Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia

Bands come together and some bands break up. Maybe the drummer moved halfway across the country. Rock Band Rivals hoped to keep the music together through online multiplayer, but it still needed a few tweaks. Fortunately, Wednesday morning saw Harmonix issue the first big Rock Band Rivals update of 2018 and with it came some big changes to Online Quickplay.

Jumping into online multiplayer now looks to be much easier, with players able to join Sessions through invites, searches, via Quick Join, or through creating their own Session. Sessions come with customizable filters, with players able to adjust set lengths and who can add songs. There's also online drop-in, which allows online players to jump into a session in mid-song.

There's even an option to search for users with preferred player stats, which means players can go out and look for players who own the same DLC tracks that they do. But it also means they can look for skilled players to help tackle that one elusive song on Expert.

All of this is available through the new online hub menus. More details on these, as well as the rest of the new early 2018 update can be found on the Harmonix website.

Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia

The worlds of esports and traditional sports continue to inch closer together. A little more than a year ago, the Miami Heat announced its partnership with Misfits Gaming. On Wednesday morning, the Heat and Misfits (current owners of the Overwatch League's Florida Mayhem) announced another partnership, this one with hardware company Alienware.

As part of the partnership, all Misfits players will train and stream with Alienware tech moving forward. This includes the company's line of Alienware Aurora desktops, laptops, monitors, and peripherals. But more intriguing is that this partnership also aims to introduce esports to legions of NBA fans.

"In addition to supporting Misfits in-game action, Alienware will also support multiple gaming nights across the Miami Heat schedule throughout the NBA season," reads the announcement. "As the line between basketball and esports fans continues to blur, Alienware is excited to partner with the Heat in creating new and interesting ways to introduce local sports fans to the world of competitive gaming."

The Miami Heat has already taken steps towards crossing over its esports arm into its basketball arm. Earlier this season, the team hosted HEAT Gaming Night, in which Misfits players held meet-and-greets during the game, handed out autographed gear, and held giveaways. Look for the Alienware partnership to potentially make nights like that one a more regular occurence.

Shacknews - Asif Khan

Nintendo's stock has been on a great run since the bottoming out in 2015 after three years of financial troubles. The company's Nintendo Switch hybrid console has taken the gaming world by storm, winning countless awards last year, and has the Big N back in the driver's seat. Sadly, there are still some problems with Nintendo's stock that need to be addressed in order for the company to continue its rise with the support of institutional investors and smaller shareholders. Here are four suggestions for how Nintendo could make their stock more shareholder friendly.

Split the Japanese Stock

Link has been practicing for this stock split for over 30 years.

While Nintendo does trade over here in the United States as NTDOY ADR, many investors want to own the stock in Japan. Nintendo trades in Japan as 7974 and closed trading at 47,770 yen last night. This translates to $444.26/share! There are a number of reasons why this is hurting Nintendo shareholders.

The obvious problem is for smaller retail investors who view the 47,770 yen price tag on Nintendo shares in Japan as simply to high, but the bigger problem is that Nintendo can't be included in the Japanese Nikkei 225 benchmark index. The Nikkei 225 is a price-weighted equity index, which consists of 225 stocks in the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. This is similar to the Dow Jones Industrial Average Index here in the U.S. The higher the share price, the larger amount of influence a stock will have over a price-weighted index.

This is where the real problem lies for Nintendo's Japanese share price. If Nintendo were added to the Nikkei 225 Index at its current Japanese share price, it would be the largest weighted stock. This wouldn't make any sense as Nintendo is not the largest company by market capitalization in Japan and many of their competitors have much lower share prices in Japan. For instance, Sony's Japanese stock (6758) trades for 5,378 yen/share which is a far more affordable share price and the stock is easily included in the Nikkei 225 price-weighted index as a result.

This all matters because large institutions like mutual funds, pensions and hedge funds might be willing to own or mimic the Nikkei 225 index's holdings. Nintendo's omission from the index means that those large investors will not have any incentive to own the stock. Nintendo's high Japanese share price hurts investors in two ways as a result. It makes investing in the shares more difficult for smaller investors to purchase and it keeps larger institutions away as a result of not being part of the benchmark Japanese Nikkei 225 Index. This frustration has bubbled up in recent days with some investors calling for a stock split.

