The past and the future are uniting in today’s gaming news.
Firstly, and with a heavy dose of nostalgia, Elon Musk has revealed that an update for Tesla‘s v9.0 software will include some classic Atari games as Easter eggs. Musk has confirmed so far that games such as Tempest, Missile Command, and Pole Position will be making their way into Tesla vehicles within the next month.
“Some of best classic @Atari games coming as Easter eggs in Tesla V9.0 release in about 4 weeks. Thanks @Atari!” Musk tweeted to his 22.3 million followers on Wednesday.
Of course, this will only come as good news to the select few lucky enough to actually afford a Tesla vehicle, but it’s still fun to find out what Musk has been cooking up with his developers. For Pole Position, the tech giant has even said that he hopes to link the game to the steering wheel of the car to use as a controller (obviously, while stationary, as all the games are meant to be played while drivers are actually parked.)
Musk also invited gaming developers to get in touch to brainstorm further ideas for his vehicles, tweeting: “If you’re into video game development, consider applying to Tesla. We want to make super fun games that integrate the center touch screen, phone & car irl.”
Playing video games at the hand of your own steering wheel? Whatever’s next?! Playing against strangers in real-life while competing in a huge sporting arena? Well yes, that brings us to our next bit of gaming news.
The Gaming Stadium is being built in Richmond, British Columbia, and will hold major gaming competitions, tournaments, and other eSports events. Per the report, it will seat up to 250 spectators, 40 different set-ups for gamers, and another area for “casual gamers” to play.
It’s a trend that appears to be popping up everywhere recently, as it was revealed in March by Forbes that Texas would be building a $10 million eSports venue later this year, which is set to be the largest of its kind in America.
With millions of viewers already tuning in to watch games take place, the eSports industry has been predicted to become a billion-dollar market by 2020, according to the 2017 Global eSports Market Report.
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