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Gamescom 2018 Major Announcements & Livestreams

Gamescom 2018 is celebrating its 10th year in operation. This massive video game conference is held in Koelnmesse, Cologne, Germany and 50 countries from all over the world take part in this incredible celebration. The event takes place from Sunday, August 21st - August 25th and brings together gamers, some of the most highly respected developers, and product supplies on Earth. Attendees will have a chance to experience some of the most highly anticipated video games and hardware.

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There isn’t going to be a massive list of major press conferences taking place at Gamescom 2018. The industry saw its fair share of announcements in June at E3 2018. Major press outlets will most likely be discussing major developments with publishers and developers in private. However, that doesn't mean the public is going to be left completely in the dark. 

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Blizzard Gamescom 2018: Wednesday - August 22nd

Today, August 22nd, Blizzard takes the main stage at 4:30am ET. They are showcasing new content for Overwatch, Island Expeditions in World of Warcraft, and Tychus Findlay Co-op Commander gameplay for StarCraft. To watch Blizzard at Gamescom 2018, take a look at the stream below.

Nvidia and Microsoft hosted more traditional press conferences at Gamescom 2018. Find all the details these companies announced in the livestreams below!

Major Nvidia Announcements and Livestream - August 20th

CEO Jen-Hsun Huang quickly put to rest rumors that were circulating about Nvidia's new line of GPUs. Kicking off Gamescom 2018, Nvidia released the specs of the new Turing-based GeForce GPUs, the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti and will be available on September 20th. The company also revealed the $500 RTX 2070 which tech lovers can pick up in October.

Non-Founders Editions will also be released by Nvidia. People can pick up the $1,000 GeForce RTX 2080Ti, $700 GeForce RTX 2080, and the $500 GeForce RTX 2070.

IGN was live at Gamescom 2018 covering the Nvidia press conference. Jump to 1:26:00 and catch it the very beginning.

Major Microsoft Announcements and Livestream - August 21st

PUBG 1.0 is finally ready for its debut on Xbox One and gamers can expect the massively popular battle royale game to transition out of early access on September 4th.

Three Battlefield V Xbox One bundles made an appearance as well. Players can pick up either the $300 One S version or $500 1TB Xbox One X bundle. The One S version includes the game, wireless controller and 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial. The One X bundle comes with the game, wireless controller, one-month EA Access pass, and a 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial.

Battlefield V Gold Rush special edition for Xbox One X was the true show stopper. $500 will get gamers the console with an exclusive gray-and-gold color scheme and matching controller, but that’s not all. Battlefield V Gold Rush special edition also comes with the Battlefield V Deluxe Edition, a download code for Battlefield 1943, a month of EA Access and Xbox Game Pass as well as a 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial.

Check out the full Inside Xbox: Gamescom 2018 Special below. The action starts at 35:00.

Everything Else Gamescom 2018

As stated at the beginning of this article, a large majority of the breaking video game news was released at E3 2018. Developers like Sony, Ubisoft, Activision, Bethesda, Nintendo, and EA are present at Gamescom 2018 but primarily either behind the scenes with the press or giving gamers a first look at their upcoming games.

Ubisoft's Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is releasing later this year but attendees can find it on the showroom floor.

Bethesda isn’t going to be showing off a playable version of Fallout 76 but will have Rage 2 on display.

Nintendo fans at Gamescom 2018 will be excited to hear that Super Mario Party will be available to try. Diablo III Eternal Collection and even more upcoming Nintendo Titles will be available at their stand, too.

