Overwatch League™ Inaugural Season Begins Today

Overwatch League™ Inaugural Season Begins Today

First major global professional city-based league opens new era in
eSports

Overwatch League to be broadcast on Twitch, in addition to
OverwatchLeague.com, MLG.com, the MLG app, and the new Overwatch League
companion app

IRVINE, Calif.–#OWL2018–The inaugural season of the Overwatch League kicks off
today, beginning an epic showdown between teams from some of the world’s
top sports and esports leaders—and the best Overwatch players on the
planet.

 

As the first major global professional esports league with competition
organized by cities, the launch of the Overwatch League is one of the
most hotly anticipated moments in esports. For the first season, 12
franchises are representing major cities in Asia, Europe, and North
America. The full list of teams and owners is:

  • Boston Uprising (Kraft Group)
  • Dallas Fuel (Team Envy)
  • Florida Mayhem (Misfits)
  • Houston Outlaws (OpTic Gaming)
  • London Spitfire (Cloud9)
  • Los Angeles Gladiators (Stan and Josh Kroenke)
  • Los Angeles Valiant (Immortals)
  • New York Excelsior (Jeff Wilpon and SterlingVC)
  • Philadelphia Fusion (Comcast Spectacor)
  • San Francisco Shock (NRG eSports)
  • Seoul Dynasty (Kevin Chou)
  • Shanghai Dragons (NetEase)

The teams met in combat for the first time during the preseason,
December 6–9. The first regular-season games will be played later today,
with the Pacific Division teams facing off: San Francisco Shock vs. Los
Angeles Valiant, Shanghai Dragons vs. Los Angeles Gladiators, and Dallas
Fuel vs. Seoul Dynasty. The Atlantic Division teams take the stage at
the Blizzard Arena Los Angeles on Thursday.

“Connecting and engaging the world through epic entertainment is our
mission,” said Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard. “The launch of
the Overwatch League will provide our very best professional players the
chance to inspire our engaged, connected audiences around the world.
January 10th is an historic day for esports and we are so grateful to
our team owners, our media partners, our sponsors, and most of all our
players for their pivotal role in the establishment of the Overwatch
League.”

“The Overwatch League was created to deliver an awesome and unique
experience for players, teams, and fans,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and
cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “With 12 first-class teams
representing major cities from Asia, Europe, and North America, we’re
confident that the inaugural season of the league is going to redefine
what people expect from esports—and be a giant celebration of the
Overwatch® community as a whole.”

Viewers can tune in to catch all the action on Twitch, MLG.com and the
MLG app (on iOS and Android), OverwatchLeague.com, and the Overwatch
League companion app, which launched Monday for iOS and Android.
Blizzard players also will be given easy access to the Overwatch
League’s web presence via a new Overwatch League tab in the Blizzard
Battle.net Desktop App.

ZhanQi TV, NetEase CC, and Panda TV are expected to be the official
broadcasting platforms of the Overwatch League in China, providing
livestreams, VODs, feature programs, and other exciting esports content
to Chinese audiences.

The first season of the Overwatch League will run until June, with
playoffs and finals scheduled for July. For the inaugural season, all
games will take place at Blizzard
Arena Los Angeles
, a state-of-the-art live-event venue in Burbank,
California, custom-renovated for Blizzard Entertainment esports events.
Fans can purchase tickets to attend matches, which will be played each
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. A full schedule
and information
about ticket sales
can be found at https://overwatchleague.com/.

The Overwatch community also will have new ways to join in the fun
around the league. Overwatch League team uniforms are now available to
purchase as in-game skins, giving fans a fun way to show their support
for their favorite teams. All players who log in between now and
February 13, 2018, will receive enough League Tokens to obtain a team
uniform of their choice free. Skins are available for all 12 teams, and
all 26 Overwatch characters, with 50% of the revenue from every
Overwatch League skin sold going toward a shared revenue pool for all
league teams.

The Overwatch League is supported by sponsors HP® and Intel®,
with players competing on cutting-edge gaming hardware including HP’s
OMEN gaming PCs, powered by the latest Intel® Core™ i7 processors.

About the Overwatch League

The Overwatch League is the first major global professional
esports league with city-based teams across Asia, Europe, and North
America. Overwatch® was created by globally acclaimed publisher Blizzard
Entertainment (a division of Activision Blizzard—Nasdaq: ATVI), whose
iconic franchises have helped lay the foundations and push the
boundaries of professional esports over the last 15 years. The latest
addition to Blizzard’s stable of twenty-one #1 games,[1]
Overwatch was built from the ground up for online competition, with
memorable characters and fast-paced action designed for the most
engaging gameplay and spectator experiences. To learn more about the
Overwatch League, visit www.overwatchleague.com.

© 2018 Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. OVERWATCH, OVERWATCH LEAGUE,
BLIZZARD and BLIZZARD ENTERTAINMENT are trademarks of Blizzard
Entertainment, Inc.

[1] Sales and/or downloads, based on internal company records and
reports from key distribution partners

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking Statements: Information in
this press release that involves Blizzard Entertainment’s expectations,
plans, intentions or strategies regarding the future, including
statements about the dates, events and features of the Overwatch League,
are forward-looking statements that are not facts and involve a number
of risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause Blizzard
Entertainment’s actual future results to differ materially from those
expressed in the forward-looking statements set forth in this release
include unanticipated product delays and other factors identified in the
risk factors sections of Activision Blizzard’s most recent annual report
on Form 10-K and any subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. The
forward-looking statements in this release are based upon information
available to Blizzard Entertainment and Activision Blizzard as of the
date of this release, and neither Blizzard Entertainment nor Activision
Blizzard assumes any obligation to update any such forward-looking
statements. Forward-looking statements believed to be true when made may
ultimately prove to be incorrect. These statements are not guarantees of
the future performance of Blizzard Entertainment or Activision Blizzard
and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which
are beyond its control and may cause actual results to differ materially
from current expectations.


