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World of Tanks 9.2 introduces clan strongholds and a new map for dastardly snipers

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World of Tanks 9.2 introduces clan strongholds and a new map for dastardly snipers

World of Tanks’ 9.2 update has rolled out, shooting out new clan features, HD tank models to make the tank on tank warfare a wee bit prettier, and new versions of existing maps like Sacred Valley and Hidden Village. Wargaming says that the focus of these map changes are strategy and balance. 

A "newly imagined combat territory" has been thrown into the mix to boot: Fiery Salient, complete with raised train tracks and a snipers perch for those dastardly long-range killers. 

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Surviving the World Cup doldrums with World of Tanks: Football Edition

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Surviving the World Cup doldrums with World of Tanks: Football Edition

I’m one of those miserable sods who gets a lot more pleasure out of moaning about the World Cup than watching it. So I was more surprised than anyone that I found myself very happy that this competition of footballs and men in shorts was bringing me no small amount of joy. And it’s all thanks to World of Tanks and the game’s temporary football mode

For the last few days, I’ve been ramming an oversized football around a well-trimmed pitch. In a tank. It’s the most I’ve ever enjoyed the sport. And it’s provided some of my favourite World of Tanks moments. 

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Tank shoots, it scores: World of Tanks gets a World Cup mode

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Tank shoots, it scores: World of Tanks gets a World Cup mode

Football is a sport that seems to be rather popular. If you’re an American reader, you’ll inexplicably know it as soccer. I’m constantly being informed that the World Cup is a thing, and is also a rather big deal. Which is a shame, because it’s also run by FIFA, which is essentially a super villain group. 

It might already be clear that I don’t care much for the sport (and it has nothing to do with Scotland being terrible at it). But I have been known to dabble in tank warfare. What do the two have in common? In a sane universe, not very much. But nobody has accused Wargaming of being sane. They’ve only gone and added a new football mode to World of Tanks.

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It belongs in a museum: Wargaming rescues and conserves one of a kind World War II bomber

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It belongs in a museum: Wargaming rescues and conserves one of a kind World War II bomber

After developing World of Warplanes, it undoubtedly comes as no surprise to anyone that Wargaming is a bit of a fan of military aircraft. But it goes beyond recreating the aircraft for gaming. 

In 2013, The Royal Air Force Museum and Wargaming teamed up to conserve and partially restore the last known Dornier Do 17 light bomber, used in World War II by Germany. Restored parts of the plane, cleaned and preserved by teams of staff and volunteers, have been displayed in the museum.

Come next year, the plane itself will be displayed in the Royal Air Force Museum in Cosford, Shropshire, here in Blighty. 

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Wargaming's US and European director reveals the key to free-to-play success on PC: patience

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Wargaming's US and European director reveals the key to free-to-play success on PC: patience

Victor Kislyi may be Wargaming’s CEO, but Frederic Menou oversees the largest domain in the company - North America, Europe, the Middle-East and Africa. He knows his stuff - and the stuff he’s made of, apparently, is patience. 

Menou says free-to-play developers need to allow a “certain amount of time before monetisation" if they have a hope of replicating World of Tanks’ success.

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What I learned about Polish tanks at the Polish tank museum.

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What I learned about Polish tanks at the Polish tank museum.

I’ve just returned from a brief visit to Poland to watch the World of Tanks grand finals. There were a lot of tanks. And we will be writing all about those tanks shortly.

In between seeing virtual tanks, my host arranged for a very special surprise: Polish tanks!

I don’t speak Polish so the details of what my Polish guide told me on the tour of Warsaw’s Museum of Polish Military Technology may have been lost on me.

I think I got the gist of it though. The Polish army have been allowing old tanks to retire to a field outside the capital where they can spend the last of their days playing in the field, cared for by a team of professionals who have the elderly tanks purring and (largely) happy.

Here is that gist.

With pictures.

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How explosions will fix World of Tanks' camping problem

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How explosions will fix World of Tanks' camping problem

I’m watching the Grand Finals of World of Tanks’ largest tournament, the WGL. This should be the most exciting bit: a chance to see trained, professional tank commanders battling it out, a chance for heroism and tactics and drama.

But it’s boring. Of the five games between the finalists, three have ended in draws. In the two hours of games there’s only about ten minutes of actual action. The teams are playing cautiously, each player sheltering behind cover, keenly aware a single shell could take them out of the game, leaving their team mates at a disadvantage that could mean missing their collective shot at the $60,000 prize pot.

In professional World of Tanks, camping is simply too sensible a strategy.

Wargaming think they have a fix. It involves explosions.

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World of Warplanes is 10% as popular as World of Tanks - but Wargaming are "very happy"

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World of Warplanes is 10% as popular as World of Tanks - but Wargaming are "very happy"

Four years ago, Wargaming released World of Tanks - and subsequently began expanding in a fashion that positively encouraged lazy invasion metaphor. Their armour rolled across continents and set up new outposts in each. Their troops parachuted into North America - capturing Chris Taylor’s Gas Powered Games and MechAssault types Day 1.

In that time, they’ve also made another game: World of Warplanes. But tracked vehicles, not winged ones, continue to fund the overwhelming majority of the company’s enlargement.

It turns out Wargaming are fine with that.

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World of Tanks will even the playing field for 2014

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World of Tanks will even the playing field for 2014

World of Tanks has come a long way since its inception, but 2014 looks to be quite a game-changer for the free-to-play game. Wargaming is developing some notable improvements to the game, with a great focus on wrestling away the dominance the big clans have on the game, and evening the playing field so smaller, less experienced clans can still have fun without inevitable defeats. 

