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Minty Codes: How To Get The Elusive Merry Mint Pickaxe In Fortnite – Forbes

Please be aware of Scammers selling the codes online, please wait until they are available to everyone.

UPDATE: https://www.mokokil.com/2019/11/06/minty-codes-theres-a-much-easier-way-of-getting-a-merry-mint-pickaxe-in-fortnite-forbes/

Today, GameStop started giving away the codes legitimately, and that’s the best way to get one now. All you have to do is go to GameStop and buy a piece of Fortnite merchandise–it doesn’t have to be big and you’ll get a code, buy a $5 Funko Keychains Fortnite related and get  your CODE!!.

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All of a sudden, everyone can’t seem to stop talking about the Minty pickaxe. I see code giveaways, code requests, a healthy helping of fraud: all that sort of thing. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a Fortnite cosmetic draw this much attention, and at first I couldn’t quite figure out why: it’s Christmas-themed pickaxe and, I don’t know, seems fine. But it’s rare, at least for now. And we lust after rare things in these games because that’s how we’re hardwired. Here’s what’s going on here, and who to get it.

It’s no secret that Epic makes a ton of money from licensed products: the company made an incredible sprint to store shelves, bringing a full array of merchandise to retailers in just months after it became clear that such a move could be very profitable. This isn’t going to change any time soon.

The Minty pickaxe is a special bonus for anyone that buys official Fortnite gear at certain retailers in France, the US and Germany. But here’s the thing: it’s not widely available yet. This is the rub: apparently some people were able to get early codes from visiting Gamestops in the US. That makes them rare, early and slightly hard to pin down, and that’s a recipe for mania where Fortnite cosmetics are concerned. So when you see people jonesing after Minty codes on twitter or wherever, they’re hunting one of these super rare early codes.

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Apparently, Minty rewards are now being granted in-game, so if you’ve managed to score an early code from a certain retailer or gotten one from someone that did, you should be getting your pickaxe soon. If you see one of these in-game, that’s where ti comes from.

For everyone else, you’ll be able to get one when this promotion expands. This should happen soon, but we don’t have a specific date. So hold on a second and go buy a piece of Fortnite merch if you want a code, but by that point it won’t be nearly so rare as it is now.

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4 Schools Laying Groundwork to Host Esports Tournaments – Campus Technology

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4 Schools Laying Groundwork to Host Esports Tournaments

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A company that produces esports tournament software has entered into partnerships with four universities to host collegiate esports competitions. Texas A&M University, the University of Texas at Austin, Louisiana State University and Houston’s University of St. Thomas will use Mainline.GG software to host tournaments through 2020. Each institution will host its own university-branded tournament site, enabling students to compete in school-sanctioned games, including League of Legends, Rocket League and Smash, among others.

Texas A&M tested the waters in spring 2019 and extended its subscription to 2020. According to a spokesperson in the athletics department there, the software “allows us to maintain the brand continuity of the university and to drive incremental inventory and value for sponsors.”

For UT at Austin, which is running two tournaments on Mainline, the use of the software allows a closer link between the institution and the campus’s Longhorn Gaming Club, “to better support this audience to benefit our students and partners,” noted Mike Buttersworth, director of the Center for Sports Communication & Media, in a statement.

Louisiana State is running an esports Rocket League qualifying tournament on the Mainline program to choose a three-student team to represent the school at the National Intercollegiate Esports League’s “Power Five Esports Invitational” in New York in January 2020.

U St. Thomas adopted Mainline earlier this year to develop its esports program. Now it’s expanding that use to run online tournaments.

“These are top universities seeing the value of esports on campus and making a choice to support their students’ desires to play and compete — much like in traditional sports,” said CEO Chris Buckner in a statement.

About the Author

Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media’s education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at dian@dischaffhauser.com or on Twitter @schaffhauser.

Seton Hall Takes Esports to Next Level – Seton Hall University News & Events

ESPORTS Video games have come to college—and they’re not confined to residence halls. In recent years, as interest in esports and video gaming has grown, so too have the resources and opportunities at Seton Hall.

Esports team members from Seton Hall now compete in the Big East Conference, which sponsors league play, tournaments and championships as it does with traditional athletics programs among its member schools. In the Big East’s inaugural season Seton Hall beat Marquette at the Big East Esports Invitational Powered by ESL and was crowned champion in Rocket League play. The Seton Hall team also placed third in League of Legends.