The Full List of Gamescom 2018 Exhibitors

  • 1C Publishing EU
  • AimControllers
  • Amazon
  • Armatus
  • Atlangames
  • Bandai Namco
  • Boxelware GmbH
  • Chibi Akihabara
  • CyberLink
  • Cybershoes
  • Easy Payment Gateway
  • Electronic Arts
  • Exor Studios
  • getDigital
  • Hasbro Deutschland GmbH
  • Kalypso
  • Kujumi GmbH
  • Microsoft
  • Nintendo Perfect World
  • Playful People
  • RDGA Romanian Game Developers Association
  • Soedesco
  • Streamelements HQ
  • Team6 Game Studios BV
  • Trust Gaming
  • Ubisoft
  • Wootbox


My Hero Academia Game Gets Western Release Date

My Hero Academia Game Gets Western Release Date

Those that follow the very popular anime series My Hero Academia will surely be pleased to hear that the upcoming action title based on the show has a confirmed release date for the West. Although, Bandai Namco has yet to reveal many other details on the unique anime game that is set for this year. My Hero One Justice will be available for PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PC on October 26th, 2018. For a brief look at the game check out the release date reveal below.

The new trailer only shows a very quick look at gameplay but it certainly builds plenty of hype for fans of My Hero Academia. Bandai Namco described My Hero One Justice as an arena brawler where players can decide to take the hero or villain path on their mission for justice. Fans will be able to utilize the cast of heroes Quirks (superpowers) and call in two sidekicks to activate very powerful attacks that will use the environment to cause even more damage to the opponents. The game also includes vertical environments, as players are able to scale the sides of buildings and walls to get a better angle on enemies.

So Many Characters

My Hero One Justice will let fans of My Hero Academia choose between a ton of characters from the hit anime/manga. This includes Izuku Midoriya, Katsuki Bakugo, Tomura Shigaraki, All Might, and many other characters fans have grown to love (or hate). Each playable character also features an "Explosive Attack" that lets the hero use their Quirk in a big way. Pre-orders are not live for the game yet but will be up soon for interested buyers.

Those excited by the initial announcement feared that the game wouldn't make it to the West at all due to the last game based on the anime, My Hero Academia: Battle For All, only released for the 3DS in Japan back in 2016. For more information on My Hero One Justice be sure to check back at!



We Happy Few Will Release In Australia

We Happy Few Will Release In Australia

Australia has incredibly strict censorship laws, especially when it comes to video games. We Happy Few was the most recent video game to face the Australian Classification Board (ACB). This game was at risk of becoming unavailable to Australian audiences when it's released on August 10th, 2018. 

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The ACB released a statement last week announcing that they would reconsider their initial ruling of completely banning the game. News broke yesterday (7/3/18) that We Happy Few would receive an R18+ rating instead of being completely banned from the country. This all comes after their decision in May where the ACB said the game incentivized drug use. A made-up drug called “Joy” is a primary plot point in the game and that was considered to cross a line.

“A three-member panel of the Classification Review Board has unanimously determined that the computer game We Happy Few is classified R18+ (Restricted) with the consumer advice Fantasy violence and interactive drug use,” read the official statement from the Classification Review Board. 

History of Australia’s Video Game Censorship

Banning video games in Australia was a much more common occurrence before 2011. Before then, Australia could only rate video games up to MA15+ (similar to T in the United States). R18+ was reserved only for film, and video games with similar content would be completely banned from the country as the appropriate classification wasn’t available. In July and August of 2011, the Australian Attorneys-General finally opened up the R18+ rating for video games as well.

Some Games Banned In Australia Over The Past 10 Years

  • Dark Sector
  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number
  • MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death
  • NecroVisioN
  • Omega Labyrinth Z
  • Risen
  • Saints Row IV
  • State of Decay
  • Shellshock 2: Blood Trails
  • Silent Hill: Homecoming
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth
  • Syndicate
  • The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
  • Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni
  • GTA 5

A Close Call for We Happy Few

We Happy Few almost made it on this list above before the ACB came to their senses and awarded this video game an R18+ rating. Australia takes its censorship extremely seriously. There have been many games like the massively popular Left 4 Dead 2 that were initially banned from the country, but only after a highly edited version of the original game was it made available. 

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Since the R18+ rating began covering video games, Australian audiences have been granted access to some of the most popular titles on the global market. This was arguably the most important development in the Australian video game industry in the past 10 years. Especially now, as video games become more realistic, there's no telling which hits would have never made it to the massive island country. 