Issue Quarterly Dividends

Mario seen here counting all the money before Nintendo sends out dividends to shareholders.

Nintendo currently pays shareholders two dividends per year, with the majority coming in the Spring after they have reported their full-year financial results. While this isn't a major problem for most shareholders, it is something that makes the stock unlike most of its counterparts. Large companies that return cash to shareholders usually do it on a quarterly basis and that incentivizes investors to hold onto shares instead of trading in and out of them throughout the year. While this isn't a huge problem for long-term investors like myself, larger institutional investors like mutual funds and hedge funds would prefer to know their dividend is coming each quarter. 

Allow Options to Trade on the Stock

Mario's reaction to Luigi wanting to hedge his Nintendo shares with options.

While most small investors usually don't care if they can trade options on a stock, it is hugely important to large institutions. The ability to mitigate risk in owning a stock by selling upside calls or buying downside puts is a huge advantage to options trading. The inability to trade options on Nintendo's stock is a huge barrier to investment for hedge funds that are always focused on risk management. Nintendo would open themselves up to a whole new market of investors if they allowed options to trade on the stock.

List NTDOY on an Exchange in the U.S.

NTDOY's pink sheet trading status makes it unnecessarily difficult to buy the stock.

NTDOY trades over-the-counter (OTC) here in the states which means it is a security traded in some context other than on a formal exchange like the NYSE or NASDAQ. This leads to several problems for smaller investors. Folks looking to buy the stock cannot place market orders, which leads to some confusion for inexperienced investors. Adding difficulty to purchasing your stock is certainly not shareholder friendly. Making matters worse is the low trading volume of NTDOY. Average trading volume for NTDOY at the time of this writing is around 440,000 shares per day, which may seem like a lot but is nothing compared to the millions of shares that exchange-listed companies trade everyday. This makes price discovery for the stock more difficult and makes it harder to get into the stock at a good price when it is rising and harder to get out at a decent price when it is falling. Nintendo would do their investors a great service if they actually listed the NTDOY ADR shares at a major stock market exchange in the United States.


It doesn't really appear that Nintendo's management cares much about these problems with their stock, and it hasn't hurt the share price in the past year. These problems have been with the company in past bull runs and investors were able to put up with the headwinds and make some money in the process. For Nintendo shares to break out to all-time highs in the United States and Japan, the company really should consider these suggestions as they will instantly make the company more attractive to large institutional investors. It is these large funds that could help propel the company from its current market capitalization of $52 billion to well over their $100 billion. These suggestions will also help smaller investors in Japan and the United States get into the stock by making it more affordable overseas via a stock split and more accessible here at home with better price discovery and hedging. Despite my doubts that Nintendo's management will implement any of my ideas, the stock still holds the coveted Super Mega Buy rating at Game Trader.

Full Disclosure:

At the time of this article, Asif A. Khan, his family members, and his company Virtue LLC had the following positions:

Long Nintendo via NTDOY shares


Price-Weighted Index - a stock index in which each stock influences the index in proportion to its price per share. The value of the index is generated by adding the prices of each of the stocks in the index and dividing them by the total number of stocks. Stocks with a higher price will be given more weight and, therefore, will have a greater influence over the performance of the index.

Market Capitalization - the total dollar value of a company's outstanding shares based on market prices. 

Dividend Yield - the annual dividends paid per share annually divided by the price per share of a given stock.

American depositary receipt (ADR) - a negotiable certificate issued by a U.S. bank representing a specified number of shares (or one share) in a foreign stock traded on a U.S. exchange. NTDOY is Nintendo's ADR.

Stock Split - a corporate action in which a company divides its existing shares into multiple shares to boost the liquidity of the shares. Although the number of shares outstanding increases by a specific multiple, the total dollar value of the shares remains the same compared to pre-split amounts, because the split does not add any real value.

Stock Option - a financial derivative that represents a contract sold by one party (the option writer) to another party (the option holder). The contract offers the buyer the right, but not the obligation, to buy (call) or sell (put) a security or other financial asset at an agreed-upon price (the strike price) during a certain period of time or on a specific date (exercise date).