ESL, part of the international digital entertainment group MTG, is said to be the world’s largest independent esports company.

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Esports ChairThe Big East has also partnered with the Electronic Gaming Federation (EGF) for tournament play. Founded in 2015, EGF is widely recognized as a leading national governing body for organized high school level and Division 1 collegiate varsity esports leagues.

The EGF Big East Esports Invitational tournament will bring traditional conference rivalries to the arena with esports teams from selected schools in the Big East Conference competing December 7-8 in New York City. Participating in the tournament are teams from Butler, DePaul, Marquette, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Villanova and Xavier. Preliminary matches to determine seeding began on November 3, with Seton Hall beating Villanova to gain the number three seed. Tournament play will be streamed on Twitch.tv/officialEGF.

The EGF Power Five Esports Invitational, held January 18-19, 2020 features schools from the athletic conferences of the SEC, ACC, Pac 12, Big Ten and Big 12. Scheduled Power Five participating teams include: Florida State University, University of Illinois, Louisiana State University, Ole Miss, and Washington State University.

Call it “April Madness,” if you will, as these tournaments are precursors to the 2020 EGF Conference League Season I, which kicks off on February 1, culminating in the final teams across all titles joining for the EGFC National Championship to be held in April 2020.

New Facilities for Esports at Seton Hall
ESPORTS In November 2019, the University completed construction on a state-of-the-art computer lab and esports facility with dedicated and optimized computers for students’ recreational and competitive use. Seton Hall’s esports and gaming lounge is located in Jubilee Hall on the fifth floor. The center contains 33 desktop computers, 16 of which are game-ready and dedicated to gaming with Overwatch, Rocket League and League of Legends already installed, with gaming chairs, mice, keyboards and headsets and six monitors with the capability to project what’s displayed on any of the 16 gaming desktops throughout the room. In the esports facility, gamers also have access to consoles: Microsoft Xbox One, Sony Playstation and Nintendo Switch. Although the facility will be used by Seton Hall’s gaming teams for team practice and Big East tournaments, it is open to students at times throughout the week.

“It’s about engagement and supporting our students,” said Paul Fisher, the associate chief information officer and director of the Teaching, Learning and Technology Center. “It’s a digital era and video gaming is a multi-billion-dollar industry that is expanding exponentially; employment prospects within and ancillary to the field are commensurate with any other booming industry and similar to those in traditional spectator sports. In addition to professional gaming, development and hardware engineering, the field is home to jobs in research, marketing, communication, broadcast and even event planning. Located between New York City and Philadelphia, Seton Hall students are ideally situated to take advantage of these opportunities – and we are dedicated to supporting them.”

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ESPORTS According to Indeed.com, the share of job postings per million for Esports roles increased by 10.91% in 2019 with augmented (AR) and virtual reality (VR)-related jobs leading the way with an increase of 21.86%.

Indeed.com further notes on its website that,

There is a great deal of excitement about the explosive growth of e4sports, and it’s a prime time to look for opportunities. Four cities currently dominate the esports job market in the U.S.: Los Angeles, Houston, New York, and San Francisco. Just under half of all esports job postings nationwide are in these metro areas, with the other 50% dispersed across the country.

It will be interesting to see if—or how—the geography of esports jobs changes over the next few years. For instance, the first dedicated Esports arena in the U.S. will open in 2021; located in Philadelphia, this $50 million facility is expected to become a destination for visiting enthusiasts.

What’s more, Esports viewership is projected to jump nearly 70% by 2023, indicating significant expansion in employment opportunities over the coming years to keep up with demand.

A leader in the field, Seton Hall has had an esports club team since 2013. Among the first University gaming organizations in the state of New Jersey to be recognized, the team has been asked by a number of gaming organizations (including Riot Games, the creator of League of Legends, which flew Seton Hall students to its headquarters in California) to provide insight into the future of collegiate gaming. The Seton Hall Esports team has, in fact, played a pivotal role in the shaping and formation of league-sanctioned collegiate play.

Fifteen students currently participate as team members, representing Seton Hall in league and tournament play.

