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Week in Review: “Final Fantasy XV” coming to mobile, all NFL teams to be represented in NFL eSports competition, Overwatch League teams forming new geolocated brands


Skillz weekly gaming news recap

Image Credit: Madden NFL Club Championships via Forbes

Digital/Mobile News

  • “Final Fantasy XV” is being remade into a mobile game. At Gamescom, developer Square Enix revealed “Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition,” which will be coming to iOS, Android, and Windows 10 this fall. It’s not a spinoff of the main game, nor is it a direct port. Instead, Square Enix describes it as “an all-new adventure that retells the beloved story of ‘Final Fantasy XV’” with a cutesy art style and newly integrated touch controls. (The Verge)
  • Amazon’s new game, “Breakaway,” is being designed with Twitch streaming in mind. The new PC game initially looks a lot like other competitive multiplayer games, with its combination of mythological heroes and team-based action. However, unique to “Breakaway” is its streaming-centric development, from the size of the play field to the structure of its matches. Its gameplay is designed to be more watchable, while still ensuring it’s fun to play. (The Verge)

Gaming News

  • All 32 NFL teams will be represented in the “Madden” NFL eSports event. EA and the NFL announced the launch of the “Madden” NFL Club Championship, which will be the largest competitive gaming commitment by a U.S. professional sports league. The competition starts with the launch of EA Sports “Madden NFL 18 G.O.A.T Edition” for Xbox One and PS4. Players can qualify through online competition, with top performers advancing to on-site tournaments in venues including NFL stadiums. (SportTechie)
  • Formula One has launched an eSports world championship, which will run from September to November. The new eSports series is in partnership with game developer Codemasters and event/competition specialist Gfinity. The series will be in three stages, starting with qualification events to determine the 40 fastest virtual drivers, and run on PS4, Xbox One, and Windows PC platforms. The champion will be crowned at Formula One’s season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. (Reuters)
  • Microsoft is turning its physical stores into eSports gaming arenas with new “League of Legends” events. The tech giant announced this week that it is partnering with ASUS Republic of Gamers and HyperX to host weekly “LoL” events at its stores across the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, and Australia. Called “ROG Arena at Microsoft Store,” the competitions will invite local players to sign up for 5-on-5 battles each Saturday. The only requirement to compete is an active “LoL” account. Microsoft will provide the laptops and peripherals. (GeekWire)

Business News

  • More Nintendo Switch units were sold at GameStop than any other retailer. The retailer reported its earnings for the quarter that ended July 29th, and it was a period that saw the company receive a notable boost from the sales of Nintendo’s latest console. GameStop’s leading market share beat out competitors like Amazon and Walmart, boosting their hardware sales up 14.8% year-over-year. (GameSpot)

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