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EA Play 2016 Press Conference on June 12

June 7, 2016 – Today Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) reveals the latest details about EA PLAY including the press conference and all the games that will be playable at the show. EA will broadcast its press conference live across Los Angeles and London June 12 at 9:00pm BST, kicking off the events of EA PLAY LA at The Novo in L.A. Live and EA PLAY LONDON at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith. Hosted by CEO, Andrew Wilson, in LA and Chief Competition Officer, Peter Moore, in London, the press conference will showcase some of EA’s most anticipated games launching later this year and next, with a few surprises from games beyond that. Fans across the world will be able to tune into the press conference livestream at 9:00pm BST on http://www.ea.com/play2016.

ESL Mortal Kombat X Pro League Season 3 Final Players Announced

June 7, 2016 – The results are in! The following 16 players have successfully made their way to the ESL Mortal Kombat X Pro League Season 3 Finals this Saturday, June 11 in Burbank, where the best players from around the world will compete for the $200,000 prize pool in front of a live studio audience:

  • Sonic Fox – Season 1 and 2 undefeated champion
  • Scar – Season 2 finalist
  • Dragon
  • PerfectLegend
  • A F0xy Grampa
  • Raptor
  • Boki
  • Hayatei
  • IrishMantis
  • Jupe
  • Madzin
  • Crathen
  • BeyondToxinSakr0n
  • St9rm
  • BenHeeyGe0rge

ESL Mortal Kombat X Pro League Season 3 was filled with tense moments as the best combatants faced off against impressive newcomers. Top highlights from the eight week season include:

  • In a shocking week where veterans SonicFox, Scar, WoundCowboy, and Biohazard were all eliminated prior to the Top 8 broadcast, Dragon took the Week 4 grand finals with an impressive Brutality against fierce competitor Toxin.
  • WoundCowboy’s epic match against current ESL champion and fellow teammate SonicFox, which resulted in a 2-2 tie and subsequent decisive match where WoundCowboy prevailed with a flawless victory.
  • A tense matchup between Scar and Hayatei in the week 7 grand finals, where Scar demonstrated quick adaptability with a switch-up of characters between Hat Trick Kung Lao, Smoke variation Triborg and Cover Ops Sonya, taking a 3-2 win over Hayatei.
  • Toxin and WoundCowboy went head to head in week 8, but Toxin could not be stopped and solidified his place in the Season 3 finals.

To view the Mortal Kombat X Competitive Esports Series Trailer, click here.

Fans can watch the tournament live in Burbank by getting tickets at mkx3.eventbrite.com or view online via Twitch.

For everyday players looking to compete online in Mortal Kombat X, the ESL Mortal Kombat X Challenger Cup offers an all-new way for fans not competing in the ESL Pro League to battle online for cash and prizes. Open tournaments across North America, Europe, CIS and Latin America are being held weekly through the end of June, with monthly finals streamed live.

New Mirage: Arcane Warfare Trailer Released

June 6, 2016 – Torn Banner Studios, creators of the popular Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, have released a new trailer for their upcoming game Mirage: Arcane Warfare that gives a behind-the-scenes look at how the team is utilizing technology to infuse this “first-person slasher” with their trademark brutality. Featuring interviews with the Torn Banner development team, the Behind the Banner: Blood and Gore trailer reveals the bloody surprise at the core of Mirage: Arcane Warfare’s visceral appeal.

You can check out the new Behind the Banner: Blood and Gore trailer for Mirage: Arcane Warfare here:

For more upcoming reveals about Mirage: Arcane Warfare, be sure to tune into the PC Gaming Show at this year’s E3 starting at 11:30 AM PDT on Monday, June 13th 2016. Steve Piggott, President of Torn Banner Studios, will appear on stage with an exclusive talk about the game, going more in depth into its deep magic and melee combat mechanics.

Mirage: Arcane Warfare is currently slated for a 2016 release on PC through Steam.

For more information on Mirage: Arcane Warfare, or to register for the upcoming beta, please visit http://www.miragearcanewarfare.com/. For future news and updates, like their game’s Facebook page and follow it on Twitter @MirageGame.

