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Activision Blizzard And Google Enter Into Multi-Year Strategic Relationship, YouTube The New Streaming Partner For Overwatch

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Activision Blizzard and Google announced today a multi-year strategic relationship to power new player experiences. Google Cloud will serve as the preferred provider for Activision Blizzard's game hosting infrastructure and YouTube as its exclusive streaming partner worldwide, excluding China, for live broadcasts of its popular esports leagues and events — including Overwatch League, Call of Duty League, Hearthstone Esports, and more.

With hundreds of millions of monthly active users around the world, Activision Blizzard sought a partner to help enhance its gaming infrastructure, as well as deliver superior, low-latency player experiences. The company turned to Google Cloud because of its highly reliable global footprint, advanced data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities, and commitment to open source, creating a platform for building future gaming innovations.

Players will benefit by experiencing premium network quality-of-service, including low latency and packet loss when playing high-fidelity games on any device. They will also have optimal personalized interactions, as Activision Blizzard can tap into Google Cloud's AI tools to offer curated recommendations for in-game offers and differentiated gaming experiences.

"We've worked closely with Activision Blizzard for the past few years across mobile titles to boost its analytics capabilities and overall player experience," said Sunil Rayan, Head of Gaming, Google Cloud. "We are excited to now expand our relationship and help power one of the largest and most renowned game developers in the world."

"We're excited to partner with Google to drive the next generation of gaming innovation for the industry. Google Cloud's best-in-class infrastructure gives us the confidence to deliver great entertainment to our fans around the world," said Jacques Erasmus, Chief Information Officer, Activision Blizzard.

Additionally, beginning this week, YouTube will host the official live broadcasts of Activision Blizzard's popular esports leagues and events including the newly created Call of Duty League, Overwatch League, Hearthstone Esports, and more. The inaugural Call of Duty League season kicks off on Friday, January 24, with 12 teams competing in Minnesota, and the Overwatch League's 2020 season will follow on February 8. All competitions will be livestreamed on each league's YouTube channel and will include archived and other special content.

"With more than 200 million gamers a day watching more than 50 billion hours of gaming content per year, YouTube provides gamers and their passionate fans with the most popular video gaming platform in the world," said Ryan Wyatt, Head of Gaming, YouTube. "Both the Overwatch League and Call of Duty League are the quintessential examples of world class esports content. As a former Call of Duty esports commentator myself, I couldn't be more excited for Activision Blizzard to choose YouTube as its exclusive home for the digital live streaming of both leagues. This partnership further demonstrates our dedication to having a world class live streaming product for gaming."

"This is an exciting year for Activision Blizzard Esports as we head into the inaugural season of Call of Duty League and our first ever season of homestands for Overwatch League all around the world," said Pete Vlastelica, CEO of Activision Blizzard Esports. "It's our mission to deliver high-quality competitive entertainment that our fans can follow globally, live or on-demand, and to celebrate our players as the superstars that they are. This partnership will help us deliver on that promise at new levels, by combining our passionate communities of fans and players with YouTube's powerful content platform and exciting history of supporting next-generation entertainment."

This collaboration with Activision Blizzard represents Google's ongoing commitment to supporting game developer success around the globe. Across its business units, Google offers comprehensive solutions for game developers, empowering them to create great games, connect with players, and scale their businesses.

Dead by Daylight Tome II Brings Reckoning Update

Do you dare open it?

Global leading game development studio Behaviour™ Interactive will today launch its Tome II update titled Reckoning, for the hit asymmetrical multiplayer horror game Dead by Daylight™. Alongside new types of challenges focusing on a wider variety of characters, the update includes background stories, new outfits, and charms for four characters: the Doctor, the Spirit, Jane Romero, and David King.

In addition, a new community-created collection will be revealed and will include outfits for the Clown and Feng Min. There will also be a Lunar New Year-themed outfit for Jake Park and new charms to collect. The Reckoning update also rolls out the all-new feature called the Compendium, providing players access to all past Tomes.

It's important to note that this update will eventually make its way to Switch, but we don't have info on a release date at this time.

Watch Solgaleo and Lunala in Pokémon the Series on Pokémon TV

Start streaming Sogaleo!

The power of the cosmos burns bright within Solgaleo and Lunala. These Legendary Pokémon are fierce on their own, but when they join forces, their opponents had better beware. The two appear together (alongside Lillie) as a TAG TEAM Pokémon-GX in the Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon—Cosmic Eclipse expansion. You can celebrate this joining of forces by tuning in to Pokémon TV to watch a collection of Pokémon the Series episodes featuring Solgaleo and Lunala.

For the next two weeks, check out the special channel devoted to this pair to see them in action! Remember that you can watch Pokémon TV here on Pokemon.com or using the Pokémon TV mobile app.

Octahedron gets a Physical Release on the Switch, thanks to Super Rare Games

The latest from Super Rare

Super Rare Games today have announced their partnership with Demimonde to physically release Octahedron for the Nintendo Switch™. Pre-orders for the game open on January the 30th, exclusively at superraregames.com.

The physical release contains two exclusive features to the boxed version, an all new easy mode, in case things get too hard, and a japanese language option.

About Octahedron

Surf through a pulsating underworld on platforms YOU pull from thin air, where and when you want, in this psychedelic action platformer. Unlock devastating abilities across 50+ hand crafted levels as you defy gravity to a pumping beat.

Fry enemies with laser beams, crumble walls, and solve puzzles, while obstacles & enemies move along with the beat. Ascend through the subterranean world of Veetragoul as you lose yourself to a pulse-pounding soundtrack from Chipzel, Andre Sobota, Derek Howell and Monomirror.

Enjoy brand new features & content exclusive to the Nintendo Switch Edition: New time trial medals, dozens of new special challenges and new post-game unlockables.

The Super Rare edition will include a 20 page full colour manual, interior artwork, exclusive sticker, as well as three trading cards randomly selected from the five-card set.

Order your standard copy on the 30th of January at superraregames.com for £29.99.

Lunar update is steaming its way to Automachef

Rat is on the menu!

Team17 and Hermes Interactive are excited to announce that Automachef is ushering in the Year of the Rat with a new update, including three brand new levels all centred around the Chinese New Year. A collection of Far Eastern dishes will be working their way onto the menu today on PC and Nintendo Switch™ alongside a brand new machine.

Kung pao chicken, steamed rice, and dumplings are among the new recipes served up in the Lunar Update. Players will be required to utilise the new food steamer to make sure orders arrive correctly and on time as they navigate even more kitchen-based puzzles!

Automachef key features:

Plan. Position. Program: Design and build automated restaurants, then program them to run like a well-oiled machine.

Challenging puzzles: Tackle intricate spatial, resource management, and scenario puzzles!

Multiple modes: Overcome the campaign, take on the business world in contracts mode, or be creative in the sandbox test mode

AI: The Somnium Files A-Set stickers now available in LINE

All set!

The heroine of AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES and brand-new star of the net world, Tesa, a.k.a A-set, gets her own series of LINE stickers!

AI: The Somnium Files is also 40% off on Steam® during the 2020 Steam Lunar New Year Sale! Save an additional 10% on the sale price with the new TEAM ZERO ESCAPE Steam bundle, containing Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma, Zero Escape: The Nonary Games and AI: The Somnium Files.

Pokemon GO Community Note: Attack updates and more

Some new notes to check out

In this community note, we’d like to share some info about general Trainer Battle bug fixes and updates to attacks.

Updates to the combat system

We have one last batch of changes to Trainer Battles to set the stage for an exciting upcoming feature.

Charged Attacks and switching will now be queued and activated at the end of the current Fast Attack and won’t be overridden by any following Fast Attacks.
Certain visual bugs in battles have been fixed.

Updates to existing attacks in Pokémon GO

There have been updates to the following existing attacks in Pokémon GO.

Megahorn - This Bug-type Charged Attack now deals more damage.
Volt Switch - This Electric-type Fast Attack now activates and generates energy more quickly.

Attacks new to Pokémon GO

Certain Pokémon will soon be able to learn attacks that hadn’t yet been seen in Pokémon GO!

Flying Press - We hear this Fighting-type Charged Attack has cropped up in the world of Pokémon GO! However, we haven’t figured out which Pokémon is able to learn it yet. Stay tuned as we investigate!

Pokémon that can learn more attacks

The following Pokémon will be able to learn attacks they couldn’t before.

Plusle and Minun: Grass Knot - This Grass-type Charged Attack will help the Cheering Pokémon deal with Ground-type Pokémon that could give them trouble in the Great League.

Lanturn: Spark - Lanturn didn’t previously have an Electric-type attack that was comparable to its Water-type attacks in power. Spark will help make Lanturn a strong lead and help it counter Azumarill with supereffective damage and hit Altaria with neutral damage.

Ampharos: Thunder Punch - This Charged Attack will make Ampharos a powerful Electric-type attacker in the Great and Ultra Leagues.

Masquerain: Bubble Beam - This Water-type Charged Attack will give Masquerain a good coverage attack to counter Fire- and Rock-type Pokémon that could otherwise give this Bug- and Flying-type Pokémon trouble.

Vespiquen: Fury Cutter and Air Slash - The addition of these Bug- and Flying-type attacks gives Vespiquen a boost in power since these attacks match Vespiquen’s types, making Vespiquen more viable in battle.

