Team Canada Overwatch World Cup Shortlist Spotlight: Richard ‘Root Bear’ Ng

Richard ‘Root Bear’ NG highlights Team Canada Overwatch World Cup Shortlist

Team Canada has revealed the shortlist for their Overwatch World Cup 2019 Community Lead, and one of them is a Root Bear.

Well technically, he’s a human named Richard Ng, and Root Bear is just what most people call him. He got his nickname thanks to his love for A&W and their famous mascot. As a kid, he would watch the commercials with excitement. As a teen, he would choose jobs based on their proximity to A&W locations, and he currently has quite the A&W plush toy collection. Yet that passion for A&W is one that is only matched by one other thing — his affinity for Overwatch.

Back in 2018, he founded the 5 Deadly Venoms Crew, a supporters group for the Overwatch League’s NYXL, that holds viewing parties and events for Overwatch League fans living in New York. At the time, this was groundbreaking as the league was still in its infancy, and didn’t have much of a fan presence outside of Los Angeles. Since then many other supporters clubs have popped up all over the league, but it was Richard who started the wave. He says that making it this far feels like recognition for all the hard work that he’s put in.

“It’s an incredible honour to be on the shortlist for the Team Canada Community Lead. For me personally, it’s a sign that the work I’ve done for Overwatch community builds in New York and Toronto have really meant something to the community. Being able to impact anyone’s life for the better is humbling and if making the shortlist is indicative of making that happen, I’m a very lucky and happy person,” said Ng

Richard is running for Team Canada’s Community Lead, a position which includes planning events, and connecting with fans of Canada’s National Overwatch team. Since moving back to Canada late last year, Richard helped found Toronto Alpha Flight, a supporters club for the Overwatch League’s Toronto franchise. On top of watch parties and meet-ups, he has created a range of apparel for Toronto Alpha Flight that celebrates the city of Toronto. As for his vision for Canada’s Overwatch team, it goes far beyond the actual games being played.

“For me, this role is about being able to help lay the framework for a better way for us to support esports in Canada starting with our National Overwatch team. I think community needs combine real world and digital so expect to see a healthy blend of online and IRL events. Real communities cannot exist only online. We have low switching costs in those situations. I think a stronger Canadian community can come from showing the importance of reaching out and connecting across the board. My goal will be to make this core to how Team Canada Community leadership operates.”

Finally, Richard says that the main reason he’d make a good community lead is that he’s usually the biggest fan in the room.

“There’s a reason I’m in gifs, NYXL videos, Defiant videos. I can drop a mean wrestling-style promo on camera. It’s critical that this role goes to someone who’s not just good in front of a controlled audience but also just good with people, period. I suppose the biggest thing though is that because I started my OW journey in New York, I feel like I haven’t been able to give enough back to my home country. In a weird way, this isn’t about OW or esports to me. This is about having the opportunity to represent Canada and help others tell the stories of our nation through the context of esports. That to me is the biggest mission.”

You can vote for Richard or any of the various country’s candidates at this link. Voting runs from now until June 7th and players can only vote for candidates from the country in which they are from. The World Cup playoffs will take place at BlizzCon 2019 which runs from November 1st to November 3rd.

Netflix’s Dark Crystal Prequel Trailer Released

Netflix's Dark Crystal Prequel Trailer Released

After a month full of teases, Netflix has finally released the trailer for their upcoming Dark Crystal prequel series.

Titled Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, the series takes place before the cult Jim Henson film and will feature ten episodes. The trailer for the series includes classic pupateering, CG elements, as well as a whole lot of fantastical action. The series follows the adventures of three young Gelflings named Rian, Deet and Brea on their journey to find the secrets to the evil Skeksis’ rise to power.

