12 May 2017 - 18:18

Quake Champions joins top games on Twitch as NDA comes to an end

High-octane FPS action is back.
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It didn't take long for Quake Champions to make an impact on the Twitch community. After the streaming and broadcasting non-disclosure agreement came to an end today, it nearly cracked the top ten in individual game viewership in the site's directory.

Leading the way at the top of the directory was legendary FPS player Jonathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel, one of esports' original stars. Wendel became a professional Quake III Arena player in 1999 at the age of 18, and he went on to win over $450,000 in competition prizing, according to Esports Earnings.

Wendel, now 36, reached over 4,000 viewers in the first few hours of the NDA coming to an end while simultaneously wrecking opponents just like the old days. Other competitive gamers also joined in on the fun, like fellow Quake legend Anton "Cooller" Singov, and Overwatch pros André "iddqd" Dahlström, and Lucas "Mendokusaii" Håkansson.

Quake Champions is set to release some time in 2017, and the NDA being lifted today is part of the release process for the future free-to-play game. After two weekends of closed beta gameplay, Bethesda has opened up the game for a technical test to stress the game's servers. The test is scheduled to end May 21.

The end of the NDA also brought a new team-based game mode called "Sacrifice" which is designed to be an esports game mode when Quake Champions releases.

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