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11 Million Paladins and Counting

A post on reddit by Hi-Rez Studios from a couple of days ago about Paladins says the free-to-play shooter has attracted more than 11 million players since it launched about eight months ago (thanks DSOGaming). Thumbing their noses at cynics who call the Overwatch clone an Overwatch clone, they offer some statistics on its success:
While some of the press greeted Paladins with skeptical "clone" allegations & clickbait-y headlines, you the Player Community immediately grokked what makes our game unique: Paladins is a team-based shooter but with heavy Customization elements (in match Items, out of match Card Loadouts). In Paladins you define your own playstyle and get just a touch of MOBA with your FPS.
Fueled by YOUR positive word of mouth (Steam player reviews, console player reviews), Paladins is now one of the fastest growing games:

  • On Steam Paladins was the top new game of 2016 in terms of overall playtime.
  • It is just 2 weeks since the Xbox One & PS4 Open Beta on May 3rd, and there are now well over 2 million console Paladins players.
  • And so in the eight months since Early Access the total Paladins player count is now over 11 million, and growing rapidly.
  • This does not count any players in China; since the China version of Paladins is still in Closed Testing on separate servers. In China, the game will be published by Tencent Games, the leading Publisher in that market.
  • The success of the game so far has allowed us to greatly staff up the Development Team (Smite's Dev Team also continues to grow by the way). In 2017 the Dev Team has managed to deliver: a new update every 2 weeks, 6 New Champions (Torvald, Maeve, Inara, Lex, Seris, Willo), 2 New Maps (Stone Keep, Brightmarsh), experimental Alternate Modes (PvE, Survival), a ton of test maps, and features we saw as most requested from the community, such as integrated Voice Chat

And we are just getting started. Because there is still SO much we will be improving within Paladins and adding to the game.

Steam Top 10

Here's Valve's list of the 10 bestselling titles on Steam for last week:

  2. Dead Cells
  3. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  4. The Surge
  5. Prey
  6. Cities: Skylines - Mass Transit
  7. Grand Theft Auto V
  8. Alan Wake Bundle (Summer 2012)
  9. H1Z1: King of the Kill

Hardware Reviews

Out of the Blue

Watched Wizard of Lies on HBO last night, which depicts the Bernie Madoff scandal. True stories based on recent events can often have problems finding actors to match the recognizable figures involved. If anything this was one of those times when the opposite happens. Robert De Niro looks so much like Madoff it's actually distracting at times. The only other time I've experienced this effect was watching Val Kilmer playing Jim Morrison. Eerie.

Eerie Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Puppet Soccer Zoo.
Stories: Arnold Schwarzenegger Will Reteam With James Cameron for the Next Terminator Movie. Right after Avatar 6.
120,000 bees, 6-foot-long honeycomb found in woman's ceiling.
Here are the winners of this year’s Nebula Awards.
Science: The Genetics of Pooched-Out Pooches. Thanks j.c.f.
18-Year-Old Engineer Constructs Fuel-Efficient, Stable 'Flying Wing' Aircraft Prototype. Thanks Hypothermia.
Media: UnderWatched Ep 6 - D.Vastating Damage.
WONDER WOMAN Movie Clip "What Are You?" Thanks Hypothermia.
Follow-up: The arctic seed bank that was going to save us all is flooding.
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