Stock Exchange - a marketplace in which securities, commodities, derivatives and other financial instruments are traded.

Please consult Investopedia for more useful definitions of financial terms.

Investors should do their own research or consult their advisor before acting on this information. This is an educational article and investors should consider each recommendation based on their own risk tolerance and suitability.

Shacknews - Charles Singletary

Our 2017 Game of the Year winner, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, can be snatched up with a few bucks shaved off right now. Sales on Nintendo Switch games are pretty rare, so players have to jump on them quickly on the slim chance that they appear. Deals on their first-party titles are even more scarce, but Breath of the Wild for Nintendo Switch is down to $45 at a couple retailers. Act fast!

You can snatch up these discounted standard edition physical copies of Breath of the Wild on Amazon or Walmart currently. The digital and Explorer editions are still regular price at this time.

If you're gearing up to dive in, you'll want to bookmark our extensive collection of guides linked in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Guide, Walkthrough, and Collectible hub. There's a whole lot for you to explore and plenty new mechanics introduced to the Zelda formula that could break you if you're not prepared.

If our GOTY award isn't enough to tip you off the fence, check out our full review and see just why the Shack team fell in love with this Switch exclusive.

Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia

In addition to some hero balances and bug fixes, the latest Heroes of the Storm patch includes a new feature that may get some mixed reactions from the game's user base. After nearly three years, Blizzard's MOBA is now getting voice chat.

The first instinct is to think that nothing good can possibly come of this, given how toxic communities for games like League of Legends and Dota 2 can be. Fortunately, according to the post, it looks like all voice communication will be completely optional. Players can opt-in to any voice channels for their parties or their teams as soon as they start a game or enter a draft lobby. In addition to several voice options, players will find a voice widget along the top-left corner of the screen.

If for whatever reason there is abuse hurled via voice chat, players can report offenders through the Abusive Voice reporting button.

The other key feature of the patch involves further bringing Maiev back down to earth. Despite the February 9 patch, she was proving wildly dominant since she hit the Nexus about a month ago. Her fixes include a reduced base health and health regeneration, as well as a minor reduction in damage for Fan of Knives.


  • Stats
    • Health reduced from 2236 to 2150
    • Health Regeneration reduced from 4.66 to 4.48
  • Abilities
    • Vault of the Wardens (Trait)
      • Cooldown increased from 8 to 9 seconds
    • Fan of Knives (Q)
      • Damage reduced from 170 to 162
  • Talents
    • Level 16
      • Armored Assault (Passive)
        • Damage bonus reduced from 25% to 20%
      • Vengeful Knives (E)
        • Bonus damage per Hero hit increased from 1% to 1.2%

Other changes include a handful of nerfs for Malthael, as well as some buffs for Thrall, Zeratul, and Xul. The full list of changes can be found on the Heroes of the Storm website.

Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia

The inaugural Overwatch League regular season is set to resume on Wednesday afternoon. Hours prior to the week's first match, Twitch and Blizzard announced some new plans to help reward the League's loyal viewers for watching as much of the action as possible.

Stage 2 will usher in Overwatch League Cheering, which rewards viewers with in-game skins, exclusive emotes, and team-themed items simply for watching the Overwatch League and cheering their favorite team on with Bits, the digital Twitch currency. Using Bits can unlock certain Overwatch League-themed hero skins that will have a timed exclusivity to them before they get made available to the rest of the Overwatch-playing public.

Viewers can also earn League Tokens at the rate of one League Token per live map finish. Seeing a match all the way through to the final map during the live broadcast will also have a chance to pick up 100 League Tokens, which is enough to pick up one team skin from Overwatch's in-game shop.

This is just the beginning, with Twitch also teasing a VIP ticket feature to be implemeted later in the season.

All of this is only available to Twitch users that already have their IDs linked to their Twitch accounts. More information on Overwatch League Cheering can be found on the Twitch website. Need more on this week's Stage 2 action? Shacknews has you covered, so be sure to catch up with the Overwatch League standings going into Wednesday.

Shacknews - Sam Chandler

Like any good medieval role-playing game, Kingdom Come: Deliverance has treasure maps to follow and loot to collect. There are dozens of these maps to find and all of them lead you to a pile of riches. Each of the treasure chests already exist in the game, so you don’t require a map in order to get them to spawn.

