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Black Desert Online Celebrates 3rd Anniversary
The next level of eFootball - FIFA introduces the FIFA eNations Cup
Call of Duty: Black OPS 4 Launches Massive Event, New Season ‘Operation Grand Heist’ Begins Today
Strike it big in the Grand Heist! The newest seasonal event and community celebration for Call of DutyÒ: Black Ops 4 is available now on PlayStation®4, with other platforms to follow. Titled Operation Grand Heist, the all-new season of content features updates across the game, including a new Specialist, two brand-new Multiplayer maps, new playable destinations across the Blackout map, as well as a wide variety of personalisation items, accessories, new vehicles, new game modes and much more. “With Operation Grand Heist, the team has packed in an incredible amount of new content, and we can’t wait for fans to jump in and check it out,” said Dan Bunting, Co-Studio Head, Treyarch. “We love the 1970s-style heist theme of this Operation, and the fast-paced action that it brings to Blackout and Multiplayer, along with the brand-new Zombies experience following in March.” “One of our favourite things at the studio is creating new ways for the community to play,” said Mark Gordon, Co-Studio Head, Treyarch. “We set out since day one to support Black Ops 4 long after launch, so we’re delivering a ton of new ways for players to engage with each mode of the game and we’re committed to giving fans new reasons to keep coming back week in and week out.” Operation Grand Heist’s free, new content includes: New Specialist – Available in Multiplayer and Blackout, Outrider makes her Black Ops 4 debut, allowing players to silently take out enemies with explosive precision with her longbow, the Sparrow. New Blackout Location and Updates – Drop into the roughest, toughest, and wildest new Blackout location, Ghost Town, which features two areas. Inspired by Standoff, an intense classic multiplayer map from Black Ops II, the above ground destination provides flanking routes that call for strategic positioning with long and medium ranged combat. Below ground, fans can also explore underlying caverns inspired by the classic Zombies map Buried, where they’ll find heavy duty gear amongst hordes of the undead. Additionally, Operation Grand Heist introduces a new Blackout mode called Hot Pursuit, launching on February 23 in ANZ on PlayStation 4 and other platforms to follow. Hot Pursuit is fast-paced and frenetic, and debuts three new vehicles – SUV, muscle car and PBR assault boat, all in special variants themed to Operation Grand Heist – as squads race to supply drops placed around the map containing high-level armour, weapons and grenades to dominate their opponents. New Black Market Gear – The Black Market has been restocked with new weapon camos, outfits, gestures, and accessories themed for Operation Grand Heist. This includes notable weapons like the Rampage Auto Shotgun, Switchblade X9 SMG, and the Home Wrecker demolition hammer, all unlockable through the Contraband Tiers as fans play through the game. A new long-range weapon called the Vendetta Sniper Rifle is also coming later in the season. New Zombies Features – Operation Grand Heist delivers new features to the Zombies mode including a new round-based Gauntlet challenge mode for the Classified map, along with a brand-new perk addition called the Ethereal Razor that substantially increases a player’s melee damage with area of effect and life re-gen for each hit. In addition to the free content, Black Ops Pass owners gain access to even more in-game content, available first on PlayStation®4: New Multiplayer Map, Casino – A medium-sized map set in a luxurious casino in Monaco where elite thieves formed an elaborate plan to steal the winning racecars on display. Casino features high-intensity combat as players weave through buzzing slot-machines and topple across gambling tables. This wide-open space allows for long-range to mid-range combat with little protection from enemies. New Multiplayer Map, Lockup – A medium-sized map set in a Los Angeles police station, Lockup was the site of an assault to destroy evidence that led to the headquarters of an organised crime syndicate. Fans can dominate the rooftop positions, bail out when cornered and tactically shut down areas with operational doors to gain the upper hand on their opponents. New Blackout Character, Cosmic Silverback – Black Ops Pass owners will unlock this deadly Zombie silverback gorilla, an iconic fan-favorite boss originally from the Dead Ops Arcade from Call of Duty: Black Ops. Ancient Evil, an all-new Zombies experience, will also launch in March for Black Ops Pass owners, with details being revealed soon. The Black Ops Pass* is included in the Digital Deluxe Edition, the Digital Deluxe Enhanced Edition, the Pro Edition, and the Mystery Box Edition of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, and can also be purchased standalone digitally or at participating retailers. Additionally, the Zombies experience Classified, previously only available as part of the Black Ops Pass, is available now for all players to purchase as a standalone map. Classified features the “Ultimis” cast of characters in a chilling, survival experience as they fight the undead and investigate The Pentagon after mysteriously being teleported there.
New Raid Campaign ‘Café de Petit’ is Coming to Destiny Child on Valentine’s Day
- Destiny Child’s official raid campaign ‘Café de Petit’ is now open and will run until March 7 - Chance to acquire the all new 5-Star Childs Morgan and Verdelet, plus the raid exclusive skins - Season pass, events and special packages updated Masters of Childs, prepare for a new challenge! LINE GAMES Corporation (https://line.games) is announcing the grand opening of its mobile CCG Destiny Child’s new raid campaign ‘Café de Petit’ for players to embark on. Starting today on Valentine’s Day, a host of new content is available in Destiny Child, including Ragna Break Café de Petit; exclusive season pass; and special events to bring prizes to all players. Ragna Break Season 1 Café de Petit features a new episode on demons undercovered as waitresses in an ordinary café, and will run throughout the next three weeks until March 7. All players over level 12 can participate in the raid by playing the dungeon, and will be rewarded with 5-Star Childs Morgan and Verdelet, plus the new raid skin Loyal Keeper Morgan. The Ragna Coins earned by clearing raid bosses can be traded for various in-game items as well. The latest content update also includes the following features and events: MOA MOA PARA-Dice Event: Roll the dice to win 5-Star Equipment, Weapon, Armor and Accessory Tickets. Players to reset the board ten times will be rewarded with a special scroll that will summon one of the seven exclusive 5-Star Childs. Devil Pass Season 3 and bonus packages: Unlock the new season pass all the way to the final tier to get the exclusive Child skin, Classic Servant Morgan. Also offered is the limited time-only Crystal Packages that will give out one 5-Star Character Summon scroll for every two Crystal Packages purchased. The bonus gift applies for maximum four packages, and is available until February 28. Destiny Child is available to download worldwide on Android and iOS. For more information on the update and the game, visit official Facebook and Destiny Child Community.
