EA and Respawn Announce Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order™ Will Launch November 15, 2019

During a panel over the weekend at Star Wars Celebration in Chicago, Respawn Entertainment announced that Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order™, a new third-person action adventure game, will launch on November 15, 2019, on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

The game will feature an authentic story set shortly after the events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, when the Jedi have fallen. Fans will play as a young Padawan named Cal Kestis, brought to life by Cameron Monaghan (Shameless, Gotham), who has survived Order 66, the Emperor’s secret decree to eliminate all Jedi.

Players must pick up the pieces of Cal’s shattered past to complete his training and master the art of the iconic lightsaber – all while staying one step ahead of the Empire and its deadly Inquisitors.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is available now for pre-order, and will offer fans unique cosmetic content. For more details, visit StarWarsJediFallenOrder.com and check out the trailer below.

ESPN, Disney XD and Blizzard Entertainment Announce Multiyear Exclusive Telecast Agreement for Overwatch League

I firmly believe in the eSports is going to grow bigger every year. So it’s great to hear that ESPN, Disney XD, and Blizzard Entertainment announced an exclusive multiyear agreement for live television coverage of the Overwatch League™, the world’s first major global city-based esports league.

Beginning with Overwatch League playoff coverage on Wednesday, July 11, across both networks, the 2017–2018 Overwatch League inaugural season concludes with the Grand Finals live from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on ESPN and Disney XD July 27–28. All coverage also will be available for ESPN and Disney network subscribers to stream live on the ESPN App and DisneyNOW. To round out the 2018 Grand Finals coverage, a recap show highlighting the biggest moments will air July 29 on ABC.

The Grand Finals telecast on ESPN marks the first time live competitive gaming has aired on the flagship network in primetime and will be the first broadcast of an esports championship on ABC.

The inaugural season of the Overwatch League will culminate in the Grand Finals, the ultimate showdown for the championship: the first team to win two best-of-five matches at Barclays Center will take home the Overwatch League trophy and the lion’s share of the $1.4 million Grand Finals prize pool. Play begins Friday, July 27, at 7 p.m. EDT with the first best-of-five match on ESPN, and continues Saturday, July 28, at 4:30 p.m. EDT with the second and potential third series on Disney XD. This broadcast will air alongside the primary digital viewing experience on Twitch, with the Overwatch League also available via MLG.com.

Ronda Rousey To Make Video Game Debut As WWE 2K19 Pre-Order Bonus Character

It’s been a good while since I have sat down and watched wrestling on tv. Though as a fan of MMA, I was not surprised to hear that Ronda Rousey was moving over to the WWE after her losses in the UFC. She is an Olympic medalist, feature film actress, and UFC Hall of Famer, so the WWE was a perfect fit for her to continue her career as “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey. I mean the WWE Universe was really put on notice with her surprise Royal Rumble 2018 appearance, blockbuster WrestleMania 34 debut match. So it’s a solid fit for her to make her WWE video game debut in WWE 2K19, the forthcoming release in the flagship WWE video game franchise.

Rousey, alongside former WWE Champion Rey Mysterio, will be available as bonus content for those who pre-order the game at participating retailers for the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X and Windows PC. WWE 2K19 is currently scheduled for worldwide release on October 9, 2018, with early access players receiving their copies and in-game bonuses beginning four days early on October 5, 2018.

Check out the trailer below.

2K Announces Carnival Games For Nintendo Switch

I find the only time I play a Nintendo game nowadays is when the whole family is together. That’s why it’s pretty cool to hear that 2K is bringing Carnival Games to the Nintendo Switch on November 6, 2018. This is one of those games you don’t have to think too hard about, rather just enjoy that you are playing a game and many people must enjoy it has sold over 9.5 million copies worldwide.

The game is fun because you can either play by yourself or play with four other people, which makes it more fun. Play everything from ring toss, ball horse racing, and brand new attractions like drone racing and cosmic bowling.

Carnival Games will be available on Nintendo Switch for $39.99. Learn more about the game at www.2k.com/carnivalgames.

Fornite Has Second Most Successful iOS Launch…Ever

For those who don’t follow the gaming world Fornite: Battle Royale is the newest player vs player game sweeping the gaming industry and within 90 days of their iOS launch through in-app purchases has made $100 million making it the second most successful iOS launch of all time. The one game Fortnite’s iOS did not beat was Clash Royale, though outplaced Clash Royale in those first three months.

Already on Xbox One, Playstation 4, PC, and Mac, Fortnite came to iOS this past April and has recently launched on Nintendo Switch. Fornite is considered the most successful free-to-play game on consoles. Case in point, according to the latest analysis, Fornite made $223 million across all platforms in March. That is up 73% from the month before.

Have you played Fornite? Let me know in the comment section below.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Achieves More Than Four Hundred Million Total Players

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), announced today that over four-hundred million total players worldwide have played PUBG across all platforms (Steam, kakao, DMM, Xbox One, Mail.Ru, iOS and Android) to date, engaging more than 227 million players monthly, making it one of the most played games in the world. To celebrate the milestone, PUBG will be discounted for the first time on Steam starting today for a limited time, priced at $19.99, welcoming new fans to join the worldwide gaming phenomenon.

