Aim Lab will be the official training platform for Valorant esports

Riot Games is becoming a minority shareholder in Statespace.

Most people who love competitive first-person shooters are familiar with Aim Lab, the free aim-training software from Statespace. Think of it as a shooting range for your mousing hand.聽

On Wednesday, Riot Games announced that it acquired a minority share in Statespace, and Aim Lab will become the official training and coaching platform for Valorant. Both companies are working to directly incorporate gunplay elements and physics minutia from the tactical shooter into Aim Lab.

“Riot has been the best partner, collaborator, and facilitator that we could have asked for,” Dr. Wayne Mackey, CEO of Statespace, said in a press release. “We are thrilled to continue to improve player experience through training, coaching, and scouting in Valorant and soon, in League of Legends.

What’s particularly noteworthy about this announcement is the League of Legends mention, confirming that Aim Labs will branch off into MOBA territory.

“We look forward to collaborating with Statespace on developing innovative training and coaching tools for Valorant and MOBA players around the world to improve their skills at every level,” Jake Perlman-Garr, global head of corporate development at Riot Games, said.

It’s certainly a curious development. Esports pros in the Apex Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Overwatch scenes all use Aim Lab as well. So Riot directly investing in the platform seems like a smart move.

Written by Kyle Campbell聽on behalf of GLHF.

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隆Adi贸s FIFA! Los cambios que esperamos en EA Sports FC

El legado de 20 a帽os del videojuego conocido como FIFA desapareci贸 para dar paso a EA Sports FC, la nueva plataforma para jugar futbol en l铆nea que promete ser la opci贸n favorita de todos los aficionados como lo fue el del pasado.

El legado de 20 a帽os del videojuego conocido como FIFA desapareci贸 para dar paso a EA Sports FC, la nueva plataforma para jugar futbol en l铆nea que promete ser la opci贸n favorita de todos los aficionados como lo fue el del pasado.

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Los fan谩ticos, amateurs y profesionales, ya tienen en mente los cambios que les gustar铆a ver en el videojuego que no est谩 siendo anunciado como tal, sino como una plataforma de juego, lo que nos permite tener algunas pistas, y peticiones, de lo que esperamos ver en la nueva versi贸n.

 

TSM CEO Andy Dinh reportedly fosters a ‘culture of fear’ at the esports organization

Allegations range from verbal abuse to misclassifying contractors.

Andy “Reginald” Dinh, CEO of the massive esports organization Team SoloMid (TSM) and Blitz, is accused of highly abrasive behavior towards staff while also misclassifying employees as contractors.

A report by The Washington Post spoke with over a dozen current and former employees regarding an alleged “culture of fear” at TSM and Blitz. Many of whom did so under anonymity, fearing retaliation by Dinh, especially after employees found out that the head of HR was fired during an inexplicable all-hands meeting.

“That was when [Andy] told the whole company that the HR person was let go because he asked a question that Andy didn’t like,” a former TSM employee said. “I think he kind of realized how ridiculous it sounded, so he followed up by saying, ‘Well, he asked two questions that [I] didn’t like.’ No one wants to ask any questions after that.”

Not long after The Washington Post’s report went live, Dinh commented on Reddit, addressing why the head of HR was terminated.

“Previous to letting go of our head of HR, I met with this person once for an interview. I was also not his direct manager,” Dinh said. “The first work interaction was that this person emailed our executive team to ask for recommendations on hiring for a competing organization. Generally the first task that you do is to put together a 30,60,90. I told [this] person that it was not [a] good use of time and that they should focus on building trust within the organization.”

The former HR head allegedly disagreed and was let go for not prioritizing other tasks. Dinh claims that he’ll do an ask-me-anything after an internal investigation is complete.

Everyone working at TSM and Blitz, including athletes, programming, and sales, was potentially susceptible to alleged outbursts from Dinh. Former Blitz program manager Anthony Barnes claims the mistreatment made day-to-day operations difficult.

“Nobody wanted to be in a one-on-one meeting with Andy because you had no witnesses,” Barnes said. “I mean that literally. Who knew if Andy was going to scream or yell at you, degrade you, be friendly, or just be confused or inquisitive? You weren’t sure what Andy you were going to get. But the more people on the call, the more likely Andy wasn’t going to be a complete volcano.”

Sometimes employees would be publicly mocked for results that the CEO deemed inadequate. This public shaming could come at any time, too. According to Barnes, there was an instance where Dinh inexplicably joined a Blitz design call on his phone while hiking to a ski lodge. As the meeting went on, Dinh grew increasingly upset and began calling the work worthless or a waste of time.

“He took the call where we’re screen sharing detailed design information and mock-ups on his phone,” Barnes said. “By that medium, that’s going to be inherently challenging. I wouldn’t make that decision. Or I would be cognizant that that would impair my ability to make decisions and evaluations. Andy didn’t seem to do either or value doing so.”

The Washington Post’s report also states that multiple workers at the Los Angeles-based TSM and Blitz believe they were misclassified as contractors instead of employees and thus were not eligible for certain benefits.

