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Call of Duty World League Set for Global Open Event Finale in Anaheim

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – June 15, 2018 – The Call of Duty® World League, Presented by PlayStation®4, returns to the Anaheim Convention Center for the final Global Open Event of the Call of Duty®: WWII season. From June 15-17, teams from around the world will compete on PlayStation 4 for a chance to battle on championship Sunday, and $200,000 in event pool prizing, as part of the CWL’s biggest season yet featuring a total prize purse of $4.2 million.

Anaheim will also host the Call of Duty™ Endowment CWL All-Star game as voted by fans, featuring eight players from each of the top teams currently competing at the CWL Pro League Stage 2. As part of the All-Star game celebration, the Call of Duty World League will make a $10,000 donation on behalf of the winning team to the Call of Duty Endowment, the official charity of the CWL, whose aim is to combat veteran unemployment and underemployment by helping veterans find high-quality jobs after their service.

“We are thankful to CWL for their invaluable partnership, which only continues to grow,” said Dan Goldenberg, Executive Director of the Call of Duty Endowment. “Their efforts and donations allow the Endowment to help many veterans find high-quality careers, which can be life-altering as they transition back into civilian life. We want to thank CWL for their continued support, without which we would not be on track to meet our goal of placing 50,000 veterans into meaningful employment by the end of 2019.”

Fans can watch the broadcast action online on MLG.com/CallofDuty and Twitch.tv/CallofDuty. Matches will also be available to watch on PlayStation®4 via the in-game Call of Duty®: WWII theater.

CWL Anaheim Open tickets are available now in multiple varieties, while supplies last. General admission passes for the event are available for $59.99 (plus applicable fees and taxes). A Premium Pass for the event is also available for $89.99 (plus applicable fees and taxes) and includes an event t-shirt and one month of MLG GameBattles Premium. A $299.99 (plus applicable fees and taxes) Prestige Pass is also available and includes an event t-shirt, event jacket, one-hour early entrance to the venue, access to the Prestige Lounge and more. For tickets, visit MLG.com/CWLAnaheim.

The top sixteen Call of Duty esports teams currently competing in the CWL Pro League Stage 2 have secured their spot for pool play competition. Four teams from the open bracket will move into pool play for a chance to compete for a share of the CWL Anaheim prize pool.

The sixteen pool play teams are:

  • FaZe Clan
  • Team Kaliber
  • Red Reserve
  • Team EnVyUs
  • Echo Fox
  • Splyce
  • Evil Geniuses
  • Epsilon
  • OpTic Gaming
  • Luminosity Gaming
  • eUnited
  • Rise Nation
  • Unilad
  • Complexity
  • Mindfreak
  • Tainted Minds

Visit CallofDuty.com/esports and follow the Call of Duty World League on Twitter and Instagram for the latest CWL updates. For live broadcasts and Video on Demand, visit MLG.com/CallofDuty.

Enlisted Will Launch on Xbox Game Preview in 2018

June 15, 2018 – During Microsoft’s 2018 E3 Stream, Darkflow Software and Gaijin Entertainment announced that their upcoming squad based MMO shooter Enlisted will release on Xbox Game Preview in 2018. Xbox Game Preview distributes games that are in-progress via Xbox Live for fans to enjoy before launch and share their feedback with developers.

Xbox Game Preview players will be able to strap on the boots of American, Soviet, and German soldiers, and jump into massive WWII battles with hundreds of soldiers and thousands of bullets flying everywhere. Enlisted’s unique game mechanics of an AI controlled squad transforms the traditional military multiplayer FPS game into a more realistic and chaotic warfare experience, making battles dynamic and massive. Enlisted offers several game modes for all tastes, from extended comprehensive battles through more fast-paced action to Battle Royale.

“We want to widen the genre of realistic FPS to a bigger audience. Realism should not always mean lengthy preparation and an extended road to the first battle. Realism should be the battle conditions and weapon characteristics being close to reality, it’s in the active interaction with your team or squad, it’s in the massive battles, where you can lose hundreds of soldiers in one assault. This is what we aim for in Enlisted”, – said Alexander Polyakov, lead producer of Darkflow Software.

The Xbox Game Preview version of Enlisted will allow players to test out and enjoy several game modes: Invasion, Offensive, City Battle, and Battle Royale. “Invasion” will offer battles with asymmetrical gameplay, where two teams will need to complete different tasks: one will be capturing and holding a large territory, while the second will try to liquidate all the invaders. The mode will throw players right into the heart of the battle. Each player will form and lead a squad of AI controlled soldiers. Squad members will follow players commands and provide them with additional lives – every time the main character dies, the player will get full control of the nearest soldier from their squad. This will help a player get back to the battle in a blink and participate in the combat longer.

