Hi-Rez Showcase announced for Jan. 7th, 2021, will include updates for SMITE, Rogue Company, & Paladins

Plus a $600,000 Prize SMITE World Championship!

Alpharetta, Georgia USA - 18 DECEMBER 2020: Hi-Rez Studios will be making explosive announcements for Rogue Company, SMITE and Paladins at their new online-only headline event ‘Hi-Rez Showcase’ on Thursday 7 January, including keynote reveals and unique panel sessions. In addition to revealing their huge 2021 plans, Season 7 of the SMITE Pro League World Championship (SWC) will reach its epic conclusion on Sunday 10 January.

The $600,000 prize pot is being contended by a global roster of incredible professional, semi-professional and amateur teams competing together across both PC and console. Viewership of the championship this year has rocketed 180% over 2019 thanks to intense rivalries, dramatic personal stories and epic gaming moments:

Breaking the Rival Curse
Ghost Gaming (formerly known as Team Rival) has come in second place at SWC for three consecutive years: Season 4, Season 5, and Season 6. Neither they, nor team member Ben “CaptainTwig” Knight (who has competed in every World Championship) have ever lifted the winner’s trophy. Will January see them finally lift the Hammer and break the “Rival Curse”?

Sanguine Esports: The LATAM Underdogs
Will Sanguine Esports’ incredible run take them all the way to the trophy? Having shattered expectations in the this year’s league - achieving a #1 ranking in the first half of the championships and currently placing #3 - all eyes will be on this talented LATAM team.

SWC Wildcards: Amateur Team Upsets the Whole Semi-Pro Bracket
Having completely upset the North American SWC Wildcards bracket to earn a place at the championships, amateur console players Mind The Gap will see if they can dominate their PC rivals using SMITE’s clever crossplay.

Going for the Threepeat: iRaffer & Adapting
Former teammates Craig “iRaffer” Rathbone (support for Spacestation Gaming) and Kennet “Adapting” Ros (jungler for Radiance) are both vying for their third World Championship win. Having both been active in SMITE esports since 2014, many believe this will be their last SWC - if that’s true, they’ll both be looking to beat the other to the top spot.

Many of these stories will reach their epic conclusion on 10 January. Season 8 will then usher in a new era of the SMITE Pro League, with Hi-Rez Studios revitalising the structure by bringing all eight Pro League teams in-house. This will give teams and players many more opportunities for direct sponsorship and increased revenue. Among the updates are:

- Teams will have all-new names and branding.
- Player & coach salaries will be completely standardised and will increase significantly from the base salary requirements in Season 7.
- Teams / players will have the opportunity to secure their own sponsorships to further supplement their base income.
- Hi-Rez will also offer 100% revenue sharing to the players on all sales of merchandise or in-game items for their team, effectively cutting out the “middle man” and allowing players to reap the full benefits of their promotional efforts.

"Indie Live Expo II" program contents detailed, will feature over 150 indie titles

First-time announcements and indie project updates!

The Indie Live Expo Board is proud to announce the latest info on the second Indie Live Expo. The first event was held on June 6th, 2020, and scored over 7.3 millions views worldwide.

Featuring even more titles than the last event (over 150)!

This time, Indie Live Expo will be introducing even more titles than before (over 150). On top of information on a slew of titles which will be announced for the first time anywhere, the program will also feature the latest updates on a wide variety of popular indie titles, and more.

Additionally, the winners of the Indie Live Expo Awards will also be announced during the program. The nominees will be announced soon, after which we will begin accepting votes from the public.

■Date: November 7th, 2020 (sat.) 18:50~ (JST)

- Japanese language broadcast: Hisanori Yoshida (Nippon Broadcasting System), Shunji Mizutani (PLAYISM), waiwai
- English language broadcast: Atsugiri Jason, J-mon
- Chinese language broadcast: Kenshiro, Seigai Kou (Flyhigh Works)
- Guests: Masatoshi Tokuoka, Dainashi

■Streaming Platforms
- Japanese language version
YouTube / Twitter / Twitch / niconico
- English language version
YouTube / Twitter / Twitch
- Chinese(simplified) language version
bilibili: In preparation

■Program Contents
- INDIE Live Premiere
Introducing specially selected indie game title announcements and the latest info, such as updates and release dates. At the previous event, titles such as Craftopia and Nimbus INFINITY were announced, creating a large amount of buzz.

