ESPN Will Have Ninja on this issue cover

Being considered a “professional gamer” usually has a funny tone to it. But now with E-Sports on the rise that has been going away. Colleges are offering scholarships to play video games on their behalf, and people are even scouted to play in pro-leagues. With huge followings and fan base.

As stated before it has been an uphill battle to be taken a little serious. But one man has helped change the mind of the general public. That man is the fortnite super star Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, he did a stream with Drake a few months ago and that skyrocketed him to fame. After that he became the face of gaming and broke record after record for having so many people watch him.

With all this fame came tons of sponsorship like Redbull and even Samsung. With all these partnerships it has only helped him grow as a streamer/public figure. Almost everyone who plays fortnite knows the name Ninja and what he can do in the game.

This past tuesday (Sept 17) he had announced on twitter that he will be on the cover of ESPN. This is huge because he will be the first Pro Gamer to ever be on the cover of. It is important to add that ESPN does cover ESports but has never put anyone in the field on the cover. This issue will focus a little more on gaming, as well as an in depth story of what goes on behind the scenes as he streams. As well as what he plans to do in the future and his day to day life.

The magazine hits stores friday Sept. 21

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Dead Rising Studio Capcom Vancouver Shuts Down

Capcom is shutting down one of it’s biggest studios. That being the Vancouver one mainly known for Dead Rising. They were already facing troubles having to lay off a number of people this year and today Sept 18th 2018 they announced they would be closing the studio.

Capcom is saying that 158 people will be losing their job due to it closing. “A skeleton crew will remain until January 2019 to finalize closure operations and logistics”.

As previously stated the studio was mainly known for the Dead Rising franchise. A game that pinned you up against hordes of zombies, that allowed you to use literally everything as a weapon to defend yourself. Although the game was made in japan the sequels were made in Vancouver with a new one in the works.

In february the company had to lay off 30% of its staff. And Capcom had this to say “the team is continuing to work hard to support the recent release of Puzzle Fighter for mobile and is dedicated to its flagship Dead Rising series.”.

As for Dead Rising it’s still unknown what will happen to the game. The main studio did shut down but Capcom still has it. As for all the workers who had lost their jobs a good number of them are heading over to EA.

“We appreciate the hard work and contributions of all the studio team members in creating unforgettable gameplay experiences for the Dead Rising series and Puzzle Fighter,”. Said by a Capcom rep.

Cute Spider-Man Easter Egg Gone Wrong

If you own a PS4 or are in the slightest know of the gaming community, then you know all about the massive Spider-Man game by Insomniac. The game has been a massive hit in such the short time it’s been out. As with every great game people love to look behind every corner to find a nice juicy Easter Egg.

Per usual the gaming community found one. And it was someone asking his girlfriend to marry him. It was written on the marquee of a movie theatre. You may be thinking “how cute” but this story gets a little depressing.

It all started when a Youtuber/Twitch Streamer Tyler Schultz tweeted at some Spider-Man developers. He had ask them to put his proposal in the game and they actually responded to him and put it in the actual game!

Since the launch of the game the fans were loving the fact that Insomniac actually did it. Even sending love to Maddie the girl who was being asked to be married. But soon after the release of the game Schultz had went on and said things didn’t work out between them.

He even posted a video saying “the saddest Easter egg”-”Where do I start? I love this girl, we’ve been together for five years. I think the time is ready that I want to take that next step”. He went on to explain how they ended things. “My girlfriend dumped me to go out with my brother”-”This isn’t even the way she wanted to be proposed to, and left me”.

Although it does have a bit of a sad ending he has Schultz is happy that the game did put in it it. And hopes that this has maybe inspired other people to maybe do the same.

Microsoft will be officially publishing Playerunknown’s Battleground for Xbox

If you consider yourself a gamer I’m willing to say, that you’ve heard of the massive hit PlayersUnknown for the PC. This game has taken the internet by storm with 8 million copies sold since March! The indie shooter has been considered by many one of the best games to come out of 2017, with a growing player base.

 

If you haven’t heard or seen gameplay of it, it’s a simple game to understand. You can play with friends or go solo but you’re dropped off on a deserted island with 100 other players. The objective of the game is to be the last man or team standing while surviving a onslaught of the other players trying to kill you with weapons they’ve looted, or run you over with vehicles they’ve found. All while trying not to be murdered by your fellow players the map will close in forcing you to close in on other players, if you decide not to cooperate you’ll be killed by the game. In a nutshell that’s the game.

 

Since E3 Playersuknown or PUBG for short had made the announcement that it will be coming Xbox One as an exclusive, making a lot of gamers thrilled. As of right now PUBG has been solely on the PC and hasn’t been on any console.

 

The PlayerUnknown himself Brendan Greene has come out, and officially state that Microsoft Studios will be the official publisher for console So now his development team Korean Studio Bluehole have the full dispense of Microsoft at their use. So it’s no doubt that the game will strive to be better than ever now. So now with the full help of Microsoft it’s almost certain they will hit their expected release date of late 2017, and you can almost guarantee that it’ll be getting tripple A treatment since this is one of Microsoft’s biggest exclusives coming this fourth quarter. It’s still very unclear though if this will be coming out on playstation or not.

