News Digest 28: Top Gaming News This Week

5 March, 2020 | By Anzu



Spring is almost here! We’re excited about sunny weather, AND for more exciting news in the gaming industry this week:

With that, let’s take a look now at the biggest newsmakers in the gaming industry this week:



Nvidia’s GPU Technology Conference, which would have brought more than 10,000 people to San Jose three weeks from now, will be online-only this year. It seems that GTC has gone the way of the GDC, Mobile World Congress, F8, and numerous other major events that are rightly concerned that such a high concentration of international travelers might prove to be a breeding ground for the coronavirus currently spreading worldwide. Read more on TechCrunch.



Torque Esports' UMG teams will partner with Activision Blizzard to host an eight-week Overwatch collegiate series, reports the Esports Observer. The “UMG Overwatch Collegiate Clash” is expected to start in late March. The tournament participants are set to compete for $40,000 in the form of scholarship prize money that will be used to “further esports” at their respective schools.



Some big news for FLASHPOINT: the league has announced a partnership with betting operator Pinnacle to make it the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive league’s first official sponsor. The deal will see Pinnacle sponsor pre-show activities for featured matches and provide its match odds for in-play betting. More details on Esports Insider.



Riot Games has revealed a new first-person shooter game “Valorant,” slated to launch this summer. According to CNBC, the free-to-play PC title will pit teams of terrorists and counter-terrorists against each other to complete certain objectives. A scary, and exciting, prospect.



The future of cloud gaming is still undetermined. Case and point: a new publisher pulled its software from the Nvidia’s GeForce Now cloud gaming service. The Verge dives into the controversies and cloudiness of cloud gaming. Spoiler: ask for permission first.


 
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