Friday, March 27, 2015
03/27/2015 - Call of Duty Championship Starts Today in Los Angeles
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WORLD’S TOP CALL
OF DUTY TEAMS CONVERGE TODAY IN LOS ANGELES TO KICK-OFF THIRD ANNUAL CALL OF DUTY CHAMPIONSHIP, PRESENTED BY XBOX
32 Professional Teams From Around the Globe Compete for $1 Million
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
The Call of Duty Championship, presented by Xbox,
Will be Livestreamed
Worldwide on Xbox Live, CallofDuty.com and MLG.tv
Final Match Livestream Starts Sunday, 29th March at 9:00 p.m. (GMT)
Professional Football Players
Golden Tate and Demaryius Thomas Lead All-Star Teams in
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Celebrity Pro Am Exhibition
for Call of Duty Endowment
London, UK – 27th March, 2015 – It’s time to determine
who’s the best Call of Duty® team in the world with the start of the third annual Call of Duty®
Championship, presented by Xbox, the biggest eSports first person action tournament of the year. Beginning
today through Sunday, in Los Angeles, Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard (Nasdaq:
ATVI) and development studio Sledgehammer Games, in partnership with Xbox, welcome
32 of the most accomplished Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare multiplayer professional teams from around the world
to compete head-to-head on Xbox One, the all-in one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, for the honour of being
named the “Call of Duty World Champions” and their share of the tournament’s $1 million total prize
Fans can tune-in to every thrilling, adrenaline-pumping moment through livestreamed coverage on Xbox
Live, CallofDuty.com and at MLG.tv, as well as select editorial partners worldwide. Culminating on Sunday,
29th March, the tournament’s final match livestream starts at 9:00 p.m. (GMT) on the Xbox Live Dashboard
(in participating regions).
Fans tuning into the Call of Duty Championship, presented by Xbox livestream
on Sunday will also see the world premiere of live gameplay from the upcoming Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Ascendance
DLC pack and a new trailer for Infected, the next episode of Exo Zombies. Ascendance
is the definitive DLC package, with its four new, thrilling multiplayer maps, the formidable OHM directed energy light machine
gun/shotgun hybrid, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, the all-new Exo Grapple ability playlist that introduces the Exo Grapple
ability to multiplayer and Infected, the latest instalment of Exo Zombies. Ascendance
will be available first on Xbox Live on 31st March.
“We have an amazing Call of
Duty community. From those who like to just have fun playing with their friends, to those who like to compete at the
highest level at the Call of Duty Championship. It’s a testament to our development teams that they can create
an experience, which is so fun for everyone to play and watch,” said Rob Kostich, senior vice president, Call of Duty,
Activision Publishing, Inc. “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare takes centre stage this weekend, as the top players
from around the globe showcase their incredible skill. The best four-player teams are here to compete head-to-head in
intense objective-based game modes all weekend long and we can’t wait to see all the action and see who takes it
These 32 teams from 5 continents and 11 countries around the world have trained extensively over the
past several months playing Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, winning their respective regional competitions in qualifying
events conducted by the professional competitive gaming organisations of Major League Gaming (MLG), Gfinity and the Australian
Cyber League (ACL). Teams like Exile5.T1 Dotters from Australia, European Champions, Epsilon eSports from the UK and SSOF
Gaming from Brazil, will compete against such notable teams from North America as Optic Gaming, Team EnVy and Team Kaliber.
The Call of Duty Championship, presented by Xbox, begins with round-robin style pool play
among eight groups of four teams. The top two teams from each group will advance to a 16-team double elimination bracket,
where the team that places first will take home $400,000 of the tournament’s $1 million dollar total prize pool. The
remaining seven teams will each take home prizes ranging from $200,000 for second place to $25,000 for eighth place. Further
details on the 2015 Call of Duty Championship, presented by Xbox, including full rules and regulations,
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare maps and modes for the tournament, livestream information, prizing
distribution and more are available at https://CallofDuty.com/esports.
In addition to the hotly-anticipated tournament competition,
professional NFL players Golden Tate and Demaryius Thomas will each lead a team made up of a professional eSports player,
an internet personality and a fan picked right from the audience, in an exhibition grudge match for the Call of Duty™
Endowment. The teams will go head-to-head playing new maps from the upcoming Ascendance DLC pack. The winning
team will have a $100,000 donation made in their name to the Endowment and its continued effort in helping veterans return
to the workforce.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is available for Xbox One, the all-in-one
games and entertainment system from Microsoft and the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and is rated
PEGI 18. For more information, please visit www.CallofDuty.com/advancedwarfare , www.facebook.com/CallofDuty , or follow on Twitter @SHGames.
