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]
In today’s edition of “who’s boycotting whom now,” it’s Dota 2 players’ turn in the spotlight!
According to Polygon, the community unrest began last week, when ESL announced that Facebook, not Twitch, would be the official platform for streaming the game’s pro tourneys. The first tournament under those rules, which happened to be in Malaysia, apparently caused numerous technical problems that prompted streamers to route the stream through Twitch so that people could actually watch it.
Of course, that also meant ESL’s advertisers weren’t being seen, and apparently Twitch was pressed into a major crackdown, copyright strike threats, and bans for players for hosting these “unauthorized” streams on its service – or more specifically, for those monetizing the content on Twitch, as explained by ESL.
That’s prompted the boycott of ESL’s streaming altogether; organizers on Reddit are urging Dota 2 fans to watch and stream on Twitch anyway to starve the ESL of eyeballs, arguing that the companies can’t possibly ban everyone. Which sounds like a challenge to me!
SuperData’s December 2017 global revenue chart is out, and it’s good news for the industry on the whole, as holiday spending was up by almost a fifth over 2016.
On the PC side, we’re seeing quite a shakeup over the last couple of months. Dungeon Fighter Online has surged back into the #2 spot behind League of Legends after tumbling last fall thanks to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, which itself has fallen several slots on the PC side (though faring better on console). Fortnite is now on the top 10 list right behind PUBG; World of Warcraft and Roblox are hanging in there; and Overwatch has even returned to the PC list at #10.
What’s not on the PC list at all? Destiny 2. It’s in the middle of the pack on the console top list right now, but it’s been overshadowed on PC. Why? “Destiny 2’s new DLC release, Curse of Osiris, failed to make a significant impact on the game,” SuperData declares. “[Monthly active users] and digital revenue were generally flat month-over-month.”
The nice thing about SMITE
is that whether you prefer to play your games on consoles or on desktop computers, the game gives you the option to play there. The less-nice thing is that console versions of the game have had some persistent issues. But we’re right back to good news, as community manager HiRezIsaiah has posted to Reddit
promising that the team is working hard to improve the console SMITE
experience this year.
Among the features being developed for console players are more streamlined tools for player reporting when necessary and direct bug fix reports for the game’s console clients. There’s also reassurance to many players within the thread of the original posting to discuss known bugs and the process of isolating and fixing them, even though several of them remain elusive. So it’s not a miracle cure, but if you’ve felt like the console experience is too buggy and not stable enough, you can rest assured that it’s being address and improved.
In celebration of the launch of Hyper Universe Online earlier this week, Nexon has granted Massively OP keys for the
Hyper All Stars Starter Pack MVP Starter Pack to pass out to our users; it includes high win-rate toons Yuna, Sapitelbub, Green Pit Bull, Jack, and their associated unique gear and ought to help you get started.
Please note that you must be logged into the comments to take a key. Head onward to grab one!
It’s not Hagrid’s dog from Harry Potter and it’s most certainly not the evil corporation from Mass Effect 2
, but SMITE’s Cerebus
brings both the bite and the bark of these entities to the MOBA.
Cerebus, this week’s new playable character, challenges players to control a three-headed dog from hell with a bad temper. Its tail can spit venom, its breath damages everyone in front of it, and Cerebus can even summon up the souls of the damned to damage and pull enemies. He’s probably not the type to do all this and then roll over for a good ol’ fashioned belly rub afterward, however.
SMITE Patch 4.25 adds a few new god skins, including Sweet Tooth Sol and Brimstone Beast Camazotz, and throws in some more Ragnarok event quests. Get a quick overview of the patch below, and check out our in-depth look at the game’s other improvements!
It’s a good thing that Paragon fans have gotten a detailed and straightforward update on the state of the game and its development future straight from the developers. What may be seen as slightly less good is the context of that update. Put simply, patches and development in general are slowing down because the game just doesn’t seem capable of growing. No matter how many changes are made to the game, its playerbase tends to go back to the same exact size.
This is exacerbated somewhat by the success of Fortnite, which has required additional development staff and has generally served as a major success for the company. That isn’t to say anyone is giving up on Paragon having a future; the development team is working on plans for new approaches to bring players into the game and keep them in the game. For the moment, though, the release cadence is going to slow down a fair bit simply because the game isn’t getting any bigger. Here’s hoping that the team finds the growth trick the game is looking for.
