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SMITE World Championship Prize Pool Exceeds $2 Million

Posted by Joel Guttenberg On Friday 26 December 2014Comments Off
Are you game enough to be part of the championship?

Are you game enough to be part of the championship?

Are you feeling a bit short of cash after getting Christmas presents for all your extended family, including those cousins you only see on Christmas? There may be a solution for you, if you have some gaming skill. As recently announced by Hi-Rez Studios, their MOBA, SMITE, has topped a prize pool of $2 million dollars for their SMITE World Championship competition.

They have managed to reach this amazing figure through their in-game promotion, called Odyssey. This promotions sells exclusive content to players, which then contributes directly to the prize pool. The prize money will be up for grabs in early January and will be contested by eight teams from around the globe. The competition will be played out before live and online audiences at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta.

This competition is a great example of e-sports providing a serious career option for elite gamers. That prize kitty will be sure to buy its winners a lot of suite gear, plus some other non gaming luxuries, I guess.

Merry Christmas 2014

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Thursday 25 December 2014Comments Off

Merry Christmas one and all! Thanks so much for visiting the site for your gaming news and entertainment. This has been a big year for The Black Panel and we’re incredibly grateful for your patronage. Hopefully you’re about to unwrap an awesome new game and not a copy of I am Bread (thanks Sadistic Santa). Have a lovely day with your family and and loved ones, and we hope to continue entertaining and informing you in the year to come!

The Black Panel Festivity Feature

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Wednesday 24 December 2014Comments Off
We've put out a cozy seat for you by the fire.

We’ve put out a cozy seat for you by the fire.

Time sure seems to fly and we’re once again at that time of year when seasonal department store employees risk losing their sanity as they listen to yet another repeat of Maria Carey’s, All I Want for Christmas is You. We just hope those same employees are not fans of the Postal series, or looking forward to Hatred. Those stalwart salesmen and women are heroes in their own right, helping us gamers select titles for the various Christmas stockings we need to fill. Or, perhaps they’re just taking our money.

In previous years we have put together our Sadistic Santa Podcast special, where each member of the podcast team was given some hellish title to play and then would report on his or her miserable experience.

This year there is something a bit different for your enjoyment. While we’re all thinking about the season of giving and receiving it seemed like a good excuse for us to pick some gaming gifts.

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Dragon Age: Inquisition Review

Posted by Peter Nickless On Tuesday 23 December 2014Comments Off

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Available on XBO, PS4, 360, PS3 and PC l Published by Electronic Arts l Developed by Bioware l Classified G l Supports 1-4 players

REVIEW IN BRIEF > Dragon Age Inquisition should please fans alienated from the last iteration with its clearer plot, larger map areas and improved combat. Be prepared to sink many hours into one the best-realised fantasy worlds in gaming.  Just make sure you’ve played the earlier games first, because context is everything.

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