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Knockout City Looks Like the Dodgeball Game We’ve Always Wanted

After the reveal of Knockout City, one thing is for certain: it looks like an […]

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After the reveal of Knockout City, one thing is for certain: it looks like an excitingly fun time. There’s been a few dodgeball games here and there, but the one most people think of is the arcade game Super Dodge Ball. With the upcoming release of Knockout City, will this stylized “balls to the wall” dodgeball game be exactly what we dreamed of as children?

What Exactly Is Knockout City?


On the surface, Knockout City is a 3v3 multiplayer dodgeball game, utilizing the classic rules of dodgeball. But it seems that the minds at Velan Studios, the developers behind the Mario Kart Live toy, have put a more entertaining spin on one of the classic gymnasium stress relievers.

There’s still the classic rules, hit someone with the ball they’re out, catching the ball doesn’t count as a knockout and you can throw it back, but the fun lies in what the gameplay is all about. The game allows you to curve the balls, jump from high heights and spike the ball down, use a dodge move to zip from side to side, just like you imagined doing in your childhood daydreams on the bench after getting hit the first time. You can even fake out a throw to trick the enemy into letting their guard down so you can hit them when they least expect it. You can even tackle enemies who are holding a ball to knock it out of their hands, allowing you to snatch the ball and throw back at them.

On top of the introduction of new ways to throw the ball, there’s also new balls to try out. Consider the ticking bomb ball, one that explodes after a set amount of time, and play some hot potato with the enemy. Or on top of all of that, you and your teammates can “ball up” and be used as a projectile to flatten your foes.


Gliding is also included to add some verticality to the gameplay, as well as environmental dangers. The world of Knockout City, a mix between the stylish Inkopolis from Splatoon and the neon lights and colorful scenery from Cyberpunk 2077, even has a hint of Jet Set Radio in the game with the announcer being a DJ who’s taken over the airwaves.

On top of all of that, customization is key for players of the game. If you’re going to throw down (literally) with your enemies, why not look your best doing so? With myriads of customization options, it appears that the sky is the limit for players who decide to take the plunge into Knockout city.

Team Deathmatch (Called “Team Knockout” in the game) isn’t the only option for Knockout City’s fantastical take on dodgeball. For the upcoming Cross-Play beta on April 2nd, there’s also the introduction of a 1v1 mode, as well as the classic free-for-all mode.

Does the Game Have Esports Potential?


Whether or not Knockout city has the potential to become an esports title is something a lot of us here have been discussing. It all depends on the game modes and if cooperation is key to winning in Knockout City. From what the trailers and the website claim, cooperation seems to be at the forefront of the game. The game modes also need to be able to keep everything not only fresh, but competitive enough to entice people to want to play competitively. Hopefully, EA will consider pushing a more competitive side to Knockout City, but that depends on their goals for the game, as well as the player base’s interest in competition.

What’s on the Horizon for Knockout City?


What could the future for Knockout City hold? There’s not much to say about the game since it’s not released yet, but what can be done is speculate on the potential that Knockout City has. For one, I’m already hooked, and I cannot wait to give this game a try. I think it’s not only fun, but a breath of fresh air that’s needed for multiplayer games these days.

While most multiplayer games I’ve played have been shooters, there’s always that diamond in the rough that spices it up to the point that makes me want to give it a go. What matters for games like this is the gameplay loop itself: a game should be easy to learn and hard to master. If I make a mistake and get knocked out, every time should feel like my fault, not the game’s. That inspires players to grow, and why games like Fortnite seem to do so well. Skill triumphs over all.

From what EA has decided to show us, this does prove to be a game that could be up to the task. However, With EA as the publisher, and customization being at the forefront of player identity, it might be difficult to say whether the company will be rearing its greedier side when it comes to dressing up your character or not. Along with the fact that Knockout City is a new IP, one can only cross their fingers that this will not be the case, and that they’ve learned their lesson from the Battlefront 2 scandal all those years back.

