Smite Skin Sale Ends Soon!

Of all the multiplayer online battle arena games (MOBA’s), I will admit that I prefer Smite. The unique 3rd person view brings you closer to the action and means that sneaking up behind your opponent brings them that much closer to defeat. With every character unlockable for just a one off payment of £20.99, including all of their future releases, it isn’t hard to see a reason why people like putting gods like Zeus against Thor and Ra. If you ever felt like a change though their skins are often unique and refreshing, with the Leap Year and Rising Dawn sales ending soon you can get them for even less!

The Rising Dawn event is there to celebrate the release of the Japanese pantheon, with gods like Ameratsu and Raijin tearing through the battle with sword and thunder alike. To celebrate this you can get a set of Japanese inspired skins for your favourite gods, with the loveable Neith dressed in pink with love hearts and fluffy animals, or if you wanted to go Godzilla (or Gojira) on some people Sobek is your god to call. Ymir goes sumo with his new skin and grabbing all of these and the rising dawn bundle gets you a machine based Sol skin. The deal ends on the 1st March so now may be your best chance to grab the deal.

The Leap Year sale brings you a bunch of skins for 50% off, with everything from the mecha forms of Digi-Mir 9000 Ymir and G.E.B.1 GEB to the sneaky Shinobalanque Xbalanque and Infiltrator Loki all going for cheap. With the sale ending on the 29th though you haven’t got long.

Top 10 PC Games Revenue Destroys Consoles During 2015

The demise of PC gaming and its impending doom is a common misnomer which doesn’t reflect how well the platform is doing financially and in terms of total players. For example, earlier this month Steam managed to hit an astonishing figure of 12 million concurrent users. According to a NeoGAF thread, the most played title during the peak period was Dota 2, with 940,373 concurrent players. New research from SuperData has tracked the total revenue by platform and makes for some very interesting reading. As you can see, the top 10 console revenue results pale in comparison to the PC and exemplifies how profitable the platform is. Unbelievably, League of Legends managed to amass $1,628 million during 2015, which is more than four times the amount from Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

Not only that, the top PC results actually outperformed the mobile sector, which is a surprise given the financial benefits via microtransactions. So what do these numbers actually mean? While the console market is still more popular, it’s not as financially successful and PC gaming revenues continue to rise at an impressive rate. The yearly research explains:

“Despite a heavy industry focus on mobile gaming, the combined earnings of digital PC games for the top titles came in higher, totaling $6.3B in sales compared to $6.18B for mobile. PC-based gaming–consisting of free-to-play MMOs, subscription-based games like World of Warcraft, social games and PC downloadable games–earns over $32 billion annually, well above the $25.1 billion generated by mobile games. Three of the year’s top five digital PC games (Grand Theft Auto V, Fallout 4 and The Witcher 3) were released in 2015, indicating that PC gamers have made significant progress transitioning to purchasing games digitally.”

Clearly, the modern gaming scene has changed substantially and the PC is a very profitable platform. Furthermore, this is down to an increased player base which illustrates how promising the future is for PC gaming as a leading platform.

League of Legends 2016 Ranked Season Begins Soon!

League of Legends’ popularity is difficult to exaggerate and showcases the viability of the free-to-play business model. When MMOs were still primarily opting for a subscriptions, Riot Games decided to implement free access with various micropayments. This worked superbly for the company and League of Legends is one of the most successful MOBAs worldwide today. More specifically, as of January 2014, over 67 million people played League of Legends per month, 27 million per day, and over 7.5 million concurrently during peak hours. Not only that, the prize pool in 2014 and 2015 are some of the largest ever seen in eSports history, amounting to 2.3 million dollars. Even though I’m not a seasoned League of Legends player, this success has caught my attention and encouraged me to give the game a try!

The 2016 ranked season is scheduled to begin on January 20th and here is a complete rundown of the key changes:

Seeding

As usual, you’ll have ten placement games to fight through before settling in to your tier and division, ready for the climb. Your placement is still heavily influenced by where you ended up last season and what you accomplished during preseason. If you’ve never played ranked, then your placements will be all that matters!

Preseason brought some substantial changes to the game (learn more about preseason here, so we’re again running a soft reset before placements kick off. As with previous years because of the soft reset, you’ll likely place lower than where you ended last year.

New Champ Select and Dynamic Groups

Now each player chooses two positions (or fill!) before queueing up to find a team. We’ve also replaced the solo/duo queue with a dynamic group queue, where you’ll be able to climb the ladder with any number of teammates. You’ll still need to be of similar rank to your queue-buddies, and we designed the system so groups will almost always play against similarly grouped opponents. We’re watching this very closely, but we’re confident this change makes it easier to compete with friends of similar skill levels and better emphasizes the team nature of League.

Check out more on new champ select and dynamic groups at the Season 2016 update.

Promo Helper and High MMR Queue Time Adjustments

Promo Helper means when you’re in a division lower than Gold 1, if you lose a promotional series, the next time you enter your series, you’ll start with at least one win.

We’re also optimizing high-level matchmaking to identify epically skilled players faster and widen the MMR range for finding games at the pinnacle of amateur competition.

Learn more about Promo Helper and high MMR adjustments here.

Rewards

This year we’re exploring new possibilities for ranked rewards, but we don’t have anything ready to share just yet.

Do you play League of Legends extensively or find the skill barrier is too high?

eTeknix 2015 Christmas Buying Guide – Treat Yourself or Someone Else!

The time for holiday festivities is almost upon us and as the modern tradition of consumerism continues to grow, it becomes harder and harder to pick the right gifts for people every year, or perhaps it’s just me who struggles? Either way, we’ve sat around a Christmas fire, or just a general fire in November and December, getting into the gift buying state of mind and picked a range of our favourite products which we’ve reviewed here at eTeknix throughout 2015, as what better products to recommend than the ones we’ve had in our own hands and tested!

