Esports tournaments need to consolidate. Apart from the League of Legends scene, esports games have disorganized competitive scenes spanning dozens of small leagues with hundreds of teams competing for attention. Just tune in to Twitch.tv any day, and you’ll see CS:GO players competing in one of dozens of major competitions, from FaceIt’s Esports Championship Series, to the ESL Pro League, to ELEAGUE, to more. In the case of CS:GO, high profile players are starting to burn out, often skipping major tournaments and matches due to injury and fatigue. In the past, there was no real solution. Players would simply sit out matches when they were tired or injured. Some continued to try and play every single match. Players complained of the lack of practice time, that they’re expected to perform in high level online matches just hours after getting off a plane from a major event. But they have never had a real, official voice and representation in esports leagues. Players have tried, albeit mostly unsuccessfully, to unofficially unionize in the past, making their collective demands known to teams. But there has never been an organization dedicated to bringing together team, player, and league interests into one overarching organization to try and standardize rules and competitions. Until now. ESL, the world’s largest esports content provider, just announced the World Esports Association, or WESA for short. This is a shot at creating a real association in the world of esports with profit sharing for teams and a player-elected Player’s Council that sits on the board to advocate collective player concerns. Traditionally, any move to professionalize or standardize the esports scene has been met with great resistance. Arguments usually come in the form of, “Hey, you’re forcing out competition by agreeing to rev share with major teams!” Or, “Oh man these teams are just money grubbers who are corporatizing esports!" Truth is, none of that is going on. LCS is what’s going on. LCS was just the first. When Riot created their LCS, the same complaints were heard, that no good could come from this, that League of Legends is being shut down.. But here’s the reality: No investor in the world would take a bet with major money on an organization that doesn’t have stability. Ever wondered why an investment group put $100 million into a brand new team like Immortals? Because they knew that the LCS represented stability, predictability of scheduling, strong broadcasting credentials, and consistency of payments to organizations to fund teams. CS:GO has none of that. Why do you think that Turner is creating their ELEAGUE, or ESL wants to push for this? It’s because these are the platforms that create the opportunity for that level of investment. Rick Fox, actor, producer, and former LA Lakers player, created the Echo Fox squad as an LCS squad first. That’s not a coincidence. If you prefer to watch new CS:GO matches around the clock, that’s great, but it’s not sustainable. And for me, as a fan, I’m MUCH happier waiting each week for key LCS matchups where I’m guaranteed to see the best players in the world. Every time I tune in to Fnatic playing CS:GO, and the commentators say, “Well, best player in the world Olofmeister is fatigued, so Fnatic is subbing someone in,” I die a little inside. In every traditional team sport, an association is created that gives teams profit sharing, gives a voice to players, and locks down rules and regulations so they can be standardized across that game’s competition. WESA is no different. This is not too early for esports. This is not going to kill the game. This is how esports keeps growing.
Jurassic World co-writer Derek Connolly has signed on to Pacific Rim 2, the sequel to Guillermo del Toro's monsters vs. mecha film.
His exact involvement is unknown at this point, as drafts have already been penned by del Toro, X-Men: The Last Stand writer Zak Penn, and Prometheus scribe Jon Spaihts. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it's unclear whether he's working on a "page-one rewrite or developing certain story ideas."
Daredevil season one showrunner Steven S. DeKnight replaced del Toro as director for Pacific Rim 2, though del Toro is still set to produce. Jurassic World producer Thomas Tull, Pacific Rim producer Mary Parent, and Godzilla producer Jon Jashni will join del Toro.
We're only a couple weeks away from the start of the DC Rebirth relaunch, and perhaps no new series is more anticipated than the Wonder Woman relaunch. This series will mark writer Greg Rucka's return to DC after a several year absence, and his second stint on an ongoing Wonder Woman comic. Along with artists Liam Sharp and Nicola Scott, Rucka will weave a two-pronged storyline that promises to redefine Diana prince's origins and her current place in the DC Universe.
We were lucky enough to chat on the phone with all three creators this week. They shed more light on what the future holds for Wonder Woman, what role the Greek gods will play and how the two halves of the story will intersect in the months ahead. Scroll down to find out what they had to say.
Marvel’s Star Wars: Darth Vader ongoing comic series by writer Kieron Gillen and artist Salvador Larroca will be ending with August’s Issue #25.
Darth Vader’s solo series is one of three ongoing Star Wars comics -- the other two being Star Wars and Poe Dameron -- but now Gillen and Larroca are wrapping up their story that began just after A New Hope with Vader being held responsible for the destruction of the first Death Star, and will now end with him finding a way to regain his power, not to mention his good standing with the Emperor. The current, and now final, story arc is titled “End of Games,” so it's a wonder we didn't see this coming (the Dark Side clouds our vision, after all).