About Major League Gaming (MLG)
is the leader in eSports delivering premium gaming content to viewers through its streaming platform - MLG.tv and promoting
eSports globally through premier competition. MLG.tv is one of the fastest growing broadcast networks worldwide reaching 20
million highly-engaged fans each month via web, mobile, connected TVs, gaming consoles and social media. MLG pioneered the
eSports industry as the longest-running competitive gaming league in North America and through Gamebattles, the largest
cross platform online gaming tournament system with 9 million registered users. For more information: www.mlg.tv .
gamers with the backing of successful investors, Gfinity was created to help push eSports within the UK to a professional
level, to raise awareness and to provide an arena for gamers to showcase their talent. Gfinity was launched as a company in
early 2013 and plans were immediately set in motion to deliver events unlike any that had been seen in European eSports before
it. For more information on Gfinity, please visit http://www.gfinity.net /, and follow us on Twitter for the latest updates.
Australian Cyber League
The Australian Cyber League (ACL) established Australia’s first and only national
circuit for gaming. Founded in 2006, ACL operates the most prestigious live gaming events for competitive titles across both
console and PC platforms. Known for top quality production, ACL has been pioneering the broadcast practices of eSports
in Australia, delivering engaging livestreamed content from events into the homes of gaming fans.
Activision Publishing, Inc.
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Publishing, Inc. is a
leading global producer and publisher of interactive entertainment. Activision maintains operations throughout the world.
More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company's website, www.activision.com or by following @Activision.
About the Call of Duty
The Call of Duty Endowment is a non-profit, public benefit corporation conceived by Bobby Kotick,
CEO of Activision Blizzard. The Endowment supports organizations that provide job placement services to veterans. Since its
founding, the Endowment has donated over $11 million to place more than 9,000 veterans into good jobs. For more information
about the Call of Duty Endowment, please visit www.callofdutyendowment.org .
Submitted by: E. Thomas
Thursday, March 26, 2015
03/26/2015 - Faction Creation Tool added to Galactic Civilizations III Beta
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planetary invasion, absurdly large map sizes and more flesh out Stardock’s space-based 4X strategy game
Design the Race of Your Dreams in Galactic Civilizations III Beta
Plymouth, MI – March 26, 2015 – Today marks the launch of Galactic Civilizations
III Beta 5, adding much-requested features to Stardock’s epic sci-fi 4X. Custom faction creation allows players
to choose from dozens of abilities, technology focuses, and starship styles. The Thalan Contingency and Iconian Refuge have
joined the struggle for galactic dominance, bringing the roster of pre-made races up to full strength at eight factions. The
new planetary invasion system puts tactics from orbital bombardment to tectonic destabilization in players’ hands. Many
more features, from a new 3D diplomacy overview to the largest Excessive and Insane map sizes (you’ve been warned),
are also available with today’s Beta 5 update.
Galactic Civilizations III is the next installment
in one of the highest-rated strategy series of all time, created by the original developers at Stardock. Players expand their
space empires across galaxies that range up to enormous maps only possible thanks to Galactic Civilizations III's
64-bit engine. Unique tech trees for each of the game's eight races and multiple victory conditions give a huge number of
ways to play – not even counting custom races, ships, maps, and franchise-first online multiplayer.
Civilizations III Beta 5 carries through on Stardock’s promise to let players enjoy the game in whatever manner
they see fit. New Game Pacing and Research Rate sliders can alter the progression of a game, minor factions offer new opportunities
for friendship or conquest, Trade Resources are valuable in their own right as well as excellent diplomatic trade chips, and
support for modding has been dramatically extended.
Galactic Civilizations III Beta 5 is available now
via Steam Early Access. The full game is scheduled to release in May 2015. To learn more, please visit http://www.galciv3.com or view the development team's weekly livestream, Fridays at 3pm Eastern,
For more information about Stardock, please go to http://www.stardock.com .
Submitted by: E. Thomas
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
03/25/2015 - InnoGames Launches Forge of Empires on Android
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In addition to iOS and browser, the
successful strategy title is now also available on Google’s mobile OS
InnoGames Launches Android App for Forge of Empires
Hamburg, March 25, 2015. Today, InnoGames published the highly anticipated Android app for the hugely successful online game Forge of Empires. From now on, players can expand their territories, not only in browser
and on iOS, but also on Android devices. They will not have to start from scratch as the app offers full cross-platform functionality:
players can use the same account on all platforms and switch back and forth.
A new video with Lead Mobile Developer Tobias Hassenkloever introduces the Android app.
It supports all devices with Android Version 4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and up - on both smartphones and tablets. All of
Forge of Empires’ events and eras will be playable with the Android app.
Forge of Empires is a browser-based strategy game in which players are tasked with leading a city to prosperity.
They can research new technologies, build impressive historical buildings and enlarge their sphere of influence through military
campaigns and skillful dealing. The game has been awarded the title of “Best Browser Game” at the 2013 German
Computer Game Award (Deutscher Computerspielpreis). In 2014 it was one of the top five new strategy titles for iOS. Forge
of Empires is playable in 23 languages and currently has 25 million players around the globe.
With about 150 million registered players, InnoGames is one of the world's leading developers and providers of online
games. Currently, the Hamburg-based company employs over 350 professionals from 30 nations. InnoGames has scored major success
with games such as Tribal Wars, Grepolis and Forge of Empires.
