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2K Announces Evolve Proving Grounds Tournament, $60,000 Grand Prize

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2K and Turtle Rock Studios team up with ESL to host the Evolve Proving Grounds where top Evolve players can win prizes and show their hunting skills.

Evolve has been an esports powerhouse since release creating an audience on the circuit almost instantly. The multiplayer focused title was simply an esport fans dream title and 2K Gaming was quick to capitalize on all esport buzz around Evolve, kicking off the hugely successful ESL Go4Evolve Cups and ladder system. Now they’re back with an all new tournament called the Evolve Proving Grounds that will truly put hunters and monsters skills to the test.

The Evolve Proving Grounds tournament will go from April 26th-May 31st and is open to anyone with an Xbox Live Gold membership and ESL account. Tournament participants will be divided into two regions, North America (Canada Mexico, US) and Europe (Any country that doesn’t fall into the North America region) with four qualifiers for each region. Each qualifying round has slots for 128 five player teams to battle it out. Teams who come out during the four qualifying rounds will win a trip to their region’s semifinals. You can see the full schedule below:

  • 26th April: 14:00 CET – EU qualifiers | 22:00 CET – NA qualifiers
  • 3rd May: 14:00 CET – EU qualifiers | 22:00 CET – NA qualifiers
  • 6th May: 14:00 CET – EU qualifiers | 22:00 CET – NA qualifiers
  • 10th May: 14:00 CET – EU qualifiers | 22:00 CET – NA qualifiers
  • 24th May: EU semifinals at the ESL studio in Cologne, Germany
  • 31st May: NA semifinals at the ESL studio in Burbank, California
  • The week of 15th June: Global Finale in Los Angeles

The prizes for the Evolve Proving Grounds qualifiers unsurprisingly are small with $100 to the first place team and $50 going to second place. The semifinals held in Cologne and Burbank is where 2K steps up the prize pool with $2,5oo and an invite to the global final for first and second place teams. Finalists will also have their travel and accommodations covered by 2K for the Global Finale in Los Angeles.

All of us will then be able to watch the top two teams from both regions fight for the title and the grand prize on Twitch. The Evolve Proving Grounds will have a $100,00 prize pool, that alone should get the attention of the top players on the circuit. The pool breaks down like this: First place teams will land themselves a grand prize of $62,500, second place: $20,000, third place: $12,500, fourth place: $5,000.

It may not be the million dollar grand prize up for grabs in the Call of Duty Championships but this a big start for the Evolve competitive market. So gather your team and test your skills in the Evolve Proving Grounds. You can find all the information on the tournament here.

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“Really pleased” with Sea of Thieves PS5 sales, Microsoft

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After the recent port to PS5, Microsoft is “really pleased” with the overall sales and performance of Sea of Thieves. As a result, more people are playing the Xbox and PC versions as well. Matt Booty, president of game content and studios at Microsoft Gaming, said this:. He also said that the success of the series means it can grow and that more money should be spent on a Variety podcast interview.

Microsoft is bringing four games that used to only be available on Xbox to other systems. Sea of Thieves was the last of these games to come out. The others are Pentiment, Grounded, and Hi-Fi Rush. Even though things have been going well lately, Booty says that more ports will be dealt with “case-by-case.”

News spread before the port came out that Sea of Thieves was being used as a “key test” to see if more Xbox-only games would be ported to PS5, PS4, and Xbox One. In May 2024, the game was the best-selling PS Store game in both Europe and the US. It also did well in the weekly sales charts.

Aside from the four games that have already been ported to Xbox, nothing else has been officially confirmed. However, news reports say that a lot of exclusive games may be about to come to other platforms. Some say that PS5 games like Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II, Starfield, and a rumored remaster of Halo: Combat Evolved are all being thought about.

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The new game from Danganronpa’s developers is being published by Aniplex, a Sony company, but it won’t be coming out on PS5

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The upcoming game from the creators of the Danganronpa series has found a publisher in Sony subsidiary Aniplex. However, it’s worth noting that it won’t be initially released on the PS5. It is highly likely that The Hundred Line: Last Defense Academy will be released on Sony’s system at a later date, just like Master Detective Archives: Rain Code in October. However, the development team is currently focusing on prioritizing the release of their latest title on the Nintendo Switch and PC.

Described as a strategy game, the title allows players to step into the shoes of teenager Takumi Sumino, who resides in the perpetually secure Tokyo Residential Complex. When monsters suddenly unleash chaos upon the town, Takumi finds himself thrust into the Last Defense Academy. His mission? To protect the school alongside 14 other students for a grueling 100 days.

As one would anticipate, alongside the strategic gameplay, it is crucial to foster strong relationships with your comrades. Moreover, the outcome of the game can vary greatly, with a staggering 100 possible endings contingent upon the choices you make. We will reach out to Aniplex to inquire about the possibility of a PS5 port. However, it is important to note that Aniplex operates independently from PlayStation, as it falls under the Sony Music umbrella.

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The photo mode in Alan Wake 2 on PS5 doesn’t hold many surprises

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Most new games these days have some kind of photography feature, so it’s hard to remember a time before Photo Modes. Some developers don’t think it’s important for players to be able to take pictures right away, so the feature is added later. One great example of this is Alan Wake 2, which now has Photo Mode thanks to a new update that is now available.

If you look at the trailer above, you can see that you can really get creative with your photos by adding cool borders, overlays, and filters. We always like photo modes, where you can move different lights around in the scene. As the video shows, Remedy really lets you use your imagination with the different colors and lighting props.

 

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