Swords of Gargantua Announces Closed Beta Test on Steam
gumi Inc. and Yomuneco today announced that its upcoming title, SWORDS of GARGANTUA, is looking for adventurers to test their combat skills against a tough variety of challenging foes. From Friday, February 15, until Friday, February 22 (Japan Standard Time), the company will run a closed beta test and invites global Steam users to apply for entry. Space is very limited, and for a chance to win a closed beta key, players can join the Discord channel and leave a comment in the #beta-apply page, here: https://discord.gg/d4UZR6B Winners will get a private message on Friday, February 15 with a Steam key giving them access to the beta. If players share their feedback via Discord and finish a survey after the beta test, their name will earn a place in the staff role credits in-game. Key Features in SWORDS of GARGANTUA: Realistic VR Swordsmanship: Experience the adventure of sword-based combat, merging real-life and VR. Every movement is finely tuned and mirrored directly in the virtual world, bringing you closer than ever to the action. Real-time Online Multiplayer: You and three other adventures can team up to take down the enemy. With a variety of weapons and native voice chat, you can develop strategies with your team and head into combat! Gargantuan in Size and Scale: Every defeat over a wave of enemies brings you one step closer to an adversary of epic proportions. Is your team strong enough to take down the gigantic nemesis, Gargantua? SWORDS of GARGANTUA Official Website: http://www.gargantuavr.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/GargantuaVR Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gargantuavr/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GargantuaVR/ Discord: https://discord.gg/d4UZR6B
PUBG Corporation to Further Expand PUBG LITE Beta Test Service to Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar
SEOUL, South Korea, Feb. 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- PUBG Corporation (PUBG Corp.) today announced that the PUBG LITE Beta Test will be further expanding their service to Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar, in addition to Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore. As of today (February 13th), PUBG LITE, the free-to-play adaption of PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS, is officially available for download for the expanded regions through the official website (https://lite.pubg.com/download/). The service for these regions will be open on February 14th. PUBG LITE Beta Test Service Expands to Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar [Appendix - System Requirements for PUBG LITE] Minimum Spec Recommended Spec OS Windows 7/8/10 64bit Windows 7/8/10 64bit CPU Core i3 2.4GHz Core i5 2.8GHz RAM 4GB 8GB GPU Intel HD Graphics 4000 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 6600 or AMD Radeon HD 7870 HDD 4GB Direct X Direct X 11 About PUBG Corporation (PUBG Corp.) PUBG Corp., a member of the KRAFTON game union (former Bluehole Inc.), began as Bluehole Ginno Games, Inc. in 2009 and later renamed to PUBG Corp. in 2017. PUBG Corp. is the publisher and developer of the 2017 blockbuster battle royale video game, PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS (PUBG), on multiple platforms. Since its release, PUBG has received worldwide acclaim, achieving seven Guinness World Records and winning multiple game awards worldwide. Headquartered in Korea, PUBG Corp. has six operational offices globally across North America, Europe, Japan, China. With the goal of developing PUBG as a global franchise, the company is currently undertaking a number of projects including esports, product licensing, and more. For more information about PUBG Corp., please visit www.pubg.com. Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20190211/2371183-1Related Links :http://www.pubg.com
Dark Rifts terrorize Black Desert Online as Bartali’s Adventure Log offers Bonus Stats
Today Pearl Abyss and Kakao Games have announced that Black Desert Online will receive exciting new content after Wednesday’s regular maintenance. From tomorrow, the beautiful world of Black Desert Online will be troubled by the mysterious Dark Rifts that will appear randomly across the world. From the Rifts, powerful boss monsters that have been consumed by the elusive Black Spirit will appear. They can be challenged individually only and can yield wonderful rewards if a player is successful in defeating the foe. Unlike most MMOs, this challenge is intimate, lonely and if unsuccessful, deadly! These mysterious occurrences will surprise and enthuse players when they are simply minding their own business during regular gameplay and ads another layer of depth to the celebrated mmorpg that is Black Desert Online. For those (un)lucky enough to miss the rifts, a location finder will be added to the map to make sure no one misses out on the action. Additionally, Bartali’s Adventure Log was added last Friday. This exciting new feature presents the player with an adventure log that continually updates with new quests, challenges, and errands. Adventurers can receive bonus stats and rewards that apply to their entire roster of characters if they are able to complete the challenges in Bartali's Adventure log. This feature is available from level 51, once players complete the main quests of the Calpheon region. For more information on Black Desert Online or on how to enter the 7-day free trial, please visit blackdesertonline.com
KiNG eSports crowned new FIFA eClub World Cup champions
KiNG eSports were crowned FIFA eClub World Cup champions today after a weekend of high-drama and excitement in London. Following a journey that saw over 150 teams battle it out in online qualifying and over two days of fierce competition between 16 of the world’s top eFootball teams, KiNG eSports emerged to claim the world title after a clinical performance which saw them beat Dijon SCO in both legs to secure the USD 40,000 top prize and maximum EA SPORTS FIFA 19 Global Series Points. KiNG eSports – an endemic eFootball team – included the two current world number ones on both consoles, Nicolas 'KiNG nicolas99fc' Villalba and Donovan 'KiNG Tekkz' Hunt. After becoming FIFA eClub World Cup champion, Donovan 'KiNG Tekkz' Hunt from KiNG eSports said: “Winning the FIFA eClub World Cup alongside my team-mate is incredible. The competition in eFootball to qualify and compete at these live events is now so intense. To come away with the FIFA eClub World Cup title, as well as the prize money and EA SPORTS FIFA 19 Global Series Points, is really special.” The crowning of the new FIFA eClub World Cup champion capped an exciting two days in London, which saw 32 of the world’s best eFootball players take a significant step forward on the Road to the FIFA eWorld Cup™ as well as the introduction of a new 2v2 team format to the competition for the very first time this year. The new 2v2 format - which saw two players play together as one team in the final round of each tie in the group stage, as well as the tiebreaking tie in the knockout phases – was a new innovation to this year’s competition. It provided a new tactical element for players and teams to contend with during eFootball’s pinnacle club competition. Christian Volk, Director of eFootball and Gaming at FIFA, said: “As the pinnacle club event in the eFootball calendar, the FIFA eClub World Cup 2019 has provided two days of high drama with the 2v2 team format adding an exciting new dynamic for players and spectators at this year’s event. “With the eFootball community and gaming scene continuing to professionalise and go from strength-to-strength, FIFA is continuing to identify new and exciting ways to further develop the eFootball ecosystem.”
