Virtual Ventures Aug 20, 2021

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It's Virtual Worlds Day! A rather fitting holiday for gamers, don't you think? Virtual gaming worlds have become so much more advanced with time, with games like Breath of the Wild and Genshin Impact setting the bar high for world content. If you could live in any virtual world, which one would you live in?

Today's Drop is a ~5 min read!


INDUSTRY NEWS

2021 Online Microtransactions Report Released

Source: Business Wire

The 2021 Online Microtransaction Global Market Report was released recently. It showed the current state of the market  and the future of microtransactions. Microtransactions have been a hot button issue in the industry in terms of ethics and business. However, it is undeniable how much income it brings in for companies such as Electronic Arts, Valve, and Riot.

The predictions into 2025are big.  An online microtransaction consists of sales of any in-game virtual goods or its related services. The virtual items are usually small in cost and they appear in free-to-play games. Some games provide massive advantage to players who pay for these microtransactions. The global online microtransaction market is expected to grow from $33.4 billion to $34.59 billion from 2020 to 2021. The prediction is that this number will reach $51.09 billion in 2025.  With the massive growth of the video game industry, the microtransaction also had a boost. The report also mentions how COVID has impacted the industry and how they are deciding to recover from the pandemic.

There are different barriers microtransactions face. While the growth of the industry is undeniable, there are still challenges the industry faces. More regulation have been put into place. In China, restrictions have been introduced to limit minors. There even have been lawsuits for illegal gambling too.

Microtransactions have been controversial, but very profitable for these companies. As long as they are allowed this will continue to be a staple for the industry.


ESPORTS

Gambit Esports Qualifies for VALORANT Champions Tour: Stage 3 Masters - Berlin

Source: valorantesports_eu

Gambit Esports won against Team Liquid 2:1 in Lower Bracket Round 3 of VCT 2021: EMEA Stage 3 Challengers Playoffs, receiving a slot to Masters held in Berlin. For Gambit, this match was a second chance to secure a place in the Berlin tournament. In their first attempt, they lost to Aсend with a score of 1:2. The match started from a confident game by Team Liquid, which won the first half 7:5. Gambit managed to close the gap, but Team Liquid's attack was more effective, and helped them to win the first map.

Team Liquid started as confidently as the first, winning the first three rounds. But then Gambit went on a stunning 13 round streak, winning the second map 13:3. Gambit continued to dominate on the third map, leading 9:3 after the first half. Team Liquid managed to close the gap, and even won 12:11, but did not convert their match point. Everything was decided in overtime, where Gambit was able to win the round for defense and for attack, 16:14.

Match stats

Source: vlr.gg

GAME UPDATES

Call of Duty: Warzone/Vanguard Updates

Source: callofduty.com

Call of Duty: Warzone (COD:W) will be getting some important new updates this year. There have also been some updates regarding the new Call of Duty: Vanguard (COD:V), especially its confirmed launch date of November 5th, 2021.

COD:W will be getting an all-new map this year. It is reported to be an entirely new region for players to explore and go wild. The map is going to be centered around the theme of COD:V, and is supposedly going to be the largest and most ambitious map to date. The map is set to release close to when COD:V releases, so likely around early November.

COD: W will also be getting a new anti cheating system installed onto it (thank goodness). Anti-cheating softwares have continued to rise as hackers get more and more crafty, so it's great to know that COD is finally catching onto the trend. The new system will be replacing the current internal anti cheat system in all the COD games as well. While there is no other information on what will be used and what it will target, it is likely that it will prevent players from winning unfairly, unlocking unearned content, crashing other players' games, and more.

As for COD:V, here's a rundown of what's been released so far:

  • COD:V will run on Warzone's engine
  • There will be significantly more maps than in previous versions like Black-Ops Cold War. There will be 20 multiplayer maps at launch, with 16 set for core gameplay
  • The game is set directly after WW2, where the aim is to hunt down Hitler's successor
  • There is a Zombies mode that is a prologue to Black-Ops Cold War. It will be developed as a crossover with the studio developer Treyarch.
  • "The entire community across PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC (via Battle.net) can party up and play together. Take your profile, progression and stats with you, no matter which platform you play on."

Check out the COD website for more information on COD:V.


CONSOLE UPDATES

Vine Founder Dom Hofmann Announces New Console Project

Source: shortlist.com

The developer of the iconic and long-gone social media app, Vine, has announced a few new video-game related projects. One of the projects is something called 'Supdrive', which he has stated is an "on-chain fantasy game console" (and no, we're not really sure what exactly that entails.) Basically, he has stated it is a gaming console that will play classical arcade games (think Pacman or Space Invaders.) The games will be set as NFT's on virtual firmware, which means that there will only be a limited about of 'copies' that people can obtain, with each copy being different in its own way.

The details on when it will be released, how it will work, and how many copies there will be for each game are all currently unknown. However, it has been announced that community members will be able to add content to the console. This is one ambitious and intriguing project we're all hoping works out!

Cheers to the weekend, Droppers!

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

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