Those who prefer a more consistent and thoughtful battle will enjoy “Offensive” mode. Here players will be able to build fortifications, drive vehicles, and use large caliber guns. The distances on the map will be greater than in “Invasion”, so the value of each decision and action will be higher. Players can also expect city battles for multiple numbers of participants.

The game will also feature a Battle Royale mode. This mode will include unique Team Battle Royale, where each of two teams will be representing one of the nations that fought in WW2. Players will be able to use heavy vehicles like tanks. The regular Battle Royale of Enlisted has already been presented in Cuisine Royale, an April Fool’s event. The game is now available as a standalone title on PC: http://gameroyale.net/

To follow the development process and apply for participation in alpha testing on PC, please visit the Enlisted official website: https://enlisted.net/

E3 2018 Sees Over 69K Attendees and Announces 2019 Dates

LOS ANGELES – June 14, 2018 – More than 69,200 people attended E3 2018, the year’s most influential and anticipated event for video games. Millions more around the world watched the week’s events online. The Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the trade association that represents the U.S. video game industry and owns and produces E3, also revealed that next year’s E3 will take place June 11-13, 2019 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. On E3’s final day, ESA announced Brigham Young University (BYU) took top honors as the winner of E3 College Game Competition.

E3 2018 featured more than 200 exhibitors, including 85 companies that were exhibiting at the event for the first time, showing 3,250 products and giving a behind-the-scenes look at the most anticipated games and announcements of the week at E3 Coliseum. Photo and video from the three days of the show are available on MultivuPictureGroup, and YouTube.

“E3 2018 was an enormous success, amplified by the thousands of gamers in attendance and millions more around the world who watched online,” said Michael D. Gallagher, president and CEO of ESA. “E3 2018 reinforced the cultural prominence of video games for a global audience. Congratulations to our innovative exhibitors, members, and partners and to the millions of gamers who celebrated a spectacular E3 with us.”

E3 exhibitor and ESA member, Epic Games, stated, “We had an amazing time celebrating Fortnite with our players and partners this year at E3. Bringing players together is an important part of what we do with Fortnite, and E3 is one of the best venues to connect face-to-face with fans, friends, and the industry.”

E3 welcomed 15,000 gamers to the show floor and offered them the chance to connect with the biggest names in video games and special guests from the world of entertainment at E3 Coliseum, including Westworld series creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, Elijah Wood, Amy Hennig, Darren Aronofsky, Jack Black, Hideo Kojima, and Camilla Luddington. Fans watching E3 Coliseum online also participated by submitting questions for panelists via Facebook.com/E3Expo.

Joining BYU in its top position, UQAT, the winner of ESA Canada’s E3 College Game Competition, and Lienzo, winner of ESA’s Mexican game competition, Videojuegos MX, also exhibited on the E3 show floor. The U.S. and Canadian college competitions recognize the best in college and university game design, giving an opportunity to show student-made video games alongside companies like Nintendo, Microsoft, Sony Interactive Entertainment, Bethesda Softworks, and more.

Sudden Strike 4 Finland DLC Launch Trailer

Ridgewood, NJ, June 14, 2018 — Kalypso Media is excited to announce the release of the next chapter in its World War 2 strategy heavyweight Sudden Strike 4. Finland – Winter Storm releases today on Steam and GOG, and is based on the events of the Russian advances on Finland during and after the Winter War, up until the Vyborg Offensive in 1944.

Offering two new mini-campaigns and six missions, the DLC faithfully recreates some of the war’s most important conflicts between the Finnish and Soviet forces. In the Soviet campaign, players will attempt to capture the village of Suomussalmi, protect the railway to Murmansk against a German-Finnish offensive and break through the Finnish defensive lines during the Vyborg Offensive. In the Finnish campaign, you must retake and hold the village of Suomussalmi while crushing Soviet reinforcements, seize back the Lähde sector and hold the final defense line in the Battle of Tali-Ihantala.

Alongside the new campaigns, Finland – Winter Storm also introduces three new doctrine commanders to choose from; artillery expert Vilho Petter Nenonen, tank general Ruben Lagus and renowned general Karl Lennart Oesch, all of which introduce new strategic options for tackling this latest set of challenges. You’ll also have 19 new vehicles to deploy, including new rescue vehicles, the Russian KV-1 and BT-7M, and the Finnish Stug III G and Flak 36.

