At BlizzCon 2018, Blizzard made many announcements. The Remaster of Warcraft 3 and the new characters for Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm did not save the situation regarding the first trailer of the new Diablo mobile game. Shown to fans was Diablo Immortal which is a mobile game. Many people called it a copy of other slashers released on Android and iOS after seeing the trailer. Terrible trailer, which brought together almost 200 thousand dislikes (and only 4 thousand likes), as well as the constant removal of negative comments, does not help.

Fans took the new Diablo mobile game very negatively. According to many gamers, Blizzard presented “another soulless mobile toy, created only for the mass siphoning of money from fans of the series.”

First, Blizzard removed all the negative comments that collected several thousand likes. When it stopped helping, the company decided to reload the trailers shown at BlizzCon, thus “resetting” the video likes to counter. However, this did not stop gamers: a new video at the time of writing the news gathered 29 thousand dislikes and only 370 likes.

What kind of imaginary Blizzard projects would people like more: Diablo 4, the animated series in the Diablo universe, the Diablo comic series, MMO in the Diablo universe, a new character for Diablo 3 or a new add-on for Diablo 3. It is a pity that these are just dreams.


By the way, Diablo Immortal is not developed by Blizzard itself, but the Chinese studio NetEase. Some fans have already seen in the demo the similarities to a failed game for this other studio. For example, with Endless Of God. At one time, it was even called mobile Diablo!

Gamers around the world are very disappointed with the new Diablo, saying that the series has come to an end. Rumors about the announcement of the new part of the legendary game were partially truthful, while all the information leaks about the game tactfully avoided the fact that it would be a mobile game.

Dota 2 became the leader among eSports disciplines regarding the total amount of prize money awarded in 2018. The total fund of all MOBA tournaments from Valve was more than $ 41 million. Out of these, 2018 only paid $ 25.5 million at The International – more than the entire CS: GO prize fund, which ranked second. Data provided by Esports Earnings.

Fortnite is the third highest payout eSport. The developers of Epic Games have only spent one-fifth of the $ 100 million that the company allocated to eSports in 2018–2019. The top ten ranking of cash prize payouts also include League of Legends, PUBG and four games from Blizzard. The last place in the list was taken by the Call of Duty shooter: WWII with $ 4.17 million total prize pool.

Top 10 disciplines for the prize fund in 2018:

  • Dota 2 – $ 41.26 million;
  • CS:GO – $ 22.47 million;
  • Fortnite – $ 19.96 million;
  • League of Legends – $ 14.12 million;
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds – $ 6.73 million;
  • Overwatch – $ 6.7 million;
  • Heroes of the Storm – $ 6.52 million;
  • Hearthstone – $ 4.95 million;
  • StarCraft II – $ 4.53 million;
  • Call of Duty: WWII – $ 4.17 million

Steam has stopped support for Windows XP, Vista

I also want to mention that Since January 1, Steam online service from Valve has stopped supporting outdated operating systems. Among them are the operating systems Windows XP, Windows Vista, and all macOS versions, which were released before OS X El Capitan. About this, the company warned in us in the past.

Termination of support means that the Steam client will not start on these operating systems. To use the service and the games purchased on it, you will have to install something more modern.

Of the possible reasons for this decision, we can note the fact that the new Steam features are based on the development of Google Chrome, and this browser has already ceased to support the outdated OSs. Besides, in the future, Steam will need security protocols, which are now present only in the new Windows versions.

This is the published full list of participants Overwatch League Season 2

Full list of participants:

