GameHaunt http://gamehaunt.com Gaming & Techology News and Reviews Tue, 28 Apr 2015 03:58:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 First Heroes Of The Storm Philippines Community Gathering http://gamehaunt.com/first-heroes-of-the-storm-philippines-community-gathering/ http://gamehaunt.com/first-heroes-of-the-storm-philippines-community-gathering/#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 02:27:18 +0000 http://gamehaunt.com/?p=7975 The first official community meetup for Blizzard Entertainment’s exciting new online brawler game, Heroes of the Storm, is coming this May! PlayPark Philippines, the official publisher in the Philippines, will host the event at Mineski Infinity, Taft Avenue on May 9, 2015 (Saturday) from 1:00PM to 6:00PM. Aside from being a venue for Heroes of

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The first official community meetup for Blizzard Entertainment’s exciting new online brawler game, Heroes of the Storm, is coming this May! PlayPark Philippines, the official publisher in the Philippines, will host the event at Mineski Infinity, Taft Avenue on May 9, 2015 (Saturday) from 1:00PM to 6:00PM.

Aside from being a venue for Heroes of the Storm fans to meet each other in real life, the event will also feature friendly 5v5 scrim matches, a King of the Hill showdown, special Blizzard merchandise raffle and a special announcement.

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The event is open to all existing Heroes of the Storm gamers. Beta keys are also available for players interested to play the game with the rest of the community.

Heroes of the Storm is a free-to-play team brawler game developed by world-renowned game company, Blizzard Entertainment. The game features iconic characters from across Blizzard’s popular titles namely Starcraft, Warcraft and Diablo. Players team up with friends to engage in fast-paced brawls across varied and vibrant battlegrounds to gain supremacy in the Nexus. Currently on closed beta, Heroes of the Storm is scheduled to go on open beta on May 20 this year.

For the latest news and updates about Heroes of the Storm, visit http://bit.ly/1PL4qDN

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Treyarch & Activision Revealed Call Of Duty: Black Ops III http://gamehaunt.com/treyarch-activision-revealed-call-of-duty-black-ops-iii/ http://gamehaunt.com/treyarch-activision-revealed-call-of-duty-black-ops-iii/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:00:26 +0000 http://gamehaunt.com/?p=7968 Mark your calendars for the return of the most played series in Call of Duty history, because Black Ops is back!  Call of Duty: Black Ops III will arrive Friday, 6th November, to take fans on a journey to the dark, twisted and gritty world of Black Ops with a true next generation experience that redefines

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Mark your calendars for the return of the most played series in Call of Duty history, because Black Ops is back!  Call of Duty: Black Ops III will arrive Friday, 6th November, to take fans on a journey to the dark, twisted and gritty world of Black Ops with a true next generation experience that redefines Call of Duty.  Published by Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard (Nasdaq: ATVI), and developed by award-winning developer Treyarch, Call of Duty: Black Ops III delivers a campaign that can be played as a full single player game or co-op online with up to four players, the deepest, most rewarding multiplayer ever offered in Call of Dutyand, a mind blowing Call of Duty Zombies experience that, for the first time, features its own XP progression system.  Call of Duty: Black Ops III is in development for Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment system and PC.

Activision and Treyarch also announced for the first time on Call of Duty next gen – a multiplayer Beta for Call of Duty: Black Ops III.  Fans who pre-order the game now on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 or PC will get access to the Beta*, details for which will be announced at a later date.

“Nearly 100 million people have played Call of Duty: Black Ops and Call of Duty: Black Ops II, making it the most-played series in Call of Duty history. And those fans are about to get the best Black Ops game we’ve made yet with Call of Duty: Black Ops III.” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO, Activision. “This is Treyarch’s first three year development and man, have they made the most of it; with a ton of innovation across all modes of play and of course a mind bending, wild ride of a story, Black Ops style. Our fans will get a taste for themselves with a Beta later this year. But for now, Black Ops is back.”

