MOBAs are multiplayer online battle arenas, PvP-centric, non-persistent online games that share some but not all mechanics in common with traditional MMORPGs. We formerly categorized MOBAs as “Not So Massively” games. You may also be interested in our Multiplayer category for other multiplayer online games that aren’t fully massive. [Follow the MOBA category’s RSS feed]
Why will you be playing Breakaway? The latest trailer for the game is all about how you’ll be playing the game to win and to smash the heck out of your opposition. And you’ll be doing it quickly. And streaming it for the adulation of adoring fans. And then, possibly, doing a double backflip on a BMX bike before jumping on to a skateboard that is inexplicably perched on an entire stack of fidget spinners.
Are bikes still a thing? We’re not sure. The point is that it’s a trailer about the competitive side and about making big explosions and getting noticed. You can check out the trailer just below if that sounds like your jam, or if you’re just hoping that it does actually feature that aforementioned backflip on a bike.
Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds may have one of the worst video game names in history, but it set a new record on Twitch last week.
Gameloco founder Nicolas Cerrato points out that PUBG beat League of Legends in terms of hours of eyeballs on Twitch during the week of August 6th, the first time LoL’s ever been unseated by a game outside of a special event. And indeed, this was a special event: Dota 2 actually came close to beating both PUB and LoL together thanks to Valve’s massive $10M prize-pool The International tourney, which concluded over the weekend.
But PUBG still managed to edge out LoL — something that’s never happened before, possibly because MOBA eyes were distracted, or possibly because, as Cerrato puts it, “PUBG looks more and more like an extremely powerful cultural phenomenon that will impact gaming like very few games ever have.” There’s a reason Tencent was trying to buy it and its studio up, after all.
is live with a new update today. Dubbed Corruption, the patch is being touted by PWE
as the game’s “first major release since launch” last month
. The headlining feature of the update? A new playable champ called Oru. No, you
“Oru, also known as ‘The Fortune Teller,’ is a mid-range damage dealer who excels in teamfights. His kit revolves around combining his skills to deal high damage and provide utility to the team in the form of crowd control.”
The update further includes 5v5 custom lobbies for premade groups, push-to-talk for voice chat, and a “creature gestation” mechanic, “which promotes greater strategy at higher levels of play by giving players a window to attack and counter enemy creatures while they are still vulnerable.” The Oru trailer tucked down below should cleanse your palate after “creature gestation” – enjoy!
See the charming dark-skinned gent in the header image? That’s the Striker Lucian skin in League of Legends. It also strongly resembles the kit, hairstyle, and distinctive eyewear of Edgar Davids, a retired soccer player who was pretty good at the game and wore a similar kit at the time of the skin’s introduction. And now that skin is going to cost Riot Games some money because a Dutch court has ruled that the skin infringes upon Davids’ personal rights.
The resemblance was, of course, intentional; Riot’s core argument was that players would recognize the character as Lucian first and foremost, but the court ultimately decided that it’s close enough to Davids’ likeness that he’s still entitled to compensation. So however much money the skin has made in the Netherlands, a percentage of that will go to Davids. Good news for Davids, bad news for Riot, neutral news for whoever has no deep investment in soccer.
Dota 2’s The International 7 tournament is over, having concluded this weekend by crowning EU group Team Liquid — which arrived to the finals by way of the loser’s bracket — champions. Liquid walks off with over $10M in earnings.
But perhaps the most interesting bit for folks who don’t follow Dota 2 closely came on Friday when the ubiquitous Elon Musk revealed his company’s Dota 2 bot, which he says learned a lifetime’s worth of game skills in just two weeks. To prove it, he pitted the bot against pro player Danylo “Dendi” Ishutin in a demo match… and the bot won easily twice.
Lest you think Musk has aims to take over the world, recall that his company OpenAI was founded to stop the AI from taking over the world, meaning this demo was ostensibly another high-profile attempt to provoke regulation.
Orc faithful, one of your own has descended upon Heroes of the Storm: Garrosh Hellscream. Rawr. Everybody else, you can just have fun killing the peeps who roll him up.
Yep, Blizzard’s released World of Warcraft’s Garrosh as a playable hero this week. He’ll be bashing around with AoE melee damage, zerker-style healing, a wrecking ball attack, an irritating AoE slow, and even a nasty silence-plus-taunt ultimate.
He’s part of this week’s larger patch, which also tweaks the UI and chat, pulls the Hanamura map temporarily for reworks, flips the rest of the map rotation, and cops to stealth buffs to the Dragon Shire map. Check out Garrosh’s feature vid below!