- INDIE Waves
Introducing over 150 indie titles entered from around the world.

- INDIE Live Expo Awards
Announcement and presentation of awards to be given to especially amazing indie titles selected via public vote and our selection committee.
Special Awards Page: https://indie.live-expo.games/en/awards/
*Nominees will be announced shortly, after which voting will begin.

- Indie Studios Around the World
Masatoshi Tokuoka offers commentary on the indie market of various countries throughout the world. For this second installment, he will be focusing on Sweden.

- Live Performance
Once again, popular drummer Dainashi is back for another awesome drum performance.

Tokyo Game Show 2021 will take place physically from September 30th to October 3rd in Japan, TGS 2020 Online was viewed 31.6 million times


This year's Tokyo Game Show went entirely digital with TGS 2020 Online due to COVID-19, but plans for next year are to take the event back to its physical format. TGS 2021 will reportedly take place from September 30th to October 3rd, 2021 in Chiba, Japan at Makuhari Messe.

In other news, the total viewing numbers for TGS 2020 Online has been announced by CESA (Computer Entertainment Supplier's Association). Clocking in at 31.6 million between all platforms, you can check out a full breakdown below.

Total - 31,606,942
YouTube (including English & Chinese) - 4,050,963
Twitter (including English & Chinese) - 7,511,301
Twitch (including English) - 875,350
IGN (including English) - 3,369,336
TikTok LIVE - 98,012
Niconico - 1,726,014
Douyu (China) - 1,069,377
Bilibili (China) - 2,315,761
Douyin, Xigua, Toutiao (China) - 10,590,828

Taipei Game Show 2021 will feature both online and offline events with new platform, begins on January 28th, 2021

Check out all the latest details!

【Release Date: 7th, Oct. 2020】Organized by Taipei Computer Association (TCA), Taipei Game Show (TGS) is scheduled to take place from January 28th to 31st at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center Hall 1. The exhibitor’s registration for B2B and B2C Zone has been available since this September. For the first time, Taipei Game show 2021 is set to hold events both online and offline, creating a platform to bring game industry professionals and gamers together without the barriers of time and space.

New Experiences With a Mix of Physical and Digital Events
Taipei Game Show 2021 includes three main sectors: Asia Pacific Game Summit, B2B Zone and B2C Zone. B2B Zone is set to be an international business platform that offers matchmaking opportunities and fosters game industry professionals across the world to interact and exchange ideas. The synced forums - Asia Pacific Game Summit and INDIE SALON, will not only host physical events, but also provide online streaming service to bring international speakers and audience together and offer the latest game industry insights and trends. The competition within the show specifically designed for indie game developers - Indie Game Award, held its ceremony in the form of online streaming in this June, and has now begun accepting new submissions since this September. The organizer sincerely invites talented indie game developers around the globe to participate in the grand event.

Starts in a New Place: Taipei Game Show 2021 Expects to See 350k Visits and About 500 Exhibitors to Take Part In
Taipei Game Show attracts exhibitors and gamers from more than 25 countries each year. Its B2C Zone provides gamers the first-hand information of giant game titles, well-known esports and hardware brands, meeting various appetites from gamers. "Indie House" and "Board Game Wonderland" will also be included in the show, displaying latest products and eye-catching contents, bringing fun and joy to the gamers. B2C Zone is coming back stronger than ever, creating true immersive experiences for gamers. With numerous new products in the line-ups, it also creates a huge business opportunity between exhibitors and gamers. Furthermore, the highly anticipated online show organized by Taipei Game Show, will be making a debut at the end of the year, providing gamers a brand new entertainment option!

【Event Info】
Taipei Game Show 2021
Date: B2B ZONE(2 days)Jan. 28th to Jan. 29th, 2021
B2C ZONE(4 days)Jan. 28th to Jan. 31st, 2021
Venue: Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center Hall 1

The Game Awards 2020 streaming live on December 10th from Los Angeles, London, and Tokyo

No audience this time around

The Game Awards is still happening this year, and we've now been given a date to mark on our calendars. Streaming live on December 10th, the 2020 show will be bigger than ever (minus the lack of audience due to COVID-19), as the event will be streamed from not only Los Angeles, but also London and Tokyo. This year's show introduces the new "Innovation in Accessibility" award to commemorate devs working to help games be enjoyed by as many people as possible.