Gigamax Games played the alpha of We Happy Few before the substantial updates the game received over the past year. This interesting universe was a colorful world filled with mystery and imagination. Gamers in Australia would have missed out on a potentially incredible adventure if the R18+ rating still didn’t cover video games.

Watch Gameplay of We Happy Few Early In Its Development



Nintendo Switch Will Not Get Monster Hunter World

Nintendo Switch Will Not Get Monster Hunter World

Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate is hitting the Nintendo Switch later this summer on August 28th, but fans around the world want to know if the recently released Monster Hunter World will ever see life on the console. According to a recent Q&A posted on the website Siliconera, Capcom answered the question after their most recent shareholders' meeting.

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Unfortunately, they have responded with a hard no on the subject. Although many were disappointed by the news, Capcom stated their reasons for not taking on the project. Apparently Monster Hunter World is literally too large for the the console. The company quickly reassured fans by saying that other Monster Hunter games might be in the works for the portable library.

Not All Doom and Gloom for Monster Hunter Fans

Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate was the complete edition of the 3DS title Monster Hunter Generations. The title was mostly received well by critics and fans alike with many saying how pleased they were with the sheer amount of content that is in the game. Monster Hunter Generations added the Arts System, which was a new take on how hunters handled weaponry by adding special abilities to each tool.

Even though Monster Hunter World may not see a release on the Nintendo Switch, Capcom will continue their excellent support with additional in-game events, gear, quests, and monsters. The next event to hit the game, Summer Twilight Festival, will launch on July 13th for both PS4 and Xbox One and bring all new content for players to enjoy. PC owners can expect to see the game on their platform of choice this fall.

P.S.: We recently previewed the Japanese version of Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate on the Switch. Gameplay is available now on our Youtube Channel. Be sure to head on over and give us your thoughts on the game!



July 2018 Video Game Releases

July 2018 Video Game Releases

July is going to be an interesting month for video game releases. Remasters, new RPG’s, and some controversial games are making an appearance. With the recent conclusion of E3 2018, the world waits in anticipation for all the major blockbusters announced at the conference. However, sometimes all that coverage can cover up a hidden gem scheduled to release the month after the impressive event.

Don’t miss a thing with the July video game releases list below. The first 5 are the Gigamax Games July picks and the complete list is below the top 5.

Shining Resonance Refrain (PC, Switch, PS4, Xbox One) - July 10th

The upcoming Japanese RPG developed by Media.Vision and published by Sega was originally released on December 11th,  2014. Now, it’s coming back and this mystical adventure has another chance at life. Shining Resonance Refrain has an interesting and intricate backstory that has the potential to catch any fantasy game fans attention.

Earthfall (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - July 13th

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Gamers that enjoyed the cooperative shooter, Left 4 Dead might have a hard time turning down a chance to play Earthfall. A team of 4 are pitted against hordes of aliens. Earthfall wants to bring back gameplay style the massive hit Left 4 Dead perfected. The story focuses on the government failed attempt to fend off an alien horde that landed on Earth in a meteorite. Average citizens have to answer the call and stand up for humanity.

Octopath Traveler (Switch) - July 13th

Square Enix brings the world their new adventure RPG, Octopath Traveler to the Nintendo Switch. Eight travelers are on a quest to explore the world of Orsterra, each has their own unique story to tell. The game company stated that no DLC will be coming to Octopath Traveler because the studio explained they are releasing a complete game. This is a bold claim in the current video game market as DLC’s have become commonplace. The main questline is expected to take between 50-60 hours or 80-100 hours of content if gamers explore all the side quests and search for everything else the game has to offer.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (3DS, Switch) - July 13th

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Originally released on Wii U, those with a Nintendo Switch and the 3DS will have another chance to play Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. New miniature courses based on the smash hit Super Mario Odyssey are included in the new Switch and 3DS version as well. The puzzle game is based in a visually stunning world that is sure to shine on the Switch. The hybrid console version will even include a two-player mode.

