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Smash Bros Direct: Start time, live stream, leaks – Sora, Waluigi, Master Chief next?

Smash Bros Direct: Start time, live stream, leaks - Sora, Waluigi, Master Chief next?

SMASH BROS fans will soon find out who is the final Fighters Pass 2 DLC character. The last Super Smash Bros Ultimate fighter will be announced during a Mr Sakurai Presents Direct – but will it be Sora, Waluigi, Master Chief or another surprise contender? Here’s details on the start time, how to live stream and leaks.

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Insurance company Hellas Direct raises EUR 32 million

Hellas Direct receives a EUR15 million loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB). EIB and Hellas Direct representatives at the virtual signing ceremony.

Next-generation insurance company Hellas Direct raises EUR 32 million and welcomes European Investment Bank backing

Hellas Direct today announced agreement of a EUR15 million loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB).

The EIB is pleased to provide EUR 15 million backing to accelerate pioneering digitalization driven expansion by Hellas Direct through our largest ever support for financial services in Cyprus.”

— Lilyana Pavlova, Vice President of the European Investment Bank

NICOSIA, CYPRUS, July 8, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Hellas Direct, an innovative, technology-driven insurance company operating in Greece and Cyprus, today announced agreement of a EUR15 million loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB). The venture debt financing – which is the first of its kind to be offered to a Cypriot company by the EIB – is designed to support research and development, accelerate the group’s sales and marketing efforts and expand its customer base, is part of the total EUR 32m raised in Hellas Direct’s latest financing round.

The EUR 15 million EIB loan, representing the EIB’s largest ever support for financial services in Cyprus was formally agreed by Alexis Pantazis and Emilios Markou, Executive Directors of Hellas Direct and Lilyana Pavlova, European Investment Bank Vice President responsible for Cyprus during an online signing ceremony on Thursday 8th July.

“We are really proud that Hellas Direct is the first Cypriot company to be backed by a venture debt investment from the EIB. The bank’s support means a lot to us, as we prepare to replicate our business model across borders and to pursue a more aggressive acquisition strategy in the region”, said Alexis Pantazis, Executive Director of Hellas Direct.

“This is a great moment for Hellas Direct. We are very excited to be backed by the EIB, one of the world’s leading financial institutions. Their support and know-how will enable us to increase our market share, optimize our services and pursue our long term strategic goals. Great things are coming!”, commented Emilios Markou, Executive Director of Hellas Direct.

“The European Investment Bank is committed to supporting innovation investment and high-tech business growth. The EIB is pleased to provide EUR 15 million backing to accelerate pioneering digitalization driven expansion by leading regional insurance company Hellas Direct through our largest ever support for financial services in Cyprus. The new investment will expand provision of technology led insurance services across the region and adapt financial services to a post-Covid world,” said Lilyana Pavlova, Vice President of the European Investment Bank .

In backing Hellas Direct, the EIB joins a broad range of global investors which includes Portag3, the IFC (member of the World Bank Group), Endeavor Catalyst, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and well-known family offices including those of Jon Moulton and Lord O’Neill.

Hellas Direct is a digital-first, full-stack insurance company, empowered by cutting-edge technology and the use of advanced analytics. It has built its own proprietary underwriting and online distribution platform and has developed a cutting-edge claims management platform. The group’s vision is to use this platform to generate leads and claims management fees. Empowered by the latest round of funding and using technology as a competitive edge, the company plans to expand into five blindspot European markets, starting with Romania, in order to replicate the multi-product, multi-channel approach it has successfully deployed in Greece and Cyprus.

Last year the EIB provided EUR 245 million for new investment in Cyprus and since the 2013 financial crisis the EIB has provided nearly EUR 2 billion for public and private investment in the country.

Background information

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is the long-term lending institution of the European Union owned by its Member States. It makes long-term finance available for sound investment in order to contribute towards EU policy goals.

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Nintendo's Direct “Dominated” E3 2021, Peaking At 3.1 Million Viewers

Nintendo's Direct "Dominated" E3 2021, Peaking At 3.1 Million Viewers

When E3 is done, the discussion normally turns to who ‘won’ it. The general consensus this year seems to be Nintendo and Microsoft put on the best shows, but there are plenty of other takes on the annual event.

According to E3’s official voting panel – comprised of editors from IGN, GameSpot, PC Gamer, GamesRadar+, Game Bonfire and IGN China – Microsoft held the best presentation. It also apparently showed off the most anticipated game: Forza Horizon 5.

Now, while we could leave it there – if you want to know who really ‘won’ E3, or at least who was the most popular – it was Nintendo’s E3 Direct broadcast. According to data from Stream Hatchet – “Nintendo Dominated” E3’s developer conferences, with its highest peak of viewers coming in at 3.1 million.

Keep in mind, the stats for all broadcasts cover both YouTube and Twitch views:

In second place was Xbox with 2.3 million viewers. Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, noted how it was the company’s most viewed E3 ever – congratulations to the team.

