It's National Prevention of Eye Injuries week! While we're not really celebrating anything here, we're giving you a friendly reminder to make sure you're taking care of your eyes. Be sure to keep a good distance from your screen, take breaks during gaming, grab a pair of blue light glasses, or simply turn down the blue light settings on your devices. Stay healthy, gamers!
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GameSquare Acquires Complexity Gaming
GameSquare ($GMSQF) - Canada-based $GMSQF recently acquired US firm NextGen Tech, which trades as Complexity Gaming. This was done through an all-stock transaction. The combination of the two companies has reported an expected revenue of $28 million for 2022.
As if the deal wasn't sweet enough, $GMSQF will also become the new agency of record for the Dallas Cowboys' Esports and gaming ventures. They signed a multi-year agreement with the football team, and will be working with them during their Esports ventures.
This could mean big things in the future of GameSquare. The merger of two major players in the Esports world is sure to make a splash. We look forward to following this development.
Sony Acquires Returnal Developer Housemarque
Sony has recently been trying to compete with other major players in the game by acquiring smaller studios. Housemarque, the developers behind PS5's Returnal, was the most recent of those studios to be acquired by Sony. A recent accidental tweet also hinted at them soon acquiring Bluepoint Studios as well.
In the announcement tweet for the studio's acquisition, the company stated:
"Thrilled to announce @Housemarque has officially joined PlayStation Studios! The extremely talented studio with a proven track record and best-in-class gameplay has a bright future and we couldn’t be more excited to be part of it!"
Housemarque’s co-founder and managing director Ilari Kuittinen gave the acquisition a rather warm welcome.
“[Sony] gives our studio a clear future and a stable opportunity to continue delivering on gameplay centric approaches, while still experimenting with new methods of narrative delivery and pushing the boundaries of this modern artform."
These acquisitions are mainly to rival Microsoft, who recently acquired multiple studios of their own. As smaller studios begin to grow, develop, and yearn for more stability, they begin to lean towards some of the major giants in the game industry. It's up to those giants to see who's worth picking up, and hope they made the right choices to enhance their selection of games to a point where they'll outdo their competitors. We're curious to see what acquisitions will come next.
Gambit Secures Space in StarLadder CIS RMR
Gambit won against Natus Vincere in final match on group stage in StarLadder CIS RMR 2021, securing first place in group A. Both teams came up with the same statistics before the final match in group A. Both Gambit and NAVI won three starting matches each.
NAVI won the first half on the Mirage map with a score of 9:6. Natus Vincere won four rounds at the start of the second half, but Gambit found the strength to make up lost ground. To the delight of NAVI fans, their favorites managed to win the first map with a score of 16:13. A completely mirrored situation emerged in the second map. Already, Gambit won the first half with confidence at a score of 10:5. NAVI was tepid in their map positioning, allowing Gambit to not going to give up positions so easily, having equalized the score in this match.
The all-square bout on the third map went on for 18 rounds. Then NAVI, while having the score 10:8 in their favor, began to lose their momentum. Unfortunately for NAVI, this allowed Gambit to quietly win the third map and the match.
In play-off of StarLadder CIS RMR 2021 Natus Vincere will meet with Team Spirit, who also won all four matches in their group like Gambit.
ART AND MEDIA
Diablo 4 Art Direction Revealed
Blizzard’s cornerstone franchise, Diablo, has presented Diablo IV’s artworks this week. We do not have a release date for Diablo IV yet, but the team at Blizzard provides us with quarterly updates. For the second update this year, we have seen what characters and enemies look like for Blizzard’s newest instalment.
There are more options than ever before for the classes. The new Rogue and the classic Barbarian classes were showcased. The character customization system is completely overhauled to allow players to adjust eyes, skins, hair and so much more. In the past, there only choice a player had was to choose gender. There will be some difference per class, but they will all be able to reflect the darker tones of the game. The dye system returns with the ability to alter the colors of individual pieces of your armor while those colors will react to light more realistically.
The monsters are absolutely terrifying. The enemies you face in Diablo are always the most engaging part of the games. We saw the return of succubus and skeletons with the introduction of new types of monster beyond demons such as the Blood Bishop. The idea is to push the game past the basics of dungeon crawling to an open world experience. These enemies are looking to reflect that idea much better.
Diablo IV is looking darker than its predecessor, and we can look forward to more exciting information at the end of the next quarter.
Gaming Mice Don't Get Any 'Cooler' Than This
We've all had those tense, ultra long gaming sessions. We sit at our PC for hours on end constantly flicking our eyes and clicking this way and that. However, the combination of all of the intensity of the match coupled with the hours of gameplay leave us all with one thing: a sweaty mouse. Luckily, Marsback has you covered.
Their new Zephyr PRO RGB Sweat-Proof Gaming Mouse has a tiny built-in fan that keeps your hand cool as a cucumber while you game away. Their site describes it as "a built-in, RGB lit fan with a stronger cooling blast directly into your palm, less buzzing noise and higher revolution, Zephyr Pro can effectively evaporate sweat to make your hands feel cooler. The software allows you to edit and configure the mouse and brings you the ultimate gaming experience."
If you're in the market for a sleek, well-made mouse that'll keep the heat away, this mouse might be for you. The mouse is currently selling for $69.00 (nice) during their preorder phase, and comes in both black and white.
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