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Search data shows gamers have given up hope on the PS5

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New search data compiled by SEO agency, MRS Digital, reveals that Black Friday searches for PlayStation 5, PS5, and other variations have completely dropped off in the lead up to the international sale event – a time of year where gamers would be keen to pick up a deal on a console.

With stock being a struggle for Sony’s long-term flagship console since its November 2020 release due to a semiconductor shortage, those trying to get their hands on the elusive PlayStation 5 are steadily giving up after a whole year of frustration, turmoil, and online queuing. Adding even more salt to the wound, competitors Xbox and Nintendo are generating significantly more search interest.

The Xbox Series X, the rival to the PlayStation 5, has 6.6x more searches relating to Black Friday in October than the elusive PlayStation 5, likely due to the fact that people can actually buy an Xbox. Although Sony’s PlayStation has always been the better selling console, the price of an Xbox Series S (the competitor to the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition) is £100 less at RRP; a more tempting price point.

Despite the lack of search interest and the opportunity for Microsoft to convert wearied Sony fans on Black Friday weekend, the PlayStation 5 still trumps the Xbox on worldwide sales, with 13.8 million units sold since its launch, compared to 8 million Xbox Series X/S units in total. However, this is a 25% decrease from the 18.5 million opening year sales for the PlayStation 4, which is the best-selling PlayStation since the PlayStation 2, showing that Sony are likely disappointed by the PS5’s sales performance and shortage of parts.

Best Opening Years for Games Consoles (Units Sold):

  1. PlayStation 4 (2013): 18.5 million
  2. Nintendo Switch (2017): 17.8 million
  3. PlayStation 5 (2020): 13.4 million
  4. Xbox Series X|S (2020): 8 million
  5. Xbox One (2013): 10 million

Since the PlayStation 5’s release, gamers have been keeping their eyes peeled as to where the rare console may be available, with rumours stirring that retailers may be getting a restock ahead of Black Friday, just in time for one of the biggest shopping events of the entire year, and potentially an opportunity to get the PS5 in time for Christmas. Be quick though, as the PS5 has a track record of selling out almost instantly.

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Squid Royale Season Finale Brings Glass Bridge and Marble to Silly Royale

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Made-in-India social game Silly Royale’s third and final season of Squid Royale content is out now. Squid Royale is a mode in Silly Royale that has games inspired by the popular Netflix show ‘Squid Game’.

The season finale will bring ‘Glass Bridge’ and ‘Marble’ games from the popular Netflix series, Squid Game, to add to ‘Red Light, Green Light’ debuted in Season 1 and ‘Honeycomb Dalgona’ and ‘Tug of War’ from Season 2. Additionally, players also stand a chance to win daily rewards and 4 new skins.

“Squid Royale Season 2 was our best one yet as Silly Royale crossed 13 million installs worldwide,” says Christelle D’cruz, co-founder and General Manager, Silly Royale. “The season finale will let players play all five games from Squid Royale which will make it even more fun and competitive for them.

Silly Royale Squid Royale Season Finale Update — What’s New

  • 40-player Squid Royale

  • 2 new games – Glass Bridge and Marble

  • Daily rewards – In-game rewards and cosmetics

  • 4 new skins –

    • Salesman skin

    • Doll skin

    • VIP owl skin(001 player in the Squid Game show)

    • Survivor skin (Last man standing in the Squid Game show)

  • Sign-in option which will let players carry their progress to other devices

 

Furthermore, Silly Royale’s Season 3’s best players will enter into a raffle to win an iPhone 13. Season 1 saw 22-year-old Sagar Sharma from Meerut winning an iPhone 13 Pro Max 256GB with 110 wins in Squid Royale. The Top 100 players from Season 2 will go into a raffle today on Silly Royale’s Discord with the winner getting a PlayStation 5.

In Silly Royale Season 2, a total number of 378,655 matches were played. The game’s popular voice chat feature also clocked more than 100 million voice minutes till date while the game crossed more than 13 million installs worldwide.

