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Turtle Beach Announces Partnership with Eclipse Club

SAN DIEGO, CA – July 25, 2017 – Leading gaming headset and audio accessory brand Turtle Beach Corporation (NASDAQ: HEAR) furthers its global esports reach with today’s announcement of a new partnership with Eclipse Club – a top Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) team in China. Eclipse will exclusively use Turtle Beach’s new Elite Pro – PC Edition as their official gaming headset and will make their first partnership appearance to meet fans at the Turtle Beach booth at ChinaJoy 2017 in Shanghai on July 27-28, 2017.

Eclipse was founded by legendary CS:GO athlete and Alex Bian Zhengwei who is acknowledged as the first Counter Strike player in China. He brought together top professional gaming teams All Gamers and Band of Fire under the banner of Eclipse Club earlier this year. Though the respective teams were relatively young, their disciplined tactical training approach and experienced coaching have already brought Eclipse early tournament victories, and there’s little doubt that they will reach the top podium at future tournaments.

“China is the biggest game market in the world with PC gaming counting for more than half of the total gaming audience, and it’s an honor for us to partner with the dynamic Eclipse team, its legendary founder, and their up-and-coming players to highlight the importance of audio to gamers in China,” said Juergen Stark, CEO, Turtle Beach Corporation. “We look forward to working with Eclipse and sharing and learning from their insights using our Elite Pro – PC Edition as we look to broaden our reach even further in the PC gaming space in the future.”

“It’s a privilege to be working with a global leader in gaming audio when it comes to building our team on the best foundation possible,” notes Alex Bian Zhengwei, World champion EEWC player and the founder and head coach of Eclipse Club. ”When we play, precision is paramount and we need the very best tools in order to win, and using Turtle Beach’s Turtle Beach’s Elite Pro – PC Edition headsets ensures we have the best audio gear for our prep and competitions.”

Turtle Beach’s Elite Pro – PC Edition was designed from the ground-up for today’s generation of esports athletes and hardcore gamers playing on PC, delivering powerful DTS Headphone:X® 7.1 Surround Sound and Superhuman Hearing™ via the included USB amp, and innovative comfort-driven technologies to ensure players stay comfortable and cool under fire. Elite esports performance, ultimate comfort. The Elite Pro – PC Edition is available globally at www.turtlebeach.com and participating retailers for a MSRP of $199.95.

For more information on the latest Turtle Beach gaming headsets and audio accessories, visit www.turtlebeach.com, and be sure to follow Turtle Beach on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

THQ Nordic Announces Gamescom 2017 Lineup

Vienna, Austria, July 25th 2017: Gamescom, one of the world’s biggest gaming conventions, is upon us and THQ Nordic is happy to announce its biggest line up so far. This year, during the event in Cologne, Germany, THQ Nordic will present a total of eight games, with two yet to be announced.

The short breakdown: Journalists and players alike can look forward to playing a near-to-final version of ELEX, the open world RPG from Piranha Bytes. Coming to PlayStation™4, Xbox One and PC on October 17th.

Battle Chasers: Nightwar was nominated for the “Best RPG of E3” award and is shaping up nicely for its multi-platform release on October 3rd. For the first time, you can get your hands on the game on the Nintendo Switch.

The multiplayer beta of SpellForce 3 is now running and has already seen thousands of players contributing providing valuable feedback to the development process. At gamescom, the focus will be on SpellForce 3’s deep single-player campaign.

Firstperson underwater shooter Aquanox: Deep Descent will show its campaign for the first time to journalists and players alike.

For The Guild 3 you cannot only expect to see an improved version and advanced gameplay, but we will also have a surprise announcement to make.

The recently announced cooperation with Bugbear Entertainment for Wreckfest allows the game to make a pit stop at gamescom where it will show off a raft of new content for upcoming updates.

The first new announcement is a brand new original IP. This open world RPG is set in a unique universe and will be a post-apocalyptic kung-fu fable.

The second new announcement is a new instalment of a well-known, mysterious and horrific IP.

THQ Nordic will be in gamescom’s Entertainment Area, Hall 8, Booth A011. All the games revealed above will be fully playable during the show.

Bond 25 Gets Release Date

London and Los Angeles, (July 24, 2017)—Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, EON Productions and Gary Barber, Chairman & CEO, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. announced today 007 will return to U.S. theaters for the 25th installment of the James Bond franchise on November 8th, 2019 with a traditional earlier release in the UK and rest of the world.

