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AMA: Creative Director Brenden “PLAYERUNKNOWN” Greene

Brenden “PLAYERUNKNOWN” Greene dropped by the Top PUBG subreddit today to answer some questions from the community. While we didn’t get any groundbreaking info from the Creative Director, we did learn some interesting details on what to expect moving forward and some answers on some of the more frustrating issues players have experienced with the game.

Some of the biggest issues that players face while playing PUBG is the net code, server tick rate, and hit detection in the game. These have been issues that fans have been waiting to see improvement on since the release of early access and when asked about the net code issues Brenden gave the following response:

“This is not an easy task, and may take many months to implement but I understand your frustrations, and while I can’t speak to specifics about what and how we will optimize the net code (as it’s beyond my understanding) we will continue to apply optimizations and work to improve all the things you mentioned. It is one aspect of the game we want to improve!”

As we move later into the year, and the list of features being added to the game continues to grow, many have started to wonder if PUBG will keep its official release window and what features will be included when it moves from early access to launch. Thankfully, Brenden touched on the subject by giving a hard list of features that will be in release and reassured players it will be moving from early access before the end of the year.

“So, just to clarify what we will 100% be adding for the full release:

  • User interface rework
  • Profound debugging of the vehicles physics (This will be an ongoing process continuing after full release)
  • Bullet physics rework
  • Audio mix and volume rework
  • Client heavy optimizations (This will be an ongoing process continuing after full release)
  • Network code, predictions and tempo management heavy optimizations (This will be an ongoing process continuing after full release)
  • Improving server’s stability, and increase in performance and tick rate (This will be an ongoing process continuing after full release)
  • 3D Replays

Again, I just want to remind everyone that full release of the game doesn’t mean we stop development. We are building out a service that we intend to improve on over the coming months and years, and even if we don’t get everything into our full release, we will be working to add any missing features in the months and years following our move to 1.0”

Along with touching on net code and the features that players can expect to be added before the game moves into full release, Brenden also dropped a few new surprises that will be coming to the game. These surprises include improvements and reworks of Erangel, major improvements to the FPP experience, 3 new vehicles, and crosshair customization.

For full details on everything that was discussed be sure to head over to Reddit and check out the Full AMA. Also, be sure to drop a comment and let us know what you thought of the AMA and what features you are looking forward to the most for PUBG.

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ESL One NY: A Clean Sweep Grants FaZe the Title

The ESL One New York Counter-Strike tournament ended this Sunday, and FaZe won following a 3-0 clean sweep against Team Liquid.

Source: HLTV

On their way to the finals, FaZe went 2-0 during the group stages and 2-0 during the semifinals against Cloud9.

This is the first time FaZe competed with their newest roster after acquiring Fnatic’s olofmeister and NaVi’s GuardiaN in August. The eight-team tournament featured Astralis, Liquid, Na’Vi, SK Gaming, Virtus.pro, EnVyUs and Cloud9 and served as a great platform for the teams to display their performance along with their new rosters.

In an interview done to HLTV FaZe’s Nikola “Niko” Kovač compared the team to the old Fnatic, in the sense that they have a group of versatile players who know what to do in order to win every round.

The tournament featured a $250,000 prize pool, and with their win FaZe took $125,000.

The final standings and full prize pool break down for the event where as follows

ESL One New York final standings:

1. Europe FaZe – $125,000
2. United States Liquid – $50,000
3-4. Brazil SK – $25,000
3-4. United States Cloud9 – $25,000
5-6. Ukraine Natus Vincere – $8,500
5-6. Denmark Astralis – $8,500
7-8. Poland Virtus.pro – $4,000
7-8. France EnVyUs – $4,000

Now that the dust has settled, what did you think of the event?

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New CS:GO Case! Spectrum 2 Case Announced Today

Today has been a big day for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive! First, we see the release of the game to China which will bring a new level of competition to the game. Then on top of this major announcement also comes news that every trader loves to hear – the release of a new case for the game!