The Black Ops series is the most played in Call of Duty history with nearly 100 million registered players having played Call of Duty®: Black Ops and Call of Duty®: Black Ops II combined.  For award-winning studio, Treyarch, this marks the first time with three-years for development, which has been fully leveraged to bring the Black Ops series to next gen with Call of Duty: Black Ops III.

Black Ops III is without a doubt, the most ambitious project ever in the history of our studio. Since the launch of Black Ops II, we have been pushing ourselves to develop the best Call of Duty game we can for the millions of fans that continue to play our games, even to this day,” said Mark Lamia, Studio Head of Treyarch.  “We’ve been taking advantage of the three year development cycle by pushing our game design forward in every way imaginable, crafting all-new experiences, mechanics, systems and characters, all in the deepest Call of Duty that we’ve ever made. This really is like getting three games in one.”

The Call of Duty: Black Ops III campaign deploys players into a future world, where bio-technology coupled with cybernetic enhancements has given rise to a new breed of Black Ops soldier.  Through Direct Neural Interface (DNI) technology, players are now connected to the intelligence grid and their fellow operatives during battle.  In a world more divided than ever, this elite squad consists of men and women who have enhanced their combat capabilities to fight faster, stronger and smarter.

The most engaging and rewarding multiplayer offering to date debuts a new momentum-based, chained-movement system that allows players to move fluidly through custom-built environments with finesse, all while maintaining complete control over their weapon at all times. Treyarch also introduces its new Specialist system, which lets players choose and rank up nine elite Black Ops soldiers, each with their own look, personality, voice and battle-hardened weapons and abilities, fundamentally changing the way players engage in combat.  Multiplayer is rounded out with an all-new weapon customisation system that give players more powerful tools than ever to build and personalise that perfect weapon.  Additional details about multiplayer will be announced at a later date.

No Treyarch title would be complete without its signature Zombies, rounding out the offering.  Call of Duty: Black Ops III delivers a completely unique Zombies experience and is the most immersive and ambitious Zombies to date, complete with a new XP progression for players, adding unprecedented levels of depth and re-playability.

Call of Duty is an entertainment juggernaut that continues to reinvent itself year after year with new storylines and exciting features,” said Bob Puzon, senior vice president of merchandising, GameStop. “We’ve been able to get an early look at Call of Duty: Black Ops III and are extremely impressed with what we’ve seen and expect it to be a huge hit yet again.”

The Call of Duty: Black Ops III multiplayer Beta* will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation® 4 system and PC.  Actual platform availability and launch date(s) to be determined.  See www.callofduty.com/beta for more details and redemption instructions.  After redeeming a Beta Access code, stay tuned for more detail on how and when players can access the Beta. Limited time only, while Beta codes last, at participating retailers.  Internet connection is required.

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Echo of Soul: Beta Start Date & Founders Packs Revealed http://gamehaunt.com/echo-of-soul-beta-start-date-founders-packs-revealed/ http://gamehaunt.com/echo-of-soul-beta-start-date-founders-packs-revealed/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:50:53 +0000 http://gamehaunt.com/?p=7960 Echo of Soul, the upcoming free-to-play fantasy MMORPG, announced today that its Closed Beta phase will kick off on May 4! To celebrate, publisher Aeria Games has launched the Echo of Soul Founder’s Pack program, giving players guaranteed first access to the game when Closed Beta starts, in addition to exclusive items and the chance

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Echo of Soul, the upcoming free-to-play fantasy MMORPG, announced today that its Closed Beta phase will kick off on May 4! To celebrate, publisher Aeria Games has launched the Echo of Soul Founder’s Pack program, giving players guaranteed first access to the game when Closed Beta starts, in addition to exclusive items and the chance to secure their name before Open Beta launches. Players can grab a Founder’s Pack on the Echo of Soul website today to ensure first access to the Closed Beta on May 4. Interested fans who have signed up for beta access on EchoOfSoul.us will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the Closed Beta phase.

Echo of Soul Founder’s Pack options include:

  • Starter Pack: No Soulkeeper should embark on their adventure without some must-have essentials! This Pack offers guaranteed early access to the Closed Beta, a chance to reserve a character name early on, and key items such as the Magic Lamp.