Here is what Geoff Keighley (producer/host of TGA) told Variety about the 2020 show following the announcement;

"The thing that I’m worried about more than anything is that – there’s so much anticipation for the show – is that we don’t have big games to announce to the fans, then that becomes a disappointment too. So I talked to all the game companies and they’re like ‘no, we’ve got great content to kind of show fans around games,’ and they’re really excited to show that. So yeah, it’s gonna be super interesting at the end of the year to see what comes out at the top."

Also via Variety, it's been confirmed that fans will be able to "participate and virtually interact with the show across social media, through live in-game experiences, and via interactive extensions on leading streaming platforms."

Look forward to the plenty of world premieres, announcements, live music, and of course, awards, at The Game Awards 2020 on December 10th, 2020. Hopefully some Nintendo Switch reveals are upon us, and perhaps Nintendo themselves will make an appearance?

Overwatch League 2020 All-Star teams and All-Star arcade game modes announced

Check out the rosters and what they'll be playing!

With teams playing online and split into two regions in Asia and North America, we’re going to double the fun and have two all All-Stars events this season before Grand Finals Weekend.

Today we reveal rosters for the 2020 All-Stars Asia and 2020 All-Stars North America events, as voted on by fans from around the world.

Saturday, September 26: 1-7 a.m. PT / 4-10 p.m. CST / 5-11 p.m. KST

Hyobin “Choihyobin” Choi – San Francisco Shock, Tank
Menghan “Ameng” Ding – Chengdu Hunters, Tank
Euiseok “Fearless” Lee – Shanghai Dragons, Tank
Jun Woo “Void” Kang – Shanghai Dragons, Tank
Dong-gyu "Mano" Kim – New York Excelsior, Tank
Han-been "Hanbin" Choi – Paris Eternal, Tank
Qiulin “Guxue” Xu – Hanzhou Spark, Tank
Gicheol “Cr0ng” Nam – Guanzhou Charge, Tank
Byungsun “Fleta” Kim – Shanghai Dragons, Damage
Gui-Woon “Decay” Jang – Washington Justice, Damage
Junyoung “Profit” Park – Seoul Dynasty, Damage
Seonchang "Ans" Lee, San Francisco Shock, Damage
Gilseong “Glister” Lim – London Spitfire, Damage
Hyojong "Haksal" Kim – New York Excelsior, Damage
Jun-ki "Yaki" Kim – Florida Mayhem, Damage
Jae-hyeok "Carpe" Lee, Philadelphia Fusion, Damage
Sang-Min “Myunb0ng” Seo – Boston Uprising, Support
Minki "Viol2t" Park, San Francisco Shock, Support
Kyeongbo “Alarm” Kim – Philadelphia Fusion, Support
Jae Gon “Leejaegon” Lee – Shanghai Dragons, Support
Jin Seo “Shu” Kim – Guanzhou Charge, Support
Seonghyun “Jjonak” Bang – New York Excelsior, Support
Jin-mo "Tobi" Yang, Seoul Dynasty, Support
Min-chul "Izayaki" Kim, Shanghai Dragons, Support

Saturday, October 3: 12-4 p.m. PT / 2-6 a.m. CST (Sunday)
Matthew “Super” Delisi – San Francisco Shock, Tank
Indy “Space” Halpern – Los Angeles Gladiators, Tank
Benjamin “Benbest” Dieulafait – Paris Eternal, Tank
Caleb “Mcgravy” Mcgarvey – Los Angeles Valiant, Tank
João Pedro “Hydration” Goes Telles – Houston Outlaws, Tank
Andreas “Nevix” Karlsson – Toronto Defiant, Tank
Gael "Poko" Gouzerch, Philadelphia Fusion
Niclas Smidt “Shockwave” Jensen – Vancouver Titans, Damage
Terence “Soon” Tarlier – Paris Eternal, Damage
Kai “Ksp” Collins – Los Angeles Valiant, Damage
Dante “Danteh” Cruz – Houston Outlaws, Damage
Brady “Agilities” Girardi – Toronto Defiant, Damage
Nicolas “Nicogdh” Moret – Paris Eternal, Damage
Dusttin “Dogman” Bowerman – Atlanta Reign, Support
William “Crimzo” Hernandez – Dallas Fuel, Support
Seungsoo “Jecse” Lee – Houston Outlaws, Support
Youngseo “Kariv” Bak – Toronto Defiant, Support
Daniel "FunnyAstro" Hathaway
Grant “Moth” Espe – San Francisco Shock, Support
Brice “Fdgod” Monscavoir – Paris Eternal, Support

Both All-Stars events will include the following matches:
T-Mobile Talent Takedown — Overwatch League broadcast talent play a 6v6 match in a 3-map set.
Widowmaker 1v1 Tournament, presented by State Farm — Top players compete in a 1v1 headshots-only format as Widowmaker.
All-Star Game — Overwatch League all-star players compete in a 6v6 match in a 3-map set.