PUBG LITE Beta Test Expands Coverage in Four More Countries
SEOUL, South Korea, Feb. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- PUBG Corporation (PUBG Corp.) today announced that the Beta Test for PUBG LITE will no longer be limited to Thailand region but be available to four more countries in Southeast Asia - Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, and Singapore. PUBG LITE BETA TEST EXPANDS COVERAGE IN FOUR MORE COUNTRIES The pre-download for the regions named above will begin a day before, on February 13th, while the official Beta Test service will open on the 14th. The game has been adapted from the original PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS to be playable with low specification computers and laptops. Players who were previously unable to access the game due to the specification requirements will now be able to play PUBG through PUBG LITE with the thrill and experience of the original game. In addition, PUBG LITE is a free-to-play game service through PUBG and Garena's platform. Users of both platforms will be playing on the same server while PUBG Corp will be handling all customer support, events and activities. All players who downloaded the game from the official PUBG LITE website (https://lite.pubg.com/download/) and Garena are welcome to enjoy the last-one-standing competitive survival battle. [Appendix - System Requirements for PUBG LITE] Minimum Spec Recommended Spec OS Windows 7/8/10 64bit Windows 7/8/10 64bit CPU Core i3 2.4GHz Core i5 2.8GHz RAM 4GB 8GB GPU Intel HD Graphics 4000 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 6600 or AMD Radeon HD 7870 HDD 4GB Direct X Direct X 11 About PUBG Corporation (PUBG Corp.) PUBG Corp., a member of the KRAFTON game union (former Bluehole Inc.), began as Bluehole Ginno Games, Inc. in 2009 and later renamed to PUBG Corp. in 2017. PUBG Corp. is the publisher and developer of the 2017 blockbuster battle royale video game, PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS (PUBG), on multiple platforms. Since its release, PUBG has received worldwide acclaim, achieving seven Guinness World Records and winning multiple game awards worldwide. Headquartered in Korea, PUBG Corp. has six operational offices globally across North America, Europe, Japan, China. With the goal of developing PUBG as a global franchise, the company is currently undertaking a number of projects including esports, product licensing, and more. For more information about PUBG Corp., please visit www.pubg.com. Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20190201/2363389-1
NetEase Games Acquires Minority Stake in Quantic Dream
GUANGZHOU, China, Jan. 29, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- NetEase Games, the online games division of NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES), one of China's largest internet companies, today announced that it has acquired a minority stake in Quantic Dream S.A. to further the development and distribution of global online games. Quantic Dream will continue to operate independently under the direction of industry veterans David Cage and Guillaume de Fondaumière. Quantic Dream defines and leads the interactive storytelling game, a creative game genre. With 22 years of experience, this AAA studio has successfully launched several worldwide blockbusters, including Heavy Rain and Detroit: Become HumanTM. This strategic investment aims to support the studio's vision of becoming a global, multi-franchise entertainment company, and to develop advanced technologies and games for the future. "With a strong focus on in-house development, we are constantly looking for partners that complement us in the development and creation of the next generation games," said Ethan Wang, VP of NetEase, Inc., "Quantic Dream's excellence in interactive storytelling and the valuable expertise it has built over the past two decades is exactly what we have been looking for. We are pleased to partner with Quantic Dream and we hope to create incredible game experiences for players all around the globe." "The landscape of the gaming industry will go through major evolutions in the coming years, with new hardware to come, new business models to explore and new ways of playing to invent," said Quantic Dream CEO and Creative Director David Cage. "We want Quantic Dream to take a key role in this exciting future and having NetEase by our side as a strategic partner will allow us to expand our creative vision and develop the company to its fullest potential. NetEase understands what Quantic is about as they share our passion for high quality games and our ambitions for the studio." "We have been impressed by NetEase's vision, their commitment to quality and innovation and their impressive track-record and know-how in crafting and operating some of the most popular games on the planet," continued Guillaume de FONDAUMIERE, Co-CEO of Quantic Dream. "Partnering with NetEase will open new opportunities for our studio and strengthen our position as pioneers and innovators." About NetEase Games NetEase Games is the online games division of NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES), developing and operating some of China's most popular PC-client and mobile games. As one of the world's largest incubators of quality online game content, NetEase Games is dedicated to supporting the growth of innovative studios around the globe and growing an international presence along the way. To complement its self-developed games and world class R&D capabilities, NetEase Games also partners with other industry leaders including Blizzard Entertainment, Mojang AB (a Microsoft subsidiary) and other global game developers to operate some of the most popular international online games in China. About Quantic Dream Quantic Dream is a French video game studio that leads the world in interactive storytelling. Founded 22 years ago by David Cage to create AAA games based on emotion and interactive storytelling, Quantic Dream has been at the forefront of innovation in narrative, popularizing the genre of choice-dependent stories. The studio, that worked exclusively with Sony during the past 12 years, created thought-provoking games like FahrenheitTM (aka Indigo Prophecy in North America), Heavy RainTM, Beyond:Two SoulsTM, and more recently Detroit: Become HumanTM. The studio's medium-defining titles have showcased world-class talents including David Bowie, Ellen Page, Willem Dafoe, Hans Zimmer and Jesse Williams. Quantic Dream has developed proprietary technologies and original franchises since its creation, with the support of millions of gamers around the world. For more information, please visit: http://www.quanticdream.com NetEase Forward Looking Statements This press release contains statements of a forward-looking nature. These statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can identify these forward-looking statements by terminology such as "will," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates" and similar statements. The accuracy of these statements may be impacted by a number of business risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or anticipated, including the risk that the market for PC-client and mobiles games in China and other countries in which NetEase Games operate may not grow as rapidly as expected or at all, the risk that NetEase Games' investments and partnerships will not generate adequate returns, the impact of governmental regulation, competition in the online game market, and other risks outlined in NetEase, Inc.'s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. NetEase, Inc. does not undertake any obligation to update this forward-looking information, except as required under applicable law. NetEase Contact: Margaret Shi NetEase, Inc. firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: (+86) 571-8985-3378 Quantic Dream Contact: Alexa BowersB/HIAlexa_bowers@bhimpact.com Tel: +1 (310) 694-3112 View original content:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/netease-games-acquires-minority-stake-in-quantic-dream-300785596.html
Megaxus Launches Fatal Raid: SEA Invasion in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, and Philippines
JAKARTA, Indonesia, Jan. 29, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Southeast Asia games publishing and development company, PT Megaxus Infotech (Megaxus) launched a new mobile game titled "Fatal Raid: SEA Invasion". The First-Person Shooter (FPS) game is now available in 4 countries in Southeast Asia: Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Philippines. Fatal Raid: SEA Invasion is now available in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore. "The Southeast Asia gamers love to compete against each other while having fun. Fatal Raid: SEA Invasion provides fast-paced gameplay with various PVP competition. We are confident gamers will love Fatal Raid: SEA Invasion," said Bambang Budiman, Senior Content Manager of PT Megaxus Infotech. "With its competitive gameplay, Fatal Raid: SEA Invasion can attract many e-Sport followers and competitors in Southeast Asia," he continued. The game was also featured in Google Play Pre-registration from 18 January 2019 to 25 January 2019. Fatal Raid: SEA Invasion provides various game modes such as Story Mode, Challenge Modes (Charge Mode, Defense Mode, Raid Mode, Coliseum), PVP Modes (Practice, Team Deathmatch, Bombing, 1 vs 1, Handgun/Sniper Match, Survival, Ranked PVP). The game is packed with features such as weapons and armors collection and upgrade, characters upgrade, Clan, and more. In Fatal Raid:SEA Invasion, gamers can choose from a massive selection of weapons, each with their own speciality, which gives more dynamics to the gameplay. The game also offers selection of difficulty levels, which enable the game to be enjoyed by novice gamers, as well as by more experienced gamers. Despite the high quality graphic that the game offers, it doesn't require high spec devices to run it. "We hope that Fatal Raid: SEA Invasion can give a new FPS experience for gamers in Southeast Asia . We will continue to provide best contents and service for our loyal users," closed Bambang. Website: https://fatalraidsea.com/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FatalRaidSEA Instagram: http://instagram.com/fatalraidsea About Megaxus Infotech PT Megaxus Infotech is a games company in Indonesia since 2006. The company presents the best and innovative products and services to the gamers. Megaxus' games: Audition AyoDance, Lineage II, WarRock, Grand Chase, Counter-Strike Online, SD Gundam Online, AyoOke, Heroes of Atarsia, World In AyoDance, Royal Master, Princess Rush, Rhythm N Joy, Closers Online, Bakso Horror, Combo Rush, Audition AyoDance Mobile and Fatal Raid: SEA Invasion. Most recently, Audition AyoDance Mobile has won Google Play Best of 2018 award in the category of Most Casual Game–Indonesia. Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20190129/2359440-1
Philip and Andrew Oliver leaving REBELLION to start Consultancy Business
Independent UK developer and publisher Rebellion has today announced the departures of Philip Oliver and Andrew Oliver, who leave the company on February 15th, 2019 to start a new video games consultancy business. After decades of creating renowned video games, industry veterans Philip and Andrew Oliver co-founded development studio Radiant Worlds in 2013 with Richard Smithies. In January 2018, Rebellion acquired Radiant Worlds, and Philip and Andrew continued on at the newly renamed Rebellion Warwick to help oversee the transition period. Over that time, the studio relocated from rented premises to a purchased, state-of-the-art office in Warwick Technology Park, double the size of its previous location. Rebellion Warwick also contributed to the development and publishing of titles such as Arca's Path VR and Strange Brigade, and continues to work on upcoming titles including Evil Genius 2. "Philip and Andrew's remit was to help with what would be a challenging time of transition for their studio," said Rebellion CEO and Co-founder Jason Kingsley OBE. "We are grateful for the assistance they provided and the work they did at Rebellion Warwick. With their huge experience, we're excited to see their consultancy business grow." "We're delighted with what the Rebellion Warwick team has achieved over the last year, and we are confident they'll continue to flourish," said Philip Oliver, "But we're both looking forward to this next chapter and we're excited to get started." Philip and Andrew Oliver will announce more about their upcoming new business in the coming weeks.