  • Apparel Packs: Look stylish, well-armored, majestic — or all of the above! Each class in Echo of Soul has their own exclusive Apparel Pack that can’t be found anywhere else, which includes an exclusive pet and other goodies.

  • Companion Pack: A Soulkeeper’s journey is not an easy one. Be prepared to travel far and wide and recruit a fearless, noble steed to help along the journey. This Pack contains the epic, exclusive Golden Tiger mount, the Baby Brown Llama pet, and a hefty amount of Silver, potions and other important items.

  • Dungeon Pack: The ultimate adventure starts here. Players can explore lost dungeons, test their mettle as a tomb raider, and discover treasures beyond imagination. The Dungeon Pack contains, among other useful consumables, 20 dungeon tickets for players to enter dungeons more often and collect more awesome loot!

“We are very excited to offer these great Founder’s Packs to MMO gamers who are ready to jump into Echo of Soul,” says Tom Nichols, Vice President of PC Games at Aeria Games. “Our Founders will not only get guaranteed early access so they can get a chance to tackle the game before anyone else, but also exciting items, bonuses, and other perks.”

Aeria Games will be holding a special Echo of Soul live stream on April 24, 1-3PM EST. Fans can tune in to get a sneak peek at the game and have their questions answered prior to the launch of the Closed Beta. The live stream will be available on the Echo of Soul Twitch channel.

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‘Game of Thrones Ascent’ Expansion Now Available! http://gamehaunt.com/game-of-thrones-ascent-expansion-now-available/ http://gamehaunt.com/game-of-thrones-ascent-expansion-now-available/#comments Sun, 26 Apr 2015 03:37:31 +0000 http://gamehaunt.com/?p=7980 Fire & Blood, the second major content expansion for Game of Thrones Ascent, allows players to engage in the next evolution of dragon growth, while traveling across an all-new interactive map to engage with iconic tales from the show, including Daenerys’ sack of the slaver cities, Rob Stark’s march on King’s Landing, and the Night’s

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Fire & Blood, the second major content expansion for Game of Thrones Ascent, allows players to engage in the next evolution of dragon growth, while traveling across an all-new interactive map to engage with iconic tales from the show, including Daenerys’ sack of the slaver cities, Rob Stark’s march on King’s Landing, and the Night’s Watch ranging to the unknown north of the Wall. Game of Thrones fans can play ‘Fire & Blood’ now on iOS via the Apple App Store, on Facebook, Kongregate, and on DisruptorBeam.com.

  • Tales of Ice and Fire! – In this all-new system, players can engage with Westeros in a whole new way – reaping epic rewards in quick-to-play Tales, assigning Sworn Swords to challenges, and completing tasks at each location. Players that succeed can earn and collect rewards immediately or rely on their Sworn Sword’s experience, gear and some luck to push onto the next challenge – or fail in the attempt! Players can compare their results with their friends on a Tales-specific leaderboard system.
  • Next Age of DRAGONS! – Players can not only find a dragon egg and hatch it into a baby dragon but now, with the launch of Fire & Blood, players can evolve their baby dragons into young, adolescent dragons – by far the most desired companion in all of Westeros! Use the brand new Dragon Pit building to evolve uncolored, Red, Tan and Green dragons and unlock their incredible potential!
  • New Buildings – In addition to a new Dragon Pit, Fire & Blood adds the Great Hall to your holdings where you can trade special items earned in the Tales of Ice & Fire system, using all new recipes.
  • New ‘Season 5’ Content – The launch of Fire & Blood follows the Season 5 kick-off of the TV show. As with previous seasons, players can play through new content, quests, and purchase items that sync with each new episode. Watch on Sunday, play on Monday!

