Newly released battle royale title Apex Legends announced the other day that it had amassed 2.5 million players and hit 600,000 concurrent players within the first 24 hours of its release, but it doesn’t look like the game has hit its apex just yet. Respawn Entertainment has announced that as of yesterday, a mere three days after launch, over 10 million players have joined the fray, and the game’s concurrent player count has breached one million. Needless to say, the folks at Respawn are pretty chuffed with the game’s performance, especially considering that it was released with so little fanfare to drum up excitement. Vince Zampella, the studio’s CEO, gushed enthusiastically over the news, writing, “never in our wildest dreams could we have expected the outpouring of support and positivity we’ve seen. From all of us at Respawn, thank you for giving us and Apex Legends a chance,” and adding, “This is just the beginning! We have so much … [Read more...] about Apex Legends continues to grow, reaching 10 million players in 72 hours
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Secondary Market Once again last night I spent most of it running around with friends in Warframe. At the moment this seems to be the new hotness among the AggroChat podcast crew, and I guess in part I am going to ride the bubble as long as it lasts. I know like many games this one is likely to burst at some point, when either we enter the endgame grind…. or one of us tries to do something that the game doesn’t really allow for. However in the meantime I am enjoying my space ninja action, and spent most of last night leveling “stuff”. Another really important thing that I discovered yesterday was the trade market. Now Tam and Ashgar had both been talking about the deals that they had been getting in trades with players, and I never really spent much time thinking about it… that is until I realized that I was quickly becoming the only player without a prime frame. In many ways the prime frames are just flat … [Read more...] about Rhino Prime Incoming
Gaming Influences A few days ago one of my friends that works in the games industry was talking about a thing that had been circulating around his studio. The idea was for each of the folks to create a list of the fifteen games that most influenced them, or taunt them something new that games could do. While this is a really helpful exercise in the gaming industry I am sure, I figured it would also be pretty fun to do as a lifelong gamer and gaming blogger. The thing I was not realizing while going into it… was just how hard it would be to pair things down to a list of fifteen games. There are so many titles I wanted to include, but I had to come up with a hard rationale for each and every one on the list. So there will be titles that are conspicuously absent, and others that I have included that you wouldn’t think of. However the final list includes titles that I learned some lesson from along the way. Gauntlet (1985) I grew up … [Read more...] about 15 Gaming Influences
Earlier this week, GIbiz put out a piece on the Shanghai Dragons, the Overwatch League e-sports team representing China. In a letter to fans, the team appears to have inadvertently revealed that it’s grotesquely overworked; in bragging that the team has the “most intensive training scheme among all the teams,” the team manager admitted that the group trains 12 hours a day, six days a week. That’s 72 hours a week. As GIbiz points out, not only does this “seem to fly in the face of Blizzard’s goals for a sustainable league that supports its players,” it also doesn’t seem to actually be working, as the Dragons haven’t won a single game in 32 matchups. It’s almost as if hustle/crunch culture exhausts and drains people rather than beefs them up! Most of us are never going to be, or even aspire to be, professional e-sports gamers to the degree that someone will pay us thousands of dollars per year to train and play. But I bet most … [Read more...] about Leaderboard: How much time should you put in to become a great player in the typical MMO?
An Overwatch Pro player was suddenly suspended during a game recently, which has ignited a debate over false reporting. Felix “xQc” Lengyel was playing a competitive game when he was booted all of a sudden, before being informed he had been banned. This occurred during a game with his teammates, leaving them a man down during the rest of the match. The ban was accompanied by an email from a no-reply address from Blizzard on stream, stating his ban will last for 72 hours for “misuse of reporting system.” The message continued to state it refers to reporting fellow players to stop them from being able to play. image credit – Kotaku False reporting is pretty self-explanatory, meaning that you report a player without reason. A kind of witch hunt, if you will. The reporting feature is there for good reason, in order to help Blizzard moderate players who set out to ruin the game for others, be that by being abusive, spamming or ruining games intentionally. … [Read more...] about Overwatch Pro Player Banned Mid-game for False Reporting