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Need for Speed Heat races back to the market

Ghost Games has announced Need for Speed Heat, the next ‘street racer versus cop’ game. It features expressive customisation, authentic urban car culture, and an immersive narrative that pulls players into the game.

Click below to watch the trailer and to read about the game.

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Need for Speed Heat sends players to Palm City, a new open-world where street racers have gathered to make their names known. By day, players compete in the Speedhunters Showdown, a sanctioned competition where they earn Bank to customise and upgrade their garage of high-performance cars.

At night, players risk it all to build their Rep in underground races where a rogue police task force roams the streets, ready to take racers down and swipe all their earnings. The roads, the risks, and the rides never end in this street racer where a player can roll deep with their crew, build their garage full of hot cars, and make the city their nonstop playground.

“We’re delivering more options than ever before for players to be unique and make themselves known,” said Riley Cooper, Creative Director at Ghost Games. “Our fans have been clear that they want more cars, more customisation, and more challenges, and we’re tuning up on every aspect. From your character’s style to your car’s performance and your driving style, we’re fuelling everyone’s creativity with this new game.”

Fans who pre-order the standard edition will get a K.S Edition styled Mitsubishi Evolution X in game. Pre-ordering the Deluxe Edition adds three K.S Edition styled cars (BMW i8 Coupe, Mercedes C63 AMG Coupe, Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport), access to exclusive deluxe edition character clothing, and increased earnings of in-game currencies Bank and Rep. Anyone who pre-orders Need for Speed Heat in-game from Need for Speed Payback on any format will also get a 10% discount as a Loyalty Reward. 

Need for Speed Heat launches 8 November, 2019 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Jump into the game first on 5 November, 2019 with EA Access and Origin Access Basic to enjoy up to 10 hours of play time as part of the Play First Trial, or sign-up for Origin Access Premier to get full access on PC.

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New ‘phone-optimised’ streaming service launches

A long-awaited streaming service called Quibi has launched. The service promises a new way to watch bite-sized series – and users decide whether to watch in portrait or landscape, writes BRYAN TURNER.

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TV content has needed a major refresh for a long time now. With Netflix and Showmax, we’ve seen a major uptake in mobile watching – but not in content. Enter Quibi, a streaming service that’s tailored to how users watch content on their devices – with the option of landscape or portrait, and not for longer than 15 minutes.

The service looks like a nice mix between Netflix and TikTok, with longer, premium-produced content in 10-minute bite-sized episodes. Quibi says it will present fresh content from today’s top talent – one quick bite at a time.

Series are split in episodes as usual and movies are split by chapters, that make both types of content possible to consume in smaller chunks. This makes the service ideal for those who don’t have a full 90 minutes to take in a movie, but still want to watch something equivalent.

Choosing to watch in landscape or portrait is a reality, thanks to what Quibi calls Turnstyle – a feature that allows users to opt between watching in either format. This means that two copies of a show are streamed at the same time, and users can rotate their phone to get another perspective on the content.

In a seriously saturated market of streaming services, Quibi doesn’t have an extensive catalogue of old content or “franchise heroes”, as other services do. Instead, it offers a fresh set of content with well-known talent like Tyra Banks, Idris Elba, Will Arnett, Tom Cruise, Laura Dern, Zac Efron, and Crissy Tiegen.

Quibi’s chairman, Jeffrey Katzenberg, is best known for reinvigorating the Disney brand between 1984 and 1994 when he served as chairman of Walt Disney Studios.

The service is launching with around 50 shows and movies, ranging from unscripted reality shows to scripted films.

Quibi costs R130 per month with no ads. In the US, a cheaper plan at $4.99 per month is offered with some ads. For a limited 90-day free trail, download the Quibi app before the end of April before subscribing.

Quibi is available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

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NBA video game tournament to show on ESPN

Brooklyn Nets’s Kevin Durant and Atlanta Hawks’s Trae Young are among NBA players
competing in an NBA 2K20 video game tournament premiering early tomorrow morning on ESPN.