It is time to begin the great battle for the eternal fate of the Nexus! Hero Rehgar, Orc Shaman from beyond the Dark Portal, has come to seek true battle against the vile Abathur! Abathur’s unholy Xenotech Armor has made him an emperor of destruction, but Rehgar will not allow such unpleasant behavior to persist! Yet Rehgar’s sense of burning justice has blinded him to the aid of his companion, the noble Archangel Tyrael, also possessed of a mighty mecha suit able to cut a path of honor through Abathur’s hopeless soldiers!
Within the Nexus you may bring these powerful warriors beneath your command to create your own battles of endless warriors! Brave Rehgar, noble Tyrael, and scheming Abathur all posses multiple skins you may wear! Will you bring these powerful robots of battle into the fields of glory with you, or will you cower forgotten in the land of wind and ghosts? Demonstrate the spirit of a true warrior!
Below, you may see the oncoming Heroes Mecha Storm! For the forever brave Heroes of the Storm!
Ready for a different way to MOBA? Nexon’s Hyper Universe officially launches today, bringing the action to a 2-D setting with several “inspired” champions that cross the gamut of pop culture stereotypes.
The launch build of the game is a significant improvement over what was last seen in beta, bringing in six new heroes (Sonya, Han, Perseus, Gulunba, Camilla, and Tae’guk), a mission system, AI improvements, and the debut of the cash shop. This brings the roster up to 41 possible heroes to fill the 4v4 battlegrounds, and South America is able to join the fun with its own regional server.
Even if you’re only slightly curious about Hyper Universe, you might want to check it out during the next week for some free goodies. From January 17th through the 25th, players who log on and play at least one game will receive a package full of hyper cubes, six hero coupons for playable characters, and one skin coupon.
It is true that the Hi-Rez Expo has wrapped up for 2018, and we’ll need to wait another 12 months to attend the next one. (Folks should be over the effects of the after party by then!) There’s just something awesome about getting to gather with tons of fans in one place as well speaking with devs face-to-face. Every year has been cool, but this year has something a little extra: Founder and CEO Erez Goren attended and mingled, answering questions and sharing his love for gaming.
Goren hasn’t given many public interviews in years, but between the dev roundtable with President Stew Chisam and bumping into him on the show floor and chatting with him individually, I got to learn a number of fun facts about the philosophy and workings of the studio from the tip top man himself. And it is true, everything did come from Global Agenda!
Although the studio makes other games and each has a presence at Hi-Rez Expo 2018
, there’s no denying that SMITE
was the star of the show. Fans were excited for the big world championship tournament as well as announcements about the MOBA’s development.
And the expo delivered on both counts. EUnited brought the SMITE trophy back the the US for the first time in years, while devs shared some info about the upcoming Season 5.
I sat down with Executive Producer Chris Larson and Lead Designer A.J. Walker to get more details on the new conquest map, the new pantheons, community feedback, and the next adventure mode.
As much as Massively OP’s MJ really wanted to keep playing SMITE’s
adventures, the latest round turned off today. To hide her tears and try to get over the heartbreak and anguish, she’ll be partaking of some Arena Therapy. Tune in live at 7:00 p.m. and help MJ through this difficult time. (There will also be plenty of Hi-Rez Expo talk!)
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 7:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, January 9th, 2018
While the bulk of Hi-Rez Expo 2018 is taken up with the various tournaments, the fans have their own contest open to them: Welcome to cosplay. I’ve been bumping into Paladins and SMITE characters out and about all weekend, but the contest showcased some super impressive costumes. If you’ve ever wanted to see a Ao Kuang in real life, good news for you: He won first place! Second place went to Skadi, and third was Bellona.
Congratulations to all the participants, both on stage and off! If you weren’t able to make the event, you can still admire many of the costumes in the video and gallery below.
Battle royale? Team shooters? League of Legends
scoffs at these pretenders to the online throne, sitting on top of an e-sports empire that spans the globe. A big part of this empire is in Asia, where e-sports are blowing up huge in China.
Encouraging the spread of this is computer hardware company ASUS, which just dropped $16 million to help build and open an e-sports headquarters in the country. ASUS is a strong participant in the League of Legends professional community, sponsoring a new pro team called the Rogue Warriors that founded this past December.
ASUS recently developed and released a laptop in India specifically designed to cater to e-sports players. The ROG Strix SCAR Edition was put out under ASUS’s Republic of Gamers brand.
“E-sports is gaining tremendous popularity in the country especially game titles like Dota 2 and Counter Strike,” noted National Business Development Manager Arnold Su. “The number of gamers switching from casual gaming to professional is increasing every year at an exponential level.”