Former CLG CEO explains why PoE devs are more passionate than Blizzard - Dexerto

Former CLG CEO explains why PoE devs are more passionate than Blizzard

Published: 17/Nov/2019 23:06

by Scott Robertson


During his overlayed stream of the Path of Exile convention, Exilecon, current N3RDFUSION CEO and former Counter Logic Gaming executive Devin Nash laid out the reasons why he thinks Grinding Gear Games are doing a much better job than Blizzard.

For the many fans that moved on from Diablo to Path of Exile, this past weekend’s ExileCon was quite the exciting weekend, with many claiming that the approach developers GGG took was the right one compared to Blizzard.

While watching the even on stream, Devin Nash passionately drove home what he thinks is the primary difference between Blizzard and Grinding Gear Games developers: passion.

“These are some of the last people who actually care about gaming,” Nash said. “People who are passionate. People who don’t need to monetize b******t f*****g transactions and bleed you for everything you’re worth.”

“They deserve every single level of their success,” he continued. “It makes me so mad when I looked at this compared to BlizzCon.”

At ExileCon, GGG announced several new projects, including a sequel in Path of Exile 2, a new expansion in Path of Exile: Conquerors of the Atlas, and a mobile version. After the mobile announcement, Grinding Gear CEO Chris Wilson came out and cracked yet another joke at Blizzard’s expense.

During the mobile announcement, Nash highlighted that what GGG were doing was “such a good way” of unveiling a mobile game like that.

While Blizzard’s announcement of Diablo 4 went over well at the most recent BlizzCon, their announcement of Diablo Immortal at last year’s event infamously went awry, as a lukewarm crowded booed and scoffed at the developers when they realized the only Diablo announcement was about a mobile game.

Despite how surprising the PoE mobile game announcement was, fans were in even bigger shock about the sequel, which almost no one had any idea was coming. The sequel is a long way away though, as GGG don’t intend to start their beta for it until late next year.

While the developers at Grinding Gear Games have admitted that there will be microtransactions in Path of Exile mobile, they’ve also said that their biggest priority is to make a great game first, and make money on it second.

No information yet on when Path of Exile mobile will hit app stores, but it was available to try out on the show floor of ExileCon.

Diablo Immortal is still available for pre-registration on app stores, and their lead developer, whose question about phones went viral, recently explained why they didn’t appear on the BlizzCon 2019 main stage.

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How to get free Black Ops Cold War & Warzone pre-Season 1 bundles

Published: 4/Dec/2020 17:56

by Tanner Pierce


With the announcement that Season 1 of Black Ops Cold War has been delayed, Activision and Treyarch also confirmed that players will be able to get their hands on two free bundles ahead of the first content drop. Here’s everything you need to know about what it includes and how to get it.

While Season 1 of Black Ops Cold War, which was set to bring brand new maps and integrate the game with Warzone, was originally set to come out on December 10, the developers have now announced a slew of new details about the first post-content season, including the fact that it will now launch on December 16.

During this deep dive, Treyarch also confirmed that Black Ops Cold War players will be able to get their hands on some new free bundles for the game before the season launches, presumably in order to help tide people over until the new content drop. Here’s how you can get your hands on both bundles.

Field Research and Certified Bundles

According to Activision, both bundles are set to include a number of different items to use in-game. For the Field Research bundle, players will be able to grab an Epic exclusive skin for Park, an Epic SMG weapon blueprint, an Epic Reticle, and Epic Calling Card and a Rare Weapon Charm.

The news of the bundles was announced when Activision confirmed that Season 1 of Black Ops Cold War had been delayed.

For the Certified bundle, players will get a similar lineup, except the skin will be for Garcia, the blueprint will be for a Rare Assault Rifle, and the Weapon Charm will be Epic. No Calling Card is included with this bundle.

Unfortunately, we don’t know much else about the bundle and we have no idea what they will look like exactly, as Activision didn’t end up releasing any images of them. Once they become available, we’ll update this article with them.

How to get both bundles for free

Luckily, players won’t have to do much of anything to get their hands on it. That being said, they won’t be given to everyone and you do have to do a simple task to get it. According to Activision, both bundles will be given to players who log-in to the game between December 8 at 10AM PST (1PM EST, 6PM GMT) and December 15 at 11PM PST (2AM EST, 7AM GMT on December 16).

To be clear, logging in simply means that you just have to open the game and get to the main menu. Playing a match isn’t required, although the chance of players opening the game without playing it is slim, to say the least.

That being said, it’s great that Treyarch is giving it away for free. Here’s hoping it’s good enough to hold people over until the new season.