News from E3 2019 Part 2

In the previous article, we’ve talked mainly about Nintendo and CD Projekt Red’s announcements on E3 2019, and for good reason. Those two game companies have shown us that single player games still have a place in the online gaming time we live in today. Today, however, we’ll be covering the other games that have been announced on E3, most of which were a bit of a surprise for the fans.

Microsoft

E3 Minecraft Dungeons
Minecraft Dungeons

Microsoft has also made some pretty nice announcements this year. We got a release window for Halo Infinite for Xbox Project Scarlett, Gears 5 trailer, Blair Witch trailer with some gameplay, and Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga announcement for Xbox One and PC. However, something unexpected happened during Microsoft’s presentation. You may know that Microsoft owns Minecraft now. Well, they announced something called Minecraft Dungeons. That’s basically a Diablo 3 style isometric dungeon crawler game. From what we’ve seen during the presentation, the game looks amazing so far. It tries, and succeeds in keeping Minecraft’s graphics, but adds some cool looking effects and character stats. In addition, there’s a new version of Microsoft Flight Simulator for PC and Xbox.

Bethesda

Deathloop by Bethesda

We’ve come to expect great things from Bethesda these past few years. And this time, they haven’t disappointed either. Some of the titles they’ve announced look great so far. We were shown a trailer for Deathloop. If you ask me, the game kind of reminds of Bioshock Infinite, at least from the trailer. But still, it looks amazing and it seems like it will be very well paced for single player experience. Some of the other Bethesda titles shown are The Elder Scrolls: Blades, Fallout 76: Nuclear Winter, Ghostwire: Tokyo, Wolfenstein: Youngblood, Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot, and Commander Keen.

Ubisoft

Ubisoft’s For Honor

Ubisoft had a great presentation on E3, and the titles they have announced look great so far. However, it is still uncertain whether the games will look and feel like they did in trailers. We finally got The Division 2 we’ve been waiting for for so long. For Honor is coming to Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is getting a large update, and Watch Dogs Legion has had its gameplay shown.

Conclusion

All in all, we’ve had another great E3 this year. Lots of new titles and sequels and something new to look forward to for the next couple of years!

News from E3 2019 Part 1

If you’re an avid gamer like myself, you have probably watched the E3 live streams these past few days. And just like every year, we got to see a bunch of great games from different developers. E3 never ceases to amaze us with their new announcements and presentations. This year was no different, in fact, this year we got to see some of the best games ever, in my opinion. Well, without further ado, let’s jump right into it.

Nintendo

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Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2

As always, Nintendo came out with some great games on E3. Their presentations were the best we’ve seen this year, aside from Cyberpunk 2077, of course, but we’ll get to that. When we heard about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild a few years back, along with the Nintendo Switch release, the fans went absolutely wild. And this year was no exception. Nintendo has brought us a sequel to Breath of The Wild along with a new trailer.

We also got to see trailers for Luigi’s Mansion 3, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Super Mario Maker 2, and Astrail Chain. A couple of other games that were announced, but still remain without a trailer are The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield, Resident Evil 5, and Resident Evil 6.

Take-Two Interactive

Finally, we got to take a deeper look into Borderlands 3, a long awaited sequel for this absolutely amazing franchise.

Electronic Arts

Nothing brand new from EA this year, to be honest. I think that at this point nobody is expecting anything special from EA anymore, after the whole drama with the Battlefront last year. But nevertheless, we got to see Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Apex Legends Season 2, Battlefield 5: Chapter 4, The Sims 4 Island Living, FIFA 20, and Madden 20.

CD Projekt Red

Keanu Reeves in Cyberpunk 2077

Now, let’s get into the really good stuff. After The Witcher 3’s INSANE success in 2015, the fans have been patiently waiting for a new game by CD Projekt Red, and this year, we finally got to see more of it. Cyberpunk 2077 is looking amazing so far, with its neon-like cyberpunk style and insanely immersive gameplay. The trailer for Cyberpunk 2077 features the star of John Wick movie franchise, Keanu Reeves. The fans have gone insane since the trailer debut and most of us can’t wait for the game to come out! In addition to Cyberpunk 2077, we’re getting The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt complete edition.

