On this week’s show Daybreak, Blizzard, and Riot have all taken esports hits, but is that a slice of something bigger or not, what games do we think could go F2P this year, and we wrap it up with a review of Guardians of Ember. All that and more on this week’s Free to Play Cast!

Discussion Timestamps:

02:19 Is Esports Hurting?
17:54 What Games Could Go F2P in 2019?
34:05 Guardians of Ember Review
42:36 Weekly Bombs (DA-Bomb / A-Bomb)
49:09 Questions and Answers of the Week

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  1. DA-bomb to Rainbow 6 Siege Montagne , i know it’s not a free game but this is probably my favorite character i played in any competitive game ever , this is the only person that that pretty much trolles the enemy team , if you don’t know , he has a huge indestructible shield , so you just need to stand in the middle of the doorway and stare ,and hope your team does the rest , ( for me at least )and you can’t look away from me for too long because i’m like the weeping angel but scarier and if i’m close enough i’m going to beat the ever living shit out of u with a 60 kg shield , just because i can .

    QOTW:(oh boy this ended up been way longer than expected , i’m sorry )I don’t think that esports are in trouble , yes there might be problems to the competitive sides of some game but not the industry as a whole , i mean my God , Starcraft still has a living and breathing esport scene , the thing is , it’s not going to bring as much money as sports do ,basketball , football , baseball , those bring a lot of money way more then games do , right now anyway , and besides , to watch sports it’s easier than watching esports , it’s not hard to understand what’s happening on the football field but you need to know dota 2 when you watch the dota 2 championship, its absolute nonsense , a mishmash of colors , if you never played the game, so the audience is way smaller , and even so there are way to many games that try to go for the big esport scene , like it’s the only important thing , none of the games that are the big money makers in esports were intended to be esports , Starcraft was the biggest RTS , DOTA and LOL come from a mod in war 3 , CS was pretty much an lan game to have fun with your friends , The biggest problems , in my opinion, are the greedy devs that look for a way to exploit the competitive side of the game for money instead of making the game good enough for the players to have long time interest in the game . The esports are not going to go anywhere in the age where games are coming out on a daily basis .


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