Epic Games has updated the payment system in Fortnite for iOS and Android — this has reduced the price of game currency

Epic Games has changed the payment system in Fortnite for iOS and Android users. The company introduced a new feature that allows you to make purchases directly from the developer, bypassing the Commission of Google and Apple.

Previously, Google Play and the App Store took 30% of microtransactions — for a thousand V-bucks, the user paid $9.99. According to the new system, the price will be $7.99. Epic Games also lowered the price of game currency — now it will cost 20% less. For PC users, changes will occur automatically, and smartphone owners need to select a new payment function in the settings to get a discount.

The new payment system is not yet operational in a number of countries, including Russia. Users in these regions will only be able to make purchases using Apple and Google.

Published new screenshots from the remake of Mafia — including the main characters of the game

Hangar 13 Studio showed new screenshots from Mafia: Definitive Edition. The footage captures the night and morning landscapes of Lost haven (the main location of the game), as well as the main characters, including don Salieri, Tommy Angelo, Paulie and Sam.

The last time the developers of the mafia remake published new screenshots from the game on August 6. Then they shared concept art of various scenes, including the mission at the airport. Hangar 13 also reiterated that it strives to preserve the atmosphere of the original and at the same time complement it with the latest technologies.

Mafia: Definitive Edition will be released on September 25, 2020. The title will be released on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Earlier, the head of development of the original game ridiculed the remake: he criticized the new gameplay solutions and the design of a number of characters.

In EGS started the distribution of the Total War Saga: Troy. It will only last 24 hours

The new part of the Total War series is now available for download in the Epic Games Store. For the first 24 hours, the game can be added to the library for free. After that, Total War Saga: Troy will cost ₽2,079. The first year after the release of the title will be an EGS exclusive.

Total War Saga: Troy combines the realistic approach of Rome: Total War with the more fantasy-like approach presented in Total War: Warhammer. An important place in the gameplay will be played by gods and monsters from ancient Greek mythology: for example, giants are represented by very large people, and centaurs are just riders on horses. The gods, if you disrespect them, can send natural disasters, but they do not participate in battles.

The average rating of the new product from game journalists is 75 points out of 100. Critics note the variety of mechanics of the factions represented in the game and the interesting management of cities. Among the disadvantages of the title are a small variety of units and the lack of bright changes in the long-established formula.

Fast & Furious Crossroads was released — the game has already been hacked

Fast & Furious Crossroads (“Fast And Furious: Intersections”) was released on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. According to the CrackWatch portal, the game’s anti-piracy protection was immediately hacked by the CODEX group.

The review aggregators Metacritic and OpenCritic do not yet have reviews from the mainstream press. In Steam at the time of publication of the material, the title has four reviews — all negative. Users complained about the low level of graphics and optimization, poor animation, bugs, inability to reassign keys, and problems in network functions.

Fast & Furious Crossroads was announced during the Game Awards 2019. The game was developed by Slightly Mad Studio, known for Project CARS and Need for Speed: Shift. The title is based on the movie franchise “fast and furious”, its plot involves movie characters, including the characters of VIN Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez.

Astralis conducted team building for the CS:GO team

Astralis CS players:GO participated in team building. Photos of the team’s various activities were posted on Instagram.

According to the club’s representatives, the purpose of such an event is to strengthen relations between the players. The team of Nikolai device Ridtz rode bicycles, sat around a campfire in nature, swam on the lake, solved puzzles and much more.

On July 31, Astralis announced that Lukas Bubzkji Andersen had replaced Jacob JUGI Hansen in the lineup. Then the team took a short break and then went to the Bootcamp. On August 7, Lukas gla1ve Rossander announced that he will return to the squad in the near future, but will miss ESL One Cologne 2020.

Winstrike Team signed the rainbow Six Siege roster

The Winstrike Team organization signed the rainbow Six Siege roster. It includes three former members of the 43rti mix Kirill SmashByAsh Belozerov, Stanislav Leri Akimov and Anatoly eXoduSS Martynov. This was announced by the club in the official group in Vkontakte.