Google Buys Owlchemy Labs

Early today (May 10th) Google announced their purchase of Owlchemy Labs. For those of you who don’t know who they are, they’re the creators behind Job Simulator, and Rick and Morty:Virtual Rick-ality. They’ll be releasing a few VR games for a couple of different platforms. It’s also important to add that Google has bought a couple of other studios such as Tilt Brush, Skillman, & Hackett back in 2015. Other VR companies.

“We have a slate of original games that we have in production and prototyping phase, and we’re going to continue to do that” said by the co-found Alex Schwartz.

Schwartz then added“We’re very excited to continue to do that with the support of Google behind us”

Owlchemy is mostly known for developing games that mimic real hand movements. They try there best to give you a real immersive VR experience. And with a recent blog post it seems that they’re going to keep true to their roots.

Schwartz stated “Continuing to focus on hand interactions and high quality user experiences, like with Job Simulator.” -”Kind of our key factor”

This goes hand in hand with google current VR platform, Daydream which uses a remote that involves moment. Much like the Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive. The VR and AR(Augmented Reality) engineering director Relja Markovic has high hopes for his this purchase. Stating “ We have a pretty big vision”. Markovic then went on to say “Daydream’s a great production-I love daydream. But there will be many, many things that come after that.”

What he truly meant by that is anyone’s guess and could be interpreted any way. Even though Google is making all these big moves it has made some VR experiences for people who do not own Google headsets like Tilt Brush, and Google Earth. But with all the recent moves made by Google it seems to be that they are moving into making something bigger with their current Platform Daydream.

Schwartz and Markovic will still deal heavily the VR development community, sharing their knowledge and best practices. As well as potentially contributing to Google’s experimental Daydream Lab programs.

It’s important to note that Owlchemy didn’t start off as a VR studio at all. When they began back in 2011 they made indie games and they caught a lot of attention with their controversial game Smuggle Truck. But they decided to make VR games when Oculus released a VR kit, making Job Simulator that was available on all major VR platforms. The game did so good it passed $3million in sales at the start of 2017.

Women’s College Launches Varsity ESports League

Stephens College in Columbia Missouri is jumping into the wonderful world of Esports. Matter of fact they’ve just announced their Varsity Esports team, with full support with scholarships. According to ESPN the program will start in the Fall of 2017, and they’re going to be competing in OverWatch. According to the college they chose OverWatch specifically b/c of it’s strong female characters.

 

Similar projects like this have launched but with mixed genders colleges across the U.S. Even University of Utah became on of the forefront schools launching a League of Legends varsity Esports program. Other major schools seem to be jumping on board and joining this cause.

 

Since Stephen’s College is an all Female school, there Esports team will consists of nothing but women. Making it the very first all female Esports team. This has never happened in the history of Esports so expect a grand entrance for them. Even though gender segregation is not a problem in the ESL. A ESL player by the name of Stephen Harvey stated she’d love to play for them to be “stepping stone” towards a more diverse league. Many other famous female gamers agree with her and would love to play for them, to be remembered as the first all female team.

 

Stephens college Overwatch team is going to be a very organized thing. They will be recruiting only the best of the best, with a six women starting team. As well as a six women bench team that will be ready when needed for help. All the lucky contenders will receive partial scholarships for competing. So going to college to play video games doesn’t seem all that bad. All the women who compete will have all the same benefits as any student athlete would have.

 

So if you feel like you could compete in the big leagues try out, They’ll commence this summer.

Space Travel with NASA in VR

Oculus Rift has made headlines once again with it’s newest project. Mission ISS is the latest project that allows everyday people such as you and I to explore the international space station! It is currently free for all Oculus rift and Touch owners. It’s a detailed recreation of the space station where players  can do all sorts of things normal astronauts would do such as spacewalks, dock cargo capsules, even “perform mission-critical task”. It was even designed by NASA themselves and many other space agencies. They’ve put in all this effort to really give you the full astronaut experience. 

When Mission ISS was announced last year, one of the head developers of Oculus has said it’s almost the same simulation that NASA uses. With almost life like simulation it’s going to give the player a full immersion and taste of being in space. But it’s important to add that this isn’t the first time NASA has worked with virtual reality. They’ve played such a key role in making this all possible in the 1980’s through the 1990’s helping people capture breathtaking pictures. They’ve even helped make Mars 2030, which is very similar to Mission ISS. Which allows you to travel mars freely. All of this was made in hopes to educate people on space in a fun way.

Oculus is hoping to make space travel look more accessible for everybody. The release of this isn’t  too far off from them sending a headset to space. With partnership with French agency they want to send an astronaut to space. In hopes of “testing out a zero-gravity on humans spatial awareness and balance”.  As well at the same time not make it very nauseating. 

As of right now lots of people have plenty of questions. Oculus has seemed to be pretty secretive for the most part.