A lot of these chests contain a large stock of items, which is likely going to fill up your pockets, so make sure you drop off any unnecessary items before you head out. Be sure to check back with us as we continue to flesh out this guide.

Treasure Map I (1)

The first treasure map can be found by heading to the house between the Monastery and Ledetchko. Look in the rafters of the barn to find the map.

To find the treasure associated with the map, your best bet is to start the Monastery and travel northwest until you reach a camp between the main roads. Once at the campsite, head further northwest to reach a pair of buildings, the one on the left has a ladder leading down into a cave where a Hard chest will be waiting. You’re going to need to use a lockpick, so make sure you know how to pick locks.

Treasure Map II (2)

Treasure Map II can be located on the second floor of the Monastery. Finding the treasure requires a spade, so make sure you know where to find a spade. Starting at the Monastery, head west until you reach the river and a campsite, and then go north. You’ll come across a dead tree and a grave, it is here you’ll find your treasure.

Treasure Map III (3)

Treasure Map III can be bought from Fresco Master at the Sasau Inn. To find the treasure, head west from the Monastery until you reach the river, now head southwest to reach an abandoned cabin. Search around the cabin to find the chest – you will need a lockpick for this one.

Treasure Map IV (4)

Treasure Map IV in Kingdom Come: Deliverance can be purchased off of Brother Nicodemus at the Monastery. With your treasure map in hand, venture out East from Ledetchko, following the river. You will want to head around the curve of the river, and then walk in-land until you reach a door in the side of a hill. In here you will find the Very Hard chest.

Treasure Map V (5)

Treasure Map V is purchased from Miller Woyzeck to the east of Ledetchko. To locate the treasure, head to Merhojed and go southeast to find a crumbling well. Inside the well is your reward.

Treasure Map VI (6)

Treasure Map VI can be purchased from one of the wayfarers that can be found between Rovna and the Monastery. You will need to bring a lockpick in order to get your hands on the treasure. Strike out north from Ledetchko and follow the river until you reach a path, at which point go east. Continue along the path until you arrive at what looks like an outdoor barbecue area, here is the Hard chest containing your loot.

Treasure Map VII (7)


Treasure Map VIII (8)


Treasure Map IX (9)

The ninth treasure map in Kingdom Come: Deliverance is hidden away in a little hut to the northwest of Skalitz, on a table. The treasure for Map IX is to the south of Skalitz, below the stone bridge.

Treasure Map X (10)

Treasure Map X will take you to another grave, so bring a spade. To get your hands on the map, look inside a shed near the inn in the Glade. You can find the treasure in a chest inside a small house in the area.

Treasure Map XI (11)

The eleventh treasure map can be purchased from Votava in Talmberg. To find the treasure, follow the river to the west of Ledetchko, stopping before it curves around to the north. Along the route to the bend, look for an opening to a mine, it’s here where you’ll find the treasure.

Treasure Map XII (12)

You can purchase Treasure Map XII from Miller Peshek at the Rattay Mill. Once you have the map, venture southeast of Rattay into the forest. You should come across a cabin in the woods with a simple clothesline along one side. Look inside the cabin to find the treasure.

Treasure Map XIII (13)

Treasure Map XIII can be bought from the Herbalist in Neuhof, and will lead you to the south-southeast of Neuhof. You will want to head on this direction until you reach the cliff, at which point you should see a house nearby, and inside is your reward.

Treasure Map XIV (14)

Treasure Map XIV in Kingdom Come: Deliverance can be purchased from the wayfarer to the north of Rattay. With a spade in hand, head southeast of Neuhof toward the fork in the river. Near here are a collection of small trees and a grave. Get to digging!

Treasure Map XV (15)

Treasure Map number 15 can be found in Rattay. Head to the building where Sir Radzig is staying and enter Tobias Fayfar’s room to find the map on a bookshelf. Start at Neuhof and head west along the stream that leads to the main river. Follow the small river along until you almost reach the main river, and look for stairs leading north into a collection of rubble and a lean-to. Inside this area you can use the spade to dig up your treasure.