Andrey m1loN Mironov and Alexander flaers0 Kroshkin also joined the roster. Anton VIKING Shevchenko became the team’s coach. The team will participate in the Challenger League, where they will play for one place in the European League. The start of the qualifying tournament is scheduled for September 2020.

According to the sports Director of Winstrike Team Andrey Kvasnevsky, long-term contracts have been signed with the players. He also said that the main goal of the organization is to get into the Pilot program (a program for dividing profits from the sale of personal skins in the game).

S4 played two thousand cards on the professional Dota 2 scene

S4 2012 2012 году. Team Team Empire, Copenhagen Wolves, Team Secret, Evil Geniuses, OG Alliance Alliance, International The International 2013.

Winstrike Team and Lil team will compete for the last slot in the closed qualification for OMEGA League.

Winstrike Team, MEMENAME, Euronics Gaming and ScaryFaceZ 2 0 will compete in the last chance bracket for a place in the closed qualifiers for OMEGA League Dota 2. the Matches will be held on July 31.

Previously, Khan, EXTREMUM, TEMPO and Cyberium Seed passed through the open qualification for teams from South-Eastern Europe to the next stage. It will take place on August 1-9.

According to the results of the closed qualifiers, the two strongest teams will get places in the Immortal division, the participants of which will draw $500 thousand, and the teams that took 3-4 places will get to the second division — Divine, the prize Fund of which will be $50 thousand. The main stage of the OMEGA League will be held from August 10 to September 5.

The total number of players in the Sims 4 has exceeded 30 million

In total, more than 30 million people have played the Sims 4 on all platforms over the past six years. Information about this appeared in the financial report of Electronic Arts.

As of January 2020, the number of players was 20 million. The publisher said that in the first quarter of fiscal year 2020, the Sims 4 set records for daily, weekly and monthly online play. In June, it became known that the title is played by more than 10 million people a month.

The Sims 4 life simulator was released in 2014. The average rating of the game on the aggregator Metacritic is 70 out of 100 from the press and 4.1 out of 10 from users. On June 18, the Sims 4 became available on Steam.

Horror and Halloween-Valve has opened the reception of works for the autumn Treasury

Valve has started accepting sets for the autumn Treasury in Dota 2. the Theme of the works should be autumn and Halloween, but artists can also offer other similar ideas in meaning and mood. All kits must be uploaded to Dota 2 Workshop marked Fall 2020 no later than September 24.

Valve also said that it plans to give artists more creative freedom and wants to add more items to the fall Treasury than usual. The developers of Dota 2 reminded that the authors of sets should avoid using any concepts related to human skulls, blood, and other elements of cruelty.

Previously, Halloween-themed sets appeared in the international 2020 Collector’s Cache, which was released on July 3. After its release, many users noticed that Valve removed the cross from the back of Pudge, which caused confusion among fans.

Media: New Call of Duty logo printed on Doritos packaging

On the packaging of Doritos chips found the logo Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War-netizens suggested that this name will be the next part of the franchise. An insider of the Gaming Revolution told about the leak on Twitter, a photo was sent to him by an anonymous source.

According to the images, users who buy Doritos chips will be able to activate the code and get a doubled experience in the new part of the shooter. In 2019, Activision held the same promotion for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare — products appeared on shelves a month before the game’s release. Doritos in the new packaging can not be purchased in the store yet.

Activision has not officially announced the name of the new part of the Call of Duty series and its release date. Journalists and insiders have already assumed that the next Call of Duty will be subtitled Black Ops Cold War. Players also found a hint of a new part of the franchise in Warzone.

Epic Games distributed $42 million to developers of projects on Unreal Engine 4

Epic Games told how it managed the funds that it promised to spend on budding game developers and on the Unreal Engine 4. over the year, more than 600 projects received support under the Epic MegaGrants program — in total, their authors were given more than $42 million.

On YouTube, the company presented some of the works of authors who have already received support. Epic Games will continue to Finance interesting projects. The program was also sponsored by AMD, which allocated 200 processors for AMD Ryzen 7 3800X desktop PCs.