A French video games distributor appears to have revealed that the rumoured PS4 mid-generation upgrade will be released by September.
In a press release posted on Boursier (reported by Otaxou and translated by VideoGamer), Innelec Multimedia states that what it calls the Neo 4K (lining up with previous reports about the console's codename) will be released in "the first half of our fiscal year" - that's a date range of April-September 2016.
A Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Trilogy bundle has been spotted, indicating a May 17 release on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Listed on the Best Buy website, the 3-disc, $30 set comprises Modern Warfare, Modern Warfare 2 and Modern Warfare 3, as well as the Modern Warfare 2 Stimulus map pack.
Music plays a key role in the films of Richard Linklater, the writer-director meticulously picking songs to set the scene in Dazed and Confused, to suggest the passing of time in Boyhood, and to bring the rock in…well, School of Rock.
His new feature is no different, with Everybody Wants Some!! set in 1980, revolving around one guy’s first weekend at a Texas university, and powered by a soundtrack that combines pop and soul with new-wave, disco, and yet more rock.
So we asked the man himself about the songs that made the cut, the songs that didn't, what you do when you can't get a Michael Jackson track, and why Prince wouldn't let him have a funk classic...
“These are all songs that were either on the radio or minor hits” Linklater explains when we meet at a London hotel. “I had so much to pick from. It was probably the last era where I felt like I was in touch with the mainstream – whatever was popular. Being a young person then, listening to the radio. The 80s sent me underground pretty quickly. But this was to me the last moment. So when I started this I had 200 songs that I culled from memory. And the different genres too. There’s a lot – there’s so much that didn’t make it into this movie. Where’s the Elvis Costello? Where’s the Talking Heads? It’s endless what’s out there, and what ended up working in the movie, what you can get the rights to. So I started big – had a lot of options I guess. It just doesn’t work out with every song.”
Ubisoft CEO, Yves Guillemot has said that Watch Dogs 2 will have a "new tone", but didn't expand on what that might be.
Guillemot made the statement in an earnings call yesterday (transcribed by Gamespot), adding that it will feature "innovative" gameplay (although, you know, it would have been weird to hear him say that it featured "desperately hackneyed gameplay", so maybe don't take quite as much from that one).
Early signs are pointing to a Watch Dogs sequel that differs from its predecessor. Last week, a leak appeared to confirm a new main character, while its director has previously indicated that the studio was taking risks with the new game.
Ubisoft CEO, Yves Guillemot has said he expects traditional consoles to be replaced by "new types of consoles" - likely streaming-based - after the next generation.
"Now on the console side," Guillemot said on an earnings call yesterday (transcribed by Gamespot), "we expect there will be new consoles that are going to make this market continue to grow and we feel it's... we'll still have another generation of consoles before we have new types of consoles coming to the market."
As for what those new consoles will be, Guillemot was unequivocal: "We believe in streaming--it demands lots of bandwidth. We think it's going to grow but today, with the types of games we have, it will still take a bit of time to be more popular."
New details and footage of incoming PS4 racer Gran Turismo Sport will be unveiled during a UK event next week, Gran Turismo creator Kazunori Yamauchi has confirmed via PlayStation Blog.
Following the news and the showcasing of the new GT Sport trailer the stream will host a pre-season test of two FIA Gran Turismo Championship Cups; the ‘Nations Cup Pre-Season Test’ and the ‘Manufacturer Fan Cup Pre-Season Test’.
Several shows among FOX's freshman lineup won't continue for a second season, as its pair of new comedies The Grinder and Grandfathered have been canceled.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network's duo of underperforming Tuesday night shows are joined by several other newcomers, including Seth MacFarlane's animated series Bordertown and another live-action comedy, Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life.
Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.
Well, that was anticlimactic.
There wasn’t much hope that the Season 9 finale of The Big Bang Theory would suddenly reinvigorate a show that’s grown surprisingly aimless and unfocused in 2016. As far as major, season-ending conflicts go, Penny and Leonard deciding to get married again doesn’t rank high on the list. “The Convergence Convergence” found some humor in exploring the dynamic among Leonard and Sheldon’s parents, but it hardly felt season finale-worthy.
That fact was all the more glaring considering that this episode was essentially the second half of a two-part storyline. It’s rare to see a new episode spring so directly from the one that preceded it, but this one kicked off with Penny basking in the knowledge that she finally bonded with the stone cold Beverly and Leonard facing the fact that he just got roped into another wedding ceremony.
Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.
Well, damn, that was intense, huh? The penultimate episode of The 100: Season 3 was a very eventful one as the fight to stop ALIE amped up and nearly every characters life was on the line by the end – some rather directly.