Mixed Gaming University Event

Well, it was only a matter of time before we organized something like this. If you’ve attended our previous events at universities, be sure not to miss this one. The University Network Gaming Society is bringing PCs, consoles, handheld consoles at Your University.

So what exactly does “mixed gaming” mean?

We all like gaming, right? Be it old tabletop and board games or video games, there’s something for everyone. Even if you’re not a fan of video games I’m sure we’ll have something you’ll enjoy. We want this to be our biggest event so far, so buckle up. Organized at Your University, we are bringing all sorts of PCs, peripherals, consoles and handheld devices for everyone. We will have thousands of different games of different genres for you to try out. Think RPG, RTS, FPS, MMORPG, ARPG, and many many more. Our PCs are up to date with the newest hardware for the best possible experience. In addition, we want to put together all of our gaming machines in one huge room and have everyone interact with each other. You can play co-op games with your friends, compete in PVP games, organize tournaments by yourselves and such.

E3 Gaming Convention
E3 Gaming Convention

There will also be a separate “chill zone” with consoles and handheld gaming machines. We’re bringing XBOX One, XBOX 360, PlayStation 3 & 4, Nintendo Switch and more. From FPS games like Halo and Call of Duty, over sports games like FIFA, PES, and NBA, to RPGs like Legends of Zelda and Witcher 3, you’ll be sure to find something you enjoy. This will be a slightly smaller event in comparison to the main PC event, as we have fewer consoles. But worry not, this is also a 2-day event, so there’s enough time for everyone to experience everything we have in store for you! If you want, though, you can bring your own consoles and controllers, and join in whenever you want! Maybe someone can even help you with that level you’ve been stuck on for some time, you never know. In addition, we will be holding booths with cool gaming gear you can buy and bring home, including gaming consoles!

This is one-of-a-kind event and you really don’t want to miss it if you enjoy video games. Everyone is welcome, so bring your friends. We’re looking forward to seeing you there very soon and play some games together!

Street Fighter 5 University Tournament

I bet that at some point in your life, you sat down with your friends and played fighting games like Mortal Kombat, Tekken and such. Am I right? These games used to make my friends and I completely forget about what time it is. Oh just how many times we were late for school because we were playing Mortal Kombat. But today, we’ll be talking about Street Fighter. The University Network Gaming Society is proud to organize the Street Fighter 5 tournament at Your University.

If you’ve never played Street Fighter, here’s what it’s all about

Street Fighter is a franchise of fighting video games developed and published by Capcom. The first game was released all the way back in 1987, followed by five main games and numerous spin-offs and crossovers. I’ve no need to talk about fighting games, as you probably know what it is. On the off chance that you don’t, I’ll be brief. It’s a video game that pits two players against each other in an MMA-like combat style with the goal of defeating your opponent. In addition, players also have access to special abilities with high damage that can be used against their opponent.

Street Fighter 5 match
Street Fighter V

Street Fighter was one of the most popular eSports games. The tournaments and events were held constantly in the past. Recently the game popularity has unfortunately dwindled. However, tournaments are still held from time to time and the game lives on.

Details about our tournament

This time, we wanted to make a bigger tournament for more players. So we decided to have a total of 50 players, in 1 versus 1 brackets. Each match will consist of 3 games. Single elimination format, winner moves on. In other words, you lose one match, you’re out. Maps are selected randomly. However, the twist is that there is no time limit on games. The winner will receive exclusive Street Fighter gaming peripherals and gear, including a PC case. The two runner-ups will be rewarded with mousepads. In conclusion, start practicing if you want to win cool rewards!

To sign up for the tournament, email us at event@sotongamesoc.com. Please include your name and your gamer tag. We’re looking forward to seeing you there very soon!

Rocket League University Event

I mean, rocket-powered cars zooming around a soccer field trying to hit a giant ball towards the opponent’s goal. What’s not to like there? That game seems like a home-run when talking about wacky new video game ideas. Well, that’s exactly what Rocket League is. Today, the University Network Gaming Society is looking to organize an event and tournament around this game.