We’ve got a huge range of budgets covered here today, although I think it’s fair to assume that given we play around with graphics cards and a lot of enthusiast friendly products, there are some real wallet busters here too. Of course, you can use this guide to find some of the best products of the year to treat your family, friends and more, but there’s no reason why you couldn’t just spoil yourself too!


Rock Band 4 Band in a Box

Get ready to rock out this Christmas and no doubt many other days. Pick up the guitar, drum sticks, or just butcher your favourite song on the microphone. Rock Band 4 – Band in a Box is a fantastic gift and it’s a great thing to deploy at parties too, certainly beats the usual Karaoke chaos! It comes with the guitar, microphone, drums and the game for $249.99. To save costs, the standalone game with the guitar is just $129.99. In the UK, the Band in a Box is £219.99, while the guitar and game is just £109.99.

Check out the full review here.


Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Chassis

The Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Mid-Tower chassis is by far my favourite chassis of 2015, it just oozes high quality inside and out, with capabilities for high-end water and air cooling and so much more. It is available from Overclockers UK for £139.99 and is available in both Gun Metal and black.

Check out the full review here.


Raijintek Styx Micro-ATX Aluminium Chassis

What a fantastic little chassis this is! Built from beautifully finished brushed aluminium and available in a wide range of colours, this would make a great gift for someone building a new gaming system this Christmas. The Raijintek Styx chassis is available from Overclockers UK for just £64.99.

Check out the full review here.


be quiet! Silent Base 800 Chassis

Another expensive chassis on our list, but one of the best we’ve seen this year. If you’re wanting to build someone, or yourself, a gaming PC that not only looks great but is as silent as you could ever hope for, the Silent Base 800 Window is the way to go. It is available from most popular retailers for 149,90EUR/119 GBP/149,90 USD ex. VAT.

Check out the full review here.


Corsair Strafe RGB MX Silent Red Mechanical Keyboard

Featuring the innovative Cherry MX Silent Switches, the Corsair Strafe RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is simply amazing to use. It’s packed full of features and is by far the quietest mech we’ve ever tested. A little expensive, but I’m sure anyone would be happy to unwrap this at Christmas. The Strafe is available for £139.99 from Overclockers UK, while the MX Red and the MX Brown are priced at £129.95. If you want the non-RGB version, you can find the MX Red and the MX Brown at £99.95 each.

Check out the full review here.


Thermaltake Commander Gaming Gear Keyboard and Mouse Combo

The TteSports by Thermaltake Commander Keyboard and Mouse Combo is a great gift for Christmas, it’s affordable, has a nice range of features and you get a keyboard and a mouse in a single nice and tidy (and easy to wrap) box! With prices around £23.99 it’s hard to say no to such a great deal! Readers in the US can pick one of from Newegg for an equally impressive $29.99.

Check out the full review here.


CM Storm Quick Fire XTi Mechanical Keyboard

RGB mechanical keyboards are everywhere this year, but the XTi from Cooler Master is my personal favourite so far. It’s no-fuss and bold design is great for home and office, gaming or work, with the added bonus that it’s incredibly durable and has some of the nicest lighting tones I’ve seen so far, even if it does only allow for a mixture of red and blue! You can pick up the XTi from Box for just £134, although there’s also a deal that includes a free mouse here!

Check out the full review here.


Corsair Scimitar RGB MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse

The Gaming Scimitar RGB MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse is packed full of features that will put a smile on any PC gamers face. With RGB lighting, excellent performance and a customisable keypad on the side, it’s one of the best mice we’ve ever tested. better yet, it’s only £69.95 from Overclockers UK.

Check out the full review here.


Logitech G502 Proteus Core Gaming Mouse

The Logitech G502 is a prime example of how great a gaming mouse can truly be. This is without a doubt the best mouse sensor we’ve ever tested and the rest of the mouse isn’t exactly lacking in features either. I’d be tempted to buy this one for myself this Christmas, but you could always treat someone else with it too. It’s available directly from the Logitech website (with free shipping) for just £69.99.

Check out the full review here.


G.Skill MX780

A relatively new entry on the peripherals market, the G.Skills MX780 is a fantastic gaming mouse, with a switchable left or right handed grip that makes it ideal for a wide range of gamers. With a retail price of just $59.99 it is exceptional value for a Christmas gift, and given its spec, it’ll go head to head with many of the best mice on the market.

Check out the full review here.


Corsair Void Headset

We were absolutely blown away by the Corsair Void series, some of the best sounding, most comfortable and best-looking headsets we’ve ever seen! They would make a great gift, but be careful, if you try them out before you give them away, you may want to keep them. The Corsair Void USB 7.1 RGB Headset is available from Overclockers UK for just £79.99. This is £10 cheaper than the Wireless headset which is £89.99, I prefer the wireless and think it’s not much more to pay for the extra tech, but you’re own preferences will obviously determine which model you prefer.

Check out the reviews for the USB 7.1, Wireless 7.1 and 2.0 headsets here.


Astro A40 TR + Mix Amp Pro

Eager to get the best of the best gaming headset for you or your loved one? Then make no exception, the Astro A40 TR Headset with Mix Amp Pro is the way to go. This is one that’s sure to leave a dent in your wallet, but as the old saying goes, you get what you pay for. Available from the Astro store for £200, plus around £48 for the optional Mod Kit, the Astro is expensive, but the sound quality, features and comfortable fit are priceless.

Check out the full review here.


Crucial BX200 SSD

SSD prices are dropping constantly and there really has never been a better time to invest. If it’s for your own system, you can give yourself a great upgrade without spending a fortune, but the smaller drive sizes make excellent gifts to those who could do with a performance upgrade on their system. The Crucial BX200 comes with an MSRP of £234.49 ($299.99) for the 960GB model and £66.49 ($84.99) and £116.99 ($149.99) for the smaller 240GB and 480GB models, plus the small boxes are super easy to wrap up as a gift.

Check out the full review here.


