1. Hearthstone Hits
Time to get your card on. Blizzard just announced that collectible card game Hearthstone is officially out of beta and is in release mode for PC. It’s also expected to hit mobile platforms later this year.
Since the game, based loosely on WarCraft, emerged in closed beta in August of last year, it’s become a major part of the eSports scene. There have been tournaments and exhibitions at the BlizzCon Invitational and Major League Gaming and Electronics Sports League. Now that it’s fully released, expect even more eSports love for Hearthstone.
2. Nadeshot and OpTic Gaming Move On in CoD Championship
It wasn't easy, but Matt "Nadeshot" Haag and his OpTic Gaming teammates made the top eight Call of Duty teams traveling to Los Angeles for this summer's Call of Duty Championship finals, with a prize pool of $1 million.
On Twitter, Nadeshot said: "We're gonna use the next 2 weeks to tighten up a few maps and game modes that we're weak on right now. If we do that, we'll be really strong."
3. Bitcoin Subreddit Considering Sponsoring eSports Team
The moderators of the Bitcoin subreddit say they are considering using some of the money earned from donations to sponsor Axiom eSports for a trial period of six months to help promote the virtual currency and the subreddit. It wouldn’t be the first time, they would dip their toes into the eSports world. Earlier this year, they sponsored a showmatch between pro StarCraft stars Naniwa and Scarlett, organized by TotalBiscuit for the prize of 14 bitcoin.
The Bitcoin subreddit folks also said the sponsorship for Axiom would include branding online and on uniforms and a future StarCraft tournament of some sort.
4. Dota 2 on the Rise in China
The Chinese company behind the local launch of Dota 2 is reporting increased revenues, a significant amount attributed to the rising popularity of Valve’s MOBA.
Chinese law requires Western developers partner with a local company to get a game to market. Perfect World opened Chinese Dota 2 servers up for open beta in April 2013. Since March 2012, the number of players in mainland China have risen from 620,000 to 803,000.
5. Map Madness Coming to World of Tanks
Wargaming has released some details about "Map Madness," a new World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition campaign mode where players fight against, or alongside millions of gamers worldwide and work together to unlock epic new maps in a community challenge.
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