Bond 25, the next adventure in the long-running action franchise, will be written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, long time collaborators and writers on previous Bond films including Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre. The film will be produced by Wilson and Broccoli.

Additional details regarding distribution, including international release dates, the film’s cast and director, will be announced at a later date.

Warframe Harrow Profile Video

LONDON, ON – July 24, 2017 – Independent developer and publisher Digital Extremes is proud to announce the newest Warframe® update, “Chains of Harrow”, arrives on PlayStation®4 and Xbox One today with Harrow, a menacing new Warframe who wields divine powers and offers a terrifying new, lore-based quest.

Today’s update is also time to rejoice for new and veteran players alike because it brings the start of a planned graphical overhaul of the Solar System beginning with Earth. Dubbed “Earth Remastered,” the newly enhanced Earth turns the formerly good-looking planet into a lush, beautifully lit, organic environment.

With Chains of Harrow, Warframe players (AKA Tenno) will descend into a haunting new quest resembling a horror film. In response to a disturbing transmission from Palladino, the Red Veil Clan’s spiritual medium, Tenno are compelled to investigate a dark, mysteriously abandoned Steel Meridian spacecraft found adrift. Inside the vessel, lights flicker and emergency lights strobe, revealing bodies of dead crew members. All is quiet except for whispers heard echoing throughout the lifeless craft. What does it all mean? Players must uncover the terrifying reality of what happened onboard, how the Red Veil might play a part in it, and more.

Chains of Harrow is loaded with additional content — from new enemies and weapons to new cosmetics, Captura tiles, an Octavia Instrument Pack, and more:

  • Play as Harrow: Harness the power of the Void to bolster allies’ defenses and amplify their lethality with Lotus’ newest Warrior, Harrow, using four deadly abilities:
    • Condemn – Cast a wave of energy that chains them where they stand. Each enemy held reinforces Harrow’s shields.
    • Penance – Sacrifice shields to boost reload, and fire rate while converting damage inflicted on enemies into health for Harrow and nearby allies.
    • Thurible – Channel Harrow’s energy into the Thurible to generate a buff. The more energy channeled, the longer the buff will last. Once finished, kill enemies to bestow nearby allies with bursts of energy. Headshots produce extra energy.
    • Covenant – Protect nearby allies with an energy force that absorbs all damage and converts it to a Critical Chance bonus for all those under the Covenant. Headshots are amplified even further.
  • Take the Quest: A disturbing transmission from Red Veil’s spiritual medium leads to an abandoned Steel Meridian vessel adrift on the outskirts of Earth. Inside, strange whispers echo throughout the lifeless vessel. What force unleashed this evil and how can it be stopped? (The Chains of Harrow Quest will appear in the Codex for those who have completed The War Within and unlocked Mot in the Void.)
  • Earth Remastered: Experience Earth like never before with the beautifully remastered Earth environments. Clash with Grineer amidst luscious vegetation and envelope your Warframe in the naturalistic lighting and a remastered soundscape. Visit any of the Earth Terrain Missions to experience this stunning overhaul.
  • New Grineer Enemy: Nox is a new enemy that is part of the Elite Chem Strike Unit. Nox wields a toxin-filled heavy gun that shoots blobs of toxic goo that attach themselves to targets before exploding. Take out these gruesome enemies by shooting their glass helmets and exposing their deteriorating skin. Beware of their final moments, as they explode into a lethal cloud.
  • New Weapons:
    • Knell (pistol): Ring the death knell. Every headshot from this scoped pistol increases Critical Chance for a short period.
    • Scourge (spear): Blast targets with corrosive plasma projectiles, or toss the scepter to inflict nearby enemies with an energy field that amplifies their brain waves to attract bullets.
  • New Syandana: A “priestly” addition, the Nave Syandana completes Harrow’s iconic look.
  • And More: Check out the new Captura Tiles (Forest tiles), Octavia’s Anthem-related Instrument Pack (Corpus & Grineer Packs), Glaive and Melee Rework (all melee throwing weapons can be used concurrently with secondary weapons), Harrow’s Alt-Helm, new Riven Mods for Melee Weapons, and more.

