News Digest 23: Top Gaming News This Week

29 January, 2020 | By Anzu

Plenty of action continues in esports and gaming, and we are here to bring you our roundup of this week’s top news:

Activision Blizzard has announced that it is relaunching its esports competition series. The new Call of Duty League will be played as a city-based franchise league comprising 12 teams, and each city will host live competitions. Read more on SVG News.

As Activision Blizzard continues its renewed push in esports, it has signed an exclusive multi-year deal with YouTube for live-streaming of its esports events worldwide. Variety reports that the partnership will boost YouTube Gaming over Twitch, which was earlier an exclusive streaming partner for Activision Blizzard’s Overwatch League.

If you have been our regular reader, you would remember we wrote about an esports-themed hotel was coming up in Osaka. Now, classic video game maker Atari has announced its plans to partner with a design agency and built video-game themed Atari Hotels in the U.S. Not only will the hotels provide Atari-themed lodging, but also lots of video gaming, including the latest VR and augmented reality experiences, Entrepreneur reports.

Japanese game developers are taking on the rising wave of popularity of esports and learning from the success of Fortnite to leverage mobile games. GungHo Online Entertainment, known for the hit mobile game Puzzle & Dragons, is eyeing a global esports presence with Teppen, a competitive online card game. Read more on Nikkei Asian Review.

 As we inch closer to the launch of the much-awaited Playstation 5, industry watchers are already looking at the “next-gen console wars.” In an opinion piece comparing pitting the Playstation 5 against Microsoft’s yet-to-be-released Xbox Series X, Forbes writes, “both systems promise to bring a big leap in gaming fidelity and horsepower over the current crop of consoles. But Sony has some clear advantages that should give it a decisive edge in the next-gen console wars.” Do you agree?

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