Submitted by: E. Thomas
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
03/24/2015 - Pre-Order NIGHTS Into Dreams Statue from First 4 Figures
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First 4 Figures Press
Release: NiGHTS into Dreams Statue
24th 2015 - NiGHTS into Dreams
Hello from First 4 Figures!
Ever since we launched
the SEGA All-Stars collection in 2013, SEGA fans have had one question that they have been asking us over and over - "when
will you make a NiGHTS statue?". So today we're very pleased to finally unveil the mischievous Nightmaren of SEGA Saturn
fame as our latest addition.
NiGHTS is best recognised perched in front of a glowing crescent moon, so that's the
image we decided to capture for our statue. The base has a starry sky pattern, and NiGHTS is hovering above with a moon seamlessly
attached behind to create the full scene. Together the statue comes to 12.5" tall, and is made from high-quality polystone.
This is the Regular Edition, featuring everything mentioned above. It can be preordered here for $209.99, and is limited to 1,000 units.
The Exclusive Edition,
with ambient lighting inside the moon, can be ordered here for $234.99. It is limited to 500 units.
Both editions of
NiGHTS are set to be released in Q3 of 2015.
Be sure to follow our Facebook page, where we post regular updates and offer several sneak peeks and competitions
on a regular basis. And for more information, be sure to check our website or send us an email.
Thank-you for your continued support!
Monday, March 23, 2015
03/23/2015 - Retro Media Netowork Launches All New Read Retro Shop
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RETRO MEDIA NETWORK LAUNCHES
THE ALL-NEW READRETRO SHOP
and save with the “GORETRO” discount code until the end of March.
ORANGE COUNTY, CA
- RETRO Videogame Magazine's parent company, RETRO Media Network, today announced the launch of the all-new ReadRETRO Shop. Located online
at ShopReadRETRO.com, the streamlined and easy-to-use virtual storefront delivers instant access
to digital downloads for all RETRO Media Network products as well as providing the ability to order printed copies of publications
based on availability.
"We've listened to the fans and have delivered a simple, effective, and elegant solution
for downloading digital copies of our publications and ordering prints," said RETRO Media Network co-founder and RETRO
Videogame Magazine Editor-In-Chief Daniel Kayser. "Our primary focus is delivering the content that our readers crave
and this all-new virtual store provides a profound improvement to the end-user experience when compared to our previous offering."
At ShopReadRETRO.com, users can view detailed descriptions and previews of each product offering, purchase and download
digital publications with ease, order printed editions of RETRO Media Network products as available, and even browse RETRO's
collection of posters, shirts, and other merchandise for sale. Upcoming features include the migration of subscriptions to
the new storefront as well as the inclusion of gift cards, ongoing discounts, and more.
"In addition to our
flagship publication, RETRO Media Network is branching out to provide print and digital services to the gaming world that
will result in high-quality products that deliver insight into the design and development of today's hottest videogames."
said Kayser. "We will be announcing each of these product partnerships within our store's blog and offering them for
sale both there and around the web in conjunction with our product partners." Developers and retailers interested in
discussing RETRO Media Network's newly-launched products and services division can learn more at www.RETROMediaNetwork.com.
To celebrate the launch of the all-new ShopReadRETRO.com,
a limited-time discount of $5 off any purchase of $12 or more can be accessed by using the code "GORETRO" at checkout.
This includes the latest edition of RETRO Videogame Magazine, Issue #6, which delivers in-depth coverage of the rise, fall, and resurgence of the
About RETRO Videogame Magazine
After being successfully crowd-funded
via Kickstarter (1, 2), RETRO Videogame Magazine is quickly gaining notoriety within the landscape
of interactive entertainment.
Dedicated to delivering timely, entertaining, and informative features focused on
the biggest franchises and most memorable moments in interactive entertainment, the vision of RETRO Videogame Magazine is
to "Celebrate Gaming's Past, Present, and Future".
Each edition is jam-packed with 76 pages of content
written by industry icons and professional journalists that's designed to inform and entertain the global gaming masses. Beginning
with Year Two (Issue #7), each issue will focus on honoring a major gaming franchise within the launch window of its next
highly-anticipated release while using the franchise as a springboard to explore the genre it helped to create.
and purchase individual digital downloads or prints right now at ShopReadRETRO.com.
About RETRO Media Network
Network creates print and digital products designed to celebrate the videogame industry.
Founded in 2015 and fueled
by the desire to bring brands closer to their fans, we help small, medium, and large companies tell and sell their story in
an effort to increase community engagement and drive brand awareness. Our products provide additional revenue streams to fund
product development for smaller studios and increase profit margins via point-of-purchase sales at major retailers. Our flagship
products include the bi-monthly print/digital RETRO Videogame Magazine, our unique "Mini-Mags", and specialty publications
designed to meet a variety of needs.
For more information or to inquire about our products/services, please visit
by: E. Thomas