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Bethesda Explains How PVP Works In Fallout 76

Bethesda Explains How PVP Works In Fallout 76

During Bethesda’s E3 conference last week, the developer surprised fans with the gameplay reveal of their upcoming title Fallout 76. On top of the trailer, which showed off a game that looks very much like the Fallout fans have come to know and love, Bethesda also announced that it will be an always-online multiplayer game.  While players can still decide to play solo, the other characters fans will run into are human controlled.

Where There Are Gamers, There Are Griefers 

Many have expressed concern after the conference about the new direction the studio is taking for Fallout 76. The key issue is how other players will interact with each other in the open world of West Virginia. What if a hostile player decides to make another character their target and begins griefing them? The gaming publication, Gamespot, recently sat down with Bethesda’s Senior Vice President, Pete Hines, to discuss how the company is going to preemptively handle potential trolling issues.

“When you see a person in the world, they’re a real person, and now you have to figure out [what role they play]…maybe they’re being super helpful, maybe they’re wandering the world as a trader and just trading with people, maybe they’re being a bad guy and they’re part of a raider group,” Hines explained. “[We allow] for that sort of tension but with systems in place that keep it from being abusive. So you can’t be harassed by somebody who just keeps chasing you around the world and keeps killing you over and over again; the game literally doesn’t allow that to happen to you.” (https://bit.ly/2t1r0ES)

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Crawl out through the Fallout… With friends!

Death Isn’t All Doom and Gloom

He continued, “Death isn’t supposed to be a super negative thing. You don’t lose your progression, you don’t lose all your stuff, somebody can’t kill you and then take everything in your inventory [and then you have to] start over.” (https://bit.ly/2t1r0ES)

Hines also went on to discuss how the company is making sure PVP doesn’t become a toxic mess. “Think of PvP more like issuing a challenge to somebody as opposed to just, ‘no matter what I want to do to somebody, I can,'” he explained. “The game only lets that go so far before you can basically say, ‘I don’t want to participate in this challenge anymore.'” (https://bit.ly/2t1r0ES)

What Do People and a Deathclaw Have in Common?

Bethesda compared PVP in Fallout 76 to falling victim to a Deathclaw in one of the single player games. They explained that when a player dies, you can either decide to go take on the challenge again or move onto something else. This is how it should work with human players. They can’t keep coming after you just like a Deathclaw will stop chasing you if you manage to evade the creature for long enough.

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GIANT MUTANT SLOTH! Just one of the many new creatures wandering the wasteland.

While plenty of details are sure to follow this news in the following months, Bethesda assured fans that they will be constantly tweaking and supporting the game over its lifespan. Hopefully, dedicated players can’t find ways to circumvent Fallout 76’s troll blocks because we here at Gigamax are very excited to enjoy an uninterrupted journey through the wasteland.

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Devil May Cry 5 Launches in 2019

Devil May Cry 5 Launches in 2019

Devil May Cry 4 came out a decade ago and fans are finally getting a true sequel after 10 long years. Microsoft revealed during their E3 2018 press conference that Devil May Cry 5 will hit consoles and PC in spring of 2019. Along with the big reveal and release date announcement, the company offered fans a look into what the latest iteration of the series is all about.

As shown in the trailer above, Devil May Cry 5 plans on featuring more of the slick and stylish combat system rather than the hack and slash style that comes to mind when thinking about Devil May Cry. The director of the game, Hideaki Itsuno, walked on stage to speak about Capcom’s efforts to improve both the combat and controls of the beloved series. All of the game’s development is being handled internally at Capcom and as the trailer showed, Nero will be making his way back into the game with his trusty sword, Red Queen from Devil May Cry 4.

Get Ready To Be Impressed 

Capcom also stated that the studio is working around the clock to create world-class visuals that are sure to impress both long-time fans and newcomers alike. Itsuno also pointed out that Devil May Cry 5 is a true sequel to the last numbered game in the series and is the best action experience Capcom has developed yet.