Announced today via the Patch Notes for the latest update to CS:GO is the inclusion of the newest case coming to the game: the Spectrum 2 Case! The Spectrum 2 Case will feature 17 new skins designed and voted on by the community. Along with these new skins, the rare special item for this case will be the second generation of knives in Chroma finishes.

Here is a look at the new skins that will be included in the Spectrum 2 Case as well as a look at the new Chroma Finishes for the knives:

The new Spectrum 2 Case marks the first edition of new skins to the game since the release of the Spectrum case included in Operation Hydra. With these new cases being added to the OPSkins Marketplace which new skin do you plan on picking up?

 

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ESL One: New York 2017 CS:GO Tournament

 

ESL One: New York kicks off at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in New York City from September 15 – 17th. The CS:GO tournament is part of the Intel Gran Grand Slam Season 1 and features a $250,000 prize pool.

The Intel Grand Slam will give $1,000,000 to the first team that wins four out of 10 premier events of either ESL or DreamHack. This prize is given directly to the players, and there is a spoils bonus for any team that defeats another team with three out of four victories.

Eight teams will be playing for the chance to take home the largest share of the prize pool.  The tournament features some of the best talent from the Americas with teams such as Cloud9, and European team Virtus.pro who won the DreamHack Masters in Las Vegas 2017 back in February. You can watch the tournament on ESL’s Twitch.

The teams are divided in two groups, and using a double elimination format, the teams will make their way to the playoffs. Teams are:

Group A:

  • SK Gaming
  • Cloud 9
  • Natus Vincere
  • Team EnVyUs

Group B:

  • FaZe Clan
  • Astralis
  • Team Liquid
  • Virtus.Pro

Who do you think will prove victorious?

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Win $500 and Have Your Work Featured on OPSkins!

Updated 9/29/17 – Congrats to the winner! https://twitter.com/opskinsgo/status/913898390257356801 

Want a chance to win $500 and have your work seen by millions of OPSkins customers? Submit a GIF of your best artwork for the OPSkins Custom Ajax Loader contest, now through September 23rd.

We could just use a boring loading icon like this:

But we really want one that represents the OPSkins brand. If we like yours the best, we’ll add $500 in cashoutable OPSkins Wallet Funds to your OPSkins account. Here are the full entry requirements:

  • 256 x 256 px
  • Transparent background
  • Must include OPSkins branding (logos can be downloaded here: OPSkins-logos)
  • To submit your entry, tweet us a link to the GIF at @opskinsgo and include hashtag #OPSkinsAjaxContest

Looking forward to seeing your work!

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PUBG Releases September Update

The time has come! Today PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS has released its latest update to the live servers!

This patch brings many new features to the game that should spice things up for players as they strive to secure their chicken dinners. The first on that list is the highly anticipated Foggy Weather setting. The Foggy Weather setting has a low probability to occur during a match once the patch hits the live servers. The setting will hinder players sight, making it difficult to spot opponents at range, thus, forcing players to engage at closer distances.

The patch also brings the addition of the Mini-14 to the arsenal of weapons available to players on the island of Erangel. The Mini-14 is a semi-automatic marksman rifle that can equip sniper rifle attachments for both muzzle and magazine slot and can also equip any optic in the game. While the Mini-14 has lower damage than the other DMR’s in the game, it makes up for it with its very high muzzle velocity and low bullet drop. As we mentioned in an earlier post, only apparel items are available for trading but hopefully soon though we will see some amazing Mini-14 skins available to rock in our loadout.

When it comes to the map itself, there are also some major changes to the northeast sector. The changes are as follows: a rework of Stalber to include various military base style buildings and new houses, as well as the addition of a brand new city named Kameshki which is located east of Stalber.

Finally, along with the new additions to the game, the patch also promises better optimization, optimized UI, new crosshair settings, and various other updates. For the full patch notes be sure to head over to the PUBG site and be sure to let us know what you think of this newest patch!

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Update

Valve has released a new patch for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. While the patch notes are not the largest, the update does fix some growing issues that the community has been seeing in the game.