Epic Games:
“The mission of Epic MegaGrants is to stimulate creativity, unlock potential, and remove barriers, allowing authors to create amazing things.”

Epic Games allocated $100 million in grants in 2019 at the GDC conference. Potential grant recipients must fall into one of five categories: game development, media and entertainment, entrepreneurship, education, and open source development.

Ghost of Tsushima was released

On the PlayStation 4 released a samurai action game in the open world of Ghost of Tsushima (“Ghost of Tsushima”). The standard edition in the PS Store can be purchased for ₽4.5 thousand, and the extended edition – for ₽5.1 thousand.

The events of Ghost of Tsushima unfold during the invasion of Japan by Mongol troops in the XIII century. The main character of the action was Jin Sakai-the nephew of the ruler of Tsushima island. To overcome opponents, he will gradually ” give up the way of the samurai and become a Ghost.”

The average rating of the action on the review aggregator is 83 points out of 100 from the press. Journalists praised the game for its gameplay and visual style, and criticized it for being secondary.

The developers of Valorant said that they do not plan to add the ability to select a map

The developers of Valorant conducted a weekly series of questions and answers. This time, the authors of the shooter told about the choice of cards for matchmaking, the spectator mode and the number of players of the maximum rank.
Riot Games:
“We really want to guarantee that the matchmaking matches will not only be equal in strength of participants, but also their search will take a reasonable time. Splitting matchmaking into separate pools of cards will reduce the number of players in the overall search. This will significantly slow down the search for a match, as well as increase the spread in the rating of its participants. With this in mind, we currently have no plans to add a map selection option.”

In addition, Riot Games employees said that they are working on a spectator mode for Valorant to make the shooter “an exciting and entertaining eSports discipline.” The authors also said that at the moment in each region from 20 to 150 users were able to reach the highest rank.

Earlier, an employee of Riot Games under the nickname Altombre reported that the Studio is considering options to strengthen Viper in Valorant. According to him, developers can change the hero in the next update, but so far it is only in the plans.

Xbox published a teaser for the July presentation of exclusives

Microsoft presented a teaser for the July presentation of Xbox exclusives. She depicted it as a Windows desktop Wallpaper, where some folder names are game names. The image was posted on Twitter.

Among the titles in the image, you can see Halo Infinite and Cyberpunk 2077. The other folder names don’t reveal the names of the games, but they hint at what users should expect at the presentation. For example, information about the Project xCloud cloud service and Smart Delivery, as well as announcements from internal Xbox studios.

The presentation of Xbox series x exclusives will take place on July 23 at 19: 00 Moscow time. Earlier, the network reported that the event will be attended by representatives of the Undead Labs Studio-they own the State of Decay series.

JAMES on meta in Dota 2: “I Want to see new heroes and a more active game»

Support Team Empire JAMA James Abdurashitov shared his opinion about meta in Dota 2. the eSports Player noted that he would like to see new heroes and a more aggressive style of play. Abdurashitov said this in an interview with the team portal.

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JAMA jAMES Abdurashitov:
“To be honest, we are tired of the same characters, as well as the fact that there is a more passive game. Farm is more valuable than the Ganges. I want to see new characters and a more active game, but at the same time there is a balance between farming and Ganges.”

JAMES also named his dream in eSports. He stated that he wants to win the series the International.

JAMA James Abdurashitov:
“My dream, like many players, is the same. This is, of course, to experience the feeling of winning LAN tournaments and lift Aegis of Champions over your head.”

Earlier, Abdurashitov told about the team’s participation in the BEYOND EPIC tournament for Europe and the CIS. Then he noted that the team wanted to get a new experience of playing at the shooting range-1 level and did not set a goal to win.

The developers of Microsoft Flight Simulator named the start date of the last stage of alpha testing

Asobo Studio announced that the final stage of alpha testing of Microsoft Flight Simulator will begin on July 9. After launching the last stage, the developers will prepare a closed beta. Information about this appeared on the official website of the Studio.