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In a press release that came out after the press conference, Capcom revealed more details on the upcoming action game. “A brand-new entry in the legendary over-the-top action series comes to Xbox One in spring 2019, complete with its signature blend of high-octane stylized action and otherworldly and original characters the series is known for. Years have passed since the legions of hell have set foot in this world, but now a new demonic invasion has begun, and humanity’s last hope will rest in the hands of three lone demon hunters, each offering a radically different play style. United by fate and a thirst for vengeance, these demon hunters will have to face their demons if they hope to survive. The devil you know returns in the most over the top, technically advanced, utterly insane action experience of this generation.” (https://bit.ly/2sYj72R)

Be sure to keep checking back on GigamaxGames.com to stay up to date with all the biggest announcements from E3 2018. There was so much gaming news to break during this massive conference. What games are you most excited to play? Let the Gigamax crew know in the comments below!

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E3 2018: Top 5 Biggest Nintendo Direct Announcements

E3 2018 is receiving mixed reviews but there’s no denying there have been some incredible announcements and reveals. Nintendo was the last major gaming company to hold their press conference and they did it in the classic Nintendo style. Hosting a Nintendo Direct on June 12th, they stunned the gaming community with some massive gaming news.

These top 5 biggest announcements from the Nintendo Direct were both a cause of excitement and utter disbelief. After reviewing some of the best announcements from Nintendo’s press conference, be sure to jump to the bottom of the page for the even more Nintendo news from E3 2018.

Splatoon 2 The Octo Expansion Available Today!

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In a big surprise to every Splatoon 2 fan, Nintendo told the world the first paid expansion will be available today, Wednesday, June 13th. This news broke yesterday, a classic move by the world-renowned game company. The Octo Expansion is a new single-player adventure and includes over 80 new missions. Taking on the role of Agent 8, players will use this new character to fight their way through an underground facility to make it to the surface of Inkopolis. The Octo Expansion will cost $19.99 on the Nintendo eShop.

Fortnite Battle Royale Available on Switch

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Following speculation and leaks, Epic Games confirmed their monstrous smash hit, Fortnite, will immediately be available on the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo loves their last-minute announcements and Fortnite is no exception. Unfortunately, there was no mention of Nintendo-exclusive skins or content but it wouldn’t be a stretch to imagine a Link or Mario skin making it to the Nintendo version. Fortnite is a fantastic shooter for the hybrid console and having the option to go mobile is a perfect fit for this specific Battle Royale game. As of now, there is no cross-play with PS4 Fortnite players and PS4 gamers can’t even transfer over their progress.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Character Roster – Ridley Request Granted

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The wait is finally over and the latest Super Smash Bros. announcement was well worth it. Dubbed, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the game will include all the characters from the series’ history. That’s over 60 fighters people will have the chance to play. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is an entirely new game, not a port. They completely redesigned all the characters, even the classics like Metal Gear Solid’s Snake, to improve their look and the way they play. The Nintendo Direct even let fans know the highly requested, Ridley from Metroid, whom fans have been asking Nintendo to include for over a decade will make it to the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The game will be available on December 7th of this year.

Super Mario Party

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This fall, Nintendo fans will be able to play a brand new Mario Party on the Switch. Called, Super Mario Party, the E3 2018 Nintendo Direct presentation offered some impressive gameplay and additional details. Super Mario Party invites Switch players to get together with other Switch owners to play a kind of local multiplayer. This modern version of a LAN party gave Super Mario Party the ability to feature minigames that encourage secret collaboration between players, working together to take down the competition, unbeknownst to the other individuals using their own Switch console.  The world can expect to dive right into the newest addition to the Mario Party family on October 5th, 2018. 

