In today’s roundup, gaming is getting ever more real with a live theatrical performance of Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us, as well as a $5 million grand prize for the winners of The International gaming tournament. Microsoft will be bringing some exclusive designs of the Xbox One to the upcoming ComicCon and giving the attendees a chance to win them in a raffle. Bungie lost a lawsuit from one of their ex-Halo composers, and the Nvidia Shield Tablet will feature Twitch streaming capabilities built-in. Here is the gaming news daily digest from Guardian Liberty Voice for July 22, 2014.
The Last of Us getting a theatrical performance
There has been a lot of buzz about Naughty Dog’s latest big title, between the remastered edition for next-gen consoles and Downloadable Content (DLC). Today, the popular title goes outside of gaming and into Broadway with a theatrical performance announced for the Santa Monica Broad Stage on July 28th. Tying into the promotion of the Playstation 4 remastered edition, the show will be directed by Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann and scored by Oscar-winning Gustavo Santaolalla. The tickets are already sold out but the performance will be available live on Twitch, YouTube and Playstation Network.
Xbox One special designs coming to ComicCon
The previous daily digests have been slowly trickling down interesting news planned for the upcoming ComicCon, such as the first Witcher 3 public debut or Nintendo Gaming Lounge. Microsoft is now joining the fray, promising to award 20 fans with a special Xbox One console featuring patterns from the most popular titles such as Titanfall and Forza Horizon 2. Entering the competition requires taking a photo of the desired pattern and posting it on twitter with #XboxOne and #XboxSweeps tags. A separate console raffle is also planned for those unable to attend the convention, but more details will be revealed at a later time.
Bungie to pay damages to former composer, US court ruled
Marty O’Donnell, a composer who worked at Bungie for 14 years, abruptly left the company back in May. He sued Bungie claiming to have been “terminated… without cause” on his Twitter, as Eurogamer reported. The company refused to comment on the situation but explained they do not make these sort of decisions lightly. The US court has now ruled that the company must pay O’Donnell about $95,000 to cover any unpaid work, vacation and damages. Eurogamer further explained that some of his music can be heard in Bungie’s newest title Destiny.
Dota 2 competition team wins $5 million
Gaming eSports have been growing in prestige and popularity over the past two decades, and the recent The International competition takes it one step further. The Defense of the Ancients 2 (DOTA 2) tournament awarded team Newbee with a staggering $5 million first prize, the biggest amount to date. The runner-ups also received hundreds of thousands in prizes. This is just one example of many high-stake gaming tournaments, however. A number of other popular multiplayer titles, such as League of Legends, Starcraft or Counter-Strike, have leagues of their own. Guardian Liberty Voice also recently reported that the Robert Morris University has, for the first time ever, begun offering an athletic scholarship to students playing League of Legends. Much like traditional sports, competitive video games are becoming a huge industry of its own.
Nvidia tablet integrating Twitch broadcasting
The graphics card manufacturing giant has been developing its own gaming hardware for the past several months and just announced that the Shield Tablet will support broadcasting to Twitch. Twitch is a popular live streaming website used by many gamers to showcase the titles they are playing. Unlike the Android app, which already accounted for more than 850 million minutes uploaded, according to Twitch, the featured will be integrated directly into the device. This will allow the users to easily stream anything, be it an Android game or a PC title.
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