Treasure Map XVI (16)

Treasure Map XVI can be purchased from the herbalist in Samopesh. Start at Merhojed and head west until you reach the river. Once you reach the river, look across to the other side, toward the north is a white tree and beside it, a grave. Use your spade here to dig up your precious treasure.

Treasure Map XVII (17)

Much like the previous map, Treasure Map XVII ends with you digging up a grave. This map can be purchased from Berthold the huntsman in Rattay. With the map in hand, head to Rovna and go southwest, following the river. You should come across a house with a grave beside it. You know what to do.

Treasure Map XVIII (18)

Treasure Map XVIII in Kingdom Come: Deliverance can be found in the village of Talmberg. Head to the south of the village and speak with Nicholas the huntsman, he has the treasure map for sale. Go north-east along the river to find a little depression and the treasure chests. You will need a lockpick to open the box, so make sure you know how to pick locks.

Treasure Map XIX (19)

This treasure map can be purchased from the wandering vendor that appears between Rattay and Ledetchko. The treasure for map 19 is located on the little island in the river around which Sasau is built. Look for the grave and get to work digging.

Treasure Map XX (20)

Treasure Map XX can be purchased from the Charlatan in Sasau. You can find this vendor near the south of the village. To find the treasure, you want head to Skalitz and go north to reach a lake. Around this lake are two weeping willows, you want to locate the one that’s not next to a building.

Treasure Map XXI (21)

Treaspure Map XXI can be found in a shed to the southwest of Skalitz. With your map in hand, make sure you have a lockpick, and then continue to the southwest of Skalitz and look for an entrance to a mine. You will want to enter using the lowest point, and once inside, take your first left. You will come across a room with a few ladders. Make your way to the top of the room using the ladders and you will discover your locked chest.

Treasure Map XXII (22)

Treasure Map XXII can be found in the Scribe’s office in Rattay. To locate the treasure, head to the southwest of Vranik into the forest, here, you’ll find a gallows with a bag beside it.

Treasure Map XXIII (23)


Treasure Map XXIV (24)

Treasure Map XXIV can be acquired from the Mysterious Wayfarer who you will encounter randomly during your travels. Keep in mind you don’t need the maps in order to collect the treasure. To find the treasure, trek to the north of Skalitz and look for the grave just near the forest’s edge.

There are a lot of treasure maps to find in Kingdom Come: Deliverance, but thankfully you don’t need them in order to claim the treasure. If you don’t want to be bothered finding a map, just head to where you know the treasure to be located, and collect it. We’re in the process of answering a lot of Kingdom Come: Deliverance questions, so be sure to check out our guide hub for solutions to all kinds of problems.

Shacknews - Kevin Tucker

After finishing up the events of the My Friend Timmy quest, Kingdom Come: Deliverance players will note that the Nest of Vipers mission has been automatically activated. Within this quest, the hero will be tasked with seeking out a bandit camp and scouting out opposition therein through the use of stealth, a disguise, or good old-fashioned bravado.

Kingdom Come: Deliverance Nest of Vipers Walkthrough

Now that the protagonist has gathered crucial information from Timmy in the previous mission, a new waypoint will appear on the in-game map. The marked location will point the player toward a bandit camp that needs to be located and then scouted. Simply follow Timmy's clues and search around the area until the camp is found — you'll know when its been located if a new objective pops up on screen. Alternatively, players can skip the search by heading straight toward the area indicated on the map below.

Outside the gates of the bandit camp, the player will need to gather information to bring back to Sir Radzig. Start by checking around the destroyed wooden houses littering the camp to find some initial details. Players should also be able to ride through the camp to gather extra information by circling around between the gates and the bridges; just be sure not to stay too long or engage any of the enemies in combat. Alternatively, the player can either kill one of the nearby Cumans or find the easy locked chest near the northern entrance to nab a Cuman outfit to make scouting easier.

At this point players will have the optional objective to sabotage the bandits' food and arrows. While not necessary, players who like their action a little on the devious side can feel free to comb the camp and poison all of the food stores. Be aware that doing so will most likely result in a large-scale fight that they'll have to run away from. On the other hand, skipping the objectives will make little difference in the outcome of the following battle, so it may just be easier to err on the side of caution.

