Tag: category-/Games/Computer & Video Games

Sensor Tower: 2018 was mobile Minecraft’s best year ever with $110 million earned

Minecraft‘s mobile version earned $110 million on in 2018, according to market analysis firm Sensor Tower. This is best year ever for the iOS and Android versions. That is an increase of 7 percent compared to 2017, when Minecraft made $103 million mobile. The the mobile version has made almost $500 million worldwide since 2014. The U.S. […]

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The DeanBeat: DICE Summit shows the inspirational highs and depressing lows of gaming

Shawn Layden led off this week’s DICE Summit with an inspirational speech about the need to focus on quality games, the rise of accessibility for all players, and a celebration of the diverse teams making video games. Layden is in charge of 13 studios that Sony owns, and he has to greenlight games that are […]

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How to foster your game’s community in 2019

The relationship between brands and their audiences has drastically changed in recent years, and 2019 will force gaming companies to adapt and grow in new ways. However, the ultimate goal of directly reaching consumers has not shifted, which demands the question: in the digital age, how can your company foster a direct relationship with consumers? […]

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Rainbow Six: Siege continues to drive Ubisoft’s growth

French publisher Ubisoft had another strong quarter thanks to games like Rainbow Six: Siege, Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, and Far Cry 5. This powered the company to $684.1 million in net bookings for its fiscal third quarter, which ended December 31. That edged out Ubisoft’s guidance of $677.6 million. Ubisoft noted that its games are performing […]

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Lego Hidden Side uses ‘haunted’ toys to advance AR on Android and iOS

Though Apple and Google both improved their augmented reality tools for developers last year, AR didn’t have a particularly strong 2018, as consumers largely shrugged off new AR apps and hardware. But the Lego Group announced an intriguing new initiative today: a collection of eight “haunted” building sets that can be enjoyed by themselves, or paired […]

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How the Redout franchise became much more than a racing game

Presented by Intel The developers at 34BigThings sometimes like to reminisce about the old days, when they were working out of a living room packed with nine desks and three sofa beds. Though crowded, CEO Valerio Di Donato — who at one point had to work on the balcony — said it was an amazing […]

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Crackdown 3 hands-on video — an action-packed start for a comic book-style open world

More than four years after it was first shown and after more than five years of development, Microsoft is finally publishing Crackdown 3 on the Xbox One and Windows PC on February 15. It’s a big moment for fans who have waited a long time since 2010’s Crackdown 2 and 2007’s Crackdown. Your job in the pulpy campaign is to […]

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God of War takes Game of the Year, 9 of 23 awards at DICE Awards

God of War swept the big awards at the game industry’s peer honors celebration the DICE Awards, taking home nine of 23 of the awards. The big win for Sony and its SIE Santa Monica Studio is a validation of the Japanese company’s strategy of greenlighting PlayStation 4 exclusives with huge single-player campaigns — something […]

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Fire Emblem: Three Houses will have flirting and fighting on July 26

Nintendo has detailed the next entry in the Fire Emblem franchise. Fire Emblem: Three Houses is launching July 26 for the Nintendo Switch. The publisher acknowledges this is a small delay from its original spring release window, and it said it needs the extra time to meet fan expectations. But when the new Fire Emblem […]

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The Zelda: Link’s Awakening remake is an important sign for Switch games

Nintendo closed out an announcement-packed Direct video event  today by revealing that the Switch is getting another Zelda game. The publisher is remaking The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening for its hybrid home-handheld console. Link’s Awakening debuted in 1993 for the Game Boy, and it has a loyal following who believe it ranks among the […]

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Final Fantasy IX — the best Final Fantasy — releases today for Switch

Nintendo had a great surprise for the middle of its latest Direct. No, it’s not as exciting as that The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening remake, but Final Fantasy IX will be available for Switch later today. Final Fantasy IX originally came out for PlayStation in 2000. This is the first time the classic JRPG […]

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Dragon Quest XI’s definitive edition is coming to Switch this fall

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age is coming to Switch this fall in a new Definitive Edition. Dragon Quest XI S will include new story chapters that focus on each member of the game’s party. The Square Enix JRPG came out for PlayStation 4 on September 4, 2018. The game has sold over […]

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Super Mario Maker 2 comes to Switch in June

Nintendo remembered that it made one of the best games ever, and it is bringing its sequel to Switch. The publisher announced Super Mario Maker 2 during one of its Direct video events today. This make-your-own-Mario game launches on Switch in June. Super Mario Maker 2 features some new elements like the ability to create […]

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Game Workers Unite org calls for Activision CEO’s job after layoffs

One of the most visible workers-rights groups for the video game industry is starting a social-media campaign to force Activision Blizzard to fire chief executive officer Bobby Kotick. Game Workers Unite began the #FireBobbyKotick campaign on Twitter today following a massive round of layoffs at the Call of Duty publisher. Activision reported record revenues for […]

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The RetroBeat: Tales of Vesperia is the best JRPG you can play on Switch

In an earlier RetroBeat this year, I talked about how I wanted to get back into Japanese role-playing games in 2019. But the way I game has changed since 2017, back when I was playing my Vita almost every night as I went through classics such as Suikoden II, Breath of Fire IV, and The […]

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THQ Nordic acquires Kingdom Come: Deliverance dev Warhorse Studios

THQ Nordic announced today that it has acquired Warhorse Studios, the developer behind the 2018 PC RPG Kingdom Come: Deliverance. The deal is worth $37.53 million on a cash and debt free basis. Warhorse is based in Prague. Kingdom Come: Deliverance was the studio’s first title. It became a hit, selling over 2 million copies. […]

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The Division 2’s open beta begins March 1

Between games like Apex Legends, Anthem, Far Cry: New Dawn, Metro Exodus, Crackdown 3, and a host of indies, you have plenty to choose from in the new-games department. Ubisoft is hoping you’ll select The Division 2, and it is planning to launch its open beta for players on all platforms beginning March 1 to […]

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Vainglory goes cross-platform on mobile, Steam, and Mac

Super Evil Megacorp kept its promise to players as it announced today that Vainglory, the company’s mobile-based multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) title, is now cross-platform across mobile, Windows via Steam, and the Mac. Kristian Segerstrale, CEO of San Mateo, California-based Super Evil Megacorp, said in an interview with GamesBeat last December that players in any of the […]

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Start your networking engines: 3 new speakers announced for GamesBeat Summit 2019

One of my favorite parts of GamesBeat Summit is the connections attendees make, and the speakers we’re announcing today are some of the best people to know in the industry: Michael Pachter, Katie Hutcherson Madding, and Gregory Milken. They come bearing the news you need to know: top trends in the gaming world now, how to […]

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How Scopely hit a $400 million run rate with mobile games like Star Trek: Fleet Command

Scopely isn’t the most well-known mobile game company. But it scored a couple of hits with Looney Tunes: World of Mayhem and Star Trek: Fleet Command in 2018, and that gave it an 80 percent revenue jump last year. The company is now on a $400 million run rate, based on its revenues in its most […]

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