The exact date of the start of closed beta testing is unknown — it was promised to be called later. Previously, Asobo Studio planned to start this stage in mid-July, but now it is likely to be launched at the end of the month.

Microsoft Flight Simulator is in alpha testing since the end of 2019. The exact release date of the game developers have not yet announced. At the moment, it is known that it will be released before the end of 2020, but not before August.

RodjER: “When I was playing Virtus.pro, bootcamps were a very important part»

HellRaisers player Vladimir RodjER Nikoghosyan spoke about the 7.27 patch for Dota 2, and also shared his opinion about the current game form Virtus.pro. In an interview Gameinside.org he noted that his former team lacks a collective Bootcamp, and with the return of LAN tournaments, players will also be motivated.

According to RodjER, patch 7.27 introduced some nice changes for support. The esportsman believes that this update can also affect the placement of lines and return the 3-1-1 scheme to the meta.

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Vladimir RodjER Nikoghosyan:
“The same Tranquill Boots have become cheaper: nice. Smoke of Deceit has become cheaper, you can buy early to CD went. Tome of Knowledge has become cheaper: also nice. There are a lot of such small pleasures for saps. I also noticed that a lot of money is given for kills and streaks. Too much. <…>

Rather, it was done so that all sorts of heroes and saps who “split”,” skip “bundles and “space”, so that they gave less for them. Because it didn’t even make sense to kill them before. <…>

I believe that now triple lines will appear much more often. Again, the kill formula was changed. More experience is given. It is profitable now to kill three of one hero. So everything will be more active.”

RodjER is confident that with the return of LAN tournaments, Virtus.pro and other teams will be more motivated to train. The player suggested that this may be the reason for the decline of his former team.

Vladimir RodjER Nikoghosyan:
“There are only Solo and Noone left. Three other players joined them. I don’t know what kind of atmosphere they have in the team right now. Perhaps this is due to the loss of motivation due to the fact that the tournaments are online. They don’t give their best. Plus they don’t have bootcamps right now. When I was playing in Virtus.pro, boot camps were a very important part. We talked about DotA, thought different things together, “timberlines”. Perhaps they will play better when LAN tournaments and majors appear again.”

July 3 HellRaisers and Virtus.pro they met in the first round of the top bracket of Parimatch League Season 3. the Match ended with a score of 2: 1 in favor of Alexey Solo Berezin’s team.

Canadian CS:GO commentator accused of rape

Ex-girlfriend of a canadian CS commentator: Govindasama’s GO mohana launders told of a case where he had sex with her without her consent. According to Melanie, this happened in 2017 and caused her deep depression and psychological problems. The girl wrote about the incident on Twitter.
Melanie:
“One day I didn’t want to have sex because I wasn’t feeling very well. At first he agreed, but then later that day we were sitting on his black futon and he started hitting on me. I told him to his face that I didn’t want sex, and he said, “I don’t care. I want to do it right now.” His gaze was terrifying. He leaned over and held me while I cried and begged him to stop. I was lying on my back with my head hanging off the futon. I was crying, but I couldn’t do anything, I was numb and didn’t understand what was happening to me.

When he finished, he didn’t even know what he’d done to me. I tried to explain to him that this was wrong, but in response, he just suggested using the safe word next time. As if saying no and begging him to stop wasn’t enough for him. He felt absolutely no remorse.”

In the comments to the recording, the girl wrote that she has no evidence of what happened, except for correspondence with a close friend. She told him what had happened a few minutes after the incident. The conversation in the chat is dated 2017 and repeats the story she described.
Melanie:
“I understand that people are expressing doubts about what happened. Personally, I don’t feel like I have to prove anything to anyone. It will still be a “he said — I said” situation if there is no way to provide any evidence. I only have old correspondence with a close friend where I told him about what happened that day. I wrote to him a few minutes after the incident.”

Launders is a canadian commentator and CS:GO analyst. Worked on the BLAST series, StarSeries & i-League, EPICENTER, Esports Championship Series, cs_summit, DreamHack and other events. At the time of news publication, launders had no comment on the former girlfriend’s allegations.