What is Rocket League anyways?

Well, it’s a vehicular soccer video game developed and published by Psyonix. The game was first released for Microsoft Windows and PS4 in 2015 and later in 2016 for XBOX, macOS, Linux, and Nintendo Switch. Usually described as “soccer, but with rocket-powered cars“, Rocket League is one of the most fun games I personally have ever played. The objective of this game is to kick the gigantic soccer ball towards the opponent’s goal area and score. There are a few game modes. The regular 1 versus 1, but also 2v2, 3v3 and 4v4. Across the soccer field, you can find speed boost orbs which fill up your “nitro” bar and allow you to use it and bump up your speed for a short period of time. Players’ cars also have the ability to jump up and fly around the field, kicking the ball mid-air, which to be honest, looks spectacular if done right.

Rocket League Wallpaper
Rocket League Wallpaper

With Rocket league becoming more and more popular, in March of 2016 Psyonix announced the first official Rocket League Championship Series. The finals took place in August of 2016 with a $55,000 prize pool. And soon after it’s release, Rocket League became an officially sponsored eSport, joining ESL. More than $1 million was made in revenues from the sales of in-game loot boxes and cosmetic items which allowed Psyonix to continue funding competitive events throughout the year.

Let’s talk about our tournament.

We’re organizing a tournament with 1 versus 1 and 2 versus 2 brackets. Each bracket will have 16 players (16 teams for 2v2 bracket with 32 players total). Each match will be played on a randomly selected map with single elimination and 3 games between each player/team. In other words, if you lose, you’re out. Rewards for the winners of each bracket will be announced at the event, but you can expect some cool gaming peripherals and gear, as well as in-game cosmetic items.

You can sign up for the tournament at event@sotongamesoc.com. The only requirement is for you to bring your own controller. Please be sure to include your and your teammate’s gamer tags. We’re looking forward to seeing you there, and best of luck!

Left 4 Dead University Co-op Event

Remember those times when you would play split-screen co-op (cooperative) video games on your TV? Games like Super Mario Kart, Goldeneye 007, Halo and many more. I bet all gamers remember those times fondly. Well, we won’t exactly be playing split screen games, but something similar. And that game is Left 4 Dead 2. The University Network Gaming Society is organizing a co-op event at Your University.

But first, let’s talk about this game and co-op games in general.

Left 4 Dead is a series of co-op FPS (first-person shooter), survival horror video games developed and published by Valve Corporation. Left 4 Dead takes place after a pandemic outbreak infection that transforms humans into zombies. In the United States, the Civil Emergency and Defense Agency (CEDA) creates safe zones with the aid of the military and evacuates as many people as possible. Some people, however, are immune to the infection, but they can carry and transfer the disease unintentionally. Four of these “carriers” are our main characters: Coach, Ellis, Nick, and Rochelle.

left 4 dead 2 wallpaper
Left 4 Dead 2 Wallpaper

Left 4 Dead 2 is a co-op game, meaning you play with 3 other players. Your goal in the game is to survive and complete each mission until the campaign ends. In other words, your goal is to survive. There is a huge arsenal of weapons for you to choose from. You have 3 weapon slots, main weapons (for assault rifles, shotguns and such), a secondary weapon (pistols with unlimited ammo) and the third slot is for throwables (grenades, Molotov cocktails, pipe bombs, etc). A health bar is used to track a character’s health points, which can be regenerated with health packs. If the player’s HP drops to zero, they are knocked down and have to be healed by a friendly player before the time runs out.

Details about our Left 4 Dead Event

We will have 4 sets of 4 PCs, so 16 in total. Each team of 4 players will be able to enjoy this game and try to finish the campaign. We thought it would be fun to reward the team that finishes the campaign in the least amount of time. But we’re not revealing the rewards until after the event ends. So keep practicing, we have something cool in store for you. There will also be a gaming booth where you’ll be able to buy cool gaming peripherals and gear.

