EA has announced a competitive gaming division that is going be lead by Peter Moore, one of the executive vice presidents of EA. E-sports as a whole has grown a lot, and now it seems that EA has seen an opportunity to throw their hat into the ring. With Time Warner making an effort to showcase esports, and of course ESPN, there is a lot of money in competitive gaming right now.
Considering games like Madden have always had a big competitive scene, this seems like a very natural step for them. Only time will tell how this will work out for the mega publisher, and how they will effect the competitive gaming landscape. The full press release is below.
For many of you, the passion for games is defined by competition – a relentless focus on being the best, and leaving your mark on the games you love. It fuels many of the amazing things we see from millions of you playing EA games each day. As this passion continues to grow, we’re committed to creating even more opportunities for you to connect and compete.
Today I am excited to announce that Peter Moore is moving into a new role as Executive Vice President and Chief Competition Officer for Electronic Arts, leading our new EA Competitive Gaming Division (CGD). As the latest step in our journey to put our players first, this group will enable global eSports competitions in our biggest franchises including FIFA, Madden NFL,Battlefield and more. The CGD will be built around three core pillars:
· Competition – To create highly-engaging competitive experiences with our games, officially supported by Electronic Arts.
· Community – To celebrate, connect and grow our community of players across all levels of expertise.
· Entertainment – To develop live events and broadcasting that bring the spectacle of competition to millions of people around the world.
There is no one better in our industry to lead this new effort than Peter. He was an early pioneer in championing competitive gaming programs, such as the FIFA Interactive World Cup and the EA SPORTS Challenge Series, and Peter’s personal passions for the player experience, sports and competition, make him a tremendous leader for this new division. Peter’s team will partner with our development studios, marketers and publishing teams to bring this new platform to life.
We’re also delighted to have Todd Sitrin joining Peter in the role of Senior Vice President and GM of the CGD. Todd is an EA veteran, whose distinguished 14-year career here has included leading our global marketing teams as well as driving marketing and strategy for EA SPORTS. Todd will lead strategy and operations for the CGD, working closely with our development studios to create an exciting competitive platform in our games.
As Peter and Todd begin these critical roles, we are focused on both delivering our commitments for FY16 as well as putting great energy behind this new opportunity. Peter will continue to lead his current organization through the end of FY16 before shifting full time to his new position. We will share further details about the CGD in the coming months.
Competition runs deep in the DNA of Electronic Arts, and our games are already at the center of competitive gaming events at different levels today. FIFA fans around the world continue to compete in the FIFA Interactive World Cup, ESL One is hosting worldwide championships with Battlefield 4, we recently announced the return of the Madden NFL Live Challenge, and our games will be played in dozens of other regional competitions around the world in the next year. EA’s CGD will seek to build a best-in-class program to centralize our efforts with new events, as well as the infrastructure to bring you the world’s preeminent EA competitive experiences.
The formation of the Competitive Gaming Division is a groundbreaking opportunity for Electronic Arts to celebrate your passion for play and competition. I’m excited to see what Peter and the team will share in the months ahead.
Save big on the sci-fi shooter’s most premium bundle.
Amazon is currently selling the Halo 5: Guardians Limited Collector’s Edition for $100. That’s a full $150 off the premium bundle’s normal $250 price, which it’s still being sold for at other retailers, including Microsoft itself.
There is no word on how long the deal will last, so if you’re interested, you may want to act quickly.
The Halo 5 LCE comes with a Halo-inspired SteelBook, Spartan Locke’s Classified Orders, and dossiers for Blue Team and Fireteam Osiris. You’ll also find a Metal Earth model of a Guardian, the Warzone Req Bundle (comes with 14 REQ packs), and access to the Halo: The Fall of Reach animated series.
It also packs in a gorgeous-looking statue that depicts Master Chief and Spartan Locke. The statue is held together by magnets, meaning you can pull it apart and reconfigure it however you’d like.
Note that the Halo 5 LCE comes with a digital copy of Halo 5. Microsoft allowed people to exchange their digital copy for a physical one through a swap program, but this ended on November 1.
Halo 5’s next free expansion, The Cartographer’s Gift, launches later this month.
Become a VIP and create your own criminal organization in the latest addition to Grand Theft Auto Online,Executives and Other Criminals. Featuring all new gameplay modes and opportunities for luxury living,Executives and Other Criminals also includes new customizable apartments, stilt houses in the Vinewood Hills and the ultimate in executive excess: the extravagant, fully staffed and upgradeable Super Yacht.
VIP’s who run their own operation gain access to new co-op Jobs, challenges and special abilities in Freemode, as well as having the power to hire and fire other players for their team of bodyguards. Meanwhile, Bodyguards earn a regular paycheck and their own special benefits including RP, GTA$, and stat boosts for working for a VIP’s organization.
Organizations can go head to head in Freemode, with new missions that make full use of the latest executive defense options including new armored vehicle variants, the devastating Turreted Limo and the missile defense systems of the Super Yacht, which also comes with its own suite of supporting vehicle upgrades including the new SuperVolito Carbon helicopter and personal watercraft.
Some existing Freemode Events will automatically adapt when played by organizations, allowing for new ways to take on King of The Castle, Moving Target and more. Also included is the new Extraction Adversary Mode, tasking teams of Bodyguards to search, locate and safely extract an Executive from their downed jet before a Hit Squad intercepts and eliminates the target.
Executives and Other Criminals also brings fresh choices in executive transport and protection with new weapons, new vehicles and much more. Check back to the Rockstar Newswire for full details and download the free update Dec 15 on PS4, Xbox One and PC.