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Plague Inc. creator reminds us games have limits on what they can teach us

Plague Inc. creator Ndemic Creations announced on Friday that players should remember that their game isn’t a scientific model for how to deal with the coronavirus that broke out in Wuhan, China. For me, this is a reminder that there are things you can learn from video games, but there are limits to this as […]

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Call of Duty League enjoys an esports rebirth with opening weekend

The death of Kobe Bryant forced the Call of Duty League to cancel a shootout between a couple of NBA stars, as a sign of respect for the fallen basketball legend. But most of the opening weekend for the Call of Duty League went off without a hitch, based on what I’ve seen watching it from […]

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Disney will close FoxNext’s Fogbank Entertainment game studio

Disney is closing the FoxNext-owned game studio Fogbank Entertainment in San Francisco and laying off an estimated 60 people, GamesBeat has learned. The move isn’t a surprise, as Disney sold most of FoxNext Games to mobile publisher Scopely as part of its strategy to focus on licensing games to external game companies to make games […]

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GamesBeat Summit 2020: Our panel on the future of influencer marketing

GamesBeat Summit 2020 will focus on the latest trends in the gaming ecosystem, so of course we’re going to have a panel on the future of influencer marketing. Our event will take place on April 28 and April 29 in downtown Los Angeles at Two Bit Circus, a “micro-amusement park.” This place combines old-style circus […]

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GDC survey: Game devs favor unionization, PC, and next-gen consoles

Game developers favor the unionization of their industry. They consider the PC to be the best platform to develop games for. And they are excited about the coming next-generation consoles from Microsoft and Sony. Those are the results of a new survey of 4,000 game industry professionals. One of the key results was that 54% […]

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StreamElements helps brands work with livestream content creators more efficiently

StreamElements has partnered with Magic: The Gathering maker Wizards of the Coast to launch SE.CAP, an integrated influencer marketing platform that helps brands monitor content creators and motivate them with rewards. For brands, the platform helps grow and manage creator communities and programs while streamlining the process of creating measurable and scalable reward-based activations with […]

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100 Thieves opens esports training compound in LA to lure top players

100 Thieves has opened its esports training compound and headquarters in Los Angeles as it strives to be competitive in the long-term battle to retain the best esports players. The company is dedicating the 15,000-square-feet 100 Thieves Cash App Compound as a place where four of its big esports teams can train and its business […]

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PlayVS brings Fortnite to high school and college esports tournaments

PlayVS will bring organized Fortnite competitions to high schools and colleges in the U.S. PlayVS already uses its software platform to organize popular esports tournaments for high schools, and this deal marks the first time it is expanding to colleges and universities. The Los Angeles company already handles high school tournaments for Rocket League, which […]

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Yandex: Russian game market doubled in five years to $2 billion

The Russian game market more than doubled in the past five years to more than $2 billion in 2019, according to Yandex.Checkout, a Russian payment service provider. Historically dominated by free-to-play PC games, Russia’s market is shifting more toward mobile games in the past year, Yandex.Checkout said. Market overview Above: The Russian gaming market is […]

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Tencent makes $148 million offer to acquire all shares of Dune developer Funcom

China’s Tencent has made a $148 million offer the acquire all the shares of Funcom, maker of the Conan Exiles and Age of Conan games. Tencent, China’s social media giant and the world’s biggest game company, took a 29% share of Oslo, Norway-based Funcom in October. One of Funcom’s most promising titles is Dune, an […]

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AppsFlyer raises $210 million to measure mobile marketing’s impact

AppsFlyer has raised $210 million in funding to accurately measure mobile ad spending and become a “democratizer” of mobile marketing. Mobile ad spending was expected to hit $165 billion in 2019, according to Warc Data. Mobile attribution companies like AppsFlyer are important because they can figure out whether that spending was effective or not. The […]

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Marvel’s Iron Man VR gets delayed to May

It’s going to take a few more months for Tony Stark to get off of the ground. Developer Camouflaj announced today it is delaying Marvel’s Iron Man VR for PlayStation 4. It is now coming May 15. At that time, you can get the superhero simulator for $40. Here’s Camouflaj’s full statement, which it posted […]

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NPD: The 20 best-selling games of 2019 in the U.S.

It’s time to look back at the top 20 best-selling games of 2019. Industry-tracking firm The NPD Group released its annual report, which details the games that made the most money in the United States. As you might expect, Call of Duty is once again on top. But basketball, football, and guns are still popular […]

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NPD: The top 20 best-selling games of the decade in the U.S.

Two names dominated the last decade of video games: Rockstar and Call of Duty. Grand Theft Auto V is the best-selling game from 2010 through the end of 2019 in the United States, according to industry-tracking firm The NPD Group. Call of Duty, meanwhile, made up seven of the top 10 best-selling games through that […]

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December 2019 NPD — Call of Duty, Star Wars close out 2019 on top

Consumers in the U.S. spent nearly $3 billion on game-related products last month, according to the December 2019 NPD game report. But that number is down significantly year-over-year. Strong ongoing performances from Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare just couldn’t make up for plummeting interest in current-gen offerings. Here are […]

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PlayStation 4 was the best-selling hardware of the decade

The NPD Group released its annual video game report for the United States, and it included some tidbits for the last 10 years as well. For hardware, Nintendo Switch was the No. 1 console of 2019. But for the 2010s as a whole, PlayStation 4 outsold everything else. “Nintendo Switch was the best-selling hardware platform […]

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