Atlanta Reign
NLaaeR (Ilya Koppalov)
Erster (Jeong Zhong)
dafran (daniel francesca)
DACO (Shoe Dong Hen)
Gator (Blake Scott)
Pokpo (Pak Hyun Jun)
kodaK (Stephen Rosenberger)
Masaa (Petya Kantanen)
Boston Uprising
NotE (Lucas Meisner)
Gamsu (Noh Yong Jin)
Kellex (Christian Keller)
AimGod (Kwon Min Sok)
blasé (jeffrey zang)
Axxiom (Pak Min Søb)
Colourhex (Kelsey Beers)
Florida Mayhem
TviQ (Kevin Lindstrom)
Sayaplayer (Ha Jung Wu)
aWesomeGuy (Kim Sung-hoon)
Hepher (Ja Mo Koo)
HaGoPeun (Joe Hyun Woo)
Apply (Damon Conti)
Kris (Choi Rong Soo)
BQB (Lee Sang Boom)
Swon (San Won Yun)
Houston Outlaws
LiNkzr (Jiri Mashalin)
JAKE (Jake Lyon)
coolmatt (Matt Airo)
SPREE (Alexander Wanhomwegen)
Muma (Austin Wilmot)
Boink (Daniel Pans)
Bani (Chris Benell)
Rawkus (Shane Flaherty)
ArHaN (Jong Won Hyop)
Danteh (Dante Cruz)

London Spitfire
birdring (Kim Ji Hyuk)
Profit (Park Yuon Yong)
Fury (Kim Yun Ho)
Gesture (Hong Ze He)
Bdosin (Sing Choi Tae)
NUS (Kim Jong Sek)
Guard (Lee Hee Dong)
Krillin (Joon Yong Hong)
New York Excelsior
Saebyeolbe (Park Jong Yol)
Pine (Kim Doo Hyun)
Libero (Kim Hye Sung)
Mek0 (Kim Tae Hoon)
Mano (Kim Dong Kyu)
JJoNak (Bang Sung Hyun)
ArK (Hong Young)
Anamo (Zhong Tae Son)
Fl0w3R (Yeon Oi Hwan)
Nenne (Jeong Yong-hwan)
Paris Eternal
SoOn (Terence Tarley)
ShaDowBurn (George Bush)
NiCOgdh (Nicolas More)
DANYE (Karol Shtseunyak)
Finnsi (Finbjørn Jonasson)
lhcloudy (Roni Tiihonen)
BenBest (Benjamin Dulafe)
HyP (Damien Suvil)
Kruise (Harrison Pond)
Gray (Louise Peresele)
Philadelphia Fusion
Carpe (Lee Zhe Hyuk)
Eqo (Josh Crown)
snillo (Simon Ekström)
Poko (joe pokrula)
Fragi (Yuna Leine)
SADO (Kim Soo Min)
Boombox (Isaac Charles)
neptuNo (Alberto Gonzalez Molinillo)
Elk (Elijah Gallagher)

Toronto Defiant
envy (Lee Kang Jai)
Neko (Pak Se Hyun)
Ivy (Lee Seung Hyun)
Stellar (Lee Doo Hyun)
Yakpung (Yo Kyung Mu)
Aid (Guo Zhe Yong)
Washington Justice
janus (Song Joong Hwa)
Corey (Corey Nigre)
Stratus (Ethan Yankel)
SanSam (Kim Hyang Ki)
Ado (Jeon Hee Hyun)
Fahzix (Riley Taylor)
Gido (Man Guy Do)
Hyeonu (Che Hyun Woo)
Chengdu Hunters
Kyo (Kun Chuying)
Garry (Guan Li)
Yveltal (Li Xianyao)
Elsa (Lo Wenjie)
LateYoung (Ma Tianbin)
Ameng (Dean Mankhan)
Baconjack (Lo Zhuheng)
JinMu (And Hu)
YangXiaoLong (Zhang Zhihao)
Dallas Fuel
Taimou (Timo Kettunen)
EFFECT (Hwang Heon)
Mickie (Ponghop Rattanasangchot)
HarryHook (Jonathan Tessedor)
aKm (Dylan Bignet)
OGE (Son Min Seok)
UNKO (Benjamin Chevasson)
Closer (Jung Won Cik)
rCk (Richard Kanerva)