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Parenting Hero App is Out Now on the Google Play Store

Parenting Hero App is Out Now on the Google Play Store

Polish video games developer MythicOwl today released their gamified parenting advice app Parenting Hero on the Google Play Store for a week-long special launch price of $2.99, after which the app will be available for the regular price of $4.99. Based on the best-selling book “How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen” by Joanna Faber and Julie King, Parenting Hero helps parents figure out how to have healthy conversations with their kids so they feel understood and appreciated. The app fills a gap in the mobile market, providing award-winning parenting tips in bite-sized role-playing scenarios for parents looking to resolve conflicts with their kids by talking to them the right way.

I have been using Joanna Faber’s and Julie King’s book to raise my three children, so launching Parenting Hero on the Google Play Store to make their advice easily accessible to many other parents out there, and thus helping to improve their lives and family dynamics, is an absolute honor,” said Tomasz Mularczyk, CEO at MythicOwl. “Over the upcoming year we will add even more scenarios to the app and have launched a week-long sale on both the App Store and Google Play so that everyone can get their hands on these critically acclaimed family conversation hacks.”

Get Parenting Hero from the Google Play Store for $2.99 here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mythicowl.parentinghero
Get Parenting Hero from the App Store for $2.99 here: https://itunes.apple.com/app/apple-store/id1157368189?pt=117722404&ct=LandingPage&mt=8

 

Parenting Hero is a comprehensive role-playing guide for parents on how to have a composed discussion with their children aged 2-7, so they feel acknowledged, understood and treated with respect, instead of tackling more challenging discussions with a threat of punishment. It’s a game with animated hand-drawn cartoon graphics, where parents have to choose the best solution out of multiple answers in order to handle the presented situation. Parenting Hero offers instant, practical, visually presented parenting advice to anyone who has little time to scour through myriad of parenting guidebooks full of detailed theoretical information.


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Total War: THREE KINGDOMS Announced by SEGA and Creative Assembly

Total War: THREE KINGDOMS Announced by SEGA and Creative Assembly

LONDON – January 10, 2018 –SEGA® Europe Ltd. today announced the new historical strategy game Total War™: Three Kingdoms, the next major historical title in the Total War™ strategy series from Creative Assembly™, and the first to explore ancient China, will launch in Fall 2018.

It is 190CE and China is in turmoil. The Han Dynasty crumbles before the child-emperor, who is a mere puppet for the tyrant Dong Zhuo. The brutal and oppressive regime’s power grows as the empire slips further into anarchy. Yet hope blossoms in the form of three heroes, sworn to brotherhood in the face of calamity. Warlords of great families follow suit, forming a fragile coalition in a bid to challenge Dong Zhuo’s remorseless rule. The future of China will be shaped by their hands, but personal ambition threatens their already crumbling alliance.

Inspired by the beauty and artistic style of the age, Total War™: Three Kingdoms breathes life into the heroes of this fascinating period as they struggle to unite China under a single banner.

Total War™: Three Kingdoms will be available for PC in 2018, watch the announce trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v= s4D42vMUSIM

 Add Total War™: Three Kingdoms to your Steam Wish list here: http://store.steampowered.com/app/779340

For the latest news about this title and the other Total War games, subscribe to the Total War™ YouTube Channel for future news about gameplay videos.


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TOTAL WAR™: THREE KINGDOMS ANNOUNCED

TOTAL WAR™: THREE KINGDOMS ANNOUNCED

SEGA® Europe Ltd. today announced the new historical strategy game Total War™: Three Kingdoms, the next major historical title in the Total War™ strategy series from Creative Assembly™, and the first to explore ancient China, will launch in Fall 2018.

It is 190CE and China is in turmoil. The Han Dynasty crumbles before the child-emperor, who is a mere puppet for the tyrant Dong Zhuo. The brutal and oppressive regime’s power grows as the empire slips further into anarchy. Yet hope blossoms in the form of three heroes, sworn to brotherhood in the face of calamity. Warlords of great families follow suit, forming a fragile coalition in a bid to challenge Dong Zhuo’s remorseless rule. The future of China will be shaped by their hands, but personal ambition threatens their already crumbling alliance.

Inspired by the beauty and artistic style of the age, Total War™: Three Kingdoms breathes life into the heroes of this fascinating period as they struggle to unite China under a single banner.

Total War™: Three Kingdoms will be available for PC in 2018, watch the announce trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v= s4D42vMUSIM

 Add Total War™: Three Kingdoms to your Steam Wish list here: http://store.steampowered.com/app/779340

For the latest news about this title and the other Total War games, subscribe to the Total War™ YouTube Channel for future news about gameplay videos.

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About Total War™:

Multi-million-selling Total War is one of the most critically-acclaimed series in gaming; now over 15 years old. A drive for historical authenticity and superb gaming quality has helped establish the franchise as one of the most successful PC games of all time. Alongside the core historical-based games, the Total War series has expanded to include free-to-play mobile (Total War Battles™: KINGDOM) and PC titles (Total War™: ARENA), currently in development. Their dedicated development teams are joined by those working on Total War: WARHAMMER and future Total War titles. Total War’s website is located at www.totalwar.com


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