, was the final update for Mass Effect: Andromeda. There are no planned future patches for single-player or in-game story content.

The Mass Effect Andromeda team says that their multiplayer team will provide details of their ongoing support and upcoming content, including new multiplayer missions, character kits, and what’s in store for N7 Day.

It appears that those who want to continue playing Mass Effect: Andromeda will not be able to play it as a single-player game, and must switch to multiplayer instead (if they would like to see new content). Ars Technica reported that Bioware says the multiplayer modes will receive more “story-based APEX missions.”