Guangzhou Charge
HOTBA (Choi Hong John)
Eileen (Oh Ilyan)
Happy (Lee Jung Woo)
Kyb (Finley Edicy)
nero (charlie zwarg)
Rio (O Seung Pio)
Chara (Kim Jung Yon)
OnlyWish (Chen Lizhen)
Shu (Kim Jin Shou)
WonJaeLee (Lee Won Zhai)
Hangzhou Spark
guxue (Xu Zulin)
NoSmite (Jong Da Ying)
Adora (Kan Jae Hwan)
Ria (Pak Seung Wook)
Bazzi (Pak June Ki)
GodsB (Kim Kiyong Bo)
IDK (Pak Ho Jin)
Revenge (An Hyun Kyung)
Krystal (Tsai Shilun)
BeBe (Yun Hui Chan)
Los Angeles Gladiators
Surefour (Lane Roberts)
Hydration (Juan Pedro Goes Telles)
Bischu (Aaron Kim)
Shaz (Jonas Suovaara)
BigGoose (Benjamin Isoanni)
Void (Kang Rong Wu)
Decay (Zhang Gui Un)
rOar (Ge Chan Hu)
Ripa (Riku Toivanen)
Los Angeles Valiant
Agilities (Brady Girardi)
Fate (Ku Pan Seung)
KariV (Pak Young Syo)
Bunny (Che Rong Hyuk)
Custa (Kennedy cattle)
KSF (Kyle Frandanis)
Izayaki (Kim Min Chul)
KuKi (Kim Di Cook)

San Francisco Shock
babybay (Andrew Francisti)
super (by Matthew DeLisi)
sleepy (Nikola Andrews)
sinatraa (jay won)
Nevix (Andreas Karlsson)
Architect (Park Min Ho)
moth (Grant Espe)
ChoiHyoBin (Choi Hyo Ben)
smurf (Monghong Hwan Yu)
Rascal (KimDong Jun Kim)
Viol2t (Pak Min Ki)
Striker (Nam Joo Kwon)
Seoul Dynasty
zunba (Kim Seung Hyuk)
Ryujehong (Ryu Zhi Hong)
tobi (Yang Jin Mo)
Fleta (Kim Byong San)
Munchkin (Byon Sun Beom)
Fissure (Back Chan Hyun)
Michelle (Choi Min Hyuk)
Marve1 (Hwang Min Sho)
Jecse (Lee Seung Soo)
Shanghai Dragons
Diya (Lou Wade)
Geguri (Kim Se Yeon)
Fearless (Lee Ei Sik)
diem (Bae Min Seong)
DDing (yan jin hek)
YOUNGJIN (Jin Yun Jin)
GuardiaN (Cho Jung Hwan)
Luffy (Jan Song Hyun)
CoMa (Son Kyung Woo)
Vancouver Titans
Haksal (Kim Hye Yong)
Hooreg (Lee Dong Eun)
SeoMinSoo (Sho Min Su)
Stitch (Lee Chung Hee)
JJANU (Choi Hyun Woo)
Bumper (Pak Sang Boehm)
Rapel (Kim Joong Geun)
SLIME (Kim Sun Joon)
Twilight (Lee Joe Sho)

Location: Hollywood, United States
Format: Group stage + playoffs
Prize amount: $ 200,000
Date: 01/19/2019 – 01/21/2019

  • Group stage:
  • Two groups on the GSL system
  • Four teams in each group
  • All matches will be held in bo1 format (until the first victory)
  • The two best teams from each group go to the playoffs.

Moses will analyze matches for iBUYPOWER Masters 2019

The organizers of iBUYPOWER Masters IV announced the broadcasting team of the tournament on Twitter. The matches will be analyzed by Jason Moses O’Toole and Dustin dusT Mouret. The presenters in the studio will be Mark Boq Wilson.

The CS:GO Championship will be held from January 19 to January 20 in Los Angeles. Eight teams will take part in the tournament: Astralis, FaZe Clan, Team Liquid, Fnatic, Cloud9, compLexity Gaming, Ghost Gaming, and Luminosity Gaming. The prize fund of the competition will be $ 200 thousand.

Team Liquid was the last member of iBUYPOWER Masters 2019

The organizers of iBUYPOWER Masters IV by CS:GO issued the last invite to Team Liquid. At this tournament, the team will perform in the new lineup for the first time. In the championship they will also play eight more invited teams.

In December 2018, Team Liquid announced changes in the composition of CS:GO. Epitasio TACO de Melo and coach Wilton zews Prado switched to MIBR, and Jake Stewie2k Yip and Eric adreN Haag took their places.

