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1/20/2016 - News this way comes...

Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s biggest news.

January 12 - Rockstar North Studio head Leslie Benzies has left the studio after almost 2 decades. Benzies had been with Rockstar for 17 years working on such titles as Manhunt, Red Dead Redemption, and GTA V. While the Scotland based Rockstar North Studio will remain open it is unclear what this high profile departure means for their future assignments.

January 12 - EA announces Origin Access subscription service on PC. The service costs $4.99 and includes access to an selection of EA games, early access to EA titles, and a 10% discount on purchases on the EA PC client, Origin. Full details can be found on the EA blog.

January 14 - ESPN announces ongoing coverage of eSports. The sports broadcasting giant has launched ESPN Esports  a new website dedicated to coverage of games like League of Legends, DotA 2,  and Hearthstone.

The move comes on the heels of statements from Activision CEO Bobby Kotick, who said that his company wanted to build the “ESPN of eSports” after Activision acquired the Major League Gaming network. Now it seems like Activision will need to compete with ESPN to build the ESPN of eSports.

That about does it for this week. What about that ESPN site? Who is that even for? Was anybody even asking for them to cover eSports?