QNAP TS-251 2-Bay NAS

Give the gift of a connected home this Christmas, from streaming your movies around the house, to backing up those important files, there are a lot of benefits to owning a NAS. Not the cheapest of gifts, but it’s one of those products where if you buy cheap, you’ll likely regret it in the long run. The QNAP’s TS-251 Turbo NAS can be found at NewEgg for $384.99, at Scan UK for £295.32, or through Geizhals starting at €284.

Check out the full review here.


Sapphire Nitro R9 380X 4GB Graphics Card

AMD have created a mighty powerhouse with the R9 380X and the Sapphire Nitro is one of the finest examples. It’s fast, sleek and affordable, more than enough power for 1080P ultra gaming, or 1440p high gaming, making it a great addition to anyone who wants the latest PC games for Christmas. The Sapphire Nitro R9 380X is currently available from OverclockersUK for £199.99. NeweggUS currently has this card listed for $229.99.

Check out the full review here.


Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Graphics Card

Spend a little more, get a lot more, the GTX 970 is a superb card, but one that may be getting a little expensive for those looking for a Christmas gift. With enough power to play anything on the market and even delve into high-end resolutions, it’s a strong contender for something to put under the Christmas tree, or even put on your own wish list. The Gainward Phoenix GTX 970 is currently available in the UK from SCAN for £273.56 and for an estimated $360 in the US.

Check out the full review here.


Nvidia GeForce GTX 980ti 6GB Graphics Card

It wouldn’t be Christmas if we couldn’t all hope and dream, but the Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 980Ti is currently one of the best cards on the market and we would be crazy not to suggest the best of the best. Available in the UK for the £599.99 it’s certainly not cheap, although we’ve seen some great deals bringing it down below £500, so it’s best to shop around. Just imagine the look on your partners face when they unwrap this monster on Christmas day!

Check out the full review here.


DDR4

Getting a little more back to reality and reasonable prices, DDR4 memory is dropping in price quite nicely now. It was super expensive at launch, but now you’ll often find DDR4 kits at equal or lower prices to their DDR3 equivalents. That makes them a great upgrade for Christmas, but make sure you have a DDR4 motherboard to go with it!

Check out our latest memory reviews here.


Shield Android TV

Snapped up a 4K TV in the Black Friday deals? The Nvidia Shield Console is the most powerful Android device on the market, and it’s the perfect media player for Plex, 4K content on Netflix and more. Even better, it’s also a very powerful gaming system, with many AAA games available to play, as well as game streaming features that will leave you wondering why this device doesn’t cost more than £149.99! You can buy the Shield TV and accessories directly from Nvidia here.

Check out the full review here.


Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme S

Think someone could do with a cooling upgrade for their system, or perhaps even parts towards a new system build this Christmas? Treat them to an AIO water cooler and they’ll be able to reduce the noise from their system and unlock its overclocking potential! The Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme S is a little expensive, but it’s still a competitively priced AIO at just £81.98 and would make a great gift, especially if you’re just going to treat yourself.

Check out the full review here.


Alpenfohn Atlas

The Atlas is one of the coolest coolers we’ve seen this year, a tiny form factor with big performance and virtually silent acoustics. Building a system for someone or upgrading your own, this is one cooler you’ll want to consider and given that it’s available from Overclockers UK for a very reasonable £42.95, it’s another great addition to our buying guide.

Check out the full review here.


be quiet! Shadow Rock Slim

Need a premium cooler but don’t want to pay a premium price this Christmas? The be quiet! Shadow Rock Slim is more affordable, but still packs some impressive performance figures. It’s available from Scan.co.uk for just £30.52 + shipping here in the UK and from Amazon.com for $49.90 + $9.80 shipping in the US.

Check out the full review here.


Inateck Mercury Box Bluetooth Speaker

Love your music on the go, when you’re out at the park, or anywhere for that matter? The Mercury box offers up a huge sound from such a tiny box. Built from aluminium and featuring a waterproof design, it’s one of the best mobile speakers on the market, great for listening to music wherever you are! Available from Amazon.com for just $48.99 and readers in the UK can get it from Amazon.co.uk for £49.99.

Check out the full review here.


OnePlus 10,000mAh Mobile USB Power Bank

The perfect stocking filler, a 10,000 mAh mobile battery. This has enough juice to charge most mobiles several times, and it’ll even recharge high-end devices such as iPads with ease too. Perfect for travelling, and best of all, it’s super lightweight and affordable. The power bank is £13.99/$14.99/€15.99 and you can order it directly from OnePlus.

Check out the full review here.


Gaming Systems

Nothing says I love you like a kick-ass gaming PC. Of course, budgets vary wildly from hundreds to even thousands of pounds/dollars, but that’s the joy of buying a PC, or building your own, there’s so much to choose from! With so many awesome system integrators around these days, you can’t go far wrong. Chillblast, CyberPower, PC Specialist, Vibox, Freshtech or Overclockers UK.

Gaming in the living room? Why not invest in a CyberPower Syber Steambox! Prices start at £485 and go right up to £1905, giving you a great choice to suit your needs, and your budget.

A whole lot of gaming for not a lot of money from Chillblast, with their very competitive Fusion NightHawk, a great option for those looking for their first gaming PC at just £599.

Got a little more budget to play around with this Christmas? The super fast gaming systems from PC Specialist that feature ASUS Maximus VIII hardware also come with the gorgeous Gladius mouse! Systems in this category start at £890 for the i5 and GTX 960 model, all the way up to £1670 for the i7 and GTX 980 Ti.

Another mid-budget powerhouse, this time from Vibox with their Element X. At just £649, this MSI R9 380 and AMD FX-6300 powered computer is great for gaming and would make a great gift this Christmas.

Time to bring out the big gun’s and really treat yourself? Or perhaps you just want your friend or family member to open a present they’ll never forget? The FreshTech Solutions Stealth Gaming PC is an absolute beast, powered by some of today’s latest and greatest hardware. Of course, it’s not cheap at £1412, but this is not your run of the mill gaming PC.

