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Apex Legends hits 2 million concurrent players on its first weekend

Respawn Entertainment launched Apex Legends one week ago, and it has had a decent seven days since then. The studio revealed today that it has surpassed 25 million total players for the free-to-play battle royale. And the shooter had more than 2 million concurrent players during the peak of its first weekend. Apex Legends is […]

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OrbusVR: Reborn relaunch ushers in a new era of this VR MMO in April

Last year OrbusVR: Reborn ushered forth as a “ground-up re-imagining” of the VR massively mutliplayer online role-playing game that will aim to relaunch the game sometime this year. This week, we’ve learned OrbusVR: Reborn is set to officially go live in April. With new visuals, new classes, new mechanics, and tons of new features, it may as well […]

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Apex Legends earns 10 million players in three days

Apex Legends is already becoming a hit after three days. Electronic Arts revealed today that the free-to-play game already has 10 million players. Apex Legends launched on February 4 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. It has also had achieved over 1 million concurrent players. If this momentum hangs on, Fortnite might find its biggest competition […]

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Respawn’s Apex Legends hits 1 million players in 8 hours

Electronic Arts and Respawn Entertainment’s Apex Legends reached more than a million players in the first eight hours of availability for the free-to-play battle royale shooter game set in the Titanfall universe. Vince Zampella, CEO of Respawn, tweeted the number and thanked fans for their support. The game became available today on the Xbox One, PlayStation […]

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Respawn launches free-to-play battle royale shooter Apex Legends

Confirming the weekend’s worst-kept video game secret, Electronic Arts and Respawn Entertainment announced Apex Legends, a free-to-play battle royale shooter game set in the Titanfall universe. The game is available today to download and play on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC. News started leaking since Friday. Vince Zampella, CEO of Respawn, hinted at […]

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Vince Zampella: Respawn will reveal Apex Legends on Monday morning

Vince Zampella, CEO of Electronic Arts’ Respawn Entertainment, confirmed leaks on Sunday by tweeting that Respawn will reveal a new game, Apex Legends, on Monday morning. The reveal will be livestreamed on Twitch starting at 8 a.m. Pacific time on Monday. Zampella said, “Looks like everything is unlocked now? Fun. So if you like Respawn, our […]

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Chinese regulators start approving mobile games for Tencent, NetEase, and Perfect World

After a long delay, big Chinese game publishers Tencent, NetEase, and Perfect World are getting their mobile games approved for the Chinese market again. China’s new gaming regulator, the State Administration of Press and Publication (SAPP), last week released a list of digital games that have been granted a license for publication. Tencent, NetEase, and […]

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Anthem gameplay videos: Check out the Lost Arcanist and Triple Treat story missions

BioWare and Electronic Arts opened the doors for hands-on play with Anthem, the four-player co-op shooter set in EA’s first new game world in a decade. The online game will keep evolving over time, but it has a campaign with a main story that a single or up to four players can complete. I had a chance […]

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Gameye raises $1.6 million to minimize delays in multiplayer games

Gameye has raised $1.6 million for its business of creating matchmaking services for multiplayer online games. The Rotterdam, Netherlands-based startup created an applications programming interface (API) that enables competitive gaming companies to launch multiple multiplayer games with a stable infrastructure and good matchmaking. Investors in the deal include Makers Fund, Seedcamp, and Niccolo Maisto, CEO of […]

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NCSoft trims jobs on unannounced project at Iron Tiger Studios

NCSoft, the South Korean online game publisher that makes games like Lineage 2 and Guild Wars 2, has laid off an undisclosed number of its staff in San Mateo, California. The team affected is part of Iron Tiger Studios, which began work a few years ago on an unannounced project. A spokesman for NCSoft confirmed […]

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The DeanBeat: Sorting out the Epic-Unity-Improbable mess

If I’ve concluded one thing from the spat in the past week between Unity Technologies, Improbable, and Epic Games, it’s that it won’t be easy to build the Metaverse, or the universe of virtual worlds that we’ve been served up in science fiction like Ready Player One and Snow Crash. If these three foundational companies […]

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The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr adds a new country, Necromancers, and dragons

Zenimax Online Studios announced Elsweyr today, the next chapter for its massively multiplayer online role-playing game The Elder Scrolls Online. It releases in June. Elsweyr will take place in the country of the same name, which is home to the cat-like Khajiit race. It will also introduce a new class, Necromancers, and dragons for the first time […]

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Unity and Improbable’s beef gets spicy and strange in dueling blog posts

Earlier today, Unity Technologies blocked Improbable’s SpatialOS online-gaming tools from accessing the Unity game-dev engine. This has left developers reeling because many of them rely on both tools to run their games connected multiplayer modes. In the first of its two blog posts today, Improbable claimed that Unity is hurting games that are live and […]

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Black Desert Online will be the prettiest MMO you can play on Xbox One

Black Desert Online is coming to Xbox One on March 4. This will be the first time that the massively multiplayer online role-playing game will be available on a console. Black Desert Online launched for PC in the U.S. in 2016. It has attracted over 10 million players on that platform, with a recent remastering […]

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Path of Exile: Betrayal sets new expansion record for concurrent players

Path of Exile may be in for a Betrayal, but it’s not coming from its players. A studio spokesperson from Grinding Gear Games said today that the free-to-play online action-role-playing game set a new mark for concurrent players. The Betrayal expansion launched December 6 on PC, and Path of Exile reached about 189,000 players. Two-thirds of them […]

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Heroes of the Storm eulogy: For once, Blizzard couldn’t balance the casual and competive

Heroes of the Storm isn’t dead. But it isn’t alive, either. Blizzard Entertainment’s announcement this week that it was ending Heroes esports entirely, shifting developers off the game, and “changing the cadence” of updates effectively stated that the game was shifting away from active development.The maudlin tone of the piece, even though it said the […]

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FanAI and Hi-Rez to gather audience analytics for Smite, Paladins, and Realm Royale

FanAI, Hi-Rez Studios and Skillshot Media are partnering to gather audience data for potential sponsors of Hi-Rez’s esports games such as Smite, Paladins, and Realm Royale. Those games have more than 70 million players. FanAI, an esports audience monetization platform, will use its proprietary artificial intelligence analytics to gather and analyze player data. Thsi data will […]

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PlanetSide Arena: Sci-fi shooter series goes battle royale with possible 1,000-player battles

Daybreak Games has announced that PlanetSide Arena will be the next installment in the multiplayer sci-fi shooter series. It will be a battle royale game, and it’s coming out for PC on January 29. The first PlanetSide came out for PC in 2003. PlanetSide 2 followed in 2012. The series prides itself on its scale, […]

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Beware, Minecraft and Roblox. Here comes the blocky world of Hytale

Minecraft and Roblox have big targets painted on their backs, and Hytale is an arrow pointed at them. Hypixel Studios is unveiling Hytale a new game that delivers a sandbox world and a blocky 8-bit art style. The game comes from the creators of Hypixel, the world’s largest mod server. Hypixel Studios is building the game, with […]

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How Lineage 2: Revolution topped 30 million global players

Lineage 2: Revolution has become one of the world’s most successful mobile games. Licensed by NCSoft and built by Netmarble, the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) game has more than 30 million players on iOS and Android. It debuted in December 2016 in South Korea, and it went worldwide in November 2017. The game […]

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