This past week was a pretty eventful one, with both the death of THQ, eSports championships, pro-players seeing bans, and MOBAs getting significant new features.
Hi-Rez announced this week that Smite has gone into open beta, meaning that anyone can now sign up to play. Along with the announcement came new features, as well as a brand new eSports competition.
Heroes of Newerth will soon be getting an overhaul. Not all the details have been released yet, but S2 is giving a peek at HoN 3.0's new tower and base designs. And they are much more dynamic. Check them out here.
DOTA 2 is not to be outdone by other games' changes. Not only has the game gotten its practice mode against bots in the latest update, but an ARAM mode has also been added. Oh yeah, Troll Warlord has also arrived.
Our latest League of Legends champion study this time falls to Galio. Often misunderstood and not often seen, come appreciate Galio in our latest.
Riot banned a couple of pro players last week, ensuring that an entire team was booted right before a major competition. These players had a long history of abusive behavior toward others. While Riot is serious about improving its community, there is more to be done. Banning problem players is just one thing that needs to be done.
Blizzard All-Stars is under active development and will follow a free to play model.
Haemimont's Atlantic City-set strategy sim, Omerta: City of Gangsters, gets a PC demo.
After several high-profile players, including Steven "Destiny" Bonnell, exposed some of the dealings and broken promises by Own3D, the service is set to shut down next week.
Europa Universalis IV's newest nation profile covers the history, importance, and strategy of playing Portugal.