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Cloud 9 Expands its Overwatch Roster With Acquisition of Laser Kittenz

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Cloud 9, having announced their spot in the Overwatch League representing London last week, has picked up the full roster of Laser Kittenz. This comes just a week away from Overwatch Contenders– Europe Season 1. Laser Kittenz took third place in Contenders Season Zero.

Cloud 9 also signed Laser Kittenz manager Alicus, who now serves as their Overwatch Manager. In a statement released by the organization, Jack Etienne, CEO and Founder of Cloud 9, said of the pickup: “What Laser Kittenz were able to do in Season Zero grabbed everyone’s attention, myself included. From top to bottom the organization proved themselves committed to competition, devoting their talent and time to earning their place in Season One. I’m excited to welcome them to the Cloud9 family and we’re all looking forward to adding to their already long list of accomplishments.”

Alicus himself said of the opportunity: “It is a great honor to join Cloud9. Jack is a true industry leader, and the iconic brand he has built here speaks for itself. I’m happy to be able to fully focus on equipping us with the best possible chance at winning Overwatch League, and the road starts now with Contenders. Representing London is a dream come true and marks my return to the UK scene. I look forward to making all our fans proud.”

London is the first city in Europe to represent the Overwatch League, so many fans will be looking to Cloud 9 in Contenders and the first season of the League for a strong performance. Cloud 9 EU will be made up by:

Andreas “Nevix” Karlsson (DPS)

Finley “Kyb” Adisi (DPS)

Carl “crems” Aspehult (Flex)

Tiago “mowzassa” Rodrigues (Tank)

Luis “Greyy” Perestrelo (Support)

Ryan “CrusaDe” van Wegen (Support)

Cloud 9 did not clarify what this means for their current US based team. With talent like Surefour, Roolf, Adam, Gods, and xepheR, Cloud 9 seems to have more than enough flexibility in their lineup. The US Cloud 9 team did not qualify for Season 1 of Contenders. This marks an important step in the path to the Overwatch League, as smaller teams dissolve and are acquired by larger organizations.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Sets Dates for the Next Multiplayer Beta

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 is getting closer and closer, and Activision has announced when players will be able to get their hands on the next game. This means that there will be several chances to try it out before it comes out. If you paid a lot, you might be able to play for more than a week at the end of August and beginning of September.

Call of Duty Early Access will run from Friday, August 30th, to Wednesday, September 4th, as announced on its blog. This is two days after the Call of Duty Next showcase, which is set for August 28th. To play, you must have already bought Black Ops 6.

The open beta is the following weekend, and anyone who wants to can join. The fun will start on Friday, September 6th, and end on Monday, September 9th. The full release is set for October 25th of next month on PS5 and PS4.

How excited are you for the next Call of Duty game? Are you going to play Black Ops 6 in either the Early Access or Open Beta versions? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Ten million people play The First Descendant in its first week

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The free-to-play shooter The First Descendant has gotten a lot of attention in its first week. The game’s publisher, Nexon, says that 10 million people have already tried it out.

Insider Gaming pointed out that since there is no cost up front, it’s still too early to tell how many of those players will stick around, but it’s still a big number for a new IP. On Steam alone, it peaked at 264,860 concurrents right after launch and has still managed to break 200,000 in the last 24 hours, so it looks like a lot of people are still really into the game.

It was a “mindless and repetitive grind,” and we gave The First Descendant a 3/10 in our review. Of course, that’s just one opinion; other experts have had different ones. Most people, though, say that the game’s annoying free-to-play model is the worst thing about it.

Are you one of the millions of people who played The First Descendant last week? Are you going to come back for more? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Raiden, the famous shmup series, will come back as a twin-stick shooter on PS5, PS4, and PC

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Raiden has a long and interesting history as a vertical shooter in arcades. However, the series is going to get a Super Stardust HD makeover, which means it will switch to a twin-stick format. It comes out in Japan on October 31. There’s no word yet on when it will come out in the West, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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