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 DLC

Nintendo’s E3 2018 press conference revealed that the latest Xenoblade Chronicles 2 DLC will work off of a pair of previous updates the game received in March. Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna The Golden Country will be available to season pass holders late this summer. Gamers will have a chance to pick up a stand-alone retail package of the new storyline on September 21st. Season pass holders will be able to explore this legendary new adventure as early as September 14th.

Now for More from the E3 2018 Nintendo Direct!

Hollow Knight is now available on the Nintendo Switch.

Daemon Machina, a new mech-based action game, will release on the Nintendo Switch in 2019.

Fire Emblem: Three Horses, a brand-new Fire Emblem was announced during the Nintendo Direct.

The original arcade eSport, Killer Queen Black has been given new life and this multiplayer action/strategy platformer will be making its way to the Switch.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Donkey Kong Adventure is coming!

Fallout Shelter can be played on the Nintendo Switch right now!

Octopath Traveler, from Square Enix, is coming exclusively to the Nintendo Switch on July 13th. A demo will be available on the Nintendo eShop on June 14th.

Dragonball FighterZ is coming to the Switch this year!

Captain Toad Treasure Tracker will be available on July 13th.

And so much more! Stick around as the Gigamax Games crew continues to reflect back on all E3 2018 had to offer.

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Kingdom Hearts 3 Release Date Finally Set

Kingdom Hearts 3 Release Date Announced 

After over a decade of anticipation, Square Enix finally set a release date for the long-awaited game, Kingdom Hearts 3. This title will mark the conclusion to the main trilogy that follows the adventures of Sora, Donald, and Goofy through Disney themed worlds with a splash of Final Fantasy thrown in for good measure.

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The third game has big plans to expand the scope of the universe and prove that they still have what it takes to blend eastern and western characters. Kingdom Hearts 3 will release on both the Xbox One and PS4 on January 29th, 2019. Immediately following the announcement, Square Enix revealed a new trailer for the game during Microsoft’s E3 press conference.

The World is Stunned

Many were shocked at the sudden nature of this announcement, with the official Kingdom Hearts Twitter account revealing the release date with no build up or celebration on the first day of E3 2018. While fans of the series are aware that Kingdom Hearts 3 has been in development for years, series creator Tetsuya Nomura said at last year’s D23 event that the game’s release date was planned for 2018. During a fan event for the game in May, he had announced that a final release date for the game would be made public very soon.

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Fans can still expect to visit Disney themed worlds throughout their journey to save the universe from being consumed by darkness. Although, this time around Pixar is making their debut in the beloved series. As of now, Square Enix confirmed that Frozen, Tangled, Big Hero Six, Hercules, Toy Story, and Monsters Inc. levels are all present in Kingdom Hearts 3.

Keep Those Fingers Crossed

Hopefully, this will actually be the final release date for the game. With the amount of gameplay and details the developer has revealed, people have high hopes it will happy. Everyone at Gigamax Games is big fans of the Kingdom Hearts series and plenty of coverage for the game is on its way as the release date draws closer. So be sure to keep checking back at GigamaxGames.com!

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Surviving Mars Review – For Love of the Game

Review by, William Griston, For Love of the Game – Gigamax Games Contributor

Surviving Mars was created by the Bulgarian Haemimont Games and published by Paradox Interactive from Sweden. It was released on Windows, OS X, Linux, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on March 15, 2018. The game follows in the footsteps of Cities: Skylines (Another Paradox game) and SimCity (Maxis).

Not quite what I was expecting

After spending almost a hundred hours on the indie company Magruda Works’ Planetbase, another game that’s eerily similar to what Haemimont and Paradox have offered with Surviving Mars, to say I was excited for the game would be an understatement. I pre-ordered Surviving Mars, I never pre-order games anymore. I have been burned one too many times, this game was not any different. While Surviving Mars had originally piqued my interest because the game looked like it was Planetbase++, that is, Planetbase with more substance.

