Norges Bank to acquire US office assets worth nearly $1bn

first_imgThe joint venture is focusing on office buildings in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, New York and Washington DC.The deal will be the joint venture’s fourth in the US and second in Boston, having bought the city’s One Financial Center (also from Beacon), Washington DC’s Thurmond Arnold building and 425 Market Street in San Francisco.In San Francisco, NBIM will pay around $350m for 405 Howard Street.Langley Investment Properties and GE Asset Management are selling the 521,000 sqft property, which is fully let.Based on current net operating income, the cap rate on the sale will be around 4%.All parties declined to comment. Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), which manages Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, is in talks to buy two office buildings in the US for $915m (€677m), according to sources.The properties in Boston and San Francisco are being bought in joint ventures with US insurer MetLife and TIAA-CREF, respectively.The Boston property – the 1m sqft One Beacon Street building – is expected to be sold for around $565m by Allianz Real Estate and Beacon Capital Partners, which bought the asset for its closed-end Strategic Partners IV fund in 2006.NBIM and MetLife’s joint venture, split 47.5% and 52.5%, has invested $2.26bn since its creation in December last year, with no target for future investment.last_img read more

First buyer to buy a townhome will drive away with a new car

first_img MORE: Star builders’ new home for sale Camille Zhang, 23, is looking to buy a property at Ascot Silver which is in a trendy and affluent area close to the CBD, shops and airport. AAP Image/Richard GoslingCONFIDENCE has returned to Brisbane’s property market with a spike in apartment inquiries from investors and first homebuyers in the wake of the federal election.After months of uncertainty, developer Abacus Property Group said the level of inquiry for the last remaining apartments at its Ivy and Eve project at South Brisbane had more than doubled in the past week.Abacus development manager Bryant Greenberg said: “There are some very positive signs emerging that southeast Queensland buyers are back in the hunt for new apartments.Some developers are not taking any chances through with Ascot Silver, a new development in one of Brisbane’s blue-chip suburbs, giving away a car to the first person who buys a townhome. The new car is worth $20,000. Brisbane kitchen scoops top award Worst suburban credit scores revealed Prospective buyer Camille Zhang, 23, was among those intrigued by the property and prospect.Ms Zhang said she was looking to buy a property in a trendy and affluent area close to the CBD, shops and airport.“I love the idea of having a four-bedroom townhome which I can share with flatmates.” Camille Zhang is a prospective buyer of new this new Ascot townhouse, Ascot Silver. AAP Image/Richard GoslingCoreLogic senior research analyst Cameron Kusher said he was not surprised interest in apartments had piqued.“I think it really highlights that people were sitting on the sidelines waiting for the outcome of the election,” he said“There was clearly some concern about those policies (proposed changes to negative gearing and capital gains tax) and now that they’ve passed, people are more inclined to go and purchase properties, or at least have an interest in purchasing a property.” Mr Kusher said there was still plenty of apartment stock on the market in Brisbane and developers were still offering good buyer incentives. “There’s probably a sense now from people who are thinking … I can maybe go out and start looking for some good deals in the market,” he said. 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Place Advisory director Lachlan Walker said the increase in activity was due to stability in the market.“There was a lot of uncertainty around the proposed changes in the real estate industry and people didn’t want to make decisions that impacted their lives,” Mr Walker said. “People who were sitting on the fence are now looking at committing to buy.“If you have higher than average stock on offer, I think that’s what people want — it’s nice to see some activity.” FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more