Pokémon that can learn old attacks once again

As part of the group of Pokémon to debut with Pokémon GO, some Pokémon originally discovered in Kanto have had their attacks change a lot over time! We’re adding back some of the stronger attacks a few of these Pokémon used to learn back in 2016 to make sure these attacks are accessible to players who have joined since then. We’ll look at bringing back more of these attacks over time.

Raichu: Thunder Shock
Magneton: Thunder Shock, Discharge
Venomoth: Poison Fang
Haunter: Shadow Ball
Hypno: Shadow Ball

Rocket League Championship Series 9 detailed

Feeling fine with season 9

The Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS) is just over one week away from returning for Season 9! It's bringing a fresh coat of paint, new teams, and a longer format that will truly test the mettle of the best Rocket League teams on the planet. If you’re new here or just need a refresher of what to expect, let’s get you caught up and ready for the newest (and sleekest) season of the RLCS yet!

MORE TEAMS, MORE COMPETITION

As mentioned previously, the RLCS will be moving to ten-team leagues for North America and Europe for the first time ever! As players have continued to get better and better at Rocket League, it became increasingly clear that an eight-team league simply wasn’t big enough for all the current and up-and-coming pros. Last season, a ten-team league was added to the Rival Series and after a successful and competitive season, it was time for the RLCS to follow suit.

In order to accommodate the move to ten teams, Season 9 League Play has been lengthened to eight weeks. Teams will play a total of nine matches over the course of the season. That’s two more matches for each team, giving them a greater opportunity to jockey for position and prove they have what it takes to make it to the World Championship.

OCEANIA AND SOUTH AMERICA ARE BACK!

Oceania (LPL Rocket League Oceanic Championship presented by Let's Play Live) and South America (Grand Series presented by RocketStreet) are both returning for Season 9 and both received a prize pool bump to boot! The LPL Rocket League Oceanic Championship will now sport a prize pool of $75,000, while the Grand Series will now have a prize pool of $35,000.

Qualifiers for the LPL Rocket League Oceanic Championship will take place on February 8 and 9, while League Play will begin on February 23 and run through April 5. The Regional Championship will last two days and take place on April 11 and 12. Grand Series Qualifiers (the first two were on 18 and 19) will take place on January 25, and 26. The Play-In will follow and will be on February 1. Grand Series League Play begins on February 9 and will end on March 15. The Grand Series Regional Championship will round out the South American action on March 22.

Make sure to tune in to the LPL Rocket League Oceanic Championship HERE and the Grand Series HERE.

HOW AND WHEN TO WATCH

As with seasons past, you can catch all of the RLCS action on both Twitch and YouTube all season long! RLCS League Play will be live on Saturdays and Sundays from February 1 through March 22; with the Rival Series kicking off the weekends on Fridays. Check out the schedule below:

Fridays: Rival Series airs starting on February 7 at 10 a.m. PT (6 p.m. UTC) for the European Rival Series and North America will follow at 3 p.m. PT (11 p.m. UTC)

Saturdays: RLCS (North America) airs starting on February 1 at 11:30 a.m. PT (7:30 p.m. UTC)

Sundays: RLCS (European) airs starting on February 2 at 8:30 a.m. PT (4:30 p.m. UTC)

Season 9 is just about to get underway and we have more content, news, and information to share soon. Make sure to tune in for all the RLCS action as we kick off Season 9 on February 1. We hope to see you there!

Pokémon V, Pokémon VMAX, and More in the Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield Expansion Launching February 7

What's on deck for February?

Steel yourself for bigger battles when the Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield expansion launches on February 7 with Pokémon from the Galar region, tough Pokémon V and Pokémon VMAX, and helpful Trainer cards. Get an early peek at some of these great cards below, and start thinking about new ways to win as we get closer to launch. And if you missed it, check out our first round of featured cards from the Sword & Shield expansion.

Check out multiple cards here

Raw Fury's 'Mosaic' Out Now on Switch

The MosaicCorp Masterpiece

Today marks the day we release Mosaic, the premier MosaicCorp™ experience product, on Nintendo Switch and Xbox One. Our partners at Krillbite Studio and Raw Fury have performed the necessary AB testing required to create an optimal product that adheres to our strict guidelines, and we are pleased with the results.

Mosaic is a surreal adventure game about corporate culture, urban isolation and our warped relationship with modern tech inspired by the monotony of our daily routines and distractions. As a cog in the machine with a repetitive existence in a cold, crowded city, you’ll live out the tedium of everyday life — until something strange and wonderful happens. The Sentiment team has approved this for distribution, as we have seen it track well with key stakeholders throughout focus tests.

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