Smash

Ludwig protests Nintendo with Smash Melee charity tournament

Published: 23/Nov/2020 2:24 Updated: 23/Nov/2020 4:19

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Ludwig is one of the many pillars in the Super Smash Bros. Melee scene who were shocked and appalled by Nintendo’s decision to shut down The Big House, and he’s decided to host a charity tournament to protest against them.

Ludwig Ahgren is a popular streamer in his own right. However, he started as a competitive Super Smash Bros. Melee player and found even more success as a commentator.

Naturally, that means he’s knee-deep in the community and one of the many fans and players who were outraged by Nintendo’s decision to shut down The Big House with a cease and desist order.

Nintendo was within their rights to demand a cease and desist due to the use of a third-party tool, Slippi. It’s used to streamline the competitive experience by integrating a built-in matchmaking feature in addition to other tweaks and improvements.

Still, many believe it was a tone-deaf decision that delegitimized the entire event. The community has expressed their dissatisfaction on social media ever since. Now, Ludwig is about to take it a step further.

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Ludwig
Ludwig has done it all, from competing and commentating to entertaining and streaming.

Ludwig has decided to host a charity tournament to protest against Nintendo. He’s even using money out of his pocket and donations on his stream to fund it.

“All donations for the next month will be going toward the prize pool for LACS 3: Charity Edition,” he said.

“I am also pledging $10,000 towards the event. Let’s make it one of the biggest tourneys of all time. If you cannot donate, just spread the word.”

It didn’t take long for others to hop on board and offer their support. Ludwig was proud to say they’ve already almost tripled the funds from his initial donation.

“Including the $10,000 I’m donating, we’ve already raised $27,555 for this tourney,” said Ludwig. It’s already one of the biggest prize-pools ever, with all proceeds going towards charity.

It goes to show how passionate and dedicated the Smash Bros. Melee competitive community is.

In the end, they’re willing to fight the good fight, even if it means rising against the hand that feeds them.

Nintendo still hasn’t responded or softened their stance on the issue, and they technically don’t have to. However, it could hurt them in the long run.

Call of Duty

CoD Mobile devs confirm two iconic weapons coming in Season 1

Published: 18/Jan/2021 2:50 Updated: 18/Jan/2021 2:53

by Connor Bennett

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The Call of Duty Mobile devs have revealed that two iconic CoD weapons are coming in 2021’s Season 1 update, and they should be recognizable to any long-time CoD fan.

For years, Call of Duty fans have begged Infinity Ward, Treyarch, Activision, and anyone else who will listen, for a game that takes the best part of all previous releases and puts them into one.

Increasingly, we’re seeing more map remakes, classic weapons returning, and even character crossovers thanks to Warzone, but it’s CoD Mobile that really fits the bill of what that all-encompassing CoD game would be.

The mobile game has maps from CoD 4: Modern Warfare, Black Ops 1, as well as weapons from Advanced Warfare and even Black Ops 3 and 4. With the first major update of 2021 just around the corner, the devs have started teasing what’s coming next, and we’re getting more throwbacks.

Ghost in CoD mobile and the Crossfire map
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CoD Mobile has characters, maps, and weapons from almost every modern Call of Duty game.

Even though CoD Mobile is currently, as of writing, in Season 13, when the first major update of 2021 hits, we’ll be back to Season 1. Just like how Fortnite is now Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 5.

Regardless, when players finally get to play the new season update, they’ll be able to wield the FAMAS and the SKS. Yes, both iconic Call of Duty weapons, that have been in a whole host of CoD games, are finally arriving in CoD Mobile.

The devs confirmed the news on January 16, tweeting out their first teaser for the new season. “A new weapon is approaching! Can you guess what it is?” they said, with an image and it’s fairly obvious that the weapon in question is the FAMAS.

They soon followed up with another post teasing the SKS. The powerful Marksman Rifle has featured in both Modern Warfare and Black Ops titles over the year. Now, it’s on its way to CoD Mobile.

The names of these iconic weapons might be slightly different when added into CoD Mobile. The devs have tweaked the names of other recognizable guns before, just to give it a new feel for the mobile game.

There’s also the question of power. Will they be just as powerful as they were before? Only time will tell but CoD Mobile’s next major update isn’t too far off. Keep your eyes peeled in the coming days as we get closer to the Season 1 update.