Monthly Archives: January 2016

League of Legends tops digital sales, rakes in $1.6 million

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League of Legends tops digital sales, rakes in $1.6 million

According to a digital games report by market research firm SuperData Research, MOBA game League of Legends had the highest sales record of 2015, taking in $1.6 billion in 2015 amidst competition from Valve titles such as Dota 2 and Counter Strike: Global Offensive.

Over the last few years, sales of digital games and eSports events had been breaking records perpetually and setting higher benchmarks everywhere, and League of Legends is no exception.

League also dominated in the MOBA genre, earning Riot Games and its majority stakeholder Tencent around seven times more revenue than Valve from Dota 2, which brought in $238 million in 2015.

Valve also raked in $221 million from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Activision Blizzard earned $814 million from World of Warcraft despite decrease in number of subscriber, $355 million from Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, and $224 million from Call of Duty: Black Ops 3.

The numbers would make League appear much more impressive when one takes into consideration that it is a free-to-play game.

Their profits solely comes from in-game purchases, with champions, skins, and portraits available their online stores with either Influence Points earned from playing games, or Riot Points purchased with real money.

In January 2014, developer Riot Games said that more than 27 million people played League daily, and the growing popularity may be a sign that this number has since risen, with numerous competitive eSports events and tournaments held in its honour.

No problem for Williams and Djokovic in quarter finals

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No problem for Williams and Djokovic in quarter finals

Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams, both top seeds in different categories of the Australian Open event, progressed through to the semi-finals of the Grand Slam event as both players put down their opponents in straight sets.

For Djokovic, there was no sign of his struggle against Gilles Simon in the fourth round, where the Serb made a shocking amount of 100 unforced errors.

Instead, seventh-seeded Kei Nishikori was the error-prone player, missing a grand total of 54 shots and lost by 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 to the world number one.

Although Djokovic himself have cut his unforced errors down to around a quarter of his last, he only managed to score 22-winners against the Japanese in the 2 hours and 7 minutes match.

But to cut down on the errors is the one thing in Djokovic’s mind, and he said that, “Yes, that was the goal, to decrease the unforced errors ratio. I’ve done that. I knew that I’m going to play against an opponent that plays very fast, faster than Simon.”

“I tried to weather the storm, hang in there. He came up and played first couple games very fast, very quick. Took the ball early, being very aggressive from both corners. I expected that.”

Djokovic also made good on his promise after his last match, where he agreed with a heckler that he needed to cut down on his drop shots. He did so against Nishikori.

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Meanwhile, all eyes were eagerly anticipating the match between women’s top seed Serena Williams match and her longtime rival Maria Sharapova.

The match may have come across as a slight let-down as the defending champion cruised and saw off her fifth seed opponent 6-4, 6-1, defeating the Russian for the eighteenth straight time.

After a competitive opening match, Sharapova appeared to gave way as Williams was 5-0 up before she managed to take one set to avoid the bagel, and only managed 3 aces in the whole game.

“Doesn’t matter who I’m playing, I just try to go out there and play the best I can,” Williams said after the match. “It’s not necessarily anyone in particular.”

As the American sets up a semi-final encounter against fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska, the men’s category heats up with a match potentially filled with fireworks as Novak Djokovic play against longtime tennis maestro Roger Federer.

Liverpool defeats Stoke, sets up Wembley date

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Liverpool defeats Stoke, sets up Wembley date

Liverpool will head for Wembley for the League Cup final as they held off Stoke City to progress through the tournament.

The Reds went into the game with a 1-0 victory in hand, but trailed by 1-0 in 90 minutes. The team then played through a goalless extra time and clinched victory by scoring 6-5 on penalties.

Stoke’s Marko Arnautovic had scored the only goal in the game under controversy circumstances, slotting in an Adam Bojan pass in the stoppage time of the first time.

Later replays showed that the Austrian player was clearly offside, but the game remained 1-1 on aggregate score and both teams hit the woodwork during extra time before taking penalties.

Jon Walters, Glenn Whelan, Ibrahim Affelay, Xherdan Shaqiri and Marco Van Ginkel were all on target for Stoke while Adam Lallana, Christian Benteke, Roberto Firmino, James Milner and Lucas were successful for Liverpool before Joe Allen Anfield scored the winner and sent Anfield wild.

The victory ensures that Jurgen Klopp can visit Wembley in his first season as Liverpool manager, who said “Wembley is a cool place to play football… but we go there to win. It’s not much fun to lose.”

Messi and Suarez set for La Liga return

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Messi and Suarez set for La Liga return

Lionel Messi is set to return for a La Liga clash against Malaga as the Argentine returns to training with Barcelona.

Both Messi and Luis Suarez are expected to be fit for the match.

Messi was absent as Barca met Athletic Bilbao in their semi-final first leg match due to a hamstring complaint, while Suarez served the second game of a two-match ban.

Lionel Messi had since returned to training on Thursday, but the club won’t make a decision about whether he will travel to Malaga until after training on Friday evening.

Barcelona said earlier this week that tests revealed that the hamstring strain the Argentine forward sustained is only a knock and not an injury requiring long recovery.

However, Malaga, who have not lost a home game in La Liga since November 7, are capable of shocking the defending champions according to midfielder Ignacio Camacho.

“You have to take it as a game where three points are on offer, like any other match,” Camacho said.

“It is true that it is difficult, but we have big games against top teams this year.”

“We have to produce a complete game and we will go for the points. We have worked well all week, and the coach has told us exactly what we need to do on the field.”

Malaga sit 12th in the La Liga table, eight points clear of the relegation zone after an impressive run of form with four wins and one draw in six matches.