A co-founder of the team and current Seton Hall employee, Victor Gomez, assistant director of scheduling and operations, said, “I’m proud of all of it: of our team, our victories, the thousands of dollars we’ve raised for charity through partnering with great organizations such as Extra Life, and the doors we have opened with prize sponsors such as Microsoft and Athletics. Finally, I’m proud of my fellow co-founders, now alumni of the University who went on to work in great environments such as hospitals, American Express, Viacom and other inspiring jobs by using their experiences as players to strengthen their qualities as professionals.”

Christian Ciardiello, also a co-founder of the esports team at Seton Hall agreed, “Our team members regularly use and reference the problem solving and team building skills they’ve learned through their experiences within the program to benefit themselves in their academic and professional careers. In every sense of the way, esports mirrors the traditional collegiate athletics team model with many of the same benefits for players: leadership development, teamwork, communication and the pursuit of excellence.”

And like traditional college athletics, some students in esports turn pro, with many players earning in excess of $100,000 yearly. For Seton Hall, team alumnus Bryan D’Imperio went on to play for Will2Win Gaming and then transitioned into his role as the team’s director of social media and brand content as well as an affiliate broadcaster at Twitch.tv.

Esports Rising
EsportsIn 2014, more than 70 million viewers across the globe watched esports on the internet or television, according to Newzoo, the leading provider of market intelligence covering global games, esports and mobile markets. In November 2018, almost 100 million viewers watched the League of Legends World Championship broadcast online from South Korea—slightly more than the 98 million viewers who watched the Super Bowl three months later. Newzoo expects that esports viewership will increase to 427 million people and top $1 billion in revenue in 2019.

Derek Larson, a professor in the College of Communication and the Arts, is teaching a course in game design. “I look forward to my students creating and displaying their games in the new lab, as well as hosting a small game developers conference in the near future with studios from New Jersey and New York City,” Larson said.

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Alaska Nears End of First Season with Sanctioned Esports – T.H.E. Journal

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Alaska Nears End of First Season with Sanctioned Esports

The Alaska School Activities Association added esports as an activity to its high school roster of sports. The inaugural playing season, which began running in September, will last until next week. Playoffs will take place in January.

The addition of esports as a sanctioned activity took place in April with the caveat that playing not include any “first-person shooter games.” The association entered into an agreement with Play Versus (PlayVS) to coordinate the seasons, which includes three gaming options: League of Legends, Rocket League and Smite.

As part of the structure, each school that participates needs to have an esports coach onsite for all matches. Schools can run as many teams as they want to. (Rocket League uses teams of three, while Smite and LoL run teams of five.) The participation fee for each student is set at $64 for the season.

Interestingly, classifying schools for the sake of competition may be done based not on the size of the school but on its internet speed, according to reporting. “Among some of our concerns are schools with faster broadband capabilities would eventually have some competitive advantage over those with slower internet speeds,” Bill Strickland, executive director, said.

So far, dozens of high schools are offering esports to their students in the state. The next season begins in February 2020.

About the Author

Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media’s education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at dian@dischaffhauser.com or on Twitter @schaffhauser.

Rocket League Brings Back the Fan-Favorite Spike Rush Mode – Comicbook.com

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Fans of Spike Rush mode in Rocket League have been patiently awaiting its return. The popular mode was introduced during the game’s Radical Summer event back in June, and many were quite taken with it. Well, the wait is now over, as Spike Rush has officially returned for a limited time! In Spike Rush, all players have spikes protruding from their vehicles. As such, when a player makes contact with the ball, it ends up sticking to the vehicle, and players can retract the spikes at any time to let the ball loose. In theory, this should make it easier to score, but once the ball is stuck to the car, the player cannot collect or use boosts, leaving them a more vulnerable target.

Spike Rush mode quickly became a fan favorite upon its release, with many players requesting it become a permanent part of the game. User doggo_dood on Reddit specifically posed that question earlier in the year, and the post has a 92% Upvoted status. Other temporary modes, such as the hockey-inspired Snow Day and Hoops (inspired by basketball), have later been added as permanent. It remains to be seen if Psyonix will do the same for Spike Rush, but the developer’s willingness to bring back the mode (even in a limited capacity) shows that they know fans are interested.

