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Supply caches, dropped by planes, contain PUBG’s highest-powered weapons and the best armor. And maybe, in the future, rare gourmet ingredients! Some rights reserved (BAGO Games)

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, better known as PUBG, is a battle royale game that was released in December 2017. Prior to this it had been available through the Steam early access programme for around six months. Despite being the fifth best-selling game of all time and receiving generally favourable reviews, it has been criticised for performance issues, a high prevalence cheaters, and for lacking clear direction of its future development.

The developers are currently working through a three-month programme of gameplay improvements; but whilst they concentrate on fixing bugs, removing the cheaters and stabilising in-game performance — I’ve been coming up with a wish-list of my own. …

In February this year, international eSports organisation ESL made a surprise announcement. In May, the UK would host its first ever Dota 2 Major. Demand for tickets was phenomenal; such was the appetite for a big Dota event on our great isle. When the first batch of tickets sold out within six hours, ESL proclaimed that this was their fastest-ever selling Dota event.

In the past, London has played host to major League of Legends and Counterstrike tournaments; but Dota fans have had to travel to mainland Europe, typically Sweden or Germany, to show support for their favourite teams.

I’ve been to past ESL events in Frankfurt and Hamburg; and I feel Birmingham maintained the high standard that I’ve come to expect. By bringing this event to our shores, ESL was taking a chance on the UK fan base. At a conference ahead of the tournament, their UK Managing Director James Dean revealed that his colleagues at ESL HQ were initially underwhelmed at the prospect of a tournament in Birmingham. I hope the success of the event has changed their minds. …

London Gaymers take to the seas in the Sea of Thieves final beta.

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Shiver me timbers!

Avast ye!

Last night I stayed up until 3am playing the final beta of soon-to-be released swashbuckling adventure, Sea of Thieves.

It was a lot of fun.

Joining me aboard our ship, the Jolly Rogering, were Captain 8BitBear and First Mate CavemanJames. We took to piracy like ducks to water, quickly setting sail for a distant island and the promise of buried treasure. With one of us taking the wheel, another standing sentry in the crow’s nest, and the third looking after the sails and navigational charts, we were at risk of appearing competent as we cut through the water.

As we sailed, we all remarked on the beauty of the sea as it rose and crashed against our hull. Developer Rare has clearly spent a long time perfecting the ocean physics and textures, and the result is impressive. …

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Dungeons and Dragons, the tabletop roleplaying game, was first published in 1974 and grew in popularity through the late 1970s and 1980s. It experienced a decline in the nineties and noughties, so much so that a BBC news article in 2004 begged the question “What happened to Dungeons and Dragons?” But today the game is experiencing a massive resurgence and has, arguably, enjoyed its most successful year ever.


Matt Hurst

Matt, 32 from Surrey, UK is a communications and engagement professional with interests in mobile and tabletop gaming, and the development of eSports.

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