No Man’s Sky (Xbox One) - July 24th

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Xbox fans will finally have a chance to try the highly controversial, No Man’s Sky. After its initial, massively criticised release, the team at Hello Games worked feverishly to address fans concerns and the Xbox One release has the potential to receive a much warmer welcome. Gamers know what to expect and along with all updates, Xbox One gamers have a lot more to do within the massive sandbox Hello Games created.

July 2018 Video Game Releases

Red Faction: Guerilla Remastered (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - July 3rd

Mushroom Wars 2 (Switch) - July 5th

Warhammer 40K Inquisitor - Martyr (PS4, Xbox One) - July 5th

MGXP Pro (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - July 10th

20XX (PS4, Switch, Xbox One) - July 10th / July 11th
Hotel Transylvania 3: Monsters Overboard (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) - July 13th

Sonic Mania Plus (Switch, PS4, Xbox One) - July 17th

Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) - July 24th

Train Sim World (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - July 24th

Sleep Tight (Switch, PC) - July 26th



Best Improvements Coming To Battlefield V

Best Improvements Coming To Battlefield V

Battlefield is back in a spectacular way. It’s been sixteen years since Battlefield 1942 revolutionized first-person shooters and now DICE wants to shake things up once again with Battlefield V. Set in World War II, Battlefield V brings with it brand new game modes, mechanics, and systems. These changes will excite and possibly even worry some longtime Battlefield fans.

This week, DICE released the official reveal trailer for Battlefield V. Besides being visually stunning, it offered some great insight into what fans can expect in October of this year. 

Free DLC But At What Cost?

DICE officially revealed that Battlefield V DLC's will be following a similar model to the way Overwatch handles theirs. Any and all DLC’s will be completely free for all players, no Premium Pass required. However, DICE will be relying on a steady stream of income from selling cosmetics that will not impact a players effectiveness in combat. The developer did make it clear that all the cosmetics will be able to be unlocked by playing the game as well.

New game modes - Multiplayer and Singleplayer

Eliminating paywalls isn’t the only way DICE plans on improving their latest Battlefield game. A new cooperative mode called ‘Combined Arms’ is being added. It was designed to bridge the gap between singleplayer and Battlefields in-depth multiplayer. This four-player co-op mode uses a mission generator that gives players the power to customize their experiences easily and can take place in a variety of different environments. If a mission gets out of hand, players will be forced to make a hard choice. They can either choose to keep everything they found up until that point, or push through and complete the mission which pays off in a big way.

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Operations, the new mode that made its first appearance in Battlefield 1 is returning as ‘Grand Operations”. Not only will the maps evolve throughout the game, the game modes will change throughout the duration of the battle as well.

DICE gave an example of how one of the Grand Operations will play out. Set in Rotterdam, the attacking forces will begin in an airplane and drop down behind enemy lines, tasked with taking out the Defenders long-range artillery cannons. Defenders, in AA cannons, will be targeting these troop-carrying planes. Day two is a classic Operation game mode but it’s now called Breakthrough. Day three, the map transformed into a battle-torn version of Rotterdam. This is where players can see the destruction bombing runs have left behind. If attackers are able to score a decisive victory, the battle will end on day three. The battle will progress to day four if the score is close and that will be the new Last Stand mode. Ammunition is low, vehicles are either far and few between or nonexistent. If a squad is wiped, they cannot respawn so cooperation, revives, and resupplies are essential.

New Mechanics

DICE wants to put more emphasis on squad cooperation. Players will only get a limited amount of ammo and grenades and players can’t regenerate back to full health after being shot. This will make medics and classes with ammo resupply gadgets absolutely vital. Gamers can also pick up ammo from downed enemies or regenerate health on a flag position. Resupplying at a flag point is only possible if one was constructed.

All of this could have a massive impact on the way snipers play the game. So before a sniper finds that perfect hiding spot far away from the front lines, they’ll need to either have a buddy there with supplies or go around and collect enough ammunition to hold them over. This could address those frustrating moments where it seems like there’s just no place to hide from an ace sniper in a well-fortified position.

