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Content Update Coming February 4

Rocket League's first title update of 2020 will refresh the Esports Shop to help kick off Season 9 of the Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS). You can expect the update to go live on all platforms on February 4 at 10 a.m. PST / 6 p.m. UTC (Pending first-party certification). 
Here are the new teams being added to the Esports Shop rotation:

  • eUnited[*]Pittsburgh Knights[*]Team Reciprocity[*]Veloce Esports
Each team will have the following items added to the Esports Shop rotation:
  • Octane Decal [*]Dominus…

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Rocket League ending Mac and Linux support because they represent less than 0.3% of active players

Last week, Psyonix revealed they’re going to stop supporting Rocket League on Mac and Linux, ending the ability to use any of the online functions on those platforms. They explained that it was “no longer viable” to support Mac and Linux as they continued to upgrade the game with “new technologies”. This was a bit of a vague reason that naturally left a lot of fans asking questions – but now they’ve said they can’t justify upgrading the tech on platforms that house less than 0.3% of their active…

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A Chinese League Of Legends tournament has been put on hold over outbreak fears

The organisers behind China’s League Of Legends Pro League have put the tourney on indefinite hold. The recent coronavirus outbreak, which has so far claimed 56 lives and infected 2,000 people in China and beyond, has scuppered plans to kick off week 2 of the LPL on February 5th. Instead, the esports season has been given a time-out until this outbreak blows over, and digital sports can be played without risk of potentially deadly infection. (more…)

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Psyonix ends Rocket League support for Mac and Linux

Psyonix has decided to end support for the Mac and Linux versions of Rocket League, saying both platforms combined represent a tiny percentage of its active player base.After a final patch in March, online functionality will be deactivated for the macOS and Linux versions of the game, which means Mac and Linux players won't be able to play online multiplayer or access the in-game store. Offline features including local matches and splitscreen play will still be accessible.In a post on the Rocket…

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Ending Support for macOS and Linux

As we continue to upgrade Rocket League with new technologies, it is no longer viable for us to maintain support for the macOS and Linux (SteamOS) platforms. As a result, the final patch for the macOS and Linux versions of the game will be in March. This update will disable online functionality (such as in-game purchases) for players on macOS and Linux, but offline features including Local Matches, and splitscreen play will still be accessible.
If you purchased Rocket League for Mac or Linux on Steam…

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Rocket League is ending support for Mac and Linux in March

It’s bad news if you play Rocket League on Mac or Linux – in March developer Psyonix are stopping support for the platforms, taking away online multiplayer in one final update. Players will still have access to all of the offline stuff though, so you’ll still be able to play with your friends either locally or using split-screen. You just won’t be able to join any online matches, or make any in-game purchases. (more…)

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Welcome to RLCS Season 9

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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…

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PUBG 3rd Anniversary Skin Contest - Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

Hello Players!
Thank you for your enthusiasm during this first-ever community skin event for PUBG. During the voting period, players around the world cast over 470,000 votes for their favorite designs and now we're thrilled to be able to share the winners of the PUBG 3rd Anniversary Skin Design contest.
Your winners are... Congratulations to @DY_BUDDY from China, @Karaagekun_kei from Japan, and @Seb34627111 from EU! These three winners came out on top of their respective categories to be named the…

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Getting a chicken dinner with PUBG's new planes is harder than it looks

Today in Playstyle Royale, the series where I head into a battle royale game and try to earn my chicken dinner while adhering to arbitrary rules, I will run someone over in a plane. They were added to Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds servers last week, opening up a new frontier of aerial murder. I’m not going to give…

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State wants Riot to pay more in gender discrimination settlement

 A recent intervention from Californian state regulators could lead to an amendment in Riot's gender discrimination settlement from the initial sum of $10 million to over $400 million.The original amount, which was publicly announced back in December 2019, was to be divided between approximately 1,000 women who had worked at Riot between November 2014 and the time at which the settlement was finalized.However, according to a recent report from the Los Angeles Times, the California Department of Fair…

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Update 6.1 - Now Live!

