Razer, in partnership with Las Vegas-based Gaming-Grids, has announced the first phase launch of Razer Arena, a new gaming ecosystem powered by the voice chat gaming messenger, Razer Comms.
Razer Arena is a single platform that brings together competitive gaming tools typically reserved for professional-level gamers. With automatic match creation and reporting, tournament and match lobbies, match notifications, and more, Razer Arena provides a seamless experience without the hassle of uploading screenshots or replays. Razer Arena also allows match teammates and opponents to easily communicate.
In the first phase, users will be able to participate in daily challenge cups to get familiar with the tournament platform, as well as participate in tournaments produced by selected partners.
In the second phase, slated for March 2015, users will be able to host their own private tournaments. Successful Razer Arena tournaments may be featured alongside professionally organized events.
Razer Arena will feature:
· Automatic match creation and reporting
· Match-reminder notifications
· In-game voice chat powered by Razer Comms
· Chat lobbies for the most social and interactive gaming experience powered by Razer Comms
· Anti-cheat engine to ensure fair play
· Single elimination format
· Custom competition creation and management with friends, schoolmates and colleagues – Coming March 2015
“Tournament platforms focus heavily on the professional gaming scene, leaving out the majority of gamers,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “That ends today with Razer Arena. Finally it’s easy to find the best gamers in your school or your office. There are competitions for every skill level, from casual to pro. You decide how and with whom you compete.”
Gaming Grids President and CEO Dana Garvey says: “We are very excited to partner with Razer on the Razer Arena platform. Razer’s devotion to the gaming industry and e-Sports is once again demonstrated with this latest product.”
Collegiate Star League Founder Duran Parsi says: “We’re pretty excited to be able to give each of our universities the ability to run their own training competitions and qualifiers leading up to the season. Razer Arena provides both users and organizers an amazing platform to run competitions in the smoothest way possible.”
At launch, Razer Arena will support the following titles:
· Battlefield 4
· Dota 2
· Counterstrike: Global Offensive
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South Park makes Switch
Ubisoft and South Park Digital Studios have announced that South Park: The Fractured But Whole is available now on Nintendo Switch.
Created, written and directed by Trey Parker and Matt Stone and developed by Ubisoft San Francisco, South Park: The Fractured But Whole is an outrageously offensive superhero adventure that players can now experience anywhere, anytime on the Nintendo Switch. South Park: The Fractured But Whole is rated PEGI 18.
In addition to the base game, the first two pieces of add-on content, “Danger Deck” and “From Dusk Till Casa Bonita”, will be available for purchase either separately or as part of the season pass. The third piece of add-on content, “Bring the Crunch”, will also come to the Nintendo Switch when it releases this summer.
In The Fractured But Whole, crime is on the rise in South Park, and the streets have never been more dangerous. As the sun sets on the quiet Colorado town, terror, havoc, and chaos are unleashed as the seedy underbelly of the city comes alive. The town needs new heroes to come to the rescue. Eric Cartman seizes the opportunity to save the town and create the best superhero franchise ever, his own Coon and Friends, with himself, The Coon, as the leader.
In Danger Deck, players will be teleported to never-before-seen locations throughout South Park to fight enemy encounters custom-crafted by the Freedom Pals. These increasingly difficult encounters will test and push the limits of any superhero.
In From Dusk Till Casa Bonita, Mysterion’s sister is in trouble. She’s fallen in with the Vamp Kids of South Park, who have descended upon Cartman’s favorite restaurant, Casa Bonita. Players will need to fight darkness with darkness and embrace the new Netherborn class, which offers four new occult powers. Enter the battle alongside a new buddy, Henrietta the Goth.
Defining moment for Lara Croft
Square Enix has announced that Shadow of the Tomb Raider will be available for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC/Steam. All platforms will launch simultaneously on 14 September 2018.
The game has been described as Lara Croft’s defining moment, coming in the wake of the new Tomb Raider movie recently released. It reboots the franchise with a stronger, less sexulaised female character.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider will be unveiled on April 27. Fans around the world can visit www.TombRaider.com for a chance to play the game and meet the developers at one of three exclusive reveal events.