2019 LoL Champions Korea Spring Media Day
On January 11th, Riot Games held '2019 LoL(League of Legends) Champions Korea Spring Media Day' at LoL Park in Jongno-gu, Seoul. Ahead of '2019 LoL Champions Korea Spring (2019 LCK Spring)' that will be held from January 16th, the event was organized to introduce the features of league management, with the officials including Jun-kyu Park, Korean representative of Riot Games, Sang-heon Oh, director of esports business, Cheol-hak Kim, secretary general of Korean eSports Association in attendance. ▲ '2019 LoL Champions Korea Spring Media Day' was held. As the first order, the operation policy of '2019 LCK Spring' was introduced. According to the announcement, '2019 LCK Spring' consists of a total of two rounds, with the first round being five days a week from Wednesday to Sunday and the second round being four days a week from Thursday to Sunday. Likewise, the league will be held from January 16th to March 31st, and the playoffs will start on April 3rd. The winners will be determined by the finals on April 13th. Broadcasting of '2019 LCK Spring' can be seen on TV cable channel SBS Afreeca and new medias such as Naver, Afreeca TV, and Facebook. In the case of foreign language broadcasts, Chinese version will be broadcasted on Huya TV, English on Facebook and Twitch, French on OhGaming, Japanese on OPENREC.tv, and German on Summoners' Inn. Moreover, the organization of the stadium and the contents of '2019 LCK Spring' are being prepared with the aim of showing like sports as much as possible. It was highlighted that a coach box where coaches, coaching staffs and waiting players are located, and an analysis desk that analyzes the progress of the game will provide more excitement to users through this season. Besides, since the round stadium is structured with open-type booths, white noise and sound curtain system will be actively utilized to thoroughly separate the sound of the audience and that of the stage. ▲ The league will start from January 16th, and the winner will be decided by the finals on April 13th. ▲ TV and new media broadcasting channels were introduced. ▲ International broadcasts will be also available in five languages. ▲ The goal is to show like sports as much as possible. On the other hand, regarding the game judgement, Riot Games and Korean eSports Association will organize a joint judgment committee for unifying the process. This is because referee's decision and confirmation by management had to be done separately in the past. The joint judgement committee of each competition will be composed of six referees including technical referees dispatched by Riot Games and game referees by Korean eSports Association. They will perform tasks such as field management before the match, game operation during the match, and game analyzation after the match. Meanwhile, for enhancing coping abilities and reinforcing capabilities of the referee, '2019 LCK Professional Referee Training Plan' is being pushed forward. As a method of training the referee in accordance with this plan, six referees are selected, and the training course consisting of basic courtesy training, theoretical education and field education has to be completed. After the training, the selectees will be working as an official LCK referees. ▲ Riot Games and Korean eSports Association will organize a joint judgment committee. ▲ '2019 LCK Professional Referee Training Plan' is being pushed forward. Following the operation policy of '2019 LCK Spring', the second order was prepared to listen to the coaches and players' commitments and determinations to this season. (Afreeca Freecs 'Spirit' Da-yoon Lee) Beginning this spring season, we will prepare hard to make good results in domestic and international competitions. (Afreeca Freecs Coach Yeon-sung Choi) We aim to achieve better results than last year, and we are preparing for the best. (kt Rolster 'Smeb' Kyeong-ho Song) LCK is likely to be fierce this year. As many new players have come in, we are working hard with a new mind. (kt Rolster Coach Chang-jong Oh) We want to show a better performance by achieving parts that we could not make last year. Since new players have come, we want to show the experienced kt and new kt as well. (Gen.G Esports 'CuVee' Sung-jin Lee) As I did not show a good picture at LCK last year, I will try to show a better picture this year. (Gen.G Esports Coach Woo-beom Choi) I believe the results will be better if we enjoy, so we will enjoy the match this year. (Hanwha Life Esports 'Sangyoon' Sang-yoon Kwon) I am practicing hard to show a good performance. I ask a lot of encouragement. (Hanwha Life Esports Coach Hyun-jong Kang) We want to go higher than the last season. We'll do the best. (Damwon Gaming 'Nuclear' Jong-hyun Shin) We have been receiving much attention with the promotion to LCK. I will take both cheering and criticism as stepping stone and try hard to show a better performance this season. (Damwon Gaming Coach Mok-kyung Kim) As a new LCK player, I will always try to learn. I will try my best and prepare the season. (Sandbox Gaming 'Joker' Jae-eup Jo) We want to get positive results with a perfect match, and become a team receiving positive comments. (Sandbox Gaming Coach Ui-joon Yoo) I want to know how far we can go up with our own style. (SK Telecom T1 'Faker' Sang-hyeok Lee) The results at KeSPA Cup left much to be desired since we just had gotten togerther as a team at that time. But, in the spring season, we will come back with a better performance. (SK Telecom T1 Coach Jung-kyun Kim) This season we want to show performance that fans will be satisfied with. (Griffin 'Sword' Sung-won Choi) We will make much effort to show good performance in LCK as KeSPA Cup. (Griffin Coach Dae-ho Kim) We will fight hard with other teams and win-win each other to increase global influence. (Jin Air GreenWings 'Stitch' Seung-ju Lee) As various players have gathered, we want to work hard with our first intention. We will do the best in the direction of further development. (Jin Air GreenWings Coach Sang-yong Han) The aim is to make an aggressive team and receive positive evaluation. (Kingzone DragonX 'TusiN' Jong-ik Park) Kingzone DrangonX is a new team, so we will try harder to go higher. (Kingzone DragonX Coach Dong-hoon Kang) Since all players are working hard lately, I am going to prove that Kingzone DragonX is a remarkable team. ▲ There was time to listen to each team's coach and players' commitment to this season.
Qualified Teams confirmed for the FIFA eClub World Cup 2019
The best 16 eFootball teams in the world are set to meet in London next month for the FIFA eClub World Cup 2019. Over 150 teams participated in the Online Qualification which took place in January and the 15 qualified teams will join the reigning Champion Brøndby IF, the only team to win the FIFA eClub World Cup so far by claiming the first place in the inaugural event in 2016 and in last year’s edition. The FIFA eClub World Cup will take place from 09 - 10 February 2019 in London. The qualified teams for the FIFA eClub World Cup 2019 are: AFC Ajax (Netherlands) AlNassr FC (Saudi Arabia) Brøndby IF (Denmark) NoFuchsGiven eSports (England) Dijon Football Côte-d'Or (France) ECV eSports (Netherlands) FaZe Clan (USA) Futbolist (Turkey) Imperial (England) KiNG eSports (Germany) Manchester City eSports (England) Prime NINJA (Japan) Team Vitality (France) Tricked eSport (Denmark) VFL Bochum 1848 (Germany) Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (England)
Black Desert Online’s Battle Royale mode enters Early Access today