“We won’t be commenting on confidential personnel issues, especially complaints made by anonymous individuals who feel they were misclassified in their employment status,” TSM and Blitz spokesperson Gillian Sheldon told The Washington Post.

In January, League of Legends developer Riot Games told Wired it was investigating Dinh for allegedly bullying and verbally abusing Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng, a former TSM athlete. During a live stream, Peng described Dinh as a “bully who gets away with being a bad person because he’s powerful.”

TSM and Bliz shared a statement with The Washington Post regarding the situation with Peng.

“As we stated publicly late last year, upon learning of allegations against Mr. Dinh, TSM immediately hired an independent investigator to begin a thorough internal investigation,” the statement reads. “Andy recused himself from any oversight of the scope, nature and conclusions of the investigation. Those results are pending. Until finalized, we can’t comment on specifics.”

There are many moving aspects to this story, and it’s unlikely that a resolution is coming anytime soon.

Written by Kyle Campbell聽on behalf of GLHF.

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QuakeCon 2022 will be a digital-only event yet again

Skyrim and Doom fans will not gather for an in-person event this year.

This year’s QuakeCon will be an online event once again, much to the chagrin of LAN party enthusiasts everywhere.

On Wednesday, ZeniMax Media announced that QuakeCon 2022 be held from Aug. 18 through Aug. 20, 2022, but will not return as an in-person event.聽

“Like you, we’re disappointed to not return to Dallas this year,” ZeniMax Media’s statement reads on Twitter. “An event this size requires months of planning, and in this case, we had to make decisions when there was still too much uncertainty to commit to successfully executing an in-person QuakeCon.”

It’s a bummer for fans on multiple fronts. Historically, fans of Doom, Elder Scrolls, and (of course) Quake attend QuakeCon for its massive Bring Your Own Computer (BYOC) LAN parties. It’s been going on since 1996, with professional Quake tournaments being the draw for attendees. In more recent years, it’s also an event for Bethesda to reveal games like Doom Eternal.

The good news is QuakeCon 2023 will probably ditch the online-only format.

“We’re committed to returning with our full in-person festival in 2023 and already look forward to reconnecting with friends, a massive BYOC packed with your latest custom PC creations, our wild contests, and tons of great new games and hardware for attendees to try out,” ZeniMax Media’s statement concludes.

QuakeCon 2022 will be particularly interesting since it could be where we see more of Starfield.

Written by Kyle Campbell on behalf of GLHF.

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Speedrunner finishes Elden Ring in less than 7 minutes

Distortion2 shatters his previous record with time to spare.

The Elden Ring speedrunning scene proves once again that time is fake. How else can you explain that people are zooming through the Lands Between faster than it takes to boil a pot of water? You can’t; there’s no other explanation.

On Tuesday, speedrunning superstar Distortion2 broke Elden Ring’s world record completion time again, coming in at 6 and 59 seconds. This ridiculous feat comes mere days after his other record-breaking run.聽

“World’s first [sub-seven] minutes in Elden Ring,” Distortion2 said on Twitter. “This category has been quite the ride. Still some room for improvement, but I am done with this for now.”

You can watch this absurd run for yourself below. The next time someone tells you that time isn’t a social construct, send them this video.

These records will probably be one-upped quite often, as speedrunners regularly hone their techniques to shave more time off of runs. Not to mention speedrunning scenes stay active for years. On Tuesday, a speedrunner found a hilarious ladder-skip glitch in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater 鈥 18 years after the game came out.

With how staggeringly successful Elden Ring is, folks will probably refine their high-speed attempts for years to come.

Written by Kyle Campbell on behalf of GLHF.

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Usain Bolt becomes co-owner of esports group WYLDE

The legendary sprinter will assist with brand growth.

Eight-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt is now a co-owner of esports organization WYLDE.

On Tuesday, What You Love Doing Esports (WYLDE) announced that the world’s fastest man will help the company establish itself as esports next big brand. Currently, WYLDE has teams from all over the globe competing in Valorant, Rainbow Six Siege, Rocket League, and FIFA 22.

“WYLDE is on a journey to becoming one of the biggest brands in the fastest growing sport in the world. In esports, like in track & field, it’s critical to have that competitive, winning mentality,” Bolt said in a press release. “I look forward to working with the WYLDE leadership team to help our players to reach their potential while also taking care of their physical and mental wellbeing.”

WYLDE co-founder David Cronin is (unsurprisingly) happy about Bolt’s involvement.

“Usain coming on board takes WYLDE to the next level,” Cronin said in a press release. “With his vast competitive experience and Olympic-winning mentality, his guidance will be invaluable as we continue to build professional structures to support the development of our players.”

Bolt is just the latest mainstream athlete to embrace esports. Loads of stars from the NBA and NFL are doing the same. Heck, even Snoop Dogg signed up with FaZe Clan recently.

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Electronic Arts bans Russian esports teams from events

The company further imposes restrictions on Russia following its invasion of Ukraine.

