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  • Press Row Podcast: Sports games making news in world of eSports
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    Posted February 11th, 2017 at 1:00 pm 3 Comments »
    Still in their infancy within the competitive arena there were two major stories for sports video games and their place as eSports this week. EA Sports had to navigate controversy due to the conduct of the Madden Bowl winner on social media, while 2K Sports announced an unprecedented partnership with the NBA to create what will be known as the NBA 2K eLeague. Also discussed are gameplay improvements that have been detailed for MLB The Show 17, the return of Mutant League Football and its ...
  • Yet another NBA 2K17 patch has gone out
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    Posted February 11th, 2017 at 8:45 am 28 Comments »
    Another update is now available to download in NBA 2K17 and becomes the ninth post-release patch of substance this year. For whatever reason on PS4 the updates have required a massive download of 7.6GB on each occasion. Considering four of them have been rolled out in the last 10 days, those who own the game on that system have been forced to download over 30GB of data over that short stretch of time which is problematic to say the least. This latest patch deals with matchmaking issues in...
  • Mutant Football League stretch goals added
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    Posted February 10th, 2017 at 5:30 pm 1 Comment »
    Once Mutant Football League was able to achieve its Kickstarter goal, something that took the spiritual successor to 1993's Mutant League Football only three days to do, developers sought feedback on potential stretch goals. By reaching additional funding targets they can deliver more features to the game targeting October for PC release and early 2018 for PS4/Xbox One. The final stretch goals have now been announced and several have already been met.  (more…)...
  • MLB The Show 17 archived live stream focused on gameplay improvements
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    Posted February 10th, 2017 at 9:30 am 3 Comments »
    MLB The Show 17 developers held the first live stream for the game yesterday going through the improvements coming to gameplay that were shown off in a video earlier this week. While there wasn't much in the way of new information out of the broadcast that ran for over an hour, it did offer the first opportunity to see the game in action (both regular and Retro Mode) and that's always valuable. Changes touched on include new ball physics, more life-like AI, adjustments to base-stealing sy...
  • Madden NFL 17 final roster update details
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    Posted February 9th, 2017 at 5:15 pm 6 Comments »
    The roster update which follows Super Bowl LI is now available to download in Madden NFL 17. Expected to be the final update of the season it delivers some ratings changes mostly affecting the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons while freeing up any remaining injured players. Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady has moved up a point to 96 Overall for his peak rating of the season. He now stands alone as the second highest rated quarterback in the game trailing only Aaron Rodgers. The other big ...
  • NBA to run eSports league with 2K Sports
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    Posted February 9th, 2017 at 10:00 am 10 Comments »
    The NBA and 2K Sports today announced an unprecedented partnership with the hopes of creating the next big eSport. NBA 2K eLeague will launch in 2018 and eventually every NBA team will run one of the eSport franchises within a professional sports league structure. It'll be important for money not to be a factor in shaping the characters utilized in the NBA 2K eLeague. Competitive balance will be key as currently the competitions with the game involve characters that have been built up thr...
  • EA Sports responds to controversy over social media conduct from eSports competitors
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    Posted February 9th, 2017 at 7:30 am 9 Comments »
    Rather than being about the series of entertaining Madden NFL 17 games in an eSports setting where viewership numbers are slowly on the rise, the big story coming out of the Madden Bowl late last week related to the conduct of the winner on social media. The situation has been problematic for EA Sports which is still trying to find its way in the competitive scene and has now faced a number of growing pains along the way. The circumstances necessitated a response from the company which wa...
  • Post-Super Bowl LI commentary update is out now in Madden NFL 17
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    Posted February 8th, 2017 at 1:00 pm 4 Comments »
    The 23rd and possibly final commentary update for Madden NFL 17 has gone out with the broadcast team of Brandon Gaudin and Charles Davis reflecting on the events that took place and storylines that emerged out of a dramatic Super Bowl 51. Madden received these real-world commentary updates regularly throughout the year which apply to Play Now and Online games. The duo also recorded additional audio for Franchise and Ultimate Team. The updates won the 2016 Community Award for Best New F...
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