New game modes are the way forward for Wargaming’s plan, and a whole host of new abilities that means your tank isn’t the only thing to rely on in battle. 

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World of Tanks now has 80 million accounts - and its eSports scene is real

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World of Tanks now has 80 million accounts - and its eSports scene is real

Tracked vehicles have rarely entered into eSports since Counter-Strike practically invented the idea in the late ‘90s. That’s possibly because nothing about mile-long lines of stationary armour says ‘fast-paced teamwork’.

World of Tanks might be changing that. Less a historical sim than an approachable competitive shooter, the game has merited a $10m investment in eSports from its creators, Wargaming. And their community have answered.

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Wargaming.net League Grand Finals kick off on April 4th; we're going to be there, looking at tanks

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Wargaming.net League Grand Finals kick off on April 4th; we're going to be there, looking at tanks

Wargaming.net’s League Grand Finals are taking place in Warsaw, Poland next month, between the 4th and the 6th, with the seeding taking place on March 24th. There’s a prize pool of $300,000 up for grabs, but the real prize is going to the people of Poland, because they’ll be able to meet our Jules, who we’re shipping over there in a crate. 

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Let's get physical: World of Tanks video teases upside down tanks, more destruction and flying turrets

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Let's get physical: World of Tanks video teases upside down tanks, more destruction and flying turrets

Wargaming’s World of Tanks is set to become increasingly more complex and realistic as 2014 moves forward. The tanks vs. tanks wargame already realistically models things like tank armour, shell penetration and a plethora of other details that demand players pay attention, but now the in-game physics is getting a major overhaul. 

The developer has put together a diary explaining all the upcoming changes. Expect crumbling buildings, flipping tanks and flying turrets. 

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World of Tanks grows new experimental Nation vs Nation mode: Confrontation

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World of Tanks grows new experimental Nation vs Nation mode: Confrontation

One of the longstanding joys of playing games about historical fighting machines has been hopping into the impossible prototypes - the experimental designs that were only made once or twice because they exploded a lot, or a war ended.

That spirit runs through World of Tanks like a squishy person from a tracked vehicle, and now extends to the structure of the game itself. Wargaming.net have introduced Confrontation - a dangerous, exciting, experimental combat mode so new that it hasn’t been balanced yet.

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End of an e-ra: World Cyber Games halt tournaments and events after 14 years in eSports

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End of an e-ra: World Cyber Games halt tournaments and events after 14 years in eSports

This year, World Cyber Games Inc. won’t be running any tournaments and events, including the World Cyber Games finals in Kunshan - for the first time in 14 years.

This is no Glastonbury-style break to let the sticky convention hall floors recover and the Counter-Strike pros graze for a few months, sadly. Rather, it’s the moment we “say goodbye to the WCG".

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World of Warplanes giveaway: nab one of 100 Supermarine Type 224 planes plus some gold

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World of Warplanes giveaway: nab one of 100 Supermarine Type 224 planes plus some gold

Wargaming have been generous enough to supply us with 100 codes for World of Warplanes, which grant new and existing users with a snazzy plane plus some gold! The Supermarine Type 224 was the predecessor to the famous Spitfire. It’s fitted with a Goshawk engine and supplemented with two Browning Mk.II machine guns. The code will also net you 300 gold to spend on whatever you like.

We’ve got a video of the Supermarine Type 224 in action, along with how to grab a code.

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Russia went World of Tanks mad on Sunday, with over a million concurrent players on the Russian cluster

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Russia went World of Tanks mad on Sunday, with over a million concurrent players on the Russian cluster

World of Tanks has more than a few fans worldwide, but it's in Russia where the online tank-on-tank extravaganza has its most ardent fans. Last year WoT set a new record for most concurrent players in one server, a Russian one of course, with over 190,000 players in Russia fighting each other.

Back then Wargaming boasted a peak concurrent user figure of over 800,00 in Russia alone, but as of January 19th, it's smashed that figure into the ground, presumably with a tank shell.  

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Wargaming and War Child join forces to assist children affected by war

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Wargaming and War Child join forces to assist children affected by war

While Wargaming.net is best known as a purveyor of addictive, skill-based tank, plane and ship combat games, it recently showed its softer side when it joined War Child UK in securing the safety of children in regions threatened by conflict through the Real War is Not a Game campaign. War Child is an international charity with teams in Afghanistan, Iraq, Uganda and other nations affected by war where they provide aid to child soldiers, homeless children, kids that have been locked up in prison and girls at risk of rape. 

Back in September, Wargaming sold three charity packs to their customers, promising a quarter of the sales to War Child UK. This has amounted to €100,000, which Wargaming recently presented to the charity. This sum won't just protect children from the immediate effects of war - it will also be put towards education, helping families and giving young adults the opportunity to learn skills that will allow them to earn a sustainable income.  

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World of Tanks 8.10 update will augment Japanese armour, introduce "major overhaul" to lighting

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World of Tanks 8.10 update will augment Japanese armour, introduce "major overhaul" to lighting

During World War II, tanks like the Type 95 Ha-Gō were seen only on the Pacific Front. But in Wargaming.net’s flagship game, Japanese tanks meet Russian tracked guns meet British armour in impossible deathmatches - an unfeasible tribute to the 20th century’s most memorable machines.

At the even hazier edge of the game’s heavy metal fantasy are the prototypes: the tanks that were never fielded. For update 8.10, welcome the Type 5 Ke-Ho and friends.

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