- League of Legends‘ LEC ends partnership with NEOM after outrage
- Free update for Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice brings gauntlets, remnants, and new outfits
- Konami is selling an entire line of gaming PCs and peripherals
- New Nike Blazer ’77 retro gaming-inspired shoes sport a pixelated swoosh
- Steam is making it harder to buy cheaper games through other countries
League of Legends’ LEC ends partnership with NEOM after outrage
Earlier today, the LEC (League of Legends European Championship, essentially Europe’s Pro League) announced a partnership with NEOM, a Saudi Arabian planned city project that would (eventually) feature flying cars and robot maids and be fully powered by wind and solar energy.
Outrage was swift, with many Riot employees and casters expressing their disappointment with the decision.
The partnership was ended in a short post by Alberto Guerrero, Director of Esports at Riot Games:
After further reflection, while we remain steadfastly committed to all of our players and fans worldwide including those living in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East, the LEC has ended its partnership with NEOM, effective immediately.
– Alberto Guerrero
Free update for Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice brings gauntlets, remnants, and new outfits
There’s a meaty update for Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice coming in October that includes a new game mode called gauntlets (essentially a boss rush mode where you have one life), remnants (lets you record the last 30 seconds of action and upload it; if people watch and like your video, you get a free heal) and new outfits.
Konami is selling an entire line of gaming PCs and peripherals
Not-fan favorite mobile game publisher and pachinko machine distributor Konami is getting into the gaming PC business. The company recently launched its Arespear line which includes water-cooled PCs, keyboards and headphones.
Prices for the PCs start around 184,800 yen (~1758 USD).
New Nike Blazer ’77 retro gaming-inspired shoes sport a pixelated swoosh
Kotaku reports that there’s a new retro gaming shoe coming, and it’s not made by Konami. It’s the new Nike Blazer ’77 featuring a giant pixelated swoosh logo (okay, this actually looks awesome), a blue-red gradient along the sole and the words “HAVE A GOOD GAME”.
Steam is making it harder to buy cheaper games through other countries
You now have to jump through another set of hoops before being able to buy Steam store games via other countries. SteamDB recently tweeted that in order to change your country setting, you would need to complete a purchase using a payment method from that country.
This way you can’t just cheese the system by using a VPN with a server in another country to get access to cheaper games.