Garena PH Closing, Ragnarok M Eternal Love OBT, PLDT and Smart Internet Problem and more

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Weekly Gaming Update by Pinoy Gamer! Lets talk about Garena Philippines shutting down, PLDT and Smart internet problem outage, Ragnarok M Eternal Love open beta schedule, Epic Games cheater lawsuit, Discord Store, PUBG Halloween event, and Ember Sword Bitcoin MMO.


PLDT / Smart Internet Problem
  • Did you notice a slow internet while browsing or lag issues when playing games?
  • Well apparently a few days ago PLDT and Smart users are affected by an outage
  • Not only internet was affected but also sms and voice calls according to a post by PLDT themselves
  • So why the problem?
  • Well apparently this is due to a break on optic links caused by DPWH road construction
  • Base from the statement users in North and Central Luzon are affected
  • as for the fix?
  • PLDT and Smart public advisory said they are working on the affected areas as soon as possible

Ragnarok M Eternal Love OBT
  • The Ragnarok M Eternal Love Close Beta has started last October 20
  • and since this is a close beta not all players will be able to play
  • Currently, only 50k players will be able to play
  • as for the close beta accounts created it is currently unknown if there will be a server wipe when the beta ends but based on the China CBT this is most likely to be the case
  • Also note that so far there are over 1 million pre-registration meaning all pre-registered users will get the limited headwear, which is now ironically no longer limited
  • and finally, the Ragnarok M Eternal Love Open beta has been announced to start on October 31 2018

Epic Cheater Lawsuit
  • To those who don't know Epic games takes cheating very seriously
  • why?
  • because recently epic games sued a Fortnite YouTuber creator for allegedly injecting unauthorized cheat software into Fortnite’s code which provides him an unfair advantage against opponent’s
  • Also mentioned in the lawsuit is that this YouTubers are also uploading videos that demonstrate hacks which encourages players to do the same
  • then recently the youtuber admitted openly that he is, in fact, using an aimbot tool to kill other players
  • So what's the message here?
  • basically don't cheat unless you want to get sued by epic games



Discord Netflix for Games
  • Recently launched its Discord store on beta for all regions which includes free games for Nitro Users
  • According to an interview with Discord, “its kind like a netflix for games”
  • and that the store is set to provide users endless set of games
  • Currently the games are mostly indie games hopefully we can see triple a games in the future either way this is good for Nitro users
  • For those who are interested the Nitro is available for 4.99 usd a month



PUBG Halloween Event

  • PUBG Corp showed a footage for the Upcoming Halloween event
  • In the video, they showed a silent hill like nurse, a pumpkin mask and a peni wise like clown outfit
  • nice more skins to buy instead of them fixing the game
  • because of if you remember there was server issue a few days ago where in blue hole had to give a limited time free item and 20k bp
  • so if you haven't claimed these items its available until October 23
  • To those who don't know this is actually PUBG’s first Halloween event sadly there aren't details for the event for now
  • but hopefully, we get a new game mode not just skins

Spiderman Game DLC
  • To Spiderman players out there, the video game will have its first dlc in the upcoming days
  • The Spiderman DLC’s will add new stories to the game and the first chapter will be called The Heist and The City That Never Sleeps
  • which will showcase Black Cat, one of the female classic characters known as Felicia Hardy
  • Along with the content update, Insomniac games will also include 3 additional Spidey suits
  • Insomniac Games also mentioned that the new game plus or new ultimate difficulty will be included in the update but more on a later date
  • So to those who don't know Spiderman is a PS4 exclusive game which launched last September 7 with great reviews



Ember Sword Bitcoin MMO

  • Do you like MMORPG games and Bitcoin?
  • Well Ember Sword might be a game for you
  • why?
  • Because Ember Sword is a modern free to play MMORPG which is powered by Ethereum blockchain where players can own, build, and monetize lands
  • The game will not have loot boxes or cosmetic shops, instead, you earn cosmetics directly from playing the game by competing in PVP or completing a PVE objective
  • Items earned can be traded with other players for the premium currency called Pixel Tokens which is the Bitcoin currency
  • So basically the game has its own economy
  • Currently, Ember Sword does not have an official release date but it will be coming out on PC



Garena PH Shuts Down

  • In the recent days “Da Geeks” broke the news about Garena Philippines shutting down its operations
  • According to their reports “Garena SG HQ has abruptly closed the Philippine office of the Game publisher effectively cutting off 95% of its current Philippine workforce.”
  • and currently, they were also informed that the only remaining Garena PH team left are the finance team which will probably there to give severance package to its previous employees
  • If you remember Garena PH is not without controversies, for example, the League of Legends client was hijacked to have a crypto mining script which results on higher CPU usage
  • then if you remember this they were also hit with gender discrimination for limiting lesbian, gay or transgender to join one team
  • hay grabe
  • So why was it closed?
  • Well we think its about money
  • if the branch is not earning enough profit then there is no point operating it
  • so in short pera pera lang yan
  • another reason which majority of local publications are citing to is the aforementioned crypto mining script that hijacked LoL PH clients.
  • but now let's talk about what will happen now that Garena PH shuts down?
  • First of we believe that the most affected are events specifically local tournaments
  • because if you don't know Garena actually provides sponsorship for local events like AoV tournaments in the country
  • So with the change on its management, smaller tournaments might be ignored in favor of bigger tournaments
  • Another thing the a lot of people ask is how will this affect the games Garena PH is handling like League of Legends or Arena of Valor
  • Will my account be deleted? what will happen to matchmake?
  • Well we believe that they won't get affected
  • why?
  • because the headquarters for the SEA servers are in Singapore to begin with
  • which is ideal since the majority of gaming companies host their servers in Singapore anyway
  • So don't expect a change on matchmaking or your account getting removed
 

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