Overclockers UK offer a range of gaming systems, and general day-to-day PC’s just like another other, but with the big advantage that they’re also a normal PC component retailer. If you want to build your own system, customise a build or pick a pre-built system, you’ll find lots to play around with here.

Check out our full range of system reviews here.

Corsair Gaming Scimitar RGB MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction


Corsair Gaming has been on a major winning streak recently, with the amazing Corsair Void series of headsets being some of the best we’ve ever tested, followed by the incredible Corsair Strafe RGB Cherry MX Silent, which is an incredible keyboard and also one of the quietest mechanical keyboards on the market. So, no stranger to innovation with their latest products, Corsair Gaming are now introducing the Scimitar RGB Optical MOBA and MMO gaming mouse, and it’s pretty special.

“The Scimitar RGB gaming mouse revolutionizes game play with its Key Slider control system, 12 mechanical side buttons, and pro-proven 12,000 DPI optical sensor. It’s purpose built to deliver the ultimate MOBA and MMO gaming experience.”

Equipped with a movable side panel that features 12 mechanical and fully programmable buttons, the Scimitar is a real deadly weapon for competitive gaming. With a level of customisation that I’ve never soon on a mouse in this class before, so it’s certainly something I’m eager to put through its paces.

The core body of the mouse has been designed to not exceed 135g, although it reads a little higher when you weigh the cable. This weight was set as a favourite by many pro gamers for a nice balance between speed and control. Check out the preview video below as Warren and Jason from Corsair Gaming walk us through a few of the unique features of the Scimitar.

Equipped with a 12000dpi optical sensor, RGB lighting, a whopping 17 programmable buttons and so much more, the Scimitar is sounding pretty amazing, so let’s get in and take a closer look at what it has to offer.

The packaging is typical of the Corsair Gaming range, with a clear image of the mouse, as well as a quick run down of the main features.

Around the back, we’ve got a little quote from professional WoW player, Jackson “Bajheera” Bliton.

The box opens up, giving us a little more information on the Key Slider, but we’ll take a closer look at that ourselves in a moment.

Overwatch Pricing Model Announced

The information from Blizzcon just keeps flowing. Hot on the heels of new Overwatch heroes being revealed, an interview with the director of Overwatch, Jeff Kaplan brought Blizzard’s future plans for the game and the Overwatch pricing model to light.

The full notes of the Q&A session conducted by members of the Overwatch subreddit can be found here, and cover a number of topics regarding the game. And while many people’s hopes that Blizzard would use the free-to-play model for Overwatch were dashed as Blizzard opened pre-orders for the game yesterday, the topics of new heroes, potential DLC and microtransactions have been subject to mass speculation.

Firstly is the now-obvious bar to entry for Overwatch, the initial price. The base game itself starts at £29.99 for the standard edition, £39.99 for the Origin edition, featuring exclusive skins and unlocks in other Blizzard games and the currently unpriced Collector’s Edition. This physical release features a statue of hero “Soldier 76”, an artbook, soundtrack and the digital bonuses from the Origin edition. Unfortunately for those yet to get into the beta, pre-ordering Overwatch at any level will not grant you access to the beta.

For those willing to purchase the game, all of the current heroes will be available out of the gate at launch, with no intentions of including a ‘hero store’ using either real or in-game currency. It is also currently uncertain as to whether new heroes will be added at all, let alone whether they will have a price attached, instead wishing to wait for community feedback on the state of the game. All this just leaves one real concern in my mind: cosmetics. The Overwatch team are supposedly working on a third version of a progression system that may tie into the cosmetics, hopefully hinting at them being available through play. That just leaves skins up to debate, as all of the currently known skins are paid for, albeit through pre-ordering the game or purchasing the Origin Edition.

I think for many of us now, desire to get into the beta has grown, as it’s no longer just about playing the game early, but a chance to see whether the game is worth Blizzard’s asking price. Are you pleased that Blizzard seem to be avoiding the now-common freemium or pay-to-win models, or are you put off at having an upfront cost when other similar games such as Team Fortress 2 are now free?

Overwatch Reveals Three New Characters

Overwatch has been a keenly anticipated game that was recently released in closed beta for PC. With a wide variety of characters available at the moment and more being announced all the time, it’s not hard to see how the multiplayer arena game could soon see you staring at your screen for hours.

First up in the new characters is titled Mei and seems in part inspired by Mr Freeze. With a fluffy coat and large framed glasses, Mei’s unique attribute is that she is (surprise surprise) an ice type attacker, with her primary allowing you to slow and eventually freeze enemies before piercing them with her secondary attack. With the ability to summon ice walls to protect her allies and grant them access to hard to reach places, while her ultimate, Blizzard, will not only freeze but decimate an area of enemies; given her three seconds of invincibility, she can become a quite deadly defender.

Next up is D.vva, a meka pilot with fusion cannons that can be continuously fired at the cost of a slower movement speed. If that wasn’t bad enough her boosters grant her limited flight that can be used to fly around and bring destruction to anyone she sees fit. Built as a tank with a protecting wall against incoming projectiles her ultimate is a last resort, granting her access to the self-destruct matrix on her mech, after leaving it and repositioning just in time to call down her next suit.

Finally we have Genji, the cyber ninja. Left for dead by his brother Hanzo, overwatch brought the ninja into the fold after patching up with cybernetics. With the ability to throw shurikens in a steady line or a sprayed out collection, coupled with his ability to double jump and scale walls, you could soon see a white ninja sweeping down on your team with devastating effects. The high mobility continues with his dash which also inflicts bleeding damage, making his approach all that more terrifying while his reflect ability will protect his approach. While his ultimate will enchant his sword, bringing out both mystic power and cyber technology to a deadly cumulation.

