Greetings and welcome to a new edition of Replay, WIRED’s videogame news roundup. What’s happening this week? For one, John Wick is now a playable character in Fortnite, so that’s pretty cool. Also, in the world of esports, Riot Games is backing former NBA star Rick Fox in his dispute with the organization he founded. Let’s get started.
Hey, You Got John Wick in My Fortnite! Well You Got Fortnite in My John Wick!
Oh, this tastes pretty good.
Listen, I’m going to take a brief moment here, before I introduce the story, to talk about how much I love John Wick. Keanu Reeves is awesome; and long-haired, bearded Keanu breaking stuff is possibly my favorite genre of film. The world is a messy, chaotic place. Keanu Reeves is peace, and he’s relief, and oh God he’s got a gun.
Anyway, yes, John Wick‘s brand of anti-villainous shootouts is making its way to Fortnite, launching alongside the third Wick film, Parabellum, which opens this weekend. The mode, called “Wick’s Bounty,” will let players fight over gold coins, the assassin currency of the films, while other players will be notified of the location of high-earners to, y’know, assassinate them. There will also be cosmetics available, presumably in the form of really nice suits.
Geguri, Overwatch‘s Most Prominent Lady Competitor, Named One of Time‘s Next Generation Leaders
Kim Se-yeon, just 19 years old, is one of the most prominent women in gaming. Better known by her handle, Geguri, she’s a member of the Shanghai Dragons, an Overwatch League team that regularly plays for an audience of thousands, putting her at the center of the massive esports scene and at the center of the scene’s serious problem with women.
Recognizing that, Time has named her one of 2019’s Next Generation Leaders, spotlighting her contributions to the field and writing a short but striking profile on the athlete, who is aware of her role as a symbol for lady gamers but would, honestly, just prefer to win some Overwatch. And who can blame her?
Riot Games Backs NBA Star Rick Fox
Echo Fox is one of the biggest names in esports. The organization owns a bunch of teams, sponsors athletes in several games, and is involved in pretty much every corner of the esports scene. But lately things at Echo Fox haven’t been so great. A few weeks ago, the organization’s founder, former NBA athlete Rick Fox, said he intended to leave the company if one of its investors, who had allegedly made threatening and bigoted statements, did not step down. (The investor has denied the allegations.)
Since then, Riot Games’ League of Legends Championship Series commissioner, Chris Greeley, and his staff have been investigating Echo Fox and agree with Fox himself. As Kotaku reports, Greeley issued a statement saying that if Echo Fox does not remove the investor accused of making racist statements within 60 days, Riot may be forced to take action that could “adversely impact the future of Echo Fox in the LCS.”
Recommendation of the Week: Superhot on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
If John Wick doesn’t give you enough gunfighting action this week, check out Superhot, a brief, elegant, modern classic developed by the aptly named Superhot Team. The premise is simple: Time in Superhot only moves when you do. With that conceit in place, the game’s shootouts become carefully choreographed action scenes where you plan out each move with care. Try it out in VR, too, if you’re brave enough. You’ll feel like a friggin’ action hero.
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