Even if you saw it coming, that reveal with Jasper was harsh! Finally, Jasper was not just mending fences with Monty but also really coming out of the horribly dark place he’d been in since Season 2 ended and saying he was done blaming everyone… and then he freaking stabbed Monty and it turned out he’d taken the damn chip.
I was glad they had Jasper fill in the blanks here about taking the chip after what happened in the last episode. It tracked, given how he had been acting, though it also meant Jasper had really crossed a line – because yes, he’s right about misery and death following him and his friends everywhere but he’s seen how dangerous Alie and her followers are. So by joining them, he was actively putting his friends lives in jeopardy, which was made clear by him nearly killing his best friend.
Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.
Legends of Tomorrow’s first season has been a flawed experience at best, with a lot more ups and downs than either Arrow or The Flash grappled with in their respective first seasons. That said, the series has finally seemed to find its footing in recent weeks. There’s been a noticeable uptick in quality with this last string of episodes leading into the finale. The show has found the forward drive and impetus it lacked early on, and that fact only became more evident with this penultimate installment.
The deck was certainly stacked against our heroes this week. Savage has returned to 2166 with the captive Kendra and Carter in tow. Jax was stranded in 2016, which meant Professor Stein was slowly dying as a result. Mick faced imminent brainwashing and a life of servitude to the Time Masters, while the rest of his teammates faced only death. And all the while, Rip was burdened by the revelation that his entire crusade was nothing more than a cog in a vast machine being controlled by the Time Masters.
ABC's crime drama Castle won't continue for a ninth season, as the network has decided to cancel the show after Season 8's final episode airs next week.
News of the show's cancelation comes by way of Deadline, who notes the decision is a surprising one, coming shortly after ABC negotiated new deals for Nathan Fillion, Seamus Dever and Jon Huertas to return for a potential ninth season. However, the decision to not bring co-lead Stana Katic back had led to considerable fan backlash, which may have been a factor in ultimately deciding to end the show. Two different endings were shot for next week's Season 8 finale - one that could have set up Season 9 and another more definitive one that will now be used.
While not a surprise, it’s a sad day for Agent Carter fans as ABC has cancelled the series and won’t be bringing it back for a third season
THR reports the news, confirming what many suspected was the likely outcome, given Agent Carter’s ongoing struggle for viewers, despite strong reviews and good buzz. Season 2 unfortunately had notably lower numbers than Season 1, and as THR notes, the show never could match the viewership of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, the show it would air in place of in the middle of the season.
Cater star Hayley Atwell will not be missing from ABC for long though, as the network has ordered her new series, Conviction, reports EW. Atwell stars as lawyer and former First Daughter who accepts a job with a NY District Attorney "to avoid jail time for cocaine possession and avoid hurting her mother’s Senate campaign.”
Marvel's Most Wanted -- the Agents of SHIELD spinoff -- has been passed on by ABC.
Most Wanted, which focused on Adrianne Palicki as Bobbi Morse and Nick Blood as Lance Hunter, was ordered to pilot back in January. ABC's then-president Paul Lee (who has since left the network) spoke highly of the project at that time, saying the network "love
The network has ultimately decided to pass on the show, The Hollywood Reporter said.
According to the official Marvel's Most Wanted logline, the show would have followed Morse and Hunter as former spies and former spouses on the run from a whole bunch of enemies looking to collect a bounty on their heads.
Space Jam director Joe Pytka doesn't think a sequel to the live-action/animation basketball film is a good idea.
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Pytka was blunt about Space Jam 2 with Cleveland Cavaliers star Lebron James. "Don't do it. It's doomed," he said.
"Michael Jordan was the biggest star on the planet."
The Space Jam filmmaker was calling attention to the fact that James has arguably already been surpassed in the NBA by Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry. And the sequel won't even be out for at least a couple of years.
Willem Dafoe will appear in DC's Justice League movies, but it hasn't been clear what role the actor will play. A new rumor, however, suggests Dafoe will play an Atlantean in the film.
Sources at Birth.Movies.Death. have no more information regarding exactly which Atlantean the actor might be taking on, but it's previously been reported that Dafoe's character will be a "good guy" in Justice League.
Atlanteans—for those unfamiliar—are not Mermen, but the native species of the continent of Atlantis. A.k.a., Aquaman's home town.
According to numbers released by the NPD Group today, Dark Souls III was the best-selling game for April 2016 in North America.
The top 10 list several console exclusives, with Star Fox Zero for Wii U premiering at the 10 spot ND Quantum Break, the Xbox One exclusive, coming in 7th overall. But the biggest console-exclusive title in the top 10 was Sony's Ratchet and Clank, which took second place.
Here's the entire list for April 2016: