Overwatch Esports Team Philadelphia Fusion is Getting a $50 Million Arena in South Philadelphia Courtesy of Comcast Spectacor

The Esports arena will be the first arena in the U.S. specifically for esports.

On Monday March 25, Comcast Spectacor announced that they are building the “First-of-Its-Kind Venue Will Stand as the Largest, New-Construction, Purpose-Built Esports Arena in the Western Hemisphere .”

The Fusion Arena features:

  • 60,000 square feet

  • 6,000-square-foot public entry and 2,000 square feet of interactive media surface hovering 30 feet above

  • 3,500-Seat Venue to Serve as Home of the Philadelphia Fusion Esports Franchise and Premiere Destination for Competitive Gaming

High-resolution renderings from Comcast-Spectacor

Fusion Arena will be in the Philadelphia Sports Complex, home to the Wells Fargo Center - home of the Flyers and the 76ers, Lincoln Financial Field - home to the Eagles and Citizens Bank Park - home of the Phillies. Construction for the arena will begin Summer 2019 and is expected to be completed by 2021.

Say Goodbye to Loot Boxes in Heroes of the Storm

Until The week of March 26, Gems were the only in-game currency that players could purchase with real currency in Heroes of the Storm. That option has been removed.

In recent years, Loot Boxes have become a fixture in the most popular games (Heroes of the Storm, Overwatch, League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Objective, Apex Legends, etc.). But Blizzard Entertainment has decided to make changes to how players can purchase loot chests in HotS.

Since the controversy with the loot boxes of Star Wars: Battlefront II, developers have been eyeing options to remove loot boxes or improve their loot box system so as not to be seen as creating “pay to win” games. The March 18, 2019 patch does not go into detail about why Blizzard is making changes to loot boxes. They only make it clear that players will no longer be able to use real currency to purchase loot boxes.

Starting the week of March 26, all Loot chests earned through progression (except Hero-specific Chests), Heroes Brawl, or by spending Gold will be Caldeum Complex Loot Chests. These loot chests guarantee at least one item from the Caldeum Complex or previous years’ Lunar New Year Spring events. Carve out your place among the infamous gangs and score yourself some sweet loot before the streets calm on April 30!

HotS players will still be able to use real currency to buy Gems, Heroes, Bundles, Stimpacks, and Featured Items. But because the randomized loot boxes are seen as a form of gambling, Gems cannot be used to purchase them.

The changes could be influenced by recent concerns about paid loot boxes being a form of gambling and politicians both in the U.S. and the EU have proposed legislation to remove loot boxes from games. And to comply with the Belgian Gaming Commission, Blizzard removed paid loot boxes from both Overwatch and HotS in 2018 from their games in Belgium.

Finally! "Heavy Rain" and Detroit: Becoming Human Are Coming to PC

Quantic Dream via Twitter

Quantic Dream via Twitter

Quantic Dream Studio is bringing their latest titles to PC.

Quantic Dream Games’s Playstation exclusives, Detroit: Become Human, Beyond: Two Souls, and Heavy Rain are coming to Windows PC through the Epic Games store. The two companies announced their collaboration at the 2019 Game Developers Conference.

The Paris-based games studio is known to release their titles exclusively through Sony Interactive Entertainment, much to the chagrin of PC gamers. Quantic Dream has expressed that they are looking to release on multiple platforms in the future. After an investment from the Chinese internet company, NetEase, Quantic Games is partnering with Epic Games to release their last three game titles exclusively through the Epic Games Store later this year.

Blizzard Announces Toxicity is Down in Overwatch

Blizzard Announces Toxicity is Down in Overwatch

Toxicity in gaming is a huge problem. Fortunately, some developers, like Blizzard, are taking measures to reduce problematic behavior in gaming.

At the 2019 Game Developers Conference, Blizzard research developer Natasha Miller said toxicity in Overwatch is down 40 percent since last year. They attribute the decline in “problematic behavior” to the in-game measures Blizzard implemented in 2018.

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Doctors Are Urging Women To Stop Putting Wasps In Their Vaginas

Doctors Are Urging Women To Stop Putting Wasps In Their Vaginas

Naturally, we want to take care of our bodies, especially our private areas. Too often, however, someone comes up with a ridiculous plan or cure for any array of vaginal issues. From Gwyneth Paltrow's steamed vagina and jade eggs to some non-scientist’s bright idea to turn weed into suppositories to ease PMS cramps, people are doing the absolute most with their vaginas.

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UPDATE: World of Warcraft Streamer, Elvine Arrested, Released on Bail

UPDATE: World of Warcraft Streamer, Elvine Arrested, Released on Bail

Thomas “Elvine” Cheung, who was arrested February 2, 2019 with 20 other men, was released on bail February 6 at 3:05 AM.

Elvine was just one among 169 people arrested “during an 11-day investigation into human trafficking throughout metro Atlanta leading up to the Super Bowl.” The goal of investigations such as Operation Interception is to, “rescue any children or young adults.” Elvine was charged with using a computer service (the Whisper app) to seduce, solicit, lure or entice a child to commit an illegal act, which is a felony offense.

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World of Warcraft Streamer, Elvine Arrested with 20 Others

World of Warcraft Streamer, Elvine Arrested with 20 Others

Elvine and 20 others were arrested in an undercover Super Bowl sex-crimes operation.

 The Georgia Bureau of Investigation conducted an undercover investigation ending in the arrest of 21 people over five days for child pornography and sex trafficking crimes. The GBI issued a press release.

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Another Long-time Blizzard Employee Exits Activision Blizzard

Another Long-time Blizzard Employee Exits Activision Blizzard

World of Warcraft’s in-game cinematic director, Terran Gregory writes a heart-wrenching good-bye to a very dear friend and close work colleague, being careful not to reveal the person’s name.

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Activision Blizzard CFO, Spencer Neumann Terminated

Activision Blizzard CFO, Spencer Neumann Terminated

What does this mean for Blizzard’s falling numbers?

On December 31, 2018, Activision Blizzard announced that Chief Financial Officer, Spencer Neumann had been placed on paid leave and intended to terminate his contract if he could not demonstrate why he should keep his job. Although Activision Blizzard says Neumann’s termination had nothing to do with falling declining share value, he was replaced with Activision Blizzard veteran Dennis Durkin.

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