Today Black Desert Online players can get their first taste of the Shadow Arena, a new Battle Royale-style mode that will be available after today’s regular maintenance. Anyone who has bought Black Desert Online or has access to the game via the 7-day free trial can participate in the Shadow Arena tests. The Shadow Arena will have a limited capacity and is only available for testing during certain times. Please check the Black Desert Online website and social media channels for the updated schedule announcements. - About the Shadow Arena Shadow Arena is a new mode that pits up to 50 players against each other in a struggle for survival. Gather supplies and outwit your opponents to become the last person standing. Players will start the match as a ‘Black Spirit’, a small flying specter that can then possess the bodies of one of the playable classes in Black Desert Online. For the Early Access version, the Warrior, Sorceress, Berserker, Tamer, Valkyrie, Wizard, Witch, Dark Knight and Mystic will be available allowing participants to pick from nine different playstyles By roaming the arena after finding their preferred class, players can gather skills, weapons, armor, accessories and special items such as flares, potions, traps and more. It will be essential for victory that players strategically acquire their skills and items to deal with the opposition. For more information on Black Desert Online or on how to enter the 7-day free trial, please visit blackdesertonline.com
2018 LoL KeSPA Cup Finals Event
On December 31, 2018, ‘2018 LoL KeSPA Cup Finals’ was held at Gwanggaetogwan Convention Hall of Sejong University in Gwangjin-gu, Seoul. The event was held to decide the winner of ‘2018 LoL KeSPA Cup’, which has been held from December 18th. Gen.G and Griffin, who won against KT Rolster and DAMWON Gaming in the semi-final, respectively, had a match of best of five. ▲ Gen.G and Griffin, who entered the finals, stood with the trophy in the middle. In the first set, Griffin won by succeeding in overturning the game through an engagement in a crisis situation. Griffin has been active all over the map early in the set and has made a prevailing atmosphere by destroying the bottom turret shield as well as scoring kill points. Thereupon, Gen.G fought back with kill points made by ‘CuVee’ Seong-jin Lee, and ‘Peanut’ Wang-ho Han. Also in the joint battle of the 11th minute, the situation became favorable with the performance of ‘Peanut’. Both teams exchanged attacks and tried to interfere with each other's aiming. Griffin got the first Baron, but the second Baron was stolen by Gen.G‘s ‘Peanut’, and Griffin was in crisis all over the map. However, while Griffin had been hurried and watched for a chance with 3 earth dragon buffs, at the huge engagement after the third fire dragon, ‘Lehends’ Si-woo Son won a victory with ‘Death Sentence’ skill and succeeded in turning the tables. Keeping the momentum, Griffin entered the opponent base, removed the tower and suppressor, destroyed the nexus and got the first set point. At the second set, Griffin succeeded in continuing the momentum of the previous set and once again won. At the beginning of the set, Griffin's 'Tarzan' Seung-yong Lee started pleasantly by stealing the red buff that Gen.G was hunting. At the engagement in the middle area of the 9th minute, ‘Chovy’ Ji-hoon Jeong’s Irelia jumped inside the opponent’s tower and pushed hard from the beginning with double kills. Gen.G succeeded in defending Griffin’s offensive with defensive tactics, but failed to overturn the situation while chasing the opponent for counterattack since the team rather counterattacked. At the situation, Griffin stole the Rift Herald that Gen.G was hunting and raised the pace of the offensive. Griffin continuously succeeded in destroying the second middle tower at the 23rd minute and raised the attack power by hunting the dragon. At the engagement occurred after hunting Baron, Griffin eliminated the champions of Gen.G without difficulty and arranged the middle line. In the end, Griffin successfully entered the opponent’s main base, eliminated Gen.G’s champions one by one, destroyed nexus, and finally scored the second set point. ▲ Griffin reversed the situation with the engagements won the first set. ▲ In the third set, Griffin also dominated the game by pushing the opponents hard from all areas. The third set, which was the last chance for Gen.G, was finished with a victory for Griffin who did not miss the chance. Until the first dragon appears in the game, both teams focused on the defense and did not show much movement. However, Griffin got the dragon and the clash had begun in earnest. After Griffin scored a point in the bottom area, Griffin went a little ahead with ‘Chovy’ Ji-hoon Jeong’s solo kill from Gen.G’s ‘Fly’ Yong-jun Song, but Gen.G soon narrowed the gap by recording three kills successively after Rift Herald. Nevertheless, the situation gradually became favorable to Griffin. In the top area, ‘Sword’ Sung-won Choi got Gen.G’s ‘CuVee’ Sung-jin Lee, summoned Rift Herald and succeeded in eliminating the first middle tower. Gen.G’s ‘Ruler’ Jae-hyuk Park tried counterattack with scoring several kills, but Gen.G soon lost power by blocking the attempt of stealing from Griffin’s ‘Peanut’ Wang-ho Han. Eventually, Griffin got into the main base of Gen.G, and the engagements took place on the access way at each line. Griffin managed to destroy the nexus while maintaining the dominant position, and set score 3 : 0 to win the championship. Meanwhile, as the MVP of the finals, Griffin’s ‘Chovy’ Ji-hoon Jeong, who showed powerful attack at every set, was selected. ▲ President of KeSPA, Young-man Kim, presented trophy and prize money to the winner Griffin. ▲ Griffin's 'Chovy' Ji-hoon Jeong was selected as the MVP of the finals.
gumi Inc. Enters into Agreement of Equity and Allocation of New Shares in Blockchain Game Developer Double Jump.Tokyo
gumi Inc. today announced an agreement to receive equity and new shares of double jump.tokyo from DLE Inc., its parent company. Additionally, two board directors fromf double jump.tokyo will join gumi Inc.’s board as it makes a capital business alliance contract with double jump. Founded in 2007, gumi Inc. set out to become the world's No.1 entertainment company in the information revolution through offering new amusements and richness in everyday life. gumi Inc. has focused on increasing its earning capacity of mobile online game business, which is its current main revenue source, and expanding its business by entering in early stage VR/AR businesses, blockchain businesses and other new businesses. For its blockchain business, gumi aims to make strategic alliances with companies offering new technologies inside and outside of Japan, mainly by capital injection via gumi Cryptos to obtain future income sources. As a more aggressive step in the blockchain industry, gumi formed a capital business alliance to receive equity and new shares in double jump.tokyo. double jump.tokyo is developing the blockchain game My Crypto Heroes, which went into its pre-sale period on September 21, 2018. In its first 24 hours, the game achieved the number one ranking for the quantity of Ethereum transactions in Decentralized Applications Game (DApps game), which includes games on distributed application, and live on blockchain platform. During the first ten days of the pre-sale period, the game recorded 694ETH (about USD $160,000) in transactions*1. Also, after the launch of My Cryptos Heroes on November 30, 2018, in DApps game, it achieved number one in first day daily active users (DAU) and in the quantity of Ethereum transactions, taking the lead in the blockchain gaming industry. Partnering with gumi Inc. is the natural next step in double jump.tokyo’s growth as they look to expand globally and break new ground in the blockchain industry. Hironao Kunimitsu, Founder and CEO of gumi Inc., said: “We’ve been impressed by the quality and the momentum of interest in My Crypto Heroes, we believe that through this succession of equity, allocation of new shares and capital involved in our business alliance, we can offer global marketing know-how to double jump.tokyo, and both of our companies can develop new successful blockchain properties by utilizing our intellectual properties, and accelerating business development in the blockchain business.” double jump.tokyo’s parent company DLE has also created many dominant intellectual properties, such as Secret Society Takanotsume, through marketing strategies, planning and development of smartphone apps and the creation of properties across movies, television and web media. Both gumi Inc. and DLE expect to share synergies through this initial alliance, and will further pursue other alliances, such as with its Vtuber business and more. *1 Calculated based on the final price (1 Ethereum = 26,188 JPY) as at September 30, 2018.