It is not surprising that they are pushing a sale as one of their competitors Epic Game’s “Fornite” is starting to really build a lot of traction around their own game. If anything changing the way the gaming industry looks at player vs player video games.

The Verge said it best “The game is forcing game studios and publishers to rethink how their products are developed, monetized, and updated over time. The game made an estimated $300 million in the month of April entirely on in-app purchases of items like costumes, dance moves, and other cosmetics that have no effect on your ability to compete”.

So more power to PUBG but if I had to guess Fornite is winning the gaming world over quicker.

Esports Market Worth 2,174.8 million USD by 2023

According to the new market research report, published by MarketsandMarkets™, the market is expected to be worth USD 926.3 million in 2018 and is expected to reach USD 2,174.8 million by 2023, at a CAGR of 18.61% between 2018 and 2023. Media rights (subscription and online advertisement), tickets and merchandise, sponsorship and direct advertisement, and publisher fees are the major streams that contribute to the overall revenue generation of the esports market. The increasing popularity of video games and growing awareness about esports are the major factors driving the esports market.

Sponsorships and direct advertisements have a large contribution to the overall esports market revenue. In the recent years, sponsorship has witnessed a vast increase, bringing a whole new dimension to the concept of professional gaming. Sponsorships and direct advertisements offer various opportunities to the brand owners to directly reach to the game fans in an event. Booths, video displays, posters, freebies, interactive advertising, and many other creative methods facilitate this reach to the brands.

Further, the gamers form a highly dedicated audience, with a strong sense of brand loyalty; they tend to be loyal to their preferred products and brands. If brands succeed in attracting esports audience, they would successfully gain some long-term customers. Further, high prize pool events are also boosting the number of viewers and attracting top-level players, especially for offline esports tournaments. The increasing number of offline esports tournaments is providing opportunities for sponsors and advertisers to create brand awareness and loyalty among its customers.

None of this is surprising as the Esports community, through Twitch and Youtube, is growing day by day. Between selling out stadiums for live events to watching celebrities play online and over 500,000 people come to watch said celebrities play. It’s only a matter of time before the Esport market is a billion dollar industry.

Calling All Families! Apply to Compete in Disney Channel’s Nintendo Switch Family Showdown Contest

Are you a family that loves Nintendo and wants to show off your skills in various Nintendo games? If so, you can enter for a chance to win the Disney Channel presents Nintendo Switch Family Showdown contest and be one of four families to compete in an epic Nintendo Switch showdown. Nintendo Switch Family Showdown will be featured on the Disney Channel and Disney XD, and streamed on the DisneyNOW app this summer.

The Disney Channel presents Nintendo Switch Family Showdown will pit families against each other in a fun and friendly competition. On a colorful Nintendo-themed set, families will compete in a series of challenges in Nintendo Switch games, like searching for collectibles in Super Mario Odyssey, competing in head-to-head matchups in Mario Tennis Aces and participating in dance-offs in Just Dance 2018.

Families can apply for the contest by submitting an original video, up to one minute in length, explaining why they are the ultimate Nintendo fans. Selected families will win a trip to Los Angeles to meet their favorite Disney Channel stars and compete in the Nintendo Switch Family Showdown for a chance to win even more prizes.

For more information about and to enter for a chance to be a part of the Nintendo Switch Family Showdown, visit http://nintendoswitchshowdown.com/.

Activision Announces All-New “Men In Black” Video Game

It was reported last week that Activision in partnership with Columbia Pictures announced an all-new Men In Black video game, launching as a standalone title to coincide with the global theatrical release of Men In Black III in Spring 2012. True to the spirit of the franchise, the original title will feature action-packed, yet light-hearted gameplay mixed with edge-of-your-seat shooting excitement from the universe’s most elite peacekeeping force.

“The Men In Black franchise is an unbeatable starting point to deliver a genre-bending gaming experience with a level of production value on par with Hollywood,” said David Oxford, Executive Vice President of Activision Publishing, Inc.  Mark Caplan, Vice President of Licensing at Sony Pictures Entertainment, stated, “With Activision bringing the Men In Black universe to life on next-gen consoles for the first time, the Men In Black video game will be both familiar to fans, an exciting beginning for the uninitiated, and revolutionary for the franchise.”

The films’ unique blend of action, humor, and eye-popping special effects will fuel the Men In Black ‘s gameplay experience.  Utilizing the rich mythology of the Men In Black universe, the game’s original story will build on the history of the series to bring back familiar faces, while also introducing new foes.  More details on gameplay features and characters will be revealed soon!

The all-new Men In Black video game is planned to launch Spring 2012 for consoles and handhelds and is rated “RP” (Rating Pending) by the ESRB.  For more information, check out www.activision.com.