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What I got was a flashy game with very little substance. Which honestly should not have surprised me considering that it was published by Paradox, the kings of DLC. Paradox has a habit of releasing half-assed games and then making them better over time with DLC (See: Hearts of Iron IV, Crusader Kings II). Don’t get me wrong, I like Paradox games (I’ve played the shit out of both Hearts of Iron IV and Stellaris, as well as dabbling with the extremely complicated Crusader Kings II), I just I don’t like their business model.

Various Shades of Boring, with a side of Ho-Hum

Gameplay wise, you will spend a few hours collecting materials and then building windmills and solar panels so you can generate air and water and drop your first dome. After that, you call in your first batch of colonists which aren’t enough to staff all of your structures. Later on, when the games design to allows you to recruit more colonists it will automatically assign people to the jobs, but they are not assigned correctly. It assigns Engineers to the Farms, and Botanists to the hospital, and so on. This leads to a lot of tedious micromanagement with you attempting to track down individual colonists and telling them what building to work on.

For some inexplicable reason, the colonists sometimes ignore those commands and go back to the job they were working before, even though you’ve eliminated that shift which leads to even more tedious micromanagement. There honestly isn’t a lot to Surviving Mars. It’s basically SimCity/Cities: Skylines on Mars with a stricter ruleset. Graphically, the game isn’t really all that spectacular, either. Granted, the setting is Mars, which means that the terrain is various shades of red and brown.

Hot Garbage

In the end, I would honestly pick up Planetbase instead it is half the price of Surviving Mars. Even with the wonky AI in Planetbase, I had more fun within the first 3 hours than I did with the eight I put into Surviving Marts. I hate to trash on a game, but, Surviving Mars was a disappointment.

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Fallout 76: Taking Inventory of Vault 76

Fallout 76: Taking Inventory of Vault 76

Fallout fans all over the world were ecstatic to find out about Fallout 76, Bethesda’s upcoming online survival RPG. Taking a step away from their traditional single-player role-playing games they’re so well known for, Fallout 76 is going to be something entirely different. The renowned developer did mention that there will be more information at E3 2018. E3 is taking place on June 12th but this is what the world knows about the mysterious new Fallout game so far.

Fallout 76 Official Teaser Trailer

What We Know

Fallout 76 is expected to release on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. According to PCGamer, Amazon’s pre-order page leaked a possible release date, July 31st of this year. As of now, this still remains unconfirmed and Amazon’s current page lists the release date as December 31st, 2019. 

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Kotaku reported last Wednesday (5/30/18), a day after the official announcement was first made, that Fallout 76 will be a completely experimental new entry to the Fallout series. It is hinted that the new Fallout will have quests and a story, just like every other Bethesda Game Studios creation that came before. Base-building, similar to the mechanic that Fallout 4 uses, will also be included.

Players will take the part as a Vault Dweller in the new title. Emerging from Vault 76, the world will be much different than any of the previous games. The new game was named after lore that was mentioned in both Fallout 3 and Fallout 4, Vault 76. This vault was intended to be opened only 20 years after the nuclear war, which could lead to a much less “civilized” setting.

What’s Next?

There aren’t many more details floating around about Fallout 76. The good news for gamers is that Bethesda has plans to open up the curtain at E3 2018, which is only a few days away. With the incredible reception the announcement received, there’s no doubt that Bethesda will command a considerable amount of airtime.

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Stay up to date with all the latest news surrounding Fallout 76 and checking back on Gigamax Games. The crew will be watching E3 in its entirety and report all of the details Bethesda decides to share with the world.

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Capcom Announces Mega Man 11 and amiibo

Capcom Announces Mega Man 11 and amiibo

Mega Man fans will be excited to hear Mega Man 11 will be released on October 2nd, 2018. Capcom made the announcement on Tuesday, 5/29/18 that their new game will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC. Mega Man 11 will be the first Mega Man the world has seen since Capcom released Mega Man 10 back in 2010.