The series is directed by Louis Leterrier who is best known for The Incredible Hulk, Clash of the Titans and Now You See Me. Joining Leterrier on the project are a who’s who of hollywood stars including: Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy, Nathalie Emmanuel, Mark Hamill, Andy Samberg, Caitriona Balfe, Helena Bonham-Carter, Harris Dickinson, Eddie Izzard, Theo James, Toby Jones, Shazad Latif, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mark Strong, Alicia Vikander, Harvey Fierstein, Ralph Ineson, Keegan-Michael Key, Olafur Darri Olafsson, Simon Pegg, and Donna Kimball.

Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is set to release on Netflix on August 31, 2019. The original Dark Crystal film was released in December of 1982 and tells the story of a young Gelfling on a quest to bring peace to a world torn apart by evil. It made over $41 milllion on a $15 million budget, but has since risen to even higher popularity due to its cult classic status.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Announced

Call of Duty Modern Warfare Announced

Over a decade since the original Modern Warfare was released, Activision is launching an all new, dark reimagining of the beloved title.

Set to launch on October 25, 2019, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is a brand new game inspired by 2007’s Modern Warfare.  It will contain a single-player story, action-packed multiplayer mode, and new co-operative modes as well. David Stohl, the Co-Studio Head of Infinity Ward stressed that the new game is a reimagined modernization of the original Modern Warfare.

“We are creating an emotionally charged experience that’s inspired by the headlines in the world today, where the rules are grey and battle lines are blurred. Players will join a varied cast of international special forces and freedom fighters in gripping and heart-pounding missions through iconic European cities and volatile expanses of the Middle East. It’s intense, it’s exciting, and we can’t wait for our fans to play this October.”

David Stohl, Co-Studio Head of Infinity Ward

Modern Warfare is built off of a brand new engine, that promises to bring an immersive and photo-realistic experience to the world of Call of Duty. The new engine also includes a new hybrid tile-based streaming system, new PBR decal rendering system, world volumetric lighting, 4K HDR, DirectX Raytracing (PC) and more as well as a new GPU geometry pipeline. According to the game’s Creative Director, Patrick Kelly, Modern Warfare is not only an attempt to make a quality shooter, but also bring the Call of Duty community closer.

“Every design decision has been made with our players in mind. With the launch of Modern Warfare, we’re taking steps to unite the community. First, we plan for Modern Warfare to be played together across PC and console through cross-play support. Second, we’re eliminating the traditional season pass, so that we can deliver more free maps and content as well as post-launch events to all players. This is just the beginning – there’s much more to come.”

Creative Director on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Patrick Kelly

While the game doesn’t launch until October, you can pre-order the digital version of the game right now. By doing so you also unlock a prestige token, that you can use right away in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. The game is set to release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Potential E3 Panel Leak Sheds New Light on Upcoming Avenger’s Game

New Info on Square Enix's Avenger's Game Revealed

Square Enix’s The Avenger’s Project continues to make headlines, this time thanks to a leaked E3 panel description.

The description, which was first spotted by Twitter user Evan Filarca, contains a brief overview of the game, as well as a description of the panel. The game is described as an, “epic action-adventure that combines cinematic storytelling with continuous single-player and co-operative gameplay“, although this information has yet to be confirmed by Square Enix. While the panel description has since been changed, the leak indicates a potential likelihood that The Avenger’s Project will have single and multiplayer modes when it launches. It’s not clear if the multiplayer will be local or online, but the post did mention that players can assemble in up to four player teams.

In addition, the post also mentioned the ability to customize heroes, and the existence of special character abilities. It’s no real surprise that the game apparently features customization, as most AAA titles from the past few years have gone that route, including Insomniac’s recent Spider-Man title. As for abilities, all of the Marvel heroes have their own distinct weapons and powers which makes the existence of abilities a no-brainer as well.

It’s also worth noting that the leaked panel description was not Square Enix’s E3 Presentation, (which takes place on Monday, June 10th at 9 p.m. ET) but instead the company’s E3 Colliseum Panel, which takes place the following day. The Colliseum Panel will be moderated by Andrea Rene, who is an internet personality and co-founder of What’s Good Games.

Stay Tuned to CGMagazine for more The Avenger’s Project news and E3 2019 Coverage.

