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CSGO Source 2 could release “by end of next year”

Published: 16/Jul/2020 10:47

by Calum Patterson

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Following recent reports that Valve’s highly anticipated Source 2 engine had been canceled, Tyler McVickers of Valve News Network has said that it is “very possible” it launches by the end of 2021.

VNN previously stated that due to the “massive library” of community content for CS:GO that would need to be ported over, the development on the engine was halted.

Although the base maps weapons will be easily ported to the new engine, more work was still required to work out a system of porting over community-made maps and skins.

Inferno map in CSGO
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The hype train for Source 2 in CSGO has been picking up steam.

According to McVickers, “the core porting job” of CS:GO from the original Source engine to Source 2 is “pretty much done, but it’s the roll-out that matters.”

He suggests that there may have to be public beta tests, lasting as much as “a year or two,” to smooth out inevitable bugs, as well as the challenge of retaining the community-made content.

What will Source 2 CS:GO be?

VNN was very keen to temper expectations about what Source 2 will actually entail for CS:GO. As far as the average CS:GO player is concerned, the change from Source 1 to Source 2 will not bring sweeping changes that are immediately noticeable.

Rather, he argues that it will be “95%” the same, both visually and in terms of gameplay. But, where the big changes will be are for map makers, and others who use the community tools, as these will receive the biggest upgrade.

“Source 2 still retains that backwards compatibility to Source 1, meaning even if a lot of the core mechanics change, ever so slightly, and upset the competitive side, the casual side — expecting ‘CSGO remade’ — will be disappointed as well.

“The only major change you’re going to see is the toolset, and unless you make maps for CS:GO, that’s not going to matter,” he concludes.

“It’s very possible that this will happen by the end of next year,” McVickers states, “so unless you can come up with a really good reason as to why this needs to be released, maybe just wait for another Counter-Strike game, a couple of years from now.”

Dota 2 was the first game to be ported over to the Source 2 engine, and VNN suggests that Valve may next release a Source 2 version of Left 4 Dead, as somewhat of a test for CS:GO, which itself is “built on top of” L4D.

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BLAST announce Nubia mobile esports promotion at Premier Fall Series

Published: 23/Oct/2020 11:23

by Adam Fitch

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Counter-Strike tournament series BLAST Premier has named Nubia Technology as its very first mobile phone partner.

Nubia’s gaming phone, the RedMagic 5S, will be advertised during the BLAST Premier Fall Series starting on October 26.

Not only will Nubia’s phone be shown through in-game branding, the technology company will host giveaways where fans can win their own RedMagic 5S and behind-the-scenes access to the tournament.

On-screen talent like Anders and Semmler will also get their hands on the phone.

BLAST Premier Fall Series with S1mple
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The event will be played online but features teams from both Europe and North America.

While this partnership doesn’t include a mobile esports tournament it’s clear that BLAST are willing to embrace and encourage mobile gaming, which could be a sign of things to come in the future. They have been expanding their reach into new games in 2020, including Valorant and Dota 2, so perhaps a mobile title could be next.

“We are excited to showcase Nubia’s impressive RedMagic 5S gaming phone to the esports ecosystem via our global audience,” said Leo Matlock, BLAST’s commercial director. “This partnership is a strong fit with both brands sharing a major focus on innovation, technology and gaming – and with more and more people gaming and watching BLAST Premier on their phones every day – their product should be something that naturally resonates with our fans.”

All 12 teams in the BLAST Premier Fall Series will play from Europe, making for one of the first international Counter-Strike competitions since the first quarter of 2020.

Nubia
The phone was designed with gaming in mind.

With events moving online in March due to the global health situation, Europe and American teams have typically been split up due to poor ping posing a threat to competitive integrity.

European sides Astralis, Natus Vincere, Ninjas in Pyjamas, G2 Esports, OG, Team Vitality, FaZe Clan, and BIG will face off against American teams Complexity, MIBR, Evil Geniuses, and FURIA at BLAST Premier.