Can we get Spike Rush as a permanent game mode? from r/RocketLeague

Besides the return of Spike Rush, it’s been a big week for Rocket League fans. Psyonix has made some major changes to the way items are purchased in the game, most notably dumping Crates (Loot Boxes) in favor of Blueprints, which ensure that players will know exactly what they’re spending their credits on. You can find out the complete details here.

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Released in 2015, Rocket League has become one of the biggest multiplayer games on the planet. Available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC and offering cross-play between the various versions, the game has become nothing short of a phenomenon.

The Rocket League Spike Rush event is now live and runs through December 9th at 1 p.m. PST. Are you looking forward to revisiting Spike Rush mode? Or will you be playing it for the first time? Let us know in the comments or share your thoughts directly on Twitter at @Marcdachamp to talk all things gaming!

The Game Awards 2019 will reveal around ten unheard of games

The Game Awards are just around the corner, a week from today on December 12th. The show’s host and producer, Geoff Keighley, is running an Ask Me Anything on Reddit today where he confirms that there are “around 10 new games/projects” being revealed at the show. To his knowledge, none of them have been leaked yet.

Next Thursday, the annual The Game Awards will kick off and announce winners in traditional categories like “Game of the Year,” awards for best in several genres, and a few niche categories like “Best Community Support.” Along with the trophies though, The Game Awards has also become a show where, like E3, developers and publishers show up to show off what they’ll be releasing the following year.

Last year’s show had a few big announcements, some expected and others less so. The first teaser trailer for Dragon Age 4 was debuted, despite the game’s development being a pretty open secret. Obsidian Entertainment announced The Outer Worlds. Supergiant Games simultaneously announced and launched their roguelike game Hades in early access.

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Keighley confirmed during his AMA today that viewers are right to assume that there will be big announcements again this year. When asked how many reveals could be anticipated for this year’s show, Keighley says, “I think there are around 10 new games/projects being revealed if you want to count the things that no one has heard about yet.”

There’s been speculation of course and one particular rumor apparently gained enough traction to warrant commenting on. When asked about Resident Evil 3 leaks, Keighley says that there were never any plans involving the rumored remake. “Nothing about our show has leaked as of this writing,” he says.

You can check out the rest of the AMA where Keighley explains that his dream is to eventually host the show in a new city each year “like the Olympics” and gets into the ethics of running an awards show where a game his face appears in has been nominated.

The Game Awards will air on Thursday, December 12 at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT, meaning 1:30am GMT on Friday, December 13th. You can watch for free in a bunch of different online locations including Twitch, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook Live.

Today’s Fortnite Item Shop Skin Accidentally Leaked – Battle Breakers Razor Skin – Fortnite Insider

The Fortnite Razor skin that was leaked to be coming to Battle Royale will be in today’s Fortnite Item shop as Epic yet again accidentally leaked the item shop.

The Razor Fortnite skin was leaked more than a month ago now. When it was first leaked, dataminers stated that the Razor skin would be available in Save the World through a promotion with Battle Breakers, a game created by Epic Games.

However, in the v11.20 Fortnite update, the Razor Fortnite skin was updated. The skin was updated to state that it was an item shop skin, but as with any cosmetic leak, there was no information as to when it’ll be in the item shop.

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Players can earn the Fortnite Razor skin in Save the World by reaching level 20 in Battle Breakers, however, the majority of players were waiting for the skin to be available in the Fortnite Item Shop.

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According to the dataminers that leaked the skin, the Razor Fortnite skin is of uncommon rarity which means it’ll be available to purchase from the item shop for just 800 V-Bucks.

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Fortnite Skin – Razor

For such a details skin, 800 V-bucks seems like a steal in comparison to some of the skins that have been released in the past month for more than 1,200 V-Bucks. It is possible however, that Epic could change the rarity of the Razor skin before it’s released in the item shop.

Today’s Fortnite Item Shop Leaked

Yet another slip up from Epic Games. Last month, Epic accidentally leaked that the Peely Bone skin would be available in the item shop. The news feed was updated in certain countries that made the announcement on the Message of the Day news feed.

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The same has happened yet again. Twitter user Azrabebesnowman captured the message of the day updating in the Italian news feed stating that the Razor Fortnite skin would be available in the shop today.

When translating the news feed text it stated the following, “The new Razor outfit from Battle Breakers is now available in the item shop”. The title of the news feed for the Razor skin was “A read sharp spirit”.