Noticeably, indie publisher Devolver Digital was also up with the best – attracting over one million viewers with its parody skit littered with real game announcements. So, what did you think of E3 2021? Was Nintendo’s presentation your favourite?

Leave a comment down below.

This post originally appeared on Nintendo Life | Latest News

Talking Point: Nintendo Delivered An Excellent E3 Direct For Fans Old And New

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The dust has settled on the E3 2021 Nintendo Direct; the big N stuck to its usual approach ever since the ‘Digital Event’ days, of approximately 40 minutes and plenty of announcements.

On this occasion, no individual game hogged the limelight to excess, as even the biggest hitters only had an assigned couple of minutes for their pitch. Considering the circumstances for game developers and publishers over the past 12-16 months, Nintendo also outlined an impressive slate of first-party titles that’ll take us to the New Year, with almost one big-hitter for every month.

Nintendo and its partners on these big games — the likes of MercurySteam and WayForward — deserve credit for lining up a batch of big-time titles

As you can see in our Nintendo Direct round-up, a lot emerged from Nintendo’s efforts at E3, and the reaction has seemingly been largely positive. In our own poll that was posed just a few hours after the event, out of over 5,500 responses (at the time of writing), 57% awarded the show either an A or B grade (39% a B), with just under a quarter opting for a C (average) and 19% opting for either a D or dreaded F, though only 4% opted for the lowest grade.

A quick glance at the ratio on the Nintendo of America YouTube video upload also shows around 43,000 upvotes to just 3,300 downvotes. While the show won’t have pleased everyone — which is impossible, ultimately — it did generally earn a good reception.

The general sense within our team is that it was a very good show, and arguably Nintendo’s finest Direct for a long time (especially with the dramatic reduction in frequency of the main showcases). After a relatively quiet time for major and exciting software, it also lines up a tantalising set of games for the coming months. Nintendo and its partners on these big games — the likes of MercurySteam and WayForward — deserve credit for lining up a batch of big-time titles under the past year’s difficult working circumstances.

Below are the big first-party games for each month coming up, and this doesn’t even include a number of much anticipated third-party games; it gives a sense of how well stacked the rest of 2021 truly is:

This was also a broadcast that delivered a few notable long-demanded fan favourites – but yes, the wait does go on for F-Zero.

After a long break since its last ‘proper’ entry (if you disregard the spin-off Game & Wario on Wii U), we finally get a return to the classic formula with WarioWare: Get It Together!, which adds co-op for good measure. Mario Party Superstars delivers shiny HD recreations of classic N64-era boards and minigames, though it’s hard to argue with those suggesting it could have been fairly priced DLC for Super Mario Party. Then there’s the WayForward-developed remaster of the two original Advance Wars GBA releases, a smart way for Nintendo to pitch the IP to new audiences while delighting older fans and longtime followers who had to watch this treasured series take a backseat when the Fire Emblem franchise — Intelligent Systems’ other turn-based tactical gem — finally attracted a mainstream audience in the West.

Metroid Dread was arguably the key announcement, though, one which topped our community poll in terms of the most exciting reveals. For newer fans there’s the buzz of a shiny 2D Metroid title on Switch, and it’s good news that MercurySteam — which developed the excellent Metroid II remake, Metroid: Samus Returns, on 3DS — is at the helm but on far more capable hardware. For older fans, however, it’s a slice of Nintendo history.

Following Metroid Fusion on GBA, the sequel Metroid Dread was well known to be in the works, going back over 15 years ago. Its cancellation and all of the intrigue and rumours at the time were a staple of the DS / Wii era, and the assumption had been made in the many years since that it’d never see the light of day (the video, above, in which Yoshio Sakamoto gives intriguing insight into the project is well worth a watch). Notably, Nintendo has given Dread ‘Metroid 5’ status, with Team Ninja-developed Metroid: Other M standing more than ever as a ‘side-project’, while the Prime series occupies its own space in the lore.

For many in our team, it’s the game that draws the most anticipation. When you combine the fact it’s a mainline 2D Metroid game with the ‘Dread’ name and all of that history, it was a huge project for Nintendo to unveil.

All of this has focused on imminent games, and of course we shouldn’t forget that the show dropped huge moments for The Legend of Zelda, too. The celebratory Game & Watch is sure to be a must have collectable, but it was the fascinating trailer for Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 that stole the show.

It’s pleasing that the sequel seemingly has plenty of new ideas to offer. There’ll be action in the skies, portals, and sections where Link will have some pretty wild hair. Fan speculation and deconstruction of the trailer is downright fascinating and fun in itself; we’ve indulged in some theories already! The vague 2022 date is the only disappointment there, especially as it could mean ‘Holiday 2022’, but it was great to see footage and progress.

