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Killing Floor 2: Day of the Zed Halloween Gets New Update

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Tripwire Interactive is starting Halloween celebrations early with today’s launch of the Killing Floor 2: Day of the Zed Halloween update. Out now for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X, and PC via Steam or the Epic Games Store, today’s free update for the first-person shooter, co-op action title brings a cornucopia of spooky new content for players to sink their teeth into, including the new Netherhold map, weekly game modes Wild West London and Abandon All Hope, weapons, cosmetics, and the return Halloween-themed Zed variants!

To celebrate today’s Day of the Zed update, Killing Floor 2 will be on sale across all platforms in various Halloween promotions later in October. Be sure and follow Tripwire on social media for all of the latest sales information!

Killing Floor 2: Day of the Zed Update Highlights:

New Featured Community Map: Netherhold

  • This dark and gloomy Killing Floor 2 custom map drips sinister atmosphere and style that’s perfect for the spooky season, while featuring many hidden areas and secret rooms. In addition, players can unlock a Unique Seasonal Reward for completing the five new Netherhold objectives.
  • Supported Modes: Survival, Weekly, and Endless

New Weekly Game Modes

  • Wild West London: This rootin’ tootin’ mode is for Gunslingers only with cowboy hats for EVERYONE. Weapons are limited to revolvers and lever actions and everything will look properly old-timey with a special sepia filter designed for this new mode.
  • Abandon All Hope: Take on the ultimate Killing Floor 2 challenge with Maximum Difficulty Mode, which is even more difficult than “Hell on Earth.” To make things more interesting, Spawn Rate has been pushed to Max, Spawn Pools of Heavies are increased substantially, and Health and Damage output of enemies pushed beyond “Hell on Earth” levels. Players tough enough to complete Abandon All Hope will be rewarded with a special Kriss Elite Skin.

New Weapons

  • Piranha Pistol(s) for Gunslinger / Berserker classes
  • Corrupter Carbine for Field Medic / Sharpshooter classes
  • HRG Disrupter for Gunslinger class
  • HRG Tommy Boom for Demolitionist class

In Killing Floor 2, players descend into continental Europe where the outbreak caused by Horzine Biotech’s failed experiment has quickly spread and gained unstoppable momentum, essentially paralyzing the European Union— Just one month after the events in the original KILLING FLOOR, the specimen clones are everywhere and civilization is in disarray; communications have failed, governments have collapsed, and military forces have been systematically eradicated. The people of Europe know survival and self-preservation too well and lucky survivors have gone into hiding.

Not all have given up hope though… A group of civilians and mercenaries have banded together to combat the outbreak and established privately funded operation bases across Europe. Upon tracking specimen clone outbreaks, players will descend into zed-laden hot zones and exterminate them.

Killing Floor 2 has an MSRP of $29.99 / €29.99 / £24.99, and is developed and published by Tripwire Interactive and is published at retail by Deep Silver and Iceberg Interactive for the Xbox One, Xbox One X, PlayStation®4 Pro, PlayStation®4, and PC. This title has been rated M by the ESRB, PEGI 18, USK 18.

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Gamers from India, Pakistan and Nepal to Compete at WEC 2021

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Esports athletes from India, Pakistan and Nepal will get the opportunity to compete virtually in open qualifiers to take a shot at becoming the champion of the region. 

While talking about the launch of World Esports Cup (WEC), WEC Director, Vishwalok Nath said:  “We all know how intense it becomes when it comes to any India-Pakistan match and we want fans to witness this epic clash in esports as well. The World Esports Cup will also aim to connect the gamers and gaming community from the South Asian Countries in one platform which will be a first of its kind initiative.”

The tournament, which will be played over a period of three months, will have initial round of two open and closed qualifiers across three regions to screen the best 24 squads from each country. Then, respective countries will battle out to get their best 12 squads which will lead them to finals which will feature their top 4 squads. In the Grand Finals, top 4 squads from India, Pakistan and Nepal will showcase their strategies, coordination and tactical skills to decide the best of the best team from the region. The tournament will be live streamed on official YouTube and Facebook channels of India Today and Aaj Tak along with their websites.

Mr Nath further added regarding its association with Infinix Smartphones, “Mobile gaming with the advent of economical and more advanced smartphone technology has clearly pushed the esports ecosystem to a much wider audience, tapping the still untapped markets across the region and I believe our partnership with Infinix Smartphones consecutive for the second IP property is a strong indication of the potential that WEC brings forth. We are expecting a phenomenal response for this Tri-Nation tournament.” 