Season 6 kicks off with a bang by introducing the small but intense island of Karakin

[previewyoutube=OX2EIwDgwB0;full][/previewyoutube]With only a 2x2 field to work with, drops will be hotter, rotations will be riskier, and the excitement will be non-stop. Not even the cover of a building can save you from Karakin's relentless fury. New Breach Points offer alternative entry, penetrable walls allow clever enemies to fire before you can even see them, and the all new Black Zone lays waste to entire…

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PUBG's new map was designed to keep players on edge

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has come a long way. From Steam early access phenomenon to popularising the battle royale genre, PUBG has enjoyed millions of players across multiple platforms.On PC, though, PUBG's peak appears behind it. It has an astonishing all-time peak of 3.2m concurrent players on Steam, but that was achieved two years ago, in January 2018. Nowadays, PUBG peaks in the 600,000s.This is not to say PUBG is done and dusted. It remains a massive game on Steam, the third-most popular…

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Playerunknown's Battlegrounds added new map Karakin, and rotated out Vikendi

The travel company behind Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds today added a new stag weekend destination, the roasting North African island of Karakin. The new map is the smallest so far, only 2x2km but still cramming in 64 players. It’s hazardous too, because its new ‘Black Zone’ bombings can outright destroy buildings and the new sticky bomb weapon lets players blast holes in some walls too. With Karakin coming in, PUBG Corp are making space by rotating Vikendi out for a while. And lads? Pack sunscreen.

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Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Lucky Lanterns on January 20

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Get ready to ring in the new year with Lucky Lanterns! This in-game event will celebrate the Lunar New Year with items from the Event Store, unique items from the Item Shop, and a brand new arena on January 20!
The Forbidden Temple Arena is nearly ready for play! Check out a glimpse of the stunning new field below. Start 2020 in style with in-game items inspired by the Lantern Festival. Play Online Matches to earn Red Envelopes, which can then be…

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Rocket League's Chinese New Year event kicks off next week

Rocket League's new arena, the Forbidden Temple, is a fetching car-ball battlefield all decked out reds and purples, and it will be available to everyone from January 20 to celebrate Chinese New Year. Along with the Forbidden Temple, the Lucky Lanterns event will also let you earn red envelopes that can be redeemed for New Year rewards, including some very flashy cosmetics for your wee cars, including paper dragon kites and new dragon-themed skins. Get your hands on limited-time golden lanterns…

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Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Lucky Lanterns on January 20

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Get ready to ring in the new year with Lucky Lanterns! This in-game event will celebrate the Lunar New Year with items from the Event Store, unique items from the Item Shop, and a brand new arena on January 20!
The Forbidden Temple Arena is nearly ready for play! Check out a glimpse of the stunning new field below. Start 2020 in style with in-game items inspired by the Lantern Festival. Play Online Matches to earn Red Envelopes, which can then be…

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Rocket League celebrates Chinese New Year with a new map next week

Videogames are always willing to pounce on excuses to sell you hats, so naturally Rocket League is celebrating the Chinese New Year. The event kicks off on Monday. There will be new rims and such, available to buy on the recently reworked and now slightly cheaper store. I’m more interested in the new Forbidden Temple Arena, which looks like a colourful escape from this dreary January. (more…)

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Rocket League modders are making prop hunt, pool, and more weird and wonderful things

Football is so 12th Century. Thank God for Rocket League, which took football and transformed it into flying rocket car daftness. The onward march of human progress didn’t stop there, however. Modders have since transformed Rocket League into flight combat sims, obstacle courses, and Quidditch. It’s all impressive, but I’m most enamoured with the work of pro player “Lethamyr”, who moonlights as a modder turning Rocket League into pinball, pool, beer pong and prop hunt. (more…)

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Where can you get a glider in PUBG?

Welcome to our guide to all of the PUBG glider spawns. One of the key risk/reward choices you need to make in any battle royale game is whether you're happy to cover long distances if that means alerting your remaining rivals. Now that the new Motor Glider has arrived for PUBG season 6, that gambit is even more acute. That's because this bright yellow beast is loud, but you may need to make a last-gasp choice to get yourself out of a hot zone or an area at risk of being consumed by The Circle—if…

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Riot Tabletop is the League Of Legends developer's new board game division

Riot Games have announced the opening of Riot Tabletop, a brand new tabletop division currently working on a brand new board game, Tellstones: King’s Gambit. This isn’t the developer’s first foray into the world of tabletop gaming, but now they finally have a dedicated team to get to work on all things board games.“We re gamers. That means more to us than just video games,” Riot explain. “You can tell by the piles of board games, miniatures, and roleplaying books stashed around the office. So…

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