MOBA Category

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]

SMITE throws a week of birthday festivities

Touting proudly (and weirdly) that SMITE is almost out of its “toddler years,” Hi-Rez Studios is throwing a week of celebration for the MOBA’s third birthday. Starting tomorrow and running through March 27th, SMITE will boast ongoing and daily events to mark this occasion.

For the full week, SMITE is activating double login bonuses and handing out a birthday global emote to any player that gets a single win during the promotion. There’s also a schedule posted of daily sales and giveaways that include free gems, a free enigma chest, and triple worshipers. The studio is also planning to run another community skin contest, starting tomorrow.

Hi-Rez recently put development of mobile spin-off SMITE Rivals on indefinite hold in favor of focusing more on a different spin-off, SMITE Tactics.

Source: SMITE

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Master x Master introduces Koom and Vonak

Eager to know when everyone gets to play Master x Master? We can’t tell you that, on account of not actually knowing. Still, the game is introducing us to two new heroes, so forward motion is still happening! This pair is Koom, an enormous stone juggernaut, and Vonak, a spindly guy with a popped collar and two guns. Care to guess which one is the defensive hero and which one is the assault?

That’s not a trick question, by the way. It’s pretty obvious. Koom is a huge dude made of stone, he’s all about defense. That should not be a difficult evaluation.

As always, the videos for both characters show off their abilities and some of the customizations available for the characters to tweak abilities and attack. You can check out both videos down below, and presumably join the “eagerly waiting for a beta announcement” crowd.

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League of Legends on LGBT representation and pro team mistreatment allegations

League of Legends will probably introduce non-straight characters eventually, a new interview on Polygon with Riot Games’ Greg Street suggests. The publication asked Street questions about LGBT representation during GDC 2017, noting that Blizzard’s Overwatch (particularly Tracer) has proven that it’s a hot topic and something millions of gamers want to see. League of Legends currently has over 130 characters to Overwatch’s 24, but Street says that Riot has to be careful what it adds lest one region or another blockade the game.

“We owe it to the players and, I think, to the world to do something like that. […] What I don’t want to do is be like, ‘Okay, team, next character, whatever you do, has to be lesbian.’ I don’t think we’ll end up with something good there…. From the beginning, it has to be the character’s identity. I’m sure we’ll do it at some point. I don’t know which character or when it will happen.”

If and when it does happen, Street says, it’ll likely be in “storytelling outside the game.”

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Paragon celebrates a year of early access with a big patch

Has it really been a year since Paragon first went into early access? It certainly has according to the developers, and they would know. By way of celebration, players are being treated to a nice big patch containing all sort of fun toys, starting with a new hero named Yin. She whips things and reflects projectiles, so if that’s your thing you should be happy to see her show up.

The game has also adjusted balance on 20 different existing heroes, as well as adjusting several cards and adding a large number of new ones. Players also have access to the new Banner feature, allowing you to show off your sign for kills and tower destruction. Last but not least, there are also a number of promotional giveaways to coincide with the anniversary. You can find out everything from the full patch notes, or you can check out the top-level overview with the video just below.

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Grab a Paladins closed beta key for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 from Hi-Rez and MOP

Hi-Rez’s team-shooter MOBA Paladins hits closed beta for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 today, expanding the game beyond its 8 million open beta players on PC. That means the Season 1 patch — with 22 champs, customization, trio of PvP modes, AI co-op challenges, and competitive ranked mode — debuts today. And Hi-Rez is touting a $50,000 prize pool for what it’s dubbed the “Console WarsPaladins tourney at Dreamhack this July.

Paladins will be free-to-play on launch; in the meantime, you’ll need keys to play on console. Guess who’s got keys for both platforms? You betcha! Click the Mo button below (and prove you’re not a robot) to grab one of these keys!

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SMITE reveals playable Cernunnos, The Horned God

I would be lying if I said that the latest god reveal for SMITE isn’t provoking goat jokes. He is. He’s Cernunnos, the stag-antlered Celtic deity of “wild things,” of fertility, and of the underworld too. In SMITE, he’ll wield a glaive, thorns, a horn-charge, the boards of the Wild Hunt itself, and the literal power of the seasons to kick your butt.

But it’s cool, go ahead and make your goatman jokes.

The 4.4 patch should also introduce new skins for Kuzenbo, Bellona, Kukulkan, Chronos, Loki, Morrigan, and Izanami. It’s on the PTS right now, but you can get caught up on Gernunnos and the notes in the videos below.

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Gigantic developer Motiga lays off roughly a fifth of its employees

It seems fair to say that Gigantic’s development has had a troubled history, what with the game having hopped publishers, changed platforms, and seen several rounds of layoffs hit its developer Motiga. That last event has come around once more, as the studio has reportedly laid off 15 of its 82 staff members. CEO and founder Chris Chung stated that this was a result of looking ahead and planning for the longer term:

Any kind of layoff is tough, but this was done to reduce our burn rate until we get to Arc launch which will happen in a few months.

