1. Gamers for Giving Event Features eSports
Ex-Halo pro Dave “Walshy” Walsh is among the impressive cast of professional gamers taking part of 6th Annual Gamers for Giving event. The event, taking place at Eastern Michigan University on February 8th and 9th, raises funds to help send portable video game kiosks to children’s hospitals and also sends video game care packages to troops serving overseas.
Players at the event will try their hands at Call of Duty: Ghosts, League of Legends, StarCraft 2, Halo 4 and Killer Instinct. Gamers for Giving will be internationally live broadcast on Twitch.
2. LoL Celebrates the Chinese New Year
Once again League of Legends is celebrating the Chinese New Year with a “Lunar Revel” event. Since it’s the Year of the Horse, we were secretly hoping for a new centaur champion, but there’s still plenty of interesting rewards.
From now until Feb. 11, players can visit the LoL website and choose between one of three different paths they want for their region. Once the Revel is complete, players who have been online the last three months will get a special summoner icon for that path. Four additional icons will be available that can be earned by completing different in-game tasks.
Three new skins will also be available during the Revel: Dragonblade Riven, Warring Kingdoms Tryndamere and Lunar Goddess Diana.
3. The Return of Golden
It was less than two months ago when StarTale's Jo "Golden" Myeong Hwan lost to Sasha “Scarlett” Hostyn at Red Bull Battle Grounds, ending his career with a final GG. But Golden just announced on Twitter that two months after his retirement from professional gaming, he’s returning to competitive play. Golden said he thought he had to join the Korean military in March, but instead doesn’t have to go until December. Will this be Golden’s golden year of StarCraft?
4. NFL Players Answer the Call of Duty
It wasn’t quite the Super Bowl, but Kansas City Chiefs star Jamaal Charles topped Green Bay Packers’ linebacker Clay Matthews 3 games to 2 in the Celebrity Grudge Match of Call of Duty: Ghosts. The battle between NFL pros was part a publicity push celebrating the launch of the Onslaught DLC map pack for Ghosts on Xbox One. It features four new multiplayer maps, a new Extinction mode and the all-new Maverick weapon. The real question: who has better hair, Charles or Matthews?