Lastly, content for the game needs to be enough to hook the player. Many a multiplayer game have found themselves lacking content and not being able to draw in players for extended periods of time. With most players gravitating towards the easy-to-understand Team Knockout mode, having multiple maps, as well as multiple fun and engaging game modes, will be at the forefront of determining Knockout City’s success.

When Can You Play?


If you’re looking to get your hands on Knockout City, the game will be coming out on May 21st, 2021. But if you are lucky, you might be able to get into the Cross-Play beta going on April 2nd-4th, giving you a whole extra month to give the game a shot before deciding  if you want to add it to your collection.

Source: https://www.esportstalk.com/blog/knockout-city-looks-like-the-dodgeball-game-weve-always-wanted/

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Bitcoin Cash Price Analysis: 10 April

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The correlation between Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash stood strong at 0.729, showing a positive correlation between the prices of the two (denominated in USD). Bitcoin Cash saw some bullish news in recent weeks when it was announced that merchants that have integrated PayPal will be able to accept payments in BCH.

Bitcoin Cash 12-hour chart

Bitcoin Cash Price Analysis: 10 April

Source: BCH/USDT on TradingView

Bitcoin Cash was once again near the $670 resistance level. Further on lies the $750 resistance level, while support is at the $600-$610 area.

A leg upwards could be exactly the thing that has been brewing in the markets over the past month. Bitcoin and Ethereum have been unable to break past the stubborn resistance at $60k and $2000 respectively, suffering a sharp pullback before recovering. The positive sentiment around the market has been building for a few weeks now and could propel prices higher in the weeks to come.

The technical indicators showed that BCH has shifted back toward bullish momentum over the past two weeks, after dropping to test the $480 support level.

Rationale

Using the Elliot Wave Theory, the move from $220 (October) to $500 (January) appears to be the third wave in a series of five waves for BCH – and that wave also saw BCH register larger gains than the other two motive waves.

The move from $750 to $480 would then be Wave A of the corrective phase – and the recovery from $480 being Wave B. If this is indeed so, then BCH is unlikely to push past $750 once again.

The OBV showed that although buying volume was present, it has not yet made up for the selling volume seen since the drop from $750. This has to change if the bulls are to drive prices toward $800.

The RSI climbed back above neutral 50 to denote bullish sentiment.

Conclusion

A surging Bitcoin often sees market participants exchange altcoins for the king of crypto. This scenario would likely see coins such as BCH stagnate while Bitcoin soars. The $660 and $750 remain key levels of resistance and a move above them will invalidate the corrective phase scenario laid out in this analysis.


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How Ripple’s big win in court correlates with XRP’s 113% rally

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The bulls ride again on XRP’s side, as the token breaks about $1. On the legal subject, things seem to be going well for Ripple’s corner as rumors of an SEC settlement grow louder.

Back in December, the Commission hit Ripple Labs, executive Brad Garlinghouse, and Chris Larsen with a lawsuit for the alleged illegal sales of an unregistered security. In the coming month’s XRP’s price plummeted, exchanges delisted it, some investors lose faith.

As reported by lawyer Stephen Palley, Garlinghouse and Larsen scored a victory yesterday when Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn rule that “discovery seeking 8 years of financial records along w/ subpoenas to 3d parties seeking same were too broad”.

Palley classified the decision as a “nice early win” by the defendants but is still skeptical about it being an indication for a resolution on the case. Palley added the following:

Winning a motion for a protective order on discovery doesn’t usually portend victory on the merits of the case itself. It depends. And the Court left open the possibility some of this could revisit later, if there are reasons to check veracity.

On the other hand, Galaxy Digital CEO Mike Novogratz said Ripple’s “equity is trading” at up to $3 billion in valuations on a secondary market. Novogratz speculated on the possibility XRP is rallying due to rumors of a possible settlement in the lawsuit.