EVGA Bundles Exclusive Heroes of the Storm Kaijo Diablo With Selected GPUs

It is that time of the year again, no it’s not Christmas yet, but rather the time where we see a lot of new games and codes bundled with selected graphics cards. Yesterday we could report that MSI bundled Assassin’s Creed Chronicles codes with selected AMD cards and today EVGA has something for Nvidia fans. For a limited time, EVGA is bundling an exclusive Kaija Diablo Bundle for Heroes of Storm with the purchase of selected graphics cards.

The exclusive Kaijo Diablo Bundle includes the Diablo hero, Kaijo skin, and a 7-day Stim Pack. The bundle comes with the purchase of a qualifying EVGA GeForce GTX 950 or 960 graphics card. The list below will show which cards are eligible for the bundle.

For MOBA gamers, the GeForce GTX 950 provides the competitive edge in every battle with blazing fast performance and an incredible level of responsiveness. Get 3x the performance of a GeForce GTX 650 and the power of NVIDIA Maxwell architecture to transform your PC into a full-HD gaming rig capable of playing the latest titles. Or choose the GeForce GTX 960 for even faster performance!

The deal is valid for a lot of retailers and you can check up on that here. The promotion runs from the 23rd September 2015 and until the supply runs out of the promotions gets canceled again.

Dead Island: Epidemic is Shutting Down October 15th

Dead Island: Epidemic is a fairly-well received MOBA which adopted Valve’s Early Access programme. Unfortunately, the developer after a great deal of deliberation, has decided to cancel the game and close all remaining servers on October 15th. The team announced the news in a Steam Community post and said:

“Dear players,

Ever since starting with the Closed Alpha, and all the way through the Closed Beta and Open Beta, we’ve received a great amount of useful criticism and encouraging feedback from our players. This has been invaluable for all the teams involved in developing the game.

Over the past weeks and months we’ve been evaluating how to proceed with Dead Island: Epidemic and looking towards the future for the game. We’re sad to announce today that we’ve come to the conclusion to cease further development.

We will be leaving the servers open until the end of October 15th (Pacific Time), during which time we’ll run a very large discount on all characters and boosts to give everyone a chance to spend any remaining currency on characters and items you may have wanted to try before, but never did.

We want to thank everyone for their support, their feedback, and their time playing Dead Island: Epidemic! The game would not have been the same without you.

Signed,
Team Dead Island: Epidemic”

This is extremely disappointing and reiterates how perilous it can be to purchase games in such an early development stage. Thankfully, this particular case utilized the free-to-play business model, but customers who made various micro-payments will be rightfully upset. It’s always a shame to see any game fail and especially a PC-exclusive title. Also, this is the major problem with multiplayer-only games as the servers can be switched off in the future and render any title completely useless. That’s why I’ll always prefer a narrative-drive single player experience.

Find out How to Get Access to Supernova’s Closed Beta

Have you wanted to try a new MOBA for a change? Well, now you can. If you like MOBA and got fed up of League of Legends and Dota 2, you know have the chance to try out a new sci-fi MOBA title called Supernova. From the looks of it, it has a potential, while also breaking away from all the mystical magic you see in the well-known MOBA games today. Take a look at how NVIDIA describes the title on their blog.

It is mankind’s distant, space-faring future. Having tamed their own solar system, the human race has ventured forth into the cosmos to find a universe in peril. Ancient and mysterious portals have brought humanity face to face with vast, unrelenting alien legions, set to wage war across the galaxy. In this time of universal chaos, human and alien races alike must rely on their most skilled commanders to lead their forces in the fight for galactic dominance while uncovering the secrets behind the strange portals.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuD6URImaYM

It looks like the title is made by Bandai Namco in collaboration with Primal Game Studios and they are offering GeForce owners a chance to get one of their closed beta keys to try the game before it hits open beta. So stop thinking about it and head on over to NVIDIA’s website and get one today! AMD owners can also have a chance to sign up for the beta on the game’s website. More information about the game and how to sign up can be found on their official page here.

Tesoro Announced Thyrsus Optical MMO and MOBA Mouse

Tesoro already has quite a few gaming mice on the market, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for once more. They have announced the new Thyrsus optical gaming mouse. The Thyrsus features a comfortable and ergonomic design, comes with a high-precision optical sensor, and 6 fully programmable thumb buttons for MMO and MOBA games.

The six programmable thumb buttons with macro control give you a lot more flexibility with your mouse when comparing to one with just one or two. More spells right at your fingers mean more kills and better loot. In total, the mouse features 10 fully independent and programmable buttons.

The Thyrsus has 64Kb onboard memory for profile storage, enough for up to 5 gaming profiles, 35 macro keys, and 1600 recordable actions. The DPI is adjustable in 6 levels and up to 8200dpi, a polling rate of up to 1000Hz, and it is built with Omron switches rated for 10 million clicks.

The companion software got an overhaul too and should be better than ever. A multicolor LED allows you to set the ambient you like while the rubberized coating should give you maximum comfort and grip.

 

Technical specifications

  • 10 million click duty cycle Omron switches
  • 6 levels of sensitivity adjustable up to 8200 dpi
  • 64 KB Built-in Memory
  • 6 fully programmable thumb buttons for MMO/MOBA
  • Total of 10 fully programmable keys
  • Full speed processor with 1000 Hz polling rate
  • Customizable multicolor lighting
  • Soft-touch finished surface
  • 2 meter braided cable with gold-plated USB plug
  • 150 IPS (Inches per Second) motion detection and 30 g acceleration
  • New TESORO Thyrsus Software
  • Model number: TS-H8L

The new Tesoro Thyrsus MOBA and MMO mouse will be available this August in the UK for the suggested retail price of £49.00 GBP.

 

 

 

Permanently League of Legends Ban for Profanity in Just 15 Minutes

This was bound to happen sooner or later since most players I’ve seen on either League of Legends or Dota 2 gain faster profanity skills than any other game-wise skills. Thankfully, Riot Games shares the same vision and wants to keep League of Legends a fun and welcoming place.

The developer wants to make an automatic world-wide banning system for players who use verbal harassment in the game. The system is said to have rolled out for the European Union, but should the tests prove to be successful, it will roll out in the rest of the regions soon enough.