Ireland: Providence boasts ‘significant’ Avalon prospect

first_imgIrish oil & gas company Providence Resources has described its Avalon prospect off Ireland as ‘significant’ following a technical report for Licensing Option 16/27. The LO 16/27 is located in the central Porcupine Basin and is currently operated by Providence.Total farmed into the license in June but the change in ownership will become effective after receiving consent from the Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.Upon receiving the consent, the LO 16/27 joint-venture will consist of Total as the operator holding 50 percent of interest, Providence with 40, and Sosina Exploration Limited holding the remaining 10 percent.Providence said on Monday that it recently provided the Petroleum Affairs Division of the Irish Government’s Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment with its End of Year 1 LO 16/27 Technical Report which was focused on the hydrocarbon potential of the Avalon prospect, on behalf of the JV partners.According to the company, a large scale calibrated petroleum systems model over an area of 48,000 square kilometers, which included the LO 16/27 area, supports the potential of a working petroleum system in the license.It demonstrates that the Avalon prospect could potentially access a total hydrocarbon resource charge of 8.67 bbo and 12 bboe, Providence stated.In the Monday statement, the company also said: “Whilst petroleum systems modeling in emerging frontier basins have inherently high degrees of uncertainty, the results of this study are directionally very positive for the potential charging of the Avalon prospect.”“Further positive outputs from the PSM indicate that the risk of oil biodegradation in the Avalon prospect is low to moderate based on the modeled temporal variations in reservoir temperature. Also, top seal integrity for the Avalon prospect was also assessed using inputs from both the PSM and a parallel basin-wide geomechanical modeling study. This work has positively demonstrated that there is a very low likelihood of a mechanically breached seal at Avalon based on modeled pore pressures,” said Providence.John O’Sullivan, technical director of Providence, said: “The work completed during the first year of Licensing Option 16/27 confirmed our view as to the significant hydrocarbon resource potential of the Avalon prospect.“While the nearby 53/6-A well program is currently assessing the similar-aged Druid stratigraphic prospect, as well as the deeper lower cretaceous Drombeg prospect, Avalon is somewhat differentiated insofar as it demonstrates a potentially different trapping mechanism with structural closure mapped in the proximal sediment transport direction. The proximity of Avalon to the deeper breached Dunquin North oil accumulation is also a potential positive in terms of hydrocarbon sourcing.“We look forward to working with our JV partners to mature the Avalon prospect to drillable status.”To remind, just last week Providence started drilling operations in the Frontier Exploration Licence (FEL) 2/14, which contains the Paleocene “Druid”, Lower Cretaceous “Drombeg” and pre-Cretaceous “Diablo” prospects.last_img read more

Reds Caravan Revisited

first_imgAs usual, it was a lot of fun to MC the Reds Caravan when they were in Batesville.  I was really impressed with Brayan Pena, the new catcher for the Reds.  The young man is a native of Cuba and a countryman of Reds relief pitcher, Chapman.  The soft-spoken catcher was friendly and was a big hit of the gathering at the Sherman House.  He is extremely humble and very thankful for this opportunity with the Reds.  The other hit was retired infielder, Doug Flynn.  We all know that Marty Brennaman is always funny, but we had no idea that Flynn would put him to shame.    Doug has done some guest announcing with the Reds and hopes to get more opportunities to do so again this year.  Can you imagine he and Marty in a blowout game where they would have time to go into story telling.   The present banker from Lexington, Flynn, had a lot of fun bantering with Eric Davis.  Eric, like Flynn, is very grateful that he is again working with the Cincinnati Reds.  Neither would bad mouth Marge Schott, but you can tell they are very glad that Bob Castellini has taken over the Reds ownership.last_img read more

Jose Mourinho remains defiant despite Chelsea’s poor form and FA sanctions

first_imgA defiant Jose Mourinho will appeal against the Football Association’s £50,000 fine and one-match suspended stadium ban and does not expect to be sacked even if Chelsea finish in mid-table. The Blues enter Saturday’s match at home to Aston Villa 16th after four defeats in the opening eight Premier League games. Mourinho called for the backing of the Chelsea board after the October 3 loss to Southampton and a first vote of confidence of Roman Abramovich’s 12-year ownership was issued. Chelsea have dispensed with numerous managers, often when when Champions League qualification is in doubt. But Mourinho says he will not be sacked even if Chelsea are adrift in the race for the top four. Asked if he would still be in charge if Chelsea finish in mid-table, Mourinho said “Yes”, before adding: “No. I was not told that because we don’t expect to finish mid-table.” Following the Saints loss, Mourinho, who has won three Premier League titles over two spells, suggested the Blues would be sacking the best manager they ever had if he was fired. Now Abramovich’s approach to his managers is different, according to the Portuguese, who was reappointed in June 2013. “It’s different for many reasons, since the moment I came back in 2013, when I had my first conversation with the owner and the board in 2013,” he said. The competition in the Premier League means Chelsea could miss out on the top four this term, as Manchester United and Liverpool have done in recent seasons. The Blues are seven points adrift and 10 behind leaders Manchester City. “Somebody will be out (of the top four). Do I think it’s Chelsea? No,” Mourinho said. Mourinho lost one of 100 Premier League home games, but has now lost two in his last three after the Southampton defeat. The Portuguese admits playing at the champions’ Stamford Bridge home is a less daunting than it once was. “I really believe that every team that comes now to Stamford Bridge, they don’t fear us, they feel that they can get a result,” Mourinho said. Mourinho was sanctioned for comments made following the October 3 loss to Southampton in which he said referee Robert Madeley was “afraid” to give Chelsea a penalty. Mourinho on Friday confirmed he had received the FA’s written reasons and will appeal. “I have to be honest with myself. It’s the most important thing so I have to appeal,” Mourinho said. Mourinho on Thursday night addressed the penalty, which was announced by the FA on Wednesday. “Every word I say is a big risk for me,” he said on Thursday. “I am happy that I don’t have an electronic tag. I think it’s not far from (that). “I also think that GBP50,000 in the world where we live today is an absolute disgrace. “And I also think that the possibility of getting a stadium ban is also something absolutely astonishing.” The stadium ban will be imposed if Mourinho speaks out of turn in the next 12 months, but it is understood the FA is unlikely to pursue Thursday night’s comments. A more pressing priority for Mourinho is finding solutions for Chelsea’s current slump, five months after being crowned champions. Press Associationlast_img read more

