MOBAs aren't the only thing eSports events on the rise. EVO, the world's preeminent fighting game competition, will take place this weekend in Las Vegas. Early ticket sales indicate that this will be the biggest even they've ever put on, with over 3,500 competitors playing in nine different tournaments including Super Street Fight IV: Arcade Edition and Super Smash Bros. Melee.
NetherRealm has confirmed that a new Injustice: Gods Among Us character will be revealed at the EVO 2013 fighting game event this weekend. On Twitter, Creative Director Ed Boon revealed that the announcement will also feature “a new character skin that players have been CLAMORING for MONTHS now!” Batman Beyond Batman?
The League of Legends World Championship is set to take place on October 4 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The venue will host 10,000 screaming League fans in what I can only imagine will be the biggest US eSports event to date. Tickets will go on sale soon.
PlayStation has announced the new, longtime wished for, Ratchet and Clank videogame Into The Nexus. Nexus was planned to be released for the PS2 back in 2006, but was cancelled and replaced with Ratchet: Deadlocked. While the release date is yet to be announced, it will be available for PS3.
Today Turbine released the Champion Profile for Prime Batman in Infinite Crisis. He plays as a bruiser based on dueling and disrupting his opponents. However, once you learn your ultimate you become the silent stalker Batman is known to be, gaining the ability to blind and separate the enemy team. I'm a little surprised there still isn't a Batman that doesn't grab someone with his grappling hook, but Prime Batman will definitely be a strong addition to the Infinite Crisis roster. Check out the video after the break.
Three film makers, Adam Ward, Andrew Austin, and Paula Kosowski, have made it their mission to document the history of the infamous 1989 Nintendo Power Glove. The Power Glove was an early precursor to Nintendo’s current motion control system, but failed to gain popularity. The Power of Glove will feature interviews with the glove’s designers, as well as enthusiasts who “refused to let the Glove die.” No release date has been announced. Check out a trailer after the break.
Run and hide if you value your bank account, the Steam Summer Sale is officially here! Day one has deals on BioShock: Infinite, Defiance, Left 4 Dead 2, Endless Space, Don't Starve, Hotline Miami, Call of Juarez: Gunslinger, Antichamber, Toki Tori 2, and more! Plus flash sales on Dragon Age, Grid 2, Skyrim, and CS:GO! There's also a new Steam Badge to craft if you're crazy like that! What are you waiting for, AHH!
Major League Gaming is on the rise, and they're looking to capitalize on that momentum by expanding the scope of their online coverage. MLG recently noted that "Online Engagement" of their broadcasts had increased to an average of 169 minutes per viewer, from a previous 150 minutes at their Winter Championship. The organization feels the time is now right to make a huge push to establish their eSports broadcasts as mainstream pastime.
Do you like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, or anything else DC? How about MOBAs like League of Legends or Dota 2? If you’re into either, you should probably sign up for the Infinite Crisis closed beta. While the MOBA franchise has become highly saturated recently, with only a select few such as Smite not feeling like rip offs of either League of Legends or Dota, Infinite Crisis somehow still manages to feel fresh.
After a bitter back and forth, it seems the eSports event Evo 2013 has gotten the rights to broadcast Super Smash Bros. Melee, returning it to the competition's schedule. Previously, it had been reported that Nintendo of America had denied them permission to do so, and had therefore been cut from the official stream.
Finally, the wait is over! DotA2 is out of Beta and free to play. Although it comes with a few caveats, anyone can sign up now. For more detailed instructions, click on over to the "Beta is Over" page.