Once the proper amount of information has been gathered, head back to Sir Radzig and report the findings. In order to get the best results in the following battle, players will want to use the following dialog choices with Radzig:

• You've returned from scouting• The camp is in some overgrown ruins• You tried to count their numbers, and there's a lot of them• Say there are bandits there, then say there are Cumans there• Inform Radzig of their arms and armor• Lastly, state that the bandits are well-positioned and are building ladders.

With all that out of the way, Sir Radzig will send the hero to ask Sir Divish of Talmberg for reinforcements in the coming battle. If they're ready, players can jump straight into the battle; if not, saying that you need some time to prepare will offer the chance to stock up on provisions like a strong bow and powerful arrows, the likes of which will make the conflict go much more smoothly.

If the myriad of challenges in Warhorse Studio's massive new RPG has you feeling dazed, don't worry, we're here to help. Head over to our Kingdom Come: Deliverance walkthrough and guide to find loads of information concerning quests, mechanics, equipment, and more.

Shacknews - Asif Khan

Welcome to the new Shackcast, the official Shacknews podcast of Shacknews. On the twenty-first episode of the Shackcast, the gang talks about a lot of topics ranging from the stock market, video games they are playing, Wendy's french fries and a whole lot more with your host Asif Khan and co-host David Craddock. Tune in to hear us jibber jabber about games, why David still hasn't beaten Breath of the Wild, and the Northeast Ohio diet. They also discuss what makes a game a 10 out of 10 at Shacknews.

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Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia

Stage 1 of the Overwatch League is complete. The League's 12 teams have regrouped after a week off and now head into Stage 2 rested and refreshed. Shacknews is following along with the action as close as possible, so let's look at the standings ahead of Wednesday's opening game. Remember that the top six teams will advance to the playoffs at the end of all stages of the regular season.

Standings After Stage 1 (Win-Loss, Map Differential)

  • 1. New York Excelsior (9-1, +21)
  • 2. Houston Outlaws (7-3, +17)
  • 3. London Spitfire (7-3, +15)
  • 4. Los Angeles Valiant (7-3, +13)
  • 5. Seoul Dynasty (7-3, +9)
  • 6. Boston Uprising (6-4, +10)
  • 7. Philadelphia Fusion (6-4, -4)
  • 8. Los Angeles Gladiators (4-6, -10)
  • 9. San Francisco Shock (3-7, -8)
  • 10. Dallas Fuel (3-7, -11)
  • 11. Florida Mayhem (1-9, -22)
  • 12. Shanghai Dragons (0-10, -30)

Game of the Week

Did you forget how intense Overwatch League action can get? Then be sure to relive our recap of the Stage 1 Finals between the London Spitfire and the New York Excelsior and re-watch the match below.

Watch Full Match | Stage 1 Final | London Spitfire vs. New York Excelsior from OverwatchLeague on

Want more reason to get excited? These two teams face off again this Friday! So let's jump into this week's schedule!

Stage 2, Week 1 Schedule

This is the schedule for the opening week of Stage 1, which will feature the beginning of a revamped weekly schedule:

  • Seoul Dynasty v. Los Angeles Valiant - 2/21, 4PM PT
  • Dallas Fuel v. Shanghai Dragons - 2/21, 6PM PT
  • Los Angeles Gladiators v. San Francisco Shock - 2/21, 8PM PT
  • Houston Outlaws v. London Spitfire - 2/22, 4PM PT
  • New York Excelsior v. Florida Mayhem - 2/22, 6PM PT
  • London Spitfire v. Houston Outlaws - 2/22, 8PM PT
  • London Spitfire v. New York Excelsior - 2/23, 4PM PT
  • Dallas Fuel v. Los Angeles Gladiators - 2/23, 6PM PT
  • San Francisco Shock v. Seoul Dynasty - 2/23, 8PM PT
  • Philadelphia Fusion v. Florida Mayhem - 2/24, 1PM PT
  • Boston Uprising v. Houston Outlaws - 2/24, 3PM PT
  • Shanghai Dragons v. Los Angeles Valiant - 2/24, 5PM PT

All of the action can be seen on the Overwatch League Twitch channel or on the Overwatch League website.


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