The system works by sending notification cars to players who have used verbal harassment in matches, providing an evidence of the latter and an appropriate punishment that will take effect. The player can be punished in two ways, with either a two-week ban or a permanent ban, after exiting the match. It takes only 15 minutes after the match ends for the system to register the verbal harassment and deliver the ban.

Riot states that the player behaviour team is looking over all verbal harassments being reported and if the test goes as planned, the system will be available worldwide shortly. But this is not all that it brings. The new system will also keep players who reported others up to date with the process status and rewards players for positive gameplay. Personally, if the system gets rid of all annoying players out there, it might even tempt me to join the MOBA community. How about you? What are your thoughts?

Thank you Polygon for providing us with this information

First DX12 CryEngine Tech Demo Revealed

Want to see the difference between DirectX 11 and DirectX 12, again? Of course you do, so I’m very happy to reveal that the hard-working team at Snail Games has just released their brand new DirectX 12 tech video.

The new video demonstrates the power of the new DirectX 12 API and combined with the graphical powerhouse that is CryEngine, as well as the already gorgeous looking online game King of Wushu, it’s certainly a real treat for your polygon loving eyes.

The game already takes advantage of features such as Nvidia Gameworks for HairWorks and PhysX Clothing, but with DirectX 12 the game can push more polygons, increased draw calls, more on-screen characters and still keep within the same level of demand on the GPU hardware; which is nothing short of incredible.

Of course, you won’t actually just be able to update DirectX just yet and enjoy the game in its new form, as DirectX 12 will be launching on Windows 10 later this year; something that simply can not come soon enough!

https://youtu.be/sV9aa_12Ap0

Thank you DSO for providing us with this information.

Play Fractured Space for Free This Weekend and Keep It

Fractured Space is still in Steam’s Early Access Program, but it already looks great and got very positive feedback from reviewers and players. The team-based space-combat game lets you fight it out with your friends and foes in gigantic capital ships with the intensity of a shooter game but with a big strategy side to consider.

The game isn’t normally free, but this weekend you can play it for free on Steam, and best of all, you get to keep it after. Like it is with so many games these days, you can choose to spend extra money on more features, add-ons, and DLCs. So head on over to the Steam store and add it to your library right away, this is too good to miss.

With 5v5 matches, individual skill in combat alone cannot secure victory. Your team must decide where to focus its efforts; when to advance and retreat. Every match is a war to be won through multiple battles. Unity is a strength. Kind of a DOTA in space.

You build your own armada and customize it with weapon loadouts. You can earn credits through battles and purchase new ships and expand your fleet. You can tailor it all to your preferred setup and to give you a unique set of choices and options during a given match. The Fractured space of the universe is yours to conquer.

Ex-Riot Games Developers Bring Vainglory MOBA to iOS

If you thought the only time you’d be playing MOBAs was when you were at you desktop, and that moving around in the car, train, plane, couch or toilet were safe from your addictions to MOBAs… think again.

Super Evil Megacorp, a bunch of ex-developers from Riot Games, Blizzard and Rockstar have formed their superpowers together for this new studio, with their first game being a MOBA named Vainglory. Vainglory will be hitting iOS devices later this month, and uses the typical MOBA formula by shrinking the team size down to three – versus the usual five – and limiting the matches to just 20 minutes.

There’s only one lane to concentrate on, and the game’s controls are done through your iOS-powered touchscreen. For those living in Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Vainglory is free. Europeans will have to wait until November 13 to get their hands on this new MOBA, with North America, South America, the Middle East and Africa receiving it on November 18.

China, Japan and Korea currently have no release date – which is strange, as those markets would be huge for this game. You’ll require an iPad 2 or higher if you want to get in on the Vainglory action, or an iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, or iPhone 6 Plus to play it.

Source: Joystiq.

Logitech G302 Daedalus Prime MOBA Mouse Unveiled

Logitech has unveiled their latest product in the Logitech G series; the G302 Daedalus Prime MOBA Gaming mouse. As the name suggests, this mouse is developed with competitive gaming in mind. Logitech has worked with a long line of professional eSport gamers to make sure it has all the features and responsiveness that is needed for this area of usage.

The new mouse uses Logitech’s Delta Zero sensor for the most accurate translation of hand movement to on-screen actions.It has an adjustable resolution between 240 and 4000 dpi that is adjustable on the fly from assigned buttons. The G302 can handle a maximum acceleration over 20G and a maximum speed of 3 m/sec.

The six programmable buttons are designed for high-speed clicking and are using a metal-spring tension-system to improve the responsiveness with up to five clicks per second. The buttons are tested for more than 20 million clicks, that would equal an eSport gamer playing for 15hours a day for 2 years.

The new lightweight gaming mouse will be available beginning of November at a suggested retail price of $49.99 and comes with a 2-year limited hardware warranty.

Thanks to Logitech for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Logitech

Major Graphics Update to League of Legends – a Fresh Look into Summoners Rift

League of Legends is set to go through a major graphical update with an upcoming patch receiving positive reactions from community members.

Being released in October 2009 the aesthetics of this highly popular F2P MOBA were starting to age, but the question then begs many of its target audience – what will the new PC specifications entail? It’s widely known that League of Legends can currently be played on rather low-spec computers or laptops, utilizing simple technologies such as on-board graphics or outdated CPU models. But will this major graphics overhaul exclude many that are so fanatical about their favorite gaming pastime?

In Riot’s announcement FAQ they have stated:

“At this very moment, the new map is more memory (RAM) intensive than the current map, however we’re optimizing like crazy and we’re committed to performance parity with the current Summoner’s Rift. You will not need to upgrade your PC or Mac.” Which is a very positive indication towards internet cafe’s and those unable to upgrade their machines.

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Although this teaser video doesn’t delve into much detail, you can see some of the graphical changes Riot Games have been working on for its latest release. They’ve decided to keep their vibrant colourization and lighting style with including new models for things such as shrubbery and neutral creep placed in the ‘jungle’ amongst new spawn animations.