Last February, the parties ruled out a settlement in a joint letter. However, the negotiations took place under the Commission’s previous directive. Gary Gensler is expected to be confirmed by the Senate and his more pro-crypto stance to have a positive influence on the legal process. Novogratz said:

Ripple equity is ‘trading’ in secondary market at $2-3bn valuation.  The $XRP on their balance sheet is worth approx $70bn. One price seems wrong. If XRP price is saying settlement coming, the equity is crazy cheap.   If not, the token seems expensive.   Thoughts?

Commenting on Novogratz’s statements Palley said there is no “public” indication a resolution is coming soon. The lawyer classified this subject as “inside” information and claimed a settlement will come after summary judgment practice. Palley added:

I don’t know how one can correlate price itself to settlement unless someone has inside information about potential SEC settlement/resolution and ability for exchanges to re-list for trading. Ripple has done better than I expected so far in preliminary motion practice and discovery fights, but there’s a long way from that to case resolution.

XRP in moon mode

Those who hold on to their tokens have been rewarded. XRP is trading at $1,32 with 29% profits in the past 24 hours and the biggest weekly rally in the crypto top ten with 113%.

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XRP on a bullish run in the 24-hour chart. Source: XRPUSDT Tradingview

Trader Kaleo said XRP is yet to reach its top and seems bullish on current price action. Comparing it to the 2017 bull-fun, the trader said XRP’s price quickly reach $2.45 when it broke the $1 mark. In the current rally, there is “way more capital” and fuel for the price to extend the bullish momentum.

In the last 24 hours, investors in South Korea are increasing XRP buying pressure as shown by the high trading volume in Upbit and Bithumb, two major exchanges in that country.

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Chainlink, Aave, Decred Price Analysis: 10 April

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Chainlink moved within an ascending channel but a breakdown did not seem likely at least in the short term. Aave remained below its 200-SMA, while Decred was expected to break south from its ascending channel after touching $200.

Chainlink [LINK]

Source: LINK/USD, TradingView

Chainlink’s current price was at a crossroads on the 4-hour chart. On one end, a climb above $35-resistance on the back of a bullish broader market would likely boost LINK above its ATH of $36.9. The other end would see LINK move below the bottom trendline of its ascending channel.

A bearish divergence on the MACD did lead to a pullback, but the price was still within the confines of an ascending channel. If the fast-moving line does cross above the signal line, a breakdown can be avoided over the coming sessions. The RSI pointed north from 54 but was expected to fall towards the oversold zone after forming another peak in the upper territory. A breakdown would highlight $28.6-support, but the same could go as low as $24.4.

Aave [AAVE]

Source: AAVE/USD, TradingView

While Aave has attempted a recovery after the late February pullback, gains have been largely capped by a strong resistance line of $422.7. Another stubborn form of resistance came from the 200-SMA, a line that has subdued Aave’s attempt at a bullish comeback. At the time of writing, the candlesticks were below the 200-SMA and the bulls faced an uphill task to take control of the market.

The OBV moved flat over the last few sessions. On a whole, selling volume has outmatched buying volume since mid-February. The ADX pointed south from 26 as the price approached its long-term moving average. Even if the price does move north, failure to flip $422.7 to a line of support could lead to a breakdown once again. Support at $300 could cushion any losses seen during the mid-long term.

Decred [DCR]

Source: DCR/USD, TradingView

On the 4-hour timeframe, Decred moved within an ascending channel after a pickup from $175.7-support. Since the last two weeks, this has become a recurring theme for DCR. Ascending channels have led to a minor pullback but the bulls have swiftly negotiated them and maintained an upwards trajectory. Going by the same logic, a minor pullback was expected if the channel peaks at a psychological level of $200.

The $195 region could offer some support but a fall towards $175.7 was also likely in case of a sharper sell-off. For now, the RSI was in the process of forming its third peak in the overbought region and a reversal can be expected soon after. Meanwhile, bullish momentum was gathering according to the Awesome Oscillator.


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