Addicting Games Aug 5, 2021

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Anyone else remember that website? It was full of weird flash games like the Impossible Quiz that you would spend hours on (despite your older siblings telling you not to because it had so many bugs.) #RIPAdobeFlash2020

Today's Drop is a ~5 min read!


INDUSTRY NEWS

Chinese Media Calls Video Games “Opium For The Mind”

A photo taken on July 9, 2021 shows Tencent's game Honor of Kings at the Electronic Sports Human PK AI competition held at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference 2021 in Shanghai, China.
Source: Tencent

The Chinese Government has a complex relationship with video games. China has a record of cracking down on certain companies, most recently education. It leads to other sectors nervous about any changes the government can implement at a moment’s notice. Technology leaders, such as Tencent and NetEase, have been growing at an exponential rate that the whole world starts to become affected by them.

Chinese media calls for a concern for video games. Economic Information Daily, China’s official news outlet, used terms such as “spiritual opium” and “electronic drug” to describe video games. This led to Tenecet dropping 11% and NetEase falling 16%. This also led to drops in the American and Japanese game market showing the impact this has globally. It was not too long in 2018 that the Chinese government halted all game approvals for nine months. This had a massive impact on earnings and prices showing the volatility of the market. The original post was eventually removed and re-uploaded with tamer language. The company has been and continued to implement ways to curb minorities playing too many hours a day and spending in-game.

The global tech industry is having a big impact from all sectors of the world. Tencent shares are bouncing back now, however, in 48 hours they lost $100 billion. We can see how fast changes in the market can happen, and they probably will continue for the future.


ESPORTS

Party Astronauts Wins CS:GO ESEA Summer Cash Cup

Source: ESEA

Party Astronauts beat Thani 2:0 in the grand-final of ESEA Summer Cash Cup 4 North America Counter Strike Tournament. The party of cosmonauts managed to win the ESEA Cash Cup tournament on their second attempt. As a reminder, last time they lost to Bad News Bears with a score of 0:2. This tournament was open for everyone, so there was one bracket for all the teams. All matches until Semifinals were in the 'best of one' format. The last two matches were held in best of three tournaments.

In the semifinals, Party Astronauts managed to win Third Impact 2:0. On Ancient Party Astronauts won the first half 10:5, then didn't allow opponents to close the gap, finishing with the final score 16:10. Third Impact looked better on the second map. They won the first half 9: 6 and were leading 14:6. But then Party Astronauts managed to make come back, winning 10 rounds in a row and secured a spot in the final.

Match stats

Source: HLTV

The final turned out to be less spectacular than the semi-final. Party Astronauts won the first map at 16:9 and the second at 16:10 without any problems, became the champions of ESEA Summer Cash Cup 4.

Match stats

Source: HLTV

For the victory on ESEA Summer Cash Cup 4 North America, Party Astronauts received $2,000 and Fragadelphia 15 Travel Support.


GAMING UPDATES

'New World' Gets Another Delay Announcement

Source: Steam

There was less than a month left before the already delayed release of New World, but developers have announced that it is once again pushed back. The previous release date was August 31st, but now players will need to wait until September 28th in order to experience the game. The developers have noted that the pandemic definitely caused a setback, but now they're saying they want to improve the gaming experience more.

"We want New World's launch to be a smooth and fun experience for all players, and that means making some improvements based on what you encountered during Closed Beta," the New World team stated "So we're going to take a few extra weeks to smash bugs, improve stability, and polish the game. This was not an easy decision to make. We know this isn't the first time we've changed our launch date in pursuit of quality, and that it can be disappointing to wait a bit longer. But we want to be sure we deliver you the highest quality game at launch. Thank you for your support and feedback."

While players may be frustrated with the constant changes, the game did have some outstanding issues as stated by alpha and closed beta testers. The game was said to contain far too much grinding, and have cookie-cutter quests. The narrative aspect was also lacking, and players found the game rather awkward and irritating in that regard. This is the second non-mobile game that Amazon has developed, with the first being Crucible. The studio has quite a few big name competitors to deal with, so we're hoping they really step up their game to bring out as much as possible in this new installment.


EVENTS

Gamescom 2021 Is Just A Few Weeks Away

Source: gamescom.global

Gamescom is officially back for the year of 2021, and is looking to be a rather massive event in the world of gaming. There were plans set for a hybrid event, with some in-person events coupled with online virtual access events, but the pandemic has forced the large gaming con to be completely online. There will be an initial opening showcase as well as announcements from the world's top developers and publishers in gaming. There is also going to be a new featured community activity, Gamescom Epix, as well as Geoff Keighly's Opening Night Live show.

The event will be held from August 25th to August 27th, with the first day containing some of the best reveals and can't-miss news. These are just a few of the confirmed developers that are going to be attending:

  • 505 Games
  • Activision
  • Aerosoft
  • Assemble Entertainment
  • Astragon Entertainment
  • BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment
  • Bethesda Softworks
  • Electronic Arts
  • GAMEVIL COM2US Europe
  • Headup
  • Indie Arena Booth
  • Koch Media
  • NExT Studios (Tencent Games)
  • SEGA Europe
  • Team17
  • Thunderful Games
  • Ubisoft
  • Wargaming
  • Xbox

Be sure to check out the Gamescom website for more information. We hope to see you all there!

Keep it fresh, y'all. #SquadOut

Daily Drop Credit: Anam, Carmine, Mark, and the Founders.

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