When you throw in some reveals and 2022 titles from this year’s previous Nintendo Direct and other events, such as Splatoon 3 and Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope (which was touched upon briefly here, too), the future is looking bright for major Switch releases into next year. With the hardware in its fifth year, and regardless of the neverending speculation around its successor or iteration, what Nintendo has achieved to date gives it excellent momentum. With the system still flying off shelves in impressive numbers, the E3 Direct only strengthened Nintendo’s hand in the short-to-medium term future.

E3: Mission Accomplished, we’d say.

This post originally appeared on Nintendo Life | Latest News

Roundup: Here's What Was Revealed In Nintendo Direct E3 2021

Roundup: Here's What Was Revealed In Nintendo Direct E3 2021

@-Juice- @DeclanS98 The constant Wii U ports, and remasters of old games was starting annoy me to heck, especially when the games didn’t even add anything meaningful for another playthrough. The over reliance of third parties is also frustrating, as typically, those games have been out for ages on other platforms, for cheaper, and run better on those platforms. You paying for an inferior version to play portably. Sometimes a good trade off, sometimes not. But overall, new 1st party Nintendo games felt few and far between.

Now, this E3 has restored some of my faith, but not all; quite a bit of the direct was full of announcements from other companies who covered them in their own presentations. Ports/remasters of other games are fine, but it felt like Nintendo was hiding them coming to the Switch so they had padding for the presentation. There is also the fact that while I am happy to see Advance Wars returning, why is it not a new one? Why is the new Mario Party not making new boards/minigames, but instead taking from the past?

My faith has restored slightly because the return of Advance Wars and 2D metroids and Warioware makes me think Nintendo are at least thinking about some of the underused IP. And that is a step in the right direction.

On a side note, a casual observation that surprised me was no mention of Pokemon in the direct as far as I recall. That is welcome from my perspective; they normally spend at least 10 minutes on whatever title is coming out that year.

This post originally appeared on Nintendo Life | Latest News

Nintendo Direct E3 2021 LEAKS: Zelda Breath of the Wild 2, Pokemon, Ocarina of Time

Nintendo Direct E3 2021 LEAKS: Zelda Breath of the Wild 2, Pokemon, Ocarina of Time

The Nintendo Direct Special for E3 2021 is scheduled for Tuesday, June 15, and there’s plenty of time for some big reveals.

The broadcast is expected to last 40 minutes and will be focused exclusively on Nintendo Switch software.

That means there won’t be much in the way of Nintendo Switch Pro news, unless the company is trying to misdirect beforehand.

The big reveal will be the Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 release date, with fans having spent two years waiting on the news.

More BoTW sequel news has been promised for 2021, so that should guarantee at least a snippet of news for fans.

But based on the most recent leaks, Nintendo has a lot more planned than just a snippet.

After the Nintendo Direct for E3 2021 was announced Dr Serkan Toto, an analyst for Kantan Games, appeared to tease the Breath of the Wild 2 release date.

And it looks like Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 could be coming out in 2022.

Toto quoted the Nintendo tweet announcing the Direct and simply said alongside it: “Z2 22”.

That would be a massive reveal and would fit with other leaks that suggested a late 2021 release, or something being planned for 2022, if the Nintendo Switch Pro is launched next year.

YouTuber Spawn Wave has also heard some Zelda news could be dropping next week.

The YouTuber tweeted: “Been getting a bunch of messages about some sort of Gamestop event next week, sounds like it could be Zelda related.”

And Spawn Wave wasn’t the only one who heard this, with VentureBeat’s Jeff Grubb also chiming in.

Grubb, who has an enviable track record when it comes to revealing news early, tweeted: “I’ve heard some similar rumblings.

“GameStops are expecting to get more next-gen console supplies in after E3 and that’s part of it, but they’re also expecting a rush on June 15, the day of the Nintendo presser.”

This week has also seen some speculation over what other projects could be revealed during 2021, including for Legend of Zelda.

There has been mounting speculation that a series of older Nintendo games could be brought to the Switch console in the coming months in a remastered format.

The list includes Majora’s Mask, Wind Waker and Twilight Princess, however, as with all of these rumours, they must be taken with a big pinch of salt.

A number of exciting games have been linked to the Switch this year, including titles like Back 4 Blood, Marvel’s Avengers, and Outer Worlds 2.

But until the show kicks off, we won’t know for certain what will be included for the Nintendo Switch.

Elsewhere, rumours have emerged that the Pokemon Diamond and Silver remakes could make an appearance at E3 2021.

And this new look at Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl is rumoured to show off the game’s improved graphics.

The Pokemon-centric @CentroLeaks Twitter account posted: “A new Pokemon Brilliant Diamond / Shining Pearl trailer will be released soon (don’t know how soon, could be E3).

“While that’s not surprising, the interesting part is that we’ve been told that the graphics have improved “a lot”.

“We will have to wait and see for ourselves.”

This week’s E3 2021 Nintendo Direct will be starting at 5pm BST on Tuesday, June 15, on YouTube.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Entertainment Feed