Additional details about the Fire & Blood expansion can be found in these recent blog posts and videos:

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Clash of Lords 2 Giveaway http://gamehaunt.com/clash-of-lords-2-giveaway/ http://gamehaunt.com/clash-of-lords-2-giveaway/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 13:51:19 +0000 http://gamehaunt.com/?p=7918 Clash your way to the most indestructible empire by building your army of loyal soldiers, hiring lethal Heroes, and learning enchanting Magic spells. Send your army out on combat missions or raid players from all around the world. Upgrade your base and defend your reputation as the leader of the most unparalleled Kingdom in the

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Clash your way to the most indestructible empire by building your army of loyal soldiers, hiring lethal Heroes, and learning enchanting Magic spells. Send your army out on combat missions or raid players from all around the world. Upgrade your base and defend your reputation as the leader of the most unparalleled Kingdom in the Realm!

Key Features:

  • FREE TO PLAY
  • Real-Time Command – Watch battles unfold in spectacular 3D Graphics!
  • Recruit Fearless Heroes – Unlock legendary Heroes and command the most savage army!!
  • Mercenary Mania! Training troops is history! Get into the heat of battle faster than ever!
  • Tons of ways to battle! Different battle modes means non-stop action!
  • Guild Camaraderie – Rally your friends and smash other Guilds in the new Battle Royale!
  • Mystical Magical Spells! Intense clashing calls for new tricks. Protect your army with Magic Spells!

Download link: 

Android: http://bit.ly/1HyKUb1

iOS: http://apple.co/1JOvU8q

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1EOQ16i

Windows: http://bit.ly/1J9hbE4

Code Redeeming Instructions

  1. Once in-game, tap the “Events” button on the right hand part of the main game screen (the treasure chest).
  2. Select the “News” Tab.
  3. Select “Secret Code Giveaways!”
  4. Tap “Join Now”
  5. Type in your promo code in the box and tap “Claim”.

Each code contains a one epic hero Hydrasaur and 300 Jewels. Valid only once per account ID. Enjoy!

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998 keys left!

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Avengers: Age of Ultron Inspires Gazillion’s ‘Marvel Heroes 2015′ http://gamehaunt.com/avengers-age-of-ultron-inspires-gazillions-marvel-heroes-2015/ http://gamehaunt.com/avengers-age-of-ultron-inspires-gazillions-marvel-heroes-2015/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 07:38:33 +0000 http://gamehaunt.com/?p=7954 Gazillion, Inc., publisher of the critically acclaimed Marvel Heroes 2015, today announced that beginning tomorrow it will celebrate the release of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron film with one of the game’s biggest content releases since its June 2013 launch. Highlighted by the ability for new players to experience the entire game for free as

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Gazillion, Inc., publisher of the critically acclaimed Marvel Heroes 2015, today announced that beginning tomorrow it will celebrate the release of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron film with one of the game’s biggest content releases since its June 2013 launch. Highlighted by the ability for new players to experience the entire game for free as any one of the core Avengers, new content for the PC action/role-playing game also includes character additions and revamps, movie costumes, new gameplay inspired by the film and more.

Beginning April 24 and continuing throughout the movie’s launch window, new additions to the game include the following:

  • Play All Game Content as Six Core Avengers characters for FREE: At no cost, experience the entirety of in-game content as Iron Man (his first time as playable for free), Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye.
  • Behold… The Vision! Vision joins as Marvel Heroes 2015’s 47th playable character.
  • Nine Movie-Inspired Costumes: Captain America, Iron Man Mk 43, Iron Man Hulkbuster, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Vision and Scarlet Witch.
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron Game Mode: Designed for advanced players. Team up in groups to defend the citizens of New York from waves of Ultron Sentries attacking Central Park, then take on Ultron himself at the ruins of the Avengers Mansion.
  • Ultron Attacks! Random Events: Ultron Sentries appear throughout normal game modes, allowing players of all skill levels to experience action inspired by Avengers: Age of Ultron at any point during gameplay.
  • Quicksilver Team-Up: Quicksilver fights alongside you, taking out enemies with his blazing speed via a newly revamped Team-Up system.
  • Scarlet Witch Full Design Review: Many of her powers and mechanics have been redesigned, including new movie-inspired abilities and the addition of an extra-devastating Ultimate Power.
  • Hawkeye/Black Widow Mini-Design Reviews: Hawkeye receives his 9-shot rapid fire speed loader thanks to his new quiver, and Black Widow gains new stun batons.
  • Play as an Avenger, Get an Experience Points Boost: Just like it sounds.