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Opera GX – the world’s only browser for gamers – debuts on the Epic Games Store

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Opera GX joins the Epic Games Store, becoming the first web browser for gamers available in the store. With its set of unique features including RAM, CPU and network bandwidth limiters, as well as a unique, gaming-themed look and feel including adaptive background music, Opera GX is the perfect fit for players in the Epic metaverse. Players also get access to GX Corner, a unique Opera GX feature with a game release calendar, information about games on sale and gaming-news.

With Opera GX, Opera has adapted its proven, innovative web browser to expand its footprint in gaming. Opera GX brings the immersive gaming experience to browsing, as the first browser to include built-in Twitch, Discord and social messengers. GX also supports dynamic RGB Lighting Effects on Razer and Corsair peripherals. GX’s Discord community is the biggest server in the tech category with an  audience of 500K members.

“Since its launch, the Epic Games Store has become a true destination for online game and software distribution, giving gamers much-needed choice with access to multiple game platforms. At Opera, our mission is to create superior products that people choose to use and install. This mission has led to the development of Opera GX, the browser of choice for gamers, who decide to make it default for its superior features, look and feel. Opera GX is the perfect fit for the Epic Games Store because of this shared passion to create choice and enable a community of gamers,” said Annette de Freitas, Head of Business Development at Opera Gaming.

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Rix.GG announces Huntress Trials VALORANT Tournament for February

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Rix.GG, a top UK esports organisation, announces its first Huntress Trials VALORANT for female and marginalized genders of the new year.

The Huntress Trials tournament will start on Saturday the 19th February at 12:00 GMT and will continue on Sunday the 20th February 12:00 GMT.

The competition will feature up to 32 competing teams in total from across the EU and the UK, in a 5v5, single-elimination bracket, best of 3 (Bo3). Winners from the bracket will advance to the Grand Final which will be a best of 3 (Bo3) with a chance to take home the first prize.

The Huntress Trials VALORANT tournament – February prize pool is £2000 GBP total, where the winners of the event will receive £1000 GBP, 2nd place £500 GBP and 3rd and 4th place will be awarded £250 GBP.

The casters for this event will be the returning Samantha “NaoriMizuki” Timms and Layla “TK Layla” Abbott. Overseeing the tournament will be Tournament and Events Manager, Umar ‘Maru’ Aswat, with the support of admins Nicole ‘Wolf’ Sølvmose, and Jorden ‘Raen’ Dakin-White, as well as Observer Samantha “Benolot” Fry. The production for the Huntress Trials tournament will be overseen by Jakob “Atroix” Szmyt and will include his Esports Production Year 2 students at Confetti College (@Confetti_ICT). We are delighted that we are able to assist with the grassroots development of future production staff as well as grassroots players.

Gin Rai from Confetti College said “We at Confetti are excited to work with Rix and the Huntress Trials. This is another great opportunity to provide our students with real broadcast production experience whilst elevating recognition for women and marginalised genders in esports.”

Teams interested in participating can sign up via our form by Wednesday, 16th February at 21:00 GMT. Only the first 32 eligible teams will be allowed to participate. This tournament is only for female and marginalised gender teams.

Country restrictions are set by VALORANT and Riot Games tournament licenses. For the purpose of this tournament, teams must have the majority of their players from a qualified region. Rix.GG has been granted an EU license though some country restrictions may apply.

First Prize: £1000 GBP

Second Prize: £500 GBP

Third and Fourth Prize: £250 GBP Saturday

Date: 19 February 2022

Time: 12:00 PM GMT

Sunday

Date: 20 February 2022

Time: 12:00 PM GMT

Main Broadcast: RixGG_TV

Bracket: ChallengerMode

Format: 5v5; Single-Elimination; Best of 3 (Bo3) including the final

Rules: Huntress Trials – VALORANT – Tournament Rules – February

Eligible countries: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Island, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Jersey, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia (formerly Macedonia), Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom (UK)

This tournament is not endorsed or supported by Riot Games.

We’ll see you there, good luck to all the teams entering the tournament!

#EsportsisforEveryone

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