Chung stressed that the losses came primarily from business and operations. It’s not good to see another round of layoffs hitting the studio, even if the game is getting close to the finish line. Our best wishes go out to those who have lost their jobs in this latest round of layoffs.

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LawBreakers plans closed beta weekend in March

Hey, remember LawBreakers? The Nexon-produced, CliffyB-designed online shooter that went semi-dormant last summer following alpha with plans to retool itself before beta? We already knew that beta was on the way this year, and today, we’ve inched a little closer with the news that the first closed beta test is slated for later this month on March 16th through 19th.

Nexon and Boss Key will be present at PAX East this coming weekend as well with both a playable demo and a late-night panel covering the game’s “unprecedented gravity-defying combat” and “cast of unique ‘verti-killers,'” a word I hope I never have to type ever again.

By the way, launch is also planned for this year, according to last month’s Nexon investor report.

Signups for the beta are open on the official site already. While you wait for that, why not check out the latest talk-through video?

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Riot Games wins $10M in a lawsuit against League of Legend cheating software

At least today, cheating does not prosper, particularly for those who attempted to circumvent the rules in League of Legends.

A court awarded $10 million to Riot Games following a successful lawsuit against LeagueSharp. LeagueSharp was the maker of a service that allowed players to hack the game, artificially accelerate their character’s progress, and see forbidden information.

PC Gamer reports that Riot filed the lawsuit last summer, saying that players were using the service to level and sell characters for profit. The suit concluded in January, and LeagueSharp has been given until February 28th to close it all down. The ruling not only awards $10M to Riot but also bans the software and turns over LeagueSharp’s websites and domains to Riot.

Following the ruling, LeagueSharp warned players that using its software was a good way to get themselves banned from the MOBA.

Source: Law 360, PC Gamer

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Heroes of the Storm introduces supercute StarCraft ‘hero’ Probius

Say what you will about Blizzard, but the studio knows how to make wordless bots adorable. Such is the case for Probius, the newly announced next hero for MOBA Heroes of the Storm — and yes, he’s really a Protoss drone from StarCraft. He’ll be warping and buffing and disrupting and making little Artoo noises on the PTR next week starting on March 6th.

I can’t wait to see what sort of funky porn people come up with for this lil dude. No, actually, I can totally wait. On second thought, how about a nice themed plushie?

Check out the video below!

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Cloud Pirates has arrived on Steam early access

Cloud Pirates officially flew into early access on Steam yesterday, bringing its quirky blend of Allods Online dirigibles and MOBA combat to the platform. The game has been in general early access since early February, but now we’re in Steam early access. Clear? Great.

My.com asks $9.99 US for the base game, $49.99 for the Admiral Pack, and $59.98 for both together, so at the bottom it’s a pretty cheap buy-in.

The latest content in the game is the 1.1 Goldrush update, which includes a convey mode where players guide their flying ore convoy along a route while being attack by enemy players. Check out the trailer and MJ’s last playthrough below!

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SMITE’s first Adventure mode, Nike’s Valley of Victory, is live

Players logging into SMITE today are in for a treat: Adventures are officially live with the game’s latest patch. Adventures are planned as limited-time special game modes that change up every six weeks.

The first such mode, Nike’s Valley of Victory, is a capture-the-flag event that runs on PC through March 28th (console versions will lag behind start and end dates by week). Hi-Rez notes that the map is free, but not so for the Adventure Bundles and limited edition skins, which will go up in price come the next cycle. “The Bundles with each Adventure will be available for a discounted price during the 4 weeks that the game mode is live, then available at full price during all 2017 Adventures,” says the studio.

Check out the explainer vids down below!

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Heroes of the Storm balance update tunes down Tychus, Varian, Malfurion, and Murky

The latest Heroes of the Storm balance patch isn’t going to give anyone a bunch of satisfying new tricks. It’s actually taking a lot of existing tricks away from various characters. Tychus, for example, has proven to be too darn good at not just tank-busting but assassin-busting as well, therefore making him too dominant against too wide a spread of heroes. Murky is clearly dominating, Malfurion is too good as support, and Varian isn’t unbalanced but did have a few abilities that were just not fun to play against.

As such, all four characters have received some major adjustments. Tychus has had his attack range dropped and several abilities tinkered with, keeping his power at his intended role but tuning him down elsewhere. Murky received a wide-reaching nerf to his control and reliability, while Malfurion loses much of the power on his Entangling Roots and associated talents. Last but not least, Varian’s Warbringer has been changed to a Slow effect, as the ranged stun was proving too easy to abuse and led to unenjoyable game states. There are a few other heroes with adjustments on a smaller scale as well; you may want to check out the full patch notes before diving in.

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