Chains of Harrow releases today on PlayStation®4 and Xbox One.  Please visit the official Warframe website at www.warframe.com to join the community on PC, Xbox One or PS4 and download the game for free. To keep up with the latest updates from the development team, be sure to follow Warframe on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

Nickelodeon Announces Stop-Motion Halloween Special

July 22, 2017 – Fans filled the room to the gills at San Diego Comic-Con 2017 for Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants: The Legend of Boo-kini Bottom panel on Saturday, July 22. During the panel, series’ notable voice actors Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick), Rodger Bumpass (Squidward), Carolyn Lawrence (Sandy) Clancy Brown (Mr. Krabs) and surprise guest Brian Doyle Murray (Flying Dutchman) performed a live table read of a fan-picked classic episode, “Shanghaied.”

Moderated by Claudia Spinelli (Executive in Charge, SpongeBob SquarePants, Nickelodeon), a look at the upcoming SpongeBob SquarePants stop-motion special was given from Nickelodeon’s Vincent Waller (co-executive producer), Marc Ceccarelli (co-executive producer), Mr. Lawrence (story editor, voice of Plankton) and Screen Novelties’ Chris Finnegan, Seamus Walsh and Mark Caballero.

The panel’s sneak peeks included: The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom trailer and clip, highlighting the upcoming stop-motion special, premiering October 2017, and a first look at Boo-Kini Bottom’s spookiest citizen, the Flying Dutchman in stop-motion.

As previously announced, The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom is being produced at Screen Novelties, a Los Angeles-based stop-motion animation production company, where miniature puppets and sets bring Bikini Bottom to life in three dimensions. The production features 27 unique sets, across five stages, where 15 boxes of breakfast cereal were used to create texture on Bikini Bottom’s coral reefs; eight pounds of glitter were used to decorate SpongeBob’s Halloween pineapple house; hundreds of popsicle sticks created the planks of the rollercoaster track that Patrick and SpongeBob ride; and “black lights” were used to create a fluorescent glow across the puppets and sets.

Marc Ceccarelli and Vincent Waller are the supervising producers on SpongeBob SquarePants. The special was written by Mr. Lawrence, with Brian Morante serving as the storyboard director. The special is being directed by Mark Caballero and Seamus Walsh, and produced by Chris Finnegan of Screen Novelties.

Viewers can visit the SpongeBob SquarePants page on Nick.com, the Nick App and the Facebook page, along with the SpongeBob Facebook page and SpongeBob Instagram, to get an exclusive look at the series. Episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants are available on Nick.com and the Nick App, along with platforms including iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play, Vudu and Nick On Demand.

SpongeBob SquarePants is voiced by Tom Kenny as SpongeBob SquarePants, an incurably optimistic sea sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea; Bill Fagerbakke as Patrick Star, SpongeBob’s silly best friend; Roger Bumpass as Squidward, an aloof cashier of The Krusty Krab and SpongeBob’s neighbor; Clancy Brown as Mr. Krabs, SpongeBob’s boss and greedy owner of The Krusty Krab; Carolyn Lawrence as Sandy Cheeks, Bikini Bottom’s only resident rodent aquanaut and scientist; and Mr. Lawrence as Plankton, owner of the Chum Bucket and chief rival of Mr. Krabs.

SpongeBob SquarePants is executive produced by creator Stephen Hillenburg, who previously worked as a writer, director and creative director on Nickelodeon’s animated series Rocko’s Modern Life. Hillenburg graduated from the California Institute of the Arts with a master’s degree in experimental animation and studied marine biology and art as an undergraduate. Hillenburg created and executive produced his first feature film, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, which debuted Nov. 19, 2004 and his second theatrical, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, hit theaters Feb. 6, 2015. The series is produced at Nickelodeon in Burbank.

Arrow Season 6 Casting Surprise at SDCC 2017

BURBANK, Calif. (July 22, 2017) — Hot on the heels of the explosive season five finale, cast and producers of The CW/Warner Bros. Television’s hit DC series Arrow dropped a casting bombshell at the show’s 2017 Comic-Con panel session on Saturday, July 22. In addition to the return of fan-favorite guest star David Nykl (who plays Oliver Queen’s friend/mentor/nemesis, Anatoly Knyazev), the series can look forward to the addition of a landmark actor from the genre series world: Lost star Michael Emerson. Talk about a person of interest!

Michael Emerson will join the series in the recurring role of an unnamed mystery character that has yet to be announced. The Emmy®-winning actor is known worldwide for playing both the enigmatic Benjamin Linus from Lost and the high-tech billionaire Harold Finch in Warner Bros. Television’s Person of Interest.