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Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron inspired content – ‘nuff said,” said David Brevik, CEO of Gazillion and creator of the classic action/RPGs Diablo and Diablo II. “Actually…there’s lots to talk about. Overall, this huge release epitomizes just how dedicated this team is to creating plentiful, regular content that’s not only substantial, but also relevant to the times – this dedication is a big reason our Metacritic score skyrocketed from 58 to 81 in one year. We’ll continue this cadence for as long as our community demands it, be it through huge additions to content like this one, big new events like our recent raid based on AXIS from the comics, or simply our monthly character releases like Vision – with lots others coming soon! There’s already so much game here, it’s ridiculous – we just wanna make it even more ridiculous.”

The Marvel Heroes 2015 update on Friday, April 24, will initiate the rollout of this new content, alongside the release of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron in most European countries and other worldwide territories. The gameplay modes are scheduled to go live a week later, closer to the May 1 movie release in North America and much of the rest of the world, and other movie-inspired updates will be added throughout the movie’s launch window. For more information, please see www.marvelheroes2015.com.

Please note: As Marvel Heroes 2015 is primarily focused on the classic Marvel Universe, all characters default to their looks inspired by the comics. All movie-inspired costumes must be purchased separately.

Play Marvel Heroes 2015

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Storm the Beaches in World of Tanks 9.7 http://gamehaunt.com/storm-the-beaches-in-world-of-tanks-9-7/ http://gamehaunt.com/storm-the-beaches-in-world-of-tanks-9-7/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 12:00:30 +0000 http://gamehaunt.com/?p=7942 Wargaming is proud to announce the latest update for their video game phenomenon World of Tanks 9.7 is now available in North America. These updates will soon be available in Southeast Asia and Korea on April 24, and for Europe on April 28. Exciting features added to the game range from enhanced Team Battles, a

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Wargaming is proud to announce the latest update for their video game phenomenon World of Tanks 9.7 is now available in North America. These updates will soon be available in Southeast Asia and Korea on April 24, and for Europe on April 28.

Exciting features added to the game range from enhanced Team Battles, a new branch of French tanks, the third historic map dubbed “Overlord”, and tweaked balancing rules.

Team Battles now have permanent teams. Players’ teams can now have up to 12 members with 7 battling at a time. They can even have their own name and logo (after the same team has played 20 rated matches). The addition of leaderboards—divided globally into six leagues—requires a set number of points in order to qualify for each division and ascend the ladder.

The new branch of French tanks arrives with two new light tanks and five medium tanks. Out these, the Tier 9 AMX 30 1st prototype is a very mobile tank with one of the longest effective firing ranges of those in its tier. The AMX 30 B, a Tier 10, is another much anticipated quick tank with great view range and firepower.

New balancing rules will help newer and medium-skilled players get the most enjoyment out of matches by grouping users based on ability. Fledgling Tier 1, 2, and 3 players will find competition with others close to their proficiency, while more experienced Tier 1, 2, and 3 players will be matched similarly. These changes only affect Random Battles.

The historic map “Overlord” transports players to a level inspired by the D-Day Landings at Normandy. They will be thrown into a chaotic environment where beaches are littered with smoking wreckage and destroyed landing boats, combating enemies as they storm the hills.

Six vehicles have also been reworked for HD, now fully realized in astonishing detail. The E 100, ELC AMX, IS-4, Jagdpanzer E 100, Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. H, and T26E4 SuperPershing will be available to roll out onto the battlefield in all their lifelike glory.

