PUBG Corp is giving $20K to every team that qualified for the cancelled PGS tournament

Due to ongoing lockdowns in place to battle the spread of COVID-19, the PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Global Series tournament in Berlin has been cancelled, and PUBG Corp has announced it will be paying each qualifying team $20,000 USD as compensation.

The PSG began with the group stage in March, and would have held the elimination rounds at the beginning of this month had it not been for mandatory lockdowns and cancellations of all public sporting events in the wake of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

As our sister site The Loadout reports, the PSG will be replaced by an online competition, the PUBG Continental Series. That’s set to be a four-region tournament that runs through August, with a prize pool of $2.4 million. The first event in each region will be a PGC Charity Showdown that will have a $100,000 purse, with another $100,000 donated to each regional winner’s charity of choice.

Through June and August, the prize pools increase to $200,000 per region, with Pick ‘Em Challenges and new revenue sharing options for participating teams.

Hardware hack: Use an old Android phone as a system monitor

If you’re looking for peak performance out of your gaming PC, it’s important to keep an eye on your system’s vitals, and one redditor has figured out an easy way to do this without adding any additional Windows processes or taking up screen real estate that would be better filled with explosions or benchmarks. All you need is an old phone, a USB cable, and an app.

Reddit user div2691, posting in the ‘Glorious PC Master Race’ subreddit, shared a photo of his setup. It shows a phone running an app called Remote System Monitor mounted screen-side out on the inside of his PC case’s removable side panel.

It’s a simple enough thing to set up: find yourself an unused Android phone, fire it up and download Remote System Monitor by Trigone on Google Play, and then download the client to your PC. Make sure both the phone and the PC are connected to the same wifi network, and you should see your system’s temperature, clock, and fan data displayed on the screen. You’ll want to make a donation to remove the ads from the app (anything as low as 99p will do the trick), and then plug it in to an available USB port for power, and set the phone’s display to be always on.

Hide Or Die will leave early access May 1 as a completely changed game

When Hide Or Die emerges from early access May 1, it’ll be an almost wholly different experience from the one it began its journey as. Fledgling indie developer VecFour Digital has reworked nearly every aspect of Hide Or Die since it entered the program, from character animation systems to gameplay modes. Now it’s ready for prime time.

Initially, Hide Or Die was meant to blend elements of asymmetric horror games like Dead by Daylight with battle royale, with 15 ‘survivor’ players working together to power up generators while being stalked by one player controlling a ‘hunter.’ However, maintaining a player base big enough to support matches that big can be tough – waning player numbers mean longer queue times, and longer queue times mean declining player counts. But instead of fading away into obscurity, VecFour decided to work with what it had.

The studio’s first big move was an overhaul in May 2019, which moved the game to a large, persistent map called Bale County. Players could drop in and out of this landmass, venturing out of hatches scattered around the area to collect darkness spores, hoping to avoid the roving hunters.