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Fortnite Razor Skin Item Shop Leak

Every time Epic have accidentally leaked the Fortnite Item Shop in the past, the Fortnite skin or cosmetic that was leaked has always been in the shop on the day as stated in the news feed or tweet.

It’s unlikely Epic will change today’s Fortnite Item Shop simply due to the fact that the Italian news feed was updated early stating the outfit is available to purchase in the shop. So, expect the Razor skin in today’s Fortnite Item shop. If it’s not in the shop tonight, then you know Epic decided to change it due to the leak.

Rocket League Replaces Loot Boxes With Pricey Item Shop – Kotaku

Rocket League players will no longer have to worry about grinding for new crates and the keys that unlock them in order to get the custom skins they want. But the new alternative will hurt their wallets.

Yesterday, Rocket League’s Blueprint update went live, kicking off season 12 and adding a new item shop where players can just buy whatever items they want outright. Players’ existing crates were converted into blueprints, which they can craft by spending credits, an in-game currency bought with real cash. Existing keys, meanwhile, were liquidated into additional credits.

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Instead of having players earn crates by playing matches and then spending money to buy keys to unlock them, the new system drops random blueprints. Now, instead of spending money before knowing what you’d get from the crate, players can decide ahead of time if they want to craft the item in the blueprint.

They can also bypass this luck of the draw altogether if they already know what they want, by spending money in the new item shop. The catch is that the items are extremely pricey to buy outright, and you have to buy bundles of credits that are usually more than what you need. If you want to buy Infium Exotic Wheels for 1,400 credits, you need to buy a pack of 1,600 credits for $15, then have 200 credits left over.

This mismatch between credits and the exact cost of an item is frustrating in and of itself, but the sticker price is also a tough pill to swallow. Infinium Wheels were released back in February 2018, and because Rocket League allows item trading, enough sets were on the market to drive the price pretty far down, with some estimates putting them at below the value of a single key in the old economy.

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Crafting new items with blueprints can also be a hefty investment. The Intrudium Blueprint, for instance, costs 2,000 credits to make. While black market decals, of which Intrudium is one, tend to be on the more expensive end, sites which track prices for Rocket League items put the price of one at around five keys, or the equivalent of $5, for much of the year.

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The prices have taken a lot of Rocket League players by surprise, many of whom have spent the last 24 hours posting about the topic on the game’s subreddit. There have been so many complaints that its moderators have taken to deleting a number of the posts deemed to be duplicative so as not to clog up the frontpage too much.

The prices aren’t as surprising when you look at what Fortnite’s shop charges, however. There, $5 to $15 for skins and accessories has become the norm. The makers of Fortnite, Epic Games, purchased Rocket League’s developers, Psyonix, in May of this year. Psyonix did not immediately respond to a request by Kotaku for comment.

Bungie Details Destiny 2 Season Of Dawn Roadmap

During Destiny’s upcoming Season of Dawn, players will need to stop a council of Cabal Psion Flayers from tinkering with time and reversing their victory against the Red Legion. During this season, players will be able to participate in a couple of different holiday events and unlock two new Exotic weapons.

If you have one of Destiny 2’s current season passes, you’ll be able to play Sundial, which is a new mode that lets you fight the Niruul boss. In January, the legendary difficulty of Sundial unlocks so players can acquire the Devil’s Run Exotic sidearm.

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Then, on January 28, the Bastion Exotic quest starts, which will let players earn the second exotic weapon of the season. The full season will also see the Elimination PvP mode return as well as a a couple returning PvP maps, and other new quests and bosses. If you’re still playing Destiny 2, you should have plenty to do for the next few months.

Fortnite’s Winter Royale Is Returning In 2019 With Millions In Prizes – Forbes

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It’s time to make the doughnuts, as it were. Fortnite is entering into a bit of a quiet time as far as regular season content goes: we’re now wrapping up our normal 10 weeks of challenges, but the first season of Chapter 2 is set to continue into February. We’ll be getting a holiday event in the coming days, no doubt, but other than that we’re not exactly sure how Epic is going to fill in the gap. One thing we do know, however, is that the competitive scene will still have plenty to do. Epic Games just announced Winter Royale 2019, a duos competition with some sizeable prizes attached.