Gear up for the World of Tanks 9.7 Update and the exciting Team Battles in a more convenient way with Smart GameX using your Smart load or charge to your Postpaid bill. When you have received the SMS containing the MOLPoints PIN details, “Card No.” is the MOLPoints SERIAL No. and “Pin Code” is the MOLPoints PIN. For new users, register your free MOL account at www.mol.com. Then don’t forget to activate/verify your account by clicking the verification link or verifying the 6-digit code sent by MOL. https://epins.gamex.ph/worldoftanks

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Heroes Of The Storm Open Beta Starts May 20 http://gamehaunt.com/heroes-of-the-storm-open-beta-starts-may-20/ http://gamehaunt.com/heroes-of-the-storm-open-beta-starts-may-20/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 03:35:19 +0000 http://gamehaunt.com/?p=7913 Rally your fellow heroes and get ready for battle, because the portal to the Nexus is about to bust wide open! Blizzard Entertainment officially announced today that Heroes of the Storm open beta will start May 20, followed by the official launch on June 3. The free-to-play online team brawler brings together a diverse cast

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Rally your fellow heroes and get ready for battle, because the portal to the Nexus is about to bust wide open! Blizzard Entertainment officially announced today that Heroes of the Storm open beta will start May 20, followed by the official launch on June 3. The free-to-play online team brawler brings together a diverse cast of iconic characters from Blizzard’s far-flung realms of science fiction and fantasy, including the Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® universes, and challenges them to compete in epic, adrenaline-charged battles.

Heroes of the Storm invites players to customize heroes to suit their style and then team up with friends for some all-out mayhem. The game features a variety of gameplay modes for players of every skill level, including Cooperative, in which players team up against computer-controlled opponents, and Quick Match, an accessible way to jump in and play versus others. Experienced players can also join forces against other teams of players in highly competitive, draft-style ranked play.

“With its focus on team play and fast-paced fun, Heroes of the Storm is a fresh take on a very popular genre,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We’ve built Heroes of the Storm in a way that makes it accessible to new players, but also challenging enough for veterans who really want to put their skills to the test. We can’t wait to see what Heroes brings to the co-op and competitive scenes once the Nexus opens up to everyone.”

Heroes of the Storm will launch with more than 30 playable Heroes and 7 dynamic Battlegrounds, each with unique challenges to overcome—and even more Heroes and Battlegrounds are on the way. Players can customize the look of their Heroes with a variety of skins, as well as switch between a stable of special mounts that help them cover ground on the battlefield more quickly.

To celebrate the launch of Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard will be holding a live-streamed event on June 1 in London, U.K.. Further information will be made available as the event draws closer.

Asiasoft Online, the official publisher for Heroes of the Storm in South East Asia, has also planned many exciting local events and activities for players in Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Philippines—further details on the telecast will be announced at a later date.

To learn more about Heroes of the Storm, head over the official website at www.heroesofthestorm.com.

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E-Sports, the Up and Comer http://gamehaunt.com/e-sports-the-up-and-comer/ http://gamehaunt.com/e-sports-the-up-and-comer/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 02:50:33 +0000 http://gamehaunt.com/?p=7909 Esports are video games played at a competitive level involving a team of players similar to a basketball or football team.  The rapid emergence of esports as a profession in the past decade has led to a growing fan base with approximately 71 million people who watch or participate. What are the causes for the

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Esports are video games played at a competitive level involving a team of players similar to a basketball or football team.  The rapid emergence of esports as a profession in the past decade has led to a growing fan base with approximately 71 million people who watch or participate. What are the causes for the surging popularity of esports? There are different factors, but on the whole, it has to do with the profound improvement in computer technology and the capacity to accommodate more detailed and sophisticated games.

Unlike other sports such as basketball, which has been around for over a hundred years, esports as a profession is a relatively new phenomenon with the earliest competition taking place in 1972, and the game played was SpaceWar. However, its true birth was during the early 1980’s when organizations were established to promote video game competitions.  Space Invaders, Pac-man, and Donkey Kong were the games that were prevalent during that time. The relatively simple format of these games also exhibited the limited capabilities of the computers at that time.

