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Welcome to Thursday morning. We're reliving the '90s through, as Sega launches a selection of classic hits both with ads and without. We're also talking Instagram and its stealth shills, and new emoji. We hope you like fairies.
Niantic has decided that forcing Pokémon Go cheaters to a life of catching Pidgeys isn't quite enough of a punishment. Now, any Pokémon caught using "third-party services that circumvent normal gameplay" will be marked with a slash in people's inventories and "may not behave as expected." The developer has announced its new anti-cheating measure on The Silph Road subreddit, explaining that they're meant to ensure its new features remain fun and fair for all Trainers. Niantic is probably talking about its recently announced raid battles, wherein up to 20 players can participate, that's expected to launch in the coming weeks.
Seemingly every big TV network wants in on eSports. NBC Sports has revealed that it's launching an international two-on-two Rocket League tournament this summer. It'll start online July 22nd with regional qualifiers using Faceit's eSports platform, but players will eventually face each other in person through studio competitions and the grand finals on August 26th and 27th. Naturally, there will be plenty of video coverage: NBC is promising over 40 hours across both online sources and TV, including live coverage of the finals on NBCSN (in the US) and Syfy (in the UK and other countries).
Source: NBC Sports Group
YULAI – CONCORD has issued a status report on the ongoing "Rogue Swarm Alert" noting the destruction of over a million rogue swarm nests so far and commending the high response from capsuleers in the campaign to remove the widespread infestation from New Eden.
In a press briefing at Directive Enforcement Department HQ, Brigadier General Odo Korachi highlighted the "heroic efforts" of many capsuleers, noting that a significant number of capsuleers had individually taken part in the destruction of several hundred rogue swarm nests each. General Korachi also pointed out that so far approximately 50,000 pilots have responded to the threat posed by the rogue swarm.
The briefing also confirmed that rogue swarm nests have been found and destroyed throughout New Eden and even within the "W-space" network of wormhole connected star systems. While most efforts have focused on removing the threat from high- and low-security space, CONCORD analysts note several hundred thousand nests have been eliminated in the null-sec outer regions and W-space.
Concluding his remarks, General Korachi stated, "CONCORD and the Rogue Swarm Alert Command Group are now confident that this highly distributed rogue swarm will be dispersed as its core Overmind network is dismantled by the outstanding work of the capsuleers responding to the alert."
The Rogue Swarm Alert continues and the Scope will continue to report on developments.