IBUYPOWER Masters will be held January 19-21 in Los Angeles at the site AVALON Hollywood. The prize fund of the tournament will be $ 200 thousand.

IBUYPOWER Masters IV members:

  • Astralis
  • Luminosity Gaming
  • Fnatic
  • FaZe Clan
  • Cloud9
  • Ghost Gaming
  • compLexity Gaming
  • Team Liquid

Full list of participants:

  • CompLexity Gaming
  • n0thing (jordan gilbert)
  • Rickeh (Ricky Mulholland)
  • ShahZam (Shabzeb Khan)
  • stanislaw (Peter Yarguz)
  • dephh (Rory Jackson)
  • Cloud9
  • Zellsis (Jordan Montemurro)
  • kioShiMa (Fabien Fieu)
  • flusha (Robin Ronquest)
  • RUSH (Will Vierzba)
  • autimatic (Timothy Ta)
  • Team Liquid
  • NAF (Keith Markovich)
  • Stewie2k (Jake Yip)
  • Twistzz (Russell Van Dalken)
  • EliGE (Jonathan Jablonowski)
  • nitr0 (Nick Cannell)
  • Astralis
  • device (Nikolay Ridtts)
  • Xyp9x (Andreas Hoislet)
  • dupreeh (Peter Rasmussen)
  • gla1ve (lukas rossander)
  • Magisk (Emile Rafe)
  • Ghost Gaming
  • WARDELL (Matthew Bowman Yu)
  • Subroza (Yassin Taufik)
  • steel (Joshua Nissan)
  • koosta (Kenneth Sin)
  • neptune (jason tran)
  • Fnatic
  • KRiMZ (Freddie Johansson)
  • JW (Jesper Bill)
  • Xizt (Richard Landström)
  • twist (Simon Eliasson)
  • Brollan (Ludwig Brolin)
  • Faze Clan
  • AdreN (Dauren Kystaubayev)
  • rain (Howard Naigard)
  • NiKo (Nikola Kovach)
  • GuardiaN (Ladislav Kovacs)
  • olofmeister (Olof Kaibier)
  • Luminosity Gaming
  • boltz (Ricardo Prass)
  • NEKIZ (Gabriel Shenato)
  • steel (Lucas Lopez)
  • HEN1 (Enrique Teles)
  • LUCAS1 (Lucas Teles)

Earlier in the news, this was already mentioned, but those news did not become any less sensational: Sony will not be at E3 2019. In general. No press conference, no booth, nothing. The exhibition in Los Angeles has been held for a quarter of a century, and the Japanese company will not be represented for the first time in any shape or form. Why is this happening, what is the reason for this strange precedent? Let’s try to understand or at least assume, starting with the most obvious options.

E3 dies anyway, so Sony acts in accordance with a trend.

Activision Blizzard, Electronic Arts, Disney – all these large and significant companies recently chose to no longer participate directly in E3, but instead hold their own events. Sources say that the organization responsible for organizing the exhibition, ESA began to demand a lot of money for the opportunity to participate – that is why some companies chose to start something on their own.

Nevertheless, Electronic Arts holds an event precisely one day before E3, and in very close distance as well – literally five minutes on foot. Thus, in the collective consciousness of the public, this event acts as one with E3. However, Jennifer Clark, senior vice president of communications at PlayStation, said: “We will not hold any press conferences on the same date as Electronic Entertainment Expo.”

Sony’s largest exclusives will not be ready in 2019, and they have nothing to show

Since there will be no event from Sony at all (theoretically), we can assume that this is due to the lack of exclusive games. After several shifts, Days Gone should be out in April – long before the show. The Last of Us 2, Death Stranding and the Ghost of Tsushima do not even have an approximate release window yet.

It is known that Naughty Dog is not eager to show TLoU 2 before release. Kojima is also not going to reveal the intrigue: on the contrary, he just confused everyone who is waiting for Death Stranding. Sony is not used to showing the same thing many times in a row, so it’s possible that in the coming year there is no point in renting a huge property in Los Angeles or elsewhere.