Russia eyeing knockout berth as Salah returns for Egypt

first_imgSaint Petersburg, June 18: Hosts Russia will be eyeing to seal their berth for the knockout stage when they face Egypt, who will be bolstered by the return of star forward Mohamed Salah, in their second Group A game here on Tuesday.Russia will be high on confidence after hammering Saudi Arabia 5-0 in their opening game in Moscow on Thursday. Egypt on the other hand suffered a 0-1 loss to Uruguay in the absence of Salah on Friday.However, Salah has been declared 100 per cent fit by Egypt’s team doctor which will be a major relief for the team management.Russia currently top Group A charts on goal difference ahead of Uruguay while Egypt are placed third and another defeat for the North African nation will force them for an early exit from the mega event.Egypt are strengthened by Salah’s return while Russia will be weakened by the absence of creative midfielder Alan Dzagoev, who suffered injury in the opening game.”Salah participated in training with his teammates for the entire session and he is ready to play against Russia according to technical staff,” Egypt’s team manager Ihab Leheta was quoted as saying by FIFA.com.”Russia’s game is fateful and difficult because of our defeat against Uruguay,” he added.Denis Cheryshev, who was Russia’s hero against Saudi Arabia after scoring twice, however feels even if Salah misses Tuesday’s game, their task will not be easy.”If he (Salah) is not there, does that mean our task becomes easy? Not at all,” Cheryshev was quoted as saying by FIFA.com.The left winger felt that Salah’s inclusion in Egypt’s playing XI will make the issue interesting.”If he plays, it will be hard but more interesting. He’s one of the best and you always want to compete with the best and win,” Cheryshev added.Apart from Cheryshev, Roman Zobnin, Aleksandr Golovin, Yury Zhirkov, Alexander Samedov will comprise the midfield behind Fedor Smolov. The dynamic midfield has shown in the previous game that it can initiate attacks from any part of the pitch.Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov and Sergey Ignashevich will form the defence.Russia have to put the result against Saudi Arabia behind them as the game against Egypt will a totally different story.With or without Salah, the hosts will have to fight hard to register another victory.A win or a draw against Russia will keep Egypt’s hopes alive ahead of its final group game against Saudi Arabia on June 25. IANSlast_img read more

Ellen DeGeneres Proud Of Dutee Chand

first_imgNew Delhi: Globally popular television show host Ellen DeGeneres, an advocate for gay rights, has said she is proud of Indian sportswoman Dutee Chand.Chand, a 100m record holder and winner of two Asian Games silver medals, recently opened up about her homosexuality. She revealed that she is in a same-sex relationship with a girl from her home town.Praising Chand for embracing her sexuality openly, DeGeneres tweeted: “She’s the 100m record holder and the first openly gay sportsperson in India. I guess she knows a thing or two about being first. I’m so proud of her.”For Chand, the Supreme Court verdict in September 2018 that decriminalised same-sex relationships between consenting adults provided the impetus for them to arrive at a decision of spending their lives with each other.”When the Supreme Court ruling came on Section 377, then we decided that there is no harm in spending our lives with each other. We decided that we will get married and have a small family for ourselves.”She is from my town and a sports fan herself. She read about the struggles that I have gone through to make a career in sports and told me that she was inspired by my story. That is how we came in touch with each other,” Chand said. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