The impending release of Mega Man 11 wasn’t the only thing for gamers to get excited about. Capcom revealed to Japan a brand-new Mega Man amiibo. It will be included with the Collector’s Package in Japan but Western gamers will need to pick up Mega Man 11 amiibo Edition. The Western version also includes 4 stickers, a Dr. Wily logo patch, a “stage select” microfiber cloth, the game, and the amiibo.

Celebrating 30 Years of Mega Man

Gamers have been enjoying this classic character for 30 years and the developer is making it clear they’re not done yet. In the gameplay above, it’s obvious Capcom made some amazing improvements to this classic world. The easiest change to spot was their move away from the 8-bit art style. Mega Man and the enemies are much more “life-like” in this latest game. The new 3D graphics are stunning but the game still maintains the classic feel of the franchise. Mega Man 11 will feature, what seems to be, high-quality voice acting as well.

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Capcom isn’t just improving the look of their game, they’re adding some new systems as well. The trailer shows off the Double Gear system where players can use new abilities to slow time or make Mega Man stronger. However, there is a limit to the Double Gear system. Using it will cause the overheat bar to rise and if it reaches the top, players will have to wait before using Double Gear again.

Keep Your Eyes Open!

The Gigamax crew are big fans of the Mega Man series and will be keeping a close eye on any future announcements about the new release. For a little look at the previous Mega Man Capcom released in 2010, come take a look at playlist below.

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Epic Makes Big Announcement Concerning Competitive Fortnite

Epic Makes Big Announcement Concerning Competitive Fortnite

Epic Games recently showed off their latest plans regarding competitive Fortnite. The developer officially revealed that they will provide $100 million in various prize pools for the 2018-2019 season. They clarified this in a small blog post where they shared their thoughts on making competitive Fortnite along with the overall experience of playing and watching the game more inclusive.

“We’re getting behind competitive play in a big way, but our approach will be different,” Epic Games explained. “We plan to be more inclusive, and focused on the joy of playing and watching the game.” (https://bit.ly/2IwOWJM)

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More details on how the tournaments will be structured and the platforms they have planned will be revealed in the weeks ahead. (We will be sure to offer an update whenever the company shares what its plans are.)

That’s Big Money

According to the website E-Sports Earnings, the $100 million that Epic Games plans on dishing out more than doubles the $38 million in total prize money that Valve had given out for all of the Dota 2 tournaments that were held through 2017. Valve’s biggest Dota 2 event, The International, paid out what was once the biggest prize pool in gaming history with an astounding $25 million for the one event. To compare another ultra-popular game, Blizzard’s first Overwatch Tournament only has a prize pool of 3.5 million for its entire season.

Fortnite brings in almost $1 million a day from just the mobile version of the game and according to analysts, the PC and console version both make more money than that in a single day. The game may be free, but the industry is quickly embracing the trend of charging for cosmetics that have no impact on gameplay. Most developers see this as a fair revenue source that makes their game both competitive and profitable.

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Epic Games currently has a competitive Fortnite competition planned for E3 2018, where celebrities and players will play Duos together.

In other news, Fortnite just received another big update that finally added the long-awaited jetpack into the game. This is shortly after the game’s latest limited time mode, Solo Showdown, which was a competitive version of Fortnites’ famous solo mode. For more information on competitive Fortnite, be sure to keep checking back with GigamaxGames.com!

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Getting Battle Royale Mode

Black Ops 4 Getting Battle Royale Mode

After a multitude of teases and consistent leaks over the past couple of weeks, Activision finally revealed their latest addition to the Call of Duty series, Black Ops 4. Like the games that have come before it, Black Ops 4 will contain a variety of new and returning game modes such as Call of Duty’s hit zombie mode. This year’s installment to the series will feature Treyarch’s take on the Battle Royale genre.

Who’s Surprised?