Electronic Arts will no longer allow teams from Russia and Belarus to compete in its esports events following the invasion of Ukraine.

Earlier this month, Electronic Arts (EA) announced the suspension of all its game sales within Russia and Belarus. On Wednesday, the company took things one step further by imposing further restrictions. Specifically on the Apex Legends and FIFA 22 esports events.

“We continue to be shocked at the conflict that is unfolding in Ukraine and join so many voices around the world in calling for peace and an end to the invasion. We stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine,” EA’s statement reads on Twitter. “We have made the decision to remove Russia and Belarus as eligible countries in our esports programs. Effective immediately, players and teams in Russia and Belarus are ineligible to participate in the Apex Legends Global Series and EA Sports FIFA 2022 Global Series.鈥

EA already removed Russia’s national teams from FIFA 22 and NHL 22 in response to the invasion.

Many major companies within the games industry are cutting ties with Russia. Sony, Microsoft, CD Projekt Red, GSC Game World, Itch.io, Square Enix, and The Pok茅mon Company have either stopped doing business with the country or aided humanitarian efforts within Ukraine through charitable donations.

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Speedrunners finish Elden Ring in less than an hour

A quick tour of the Lands Between and nothing more.

Sure, Elden Ring might be challenging, but speedrunners are dusting the Lands Between faster than it takes to cook a turkey.聽

On Wednesday, well-known speedrunner LilAggy completed Elden Ring in 58 minutes and 38 seconds. Allegedly the first time anyone’s ever finished FromSoftware’s action RPG that quickly. Much like recent Skyrim and Pok茅mon Shining Pearl speedruns, LilAggy uses game-alerting skips to blitz through Elden Ring. It takes a lot of skill, finesse, and practice to pull this inhuman feat off, especially since the game has barely been out for two weeks.

The entire archive of LilAggy’s record-setting Elden Ring run is right here.

Incredibly, someone broke LilAggy’s record the same day. Distortion2, another popular speedrunner, made it through Elden Ring in 49 minutes and 29 seconds. The footage of that ridiculous run is also on YouTube here.

What can you even say? They call speedrunning the “golf of esports” for a good reason.聽

Anyone taking their time with the action RPG should check out GLHF’s complete walkthrough, 11 great tips, and dozens more guides we have up on ForTheWin. Aspiring speedsters should invest in lots of coffee should they wish to challenge Distortion2’s record, though.聽

Written by Kyle Campbell on behalf of GLHF.

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DrDisrespect settles Twitch lawsuit

The popular streamer is moving on.

Popular streamer Guy “DrDisrespect” Beahm is no longer in a legal battle with Twitch.

In 2020, the platform banned DrDisrespect without publicly explaining why. Many saw it as a bizarre move since he was undoubtedly one of Twitch’s biggest stars. DrDisrespect began streaming on YouTube, and took legal action against Twitch over his ban. As of Thursday, however, it seems both parties are moving on.

“I have resolved my legal dispute with Twitch,” DrDisrespect said on Twitter. “No party admits to any wrongdoing.”

In a follow-up tweet, DrDisrespect clarifies that he will not be returning to the platform either despite the whole kerfuffle being over. Twitch gave PC Gamer the same statement that DrDisrespect posted as well.

Few secrets stay hidden in the games industry, especially with influencers as big as DrDisrespect. Yet two years removed from his ban, we still have no idea what happened. Probably never will, either. There’s clearly some legality involved that’s keeping everyone quiet.

Since his ban, DrDisrespect has gone on to form his game studio with former Call of Duty and Halo developers.

Written by Kyle Campbell on behalf of GLHF.

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Overwatch 2’s PvP and PvE modes are releasing separately, and beta testing starts soon

Beta registration is open and testing will begin this spring.

We might not see Overwatch 2’s full release until next year, but Blizzard is splitting up the PvP and PvP modes to get it out sooner 鈥 with beta testing on the latter starting soon.

On Thursday, Blizzard announced that Overwatch 2’s PvE and PvE modes will no longer ship together. Game director Aaron Keller explains the reasoning behind this move in a new developer update video.

“We haven’t communicated well, haven’t kept you up to date, and honestly, we’ve let you down when it comes to delivering Overwatch content,” Keller said on YouTube. “We hear you, and we’re committed to more continual updates on all things Overwatch 2.”

“We are shifting our plan with Overwatch 2 to enable you to play it sooner,” Keller continues. “This starts with de-coupling the PvP features of the game from the PvE systems so we can bring you PvP sooner. This includes the new 5v5 team format, new heroes, new maps, new push game mode, significant hero reworks, and many new gameplay features [like] a ping system.”

Keller then explains that Overwatch 2’s first closed beta tests will begin in late April. There are no concrete dates yet, but you can register for Overwatch 2’s beta test here.聽

So yeah, Overwatch 2 might squeak in as one of the biggest shooters of 2022.

Written by Kyle Campbell on behalf of GLHF.

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