Tag: DeanBeat News

NetEase invests in Dead by Daylight maker Behaviour Interactive

NetEase Games, the online games division of NetEase, has made a strategic investment in Dead by Daylight game creator Behaviour Interactive. The investment will enable Montreal-based Behaviour to continue to operate independently underthe leadership of Rémi Racine, its president and executive producer. NetEase Games willnominate a director to Behaviour’s board. Last October, Behaviour also raised […]

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FIFA 2020 and Megan Rapinoe? 1,100 fans petition EA to put women’s soccer star on cover

Megan Rapinoe is the star of the U.S. women’s soccer team, which won the 2019 World Cup. And now fans are petitioning Electronic Arts to put her image on the cover of its next video game, FIFA 2020. Fan Darren Holland started the petition on Change.org after IGN (another gaming news site) posted a mock […]

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Surrogate raises $2 million for ‘reality’-focused games and video streaming

Surrogate has raised $2 million in funding for reality-focused game development and video streaming technology from some of the same investors that backed Finland’s most successful game studios. Initial Capital, which previously invested in Supercell, led the round. Other investors include ProFounders Capital, Brighteye Ventures, and Business Finland. Surrogate said it will use the money […]

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CTA: U.S. consumer tech sales will grow 2.2% to a record $401 billion in 2019

U.S. consumer tech sales will grow 2.2% to $401 billion in 2019, according to a forecast by the Consumer Technology Association, the trade group that stages the annual Consumer Electronics Show trade event each January. The record growth will come from the growing popularity of streaming services, artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled emerging devices, and in-vehicle technology. […]

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Comic-Con and Greenlit will feature celebrity livestreams to support Extra Life charity

Greenlit Content is teaming up with Comic-Con International and Future Tech Live to launch a livestream for the Extra Life charity for gamers and children’s hospitals. Greenlit, a division of Rekt Global, will host a 10,000-square-feet esports gaming lounge at Comic-Con in San Diego, California, this week to show off the latest games to convention […]

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Private Division and V1 Interactive unveil sci-fi shooter Disintegration

Take-Two Interactive’s Private Division and V1 Interactive today announced Disintegration, an upcoming sci-fi, first-person shooter video game. The companies will reveal the title next month at the Gamescom 2019 convention in Cologne, Germany (where I’ll be speaking at the Devcom business event). Disintegration is the debut title from V1 Interactive, the independent development studio co-founded […]

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Rokit launches $50 million indie game development fund

The Rokit Group of Companies has launched Rokit Games, a $50 million game development fund, to support independent developers of mobile and console games. Rokit, which makes smartphones, will act as both an angel investor and gap investor for startup game developers in return for equity. The Los Angeles company is encouraging developers to send […]

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will have 2 vs. 2 Gunfight multiplayer mode

Activision and Infinity Ward unveiled a fun new multiplayer game mode — dubbed Gunfight — for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. The developers at Infinity Ward revealed the game mode on a livestream, showing how two human players can square off against two other human players in a duel. I played it at a recent […]

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Wix and FaZe Clan form global esports partnership

Wix and FaZe Clan announced a partnership in which Wix will become the esports club’s offical web site development and design partner. It’s another example of the opportunities that are arising from the growing popularity of esports. Wix and FaZe Clan will create exciting opportunities for fans through integrated social and digital content. Wix branding […]

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Fiverr introduces digital services store for game developers

Fiverr, a provider of freelance marketplaces, said it is expanding its ecommerce catalog by offering a dedicated store for gaming-related digital services. Game development freelancers and companies can use it to sell or purchase services so that games can be made more easily. The new game digital services store is the latest use of Fiverr’s […]

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Game developers recognize ’50 over 50′ to combat ageism

The Global Game Industry’s 50 over 50 list of game developers over the age of 50 is out again, and I’m not on it again. But that’s OK since I don’t make games. But it’s an honor for the 50 game industry professionals on the list compiled by industry veteran Kate Edwards. Kate Edwards, former […]

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The Esports Awards will take place in Arlington, Texas, on November 16

The Esports Awards, now into its fourth year of recognizing the best in the esports industry, will take place at the Esports Stadium Arlington, in Arlington, Texas on November 16. After three ceremonies in the heart of London and having presented 65 awards, the awards are now moving to a new chapter and location. With […]

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Digi-Capital: Investors poured $9.6 billion into game deals in past 18 months, but M&A and IPOs slowed

Investors poured $9.6 billion into game companies in past 18 months, but acquisitions and initial public offerings (IPOs) dropped to levels not seen since 2010, according to tech advisory firm Digi-Capital and its new Games Investment Report Q3 2019. The report shows that after a record $5.8 billion games investment in 2018, venture capital and strategic […]

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Amazon and Leyou will make a Lord of the Rings PC and console game

Amazon Game Studios will collaborate with Hong Kong-based Leyou Technologies and Middle-earth Enterprises to develop and publish a free-to-play massively multiplayer online (MMO) game based on the milestone fantasy literary work The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien. No release date has been set for the game. The game is part of a major […]

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Universal and Unity will launch two games by indie contest winners on Steam

Universal Games and Digital Platforms and Unity Technologies are announcing they will launch games from two winners of the recent Universal GameDev Challenge on Steam on July 25. The companies will launch winner Voltron: Cubes of Olkarion by Switzerland-based studio, Gbanga, and a runner-up, Turok: Escape from Lost Valley, by Pillow Pig Games. I was […]

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Take This: Game developers face serious mental health challenges

Take This, a mental health nonprofit organization geared toward game developers, released a white paper today that describes the severe challenges that game makers face as they craft their art. The paper notes the tough mental issues that come from crunch (unpaid overtime), online harassment, layoffs, and job instability. And it also looks at how […]

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 gets Operation Apocalypse Z content drop on PS4 on Tuesday

Activision and Treyarch announced the new season of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 content coming tomorrow (July 9). Dubbed Operation Apocalypse Z, the new content releases a horde of the undead across all of the multiplayer game modes, coming first on the PlayStation 4. The new content will feature multiplayer maps and modes that […]

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HitmarkerJobs.com: Esports jobs grew 185% in first half of 2019

Esports jobs are multiplying, and an esports job site, HitmarkerJobs.com, has made a big attempt to quantify that growth. The company found that global esports jobs grew 185.7% from 2,497 to 4,638 in the first six months of 2019, compared to the first six months of 2018. The United Kingdom company’s infographic (see above) uses […]

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Twitch Prime expands its free loot for gamers with Apex Legends gear on Prime Day

Twitch Prime is giving away new gear for gamers, including unique free in-game content for Apex Legends and EA Sports titles on Prime Day, or July 15 and July 16, when Amazon has big discounts on its merchandise for Amazon Prime and Twitch Prime members. Twitch Prime is also holding two events around Prime Day […]

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Unity Learn Premium lets professionals learn real-time 3D development

Unity Technologies has announced Unity Learn Premium, an educational program that enables professionals to use the company’s Unity game engine to develop real-time 3D applications that go beyond games. The San Francisco company said that Unity Learn Premium is the most comprehensive source of educational content for professionals and hobbyists looking to advance their Unity […]

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