There have been changes made to the ‘dragon’ and ‘Baron Nashor’ pits along with some other changes to thickness of the jungle walling. Riot has stated that these graphical changes will not affect any gameplay in their previous announcements FAQ, also stating in the comments that the new special animations will not effect gameplay what-so-ever.

“We’ve made a number of quality-of-life changes around readability, but you won’t be fail-flashing because of the new map. Flashable walls, turret ranges, lane sizes, brush interaction and ward placements are all exactly as they are on the current map. Dragon and Baron feature reworked design and art, driving them toward feeling more intimidating and powerful. From a purely gameplay perspective, we focused on clarity, eliminating randomness in their attack patterns so skilled players can predict and avoid the monsters’ attacks.” Listed here.

There is nothing to be said for their other maps – The Twisted Treeline, Howling Abyss or The Crystal Star however, but one can assume all will overgo this update in due time.

As far as a release date is concerned Riot games have chosen not to pinpoint an exact time, claiming:

“We don’t have an exact date right now. We’ll be squashing bugs, ensuring great performance and listening for player’s feedback throughout the update’s stay on the PBE. All the work ahead makes a firm date tough to pin down.” Also located in their FAQ.

Stay tuned for what this MOBA heavyweight will bring out next.

Image courtesy of lol.stratics.com

Heroes Of The Storm MOBA Revealed

Today at BlizzCon I was able to hear quite a bit about Heroes of the Storm. This will be a solid multiplayer game, based entirely on teamwork. Really a big game, and the main intent of game designers is for friends to play together. Heroes of the Storm is a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena, much like other games in the same genre, but it has characteristics all of its own.

This is the second Free to Play game that Blizzard has announced. Originally the game was going to be a map available in StarCraft 2, yet it has evolved so much that it is going to be a game all by itself.

With this game, there will be tons of characters to choose from, all of them special and unique. Each hero will have special abilities using their iconic elements and combining them to create awesome characters. The abilities are designed to work well with who the character is, as well as allowing players to pick and choose what abilities they feel work best. Character customization is huge in this game, where players get to customize their heroes skin, abilities and more.

Fun with friends, strange superhero group.

Any gamer knows how it feels to be in a long drawn out game only to lose a match, with this game, matches are designed to be short, keeping them to around 20 minutes each. This allows gamers to play a few games while at lunch.

Teams, teams, teams. Heroes of the Storm primary focus is teams, I felt that they really drove that into our brains. This game is designed to be played as a team, as you progress, your team gains levels. If your team works together you will own the match, but if people decide to go off and do their own thing, the team is likely to lose the match.

This really looks like an awesome game “FOR THE STORM”. I can’t wait to try it out and customize my hero, and check out the new challenges. Not even in the beta yet, but we soon will have the opportunity to join in and play. Check out the official Heroes of the Storm page to learn more, and sign up for the beta.

Win 1 of 50 Infinite Crisis Beta Keys With eTeknix

Here at eTeknix we’ve had some epic competitions where you can win gaming rigs, components and more, but while we love to bring you huge and expensive prizes, sometimes its just as much fun to give away some smaller prizes such as the Beta keys we have for you today.

Infinite Crisis is the latest MOBA from Warner Bros and features reimagined editions of many famous DC characters. We have 50 keys to give away and all you have to do is follow the simple steps below.

Thank you Warner Bros and Infinite Crisis for providing us with these codes.

  • Step 1 – Like eTeknix on Facebook
  • Step 2 – Visit the forums and post a link to your Facebook profile to finalise your entry and tell us you’ve entered so that we can contact you if you win.

Rules and regulations:

  • The competition is open worldwide
  • The competition ends at midnight GMT on the 26th of August 2013 and winners will be notified throughout the course of the competition
  • In the event of a dispute, eTeknix staff hold the final say and no discussions will be entered into
  • Multiple entries that are invalid will result in disqualification
  • Due to the nature of the prize being a Beta code, we cannot guarantee access to the game as this is in the hands of the developers
  • Winner(s) will be announced on our competition winners page
  • By entering this competition, you adhere to the above rules and regulations

(Please do not post Facebook links in the comments below, these entries will not count, enter over on the Forum!)

Is There Room For Another MOBA Title? Rock Hippo Seem To Think So

Rock Hippo Productions Ltd. has officially announced Core Masters to be their next online PC game released in North America and the UK. Core Masters is being developed by Soft Bigbang and in partnership with Neowiz Games, Rock Hippo will bring this exciting new entry to gamers hungry for a fresh take on the MOBA genre.

Personally I feel the MOBA genre is about to get very crowded, very quickly as everyone seeks to take a piece of the current eSports crown, although I think it’s going to take more than few tricks to bump off titles like League of Legends and DOTA2.

An official date for the closed beta of Core Masters is yet to be announced, while development of the game continues to add new features and content and once it is live, we will see if it has what it takes to rock it with the big boys in the MOBA world.

In Core Masters, familiar MOBA elements of action and strategy have been re-imagined, making the game experience something that is entirely unique. The game is designed to keep the competition tight while minimizing frustration and focusing on the fun aspects of multiplayer encounters. Rock Hippo will add Core Masters to their current roster of games, including the 3rd person shooter, MicroVolts (www.MicroVolts.com), and action combat game, Brawl Busters (www.BrawlBusters.com).

“We expect great things from Core Masters, as well as our talented partners at Neowiz Games and Soft Bigbang” said Howard He, CEO and President of Rock Hippo. “We know that there is some tough competition out there, but we have a truly special game in our hands.”

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Thank you Core-master.com for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of CoreMasterOnline Facebook.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Announces Infinite Crisis Founders Program

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today announced the launch of the Founders Program for Infinite Crisis, a new game in development by Turbine, this new free-to-play MOBA is scheduled for release later in 2013 for the PC.