Panel discusses Sochi Winter Olympics

first_imgFollow Morgan on Twitter @megreenwald On Tuesday, a panel of experts discussed the potential impacts of new Russian legislation criminalizing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activity on the 2014 Sochi Olympics.History lesson · Associate professor Robert English speaks to student Emily Huang about the consequences of anti-gay legislation in Russia. – Dasha Kholodenko | Daily TrojanPanelists included Daniel Durbin, founder and director of the USC Annenberg Institute of Sports, Media and Society; Professor Robert English of the USC international relations department; and Emily Huang, a junior majoring in sociology and co-president of OUTreach.The panelists looked back at similar situations in which a country has been dissatisfied with the host of the Olympics, and noted multiple failures to boycott the games.In 1980, the United States boycotted the Russian Olympics because the country had just invaded Afghanistan, but the United States’ boycotting efforts were looked at as “ineffective” by the public. Many Americans reviewed the decision as one of President Jimmy Carter’s worst.“It is often much more effective to go out to the Olympics and present your position either subtly or overtly,” Durbin said.One of the problems with athletes publicly taking positions, according to the panelists, is that the Russian media almost never publishes any pro-gay rights statements by athletes, especially those from the West.Despite intolerant policies in the country, international gay athletes might not need to worry about the Russian government trying to kick them out of the country for showing signs of homosexuality.“It’s going to be almost impossible for Russia to say that these athletes are involved in propagandistic activity and kick them out of the country,” Durbin said.Under Russian law, “homosexual propaganda” is outlawed, but exactly what that means is still under review in the country.According to English, an expert on Russia and a former resident of the country, Russia should not be expected to be overly forceful during the time of the Olympics, especially considering that it is essentially the International Olympics Committee who has the power to decide who stays and who goes.English noted that a lot of President Vladimir Putin’s anti-gay legislation stems from a late 1990s movement toward “Russian nationalism,” a movement toward the return of Russian roots, which is strongly supported by the Russian Orthodox Church.“[The legistlation is] not admirable political leadership, but neither did [Putin] start it,” English said.Even before Putin became president, groups in Russia were forming and demanding reform. According to the panel, these groups came about as a result of a poverty epidemic in Russia during which citizens fought for moral causes in an attempt to preserve their dignity.Russian nationalist groups have also targeted Westerners, foreigners and women, as well as LGBT people. The experts pointed out that citizens of troubled countries often find scapegoats for their problems. Inequality in sports has also been a lasting issue.“Sports have been gendered since our nation began,” Durbin said. Even in America, athletes faced segregation by race, gender and sexual orientation.”Alec White, a sophomore majoring in political science, was upset that the Olympics were not moved out of Sochi in light of the anti-gay legislation, but also that countries such as the U.S. and France were not able to offer alternatives to boycotting the Russian Olympics.“It would have been a great idea if this [anti-gay law] came up a little sooner,” White said. “Vancouver [would have been] a good compromise because you wouldn’t have the athlete’s dreams shattered.”last_img read more