CAP 2 Pricing Information Revealed

June 2, 2016 – As launch is fast approaching we thought we had better let you know how much CAP2 will cost. The Early Access price will be $29.99. Its worth noting that Steam converts the price for different regions based on factors other than exchange rate – so for example the UK price will be £22.99 and the Euro price €27.99, both are slightly more than the current exchange rate. Some regions will be less,

Remember – the last competition before launch is closing today, just head over to the hub and hit follow for your chance to win a free copy.

As always – thanks for your support – let the countdown begin!

Crytek Releases New Warface Special Op

FRANKFURT, Germany – June 2, 2016 – A futuristic threat is buried within an ancient pyramid in Anubis, the expansive new Special Operation coming today to Crytek’s free-to-play online shooter, Warface.

Anubis – named after the god of death himself – is an epic three-stage co-op mission set in Eastern Africa, where players must battle hard, smart and as a team. Gamers must work through a network of bases, culminating in an assault on a pyramid, to disrupt Blackwood’s villainous operations.

The action comes thick and fast from the moment the team is inserted into the landing zone, where enemies are at the gate of a missile facility. After infiltrating the complex and disabling the control room, defended by deadly automatic turrets, players must repel assaults from all sides as they battle through a canyon to reach a heavily fortified dry dock. Then it’s time to blow up a Blackwood submarine. Once this objective is completed, players take the fight to the heart of Anubis’ pyramid, which houses a clandestine cyborg factory. Gamers must disable the facility and then survive waves of relentless attacks as a sandstorm engulfs the battlefield before extraction.

The new Special Operation’s three diverse stages require players to combine the strengths of the game’s four different classes to take on and eliminate a wide range of enemies. Gamers must adapt their tactics for each stage, from clearing out buildings at close-quarters to holding a defensive line in the face of marauding cyborgs, if they are to complete this action-packed new mission.

Anubis is the latest co-op Special Operation to launch for Warface. New maps, missions, weapons, items, weapon skins and challenges are regularly added to the game as Warface evolves to serve its ever-growing community.

Watch the new trailer for Special Operation Anubis now at www.youtube.com/warfacegame, and sign up to play Warface for free at www.warface.com.

Neoglyphic Entertainment Unveils NeoFur for Unreal Engine 4

CAMPBELL, CA – June 1, 2016 Neoglyphic Entertainment, a storytelling company built for the digital age, today announced the availability of its NeoFur cross-platform, real-time fur-and-fiber technology for Epic Game’s Unreal Engine 4. Whether it’s a fuzzy creature for a game, a soft blanket or carpet in an architectural visualization, or a nature landscape in a high-end cinematic sequence, NeoFur enables animation and game studios to tackle the creation of fuzzy and fibrous characters, objects and surfaces at a fidelity level never before possible in a real-time engine.

“Films like Disney’s Zootopia have shown us the beauty that fur can bring to a production, but at a high cost. With NeoFur, studios of any type can afford high-end technology that dramatically enhances the look of their environments and characters,” said Carlos Montero, Neoglyphic’s Technical Art Director. “There’s no reason a studio needs to spend valuable time and money to achieve believable looking fur, as NeoFur’s solution saves time and costs while providing breathtaking results.”

NeoFur leverages shell-rendering techniques, creating a beautiful illusion of millions of strands of fur.  Patent-pending advances have allowed the use of compute shaders and other advanced shading strategies to take that technique to the next level, bringing fast simulation, realistic physics, and unique Level-Of-Detail systems designed to combat fill-rate. Ultimately, this allows NeoFur to be extremely versatile, allowing it to be authored for PC and mobile games, as well as VR platforms such as Oculus and HTC Vive, and gaming consoles like Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

“Creating realistic fuzzy objects and surfaces has always been a difficult and time consuming process,” said Epic Games Founder and CEO Tim Sweeney. “Our team’s experience with NeoFur has been an extremely straightforward process. The performance is exemplary – and highlights the strength of an engine like Unreal. With the same asset pipeline, NeoFur on UE4 scales across high-end cinematic production all the way to mobile platforms.”

Additionally, NeoFur was one of just five teams that Epic Games recently awarded as part of its Unreal Dev Grants program. Epic created this program to reward innovative projects built for, and with, its Unreal Engine 4 development tool.

