Dauntless, Arena of Valor, Nate Nanzer, more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from The Gaming Observer, and this is your Daily Gaming Update for May 29th, 2019. For links and a transcript for today’s stories, be sure to visit thegamingobserver.com.

Dauntless hits 6 million players, 60% of parties are cross-play

Dauntless made its official launch last week, and they already have some impressive statistics. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a free-to-play game from Phoenix Labs which launched with cross-play, and many people compare its gameplay to Monster Hunter. Anyway, it’s been 7 days and they have gotten 6 million players with a total of 15 million hours played. The most interesting stat though is that 60% of all parties are cross-play. More than half of the people who are playing with their friends are doing it cross-platform. That’s insanely cool to hear, and I hope that other developers take note of that and consider doing it themselves.

Tencent gives up on Arena of Valor

Tencent has reportedly given up on their mobile title Arena of Valor. You see, this is a game that tried to replicate the success and Westernize Honor of Kings, the largest mobile game in the world thanks to China. You see, Arena of Valor only made $3 million in its first year, which is what Honor of Kings does on a daily basis. So why did this happen, well it’s blamed mainly on their relationship with Riot Games, who they own fully. Riot felt like it was a rip off of League of Legends, and they were also upset about them using famous League players to promote it as well. With Riot being upset, marketing froze for two months while they figured out a solution. Either way, they burnt a ton of cash on it unsuccessfully, and now the 250,000 or so players that are actively playing it will have to make do until they find something else to play.

Nate Nanzer, Overwatch League commissioner, hired by Epic Games

Overwatch League commissioner Nate Nanzer is leaving Activision Blizzard to go work for Epic Games. He’s made the announcement on Twitter, and is going to be replaced by Pete Vlastelica. This is probably a great move for Nate considering the absolutely insane amount of money that is being put in to Fortnite esports, with the company announcing $100 million prize pools in both 2018 and 2019. Additionally, while Nanzer won’t be working on it from what I can tell, Epic is expanding their esports portfolio with the recent acquisition of Rocket League as well.

Oxygen Not Included exits Early Access

Oxygen Not Included will officially be leaving Early Access today, the 29th. This is a game made by Klei Entertainment, who also made Don’t Starve. It’s in the colony simulation genre, ala Rimworld or Prison Architect. Reviewers love this game, players love this game, if you’re a fan of the genre or of Don’t Starve, you should at least give it a glance.

That’s the news for today. Thank you so so much for tuning in, and thank you to Brandon for supporting the show through Patreon. I am Adrian Simple, see you tomorrow, and Happy Gaming everyone!

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