This Week in Gaming: Sony and Microsoft team up
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In ‘This week in Gaming’, we get hyped for more Red Dead content, make some Epic savings, and see a rare western League of Legends title win.
But first, Sony and Microsoft announced this week that they will be teaming up to develop “game and content-streaming services”. In the short term, we could be looking at collaboration on hardware and Sony using Microsoft’s datacentres, but longer-term it’s possible that Microsoft’s Azure AI could be incorporated to “provide highly intuitive and user-friendly AI experiences.”
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Red Dead Online, the multiplayer component of the critically acclaimed Red Dead Redemption 2, received a huge update this week that saw it finally move out of its beta stage. The update brings new missions, characters, and more, and a series of future updates will add even more to sink your teeth into. More details can be found here.
Epic’s first sale on their digital store has launched and the potential savings are extensive. Additionally, every week there will be a free game, starting this week with Stories Untold. It’s possible this is an attempt by Epic Games to win over PC users frustrated with platform exclusivity for so many hotly anticipated games - the extent to which some prices have been reduced.
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Finally, it’s not often that fans of the western League of Legends teams get to witness their regions having international success. Last year, Fnatic came close, losing the finals of the World Championship to Invictus Gaming, who looked set to assert their dominance once more at this year’s MSI. However a major upset by the North American LCS’ Team Liquid saw them knocked out in the semi-finals, and G2 from Europe’s LEC beating SKT in their semi saw an all western final.
With a western victory in the bag, all that was left to decide was whether the bragging rights would go to NA or to EU. G2 staked their claim to being the best team in the world with a dominant 3-0 victory in the best of 5, winning the MSI trophy, and giving all western fans hope that at this year’s worlds, the premiership of the eastern leagues might come to an end.