QuakeCon 2018 – Exhibitor Hall Walkthrough

Hey Taco-heads!  QuakeCon 2018 is underway here at Grapevine, TX at the Gaylord Hotel Convention hall. The new space gave Bethesda a great chance to hugely expand the Exhibitor’s hall where the exhibitors definitely took advantage of the extra leg room. Come take a look at what the folks brought over in the video below.  The Exhibitor’s hall is open between 10AM – 6PM from Friday through Sunday – and it’s FREE! Come on down if you’re close to the area, pick up some swag, buy some pretty special edition cool items and frag some folks!

Fallout 76 B.E.T.A. Progress Will Carry Over

When Fallout 76’s B.E.T.A. (Break-It Early Test Application) arrives in October, Bethesda has shared that the end B.E.T.A. will be the full game and any progress made to this point will carry over into the launch version on Nov 14th. The Fallout 76 B.E.T.A FAQ was also updated to reflect this statement stating “Our current plan for the B.E.T.A. is it will be the full game and all your progress is saved for launch.”

The FAQ also notes that there will be no NDA so players will be able to discuss, post screenshots, stream, etc. when they begin playing. It was also recently revealed that Steam will not be leveraged with the release and instead Bethesda will look to using their in-house Bethesda Launcher for PC players, which seems to be the rising trend with Publishers.

QuakeCon 2018 begins this Thursday, and on Saturday, August 10, there will be a Fallout 76 panel that will see Todd Howard and other Bethesda Game Studios developers discussing more about this upcoming title. Stay tuned to 8BitTacos as we cover the event and panels live and bring you the news as soon as we can!

 

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Battle for Azeroth 8.0 Pre-Patch Coming July 17th

Blizzard has announced the release date for the Battle for Azeroth 8.0 Pre-Patch: July 17th (US) / July 18th (EU). Check out Wowhead’s 8.0 Pre-Patch Content Hub for everything coming in the new patch! It’s very detailed and has great info about what’s coming up.

Want to know how to prepare? Check out their What To Do Before Battle for Azeroth Guide. Blizzard also threw up a great survival guide video of what to expect:

 

Definitely want to call out what you need to do before July 17th before it’s no longer available:

Things to Do Before Pre-Patch

With the Pre-Patch releasing this Tuesday, you now have less than a week to complete many features which will be removed in the 8.0 Patch. Check out theirWhat To Do Before Battle for Azeroth Guide for the full details.

  •  The Chosen – This achievement will be moved to a Feat of Strength in Patch 8.0
  • First Aid Achievements – First Aid achievements have been moved to Legacy which indicates they may be unobtainable in the prepatch. (First aid is being removed in BfA)
  • Legion Elite PvP Sets – The 7.3 Elite Transmogs will become unobtainable.
  • Mage Tower Appearances – Any Mage Tower appearances not obtained by 8.0 will become unobtainable. Need help? Check out our guides.
  • Ashran and Strand of the Ancients – Both zones will be retiring. If you have any achievements that you want, it’s time to get them now!
  • Pet Charms – If you want to buy Battle Stones, buy them before the Pre-Patch! Find out more here.
  • Prestige Rewards – After the conversion into Honor, many Prestige Rewards will require much more Honor than before. Click here for more details.

 

QuakeCon 2018 Registration Info

We are pleased to announce that QuakeCon 2018 ticketing will be available beginning on Friday, June 29th. Ticket sales for the BYOC will begin at 7:30 pm Central and can be purchased directly at https://www.showclix.com/event/quakecon-2018.

This year we’ve made a huge effort to improve our ticketing experience and address some of the long-standing requests from our fans. Here are some of the big improvements:

Group Ticketing

We’re excited to finally announce that we support purchasing tickets and reserving seats as a group! A single transaction can include up to 10 tickets.
Please note: Individual attendee names will be required for each ticket at the time of the purchase; matching photo ID is required for admission. No refunds, transfers, or name changes will be permitted.

We hope that families and clans can leverage this new functionality to sit together more easily than in previous events.

Seat Registration and Swag Pack Purchasing

The system we have this year allows ticket transactions to include seats and swag packs as part of the purchase. These opportunities are presented after seat selection and before payment. QdQ and UAC, as well as Swag Packs are available in limited quantities.

Please note:

  • You’ll only be able to buy one UAC Seat per transaction.
  • Swag Packs will be limited to three (3) per transaction.
  • Swag bags may only be purchased by residents of the United States (including its territories). ALL purchasers must be present at QuakeCon 2018 at the Gaylord Texan in Dallas, Texas August 9-12, 2018, and must present proof of purchase to receive the swag bag – unclaimed swag bags will not be mailed. Swag bags are not returnable or exchangeable – NO exceptions. This sale is limited to stock on hand; no rain checks are available. Void where prohibited, taxed or otherwise restricted. The product images shown are for illustration purposes only and may not be an exact representation of the product(s). Products and specifications subject to change without notice.

Each Swag Pack includes a premium roll-over backpack, a set of three exclusive pins, a QuakeCon stainless steel water bottle, a QuakeCon air freshener, an oversized QuakeCon mousepad, a QuakeCon luggage tag, and a 36-inch inflatable Rocket Launcher from Quake Champions.

Thank you for patience as we’ve implemented this new ticketing process for QuakeCon 2018.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a “queue” for tickets?

No. When ticket sales begin, the link will take you directly to seat selection.

How many tickets can I purchase?

