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G4TV Gaming News: Northern Arena, Gamerscore Mega Deal, Deus Ex, Pac-Man, Skylanders Battlecast, Guitar Hero

May 30, 2016

By John Powell - G4 Canada

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Gaming NewsFirst Canadian pro eSports league formed

Prepare to enter the Northern Arena.

The Canadian League of Gamers has announced the launch of Northern Arena, a world-class competition for professional gamers.

Consisting of both live and online qualifiers throughout the year, Northern Arena will stream competitions globally and will also host live spectator events across Canada culminating in in a championship event in November.

"Canada has some of the most passionate gamers in the world," said Carl-Edwin Michel, the visionary behind Northern Arena and Co-Founder of the Canadian League of Gamers.

From September 1st to 4th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Northern Arena will co-locate with Fan Expo.

In November, Northern Arena’s 2016 Grand Finals will be held in Montreal. Live events will be streamed using Vantrix’s 360, providing online viewers with a “live” vantage point while viewing the competitions.

Professional competitions will host 8-12 teams per event in either a PC, console or mobile game. Up and coming pros will have the chance to enter the pro competition in an open spot in each final, providing a unique opportunity to discover new talent in Canadian eSports.

Gaming NewsMicrosoft launches Gamerscore Mega Deal

Your score can now get you more.

In Microsoft’s Gamerscore Mega Deal, players have the chance to put their Gamerscore to more practical use besides bragging rights.

Based on their total gamerscore, players can get up to $75 off the purchase of an Xbox One at the Microsoft Store. The higher the Gamerscore you have, the bigger the discount you will get.

The Gamerscore Mega Deal is available to Canadian residents who have logged into an Xbox One or Xbox 360 console since September 2013 and will expire on June 8.

Gaming NewsDikiciyan working on Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Sascha Dikiciyan (Sonic Mayhem) will be joining Michael McCann to compose the soundtrack to Ex: Mankind Divided.

Dikiciyan, the Hollywood-based producer of electronic synth music and organic sound design brought his progressive blend of cutting-edge electronics and cinematic scores to both Mass Effect and Tron in the past.

"After talking with Sascha, it became clear that we shared the same vision and passion for what musically drives Deus Ex. Sascha’s influences mirror ours in many ways, yet he also brings a whole other set of influences to the table. Sascha is completely immersed in the musical feeling of Deus Ex; he’s a huge fan of the franchise, and that comes through loud and clear in his compositions. We can’t wait for people to hear the work that he’s done and we are all thrilled he’s now part of the Deus Ex family," said Executive Audio Director Steve Szczepkowski.

In Deus Ex: Mankind Divided mechanically augmented humans have been segregated from the rest of society and therefore the tone is much darker than previous installments.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will launch on August 23rd for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC.

Gaming NewsNew Pac-Man coming

Celebrating Pac Man’s 36th anniversary, the PAC-MAN 256 mobile game will be arriving on home consoles and PC systems via Steam on June 21st.

In addition to the social sharing options and 10 unlockable themes, there is a local co-op multiplayer mode.

"We wanted everyone to enjoy PAC-MAN 256, so it was a logical decision to make it available on PS4, Xbox One and PC. The brand new local multiplayer mode, exclusive to the console and PC versions, makes it even more accessible: get ready for maximum fun playing up to 4 players at the same time," said Benjamin Prénom, Project Owner at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe.

Gaming NewsSkylanders Battlecast arrives

Get ready to duel.

Evolving beyond the console experience, the Skylanders characters are starring in a new free-to-play mobile card game: Battlecast.

In Battlecast, players build their ultimate deck of cards, master strategic card combinations and use them in battles.

Players can download the game and to enhance their gameplay, can purchase Booster Packs and Battle Packs from local retailers or digitally from the game.

The special card packs bring Skylanders Battlecast cards to life as players scan their physical cards with their mobile devices to watch cards spring to life through augmented reality.

Amplifying the experience, the game also allows players to add cards to an in-game digital spell book. By collecting more cards, players will have more pieces to customise their deck for battle.

Gaming NewsGuitar Hero is ready to mosh

With the latest entry in the GHTV Premium Show, Guitar Hero Live is delivering mosh-worthy tunes.

The latest premium shows are:

Hard Rock Heroes

Papa Roach – Face Everything and Rise
Stone Sour – Do Me A Favor
Adelita’s Way – Dog On A Leash

Dance Meets Rock

The Crystal Method – Sling the Decks
Modestep – Another Day ft. Popeska
Pendulum – Witchcraft

Brit Icons: Manic Street Preachers

Motorcycle Emptiness
You Stole the Sun From My Heart
Your Love Alone is Not Enough Ft. Nina Persson

Guitar Hero Live is available on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U console as well as Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

John Powell
Freelance Journalist (Entertainment, Gaming)
Twitter: @POW2112

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