Tag: category-/Games/Computer & Video Games

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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Epic Games is giving away 500 Magic Leap One AR devices to developers

Epic Games is making its Epic MegaGrants fund a little more enticing. Today, the company said that it’s partnering with Magic Leap to award 500 of the Magic Leap One augmented reality glasses to developers working in AR (the Creator Edition normally retails for $2,295). The free AR headsets are in addition to the $100 million Epic is […]

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CEO Tim Sweeney: Epic Games Store will ‘hastily’ retreat from exclusives if Valve changes revenue model

The war between rival digital storefronts on PC wages on. On Wednesday, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney made a comment on Twitter about what it’d take for the company to stop signing exclusive games on the Epic Games Store. Sweeney claims that if Valve, the company operating Steam, permanently adopted a revenue share model similar […]

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NetEase launches Cyber Hunter, a sci-fi battle royale on iOS and Android

Battle royale is everywhere. Game investor and former Microsoft gaming bigwig Eric Fries joked Wednesday during our GamesBeat Summit that he got through the Game Developers Conference without a single battle royale pitch. But we haven’t seen many sci-fi takes on PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds or Fortnite. NetEase could see Cyber Hunter stand out with its futuristic […]

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Nintendo slightly misses earnings and Switch sales forecasts, won’t introduce new console

Nintendo spread a little disappointment with its latest earnings post for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019. The company’s earnings fell slightly below analyst estimates and, reversing expectations from earlier reports, the company will not launch a new Switch game console at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) trade show in June. Operating profit for […]

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Nintendo Switch hits 34.74 million consoles sold, growth slowing

Nintendo reported that the Nintendo Switch hybrid game console has sold 34.74 million hardware units to date, along with 187.52 million copies of software. During the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019, Nintendo sold 16.95 million units, up 12.7 percent from the previous year, while 118.55 million Switch games were sold. In the fourth fiscal […]

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Google Stadia’s Phil Harrison: Cloud-based gaming will be a difficult but ‘fundamental shift’

With Stadia, Google is trying to change the way people play games. And if the upcoming cloud gaming service takes off, the company hopes it’ll fundamentally change how developers make their games, too. Google vice president Phil Harrison (who’s overseeing Stadia) and veteran game designer Amy Hennig spoke about the future of gaming at the first […]

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Watch GamesBeat Summit 2019: We talk online gaming, influencers and video, and community on Day 2

Day 2 of our GamesBeat Summit 2019 kicks off this morning at the Two-Bit Circus micro-amusement park in Downtown Los Angeles. As with Tuesday’s program, we’re streaming live from our two stages — Boss and Hero. The action starts on the Hero stage at 9:15 a.m. (all times Pacific) with opening remarks from our co-emcees, […]

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Insomniac’s Ted Price nabs the second annual GamesBeat Visionary Award

We pulled off a nice surprise by giving Ted Price, CEO of Insomniac Games, our second annual GamesBeat Visionary Award. It was like our own little Easter Egg inside the GamesBeat Summit 2019 event in Los Angeles. Price spoke with Morgan Webb of Bonfire Studios about crafting community and culture at a game company — […]

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Frostpunk sells over 1.4 million copies in its first year

Frostpunk’s world may be cold, but its sales have been anything but frigid, as 11 Bit Studios reveals that the postapocalyptic survival sim-city builder has sold over 1.4 million copies since its release one year ago today. A studio rep said that Frostpunk, which surged to more than 250,000 copies sold just three days after […]

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Bonfire Studios is not ‘gonna suddenly go out and make Candy Crush’

Indie studio Bonfire Games has been quiet about what it’s been up to since its founding in 2016. But at the 2019 GamesBeat Summit, the Irvine, California-based company offered a few new details about its debut project, saying that it’ll be an online multiplayer game for targeting core gamers. “We’re not gonna suddenly go out […]

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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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March 2019 NPD: The Division 2 jumps over Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice to lead sales chart

The Division 2 shows that Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice isn’t too hard to beat — at least on the sales charts. But for the industry overall, March 2018 trumps March 2019, as total industry spend is down 11% compared to this time last year in the United States, market research firm The NPD Group reported […]

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March 2019 NPD: Kingdom Hearts III becomes the series’ best-seller in U.S.

Kingdom Hearts III is now the franchise’s best-selling entry in the U.S., according to industry-tracking firm The NPD Group. The Disney-themed action role-playing game released on January 29 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It is also the best-selling game of 2019 so far in the U.S. Kingdom Hearts III takes the series’ U.S. top […]

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GamesBeat Summit 2019: Dean Takahashi’s opening speech on gaming communities

We’ve kicked off GamesBeat Summit 2019, our event at Two Bit Circus in Los Angeles, and I talked about our themes, motivations, and speakers for the event in an opening speech. I’ve included the speech for you here. You can also view what’s happening on the stages live here. Here’s the speech. Building gaming communities […]

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Slay the Spire’s blend of roguelike and deck-builder hits PS4 on May 21

Developer Mega Crit and publisher Humble Bundle announced today that the indie game Slay the Spire is coming to PlayStation 4 on May 21. This is the first console release for the game. Slay the Spire launched for PC in January. A Switch version is coming later this year. The PC version has sold over […]

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UploadVR announces E3 VR Showcase, a Nintendo Direct for virtual reality

PlayStation VR is the biggest virtual reality platform in gaming, but with Sony being a no-show at the important Electronic Entertainment Expo tradeshow this June, someone needs to step in to fill the void. Enter UploadVR. GamesBeat’s syndication partner announced today the E3 VR Showcase, a prerecorded show that will reveal new games and trailers and […]

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Watch GamesBeat Summit 2019: Phil Harrison, Amy Hennig, Ted Price, and Vince Zampella headline Day 1

Our GamesBeat Summit 2019 event kicks off today at the Two-Bit Circus micro-amusement park in Downtown Los Angeles. We’ve got 97 speakers over two days — so many good talks, in fact, that we’re broadcasting live from two stages this year. We start streaming from our two stages — Boss and Hero. The action starts on […]

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World War Z passes 1 million copies sold in a week

Zombie games can still bring in big sales, as publisher Focus Home Interactive and developer Saber Interactive announced today that their co-op shooter World War Z has passed more than 1 million copies sold since its April 16 launch on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It accomplished this despite not being on Steam — […]

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Winning against bots: How gaming apps can fight back

Presented by Adjust The mobile gaming industry is on course to break records this year – underscored by a recent report showing mobile is far and away the leader in terms of gaming mediums. Mobile games generated $61.3 billion in revenue in 2018, compared with $35.7 billion on PCs and $12.7 billion on consoles. At […]

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