Up to ten (10) tickets can be purchased in a single transaction, either for General Admission and/or a BYOC seat. Then, up to ten (10) QuakeCon done Quick seat upgrade packages can be purchased in a single transaction, up to three (3) Swag Pack merchandise packages, and up to one (1) UAC VIP seat upgrade packages.

How many tickets are available?

There are over 4,500 BYOC seats that are available for reservation – more than double what we made available in 2017. Additionally, there are a limited number of remaining UAC VIP seat upgrade packages*, 250 QuakeCon done Quick seat upgrade packages, and 500 Swag Pack merchandise packages available.

When are tickets available?

All tickets, seat upgrades, and the Swag Pack merchandise packages will be available at Friday, June 29th at 7:30 pm Central.

Those who purchased a UAC VIP seat upgrade package for QuakeCon 2017 — our UAC Acolytes additionally will be contacted with first right of refusal on a presale opportunity coming next week.

I’ve ordered more seat upgrades than seats! What do I do?

Whoops! Please contact customer support at support@showclix.com and we’ll make it right.

Are all the types of tickets for sale at the same time?

With exception to the UAC presale for 2017 UAC guests, this year all tickets, seat packages, and swag pack merchandise packages are being released for sale at the same time.

Do I need to purchase a BYOC ticket to purchase a SWAG PACK?

No, Swag Packs can be added to General Admission and BYOC tickets.

via QCon Forums

Overwatch League Grand Finals Headed To New York City

Season playoffs begin Wednesday, July 11, at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles, including the top team from each division, plus the next four teams in the standings. Over July 11–21, these six teams will whittle themselves down to two, setting up an epic Grand Finals showdown.

The final two teams will face off at Barclays Center in a best-of-three series, with the winner being the first team to win two best-of-five matches. The first match will be played on Friday, July 27, at 8 p.m. EDT. The second—and third (if necessary)—matches will start Saturday, July 28, at 4 p.m. EDT.

Here’s when and where you can purchase tickets:

  • Playoffs—July 11–21 at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles in Burbank, California: on sale Thursday, May 10, at 9 a.m. PDT on AXS.com
  • Grand Finals—July 27–28 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York: two-day tickets on sale Friday, May 18, at 10 a.m. EDT on ticketmaster.combarclayscenter.com, and by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets also will be available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center, beginning Saturday, May 19, at 12 p.m. EDT. One-day tickets will go on sale at a later date, subject to availability.

Visit www.overwatchleague.com/#signup to register to receive information about ticketing for the 2018 Overwatch League Grand Finals and more.

Mercy’s New Pink Skin Is For Charity And Looks Amazing

Look at this new Mercy skin. Look at it. Available for purchase from now until May 21, it’s been designed to help raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, who will receive “100% the proceeds” Blizzard makes from sales.

There’s a bunch of other pink stuff on sale too, like sprays and icons, as well as real world merch like t-shirts, and the money from those go towards the Foundation as well.

I would like more Overwatch characters to look like JRPG healers, thanks.

You can buy the skin directly—no loot boxes required—here (note: it’s not cheap).

 

 

via Kotaku.

Battlerite stepping into the Royale arena with it’s new Battle mode

Not wanting to be left out of the onslaught of Battle Royale games currently being released, the champions of Battlerite are now stepping into the limelight foray. Stunlock Studios brought us the competitive team arena brawler in September of 2016 and have recently revealed in their May 9th dev update  of the new upcoming game mode. Battlerite’s last game mode was met with mixed review as the mode introduced and required a degree of strategic team game play elements. Stunlock liked playing with these concepts but knew the core of Battlerite are skill based combat within quick matches.  Keeping in line with that core, Stunlock thought it best to take that core to a free-for-all elimination match on a bigger map supporting up to 20 players. Players can choose one of the 27 available heroes to solo or duo and explore the map to unlock their champion’s abilities, equipment, and some consumables to help survive the good fight. The Battle Royale started off as an internal 6-player free for all prototype the developed into the 20-player melee over the course of testing and tweaking.  Stunlock assures it’s players that the Arena will always be the main game mode of Battlerite and that the Royale will not influence their champion designs, inferring that the studio does believe this mode to be around for the long haul. Currently, there’s no set release date for the battle Royal game mode, but Stunlock is aiming for a July 2018 release on Steam.

Twitch Really Wants You To Watch Overwatch League

Twitch is all aboard the Overwatch League train, which makes sense, considering that the streaming service reportedly paid $90 million for a ticket. Now it’s offering Overwatch players incentives to tune in.

Today Twitch announced that, in collaboration with Blizzard, it’s gonna start offering in-game rewards to Overwatch League viewers. If you link your Battle.net account with your Twitch account, you’ll be able to earn League Tokens—which are a special Overwatch currency that you can use to buy OWL character skins, as opposed to regular skins—by watching. Each completed map you view live will grant you one League Token, and “a percentage of viewers” who see the final map of a broadcast will score 100 League Tokens, aka enough to buy one skin. It’s a canny move, given that viewership tends to fluctuate and, sometimes, drop off over the course of OWL broadcasts, especially when the final match isn’t meaningful.

While the above option is also available on MLG and Overwatch League’s website, Twitch will be the only place that lets you “cheer” with “bits” in order to unlock “content.” Bits are a for-purchase currency on Twitch that allow you to cheer for streamers in chat and, in effect, toss a few coins into their cup. Soon, you’ll be able to cheer on Overwatch League teams and earn “in-game hero skins that will be exclusive for a period of time, as well as emotes and team-branded items” in the process. There will also be a leaderboard to track the top cheerers, because Twitch loves gamifying everything, and I doubt they mind that gamifying team-based tribalism will earn them money.
via Compete