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Respawn pledges transparency for Apex Legends, teases Season 2 updates

Apex Legends developer Respawn Entertainment is going through some growing pains with the popular battle royale shooter. In a new blog post, the company said that it plans on fixing some issues while also improving communication with fans. “While we’ve made some good progress towards a healthier game, as our community grows issues have come […]

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Overwatch’s new Workshop will let players make their own game modes

Blizzard announced Workshop for Overwatch today, a new feature will let players create their own game modes. Overwatch launched for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in 2016. The team-based shooter became a quick hit, and Blizzard has supported it with a steady stream of new (and free) characters and maps, along with seasonal events. […]

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Magic: The Gathering and ProGuides partner on tutorial videos

Magic: The Gathering is drawing in new players with Arena, a free-to-play digital adaptation of the granddaddy of all collectible card games. And let’s face it — learning Magic can feel daunting. ProGuides wants to help. The esports company specializes in producing guides and how-tos for getting into competitive games like League of Legends, Hearthstone, […]

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Indian music streaming giant Gaana reaches 100 million monthly users, expands into video

Gaana, India’s biggest music-streaming service, said today that’s it is introducing videos to its app and offering artists more listeners’ data as it races to attract more users and talent to widen its market dominance. The eight-year-old service, owned by conglomerate Times Internet, also revealed that it has amassed 100 million monthly active users, up […]

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Vince Zampella wants to improve Apex Legends’ communication with players

Apex Legends has become a giant hit since its launch in early February. But that success caught Respawn Entertainment, and its CEO Vince Zampella, by surprise. Zampella talked with Insomniac Games CEO Ted Price during a special session today at GamesBeat Summit 2019 in Los Angeles. During the chat, Zampella noted that Apex Legends’ popularity […]

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SteamWorld Quest review — clever card combat

I was worried about SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech. After falling in love with SteamWorld Dig 2 and SteamWorld Heist, I wasn’t sure that developer Image & Form Games could win me over in yet another genre. Where Dig is a Metroidvania and Heist is a tactics game, Quest is a role-playing adventure with card-based […]

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OpenAI’s Dota 2 bot defeated 99.4% of players in public matches

OpenAI Five — the AI-imbued bot designed by San Francisco, California-based research organization OpenAI that defeated a professional esports team at Valve’s Dota 2 earlier this month — became publicly playable last week via Arena, a mode which allowed players to challenge its game-playing abilities for themselves. So after a whopping 42,729 cooperative and competitive […]

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Hearthstone loses viewers on Twitch as Magic: The Gathering Arena closes the gap

Blizzard Entertainment’s Hearthstone has been the king of the digital card game market since it launched in 2014. However, it’s position as the most-watched DCCG isn’t as steady as it used to be, according to influencer analytics and marketing firm Gamesight’s report on the state of the digital card game genre on Twitch. Hearthstone has […]

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Women are better at improving at Dota 2 than men

Women gamers are better at improving their skills compared to men when it comes to playing Valve’s Dota 2 game, according to AI-based game coaching company Gosu.ai. That’s one of the findings in a survey of nearly 5,000 gamers who play Dota 2, a popular multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game, where the goal was […]

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Fortnite and Apex Legends propel Twitch to 2.7 billion hours watched in Q1 2019

Twitch continues to be the go-to destination for watching live video. According to a new report from streaming service company StreamElements and analytics firm Stream Hatchet, people watched 2.7 billion hours worth of content on Twitch in the first quarter of 2019, a 35% increase from the first quarter of 2018. But its rivals also experienced a […]

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Fortnite rules Q1 streaming hours, but Apex places No. 2 and surpasses League of Legends

Fortnite players streamed more than 23.9 million hours of gameplay in the first quarter, cementing Epic Games’ position as the publisher of the world’s most-streamed game. But Respawn Entertainment’s Apex Legends, launched on February 4, came in at No. 2 with 9 million hours streamed. That enabled it to surpass League of Legends at 5.8 […]

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Tetris-Hello Kitty crossover might be the cutest Tetris ever

I hope you’re ready for even more Tetris. Hot off the success of the trippy PlayStation 4 exclusive Tetris Effect and the chaotic battle royale of Tetris 99 on Nintendo Switch comes … Tetris Hello Kitty? OK, that isn’t the actual title. But Tetris owner and brand agent Blue Planet Software and Hello Kitty creator […]

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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order releases on November 15

Respawn Entertainment showed off their upcoming game, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, during a reveal event at Star Wars Celebration today in Chicago. It is coming out on November 15 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The game stars a Jedi Padawan named Cal Kestis that survives Order 66, which killed most of the […]

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World of Warcraft’s next big patch could save the Battle for Azeroth

World of Warcraft’s seventh expansion has been a controversial one. If you go on community site’s like Blizzard’s forums or the game’s Reddit page, you’re likely to see a lot of grumbling. Many players dislike Battle for Azeroth’s added features and derivative story. The MMO’s next major patch, Rise of Azshara, is its best chance […]

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Pearl Abyss grosses more than $1 billion for Black Desert franchise

Pearl Abyss announced that the Black Desert fantasy massively multiplayer online role-playing game has generated more than $1 billion in gross sales in less than four years. The South Korean company said that the game has been played by more than 10 million fans on PC, mobile, and Xbox One devices in more than 150 […]

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Roblox hits 90 million monthly users as European growth picks up

Roblox has hit more than 90 million monthly active users, up from 80 million a couple of months ago, as its presence in Europe takes off. And players are playing a billion hours a month in the user-generated virtual world. Roblox’s top 150 games — which are created by Roblox players — are now available […]

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How Equinix enables multiplayer gaming across the internet

Jim Poole sees a lot of games coming through his network, only they’re not so readily identifiable as games. Poole is an executive at Equinix, one of the companies that supports the backbone of the internet. Equinix has data centers full of rows of server racks, each of them with processors and graphics processing units […]

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Snap Games lets you play instant games while chatting

How’s this for snappy? Snap announced Snap Games, a new kind of instant game, at the Snap Partner Summit today. Eight years after Snapchat debuted, the company is encouraging people to play games with their friends on mobile devices. It’s another example of how games find their way to any platform, even if it wasn’t […]

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Warframe turns 6 and is bigger than ever

Developer Digital Extremes is celebrating another milestone for Warframe. The online cooperative shooter hit its sixth anniversary last week, and it is quickly approaching 50 million registered players. This comes after a 2018 where Warframe broke its record for peak simultaneous online players and was consistently among the 20 most-viewed games on Twitch. While other […]

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