H1Z1 Going Free to Play on Steam, "Appreciation Pack" Rewarded for Buyers

H1Z1 is going free-to-play as it launches official esports league

H1Z1, which which left Early Access just over a week ago and added a cars-only battle royale mode called Auto Royale has made another sharp turn in its already twisty-turny development path. According to Steam Spy, H1Z1's concurrent player base is now under 10,000, a far cry from the millions of players the other two games attract on a daily basis.

The move comes as no surprise as, like most "originals", the game has been surpassed in popularity and player count by other battle royale titles PUBG and Fortnite.

Japan cracks down on cryptocurrency exchanges after massive hack
The theft at Coincheck of the NEM currency was the second major hacking assault on a Japanese crypto exchange after the Mt. The Japanese Financial Services Agency ( FSA ) stated on Thursday 8th that it has suspended two cryptocurrency exchanges.

Coupled with an ever shrinking playerbase and updates fans didn't like, H1Z1 fell out of favor in terms of battle royale games. H1Z1 was released to early access back in 2015 while the development was split to start work on the battle royale game in 2016 so it's possible fans got exhausted of waiting and went on to different things.

Those who purchased H1Z1 for $19.99 in the week since its formal launch on February 28 may be upset to find that the game is now free. There are a couple of different outcomes, depending on when you bought it. Only those who purchased within the past 14 days and haven't played the game for more than two hours will get a refund. However, it appears as if developer Daybreak is unsatisfied with the number of new adopters.

Fiorentina legend, Batistuta, pens moving letter to Davide Astori
The sudden death of the 31-year-old who captained his club has sparked an outpouring of grief in football-mad Italy. Our thoughts go to your mother, father, Bruno, Marco, Francesca and Princess Victoria.

H1Z1 will enter the eSports scene with the H1Z1 Pro League (H1PL), which will be kicking off its first season on April 21st, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The bundle features the Gasrunner Hoodie, Bloom Survivor t-shirt, Splinter Camo ARV, 10 Victory Crates, and 10,000 Skulls. There are some big eSports names among those 15 teams, including Cloud9, Tempo Storm, Team SoloMid, and Alliance, so Daybreak certainly has the buy-in from big eSports organizations. You'll be able to watch the pro league beginning on April 21 over on Facebook, which is the exclusive streaming partner for at least this first season (sorry Twitch). Plus, Caesars Entertainment will be the official venue and entertainment partner.

Royals working to keep Moustakas
Moustakas, who previous year earned $8.7 million, rejected the Royals' qualifying offer of $17.4 million to test free agency. Rustin Dodd with the AthleticKC also reported the news and said the team isn't looking to go longer than a one-year deal.

All of this sounds great, but the question is whether or not it's enough to revitalize interest in the game.

Related News:

Most liked

Leeds Given Suspension Boost Ahead of Key Championship Clash Against Wolves
Leeds United fans haven't shared the sentiment, with a string of replies slamming the club's owner. Several Championship clubs believe the arrangement represents a conflict of interest.

Ricciardo breaks Barcelona track record
Hamilton will be back on track in the morning for his final stint in the vehicle before Melbourne . World champion Hamilton said: "I don't know if that's a good time or not and I don't really care".

Why 'False News' Spreads Faster Than Truth
People are just less interested in the truth, apparently, as those types of stories never reached beyond a depth of 10. To do this, they used six independent fact-checking organizations whose classifications showed a strong agreement.

European Central Bank: US President Trump tariff move "dangerous"
On the Trump tariffs he said potential trade disputes "would introduce higher uncertainty in the future growth path". They could depress confidence among consumers and businesses, he said, which could weaken both growth and inflation.

John Williams Plans to Quit Scoring 'Star Wars' Films After 'Episode IX'
When I'm finished with a film, I've been living with it, we've been dubbing it, recording to it, and so on. This is a film that seemingly isn't that important for the franchise, but it easily could be.

IShares Edge MSCI Min Vol Japan (JPMV) Declines 0.54% for Mar 7
When focusing on technical stock analysis, traders and investors may choose to also study the ATR or Average True Range. A reading under 20 would indicate no trend, and a reading from 20-25 would suggest that there is no clear trend signal.

INX media case: Karti approaches Delhi HC for interim relief from ED
The CBI on Friday produced Karti before the court in the INX Media money laundering case, seeking his custody for six more days. The top court had on March 6 refused to grant any interim protection to the son of the former Union finance minister.

'Dr. Seuss' the Grinch' Trailer: Benedict Cumberbatch Stars
Illumination Entertainment, the studio behind films such as Minions and Despicable Me , has unveiled the first trailer for The Grinch .

MoviePass iOS app update removes 'unused' location tracking
After initially launching the service starting at $30 per month, MoviePass cut its monthly pricing to $9.95 last summer. That data would help it determine potential vendors it can market to its subscribers with discounts and similar things.

Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) Upgraded to "Buy" at Vetr
Since December 7, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 10 insider sales for $42.36 million activity. (NASDAQ:AMZN) for 51,554 shares. Mountain Capital Investment Advisors Inc acquired a new position in Amazon.com during the 2nd quarter valued at about $121,000.

Submarine killer Peter Madsen googled beheading women, court told
Caterina Clerici, a friend from Columbia, said Wall had "a soft spot for misfits, for places and people that did not conform". Madsen initially said he'd dropped Ms Wall off at 10.30pm at the Halvandet restaurant close to where they had set off.

Wynn Resorts (WYNN) Earns Daily News Sentiment Score of
However, the property EBITDA result was partly offset by much lower than expected VIP due to very low win rate of 2.44 per cent. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Wynn Resorts from a "buy" rating to a "hold" rating in a report on Tuesday, December 26th.

Splatoon 2 Octo Expansion release date revealed on eShop
You'll traverse around 80 different testing facilities that Agent 8 will go through by using her skills. Cap'n Cuttlefish, Pearl, Marina, and a slew of new characters will also take part in your adventure.

Tesla's electric semis make first production cargo trip
Tesla shares docked $1.77 to $330.53 mid-morning Thursday, within a 52-week range of $242.78 to $389.61. Musk spoke out against two things that he says have made things "very difficult" for Tesla .

US Embassy Issues Travel Warning For Mexico's Playa Del Carmen
Embassy in Mexico City is prohibiting U.S. government employees from traveling to popular resort town Playa del Carmen. A day earlier, a shooting at a music festival in Playa del Carmen left three foreigners and two Mexicans dead.