NeoFur’s licensing options are aimed at providing access to the technology for individuals, indie studios and AAA studios.  For pricing and sales information, please visit http://www.neoglyphic.com/neofur.

New Space Run Galaxy Screenshots

June 1, 2016 – Focus Home Interactive and Passtech Games are joining forces again to release Space Run Galaxy on PC on June 17. Space Run Galaxy is the sequel to 2014’sSpace Run, the game from one-man studio Passtech, which attracted over hundreds of thousands of players thanks to its dynamic and original gameplay.

While the inaugural Gameplay Trailer showed you how to become a good Space Runner, today’s screenshots unleash more information regarding the hordes of enemies you’ll be facing during your runs. Delivering goods from one spaceport to another is not an easy job – while a fast delivery time is important, it is even more essential that the cargo arrives in good condition. Space is full of pirates, and they won’t hesitate to team up in order to destroy you. You should also be prepared to fly through asteroid fields, or even encounter strange, new alien species. You might find yourself bracing against space squids, or even fending off fuel-eating aliens that eat away at your turrets. Space Run Galaxy also introduces new bosses, such as gigantic space monsters or heavily-armed pirate ships.

It’s vital to load and properly position your laser canons, missile-launchers, shield generators and reactors in real time. Create the most efficient synergy between your modules to optimize your speed, your defense and your firepower simultaneously.

The persistent online universe lets you take on contracts from your fellow players, or hire them to ship goods for you – in exchange for a reward of your choice. The resources and components you acquire will allow you to craft and equip your ships with improved modules, to create the best ship you can before facing all the dangers from space.

Space Run Galaxy releases on June 17th for PC.

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Celebrate 100 Years of Tanks with Wargaming

May 31, 2016Wargaming is excited to start commemorating the history of tank development over the past century with our community. Over the next few months, Wargaming is unveiling a series of in-game events and specials across all platforms leading up to the anniversary of the Mark I, the very first tank deployed into battle. The first major event kicks off today with “The Motherland Calls” on Xbox 360, Xbox One and PlayStation®4. Through this, players have a rare opportunity to earn the prestigious Motherland Premium Tier VIII Medium, based on the T-54 first prototype.

During the event, tankers can participate in limited-time “Fight for the Motherland” chained ops, with new missions unlocking every few days. Once each of the operations is completed, players will earn tiered prizes culminating in the ultimate reward: the Motherland Premium. This rare tank is an armored powerhouse, and once obtained it will unlock the second chained ops event “Motherland Unleashed”, offering additional in-game bonuses including Gold, x2 Crew Experience and special medals.

“Wargaming’s development team is happy to commence 100 Years of Tanks by bringing The Motherland Calls event to console,” said TJ Wagner, Creative Director and Executive Producer at Wargaming Chicago-Baltimore. “We wanted to offer a fun and engaging way for our players to earn one of the most intense tanks we have in the game and a lot of extra rewards. With a host of special operations, in-game events and tournaments, we are confident players will have a blast with The Motherland Calls.”

Wargaming is also introducing two PvE skirmishes based on the historical battles of Prokhorovka and Caucasus, where tankers will receive an exclusive medal upon completion with a Soviet vehicle. The symmetrical desert Ghost Town and the treacherous Mountain Pass maps have also been added to the matchmaking rotation, along with two additional rare Soviet tanks, the IS-2 Tier VII Heavy and the ISU-122S Tier VII Tank Destroyer, available in the PlayStation®Store and Xbox Live Marketplace.

For more information on The Motherland Calls and 100 Years of Tanks, visit the official website:

https://console.worldoftanks.com/

Six Flags Great Adventure June 2016 Events Schedule

The people at Six Flags Great Adventure have announced the park’s calendar of June 2016 events – check it out below!

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Now Open for the 2016 Season – Weekends beginning June 4

Celebrate summer at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor. The 45-acre, elaborately-themed water park is one of America’s largest, and features a million-gallon wave pool, one of the country’s longest “lazy rivers,” a giant, two-story family water playground, and more than 25 high-speed thrill slides. Hurricane Harbor welcomes the addition of the all-new Caribbean Cove water play area for families later this summer. The water playground includes 55 interactive features including water jets, spray nozzles and a dumping bucket. Hurricane Harbor is open on weekends and begins daily operation June 18.