All-Stars Asia will also include additional showmatches. See below for all the details.
Winston Skills Challenge – Four players will compete in a 1v1 tournament to be the first Winston to push a neutral Wrecking Ball into the Ilios Well.
Genji Skills Challenge - Four players will compete in a 1v1 single-elimination tournament to determine the greatest Genji.
Ana Skills Challenge – Pros go head-to-head in an Ana free-for-all. Played in two rounds, each round ends when a player reaches 20 eliminations, or after 5 minutes.
Who is Meta? – Eight players with the best Fleta Deadlift percentages will compete in a Hero Gauntlet match. A Fleta Deadlift is when a player accounts for 50% or more of team’s final blows in a map win. The winner is the first player to get an elimination using a pool of 22 heroes.

More information on All-Stars game mode formats is available at overwatchleague.com.

Prize Pool
A total of US $225,000 is up for grabs during All-Stars. Here’s how it breaks down:


All-Star Game winner
Asia - $90,000
North America - $75,000

Widowmaker 1v1 winner
Asia - $15,000
North America - $15,000

Widowmaker 1v1 runner-up
Asia - $7,500
North America - $7,500

Winston Skill Challenge winner
Asia - $4,000

Genji Skill Challenge winner
Asia - $4,000

Ana Skill Challenge winner
Asia - $4,000

Who is Meta? winner
Asia - $3,000

Where to Watch
You can watch all All-Stars events live and on demand on our YouTube channel, official website, and on our app.

The 2020 Overwatch League Grand Finals takes place from Oct. 8 – 10.

Devolver Direct 2020 - live-blog/stream

What craziness does Devolver have for us this year?

Devolver Digital's 2020 "Direct" presentation is about to begin (12 PM PST) as a part of Summer Game Fest, with plenty of new games, new gameplay, and release date announcements! Watch the stream here (simulated gore, violence, blood, & language warning) or check out the live-blog below for all of the Nintendo Switch related news.

- New trailer and release date for Carrion, coming to Switch on July 23rd, 2020

- Olija is coming to Switch in 2020, new trailer released

Check out this teaser trailer for the "Ubisoft Forward" digital showcase, airing on July 12th

What does Ubi have to show?

Ubisoft Forward - A summer celebration of Ubisoft’s upcoming lineup of games and content, is right around the corner! The event will stream live on ubisoft.com.

Devolver Direct announced for July 11th at 12PM Pacific

Amid a groundbreaking new level digital showcases, Devolver Digital aims to raise the bar for overrated marketing videos with this year’s Devolver Direct on July 11 at 12:00PM Pacific US time. The seventh best indie game label will step up to the plate once more and whiff real hard with a live pre-recorded presentation on Twitch and Steam.

This year’s showcase continues the tradition of overpromises with new game reveals, gameplay reveals, release date announcements, and special guests from the industry to help usher in these important marketing bullet points. And it’s nearly all gameplay because that’s what the youths of today demand.

The astonishing misuse of marketing budget will end with a few surprises and game demos available to play by the unwashed masses including Carrion, Disc Room, and an unannounced game. Maybe another game too, who can really tell where this is all leading.

Square Enix not hosting E3 replacement, will announce new titles individually around July to August

It's hip to be square!

In a stockholders meeting held on June 24th, Square Enix announced that the previously planned E3 replacement event has been cancelled since "assets were not complete." Some of the reveals that they have to share will be shown individually around July to August. Check out exactly what was said below thanks to No Investment, No Life and a translation from Gematsu!

Q: "Normally, you would announce new games at E3, but how has coronavirus affected your plans this year?"

A: "We would normally announce new games at E3, yes. We had planned to have a press conference as a replacement event, but were unable to do so since assets were not complete. We’ll be announcing new titles individually as the timing permits. Several will debut around July to August."