Anaheim Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Anaheim RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network New details on Kingdom Hearts III, Star Wars games coming to Disney's D23 Expo 2015 Mon, 13 Jul 2015 19:04:38 -0400 Bryan C. Tan

As the D23 Expo 2015 rolls around next month, Disney gamer fans can start getting excited, because it's going to be one great show at the Anaheim Convention Center.

On Sunday, August 16th at 11am PT, "never-before-seen gameplay, trailers, new reveals, and surprises from Disney Interactive’s most anticipated games" will be featured at a special presentation in the signature 7,500-seat Hall D23 theater.

Disney Infinity 3.0 EditionStar Wars: Battlefront, and Kingdom Hearts III will be the stars of the presentation, with new Star Wars characters and Play Sets to be showcased by Disney Interactive, an in-depth look to be given by EA, and new information to be revealed by special guests brought by Square Enix.

Besides the special presentation, the Disney Interactive pavilion on the show floor will provide hands-on demos of Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition and Star Wars: Battlefront, interactive experiences such as the augmented-reality "Only in the Toy Box" Experience and arcade Star Wars: Battle Pod, and limited-edition giveaways of thousands of pre-release Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition figures.

Tickets for the biannual event cost $74 for a one-day adult admission and $54 for children 3 to 12 years old, while a three-day admission from August 14th to 16th costs $216 for adults and $156 for children.

So if you're looking for the best opportunity to celebrate all things Disney, look no further than the D23 Expo 2015; it's going to be the happiest place of the year.

MLG Announces It Will Host Tournaments Independent of Blizzard Thu, 20 Jun 2013 19:16:32 -0400 ErinV

Major League Gaming (MLG) has announced that they intend to separate from Blizzard for all future eSports tournaments. The two co-hosted the first season of the StarCraft 2 World Championship Series (WCS). MLG handled the North American branch of the tournament known as WCS America. But this year they have made the seemingly wise decision to branch off and host their own tournaments.

Rumor has it, WCS is a huge drain on resources for host organizations.

While Blizzard was supposed to help out MLG with the tournament, it has been said that they came up quite a bit short on the financial end of things, forcing MLG to dump loads of money into the project with no hope of a return. No wonder they headed in a different direction. 

Of course, the rumors didn't stop the North American Star League (NASL). The much smaller and less influential organization has grabbed the reins and is ready to jump into the fray. Typically, replacing larger with smaller when it comes to finances would seem a bit counter-intuitive. Luckily, NASL has past experience successfully hosting a similar style tournament so their expertise may just come in handy. 

Don't worry. MLG isn't dropping out of the tournament business altogether.

Instead of teaming with Blizzard, the organization has chosen to host their own large-scale tournaments. The first to hit the scene? The MLG Spring Championship. It will take place in Anaheim, June 28-30. 

But let me know what you think. Do you expect NASL to pick up the slack? Or are you already committing yourself to MLG in anticipation of a WCS crash and burn?

TSM Snapdragon Offers A Glimpse Of Life Inside A League Of Legends Gaming House Tue, 18 Jun 2013 21:23:09 -0400 John Gaudiosi

One way it’s possible to gauge the growing interest in pro gaming in the U.S. is to track the number of gaming houses that have popped up the last couple of years. In Korea, it’s standard for pro gaming teams to live together and practice together (sometimes with extremely intense schedules that don’t allow time for social activities or even girlfriends).

Now some of the top teams in the U.S. have established gaming houses, where League of Legends teams like TSM Snapdragon live together. Gamers can actually experience the lives of a pro gamer through the hit GameSpot reality series, GameCrib.

The house, located in the San Francisco Bay Area (they want to keep the exact location a secret), offers a lifestyle for the team members to always be connected for playing League of Legends in preparation for big events like the MLG Summer Championship in Anaheim.

“It’s probably not much different than living with a bunch of roommates, although the difference with the gaming house is your place of work happens to be in the gaming house so there are certain hours where basically it has to be professional and you’re basically five guys just working and playing the game,” said Bryan “The Odd One” Wylie of Team SoloMid. “Outside of that, it’s just very similar to just living on your own because we all have our responsibilities here. We all have to take out the trash, clean dishes and such, but it’s just normal living aside from our workplace happens to be here.”

Alex “Xpecial” Chu of Team SoloMid believes gaming houses are important because of the similarity between real sports and eSports.


“It’s honestly not much different from actual sports,” said Chu. “The training obviously is going to be different. We play video games and that’s how we practice, but overall we still eat, we still sleep and we still do exercises and we have to keep our body fit and just be too unhealthy.”

Game fans, who spend on average 40 minutes tuning into livestreams of League of Legends eSports events and even watch players practice; can get an exclusive look at TSM outside of the pro gaming circuit through GameCrib.

“It’s been a pretty popular Web series and it pretty much just goes through what we do outside of gaming,” said Chu. “They show our performance, but a lot of it is about what we do for fun."

Chu and the rest of his team had to get used to having cameras following them as they journeyed about town. They’re used to having cameras on them in the heat of competition with hundreds of thousands of gamers watching big competitions and live audiences of 20,000 or more fans.

“At first it was kind of awkward,  but we always have our cams on in the first place when we’re practicing so it wasn’t that unusual for people to see our faces,” said Chu. “It’s different having cams all over the place, all over the house. Now you just can’t scratch your butt in front of the camera, you have to be very careful about that.”

In Korea, there are two dedicated TV networks focusing on eSports. In the U.S., that’s still a long ways from becoming a reality. But the Internet, and livestreaming in particular, has made stars out of the best League of Legends and StarCraft II players. The location of an event doesn’t matter, since gamers can tune in from anywhere and watch live. And Twitch, YouTube and other channels have opened up new ways for pro gamers to connect with fans through practices and unique interactions that NFL, FIFA and MLB stars don’t have.

TSM Snapdragon has emerged as one of the top League of Legends teams in the world today. And they’ve ridden the success of Riot Games’ free-to-play MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) game to the top.

“League of Legends is an eSport phenomenon and the game has exploded into new heights,” said Andy “Reginald” Dinh of Team SoloMid. “It wasn’t like StarCraft. It wasn’t like Halo. It wasn’t like Counter-Strike, where it took ten years to see good numbers. Now you see League of Legends at any event with seats completely sold out. You see around 200,000 viewers online watching and you see a huge prize pool. Before, eSports was barely on its feet and the pay wasn’t nearly as good to be able to live off of.  You’d have to always do it on the side. If you look at casters back then, they’d have to work, they’d have to have a second job while casting. Right now, casters basically give up their job and are full-time and support a family, so eSports has grown to new heights.”

And the top pros make enough cash through tournament prize money and sponsorships to live comfortably and play games for a living. And now we get an inside look into their lives through shows like GameCrib.