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Week in Review: Hard Rock and Skillz developer partner Ilyon Dynamics making new mobile game, Capcom’s Puzzle Fighter coming to mobile, Intel launching new VR Challenger League


Skillz weekly gaming news recap

Image Credit: Kotaku via Capcom

Digital/Mobile News

  • Three more Legendary Pokémon are coming to “Pokémon GO”: Raikou, Entei, and Suicune. The three Legendary dogs will each be available in different parts of the world for one month at a time. To kick things off, Raikou will be in the Americas, Entei in Europe and Africa, and Suicune in the Asia-Pacific region, starting August 31st. They will rotate availability at the end of September, and again at the end of October. (Business Insider)
  • Capcom’s “Puzzle Fighter” is returning as a mobile game, 10 years after its Xbox 360 release and 20 years after its arcade and PlayStation releases. This time, the gem-crushing puzzle game will include not only “Street Fighter” and “Darkstalkers” characters, but also those from “Mega Man,” “Dead Rising,” “Final Fight,” and “Resident Evil.” “Puzzle Fighter” can be played in real-time battles as well as single player. A soft launch in select territories is coming soon. (Polygon)
  • Nintendo has launched special “Fire Emblem” and “Pokémon” bundles. The special “FE Warriors” edition for the Switch comes with a copy of the game, three CD’s worth of music from the game, character art cards, and a dual-sided poster. The new Veteran Trainer’s dual pack includes both new “Pokémon” games, “Pokémon Ultra Sun” and “Pokémon Ultra Moon.” The bundles will come out in October and November. (Engadget)

Gaming News

  • The Czech Republic has won the “Hearthstone” Global Games in a final victory over Ukraine, securing the $60,000 grand prize. The finals took place at Gamescom, with a final four lineup of the Czech Republic, USA, Ukraine, and South Korea. The Czech team, comprised of StanCifka, pokrovak, and JaraVyskocil, won 4-2 to seal the title. (Gamereactor)
  • Rogue has signed six competitive “Destiny” players and streamers, in anticipation of the “Destiny 2” launch on console next week. All six of these players have dabbled in competitive “Destiny” endeavors. The future of “Destiny” as a competitive title is up in the air right now, but Rogue seems to believe that there’s something worth investing in. (Dot eSports)
  • The U.S. Open is letting fans playing virtual tennis, with a new experience where they’re able to “feel” an invisible ball as they swat it with their bare hands. Called “Air Tennis,” the American Express-sponsored game mixes together motion sensors similar to the Kinect for Xbox One and “Wii Tennis,” with air haptics technology that blasts air to mimic the ball. (SportTechie)
  • “Sonic Forces” is coming to Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and PC on November 7th. SEGA also revealed a special physical version of the game that will cost $40, and come with a controller skin and in-game character costumes. “Forces” will switch between levels for a faster, 3D “Modern Sonic” and a traditional, 2D “Classic Sonic.” “Forces” also adds a new series of stages for a character that players create – the first time an official “Sonic” game has let fans make their own heroes. (VentureBeat)

Business News

  • eSports startup Gamemasters is on a mission to help video gamers go pro. The startup has raised $650,000 in an angel round to provide its eSports services. Gamemasters plans to serve as a conduit for video gamers to start their pro careers and earn income through sponsorships and endorsements. Part of the company serves as an eSports agency, brokering deals for brands and gamers. (Forbes)
  • Gamer Sensei has secured $4 million in venture funding. The eSports coaching service, working across multiple titles, matches consumers with a coach from a collection of experts. Players then “meet their Sensei” and are coached to improve in their chosen title. Support is in place for titles including “League of Legends,” “Dota 2,” “CS:GO,” and “Overwatch.” (eSports Insider)
  • Intel is aiming to push VR forward with a new VR Challenger League. In partnership with Oculus and ESL, Intel is launching a pair of online tournaments, featuring Insomniac Games’ “The Unspoken” and Ready at Dawn’s “Echo Arena,” across North America and Europe with more than $200,000 in prizes. Intel’s Director of Business Strategy says that Intel wants to give competitive VR gaming a genuine global platform to showcase the possibilities to the eSports community. ([a]listdaily)

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