When trying to cause players to behave a certain way, designers have a variety of tools available. You have to carefully balance game mechanics to ensure that players are gently steered toward the right way of play while also rewarding players who do the right thing. So how, for example, do you make sure that players in Gigantic
know to damage the Guardians in a match?
Well, you can always just run a community event asking players to deal billions of cumulative damage for a couple of weeks. That works.
Gaming analysis firm SuperData is touting a new report for marketers today, shedding some light on the shape of the industry so far in 2017 — for everyone. Yep, today’s report is free, as long as you’re willing to hand over a mailing address, so let’s run down the highlights:
- 46% of US gamers are now women.
- 665 million people glue their eyeballs to gaming videos and streams — more than HBO, Netflix, ESPN, and Hulu combined.
- “The global market for games and interactive media will grow 12% this year,” for the first time crossing the $100B threshold.
- A streadily increasing percentage of that dough is coming from digital console revenue.
- By 2020, SuperData argues, “players will spend $4.5B on immersive gaming — more than 20 times what they do today.”
- “Rocket League shows that console gamers are willing to spend on optional cosmetic items in multiplayer games.” Stop buying lockboxes, people.
Sometimes you don’t need to look sexy or sleek when all you want to do is pound your enemies into the dirt and win a match. For Gigantic
players with that attitude, there’s the new HK-206 hero, a robot that’s basically a walking tank without subtlety.
According to the team, HK is “an autonomous war machine, left over from the Tesserus Collective’s past military efforts! Powered by a mysterious core and armed with missiles, mortars, and a whole lot of bullets, this robot is a force to be reckoned with.”
You can check out HK-206’s hero overview below and marvel at its bullet barrage, rail gun, mortar, and fortify ability!
Tear your eyes away from the wackadoodle reality show we’re all living in right now: Riot Games
has apparently sanctified a reality show for League of Legends
to keep you amused. Are you not entertained?! As Eurogamer
reports, the show is called The Next Gamer.
“Are you Australia’s next esports star? We’re on the lookout for League of Legends guns. One lucky player will win $10,000 and a contract with one of Australia’s biggest Esports teams. 40 contestants battle it out online over 5 action packed 5 days [sic] to win a spot in The Next Gamer house. 10 successful contestands will join the house in Sydney. Daily challenges and tournaments will test mental fortitude, physical fitness, and teamwork.”
This horror will go on for a week, at which time half the house will be eliminated and the remaining five will be completely destroyed by “Oceania’s top gaming teams,” culminating in a live finale event at which a single winner will be handed $10,000 and a half-year contract with “one of Australia’s best League of legends teams,” and how could that possibly go wrong?
Indie survival sandbox The Black Death has a big patch going live this afternoon, complete with three new and updated pillage areas, the improved combat system, more gore (hah!), the new maul weapon, custom server settings, and the titular relic system:
“These all new, one-of-a-kind items are the finest, most exotic equipment available in The Black Death. But when we say one-of-a-kind, we mean it – There will only be one of these relics available on each server. When you’re close to an item, it’ll show up on your compass – even if someone else is carrying it.”
Wanna check it all out in person? We have a giveaway for that! Small Impact has granted MOP 10 Steam keys for the game, which’ll allow 10 of our readers to pop in and try out the early access for free. Read on to enter to win, plus check out the patch’s screenshots and trailer!
is busy doing all the things, with hoopla in all three of its modern games today. (Sorry, Global Agenda
Over in SMITE, the studio is getting ready to reveal Artio, the Bear Goddess, on its afternoon livestream, along with the next phase of Project Olympus, the MOBA’s far-reaching overhaul patch series that began implementation earlier this summer.
SuperData’s global digital games revenue summary for June 2017 is out, and it’s a strange melange of huge shifts and no changes at all.
On the PC front, there’s been movement at the bottom of the list, as PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and ROBLOX (seriously) have kicked CSGO and New Westward Journey Online II to the curb and knocked World of Tanks and Overwatch down a few pegs. World of Warcraft remains at #6, thanks to last month’s recombination of east and west. It’s a weird saga.
On consoles, however, Overwatch inched up a place and Grand Theft Auto V surged to take the top spot, in spite of its messy modder confrontations this summer. “Despite negative press over community-created-mods decisions, Grand Theft Auto Online experienced its most successful month this June on the back of [its] newest DLC,” SuperData says.
The mobile category has seen a huge shakeup as well, as Honour of Kings leaped from 10th place to 1st, pushing down Clash of Clans and Clash Royale — the firm estimates Honour of Kings made over $150 million in June. Pokemon Go remains noticeably absent from the top 10 lists this summer, but SuperData gives it a nod anyway.