This Week in Gaming is your definitive weekly guide to the biggest stories and controversies behind the latest esport and gaming headlines. This is everything you need to know about the week that was, but on steroids.
Hearthstone reached 70 million users
We always knew that Hearthstone, Blizzard’s totally-100%-free-to-play card game, was popular despite its ever-increasing price tag, but we never knew how popular it was. That is, until Monday, when Blizzard announced that their addictive online card game was being played by 70 million users.
Oh yeah, and to celebrate this milestone, Blizzard gave everybody three free Journey to Un’Goro packs.
Why wasn’t it seven packs? Only the Old Gods know.
Overwatch Campaign Videos
Just when you thought politics couldn’t get any weirder, a Korean politician running for President released a campaign video that has, shall we say, a heavy Overwatch influence to it. What exactly does that mean? Honestly, you just need to watch the video for yourself.
I want to make it abundantly clear that I do not follow Korean politics nor do I speak or read the language. But I do know a lot about Overwatch and if the the various notifications that come up throughout the video have any merit, Sim Sang-jung would almost certainly have received both Play of the Game and MVP honors.
We Don’t Like…
That Kiev Major video
Oh boy, where do we start with this one.
To conclude the highly successful Kiev Major, PGL, the tournament’s organizers, aired a really weird and mostly creepy video featurette called “Girls of Kiev.” The video, which has since been removed from YouTube, featured a compilation of women who attended the tournament. Some were aware they were being filmed, some weren’t, and pretty much everyone who saw this clip were unanimously puzzled as to what this was supposed to accomplish. Evil Geniuses Dota 2 manager even went as far as to call the video a “perv super cut.”
The backlash that this generated online led to PGL issuing a public apology over the matter a day later.
Sure, maybe you can argue that their intentions were pure, but boy was their execution bad.
The all but likely end of the Half-Life 3 dream
Grab a stiff drink before reading this one, because it’s devastating. Got one? Okay good.
So you know that game that literally everyone who has ever owned a PC ever wants made? Well, it’s probably not going to happen.
On Tuesday, PC Magazine reported that Valve’s last remaining Half-Life writer, Chet Faliszek, had left the company. Now while this certainly doesn’t mean that the company can’t make the game with a stable of new writers, it doesn’t exactly inspire confidence.
So go on, pour one out for Half Life 3.
We’re Unsure Of…
NA at MSI
“GAM! GAM! GAM!” is a chant nearly haunted the dreams of many TSM fans across the globe.
That’s right, Team SoloMid nearly got dumpstered by Vietnam’s GIGABYTE Marines at MSI’s Play In Stage Round 2 in embarrassing fashion. But alas, despite going up 2-0 against NA’s golden boys, the GPL’s pride and joy couldn’t overcome Bjergsen and co. as #Baylife reigned supreme and pulled off the reverse sweep.
Now we’re not saying that Regi stuffed wads of cash in their pockets ahead of Game 3, we’re just saying that we didn’t not see him do that. Kappa.
The Hearthstone Ferrari
China is currently taking on Europe in a Hearthstone tournament where the winner will receive fame, glory... and a Ferrari?
No, we’re not joking.
The 11-day tournament features a number of high-profile names like Xixo, Pavel, SuperJJ and Kolento and the winner will either get a Ferrari California sports car or $200,000.
Sure taking the money would likely be the smarter option of the two, but how many pro Hearthstone players can say that they have lived Gucci Maine and Waka Flocka Flame’s Ferrari Boyz music video.
Think about it.
Sean Tepper is the Senior Supervising Editor at theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.