Ronald McDonald® House Walk for Kids – June 5

Six Flags Great Adventure hosts the 17th annual Walk for Kids at Six Flags Great Adventure June 7. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Walk begins at 9:00 a.m. and proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald Houses of Central and Northern New Jersey. Individuals under 18 who raise $50 or more and adults over 18 who raise $75 or more and are pre-registered will receive a free “Walk for Kids” T-Shirt as well as a ticket to Six Flags Great Adventure for the day.

Action Sports World Tour – June 11 & 12

See the world’s best BMX and skateboard pros from the X Games team up on the biggest half-pipe in the world for a unique team competition. Root for a team of one skateboard and one BMX pro as they compete against other teams in contests including individual runs, highest air, best trick and team doubles. The competition takes place in the Movietown Stunt Show Arena. Entrance to the event requires a ticket and is not included with theme park admission.

Discover Exclusive Ride Time – June 12

Discover invites card members and Six Flags Season Pass holders to exclusive ride time events at Six Flags, every second Sunday this summer. Stay late and enjoy big thrills with Discover and Six Flags. Participating rides will be communicated in-park on the event dates.  Event wristbands will be available beginning two hours prior to scheduled park closing time at the designated event table. Guests must present a valid Discover card or Six Flags Season Pass to receive a wristband.

Job Fair – June 12

Six Flags Great Adventure is hiring smiling faces for Four Seasons of Thrills at the World’s Largest Theme Park. Work where you love to play, plus get the opportunity to make great friends, earn competitive wages, tickets for friends and perks throughout the park.

Job fair will be held at the park Sunday, June 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with on-the-spot interviews. The job fair takes place in the Employment Center accessed by entering through the Employee Entrance on Route 537 East.

Praise in the Park – June 18

Six Flags Great Adventure celebrates Praise in the Park featuring Anthony Brown & Group therAPy, Maurette Brown Clark and Brian Courtney Wilson Saturday, June 18. The show takes place at 6 p.m. in the Plymouth Rock Assurance® Arena and is free with theme park admission or Season Pass.

Central Jersey Blood Center Blood Drive – June 25

The Central Jersey Blood Center will host a blood drive at Six Flags Great Adventure’s Employment Center from 8 a.m. through 4 p.m. Each donor will receive one theme park ticket valid for Six Flags Great Adventure. Blood supplies are typically low in the summer months and one donation can save up to three lives.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III Calling Cards to Support Veteran Hiring

SANTA MONICA, Calif. 27 May 2016 – Activision Blizzard (Nasdaq: ATVI) today announced an expansion of its in-game program that supports the Call of Duty Endowment’s nationwide effort to help veterans find high-quality careers. Available through Call of Duty®: Black Ops III, the Call of Duty™ Endowment (C.O.D.E.) Valor Calling Card Set is a pack of three exclusive, animated calling cards each depicting epic scenes from military action across the sea, air and land, honoring those who have served in the armed forces.  Designed by Treyarch, the C.O.D.E. Valor Calling Card Set is on sale for a suggested retail price of $3.99. All gross proceeds received by Activision will be donated to the Endowment, which will use all funds to help veterans secure quality careers after their military service.

The Endowment is a non-profit, public benefit corporation founded in 2009 by Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick. With a mission to identify and fund the best and most effective employment-focused veteran-serving organizations, the Endowment has funded nearly 23,000 job placements to date, at an average cost-per-placement of less than $600 and with a 6-month retention rate of 89 percent.

“To date, the Call of Duty community has contributed over $1 million to help veterans through the in-game program,” said the Endowment’s Executive Director Dan Goldenberg. “With this funding, our grantees will place over 1,800 veterans into high quality jobs. Through this campaign alone, the Call of Duty community has essentially put an entire brigade back to work, which is tremendous.”

Goldenberg added, “Sony and Microsoft have been indispensable partners in this effort, as the in-game program would not be possible without their generosity. We are grateful for their continued support.”

“Treyarch strongly supports the Call of Duty Endowment’s mission,” said Treyarch Studio Head, Mark Lamia. “The Calling Card program allows the Call of Duty: Black Ops III community the opportunity to easily contribute and make a meaningful impact to this worthy cause.”