The US army has become a partner of the American Call of Duty team

The American call of Duty Chicago Huntsmen and the US army have entered into a partnership agreement. The team announced this on Twitter. Details of the collaboration are unknown.

In December 2019, the military Department changed the budget allocation for 2020, abandoning television in favor of digital technologies. Two months later, the US Navy announced a partnership with DreamHack and ESL, and in March, it became known about the army’s collaboration with the organization Evil Geniuses. Another similar deal was reported in April — when the US national guard became a partner of the Complexity Limit Guild from World of Warcraft.

Chicago Huntsmen is an American club that was founded in September 2019. It is owned by NRG eSports. Since 2020, the team participates in the professional Call of Duty League, in which it became the champion of the second week of the competition in Atlanta. For the first place, the Chicago Huntsmen earned $50 thousand.

“We are interested in cooperation” – the organizers of BEYOND EPIC appealed to bloggers on YouTube

The management of Epic Esports Events turned to bloggers who publish highlights and other materials from the BEYOND EPIC Dota 2 tournament on their YouTube channels. According to the organizers, they are open to cooperation, but ask to fulfill certain conditions, which you can learn more about by email.

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Epic Esports Events:
“Dear YouTube bloggers! We know that many of you are fans of our EPIC tournaments. This is a small but extremely important message — for you.

We are interested in collaborating and sharing content — including within the framework of the BEYOND EPIC tournament. You can publish videos with our commentators ‘ voice-overs, match highlights, and other content on your channels if you meet simple conditions.

If you are interested in cooperation, please contact info@epicenter.gg specifying a link to your YouTube channel. We will tell you what you need to do to prevent your videos from getting strikes.

Let’s share a beautiful DotA!»

BEYOND EPIC for Europe and the CIS runs online from June 15 to 28. Teams play a prize pool of $200 thousand.

Detective quest from the authors of Life is Strange and Vampyr will be a temporary exclusive of EGS

Detective quest Twin Mirror from the creators of Life is Strange and Vampyr will be a temporary exclusive of the Epic Games Store. Dontnod Entertainment announced this in the game’s teaser announcement. The video was shown during the presentation of PC Gaming Show 2020.

According to the DSOGaming portal, the agreement allowed the Studio to implement all creative ideas, as well as not to split the game into different parts. Dontnod will release the full title immediately.

Twin Mirror is scheduled for release in 2020, but the exact release date is still unknown. The game will be available on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Earlier, Gematsu portal reported that Dontnod Entertainment has opened a Studio in Montreal, which will deal with the company’s new project.

Team Liquid will play FURIA Esports in the final of the North American DreamHack Masters Spring 2020

Team Liquid defeated 100 Thieves in the final match of the lower bracket DreamHack Masters Spring 2020 CS:GO for North America. The opponent of nick nitr0 Cannella’s line-up in the Grand final of the tournament will be FURIA Esports. The meeting will be held on June 14.

100 Thieves left the competition. The team took third place and earned $15 thousand. Cloud9, Gen.G, MIBR, Chaos and Evil Geniuses also finished earlier in the championship.

DreamHack Masters Spring 2020 for North America runs online from may 19 to June 14. Eight teams are raffling off $100,000.

In June, Blizzard banned 124,000 Chinese players in WoW-these were bots and cheaters

Blizzard reported on blocking accounts on Chinese servers of World of Warcraft. Since the beginning of June, the company has banned 124,204 accounts for violating the license agreement. The full list of nicknames of violators is published on the forum.

In the last week of may, the company also banned 211 thousand accounts. According to reports, most of the cheaters play World of Warcraft Classic. On the version of Battle for Azeroth, there were about 18 thousand violators at the end of may, and 10 thousand at the beginning of June.

Bots on Chinese servers WoW — one of the main problems of MMORPG, Classic users often complain about the abundance of unscrupulous players. We have already written about how gamers turned to Blizzard with a request to reduce the number of cheaters.