Sony wants to get the PlayStation 5 storm effect after a lull

There is no point in denying: AMD has officially confirmed that the work on the consoles of the new generation is already in full swing, and with both Microsoft and Sony. The notorious “sources” – and in the field of gaming, they are to be beleived – claim that the Japanese company plans to launch the PlayStation 5 in 2020. Thus, Sony’s strategy is clear, at least in theory. Do not give empty promises, do not spend money in vain, do not show new trailers of long-announced projects.

But in the summer of 2020 – timpani, fanfare, blitzkrieg. The new generation console is announced, and in the coming Christmas holidays, a massive blow is being delivered to the consumer market. Perhaps this assumption sounds better than all previous ones.

The Game Awards 2018: nominations, winners and new trailers

God of War is the winner in “The Best Game of the Year”
nomination category.

The annual Awards of the Game Awards finally took place in 2018, during which the best games of the that year were named.

In the nomination of “The Best Game of the Year”, the winner was an exclusive for the PlayStation 4 God of War.

These are the results of TGA 2018:

Best Action Game – Dead Cells

Best Roleplay – Monster Hunter:World

Best eSports Game – Overwatch

Best Student Game – Combat 2018

Best Story – Red Dead Redemption 2

Best Acting – Roger Clark, Red Dead Redemption 2

Best Soundtrack – Red Dead Redemption 2

Best Sound Design – Red Dead Redemption 2

Best VR / AR game – Astrobot: Rescue Mission

Best Mobile Game – FlorenceBest Art Design – Red Dead Redemption 2

Best Independent Game – Celeste

Best Strategy – Into The Breach

Best fighting game – Dragon Ball Fighters

The best family game – Overcooked! 2

The main game statement – Celeste

Best Sports or Racing Game – Forza Horizon 4

Best Direction – God of War

Best Action Adventure – God of War

Best Developing Game – Fortnite

Best Multiplayer – Fortnite

During the ceremony some announcements were also made:

Nintendo introduced the third part of the Marvel Ultimate Alliance: The Black Order, it will be released only on Nintendo Switch.

In 2019, an improved version of the famous game The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe will be released. It will also be available on consoles.

Ubisoft will be pleased with Far Cry: New Dawn – a spin-off of Far Cry 5 17 years after a nuclear explosion. The game will be available on February 15 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

From the creators of Fallout, Tim Kane and Leonard Boyarsky announced The Outer Worlds, which will appear in 2019 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

Also, NetherRealms showed the trailer for Mortal Kombat 11. The release date is April 23, 2019.

It was also announced that RAGE 2 from Avalanche Studios, together with id Software, will be released on May 14, 2019.

Activision announced Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled. The game is a full remaster racing game from PS1. Competing with friends will be possible both offline and online.

During the ceremony, Epic Games launched their Store. According to the authors, “every two weeks one game will become free” – in 2019, 28 games will be distributed.

Earlier, Blizzard introduced Warcraft 3: Reforged – an updated version of the revolutionary strategy of Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos.

Series: Overwatch league
Location: Los Angeles, USA
Format: Regular season and playoffs
Date: 02/14/2019 – 07/31/2019

The second season of the Overwatch League starts on February 14, 2019. Teams will play in the regular season with fewer matches, All-Star, and the playoff stage. This was disclosed on the tournament website.

The group stage will still be held in four stages, but participants will play seven games instead of ten. Each segment will last for five weeks. The schedule will be composed in such a way that the teams have weeks without matches. During them, teams are offered to travel to the cities that they represent.

Blizzard expanded the intermediate playoff after each stage of the group stage. In such tournaments
eight teams will participate instead of four. They will be distributed in a single-elimination grid. Compositions will only fight for additional prizes: the results will not affect the regular season and the main stage of the game for the exception.

All-Star will take place not right after the season, but between the second and third stages of the group stage. The organizers will extend the break so that the participants will have time to rest after the demonstration matches.

Participants of the second season of the Overwatch League:

  • Atlanta Reign
  • Boston Uprising
  • Chengdu Hunters
  • Dallas Fuel
  • Florida Mayhem
  • Guangzhou Charge
  • Hangzhou Spark
  • Houston Outlaws
  • London Spitfire
  • Los Angeles Gladiators
  • Los Angeles Valiant
  • New York Excelsior
  • Paris Eternal
  • Philadelphia Fusion
  • San Francisco Shock
  • Seoul Dynasty
  • Shanghai Dragons
  • Toronto Defiant
  • Vancouver Titans
  • Washington Justice


PAX South – January 18-20, 2019, San Antonio, USA

PAX East – March 28-31, 2019, Boston, USA

PAX West – August 31 – September 3, 2019, Washington, USA

What is PAX?

