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Blizzard Halts Development on Hearthstone’s Tournament Mode

Blizzard announced today that it’s putting development of Hearthstone: Heroes of WarCraft’s tournament mode, which Blizzard had previously planned to release this year, “on hold.” According to Blizzard, the company felt the tournament functionality it was creating would only appeal to a small audience of players.

But the publisher still sees tournaments as “an important part” of expanding Hearthstone’s social features.

“Tournaments can serve many different audiences, but the implementation we’d arrived at catered to a very specific audience of players. Instead of broadening Hearthstone with an exciting new way to play, it felt ‘tacked on,'” reads a post on Hearthstone’s website “and wasn’t integrating well into the larger Hearthstone experience.”

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Clever Turn-Based Multiplayer Game ‘Triangul8’ Launching on iOS and Android December 15th

Last week we posted about a new competitive multiplayer game called Triangul8 from developer James Hutt, who was one of the designers on the absolutely fantastic puzzler Tiny Bubbles ($3.99). In this new game each player would take turns placing different colored triangles on a board with the goal of creating a larger triangle where all three points are made up of one player’s color of triangle, which can also include the red starter triangle. If you’re able to do that, you win! It’s such a simple and clever mechanic that reminds me of a hybrid of Tic-Tac-Toe and Connect Four. Triangul8 is also a physical board game, and this brief video does a great job explaining the mechanics.

So after that initial reveal last week, James Hutt has now settled on a release date for the digital mobile version of Triangul8. It’ll officially launch on both iOS and Android December 15th, just about three months from today. If you’re the impatient type and you’re an Android user you can actually check out the open beta version on the Google Play Store right now, and if you’re a fan of physical …read more

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Every World Confirmed for KH3 So Far

Update: This story published earlier this year ahead of Disney Expo Japan 2018. It has been updated since then and is being republished in light of the latest Kingdom Hearts 3 Big Hero 6 trailer.

Square Enix has slowly unveiled the suite of Disney worlds set to appear in the long-awaited Kingdom Hearts III. And if you’re worried you may have missed a reveal or two throughout all those years, IGN has you covered.

Check out the gallery below for a look at every Kingdom Hearts III world — and a couple of key locations — we know of so far. And stay tuned for more updates as Square Enix inevitably reveals more in the coming months.

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Nintendo is offering an exclusive Fortnite bundle with the Switch

Fortnite has taken the world by storm. In fact, the game is so popular that Epic has released versions for PC, Xbox, PS4, iOS, Android and the Nintendo Switch, making the game about as accessible as possible.

The popularity of the game stems from the general popularity of the Battle Royale genre and popular streamers like Ninja, who have made the game so much fun to watch. But it also comes from the fun, and often fleeting, skins, dances and pick axes the game offers in its Item Shop.

On October 5th, folks interested in the Switch can pick up some extra Fortnite swag.

It’s a bundle royale! A #NintendoSwitch #Fortnite bundle including special in-game items and 1,000 V-Bucks will make the jump into stores on 10/05.

— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) September 18, 2018

Nintendo is releasing a bundle that will include an exclusive Fortnite skin, glider and pick-axe, as well as an extra 1,000 V-Bucks. To be clear, 1,000 V-bucks is the equivalent of $10 and won’t get you much from the Item Shop.

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Old media giants turn to VC for their next act

The Web 1.0 and Web 2.0 eras weren’t kind to the world’s largest media conglomerates, throwing their business models into question, creating whole new categories of content consumption, and bringing online competition to subscription and ad pricing. Many of the media giants from the 1990s and early 2000s remain market leaders with multi-billion dollar valuations, however, and have become active investors in startups as a tactic to help themselves evolve.

Of the traditional media companies that have committed to corporate venturing, there are two distinct strategies: those whose investing seems to be about replacing the historic classifieds section of newspapers and diversifying into a range of consumer-facing marketplaces, and those whose investing is concentrated on capturing an early glimpse (and early equity stake) in startups reshaping media.

Replacing Classifieds, Investing in Marketplaces

Mathias Doepfner, CEO of Axel Springer. The company’s startup accelerator is one of the most active in Europe. (Photo by Michele Tantussi/Getty Images)

Given the first crisis newspaper groups faced from tech startups in the 1990s and early 2000s was the rise of online classifieds sites (like Craigslist) and transactional marketplaces (like eBay and Amazon), the disruption of their lucrative classified ads revenue stream drove their attention to e-commerce.

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Destiny 2 Fans Are Conflicted Over Forsaken’s Raid Requirements

Destiny 2’s latest raid, Last Wish, launched last Friday as part of the new Forsaken expansion and of all the Guardians who attempted to conquer its challenge, only 18 Guardians completed the raid in the first 24 hours and 2 minutes.

According to the Destiny Raid Report, the first team of Guardians to complete Last Wish and become World First were members of Clan Redeem and finished in 18 hours and 48 minutes. Yes, 18 hours and 48 minutes straight.

For comparison, Destiny 2’s first raid, Leviathan, was completed in 5 hours and 34 minutes and over 4,500 Guardians finished the raid in the first 24 hours.

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What Time Does Nintendo Switch Online Launch?

Nintendo previously announced the Switch Online subscription service would launch on Sept. 18. Of course, today is Sept. 18, and the service hasn’t yet launched — but if you’re worrying, fear not, we do have a specific time frame in mind for when you can subscribe.

The Nintendo Switch is going through maintenance today, Sept. 18, from 5-8 p.m. PT/8-11 p.m. ET/1-4 a.m. BST on Sept. 19/10 a.m.-1 p.m. AEST on Sept. 19. The 6.00 update is scheduled to be deployed at the beginning of that timeframe, and the eShop will be going through maintenance and will be inaccessible during that time.

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‘GRID Autosport’ Getting a Significant Visual Boost with Forthcoming Update

Feral Interactive’s GRID Autosport ($9.99) is not only one of the deepest racing games available on mobile, but it’s also one of the most visually impressive. The game is just drop dead gorgeous. But somehow, some way, those rascals at Feral have performed some sort of black magic and are preparing an update for GRID on iOS that amps up the visuals in a big way. Just when you thought it couldn’t look any better… it’s going to look way better! We’re talking things like improved lighting effects and real-time shadows that make GRID truly look like the console quality racer that it is. Best of all? These new visual improvements aren’t strictly for Apple’s latest iPhones, and will benefit every device that supports GRID already. That means “iPhone SE, iPhone 7 and newer, the iPad (2017 and 2018) and any iPad Pro.” Check out this side-by-side comparison video.

Pretty great right? This version 1.2.4 update is slated to hit before the end of the year and it will be released for free. If you’re somehow new to GRID on mobile, the game was originally developed by Codemasters and released for consoles and …read more

Here Are All the Nintendo Switch Bundles Coming Out This Year

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Nintendo Switch is kind of a big deal. We’ve had some great bundles in the past, like the Splatoon 2 bundle and the Mario Odyssey bundle with the red Joy-cons. Those are no longer being offered by Nintendo, but you can still pick them up from third-party sellers for a bit of a premium.

If you want your Nintendo Switch to stand out from the crowd, be it an exclusive dock and Joy-con color scheme, or just a bundle with extra goodies, Nintendo has been steadily dropping new bundles since its last Direct. Here are the upcoming Nintendo Switch bundles, some of which you can preorder right now.

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