Fortifications and Improvements To The Frostbite Engine

Speaking about fortified positions, every player will be capable of making fortifications. They will even be able to rebuild parts of broken down structures. This new mechanic isn’t just isolated to the inside of buildings, gamers can deploy sandbags out in the open, set up anti-tank obstacles, barbed wire, and even resupply centers near flag positions.

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The Frostbite Engine has been a staple of the battlefield games. Being able to destroy buildings and cover not only changes the landscape but it can also force the opposing team to change their strategy. However, in Battlefield V, DICE takes it even a step further. Now, the broken parts of buildings aren’t just rendered objects, they are actually the “real” pieces of the structure. If an artillery shell hits the outside of the building, debris will be launched inwards and vice-versa. Furthermore, pieces of a destroyed wall might even be hanging on by a thread, only to fall after a nearby explosion shakes the Earth.

Towing Weapons and Grenade Spam 

Coming to Battlefield V is the ability to move around those once stationary AA guns or the mighty .50 cal. Tanks can tow these tide-turning weapons around the combat zone, absolutely transforming how these weapons will be utilized. Repositioning these heavy-hitting weapons to where they will be most useful, either to defending important objectives or use them as a means of attack. Players can use the towed AA guns or .50 cals while attached to the tank. Tanks can fire the main gun as soldiers on the towed AA or .50 caliber guns launch a barrage of lead at the enemy. 

The issue with grenade spam is something DICE has been working to address for quite some time. Their response to this is letting players shoot grenades out of the air and if they react quick enough, throw grenades back.

Character Environment Interaction

The way characters interact and affect the environment has also been upgraded in a massive way. Not only have the graphics taken a massive step forward, the environment reacts to gamers being present in the landscape. Adding an incredible layer of realism, when players are wading or running through water, they will lift their legs higher. Soldiers can even slip when running on mud or rocks. Characters will also charge to cover will all their might, aggressively throwing and banging their bodies on the cover when running to the new position. High grass will respond to gamers movements, potentially giving away their position to the enemy.

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Character Customization

Character customization has become incredibly popular throughout the gaming community. DICE took a good hard look at Battlefield V and invested in the trend. Gamers can now customize their soldiers head to toe. Face paint, facial features, hair, pants, upper torso, and accessories are all in play. This new mechanic will give players a chance to truly make their soldier their own. Female soldiers can also be found around the battlefield. DICE announced they are always willing to sacrifice historical accuracy for fun and having the option to choose and customize their character to their liking always makes a game more enjoyable.

There are so many impressive improvements and changes coming to Battlefield V. The Gigamax crew are all huge fans of the series and cannot wait to get their hands on DICE’s next game. The new WWII is expected to release on October 19, 2018, but if this seems like an unbearable weight, there’s always some Battlefield 1 gameplay below.


MT Summit: College Pro Tour Competitor Interviews

MT Summit: College Pro Tour Competitor Interviews

Gamers of all kinds came together at the Cradle of Aviation in Long Island, New York to celebrate the College Pro Tour, hosted by Mid Tier Summit Gaming. Five tournaments, Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros 4, Street Fighter V, Super Smash Bros Melee, and Dragon Ball FigherZ, were taking place throughout the day and the action was non-stop. Gigamax Games was on location, speaking with competitors and the MT Summit crew to see what these tournaments mean to the gaming community and the individuals that put it all together.

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The first thing that becomes absolutely clear when walking around to the different tournament stations is that these competitors are extremely supportive of one another. No judgments and incredibly accepting, MT Summit Gaming did an amazing job creating an environment where gamers of all skill levels can thrive.

“It’s incredible actually,” said Vinny, who was competing in the Super Smash Bros 4 tournament. He went on to explain, “It feels like there’s a lot at stake even though it’s a smaller tournament.”

Big Prizes and Support

Gamers from all over the island couldn't wait for their chance to get a piece of the over $1000 in prize support, including a brand new Nintendo Switch. With such an amazing first prize, there was actually a lot at stake. However, even with the massive prize pool, the competition floor was still anything but cutthroat. Toxicity that is so often associated with the gaming community was nowhere to be found. A friendly atmosphere and gamers building other gamers up was the common theme of the event.