PAX is a game exhibition, which has been around since 2004. Founded by the creators of the comic book Penny Arcade, Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik, and is divided into several events – PAX West, PAX East, PAX South, PAX Dev, PAX Australia, which are held throughout the year in different cities and even continents.

At the Penny Arcade Expo players are waiting for new announcements, concerts, exhibitions from indie developers and major publishers, forums dedicated to the gaming industry, areas for game demonstration, as well as gaming tournaments led by the traditional “Omegaton” with valuable prizes.

The next annual Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) exhibition dedicated to computer and video games will be held in Seattle (USA) at the Washington State Trade & Convention Center on August 31 – September 3
Penny Arcade Expo, as we recall, has been held since 2004, and every year the number of visitors to the exhibition almost doubled. In 2006, the audience was about 37 thousand people, and last year it was visited by almost 60 thousand gamers. Last year’s Penny Arcade Expo was sponsored by many well-known companies, including Microsoft, Blizzard, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, and others.
Visitors to the Penny Arcade Expo, as a rule, have the opportunity to take part in numerous gaming tournaments, to visit the exhibition stands of well-known companies, to participate in various competitions and listen to speeches from representatives of the gaming business. The event often hosts music concerts as well.
PAX entrance tickets can be ordered now through the official website of the exhibition. A ticket for all three days will cost you around $ 70. Visitors who bought pre-order tickets will be able to participate in the traditional PAX Omegathon competition, the winners of which will be able to go to the world’s largest gaming exhibition: the Tokyo Game Show.

Date: July 18-21, 2019, San Diego, USA

What is Comic-Con?

The culmination of all pop culture is the Comic-Con festival in San Diego, which takes place every year in July. Thousands of fans in costumes from their favorite characters in films, anime, games, and books visit California, where they can immerse themselves in the atmosphere of comics, TV series, motion pictures and video games for four days. For those who never picked up a comic book before, Comic-Con may seem like a strange event. So what is Comic-Con? If we look at the very first Comic-Con, which was held in 1964 in New York, it was the meeting place for all the comic book fans. Artists, screenwriters, animators came to the convention to chat with fans, go for a walk at the parties and meet like-minded people. Soon the Comic-Con community began to grow with the growth of pop culture. Now, not only fans of comic books gather there, but also movie fans, fans of video games, cartoons, and TV shows. They go to events where different celebrities perform, buy various goods with their favorite characters, communicate with each other and much more.

How many people come to Comic-Con in San Diego every year?

About 120 thousand. Moreover, this number is growing. Besides, Comic-Con is not only in San Diego, although it is the most popular venue. Fans meet in both New York and Seattle. Comic-Con has become so famous that now they are present in almost every major city – but their size is, of course, smaller than in San Diego.

Can I dress up in the costume of my favorite character?

Yes! Dresses are cosplay, that is, people dress and even put on make-up to be as similar as possible to their heroes. However, this is not necessary.

How much do the ticket cost?

Tickets range from $40, but it is very difficult to buy them. Since there are many volunteers, all the tickets are sold out in a matter of seconds after the start of the sales, alo the majority of buyers are resellers. These tickets are then sold on eBay or Amazon for thousands of dollars.

Why are these conventions so popular?

Mainly due to the growing popularity of geek culture. Recently, there are more and more people who are fans of Star Wars, movies about the Avengers, TV shows like The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones. They can dream for at least a few days (and the Comic-Con in San Diego is four days) to be surrounded by the same enthusiastic people.

Besides, celebrities always come to Comic-Con in San Diego. They present new films, communicate with fans, give out autographs. Comic-Con is also a platform for announcements and the presentation of new trailers (commercials). It is the guests of Comic-Con who are the first to know exclusive information about films and TV shows. For this exclusivity, many are willing to pay any amount of money.