NCSOFT Continues to Invest in the Future Driven by its Core Value in Game R&D
- Company’s investment in R&D upholds at approx. 20% of annual sales, and its R&D force accounts for 70% of its total employees.- Various R&D facilities built in-house include a motion capture studio, 3D scan studio, and a large-scale sound studio.- Throughout its 21 years of thriving business in online games, NCSOFT has demonstrated the power embedded in its major franchises – Lineage, AION, Blade & Soul – and now extends its value across different platforms.- NCSOFT strives towards technology-driven innovation as well as securing leading-edge artificial intelligence technology. ▲ 'NCSOFT Pangyo R&D Center’ in Pangyo, Korea NCSOFT Corporation (CEO Taek-Jin Kim), a leading global game company headquartered in Korea, led to the popularization of internet based online games in the country by successively making hit PC online games ranging from Lineage (1998), Lineage 2 (2003), AION (2008) to Blade & Soul (2012) as well as Guild Wars franchises. Founded in 1997, the core driver behind NCSOFT’s accelerated growth over the past 21 years essentially resides within continued research and development (R&D) as part of the company’s DNA. The company’s philosophy taking R&D with the utmost importance and an ongoing investment made it now a technology-driven game developer.The composition of employees and investment scale simply demonstrate how R&D is positioned as part of the company. According to its recent financial report for the third-quarter of 2018, 2,323 employees, which account for 68% of the total 3,397 employees of the company, are dedicated to the responsibilities in R&D.NCSOFT has been extensive with R&D investment since its establishment. The average R&D investment for the last five years (2013 – 2017) has been persistent, accounting for about 24% of sales. According to the analysis of the trends of 1,000 companies with global R&D investment for a 10-year period (from 2006 to 2016) – a study conducted by Korea Industrial Technology Association – NCSOFT was one of 25 Korean companies listed among 1,000 global entities. In particular, NCSOFT was the only Korean company from the software sector, where global R&D investment has increased the most in the past decade. (*NOTE: The result of analyzing top 1,000 of the EU Industrial R&D Scoreboard)○ ‘Game development is as artistic and sophisticated as making films’: Bringing realistic characters and sound into gamesNCSOFT, as a technology-pioneer at the forefront in the game industry, continues to invest in securing the excellence in infrastructure technologies for game development. It has built a motion capture studio and 3D scan studio for the first time in the country as a game developer, with the purpose to create the most realistic moves for in-game characters. It is also the first game company in Korea that built a sound studio in-house; and has the largest sound studio facilities compared to other local game studios. Its sound studio has a 5.1 channel video sound mixing room and a Foley studio (sound effect recording room), where various sound effects of games are recorded. ▲ 3D Scan Studio ▲ The scene of shooting motion capture ○ Relentlessly securing fundamental technology, leading to future innovation with AI researchIn addition to the accumulated technology and expertise, NCSOFT moved quickly to secure next-generation technologies. It considers artificial intelligence (AI) a technical tool for problem solving, and concentrates on securing various AI fundamental technologies. NCSOFT strategically focuses on creating future competitive strengths in the overall IT fields through securing AI fundamental technology.NCSOFT's AI research and development started when Dr. Song-Yee Yoon, CSO of NCSOFT and CEO of NC West, initiated the task force back in 2011. As early as 2011, NCSOFT envisioned AI as a core technology and initiated R&D in the field. Today, NCSOFT’s AI R&D takes place at its AI Center and Natural Language Processing (NLP) Center under which five labs are dedicated with various different fields. AI Center includes a) Game AI Lab, b) Speech Lab, and c) Vision AI Lab; and NLP Center includes a) Language AI Lab, b) Knowledge AI Lab. Currently, more than 100 R&D forces are working directly with Taek-Jin Kim, CEO of NCSOFT.Recently, NCSOFT has attracted attention from the eyes of the public by presenting an AI with skills on a par with professional gamers. In September, NCSOFT has unveiled its AI with professional gamer skills at the finals of its own e-Sports league, ‘Blade & Soul Tournament 2018 World Championship’, where Blade & Soul’s PvP competitions are held to determine the strongest champion in the world.The company’s AI R&D – namely Game AI, Speech AI, Vision AI, Language AI, and Knowledge AI –are essentially applicable beyond just games. Rather than having an AI technology that simply tries to solve short-range problems, NCSOFT is concentrating more on in-depth R&D that can solve fundamental problems and can be used in various ways. NCSOFT's AI research is not restricted just to games, but will be opened and applied to any area where it can develop outstanding technologies and innovate. NCSOFT plans to expand and strengthen its investment in AI as well as in fostering AI research specialists and professionals. To this end, it is proactively engaged in recruiting talented professionals in the field. NCSOFT plans to expand development and investment to create new value by applying AI to various fields such as online and mobile. ▲ At ‘Blade & Soul Tournament 2018 World Championship’, PvP matches took place between AI and professional gamers, which recently caught attention of the game industry. ○ Leading the innovation of MMORPG, proving the power of IPs – Lineage, AION, Blade & SoulNCSOFT is the home for globally acclaimed franchises including Lineage, Lineage 2, AION and Blade & Soul. With solid story composition, content, and innovative game play, it is playing an active role as winning intellectual properties (IPs) across the platforms and regions.Since the company was founded in 1997, NCSOFT has been investing to build solid original IPs and for its expansion. With approximately five years on average to develop an NCSOFT title, it concentrates its development efforts on every corner – from world view, story, character, graphics, and sound to bring the best possible game play experience. Having secured various IPs, NCSOFT is continuing to expand and add value to its IPs by connecting the world view and story of each game and continuing development with new device platforms such as mobile and console.