Full dates and details are yet incoming, but here’s the salient fact: Winter Royale will feature three separate days of duos tournaments, each with a $5 million pool, which is a hefty chunk of change, even if that’s not all that uncommon for Fortnite.

We haven’t seen the prize breakdown yet, but the post mentions that we’re getting platform-specific duos competitions in all server regions, so that seems like it will actually add up to a fairly large number of competitions within the tournaments, diluting the prize pool somewhat.

As we wait for details on that, there’s some more competitive action in the much nearer future. The Fortnite Champion Series finals start tomorrow, December 6, and Epic is juicing viewership numbers by giving out free banners and sprays to anyone that tunes into an approved stream and has linked their Epic and Twitch accounts. Full details on how to do that here on Epic’s blog, but many already have their accounts linked from one of those free skin drops back in the day.

I’ll be interested in a big tournament like Winter Royale here in Chapter 2. I haven’t paid much attention to the championship series, but the game is radically different than it was back, say, during the World Cup, and I’m curious to check back in and see what high-level play looks like with drastically reduced mobility and considerably less wacky items.

Hopefully we’ll get more details soon, on this and on the holiday event.

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It’s time to make the doughnuts, as it were. Fortnite is entering into a bit of a quiet time as far as regular season content goes: we’re now wrapping up our normal 10 weeks of challenges, but the first season of Chapter 2 is set to continue into February. We’ll be getting a holiday event in the coming days, no doubt, but other than that we’re not exactly sure how Epic is going to fill in the gap. One thing we do know, however, is that the competitive scene will still have plenty to do. Epic Games just announced Winter Royale 2019, a duos competition with some sizeable prizes attached.

Full dates and details are yet incoming, but here’s the salient fact: Winter Royale will feature three separate days of duos tournaments, each with a $5 million pool, which is a hefty chunk of change, even if that’s not all that uncommon for Fortnite.

We haven’t seen the prize breakdown yet, but the post mentions that we’re getting platform-specific duos competitions in all server regions, so that seems like it will actually add up to a fairly large number of competitions within the tournaments, diluting the prize pool somewhat.

As we wait for details on that, there’s some more competitive action in the much nearer future. The Fortnite Champion Series finals start tomorrow, December 6, and Epic is juicing viewership numbers by giving out free banners and sprays to anyone that tunes into an approved stream and has linked their Epic and Twitch accounts. Full details on how to do that here on Epic’s blog, but many already have their accounts linked from one of those free skin drops back in the day.

I’ll be interested in a big tournament like Winter Royale here in Chapter 2. I haven’t paid much attention to the championship series, but the game is radically different than it was back, say, during the World Cup, and I’m curious to check back in and see what high-level play looks like with drastically reduced mobility and considerably less wacky items.

Hopefully we’ll get more details soon, on this and on the holiday event.

This adorable game about snapping photos of birds is now on itch.io

The stylistically low-res game about snapping photos of little birds in your house has landed on itch.io today.  Toripon 鳥ポン may be tiny but it’s packed in some personality in the form of a bird-based social network where fake folks comment on your lovely bird snaps with eloquent appreciation like “Yaaasss.”

Toripon first caught my attention when it flew around on Twitter months back with a montage of goofy pastel birds and a pop-y backtrack that sounded fresh out of an early aughts kids’ programme. I think we could all use some colorful little birds in our lives and, more importantly, a social media network that only speaks in affirmational exclamations.

You walk about crouching down and peering into open drawers to find all the goofy little birbs doing unlikely things like riding automatic vacuums and wielding kitchen knives for your followers to appreciate. Aside from just tweeting pics of birds on your “Branch” page, you’ve also got a little collection of rare birds to find around the house and snap. In just a few minutes of playing I managed to find a few rare birds and a duck taking a nice soak in the bath. All my fake followers like the duck. I have so many fans.

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Toripon’s low-res and brightly colored style looks great at the resolution of a Twitter video but filling my entire monitor with bright pixels hurt my eyes a bit. Try playing in windowed mode and bumping the resolution down by half if your eyes start rebelling as well.

Toripon 鳥ポン is available on itch.io for a “pay what you want,” price. This means you can nab it for free but you could just as well throw a few pounds at the game’s creator for developing the short and cute little experience.

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