You can sign up for the event at event@sotongamesoc.com. Be sure to include your name, and bring as many friends as you can, there’s no requirement for signing up like on our other tournaments. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Clash Royale University Tournament

Many people say that mobile gaming is the future. Do you agree with this? Personally, I just think that the more platforms we have for gaming, the better. One of the most popular mobile games is Clash Royale. And University Network Gaming Society is here to organize the tournament for this mobile game at Your University.

But let’s talk about Clash Royale and mobile gaming in general first. Mobile gaming started getting more and more popular following the release of smartphones. Our mobile devices started getting better and better, and along with the development of this technology, naturally, mobile game popularity rose. In other words, you were actually being able to play games on your phone. Even some tournaments were organized for these games, with pretty hefty cash rewards. For example, the prize money for Clash Royale league in 2018 was $1 million.

First look at Clash Royale
Clash Royale’s Early Days

Developed and published by Supercell, Clash Royale was released on March 2nd of 2016. It combines the elements of tower defense and collectible card games. The game pits two players in a 1 versus 1 scenario, with the objective to destroy the opponent’s King’s Tower. In addition, there are 2 Princess Towers you have to destroy before reaching King’s Tower. You do so by playing cards you have previously collected from chests you receive by winning matches. There’s a mana-like system for gaining resources. In other words, you use this “elixir” to play cards, and each card has it’s elixir cost.

Let’s talk about our Clash Royale tournament

Now that you know what the game is all about, be prepared to get completely hooked. There will be multiple brackets of 16 players. The format will be a standard 1 versus 1 single elimination, but with 3 matches. The map is randomly selected anyways, so we can not control that. The winner of each bracket will receive an exclusive phone mask for their phone plus some gems to spend in the in-game store. Runner-up receives only in-game currency and few chests.

To sign up for the tournament, email us at event@sotongamesoc.com and don’t forget to include your name and your gamer tag. There are no requirements for joining, except for having a smartphone. So everyone is welcome to participate. We’re looking forward to seeing you there very soon!

Warcraft III RTS Tournament & Event

Most of us have played, or at least heard of Blizzard Entertainment‘s Warcraft series, right? That’s the game the most popular MMORPG in the world, World of Warcraft, is based on. Today, the University Network Gaming Society is proud to announce the Warcraft III event at Your University.

Warcraft is a franchise of video games developed by Blizzard Entertainment. The series contains five core games:

  • Warcraft: Orcs & Humans, Tides of Darkness, Beyond the Dark Portal, Reign of Chaos and Frozen Throne
  • World of Warcraft
  • Hearthstone

The first game was released in 1994, followed by Warcraft II in 1995 and finally Warcraft III in 2002. The franchise was a huge hit, with Blizzard fans rushing to midnight releases of these games. In other words, Blizzard Entertainment had found its main franchise.

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Official Collector’s Edition

Warcraft’s lore

The Warcraft franchise takes place on fantasy planet of Azeroth (mostly). Split in several continents (Eastern Kingdoms, Kalimdor, Northrend, Pandaria, Broken Isles, Kul’Tiras and Zandalar). The main story of this franchise is the constant war between the two factions (Alliance and Horde) with the threat from the evil titan Sargeras and his Legion sprinkled on top. In other words, the lore is rich with different characters, events, and amazing stories. If you want to read more about the game’s lore, you can do so on WoWWiki, since we don’t have time to talk about all of it.

We’re here to talk about the RTS (Real-Time Strategy) tournament and event we’re organizing at Your University. In other words, we’ll be playing Warcraft III all day long. The main tournament format is 1 versus 1, with 16 players total. As always, single elimination bracket, but 3 matches total between players. Maps will be selected randomly from official Blizzard’s map pool. In addition, you’ll also be able to play free for all or 2 versus 2, 3 versus 3 and so on, but aside from the tournament. Winner of the 1 versus 1 tournament will receive exclusive gear from Blizzard’s online store, and the runner-up will be rewarded with some in-game goodies.