‘Lineage’, which led to the popularization of Korean online games in 1998, has been in service for 20 years as of this year. Following on with Lineage, the company’s representative IPs include: a) ‘Lineage 2’, a sequel set in Lineage’s world view of 150 years ago and presented high-quality 3D-graphics, b) ‘AION’ with abundant fantasy adventure and flight features ranked first in Korea’s PC-bang (internet cafes) ranking for 160 consecutive weeks, and c) ‘Blade & Soul’, which depicts Eastern world view and colorful martial arts and is being serviced in nine countries throughout the world. Each game is further enhancing its value in the mobile market.NCSOFT released two mobile games based on its own IP of Lineage. The company launched ‘Lineage Red Knights’ in December 2016 and ‘Lineage M’ in June 2017, respectively. ‘Lineage Red Knights’ is a reinterpretation of the original Lineage characters and world view in a creative way. ‘Lineage M’ fully realizes the core elements of the original Lineage on mobile, and has implemented a control method and game system optimized for the mobile platform. Since launching in June 2017, it has maintained the top #1 position of gross sales in Google Play. It has topped the list of the local mobile games with 5.5 million pre-registration accounts and KRW 13 billion as the highest daily sales. ‘Lineage M’ in Taiwan is also in its top ranking in gross sales in Google Play since its launch in December last year.NCSOFT's IP expansion is being actively pursued with not only in-house development but also in collaboration with local and overseas partners. In particular, through cooperation with well-known developers, ‘Lineage 2’ was reborn as new games; ‘Lineage 2 Revolution’ by Netmarble in Korea, and ‘Lineage 2: Blood Oath’ by Snail Games in China. In July this year, 37Games in China also launched the web game called ‘Honor of Blood Oath(血盟榮耀)’ in China. 37Games presented at China's biggest game show 'China Joy 2018' held in early August and received a high response from the players. ▲ Taek-Jin Kim, CEO of NCSOFT ○ Implementing Two-Track Strategy for Mobile: ‘M’ line-up as expansion of original IP to mobile setting, ‘2’ line-up as a sequel title of its original franchisesNCSOFT is leading the way in R&D and investment for IP expansion. It is developing mobile MMORPG project currently under development, ▶'M' line-up, which developed the original IP into mobile, and ▶'2' line-up, which is a new numbering title and sequel with mobile.■ <Lineage 2M> realizes the largest mobile seamless open world Lineage 2M is a mobile MMORPG under development with full 3D-graphics. NCSOFT implemented the largest seamless open world, and its size reaches as large as 102,500,000㎡, which is the largest land map among mobile MMORPGs in the country. This is only respective to the continent of Aden. Upon launch, NCSOFT plans to expand the world with a new continent, doubling the size of the entire seamless open world. The game features extreme freedom and large-scale RvR (Realm vs Realm) battle. NCSOFT also plans to present a realistic world, where all players become part of the world, without any interruption in between. Lineage 2M is under development for release in the first half of 2019.■ <AION 2> finally reveals the future that AION promised for AION 2 is the sequel to AION. It is the new numbering title of AION’s IP as mobile MMORPG. It is set in the world 900 years prior to the war between Elyos and Asmodians broke in AION. AION 2 features three-dimensional battles such as cracks of the world’s time and space, which connects to another server, and free gliding.■ <Blade & Soul 2>, an official sequel with the connected and completed Blade & Soul’s world Blade & Soul 2 is an official sequel set in the era after the original Blade & Soul. The heroes of the past become the legends, and the following new adventure becomes the next story. Areas that have not been seen in the original Blade & Soul are newly opened. Blade & Soul 2 continues unique sensibility, stylish action, and solid story line from the original Blade & Soul.■ <Blade & Soul M>, the newly re-written story and battles of the original Blade & Soul Blade & Soul M presents evolved stories, combat, and graphics based on the emotions and fun elements of the original Blade & Soul. It features that users can get their own storylines in accordance with their choice along their play within the same world. In Blade & Soul M, the flying skills are implemented as a means of combat with a sense of action beyond the means of movement. Team Bloodlust, the team that produced the original Blade & Soul, is taking on the development of Blade & Soul M.■ <Blade & Soul S>, the boldest and most challenging change of Blade & Soul Blade & Soul S is a prequel that tells the story three years prior to the original Blade & Soul. It is a mobile MMORPG that all players communicate and compete together in an open world. Users can feel the fun of the story expanded and deepened the world of Blade & Soul with characters’ hidden stories untold in the original version.
Archer Now Playable in Black Desert Online
Today Black Desert Online players celebrate the launch of Archer, the highly anticipated 17th class that has arrived in the popular open world MMORPG. After last week’s pre-creation event it is now time to unleash Archer’s full powers such as his ranged abilities in PvP. To aid in the celebrations, Pearl Abyss and Kakao Games will start a host of related activities today to welcome Archer to Black Desert Online and to reward players for participating. - Archer’s Seals Event Adventurers are invited to collect Archer’s Seals by killing enemies or by engaging in gathering or fishing activities. The seals can be turned in at certain NPCs in exchange for valuable items such as Black Stone (Armor), Black Stone (Weapon), Hard Black Crystal Shard and Sharp Black Crystal Shard. Furthermore, courtesy of Alienware, two lucky players (one in EU and one in NA) who manage to collect the most Archer’s Seals during the event period will win a brand new Alienware 15 gaming laptop. This portable beast features an 8th generation Intel® Core™ i7-8750H, 16 GB, DDR4, 2400Mhz; up to 32GB and an NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 with 6GB GDDR5. This special competition will start after today’s maintenance and will last up until the 9th of January before that day’s maintenance. - Archer 1+1 Dual EXP Share Event plus level-up rewards During a special event period, it will become possible to link your EXP gains with another class (under level 60). The linked character will obtain the same amount of EXP as Archer, basically allowing players to level two classes at once. In addition, when leveling up the Archer, adventurer’s can look forward to additional in-game rewards such as Valks’ Cry, Lauren Family Gift Box x2, Gold Bars and much more. For more information on these events, rules and where to exchange the Archer’s Seals please visit blackdesertonline.com. - 3-day archer themed stream Partnered content creators includingMacilus, AionJanis, Vert, DJules, GoodvibesGuy and Morolan will stream Archer content starting today and will delve deep into the character’s lore, skillset and PvP combat potential. For more information on the streaming schedule, please visit Black Desert Online’s official Twitch channel.