The Infinite Crisis Founders Program lets players choose from three limited-edition packages which include access to their favorite Champions and other benefits, including early access to the all-new Coast City map, exclusive Costumes and Crisis Coins, the in-game currency that allows players to customize their gameplay experience. All Founders Program purchasers will receive immediate access to the Closed Beta that can be shared.

“Infinite Crisis brings the DC Multiverse to life like never before through explosively destructive arena combat featuring an ever-expanding roster of DC heroes and villains,” said Jeffrey Steefel, Executive Producer. “Continuing a long-standing tradition at Turbine, we’re offering unique pricing and benefits to early adopters for a limited time.”

Basic £14.99

  • Immediate access to the Closed Beta including both Gotham Heights and Coast City Maps
  • One buddy key for a friend, granting access to both Closed Beta Maps
  • Three Champions (Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern)
  • Exclusive Founders Protector Icon (Founders only)
  • 800 Crisis Coins ($10 value)

Standard £37.49

  • Immediate access to the Closed Beta including both Gotham Heights and Coast City Maps
  • Two buddy keys for a friend, granting access to both Closed Beta Maps
  • Six Champions (Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Gaslight Batman, Poison Ivy)
  • Exclusive “Renaissance” Gaslight Batman Costume (Founders only)
  • Exclusive Founders Protector Icon (Founders only)
  • 3200 Crisis Coins ($35 value)

Elite £74.99

  • Guaranteed Early Access to the Next Map Release, Gotham Divided
  • Immediate access to the Closed Beta including both Gotham Heights and Coast City Maps
  • Four buddy keys for a friend, granting access to both Closed Beta Maps
  • (enough to form your own team of five)
  • 12 Champions (Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Gaslight Batman, Poison Ivy, Gaslight Catwoman, Gaslight Joker, Cyborg, Nightmare Batman, Shazam, Zatanna)
  • Exclusive “Renaissance” Gaslight Batman Costume (Founders only)
  • Exclusive “Arkham City” Batman Costume (Founders only)
  • Exclusive Founders Protector Icon (Founders only)
  • 8600 Crisis Coins ($80 value)

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Thank you Infinite Crisis for providing us with this information.

Electronic Sports League To Introduce Infinite Crisis To European eSports Audiences

Warner Bros and its developer Turbine, Inc. today announced a partnership with Turtle Entertainment that will introduce Infinite Crisis to European eSports audiences through Electronic Sports League (short: ESL). The collaboration kicks off at gamescom, hosted in Cologne (Germany) from 21st August until 25th August, and offers fans a chance to play and watch Infinite Crisis in the ESL hall..

The Gamescom collaboration is the first of many activities in an ongoing partnership between Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and ESL, which will continue to create interesting competitive leagues for Infinite Crisis, which will be accessible through the experienced ESL platforms and shown live via ESL’s own live television studio: ESL TV. Every moment of Infinite Crisis’ entrance into the world of eSports in Europe will be streamed to audiences via Twitch.tv, the global leading streaming platform for gamers.

For the duration of the world’s biggest consumer facing videogaming show, attendees will be able to visit the 50m² Infinite Crisis booth in the ESL CM Storm Arena to watch professional and amateur gamers alike play this latest free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game set in the DC Multiverse. The team will be introducing the new Coast City map, which players can experience for the first time in a consumer setting. Adding to the excitement at the show, fans will be able to participate in an open Q&A with the developers behind the game, get their hands on a host of gaming giveaways and watch some of the world’s leading MOBA gamers battle their way across the DC Multiverse ahead of the upcoming open beta.

Infinite Crisis puts players in control of twisted incarnations of their favorite characters including Nightmare Batman and Gaslight Catwoman, playing alongside well-known characters including Superman, Green Lantern and Wonder Woman. Soon gamers around the globe will have the opportunity to compete as DC Comics legends.

Sean Charles, Vice President of Marketing and Publisher Relations at Turtle Entertainment said “Infinite Crisis is a fantastic addition to our ESL network. The game not only offers existing MOBA players something new, but also a familiar yet altogether different play experience for existing DC Comics fans. Our new collaboration with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is a great example of how we can work with top game publishers to introduce their games to our audiences.”

Jeffrey Steefel, Exective Producer for Infinite Crisis added “The partnership with ESL is a very exciting step for us because we are able to reach out and engage with the competitive gaming community across Europe,” said Jeffrey Steefel, Executive Producer for Infinite Crisis. “We’re thrilled to be working with MOBA players of all levels, from grass roots, to great partnerships like ESL.”

Thank you Infinite Crisis for providing us with this information.

Skara Team Innovates Kickstarter Through ‘Pay by Tweet’ Innitiative

The team behind the start-up Skara—The Blade Remains are innovating more than just Multiplayer Online gaming. They are innovating the way start-ups get attention in social media by offering incentives for Facebook ‘likes’ and ‘retweets’ on Twitter.

“We realized there were lots of gamers out there who could help by telling their friends about us,” says Pablo Rodriguez, CEO of Skara, “So we wanted to recognize them by giving them some special access to Skara.”

Skara is currently campaigning on the crowdsourcing website Kickstarter to get the funding needed to launch its beta version by December 2013. Backers will in turn get special access to Skara, from chances to preview the game and Skara paraphernalia to privileged opportunities when the game goes live.

Now even gamers who can’t support the start-up through crowdfunding can get some special reward by using Facebook or Twitter to tell their friends about Skara. From its inception to its format, Skara has put a high premium on being highly artistic and uniquely social. It seeks to involve its players more than the average game, and for that reason it has opted for crowdsourced funding and this special recognition for social media attention.

A multiplatform MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) game, Skara pits five races against one another for domination of a world torn apart by cataclysmic events. Players must choose a race and faction and compete with one another on a global scale through live action fighting. Success is tracked with leader tables and honour points, which can be used to unlock special features. Skara aims to be the highest quality and most addictive F2P out there.

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www.thebladeremains.com/skara