It's National Gossip Day, and as always we have you're daily dose of hot news and upcoming games to quench your curiosity. Or, we could just have actual tea. Earl Gray is pretty good. Just don't try and drink a hot cup of tea with a controller in your hands.
Today's Drop is a ~5 min read!
Super Smash Bros. Player, MkLeo, Receives Mainstream Recognition
There is no better way to see the growth of esports than to recognize the stories of the players. One of those players is Super Smash Bros. Ultimate professional, Leonardo “MkLeo” Lopez Perez from Mexico. This 20 year old prodigy went from struggling in the outskirts of Mexico City to winning one of the biggest tournaments before the pandemic.
MkLeo’s path to pro started incredibly young. He began playing “Smash Bros” at the age of 7, winning his first tournament a year later. MkLeo entered tournaments locally and win small amounts of money that went a long way with his family. By 14, he became one of the best players in Mexico. It was at this time he met Jason “Mew2King” Zimmerman. Mew2King coached and helped MkLeo compete in the United States to become the best player in the world. The hard work culminated at a win in 2019 at EVO, one of the biggest fighting game tournaments. He solidified himself as one of the best players at Smash Bros not long before quarantine.
Quarantine forced MkLeo to be creative. Since in person tournaments were not happening and Nintendo’s online service is notoriously terrible, MkLeo was not competing to maintain his title. He looked to coaching to supplement his income. Able to market himself as the best player in Smash Bros, MKLeo charged $100 per hour. With all his hard work and success he was able to save over half a million to help him and his family.
An exciting part of MkLeo’s story was that it was picked up by CNBC. A major news network acknowledged and celebrated his success in esports. MkLeo’s story will become of many to help shape the future of this industry.
True Neutral Wins Rocket League NSG Summer Championship
True Neutral beat Square1 4:3 (1:2; 1:0; 2:1; 0:1; 2:3; 3:1; 3:2) in the grand-final of Rocket League NSG Summer Championship. True Neutral started their way in the tournament with Group B, in which they swept two victories. One over Square1 (2:0), and the second over Selling Bread (2:0), taking first place in Group B.
In quarterfinals, True Neutral won against Mirage 3:0, securing a spot in the next stage. In semifinals, True Neutral crushed Team .EXE, squeaking the first map 3:2, soundly on the second map 6:2, and finally crushed on the third map 5:0. But the final turned out to be much more difficult for True Neutral than the rest of the games. They lost the first map in overtime with a score of 1:2, but managed to win the next two with a minimal margin. Square1 did not want to lose to True Neutral for the second time, having changed their minds, answered with two wins, and were leading in the score 3:2. But True Neutral proved their superiority, confidently winning the opponent on the sixth map 3: 1, and on the seventh 3: 2.
NSG Summer Championship final standings:
1. True Neutral - $4000
2. Square1 - $1500
3-4. Team .EXE - $1000
3-4. iz im dreamin - $1000
5-8. Dream - $500
5-8. hey bro - $500
5-8. Mirage - $500
5-8. Below Zero - $500
Pokemon Go Adds New Legendaries After Fans Threaten Boycott
In their last update, the developers of Pokemon Go removed the social distancing restrictions put in place. These restrictions allowed fans to be able to go to gyms and spin Poke Stops from much farther away to ensure that people could stay farther apart. With the pandemic still very much around, it's very strange and still dangerous to have these restrictions removed. Some players have even reported that they have to get closer now to the different stops and gyms than they did pre-pandemic, which is even more strange.
Following this release, fans began to discuss boycotting the game due to the removal of the restrictions, causing the developers to respond and try to coerce them back into the game. Pokemon Zacian and Zamazenta, as well as mutiple shiny Galarian Pokemon, were all added in an attempt to draw players into the game.
That plan backfired.
Fans of the game were furious with the developers. Instead of listening to their concerns and reinstating the social distancing restrictions, the game went on to add new content that would cause more people to play and get close to stops. This move incited a firm boycott, which began yesterday, August 5th, according to most Reddit sources from which the boycott was organized. Even Twitter had the #BoycottNiantic hashtag going around, and players from across the world have failed to login since the organization of the protest. The foot traffic lost from this will likely cause the game to suffer. Will all fans quit the game entirely? Not likely, but they will definitely cause the developers to reconsider the changes.
Travel Through Stories In This Upcoming RPG
Are you tired of long, grinding, linear plot lines? Do you ever just want to go nuts and explore the world before you all on your own, rather than be handheld throughout your game? Book of Travels might just fit the ticket for you. This new RPG is set to release on the Steam store on August 30th, 2021.
The entire world of the game is hand drawn, whimsical, and mysterious. Players are encouraged to form their own unique path throughout the game rather than follow the typical quest progression that most RPG's have. The game description on Steam states:
This is a game for wayfinders and wanderers and it won’t plan out your route. Instead it will trust you to to play in your own style and to shape your own journey. Whichever way you choose to travel, you’ll soon be adding your own chapters to Book of Travels.
Be sure to check it out if you're looking for a way to weave your own RPG tale to your liking.
Have a fabulous weekend everyone!
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