In its inaugural edition WEC will witness 33+ Days of streaming. The Hong Kong-based smartphone giant, Infinix Smartphones is geared up with multiple upgrades and innovations specifically designed to give an unparalleled and exceptional gaming experience with Dar Link game boost technology, which enhances the gaming interaction and visual experience in heavy-duty Games like Free Fire. 

“We at Infinix are dedicated to providing the best gaming experience to our customers with our value driven product offerings. To empower gamers and make gaming-focused smartphones available for everyone, even for those from the remotest areas of the nation, we have been focusing on R&D like never before and are constantly trying to improve ourselves with each product that we bring to the market. Our indigenous DarLink game-boost technology is just one example of our efforts in this direction. With this partnership, we aim to open doors and give new opportunities to the growing gaming talent in India. We are confident that Indian players will not only win but will also encourage the Indian gaming pool in a global platform like WEC.” Mr. Anish Kapoor, CEO of Infinix Smartphones said while announcing the association. 

While Esports is now a medal sport at the 2022 Asian Games as well as few other upcoming Asian Championships in the near future. It is expected to see full-fledged induction in Paris Olympics in 2024. WEC’21 aims to play the role of a catalyst to develop, support and grow the Esports ecosystem in India and its neighbouring countries and get esports recognised as a mainstream sport.

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World Esports Day Returns to Promote Competitive Gaming

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The British Esports Association is proud to announce that it will host the second annual World Esports Day, due to take place on Saturday 23rd October 2021 and bring people together for a global celebration of esports.

Following on from the success of last year’s activities, the event is coming back bigger and better to increase awareness of the positive impacts that esports has on society.

The campaign aims to celebrate all things competitive gaming, including the players, tournaments, streams, content, as well as other areas that help to build up the industry.

World Esports Day is backed by the British Esports Association, as well as having further support from the Global Esports Federation, Singapore Esports Association and Twitch.

After raising money for Special Effect in last year’s event, this year the selected charity is COVAX.

‘COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access, abbreviated as COVAX, is a worldwide initiative aimed at access to COVID-19 vaccines directed by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, and the World Health Organization.’ 

In light of the pandemic, British Esports decided it was best to support this charity in its journey to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to countries all around the world.

Funds raised will go straight to COVAX and allow more people globally to be protected amidst the current global situation. 

There are several ways to get involved with #WorldEsportsDay, whether you are an individual or organisation.

Some of the many things to do include: hosting an event, running a stream, doing an educational piece or even just promoting esports through social media.

To give some inspiration, these are some of the activities completed last year:

– RAF vs student show matches
– Warzone Tournament
– Fundraising Stream
– Social Media Post
– Merchandise Promotion

World Esports day allows for organisations to let their creativity shine through and help to celebrate all of the positive aspects of esports with people from around the globe. 

Download our activity deck:
British Esports has created a deck for individuals and organisations to gain more of an understanding about the day itself, as well as how they can get involved.

This deck outlines the processes behind things like donations to give you more of an understanding about what happens in a more detailed way.

As well as the deck, there are also several assets and resources available to help get activities started, and for you to show your support for the campaign. 

These include: – Social media templates
– Streaming overlays
– Donation ticker
– High-quality logos

All of the World Esports Day assets provided have the space for individuals and organisations to include their own branding, whilst showing their support for the day.

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Facebook to Host its First Ever Gaming Event in India

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Facebook announced its first-ever gaming event – FBGamingPressStart in India. Spread across two days, the virtual event will be hosted by popular comedian Abish Mathews and provide game developers, publishers, and creators across India an opportunity to build, grow their communities, and monetize on Facebook.  

#FBGamingPressStart is another step in Facebook’s mission of bringing the world closer together. On Facebook, people can find entertaining gaming videos to watch, follow their favorite creators and game titles, build meaningful connections in gaming groups and chats, discover new games and play those games with people from across the globe — all in one place. The event’s opening address will be made by Gio Hunt, VP of Gaming Business and Operations, Facebook, Ajit Mohan, Managing Director and Vice President, India, and Manohar Hotchandani,Business Development Director, Facebook. 

Focused on gaming publishers, the first day consists of sessions titled ‘Play 101: Facebook Instant Games & Cloud Opportunities’, ‘Get In-App Ads Right With Audience Network’, ‘Supercharge Your Game With Facebook Gaming Services’ and AR as well as gaming communities. On the second day creators, publishers and Esports companies will be able to check out sessions on Facebook Gaming video programs, Gaming Creator Programs and Stories of Diversity and Monetisation from popular gamers in the gaming community. 

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