Media Partners | Contributors | Advertise | Contact | Log in | Saturday 20 July 2019

This week in Gaming: Controversy and Records


Share This Article:

Welcome to 'This week in gaming', a look back at the highlights of the past week’s news for games and esports. This week Echo Fox may lose their founder, Nintendo Switch success, new game World War Z and Overwatch League's new sponsor.

This week e-sports organisation Echo Fox likely to lose their founder, former NBA star Rick Fox. He's indicated he was likely to stand down after the use of a racist slur by a shareholder in reference to Echo Fox’s former CEO Jace Hall. Echo Fox released a statement stating it is accurate and that they will continue their investigation.

Onto some more upbeat news, the Nintendo Switch has now outsold the classic N64, at over 34 million units sold. Nintendo has seen a successful year, with several Switch exclusives boosting the company’s earnings. However, the Switch is still well short of Nintendo’s best selling console, the Wii, which is sitting at over 101 million units sold - so a long way to go yet to break that record.

Image Credit: joatseu via Pixabay

The new video game World War Z, based on the 2013 movie starring Brad Pitt, sold exceptionally well in its first week, shifting over 1 million copies. It’s another game that was released as an Epic Games exclusive, a format that’s gaining traction - and could look to challenge the titans of Valve and Steam.

Image Credit: Alexas_Fotos via Pixabay

Finally, Activision announced that the Overwatch League now has an official beer sponsor - none other than Budlight, part of AB InBev. This move is another in a long list of signs that esports is becoming more and more mainstream.

That’s it for this week, keep your eyes peeled to the Gaming section every week for your dose of gaming and esports news, and if you see anything that you think should make the cut, tweet at us - @NationalStudent.

Lead image credit: joatseu via Pixabay

© 2019 is a website of BigChoice Group Limited | 201 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1JA | registered in England No 6842641 VAT # 971692974