The patch primarily focuses on the inclusion of Person to Person trading in the Perfect World build of the game as well as also focusing on fixing crashes and errors that people have been reporting.

The full patch notes are as follows:

[ PERFECT WORLD ]

– Enabled person to person trading.

[ MISC ]

– Fixed a rare crash on dedicated servers that disallowed votes.

– Fixed players sometimes losing helmets when restoring round backups in tournament matches.

 – Added error detection when failing to fully initialize NVIDIA graphics driver.

Be sure to check back as we bring you the latest CS:GO Updates and let us know what you would like to see from the game in the future!

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PUBG: Changes to Water and Blue Zone

Water Camping and Blue Zone Camping. It’s something that almost every one of the 1 million concurrent players who play PUBG will experience at some point. Whether it’s someone camping in the Blue Zone for half the match only to come out at the last moment, or someone swimming underwater while you try to unload bullets on them – only to find that with the current ballistics, swimming underwater makes a player near invincible.

These are issues that have been present since the start of the game. However, after the first eSports showing for PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS these issues have grown more common and have become a tactic used by some of the top teams in eSports to secure that chicken dinner.

This weekend during a conversation about the Curse Trials matches, Amir Khair, the eSports Program Manager at Bluehole, shed some light on important changes in the works. These changes will not only affect the general gaming community but also greatly improve the state of eSports for the game.

After the Gamescom event, Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene informed players that the Bluezone was something that was being worked on internally at the studio. Then after another incident last night, Amir Khair once again assured that the changes were in the works. However, no ETA or firm details on the changes have been made available yet.

Not stopping there, Amir also went on to add that a new Ballistix Update is in the works. Water would become penetrable and it would no longer be safe for a player to hide in.

These new changes and updates will hopefully eliminate some of the more “Cheesy” tactics teams have been using, not only in eSports but the general game play moving forward. With the changes to the Blue Zone potentially limiting how long a player can survive, and hiding under water no longer a get-out-of-jail-free card in a gun fight, we should hopefully see the action in the matches ramp up.

With these new changes in the works, along with the new Mini 14, and the Foggy Weather Settings being added, what else would you like to see added or changed in PUBG moving forward? Be sure to leave a comment below to let us know!

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Twitch H1Z1 2017 Invitational Crates Promotion!

Daybreak Games have partnered with Twitch to bring players an exclusive deal on the new H1Z1: KotK Invitational 2017 Crates. For a limited time, only these crates will be available through the Twitch.tv Store.

The crates will come in bundles of 2, 5, 20, and Ultra-Rare guaranteed 50 packs. In addition to the in-game pack, each purchase will also include two Twitch.tv crates. The crates will include Emotes, Badges, and other limited edition items from your favorite twitch streamers.

If that wasn’t enough to get players excited, as an extra bonus every time a player opens a Twitch.tv crate they have a chance to win an exclusive Ultra-Rare Twitch parachute skin, which is the first of its kind in the game.

Since the release of the crates, the Ultra-Rare Twitch Parachute skin has been sitting at the impressive price of $21.99 on the OPSkins marketplace. There’s speculation among H1Z1 traders that this price will rise as this promotion winds down. The tournament ends October  22nd.

So be sure to pick up those crates and let us know what skins are your favorite in the H1Z1 2017 Invitational Crates!

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PUBG New Foggy Weather Preview!

It has been a big day for Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene, the creative mind behind the mega hit that is PLAYERUNOWNS BATTLEGROUNDS. Since its release, the game has climbed to the top of the most played game charts and today finally hit the milestone of breaking 1 million concurrent players.

To celebrate the success of this latest milestone, Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene released a brand new peek of the Fog weather effect coming to PUBG in the next updates.

While the new weather might not be the new map that players have been dying to learn more about, this latest weather mode looks to spice up the gameplay while fans wait. This new weather mode will be making its appearance with the highly anticipated addition of the Mini-14 in the update coming to PUBG.

How do you think the latest weather mode will affect the gameplay in PUBG? And what other weather types would you like to see?

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