Requirements to join are:

  • You must have your own setup (mouse, keyboard, headset)
  • You must have your own PC or a laptop (or have the University provide one for you)
  • Battle.net account

We’re looking forward to seeing you there, and best of luck at the tournament! To sign up, please email us at event@sotongamesoc.com and include your first and last name as well as your gamer tag.

League of Legends University Event

We’ve already talked about MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) games in our previous post about the Dota 2 event we organized recently. But now, we’re talking about League of Legends and the event we’re putting together at Your University.

League of Legends (abbreviated LoL) is a MOBA game developed and published by Riot Games. The game follows a free-to-play model making revenue from microtransactions. In League of Legends, you play as an unseen “summoner” taking control for your “champion”. The objective of the game is the same as in every other MOBA game, level up your champion and destroy the enemy team’s “Nexus”, located at the opposing corner of the map. In addition, you earn gold by killing enemy champions and minions and use it to buy items and enhance your champion.

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2017 Summer European League of Legends tournament

League of Legends was well received upon its release in 2009 and has since gained a HUGE player base. By July of 2012, it was the most played PC game in North America and Europe. In January of 2014, over 67 million people played League of Legends per month. In terms of eSports as of June 2016, League of Legends has had over $29 million in prize money. The 2017 World Championship had 60 million unique viewers and a total prize pool of over $4 million.

Your University’s League of Legends event

University Network Gaming Society is proud to present our first LoL event and tournament. Following the basic Riot’s tournament format, there will be 16 teams in a standard 5 versus 5 format. The tournament is to be played on Summoner’s Rift map. The winner of each match goes forward, while the loser is out. In other words, it is a single elimination bracket. The winning team receives gaming peripherals as rewards, while the runner-up teams will receive Riot Points.

We’re also bringing gaming booths with PCs and consoles for you to try out other games and new releases. So tell your friends and come hang out with us and lets play some games!

To sign up for the League of Legends tournament email us at event@sotongamesoc.com. Don’t forget to include your name and your (and your teammates) gamer tags. We’re looking forward to seeing you there very soon!

Dota 2 University Event & Tournament

For quite some time, MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) games have been quite popular. Ever since League of Legends’ release, this genre has been one of the most played video game genres in the world. But Dota 2 is much much older than other games. And today, University Network Gaming Society is bringing Dota 2 event to Your University.

Dota 2 was developed and published by Valve Corporation as a sequel to Defense of the Ancients (DotA). DotA was a mod for Blizzard Entertainment‘s video game Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and its expansion pack Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. The objective of the game is for each team to destroy an opponent’s Ancient, a structure at the opposing corner of the map. Dota 2, as every MOBA game out there, works on the basis of hero selection. At the start of the game, each player selects a hero they would like to play based on the role assigned to them. Each hero has different unique abilities and different play styles. During the match, players collect Experience Points and items to raise their hero’s power and eventually defeat the opposing team. In addition, as Dota 2 is free-to-play, revenue is made from microtransactions, such as loot boxes and the Battle Pass system called Dota Plus.

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The International Grand Finals

Dota 2 Esports Scene & Our Event

Being one of the most popular MOBAs, Dota 2 naturally has a large Esports scene. At Gamescom in August of 2011, Valve invited sixteen accomplished Defense of the Ancient esports teams to compete at a tournament. Two years later, it became an event known as The International. As a result, 7 years later, in 2018, the prize pool for The International reached a whopping $25 million. Tournament’s prize pool is crowdfunded through sales of Dota 2 Battle Pass.

Now, let’s talk about our event. We will hold a tournament plus some extra stuff for you to enjoy. There will be only one format, 5 versus 5 on Valve’s official map. Sixteen teams bracket in single elimination. In addition, each team will have a randomly selected opponent. The winning team of this tournament will receive cool gaming peripherals. However, we have also prepared rewards for runner-up teams, so worry not, there’s enough for everyone!

Also, we’re bringing gaming booths with PCs and consoles for you to try out. There will also be stuff for you to buy and bring home.

To sign up for the tournament, please email us at event@sotongamesoc.com. Don’t forget to include your name and your (and your teammates) gamer tags. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!