Finland – Winter Storm is available now on PC (Windows, Linux and Mac via Steam and GOG) priced at $9.99, and will be included in the upcoming release of Sudden Strike 4: European Battlefields Edition on Xbox One on June 26, 2018. To celebrate the release, Kalypso has prepared a new trailer showcasing the new DLC in all its glory:

Shadow of the Tomb Raider E3 2018 Gameplay Trailer

LOS ANGELES, CA (June 11, 2018) – Square Enix®, Eidos-Montréal™, and Crystal Dynamics® delivered a new, never-before-seen video for Shadow of the Tomb Raider™ at the Square Enix E3 Showcase 2018. Featuring new gameplay and developer insights, the new footage showcases the high-octane action, conflict, and challenges that will lead to Lara Croft®’s defining moment.

E3 attendees will have the opportunity to experience Shadow of the Tomb Raider firsthand with playable demos at the Square Enix booth and the Xbox Experience at the Microsoft Theater. Meanwhile, the NVIDIA booth will host a behind closed doors, first time playable demo of Shadow of the Tomb Raider on PC.

In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Lara must master a deadly jungle, overcome terrifying tombs, and persevere through her darkest hour. As she races to save the world from a Maya apocalypse, Lara will ultimately be forged into the Tomb Raider® she is destined to be.

Created by a team of veteran TOMB RAIDER developers at Eidos-Montréal, in collaboration with Crystal Dynamics, the game will be available on September 14, 2018 for the Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One X, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and Windows PC/Steam®.

Related Links

Official Homepage: www.TOMBRAIDER.com
Official Twitter: @TOMBRAIDER
Official Facebook page: http://facebook.com/TOMBRAIDER
Official YouTube Channel: http://youtube.com/TOMBRAIDER

Bandai Namco’s Jump Force E3 2018 Trailer

LOS ANGELES, Calif., (June 10, 2018) – Leading developer and publisher of anime videogames, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc., has announced JUMP FORCE for the Xbox One® video game system, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and PC via STEAM®. The greatest heroes and villains from the 50-year history of Shueisha’s influential Japanese Weekly Shonen Jump® manga will battle against each other across iconic locations on Earth in this anime fighting game fan’s dream come true!

Featuring the world’s most popular and classic manga/anime franchises including DRAGON BALL Z®, ONE PIECE®, NARUTO®, and many others, players will be able to create their three-character manga/anime dream tag team and take them into battle in hyper-stylish arena brawls set against backdrops of famous landmarks around the world including New York City’s Times Square and the Matterhorn in the Alps. Utilizing Unreal Engine® 4, JUMP FORCE brings these titans of Japanese pop culture to life for the first time ever in stunning realistic detail.

The lines that separate our world from the JUMP world have been blurred, with evil forces spilling into the real world to rule over humanity. The greatest heroes known to manga/anime including Goku, Luffy, Naruto, as well as many others to be announced, must join together to triumph over the forces of evil seeping in from the JUMP world.

“With JUMP FORCE, we are thrilled to bring to life Shueisha’s deep catalogue of beloved franchises that has produced some of the most popular pop culture characters to ever come from Japan,” said Eric Hartness, Vice President of Marketing for BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. “JUMP FORCE gives fans of manga and anime a dream opportunity to see their favorite heroes come to life in our world in a globetrotting adventure filled with explosive battles of epic proportions.”

JUMP FORCE will be available in 2019 for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 system, and PC via STEAM. For more information about JUMP FORCE or other titles from BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc., please visit; https://www.bandainamcoent.com, or follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BandaiNamcoUS, or join the conversation at https://www.twitter.com/BandaiNamcoUS.

Square Enix E3 2018 Press Conference Live Stream

Square Enix will present their E3 2018 press conference today at 10AM. You can view the live stream on this page!

Lenovo Unveils Six New Gaming PCs for E3 2018

June 11, 2018 – A little over a year since unveiling Lenovo Legion, our dedicated sub-brand for PC gaming, we’re maintaining our commitment to providing premium and powerful gaming experiences with the latest hardware across laptops, towers and cubes. Today at E3, we’re announcing a new family of six gaming PCs – the Lenovo Legion Y730 and Y530 Laptops, T730 and T530 towers and C730 and C530 cubes. No matter the form factor, these powerhouse machines pack the needed punch to seamlessly play today’s most popular games, from action packed battle royales to epic role-playing game adventures. Each device comes with improved thermals to keep things cool when the competition heats up, providing that added peace of mind when pushing the boundaries of your game.

