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Week in Review: A “Power Rangers” mobile game getting first official tournament, NBA’s big eSports push begins May 2018, Marshawn Lynch and J.Lo invest in NRG eSports


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Digital/Mobile News

  • A “Power Rangers” mobile fighting game is getting its first official tournament. To be held during Amazon’s Mobile Masters Las Vegas from October 14-15, the “Power Rangers: Legacy Wars” tournament will award $10,000 to the grand prize winner. The CEO of Saban Brands stated that she’s bringing the title to competitive gaming as the eSports community has “morphed into one of the biggest and most engaged.” (Dot eSports)
  • “Doctor Who Infinity” is coming to mobile this spring. Tiny Rebel Games developed the game in close collaboration with “Doctor Who” actors, writers, and artists, taking lessons from their previous “Doctor Who” game, “Doctor Who Legacy.” “Infinity” will use a similar puzzle gameplay as “Legacy” and will let players enjoy comic book puzzle adventures, which will be written by actual “Doctor Who” writers. (TouchArcade)
  • “Vainglory” is hosting a $140,000 tournament in Singapore. The iOS and Android battle arena game will see 12 teams from around the world compete for the champion title and prize pool from December 14-17. The prize is a jump from the $120,000 awarded in last year’s Hollywood competition. The decision to host the tournament in Singapore was made partly because Singapore was the first country where the beta of “Vainglory” was launched. (CNET)
  • Playdead’s “Inside” is coming to the Nintendo Switch. While “Inside” has been available on Xbox One, PS4, and PC for quite some time, its debut on the Switch will be Playdead’s first game to appear on a Nintendo console. There’s no word yet on the specific release date. (Kotaku)

Gaming News

  • The NBA’s big eSports push begins in May 2018. 17 teams from the NBA will be part of the upcoming 2K League, a competition it created in partnership with Take-Two Interactive, the developer of the popular “NBA 2K” series. The participating NBA teams, including the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, will begin drafting their eSports players in mid-March, with tryouts taking place a month before that. The selected players will receive contracts and sponsorship deals, just as NBA players do. (Engadget)
  • Rockstar Games just released a new trailer for “Red Dead Redemption 2.” The new clip delves into the story of the game, which is in the style of a gritty Western drama. Rockstar describes the narrative as “the story of outlaw Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang as they rob, fight, and steal their way across the vast and rugged heart of America in order to survive.” The game is set to to launch on Xbox One and PS4 this spring. (The Verge)
  • China dominated eSports at the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games. Ten National Olympic Committees featuring 56 competitors competed in “King of Fighters,” “Starcraft II,” “Hearthstone,” and “Dota 2” – China triumphed in all but one of them. In a telling sign of how important the Olympic Council of Asia regards the booming sport, the OCA president personally presented the medals himself. (Channel NewsAsia)

Business News

  • Riot Games is partnering with T-Mobile for the “League of Legends” World Championship. T-Mobile will be the presenting sponsor of a new segment during the Worlds 2017 broadcast, Best of the Rift, which will celebrate the most outstanding players during the tournament. This isn’t T-Mobile’s first venture into “League of Legends,” as the wireless carrier recently sponsored North American eSports organizations Team SoloMid and Cloud9. (Slingshot eSports)
  • Vimeo has acquired Livesteam to launch its own live video product. After abandoning its plans to launch a subscription video-on-demand business earlier this year, the video streaming site announced its plans for Vimeo Live. Vimeo’s integration of Livestream’s technology will allow video creators to capture, edit, stream, and archive their live events, in addition to hosting, distributing, and generating revenue from their videos. (TechCrunch)

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