The improvement in computer and video game technology over the years also made it possible for the development of more sophisticated games such as League of Legends, DOTA 2, and StarCraft 2. It is not solely the improvement of technology that helped esports to gain popularity, but also the easier accessibility to a personal computer or video game console. Nowadays, kids can play different esport games from their homes which would not have been the case in the 1980’s when personal computers were only starting to be used in households. The combination of both the improvement of technology and the prevalence of it over time, has served as the main foundation on which esports took off.

The growing interest and surging popularity around esports as a profession have compelled big companies and brands to update its marketing strategies by sponsoring major gaming events in order to appeal to this specific, yet ever-increasing demographic. As previously mentioned, there are 71 million people who either play or avidly watch esports with 21-35 years old as the age range, and 70% being male. This serves as a guide to many of the companies who sponsor these gaming tournaments.

Furthermore, the availability of livestreaming, provided by companies such as Twitch, allowed esports to thrive among other “normal” sports.  In fact, esports, as a whole, has outdone other sports in terms of live streaming viewership with more people watching esport tournaments than other major sports such as NFL or the NBA. The only thing missing is winning money by playing slots games.

The growing popularity of esports has allowed for live television viewership made possible by giant networks such as ESPN which further paved the way for the entry of big companies such as Intel to sponsor esport tournaments. It is not only TV exposure that has prompted sponsorships from big companies but also the sheer size of the audience watching the tournaments.

Stadiums which can accommodate over ten thousand people are sold out just for fans to watch the tournament. Esport is certainly the new sport that has captured a large following and it is only a matter of time until it becomes the most popular sport in the world.

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BIOSTAR releases the Hi-Fi B85S1 Motherboard http://gamehaunt.com/biostar-releases-the-hi-fi-b85s1-motherboard/ http://gamehaunt.com/biostar-releases-the-hi-fi-b85s1-motherboard/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:47:22 +0000 http://gamehaunt.com/?p=7951 The newest motherboard based on Intel B85 single chip architecture by BIOSTAR is ready to work hard, play hard and fit in. The Hi-Fi B85S1 supports Intel’s 4th generation Core i7 and Core i5 processors in the 1150 package and is value designed in a Micro ATX form factor with 2 channel DDR3 slots for

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The newest motherboard based on Intel B85 single chip architecture by BIOSTAR is ready to work hard, play hard and fit in. The Hi-Fi B85S1 supports Intel’s 4th generation Core i7 and Core i5 processors in the 1150 package and is value designed in a Micro ATX form factor with 2 channel DDR3 slots for 16GB, enough to handle any modern computing requirements and be usable in small or tight spaces.

BIOSTAR’s Hi-Fi B85S1 delivers a business-rich option at a value price compared to the other companies. The Hi-Fi B85S1 features BIOSTAR innovative Hi-Fi technology, a built-in powerful headphone amplifier and Super LAN Surge Protection which enhances Ethernet protections. Being an Intel B85 chipset based system, it comes with features like Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST), for faster system boot and shorter application load time, and Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA), which delivers business-centric security protection, such as after-hours virus scans and data backup, and blocks recognition of unwanted USB drives and Intel’s Smart Connect Technology.

The BIOSTAR Hi-Fi B85S1 also perfectly fills entertainment needs with support for Direct3D 11.1 and HDMI. It has Blu-ray audio and provides a higher audio output of 24 bit/ 192KHz rather than 16 bit/48KHz from typical motherboards. In addition, the Hi-Fi B85S1 is the first to embed the “Double Hi-Fi” integrated AMP which allows users to enjoy the same high quality of sound; whether the sound source output is set to the front or rear of the PC, both out puts produce extra high quality sound.

The Hi-Fi B85S1 boasts 100% solid capacitors and Super Durable Ferrite Chokes bringing you the benefits of higher current capacity, lower energy loss and better power stability.

The Hi-Fi B85S1 is Windows 8 ready, and supports BIO-Remote2 and BIOS Online Update features for easy management as well as Charger Booster function for fast charging of cell-phones.

MSRP for the Hi-Fi B85S1 is US$59.

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