Catering to avid PC gamers who value substance as much as style, the latest from Lenovo Legion are redesigned from the ground up to offer a modern and polished aesthetic that does less to flaunt a flashy, juvenile look, and more to deliver high performance without the garish frills. We listened to feedback from thousands of gamers – professionals, parents, students – who all share a deep passion for gaming cultivated through years of playing their favorite titles. Like us, we know you do more than just game on your PC and having a rock-solid rig that looks as good with your crew as it does in front of your colleagues is important. Most of all, we obsessed over making sure that every component in the new Lenovo Legion devices is engineered to give you a powerfully immersive performance. The new Lenovo Legion line-up can handle nearly every flash and flare thrown at it, while staying sleek enough to match a professional lifestyle.

From the Office to the Living Room – Lenovo Legion Y730 and Y530 Laptops

The new Lenovo Legion laptops are built for today’s on-the-go gamer who travels light. Imagine the anticipation ahead of playing the hottest new title at lunch but having an important meeting on the same day. Rather than juggle two laptops in one bag, the Lenovo Legion Y730 and Y530 Laptops cater to both in one chic machine – effortlessly transitioning from work to play. Made of precisely machined aluminum and anodized in a sophisticated Iron Gray, the Lenovo Legion Y730 Laptop showcases ultrathin borders around its full HD IPS display. Meanwhile, the Raven Black Lenovo Legion Y530 Laptop has a subtle but compelling top cover texture that radiates out from the “O” in its Legion emblem. With the new laptops’ sophisticated design, gamers will no longer have to worry about judgmental eyes in business meetings.

Thinner, lighter and sleeker than before, the new laptops are ideal for those who want to focus on their game even when playing in public, instead of disturbing passers-by with the numbing glow of a typical gaming machine. Instead, the Lenovo Legion Y730 and Y530 Laptops provide a stealthy cover that allows users to travel and game discreetly. Paired with a Lenovo Y Gaming Armored Backpack1 with a dedicated laptop compartment, your gear will stay safe and sound from rush hour to happy hour.

Staying Cool Under Pressure

The notion of portability doesn’t have to mean bulky fans and poor cooling. We tested countless ways in achieving better thermals and invented a dual-channel cooling system with additional side vents and multi-length, multi-rotational fan blades in the new Lenovo Legion laptops – improving its airflow by 16 percent, with 10 percent cooler system temperatures compared to before. The result is more efficient cooling and whisper-quiet operations.

Immerse in Superior Sight and Sound

More than capable of handling some of today’s most demanding games, both laptops come fully-equipped with up to NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050 Ti GPUs, up to the latest 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 processors and Windows® 10. Their keyboards are made to offer under 1ms input response time – designed to deliver that split-second advantage in competition. The laptops’ optional 144Hz full HD IPS displays not only offer a higher refresh rate for smoother visuals and reduced motion blurring, but also thinner bezels with brighter panels at 300 nits – making characters come to life in crisp detail. The Lenovo Legion Y730 Laptop is the world’s first gaming laptop with Dolby Atmos® Speaker System with Dolby Sound Radar. Dolby Atmos Speaker System creates an amazing experience over Dolby® custom-designed and tuned PC speakers or over headphones.2 It delivers breathtaking, moving audio that flows above and around you, designed to place you inside the action as sound comes alive with richness and depth. The new Lenovo Legion Y530 Laptop natively supports Dolby Audio, which enables loud and clear sound. Combining crystal-clear visuals with incredible sound, the new laptops provide an all-around immersive gaming experience.

The Lenovo Legion Y530 Laptop is the mainstream option, while its higher-end Y730 Laptop offers overclocked gaming horsepower in a 17-inch or 15-inch screen, with optional 16GB CORSAIR® DDR4 overclocked memory. The Lenovo Legion Y730 Laptop is the world’s first gaming laptop with a CORSAIR iCUE® RGB backlit keyboard and system lighting, featuring six custom macro “Y” keys for added customization of more than 16 million color combinations.

To offer gamers in the U.S. even more choice, we’re also bringing to market a new Lenovo Legion Y7000 Laptop with an edgier chassis design featuring a backlit “Y” logo on its aluminum top cover, but with the same great performance on the inside as the Lenovo Legion Y530 Laptop.

Grab and Go Portability – Lenovo Legion C730 and C530

The Lenovo Legion C730 and C530 cubes cater to the avid gamer who needs a lightweight, space-saving form factor, yet also wants the benefits of a desktop computer. Redesigned into a portable 19L Iron Gray chassis, the new cubes are more compact and lighter than before – letting you take your highest settings virtually anywhere.