When speaking to SoulArts, the second place winner of the Super Smash Bros tournament, he stated, “The community has a lot of intertwined bonds” and after this weekend, that is evident.

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Even with all the good vibes throughout the tournament, people were still there to compete and have a good time.

Whan (Chibi Whan), who was competing in the Street Fighter V tournament is new to the competitive scene and was excited to find out about MT Summits latest event. “I’ve been waiting for a Street Fighter V tournament for like, ever.” He goes on to say, “[I’m] trying to get a little more competitive with this kind of thing - I know more than I did a couple months ago, but I still have a way to go.” It’s great to see those new to the competitive gaming scene get involved and with the atmosphere MT Summit created, it’s a perfect first step into eSports as a whole.

Gamers From Every Skill Level

Another gamer Gigamax Games had a chance to meet was Synchronaizah. It was his first time at an MT Summit tournament and he seemed excited. “I’m ready for it,” he said. After hearing about how close MT Summits College Pro Tour was to his house, it was clear he wanted to get involved, “I should just go and do this." 

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Not only where there new faces, Gigs, and Mack met up with some people that attended previous MT Summit tournaments. The crew first met Tony (SolidTony), formally from Crossfire gaming, at one of MT Summits first events last year. He’s a bit of a veteran of the competitive gaming scene. “About when Smash 4 came out, I played it religiously and I’ve traveled, I went through a lot of tournaments.” It was incredible having the chance to get some perspective from a seasoned gamer. Tony continued, “We used to run our own events [on Long Island] and we kinda just stopped and real life happened. I took a pretty big hiatus with competing. I love gaming, I love competing.”

The tournament spanned all day. Gigs and Mack made so many new friends and learned so much about the Long Island gaming community. There were contributors selling incredible handmade and 3D printed gaming gear and there was always a place open for a free play with some great people. One of those new faces the Gigamax crew had the chance to meet was RickyG, the winner of the Super Smash Bros 4 tournament.

Winners Share Amazing Advice

RickyG left the MT Summit tournament with a brand new Nintendo Switch and even though his tournament ended halfway through the event, he stuck around all the way until the end. Catching up with RickyG after his big win, we found out a little bit about this talented gamer. “I only just kinda sorta started getting back into [the competitive scene]”. He definitely knew the Long Island Smash scene well, “At one point I would say I was one of the best players on Long Island but nowadays you have a lot of great players. There is some really rising talent. There’s a deep bond within the community. What brought me back is that I made a lot of friends in the scene.” Ricky also had some amazing advice for any future or currently competing gamers, “Don’t be afraid to talk to gamers at a higher level than you.”

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Mike (Face), owner of Aion Gaming and Super Smash Bros Melee competitor who took home first place had another bit of important information for any gamer, “You can’t control how good your opponent is at all, spending any time on that is fruitless.” He went on to explain how focusing on practicing and improving yourself is the only thing that a person can do to keep getting better. 

There were so many gamers attending that are working hard every day trying to find their own space within the massive industry. Trevor, a Stream Technician from GenGaming and Aion Gaming, shared a few words of wisdom for anyone trying to get involved in the gaming industry. “There are so many ways you can get into [the gaming industry]. When you think about eSports and regular sports, there’s a lot of common allies.” He explained, “You can write, you can podcast, you can live stream, you can run tournaments like the guys at Mid Tier Summit are doing and what we’re doing over at Aion gaming, you can be a stream technician.”

Looking Forward

Not only was the College Pro Tour an exciting tournament, it was an amazing overall experience. Getting a chance to meet like-minded gamers, all from diverse backgrounds and at different stages in their competitive gaming journey was inspirational. It was fantastic to see top-tier gamers were giving advice to the newer competitors. MT Summit Gaming and the tournaments they host are the embodiment of what the Gigamax crew believes in, gamers can build each other up and thrive together.

Be sure to stop by again on Friday to check out the exclusive interview with some of the core members from Mid Tier Summit Gaming!


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