Iron Maiden Tightens Their Spikes on 3D Realms, in $2 Million in Damages for Likeness

Iron Maiden tightens their spikes on 3D Realms, in $2 million in damages for Likeness

Legendary metal band Iron Maiden — specifically, their holding company — is currently in the process of suing 3D Realms, the game studio behind titles such as Duke Nukem, Wolfenstein and of course, the yet to be released, Ion Maiden.

The lawsuit filed against 3D Realms from May 28, in reference to the game’s logo being a blatant copy of Iron Maiden’s branding, states that it is “an effort to confuse consumers into believing Defendant’s products and services are somehow affiliated with or approved by Iron Maiden,” arguing that:

“Defendant’s misappropriation and use of a virtually identical imitation of the Iron Maiden trademark creates a likelihood of confusion among consumers. Customers who view Defendant’s video game and merchandise are likely to believe that Iron Maiden is somehow affiliated with Defendant.”

Iron Maiden’s holding company wishes to claim $2 million in damages in addition to the removal of the Ion Maiden website.

The lawsuit backed up their claims with quotes accrued from confused Iron Maiden fans (which is as funny as it sounds) — some excerpts from Kotaku’s initial report can be read down below:

  • “…commenting that they were misled into believing that the Ion Maiden game was an Iron Maiden game.”
  • “…clicking on an Ion Maiden online thread thinking that the thread was related to Iron Maiden.”
  • “…reading an article about the Ion Maiden video game waiting for an explained connection to Iron Maiden.”
  • “…wondering the whole time, while reading an article about the Ion Maiden video game, how they (Defendant) got the license to use the Ion Maiden name (from Iron Maiden).”
  • “…expressing genuine excitement for an Iron Maiden video game.”
  • “…and commenting that ‘all that’s missing is an … Iron Maiden soundtrack’ and that the Iron Maiden song ‘Can I Play with Madness‘ would fit right in.”

Ion Maiden is a retro-inspired FPS, with graphics reminiscent of 3D Realm’s legacy titles, such as the aforementioned Duke Nukem series. The game is slated for release sometime in 2019 — however, this new lawsuit will likely impede it until further notice.

Xbox Game Pass will be coming to PC, More Details set for E3 2019

Xbox Game Pass will be coming to PC, More Details set for E3 2019

Well, it’s official, after some brief speculation, Microsoft will be officially bringing their Xbox Game Pass service to PC platforms, bringing with it over 100 games.

Executive Vice President for Xbox, Phill Spencer made the announcement, earlier today, on the official Xbox blog, stating:

“We believe the player should be at the center of their gaming experience and be able to harness the unique benefits of the devices they choose to play on. Nowhere is that belief more important than on the PC. As the creators of Windows, we have a unique responsibility to ensure we’re investing in experiences that benefit players everywhere, while respecting the PC community’s preference for an open, highly customizable platform.”

Phil Spencer

Before concluding his statement with:

“We’ve not always lived up to our aspiration of keeping gamers at the center of everything we do when it comes to the experience they’ve had on Windows.”

Phil Spencer

In terms of exact details, including release date and specific titles which will be available, Microsoft promises to unveil more during their E3 2019 briefing. The initial announcement did reveal several of the publishers and studios that will be putting up their game on offer, including the likes of Bethesda, Deep Silver, Devolver Digital, Paradox Interactive, and SEGA — with a total of 75 that have been confirmed to be participating.

Some first-party titles from Microsoft did get mentioned, including games like the forthcoming Gears of War 5, the Age of Empires series of games in addition to yet to be announced titles from newly acquired first-party studios such as Obsidian and InXile. Spencer went on to mention that Microsoft will be committed to providing full Win32 support going forward, which is the standard for game development on the Windows 10 platform.

Xbox Gamepass Pass for PC will sweeten the pot by slashing off 20% on games that are already available in the library, with up to an additional 10% for downloadable content and add-ons.

Microsoft will reveal further details regarding the Xbox Game Pass for PC, later this June, during their E3 2019 press conference.