Arrow returns for its sixth season on October 12 in its new Thursdays 9/8c time period on The CW. Based on the DC characters, the series is executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg, Wendy Mericle and Sarah Schechter. Arrow is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television.

Star Trek Discovery Series Trailer

SAN DIEGO – JULY 22, 2017 – Earlier today at Comic-Con International, fans from around the world were given a sneak peek at the new series trailer for STAR TREK: DISCOVERY during a panel with cast and creatives from the series. The newest edition of the Star Trek franchise is set to premiere in the U.S. on CBS All Access Sunday, Sept. 24, following a broadcast premiere on the CBS Television Network.

The STAR TREK: DISCOVERY panel, moderated by series guest star Rainn Wilson (“Harry Mudd”), featured a conversation with cast members including Sonequa Martin-Green (“First Officer Michael Burnham”), Jason Isaacs (“Captain Gabriel Lorca”), Doug Jones (“Lt. Saru”), Shazad Latif (“Lt. Ash Tyler”), Mary Wiseman (“Cadet Sylvia Tilly”), Anthony Rapp (“Lt. Paul Stamets”) and James Frain (“Ambassador Sarek”). They were joined by executive producers Alex Kurtzman, Gretchen J. Berg, Aaron Harberts, Heather Kadin and Akiva Goldsman.

ABOUT “STAR TREK: DISCOVERY”
STAR TREK: DISCOVERY will follow the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new life forms, and one Starfleet officer who must learn that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself. The series will feature a new ship and new characters while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers.

The series will premiere on the CBS Television Network Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017 with all subsequent episodes available on CBS All Access, the Network’s digital subscription video on demand and live streaming service, and will be distributed concurrently by CBS Studios International on Netflix in 188 countries and in Canada on Bell Media’s Space channel and OTT service CraveTV. STAR TREK: DISCOVERY is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Alex Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout, Bryan Fuller’s Living Dead Guy Productions and Roddenberry Entertainment. Alex Kurtzman, Bryan Fuller, Heather Kadin, Gretchen J. Berg & Aaron Harberts, Akiva Goldsman, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth serve as executive producers.

Train Sim World: Great Western Express Launch Date

CHATHAM, Kent – July 21, 2017 Dovetail Games, the multi-award-winning simulation game developer and publisher, is pleased to confirm the latest installment of its next-gen train simulator, Train Sim World®: Great Western Express, will launch Aug. 24, 2017 on Windows PC.

You’ve been invited to work for Great Western Railways as a driver of high-speed and commuter passenger trains on one of Britain’s busiest railways. Train Sim World®: Great Western Expressgives you a timetable to keep and thousands of passengers to transport on time, meaning your skill, focus and endurance will be tested to the limit.

The first-person simulator experience sees you departing the busy London Paddington terminus, where you’ll have to negotiate the intense traffic and adverse signals, keeping to rule – and keeping your nerve.

Take control of the iconic Great Western Railways HST and command it to 125 mph along the Great Western Main Line; experience a full ‘day-in-the-life’ in Service Mode, which features the recreation of an entire 24-hour timetable based on real-world activities; hop on and off a range of services as they carry out their duties.

Take control – or ride along – the choice is yours.

Powered by Dovetail Games’ proprietary SimuGraph® vehicle dynamics engine and Unreal Engine 4® technology, Train Sim World uses real-world data to accurately replicate the performance, sounds and feel of real trains.

Catering for players of all ability levels with accessible tutorials for beginners and advanced procedures for experts, Train Sim World lets you climb into the cabs of three very different locomotives, experiencing the thrill of high speeds or the pressure of arriving on time. Live out your dreams exploring the highly detailed and immersive environment – access all areas in Great Western Express!

Train Sim World®: Great Western Express is available to pre-order now for existing CSX Heavy Haul owners at the special price of $11.99. Alternatively, a bundle of both CSX and the Great Western Express installment can be preordered for just $41.58, a savings on the post-launch bundle price.

Matt Peddlesden, senior producer on Train Sim World at Dovetail Games, said, “We can’t wait for people to get their hands on Great Western Express and experience true next-gen train sim action. The HST is one of the most iconic and interesting to drive locomotives in the history of British railways, and it’s been a labor of love bringing it to life for everyone to enjoy in the Great Western Express.”

For further information, please visit www.trainsimworld.com.