Twitch Promotes The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Trolling and Hilarity Ensues


The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt became a promoted game on Twitch early this morning/afternoon and hilarity ensued. We’re not sure why the game was promoted but our best guess is that Twitch is gearing up for streamers who receive the game early to stream it prior to its release or CD Projekt Red being the developers doing a special stream, much like Bungie did with its Destiny Prison of Elders stream the other night with Professor Broman.

What ever the case, a few random accounts decided to take advantage of this and garner cheap views for their channels. It took roughly 10 minutes before Twitch removed all accounts streaming under the game tag, and removed the tag from the promoted section entirely. One of our writers captured a mere two minutes of the stream which had garnered 150+ viewers within minutes.

The streamer proceeded to tell viewers not to report him as he would make a phone call to verify his stream. What followed was a long vulgar and un-funny prank call to some poor consultant.

Destiny’s Expansion II: House Of Wolves Livestream Details Announced


In case you have missed the livestream that Bungie held on 23 April with Deej (Bungie Community Manager), Christopher Barrett (Bungie Creative Director) and community member Gothalion, we have all the details for you. The livestream took viewers through a live tour of the brand new social space, The Reef, which will serve as a key location for the House of Wolves story, and where players will be able to pick up new bounties and missions, and purchase new gear.

During the livestream Deej, Christopher and Gothalion revealed details about new content, new vendors and more, including:

  • Petra Venj will be the main story agent who will lead you through quests and story missions, rewarding you for hunting down members of the House of Wolves
  • The new mode, Prison of Elders, is a cooperative battle arena. Variks, a Fallen from the House of Judgement, is the Prison warden, and players will be able to acquire new gear from him through playing the new mode
  • Trials of Osiris, the other new mode introduced in House of Wolves, is a weekly competitive special event which will run Friday to Tuesday, and players will be able to get new rewards and supplies via the mode’s emissary Brother Vance, Disciple of Osiris
  • Bounties, Vaults and Postmaster will be accessible in The Reef
  • Any legendary or exotic weapon or armour will be upgradeable to full attack and defence

You can always watch the full livestream on Twitch. Tune in next week on 30 April 2015 at 4.00am AEST on Bungie’s Twitch Page for more details on Trials of Osiris, featuring community member tripleWRECK. Destiny Expansion II: House of Wolves will be available on 19 May.

Wargaming.net League’s Biggest Event, The Grand Finals 2015 Is Almost Here


Wargaming was excited to announce that The Grand Finals 2015 is almost here. This weekend, the global elite of eSports will travel to Warsaw to battle it out for a slice of $300,000 and the chance to be crowned champion of the Wargaming.net League. The Grand Finals will take place at EXPO XXI from 25-26 April. On Day 1, doors open Saturday at 11:30 and the official opening ceremony will be at 11:45. All the action on Day 2 will begin at 11:00, with the matches kicking off at 12:00.

To celebrate Grand Finals, Wargaming will roll out a brand-new AMX 13 57. The AMX 13 57 is a Tier 7 French medium tank. It’s a swift shooter, great credit maker and comes with a unique Wargaming.net League paint job. Check out this exclusive vehicle by watching the video below and find out how you can snag it on thegrandfinals.com

As well as watching the 12 teams going head-to-head, there will be loads more entertainment. Wargaming will have two tanks outside the venue: a T34/85 and the M4AI Sherman for people to snap pictures and learn about their history. Attendees can get their hands on some Wargaming swag and other cool items from event partners and official giveaways. There’s in-game Gold and items to great hardware from GIGABYTE, HyperX and Razer peripherals. People can also win amazing clothing and accessories from J!nx and Musterbrand.

The MGT-20, Wargaming’s official military gaming truck will be rolling into the arena. It’s outfitted with 14 PCs and attendees can sign up for 7 vs 7 tournaments during breaks to test their skills. Sponsors will also have their own areas. At the Red Bull stand, players can try their hand at World of Tanks Blitz on iPad with multiple fun setups. Musterbrand will be showing off their World of Tanks clothing line with exclusive offers available. The paysafecard area will host quizzes letting visitors test their knowledge of World of Tanks and military warfare.

Admission for Grand Finals is free to everyone, no tickets or pre-registration required. For those who can’t make it, all matches will be live streamed from the official Wargaming.net League channel on Twitch.tv in English, Russian and Polish.

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Starting Tomorrow The Bungie Team Will Begin To Roll Out Information For The Upcoming Destiny Expansion II: House Of Wolves


Deej who is the Community Manager at Bungie will host a livestream straight from the studio with Bungie Creative Director, Christopher Barrett and community member Gothalion. They’ll take viewers through a live tour of the brand new social space,  The Reef, while discussing the new content, new vendors and more. The livestream will be exclusively viewable on 23 April 2015 at 4.00am AEST on Bungie’s Twitch Page. In the meantime enjoy the teaser and screenshots for it below:

Destiny Expansion II: House of Wolves will be available on 19 May 2015.

The Escapists and Twitch are a Deadly Concoction of Addiction


Like any good thief or con artist, the key to success is always a well thought out plan. However, in most circumstances a good plan won’t always result in a perfection execution. This rings true in The Escapists, in that even if you’ve planned out exactly how you’re going to escape and when to do it, you can’t always expect that you won’t run into any big hiccup that derails everything you’ve worked hard for.

After streaming the game for the better of 9 hours during my 3 playthroughs on Twitch, I hadn’t escaped the first and easiest prison, but I was determined.

Determined to sacrifice hours of my life, deprive myself of sleep, all to complete one section and entertain those who were watching. Spending an hour just figuring out what the hell to do, I came to the conclusion that Team17 had drawn inspiration from, FromSoftware. Thrown into the deep end after a very short tutorial on the basic game mechanics, and are expected to escape.