Award-winning Nigerian novelist honored by Annenberg

first_imgAdichie said her cultural background inspires her work in social justice and discussions about identity. “Fear is a form of control,” Adichie said. “Fear is a tool that, without even consciously knowing, you use against yourself.” Adichie’s award, which was presented by Annenberg’s Norman Lear Center, honors Rogers, a late Annenberg professor and renowned sociologist. The Center unanimously selected Adichie as its 12th recipient of the award, recognizing her influence on identity in mainstream dialogue. Adichie began her acceptance speech with an anecdote of her interaction with an unknown white man in an abandoned parking lot. She said she felt frightened by his presence and by the possibility that she could be the victim of a hate crime. According to Adichie, political disagreement should exist in democracy; fear, however, should not. Gurira said she deeply resonated with Adichie’s novels and felt as if the stories in them were taken from her own diary. “Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie uses stories to grow our empathy and our aspirations,” said Marty Kaplan, director of the Norman Lear Center. “In her fiction and in her essays, in her novels and in her talks, she weaves her insights about gender, race and identity into the narratives of human experience.” “Stop canceling people,” Adichie said. “It seems to me not a productive way of thinking about these things and also really not practical. We’re all flawed.” Award-winning Nigerian novelist and prominent feminist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was honored with the 2019 Everett M. Rogers Award for her contributions to discourses on race, gender and identity Thursday evening. This story is part of the Daily Trojan’s special coverage for Black History Month. It will run periodically throughout February. Adichie’s “The Danger of a Single Story,” one of the most watched TED Talks of all time with over 17 million views. The talk focused on stereotypes and inspired the center to inquire how Africa is portrayed in American media. After analyzing 700,000 hours of news and entertainment last year, the Center’s findings confirmed Adichie’s argument that first-world narratives often stereotype African countries. “She offers a different perspective that is not shown in the media or talked about,” Akinlade said. “I think it’s so valuable to learn from someone like her. I think it’s really important that her story is told.” The Norman Lear Center honored award-winning Nigerian novelist and feminist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie with the 2019 Everett M. Rogers Award for her work in race, gender and identity. (Andy Jhong-Yi Hsu/Daily Trojan) “Even though Africans are among the world’s most optimistic people about their future, Africa’s image in American media is, by and large, a single story of terrorism, corruption, poverty, disease, famine, war and western saviors,” Kaplan said. “My greatest fear is that this country is sliding into ugly ordinariness,” she said. “An ordinariness that makes it difficult for all of its citizens to feel seen. All of you young people, change that, please.” center_img One of Adichie’s novels, “Americanah,” tells the story of a young Nigerian woman who immigrated to America to attend college. The novel was named one of The New York Times’ 10 Best Books of 2013 and is now being adapted into a television miniseries by actress, women’s rights activist and playwright Danai Gurira. “I think [journalism is] quite difficult because you have this enormous responsibility that your work can, in fact, rob people of their dignity,” Adichie said. “But also, it can do the reverse.” After Adichie’s acceptance speech, she took questions from the audience. Jordan Joyner, a graduate student studying strategic public relations, asked how young people can become more compassionate in the realm of social justice. Adichie said she wants young people to stop discounting those who have different views from them. Adichie also spoke about the political discourse in America and encouraged students to combat the multitude of problems gripping society through activism. In response to sophomore Aiyonna White’s question about how journalists can avoid telling a single story on marginalized communities, Adichie said she believes journalists have the power to humanize these groups by depicting their nuanced experiences. “I’m proud of where I come from,” Adichie said. “I think having that sense of cultural grounding was useful for me. I’ve never felt the need to apologize for who I am.” In closing, Adichie said she wants black women, and all women by extension, to know they have power. “You are enough,” Adichie said. “There is no need to apologize for anything. Don’t apologize for occupying space in the world. Don’t apologize for dreaming and wanting to do more. Don’t apologize for being ambitious.” Lola Akinlade, a freshman majoring in journalism, said she related to Adichie’s experiences of feeling marginalized. Adichie discussed the harmful removal of African narratives, particularly those of women, from mainstream dialogue. She encouraged inclusivity and discourse to bring together people with different experiences.   “Chimamanda broke the African female voice into mainstream consciousness and she did it without compromising,” Gurira said. last_img read more

