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Game industry TV ad spend craters in May

There was a huge decrease in gaming industry TV ad spend from April to May, down to an estimated $9.3 million from the previous $29.4 million. Nintendo led with 45.6% of spend, while previous chart-topper PlayStation had 26.8%. In total, nine brands aired 27 spots over 2,700 times, generating 655.9 million TV ad impressions. Warner […]

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Dota Underlords is Valve’s take on Auto Chess

Dota Underlords is the official Valve version of Auto Chess, the popular mod for Dota 2 that has released its own standalone version on mobile. Valve made the announcement on its blog today. Dota Underlords a new standalone game, Valve said, that “pits you against seven opponents in a battle of wits that will have […]

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This Dota 2 AI predicts player death within a 5-second window

If there’s one insight that might be gleaned from continuing AI research, it’s that many events once assumed unknowable are, in fact, predictable with relatively high accuracy. Case in point? A paper (“Time to Die: Death Prediction in Dota 2 using Deep Learning“) published by researchers at the University of York describes a system that […]

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Stronghold: Warlords is Firefly Studios’ strategy sojourn into China and the Mongol Empire

Stronghold: Warlords is the next entry in the real-time strategy series that Firefly Studios first launched in 2001. It’s coming to PC in 2020, and it’s set in the Asia between the China in the third century BC to the Mongol Empire in 1200 AD — a first for the series. Firefly made the announcement […]

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Foregone is a gorgeous Souls-like 2D adventure

The indie game Foregone had its reveal during the Kinda Funny Games Showcase today at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles. Foregone is a 2D action game inspired by the likes of Diablo and Dark Souls. It will be available on Steam Early Access later this year. Big Blue Bubble is developing Foregone. […]

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Hamsterdam is the fighting hamster game coming out August 1

Hamsterdam announced its August 1 release date during the Kinda Funny Games Showcase today, an event that is happening amidst a busy of events during the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. The indie brawler is coming out for Switch, mobile and PC. Hamsterdam has a cartoon look with some kung fu inspirations. Muse Games […]

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Watch Dogs: Legion lets you play as anyone with permadeath

Ubisoft finally debuted the third entry in the Watch Dogs series, which debuts March 6, 2020. Watch Dogs: Legion takes place in London, and it enables players to take control of most of the characters in its world. This means you don’t necessarily play as any one character. Instead, you are a member of the […]

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Maneater shows off its fisherman villain and ‘Grand Theft Auto but with sharks’ gameplay

Maneater was one of my favorite games from the PC Gaming Show in 2018, so I was delighted to see it make an appearance at this year’s show during the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). The studio said they hope to see it out before the PC Gaming Show in 2020. It’s a shark-RPG, and you […]

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The Elder Scrolls Online studio is bringing back Commander Keen for mobile

Bethesda debuted a new game from Zenimax Studio, the developer of The Elder Scrolls Online during its Electronic Entertainment Expo event in Los Angeles. It is a new Commander Keen, and it is coming to mobile as a free-to-play-game. It is soft launching this summer for iOS and Android. ESO launched back in 2014 for […]

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Watch the trailer for Ghostwire: Tokyo — the latest from Evil Within studio

Developer Tango Gameworks is back with a new game called Ghostwire: Tokyo. The studio revealed its followup to its Evil Within franchise during Bethesda’s media event leading into the Electronic Entertainment Expo event in Los Angeles today. Tango referred to Ghostwire as an action adventure mystery where you will encounter paranormal threats. You can watch […]

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Apex Legends is getting a ranked mode

Electronic Arts and Respawn Entertainment took the stage for EA Play 2019 today to talk about the future of Apex Legends. As part of this event, which leads into E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) in Los Angeles, the studio revealed that it’s planning to launch a ranked mode. “You will progress through six tiers, if you’re […]

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Apex Legends gets new character Watson, L-Star weapon, and Ranked Mode on July 2

Electronic Arts revealed what’s coming next to Apex Legends during its EA Play event today in Los Angeles. This includes the new playable character Watson for its second season, which starts on July 2. It is also getting a new weapon and game mode. Apex Legends had a surprise launch on February 4, 2019. The […]

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Blizzard is right to focus on Overwatch 2 and not a StarCraft shooter

Blizzard has canceled a StarCraft first-person shooter, according to a report for Kotaku. I’m happy about this. Look, as much as I love Blizzard, Starcraft has always struck me as its least appealing franchise. The whole gritty, space marine sci-fi thing just doesn’t do much for me. But more important, Kotaku notes that no one […]

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How sci-fi MMO Destiny’s Sword makes you care about your soldiers

Destiny’s Sword has all the trappings of a huge sci-fi adventure: an intergalactic war, big mech suits, and team-based combat. But indie studio 2Dogs Games hopes that the game’s focus on mental health issues is what’s going to make it a memorable experience. Coming to PC in 2020, Destiny’s Sword is a free-to-play massively multiplayer […]

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YouTube bans videos that deny factual catastrophes such as the Holocaust ever happened

(Reuters) — YouTube said on Wednesday it would remove videos that deny factual catastrophes such as the Holocaust ever happened and stop sharing ad revenue with channels that skirt too close to its rules, a major policy reversal as it fights criticism that it provides a platform for hate speech and harassment. The streaming service, […]

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Riot Games names John Needham as head of League of Legends esports

Riot Games named John Needham as the global head of League of Legends esports. The current co-heads of esports, Jarred Kennedy and Whalen Rozelle, who have overseen recording-setting growth for the sport, will remain at Riot Games in new leadership positions. “Riot’s aspirations are growing, and we are moving three of our proven leaders to […]

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Apex Legends’ Legendary Hunt event is live

Developer Respawn Entertainment is about to reveal more details about the Apex Legends: Season Two. But the studio isn’t going to make you wait for everything. The Legendary Hunt event is live now in the battle royale shooter. This brings a new way to get into matches as well as fresh rewards and bonus XP. […]

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Pix Mini lets kids play games on a smart backpack

Pix Mini has kids playing games and display drawings on the back of a smart backpack. It’s the latest product from Pix, which earlier made a smart programmable backpack for adults. The new backpack for kids is smaller, and it can connect to any iOS or Android smartphone device. Kids can program it to display […]

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Watch the first Minecraft Earth gameplay demo

Last month, Microsoft revealed Minecraft Earth. This is a new augmented reality game that enables people to build blocky creations in a digital layer over the real world. You can then leave those creations for other players to discover. Now, at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference today, developer Mojang showed off the first bit of gameplay. […]

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Diablo co-creator’s action-RPG It Lurks Below leaves Steam Early Access

Diablo co-creator David Brevik’s Graybeard Games has officially released It Lurks Below on Steam. It costs $20. It Lurks Below is a 2D action-survival game that similar to Terraria, but with action elements inspired by Brevik’s Diablo. The game had been in Steam Early Access since April 2018. Brevik notably was the main man behind Diablo, […]

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