Yoooo we are almost done with 2021, that’s crazy. Hope everyone is doing real good, last week you didn’t hear from me cuz I was having a thanksgiving break. Which ended up in hours of watching football, eating carbs, drinking with friends and having zero sex. But that’s ok, I’m fine with that. Anyways, gaming.
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💣 New Games & Trailers
ALIENS: FIRETEAM ELITE — Spotlight
FALL GUYS: SEASON 6 — Exclusive Look
MARVEL MMO — From the devs’ streets
XBOX GAME PASS — Coming Soon
HALO INFINITE — Full Release Date
🎞️ Gaming x Film in 2022
Still a month to go but I’m feeling the 2022 vibes already. Netflix has some true happiness saved for us gamers. Starting with Magic: The Gathering, Resident Evil, The Witcher and Cyberpunk: Edgerunners.
The people at CD Projekt RED (Cyberpunk dev.) delivered a game that was not ready. Since it was delayed, it ended up being forced and ultimately flamed by the community. However, they did create something beautiful and culturally impactful. They are currently working on fixing the game and reaching what was initially wanted. I believe that the only thing, marketing-wise, that will bring hype again is a Netflix show. Great move.
Extra bite - Halo Infinite: Forever We Fight
🏆 Esports Highlights
🚿 Shower Thoughts
Just realize that first-person characters never blink.
🕳️ Control is an Illusion
We can’t have nice things anymore. Hacking in gaming reached the point of deleting titles in weeks. Free to play became the norm of success and profit for games, but it opened a world of hacking that is fucking up everything out there. Especially shooting games. Halo came back and people loved it, two weeks later and hackers were all over the place.
This is a serious problem. Nowadays, a publisher that releases an unhackable but shitty game is more valuable than a great game. Wild.
It’s a weird situation too, because we do romanticize the act of hacking. We love movies, series and real world situations about hacking. But only as long as it doesn't touch us. The hacking heroes that bring us government secrets or the ones who give money to the people, these are not the ones hacking Halo, I’ll tell you that. These guys took a couple pages from the hacking heroes and used it to ramp up their egos on a gaming leaderboard. Done the law, done the snare.
🐦 Tweet of the Week
Web2 + Web3 in Gaming, by Jon Lai.
💵 Culture Currency
The athlete and gaming relationship has been there since the beginning. Everybody loves video games, the difference is that they have the money to spend on shit that is not necessarily aimed at “I want to make a return on this”. But nowadays, return is spread. An esports team most probably won’t be profitable, but the profit could show up in other areas of their lives because of being a culturally involved athlete. Latest examples?
On the other hand, existing orgs now are like “wait a second, let’s represent sports athletes, representing gaming”. Latest one? Complexity Stars.
🗺️ Aaaaand Fortnite did it Again
The second we saw the Travis Scott concert, we knew Fortnite was going for more of an online social experience other than a shooting game. They have such a great product in their hands I can’t believe it's true. They took their time testing events, releases and collabs, but social-only maps are now available on Fortnite. Day by day, Epic Games is becoming everyone’s competitor.
We lost Virgil Abloh this week. The perfect example of dedication to the craft. He leaves an everlasting influence on all of us.
🧑🌾 The Simulator
Guys, the Farming Simulator 22 sold 1.5M units during the first week. What’s going on? Am I about to become a farmer? It has more viewership than Battlefield 2042. Well, that’s not fair, a documentary about blind squirrels would have more views than Battleship. Anyways, the Farming Simulator is poppin’, we might have to check it out.
🤔 Well, Not Surprised
Remember the TSM tea from two weeks ago? Well… Leena left TSM, that’s probably why she was that comfortable talking about some internal shit + Bjergsen (TSM LoL coach and part-owner) left all TSM things behind and joined Team Liquid as a pro player… lol.
I know exactly what will happen here. In order to cover the gossip and bad press, TSM will once again raise millions of dollars from their investors to bring a new player who will stay there for two years max.
Rocket League x NFL GamePass
Radiohead x PS5
Fall Guys x Ghost of Tsushima
Riot’s Arcane x Magic: The Gathering
NIKE x ROBLOX ||| ADIDAS x SANDBOX
BY ADAM FITCH
Esports is for Gs
As we’ve already mentioned, former NFL pro Kenny Vaccaro has started his own organization in partnership with self-proclaimed gamers. With that in mind, did they do any cursory research of other orgs in esports? If so, they’d have found a little outfit called G2 Esports. They’d probably be aware of gaming content network G4, too, especially considering that’s recently been revived.
Maybe it’s on purpose. Perhaps G1 wants to be mistaken for a business that’s already established. Maybe, just maybe, the secret esports overlords want an army of companies that fit the ‘G#’ format. We already know that those in power like to think they’re Gs (gangsters, for those of you who aren’t hip like me) so maybe a disgraced biz owner will return to begin G3 in the near future. One thing’s for sure though, nobody is going to want to fuck with G6. Leave that bad boy alone.
I guess devs were not in the mood that day lol
Dec 4 / "The End" Fortnite Chapter 2 Final
Dec 1 - 3 / IndieGame Business
Dec 2 - 12 / IEM Winter
Dec 10 - 12 / PAX Unplugged
Dec 10 - 12 / C2E2 2021
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