The July 17 OCE Esports Highlights Update

We're back with more highlights — we've got some Rift Rivals action, a bit of the Call of Duty World League and the end of Gfinity AU's inaugural Elite Series to showcase!

Be sure to head over and check out the rest of the esports hub! Remember you can email tips to me esportsau@ign.com or you can just click to send me an email. If you want, you can tweet suggestions at me as well, my twitter is down the bottom of this article.

League of Legends — Rift Rivals Pacific 2018

Rift Rivals sees three of the best teams from a region team up to take on the best from two other regions. It's an awesome initiative, designed to get teams a bit more exposure to international play — and an extra opportunity to play on stage in front of a crowd of people. This year Rift Rivals came to Australia, as the OPL took on team SEA and the LJL from Japan.

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Witcher Tabletop Game Price Revealed, Developer Announces Q&A

Tabletop developer and publisher R Talsorian Games announced today that they'll be holding a community Q&A session about their upcoming product The Witcher Tabletop Role-Playing Game, which releases the following week at Gen Con. Cody Pondsmith, Lead Developer on The Witcher TRPG, will be answering community questions on the #randomworlds IRC channel, hosted by tabletop writer Dan Davenport. The Q&A session will take place on Monday, July 25th at 7:30pm Central (8:30ET, 5:30PT), with transcripts available afterwards.

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Rugrats Gets TV Revival and New Feature Film from Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon and Paramount Pictures have announced that they will be bringing back the '90s children's television series Rugrats with a 26-episode order and a live-action film featuring CGI characters.

Both the TV series and movie will continue the adventures of characters such as Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, Susie, and Angelica. These new stories will also "introduce a new world of characters."

“Rugrats is hands-down one of the most celebrated cartoons in TV history, and we are thrilled for a whole new audience to meet these iconic characters in brand-new adventures,” said Sarah Levy, COO, Viacom Media Networks; and Interim President, Nickelodeon. “What was true in 1991 when the original show premiered is still true today: kids are fascinated with the world of babies. We can’t wait for today’s kids to meet Tommy, Chuckie and pals.”

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How Cyberpunk 2077 Benefits From Its Tabletop Origins

“Steal from the best, but admit you did it.”

As a veteran designer for both tabletop and digital games, this is the advice that Cyberpunk creator Mike Pondsmith offered new game designers during a recent interview with IGN. He expounded, saying that “You’re not going to invent it all yourself - you’re going to learn from other people.” While this is certainly excellent advice for newcomers to the world of game development (or just running their own tabletop RPG session), the idea also bolsters my faith in CD Projekt Red’s upcoming Cyberpunk 2077, and reminds me of how important it is that Cyberpunk 2020 (along with several other versions of the tabletop RPG) came before it.

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Timothee Chalamet May Star in Blade Runner 2049 Director Denis Villenueve’s Dune

Timothee Chalamet is currently in negotiations to star in Legendary's newest take on Frank Herbert's Dune.

Chalamet was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in 2017's Call Me By Your Name and also played Kyle Scheible in Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird. On October 12, 2018, Chalamet will appear in Beautiful Boy with Steve Carrell.

Arrival and Blade Runner 2049 director, Denis Villeneuve, has officially signed on to direct this reboot of Dune with the script being written by Eric Roth. Roth has been a writer on such films as Forrest Gump, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Ali.

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IGN and Amazon Invite 100+ Fans to SDCC Party

San Diego Comic-Con is coming on July 19th and we're pumped to be on the floor again this year. To celebrate we're throwing the IGN SDCC Party presented by Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan and inviting 100+ fans to attend!

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To get your ticket, just be one of the first 100+ fans to RSVP. It's simple. The party starts at 9:00pm Friday July 20th, 2018 in Downtown San Diego.

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Birds of Prey: Harley Quinn Spinoff Movie Lineup Reportedly Revealed

Black Canary, Cassandra Cain, Huntress, and Renee Montoya will all be joining the crew of Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn in her Suicide Squad spinoff movie, Birds of Prey.

Revealed by TheWrap, Robbie will also be producing Birds of Prey, a film "centered around a revolving group of female heroes and villains," and will feature a "Batman comics villain who has never before appeared on the big screen."

In April, it was announced that Cathy Yan will be directing Birds of Prey and that production would begin by the end of the year. Yan wrote and directed Dead Pigs, which won the World Cinema Dramatic Award for Ensemble Acting at Sundance earlier in the year.

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Unfriended: Dark Web Review

Considering how much time we each spend on the internet - don’t deny it, you’re reading a review on the internet right now - it only makes sense that the internet would inform the way we make movies. A film like the original Unfriended, which was all about the way that cruel people interact online, and make each other’s lives a living hell, was a novel albeit lowbrow attempt to transform everyday technology into something entertainingly scary.

The sequel, Unfriended: Dark Web, takes the visual gimmick from the original film and removes all the relevancy. Instead of a story about how we interact online, it’s a story about cardboard twenty-somethings stumbling onto a murder cult in a convoluted story that relies on more on coincidences than logic.

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