Adam Clegg – H1Z1 – We’ve been going through the process of being first…

first_imgAdam Clegg, H1Z1 Senior Game DesignerThis “last man standing” genre is fairly new to esports with only a handful of games attempting to break into the competitive scene. Developer, Daybreak Games, has been on the ground floor of turning its most popular game into the next big esports event, and it’s all thanks to its own community. Back in June developers Daybreak announced it would be hosting a pro circuit series for its massive shooter, H1Z1: King of the Kill. The Elite Series will feature four stops including North and South America, Europe and Asia. The first stop, DreamHack: Atlanta. Entering the hall on the opening day, we saw a massive crowd of over 200 players surrounding the H1Z1 area eager to register for their spot in the team and solo competition. The chaos dwindled down on day two and the preparation for the team finals began as H1Z1’s Senior Game Designer, Adam Clegg sat down with us to talk about the development of the “last man standing” genre, and what’s to come for H1Z1 esports.Esports Insider: When you were in the production process did you ever think about H1Z1 forming into an esport?Adam Clegg: In the beginning we just knew that the last man standing mode was a really fun mode to play. It wasn’t until we started to see the ramp up on Twitch that there was something there. It wasn’t only competitive but it’s easy to watch and understand. You take something like the Hunger Games and you tell somebody that’s what it is and they instantly get that because it’s a pop culture reference. It’s a lot more watchable than what we’ve been used to in the past with esports where you sit your gamer friend down, explain the game to them and sometimes they’re not interested. This is very easy to understand: there are this many players remaining, the last person wins etc. It’s also set in the modern world, it’s not fantasy or sci-fi it’s in every day areas that you’re used to seeing in real life.Esports Insider: What has the push into competitive really driven from?Adam: The term that we like to use is it’s very “grassroots esports”. We started really early by giving communities their own servers to play on and that really helped build these competitive players, some of which are still here today. We’ve grown that to a great pro scene with these organisations supporting these players; it’s great to see. Esports Insider: There’s not many other competitive games like this so you don’t have much to go off of when organizing the Elite Series, what was execution process like?Adam: We have definitely been pioneering a lot of firsts for this “last man standing” game mode genre. It’s not bracketed, you can’t really have a 1v1, 5v5, best of something game like a normal bracket like every other esport does. “It’s like trying to spectate a football team with all 32 teams playing at the same time.”There’s a lot of third party developers that we talked to and once we started getting into the logistics of how they run a tournament they started to quickly realise this has never been done before. We’ve been going through that process of being first movers and trying to figure out what’s the best way to get 60 players all on a stage to broadcast it from the spectating side. You have a massive world with all the teams and players in the world at the same time. It’s like trying to spectate a football team with all 32 teams playing at the same time. We still have a lot to learn but I hope that we get to a point where we’ve figured out a really good process on how to spectate, broadcast and get the teams and players organized. “The smoothest way you run a tournament is when you get both the digital and the physical combined in a nice marriage of equality, that’s been the biggest learning piece of this.”With in-person tournaments there’s so much digitally to worry about with how well the game performs then once you get here there’s so much physical that has to happen: setting up 60 computers, getting 60 different players mice plugged in, for group A and group B, so 120 different mice, there’s a lot you have to deal with! The smoothest way you run a tournament is when you get both the digital and the physical combined in a nice marriage of equality, that’s been the biggest learning piece of this.Photo: Daybreak GamesEsports Insider: Needless to say, there were A LOT of people here Friday waiting to register. Is it safe to say this is probably one of the biggest events here? Did you guys expect that when you started the Elite Series?Adam: I’ve been following DreamHack since I was a teenager and I’ve always dreamed about attending so being here and having a game that we work on here is pretty exciting. It didn’t hit me how many people we were actually bringing to DreamHack until we actually got here. We’ve got almost 200 individual players that came just for H1Z1 which is a lot for an esports game on LAN. That’s when I started to talk to some of the other team and say, “We’re going to take over DreamHack with our fanbase”. I would say it’s been pretty successful for the first stop of the Elite Series. There are things that we’ll learn from this and take on to the next stop and I think by the time we’ve run our course at DreamHack with all four stops we’ll emerge a much better and more solid franchise.Photo: Esports InsiderEsports Insider: As this is the first stop, what’s coming up next for the Elite Series?Adam: The next stop is DreamHack: Winter in Sweden and then we have two more stops next year: a Latin America stop and an Asia Pacific stop. There’s a total of $1m (£760,861) in prize money given out between the four stops and hopefully the players will travel with us.Esports Insider: Do you want to do anything different between each stop?Adam: That’s a good question, I think that we have to figure out what we did here first and see how well it went.“We have no shortage of hearing from the community about what they would like to see get put into the game. We’re definitely going to start doing a lot more transparency and involvement with that”I think it’s really cool to have solo and team competitors and some people from both playing in both. It always feels bad when you come to a tournament and you’re out the first day and anyone that played the solo event the first day and got out felt like well they still have the team event. It feels good to have a backup thing to do.Photo: Daybreak GamesEsports Insider: Have you gotten good feedback from players and organisations so far?Adam: We get constant feedback. We have a Discord channel that helps out that has a lot of casual players all the way up to your hardcore pros. We also get feedback from Reddit, Twitter and Steam groups, so we have no shortage of hearing from the community about what they would like to see get put into the game. We’re definitely going to start doing a lot more transparency and involvement with that.Photo: Daybreak GamesEsports Insider: From more of a game specific aspect, what do you see moving forward? Do you have major patches planned for the future?Adam: With our new patch cadence we have a milestone that patches big features once every six weeks and in between those six weeks we’ll have what we call a “patch train” that comes every two weeks with quality of life updates. Ever since we’ve adopted that process the last couple of patches have been very smooth and great in terms of the community sentiment with players coming back to play. It’s been really good. I’m very excited about our next update, the combat update, it should be a big one!last_img read more