After observing the positive results from the Dota 2 tournament, The International, ESPN is looking to include this title to its list of esports news. As gamers competed for a grand prize of almost $11 million, ESPN’s live streaming services, ESPN3 and ESPN2, have gained an unprecedented viewing audience for the category of esports.
The contribution of Dota 2’s success and its impact on ESPN’s viewing channels, could not have been timed more perfectly. Following the success of ESPN’s recent partnership with Major League Gaming’s Call of Duty league (which was not broadcasted live), Dota 2’s impact may change the viewing access of future esport events covered by ESPN. Although no official announcements have been made by either ESPN or MLG, what remains undeniable is the growing hype and fandom of games like Dota 2, and their continued success in influencing the way esports is viewed by mainstream media.
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An updated trailer for the live-action anime-based Kite film from director Ralph Ziman (Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema) announced that the film will premiere exclusively on DirecTV on August 28, followed by a limited theater run and iTunes release on October 10. The Fantasia Film Festival will hostthe international premiere on July 18.
Ziman took over directing duties for the film after the passing of director David R. Ellis. The film was in pre-production in Johannesburg when Ellis passed away.
The film stars lead actress India Eisley (The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Underworld: Awakening, Maleficent) and and Callan McAuliffe (I Am Number Four, New Director). The Deadline website describes the project as "a character-driven action film that charts the story of Sawa (Eisley), a young woman living in a failed state after the financial collapse, where a corrupt security force profits on the trafficking of young women. When Sawa's policeman father is killed, she vows to track the murderer down with the help of his ex-partner, Karl Aker (Jackson)."
Looks like the rumor was true. A leaked IGN News video, published by AOL.com Video ahead of tonight’s official announcement, reveals Tekken 7 will be powered by Unreal Engine 4 and launch for current gen consoles.
“With Unreal Engine 4, we can rapidly achieve the visual quality expected on next-gen platforms and go beyond it,” Tekken series producer Katsuhiro Harada is quoted as saying in the video. “Not only is Unreal Engine 4 powerful and easy to use, but it allows us to easily bring Tekken 7 to any platform we desire.”
Further details were not announced.
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