All the Colors of the Rainbow

With a convenient, integrated top handle, the easy-to-carry cubes can easily transport from your home to a friend’s place for an all-night gaming binge. Its fully transparent top panel offers a bird’s eye view into the heart of the rig – revealing its optional RGB system lighting for a mesmerizing array of colors on the C730, or clean red LED system lighting on the C530 – fully customizable through Lenovo Vantage.

Small but Mighty

But don’t be fooled by its small size. The Lenovo Legion C530 is our mainstream Windows 10 gaming cube at a more competitive price, while the C730 is a step up with premium features. Rocking up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPUs, up to the latest 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processors and optional overclocked 32GB CORSAIR DDR4 memory on the Lenovo Legion C730, it’s small but mighty – ready to unleash a powerful, VR-ready gaming experience. Enter and explore expansive worlds full of life and detail in its highest fidelity, or kick up your frame rate to enable sharp, lightning fast reflexes. Dolby Atmos on the Lenovo Legion C730 and C530 enables moving audio3 that will further immerse gamers so that you’ll hear every crumbling building and earth-shattering explosion in vivid detail.

The new cubes also feature a dual-channel thermal ventilation system for better heat management than before so you can stay engrossed in uninterrupted gameplay.

Two Towers of Power – Lenovo Legion T730 and T530

The Lenovo Legion T730 and T530 towers serve as the stunning centerpiece to a killer gaming setup. Sporting a polished design in a 28L chassis, the Raven Black Lenovo Legion T530 shares the same subtle top texture as the Y530 Laptop radiating out from its power button. The Lenovo Legion T530 features red lighting behind its thermal venting, while Lenovo Legion T730 has a full internal and external RGB system lighting behind a clear window on the side that reveals its roaring engine within.

Overclocking for the Win

Easily handling today’s most demanding AAA games and graphically intensive applications, the VR-ready Windows 10 towers boast up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPUs and up to the latest 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processors. Squeeze every drop of performance from your Lenovo Legion T730 and go beast mode with its optional 32GB DDR4 overclocked CORSAIR VENGEANCE® memory and up to two 512GB PCIe RAID 0 SSD or 2TB SATA HDD storage.

Hear the enemy’s footsteps in deep, dynamic sound through Dolby Atmos3 on the new Lenovo Legion towers to potentially gain a tactical advantage before they strike. And when your game heats up, the Lenovo Legion T730’s optional Asetek® liquid cooling offers reliable, whisper-quiet heat dissipation for increased framerate stability, smoother gameplay and reduced system noise even when you’re pushing your game to its limits. The Lenovo Legion towers let you stream across your favorite online platforms with full confidence that your most epic killstreaks can be broadcast in 4K4 with high frame rates.

Ditch the Tools

The new towers don’t hold you back from upgrading later down the road either. We’ve future-proofed the towers with tool-free upgradability so you can tweak, tune and easily swap out the latest graphics or memory at the press of a button – no toolbox or flashlight needed.

Accessories that Complement the Experience

Pair the new towers with a Lenovo Legion gaming monitor, surround sound headset, precision keyboard and mouse to complement your gaming setup.1

Whether you’re looking for the highest settings to stream professional-grade quality videos or a gaming laptop designed to give you a competitive edge, the modern gamer will find the right balance between a sleek, premium exterior and epic gaming performance with Lenovo Legion’s extensive new portfolio.

In North America, pricing, retail and online availability for the new Lenovo Legion products are below:

  • The 17-inch Lenovo Legion Y730 Laptop will start at $1,249.99 and the 15-inch model will start at $1,179.99, both available on lenovo.com and select local retailers in September 2018.5
  • The 15-inch Lenovo Legion Y530 Laptop will be available starting $929.99 on lenovo.com and www.bestbuy.com starting in June 2018, and in Best Buy stores starting in July 2018.5
  • The Lenovo Legion T730 tower will be available on lenovo.com and select local retailers starting at $929.99 in August 2018. 5
  • The Lenovo Legion T530 tower will be available on lenovo.com and select local retailers starting at $829.99 in August 2018. 5
  • The Lenovo Legion C730 cube will be available on lenovo.com and select local retailers starting at $929.99 in August 2018. 5
  • The Lenovo Legion C530 cube will be available on lenovo.com and select local retailers starting at $829.99 in August 2018. 5
  • The 15-inch Lenovo Legion Y7000 Laptop will be available starting $959.99 through select local retailers starting in August 2018 in the U.S.5

Check out the Lenovo Legion gaming page or YouTube channel for more information:

  • Watch the Lenovo Legion Y530 Laptop product tour video here.
  • Watch the Lenovo Legion C730 and C530 product tour video here.
  • Watch the Lenovo Legion T730 and T530 product tour video here.