Running around performing daily tasks as to not raise suspicion with the guards, helping out other inmates to gain their trust, working out, stealing from inmates desks and more. Crafting items that will aid you in escape, hiding contraband as to not have them taken off you if you get knocked out or thrown into solitary confinement.

For a simple top down 8-bit game, it is extremely difficult and quite addictive.

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After figuring out what to do and crafting a shovel, when I started digging in my cell at night, I had forgotten to cover the hole with my desk, thus being caught and losing all my items. The next time I dug, I had acquired a guards outfit and a strong shovel through crafting, only to dig right in front of a guard tower as they hadn’t gone to sleep yet. Scrapping the digging and going for cutting the fence, I had all the tools needed to simply cut and escape, however again I didn’t think to wait for the guards in the outside towers to fall asleep.

All this over the course of 9 hours and even then I still hadn’t discovered the other ways I could have escaped the prison. Crafting duplicate coloured keys to open certain locked doors or climbing through vents to easily move around the prison at night. The possibilities were endless and I still needed to go about my daily routine. Working my job to earn cash, fulfilling tasks for other inmates to gain trust and have the ability to purchase items off of them.

Being in line for roll call morning and night, attending breakfast, lunch and dinner, exercising, and also shower time. Of course, during some of the tasks a player can choose to shakedown cell desks, and steal items with no penalty unless caught. Just don’t deprive yourself of the ability to increase your intelligence, speed and health as they are required for harder prison if you wish to escape.

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It’s crazy how a game like this can be so addictive, but it’s a testament to the fact that no matter how many times you fail, it makes succeeding that much sweeter. Like watching others player Super Meat Boy or Spelunky on Twitch, they might not be good at the time or take ages to complete a section but it’s the journey that matters. Being there through the tough and intense times makes for a great experience and even interacting with the person you’re watching giving them advice and hoping they succeed makes for great viewing.

I’m really happy that games like this are available on consoles, because I can come home after a day of work or gym, sit down turn on my Xbox One or PS4 and relax for a few hours in frustration. With in-built Twitch apps in both consoles making it easier for gamers to share content, it can get very time consuming watching others try to complete prisons you took hours to do.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt New Gameplay Footage with Live Developer Commentary and Q&A on Twitch


GOG.com invites everyone for a live session at Twitch, with 15 minutes of completely fresh The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt gameplay highlights and live developer commentary for an exclusive peek behind the curtains. Once the gameplay commentary is concluded, Damien Monnier, Senior Gameplay Designer, as well as Miles Tost, Level Desinger, will take the time to respond to live comments coming in via Twitch chat, as well as select questions from the GOG.com community forums. It’s the best opportunity to ask about all the saucy details of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt development at CD PROJEKT RED. The live stream will be hosted on 26 January at 7:00 PM GMT / 2:00 PM EST / 11:00 AM PST.

GOG.com’s pre-order offer for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt already includes instant access to Neverwinter Night, exclusive bonus music tracks, The Witcher House of Glass digital comic, and official papercraft toys. On 26 January, “The Witcher: Reason of State”, an interactive digital comic book, will be added as exclusive bonus content available instantly to everyone pre-ordering The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on GOG.com.The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is scheduled to launch on 19 May 2015 for Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4.

Battlefield Weekly Community Show Launches


There is a launch of a new community show hosted by EA’s Dan Sheridan AKA @EA_ActionMan and special guests. Battlefield Weekly will live stream on Twitch each Wednesday, between 6pm and 10pm GMT, for the next 10 weeks and will feature all the latest intel from the Battlefield and classic gameplay on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Battlefield players can sign up in advance each week at Battlefield Weekly Website for one of 60 spaces per platform that will be available for the live stream. Everyone who signs up will also have the chance to win Battlefield-themed prizes.

Week 1 which starts on 14 January, will see David Sirland join the live stream from DICE LA for a Q&A and prizes will include:

  • 1 x Razer Leviathan
  • 1 x XFX R9 290X GFX Card
  • 1 x Xbox One Green Camo Controller
  • 1 x Xbox One Green Camo Headset
  • 1 x PlayStation TV
  • 1 x Battlefield 4 Gunnar Gaming Glasses
  • 20 x 1 month codes for EA Access
  • Battlefield 4 Hoodies…and more!

72-Hour Minecraft Marathon to Raise Money to Help Severely Disabled Gamers


The ceaseless volunteers lead by Ethan Smith for MineThon will be streaming their last 72-Hour marathon in MineCraft for AbleGamers, which is a charity that helps people with disabilities play video games by donating accessible peripherals to people with disabilities and works with developers to make games more accessible. On July 25th at 6am EST, the MineThon team will start their marathon on their new 1,000 person MineCraft server donated by CreeperHost where they will feature lots of amazing raffles, auctions, and guest appearances from Minecraft celebrities. Donating $2.99 or more to AbleGamers will allow you access to the server to play alongside the MineThon streamers.

Steven Spohn, Chief Operations Officer of AbleGamers Charity, has stated that:

The outpouring of support from the MineThon stream and community over the years has been overwhelming. Between the raffles, special guests, mini-games, and auctions, there’s no shortage of exciting events happening over the 72 hours.

If you are a MineCraft fan and worried that you will miss out on the auctions and raffles, don’t worry as MineThon will allow shipping internationally. You can stream the marathon directly on Twitch from 6am EST on July 25th, and they will also be updating everyone about everything happening through their Twitter and Facebook channels. To start donating for this great cause head on over to MineThon.