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2K, the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), have announced the NBA 2KPlayers Tournament, an NBA 2K20 video game tournament between 16 current NBA players. Beginning today, 3 April, in the USA, on ESPN and ESPN 2, players like top seeds Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets and Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks will compete in a single-elimination, player-only tournament on Xbox One. The tournament will screen at 1am on Saturday, 4 April, South African time. 

The winner will be crowned the “ultimate NBA 2K20 champion” and select a charity beneficiary to receive a $100,000 donation from 2K, the NBA and the NBPA, in support of ongoing coronavirus relief efforts. 
  
“We’re thrilled to partner with the NBA and NBPA to bring basketball back to fans throughout the world and to help those in need during these uncertain times,” says Jason Argent, 2K Senior Vice President, Sports Strategy and Licensing. “Entertainment, especially sports, has the ability to bring communities together – including athletes, fans and families – and we hope that everyone will enjoy the tournament.”  
  
Matt Holt, NBA SVP of Global Partnerships, says: “We are excited to tip off the first ‘NBA 2K Players Tournament’ in partnership with the NBPA and 2K, continuing an ongoing effort to stay connected with NBA fans around the world, while also giving back in this time of need.” 

“This tournament offers an opportunity for our players to compete with one another while also supporting their philanthropic efforts and engaging with their fans,” says Josh Goodstadt, EVP of Licensing for THINK450, the commercial arm of the NBPA. 

 Based on players’ seeding – which is determined first by NBA 2K rating, second by tenure – players will go head-to-head online in NBA 2K20. Prior to the tournament beginning, players will choose eight of today’s NBA teams, each of which can only be used once. If a mirror match is set, the away team is awarded first choice of team. Rounds one and two will be single elimination, with the semi-finals and finals running best of three.  
  
Player Seeding*: 

  1. Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets (96) 
  2. Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks (90) 
  3. Hassan Whiteside, Portland Trail Blazers (87) 
  4. Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz (87) 
  5. Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns (86) 
  6. Andre Drummond, Cleveland Cavaliers (85) 
  7. Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls (85)  
  8. Montrezl Harrell, LA Clippers (85) 
  9. Domantas Sabonis, Indiana Pacers (85)  
  10. Deandre Ayton, Phoenix Suns (85)  
  11. DeMarcus Cousins (81) 
  12. Michael Porter Jr., Denver Nuggets (81) 
  13. Rui Hachimura, Washington Wizards (79) 
  14. Patrick Beverley, LA Clippers (78) 
  15. Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings (78) 
  16. Derrick Jones Jr., Miami Heat (78) 

*Participating players subject to change. 
  
Tournament coverage begins 3 April at 7:00 pm ET (or 4 April at 1:00 am), with a matchup between Jones Jr. (16) and Durant (1) tipping off at 7:30 pm ET (1:30am). Jones Jr. and Durant will each play as one of their pre-selected teams, with Jones Jr. choosing from the Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Dallas Mavericks, LA Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers, and Durant choosing from the Brooklyn Nets, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, LA Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder and Utah Jazz. 
  
Tune-In Schedule: 
  
Round 1 
Saturday, 4 April:  

  • 1:00 am – 1:30 am SAST: NBA 2K Players Tournament Preview Show   
  • 1:30 am – 2:30 am SAST: Derrick Jones Jr. (16) vs. Kevin Durant (1) 

 Saturday, April 4: 2:30 am – 5:30 am SAST 
  
Sunday, April 5: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm SAST 
  
Quarterfinals 
Wednesday, 9 April: 1:00 am – 5:00 am SAST  
  
Semifinals & Finals 
Saturday, April 11: Timing to be announced. 
  
For more information on NBA 2K20, please visit https://nba.2k.com/2k20/, become a fan on Facebook, follow on Twitter and Instagram, or subscribe on YouTube.  

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