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The Sophomore Season of the Overwatch League Has Begun

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The 2019 season of the Overwatch League  kicked off last Friday. Taking a page from the NFL playbook, the second ever season began with a Grand Finals rematch between the Philadelphia Fusion and the first season champs, London Spitfire.

The regular season will run through August. You can find the full schedule here.

This season the prize pool has been greatly expanded from $3.5 million to $5 million. The league itself has also been expanded, adding eight new teams, including three from China and two from the US. The new teams are: Atlanta Reign, Paris Eternal, Toronto Defiant, Washington Justice, Chengdu Hunters, Guangzhou Charge, Hangzhou Spark, and Vancouver Titans.

The teams are still divided between the Atlantic and Pacific Division. The Atlantic Division includes the Eastern US and Canada, and Europe, while Pacific includes Western US and Asian teams.

Every match can be viewed via Twitch.tv, the official Overwatch League website, the MLG app, and Battle.net. Additionally all 2019 matches will be streamed to the ESPN app. Three matches per week will also be broadcast to Disney XD.

“We set a new bar last season in standing up the first major global city-based esports league,” said Pete Vlastelica, president and CEO of Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues. “This season, we’re going to raise the bar again with a focus on fan affinity, making it even easier for the Overwatch League community to watch how they want and where they want.”

Though the Overwatch League features location-based esports teams, the arenas are still mostly under construction. The majority of the matches for the 2019 season will still be played at the Blizzard Arena in Los Angeles. However, this year the league will feature several Homestand Weekends.

The Homestand Weekend events will take place April 27-28 at Dallas, TX, July 6-9 in Atlanta, GA, and August 24-25 in Los Angeles, CA.

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Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom Review

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Available On: PC, PlayStation 4, Switch, Xbox One

Nostalgia for the action-platformers of the 80s and 90s have helped fuel the modern indie game industry, from spiritual successors to direct recreations. Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom is a modern take on the old and underrated Wonder Boy series.

The first new Wonder Boy game since 1994 has been given an astonishing overhaul, with gorgeous hand-drawn animations, a bombastic musical score, and a lengthy campaign that hits every checkbox of regional themes. Unfortunately it also dregs up some of the more unforgiving challenges and obtuse puzzle designs of that era, holding back an otherwise fantastic original entry.

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Evolution Game Partners with Stack Up Charity for Launch Stream

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North Star Digital Studios is launching Evolution: The Video Game, based on parent company North Star Games’ award-winning 2014 card game, Evolution. To celebrate the launch, they’re partnering with military veterans’ charity Stack Up for an all day live streaming marathon today.

The stream will begin at 7 am Pacific/10 am Eastern at North Star Games’ Twitch channel. Members of the development team will play Evolution: The Video Game. They will also feature a rotating selection of guest streamers, tvgBadger, bifuteki, and yujoon.

The show will begin and end with a talk show-style format. Members of North Star Digital Studios will discuss the game’s development, including art and mechanics, as well as Stack Up’s charity work.

Watch live video from NorthStarGamesTV on www.twitch.tv

Stack Up is a charity program aimed at helping members of the US armed services. It includes suicide prevention, mental health advocacy, and support networks. Its Supply Crate program helps bring donated video games and other entertainment to deployed military members.

The all day stream will end tonight at 11pm Pacific/2 am Eastern.

Evolution is a card game in which players must grow their own species in size and population. Select important traits with cards, avoid carnivores, and amass the most amount of food before the deck runs out.

At launch the video game includes a 24-level single player campaign, online and local multiplayer, and cross-platform play.

Evolution: The Video Game is available on PC (Steam), iOS, and Android mobile devices. You can grab it for 20% off during the discount launch sale through Feb. 18.

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Bombfest Review

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As online multiplayer become the norm, an increasing number of indie games are exploring the local party game genre. Bombfest takes a cue from Mario Party-style quick and silly mini-games with a party game about throwing bombs at your fellow wooden block people.

With easy to pick up two-button controls, quick gameplay, and a whimsical style, Bombfest is a delightfully explosive romp with friends.

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