Currently being called, Blackout, the new mode will have players battling until there is only one left standing much like the popular games PUBG and Fortnite. Blackout sets itself apart from the aforementioned titles by relying heavily on the previous Black Ops titles. Treyarch already stated that it wants to make a Battle Royale mode in their own way and to achieve that, they added elements from the entire series into the mode.

According to the developer, the map that players will drop into is the biggest one the company has ever made and will incorporate locations from previous Black Ops games. Players will also be able to use weapons and items from every entry of the series, including the infamous RC Car. Another new twist that Treyarch is including is land, air, and sea vehicles that will randomly spawn around the map. Finally, players will be able to take control of famous names from the series like Reznov, Hudson, and Mason.

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The Reveal Continues

Activision also dropped a bunch of other details about Call of Duties: Black Ops 4 during today’s special reveal event. On top of Blackout, the developer discussed the brand new zombies campaign at length. The mode places a stronger emphasis on mystery and is set across three maps. The company mentioned that Black Ops 4 won’t have a traditional single player campaign, instead, the game will have solo missions that focus on each of its Specialist characters.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will launch on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on October 12th, which is a month earlier than the series typically releases. PC players will need to have a Battle.net account in order to buy the game as it is being exclusively sold through the service. A beta is going to be held for the game but Activision has yet to set a date for the test. Pre-ordering Black Ops 4 will gives gamers a chance to take part in the highly anticipated beta-test.

Be sure to stop by Gigamax Games in October for gameplay as the crew will surely be picking this game up if nothing else out of curiosity.

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NFHS Partners with PlayVS to Create High-School Level eSports Programs

The National Federation of State High School Associations and the eSports company, PlayVS are teaming up to create eSports programs for the association’s 19,000 partnered schools. This news is followed by a joint announcement from the two companies last Thursday (April 26th).

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NFHS Partners with PlayVS to Create High-School Level eSports Programs

The NFHS will begin working with its member high-schools to bring eSports tournaments hosted by PlayVS at the beginning of October. School districts interested in joining the program will need to pay a $16 monthly membership fee as well as provide computers and internet infrastructure necessary for participating in the event. The CEO of NFHS, Mark Koski, said that they’re projecting 18 to 19 states to take part in the 2018-19 season.

“There are states that are ‘show me’ states that will want to see something happen over the next year or two,” Koski said, “and as things are successful, the goal will be to have all 51 in the long run.” (https://es.pn/2JZrceo)

PlayVS competitions will run in two separate seasons during the districts school year. The first season will run from the beginning of October through January, with the second period of time running from February to May. The individual tournaments will all feed into playoff bracket,s eventually leading to a State Championship.

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Gaming All Summer Long

The startup company also plans on running summer tournaments for students not in school, but these competitions will not be weighed in the State Championship Race. The companies also haven’t set a name for these competitions yet but the CEO of PlayVS, Delane Parnell explained its participant’s ages are still being considered.

“We focus less on game and more on genre,” Parnell said. “First off, we’re doing no shooting games: no third-person, not first-person shooting, no battle royale, as much as that sucks, because the contents of the games are not friendly in a high school environment. We’re sensitive to all of the issues around violence in schools, and we do not want to promote that for the foreseeable future. We are very much focused on multiplayer online battle arenas, fighting and sports. We think those genres work, and there will be other genres we expand to as new genres grow within eSports. Our entire system is designed to be plug-and-play, so as new games come out, we can plug that game in.” (https://es.pn/2JZrceo)

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What Comes Next?

The league could also turn into a feeder program as well. About 65 colleges across the United States have expanded to offer scholarship sponsored eSports programs. Another consideration is that various game developers like Riot Games, Blizzard, and various other companies have hosted their own college level tournaments for their collection of competitive games.

This league sounds like an amazing opportunity for students that want to pursue a career in gaming or just want to leverage their passion and talent for something productive and constructive. Hopefully, this becomes a country wide tournament that helps remove some of the stigma surrounding the gaming industry. For more information regarding the upcoming NFHS high-school eSports league,, you can visit their website. 

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