Tag: DeanBeat News

Chartboost launches Helium open source in-app programmatic ad platform

Chartboost, a popular mobile app monetization and programmatic advertising platform, is announcing the launch of its new software development kit, Helium. Helium allows mobile app developers to increase their ad revenues by conducting an unbiased first-price unified auction for every impression opportunity. That means it helps automatically select the best ad to put into a […]

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Mythical Games raises $19 million for blockchain-based games with ‘player-owned economies’

Mythical Games has raised $19 million for its game studio that will make blockchain-based games where players can make money through digital ownership. Los Angeles-based Mythical Games is using the decentralized digital ledger technology of blockchain to build games where players can be verified as owners of a piece of a game. The company calls […]

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Ex-Peak team at Dream Games raises $7.5 million for mobile puzzle games

Dream Games, a Turkish studio founded by five former Peak Games developers, has raised $7.5 million for mobile puzzle games. The funding for the Istanbul studio underscores the growing strength of Turkey’s game developer ecosystem. Makers Fund led the round, and other investors included Balderton Capital. The company will use the funding to help fill […]

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Arm Treasure Data: The most popular games aren’t necessarily using lots of microtransactions

More than 60% of Americans play video games, making gaming a cultural staple in American entertainment, while movie theater attendance has hit an all-time low. So Arm Treasure Data decided to do a survey of microtransactions and see what that reveals about what’s happening in games. And the company found that the most popular games […]

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Skydance Media taps Amy Hennig to launch new game studio for story-based games

Hollywood studio Skydance Media, maker of the Mission Impossible and Terminator movies, has hired Uncharted co-creator Amy Hennig and former Electronic Arts executive Julian Beak to start a new game studio in the San Francisco Bay Area. The move means that Skydance, run by Larry Ellison’s son David Ellison, will give Hennig and Beak the […]

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Ubiquity6 launches Display.land app to capture, edit, and share augmented reality spaces

Ubiquity6 is launching Display.land, an augmented reality app that lets people capture the world around them, edit and mash it up, and then share it with other people. With this merger of physical and digital worlds, reality becomes a canvas for creative people to decorate with virtual imagery. The app is available on iOS and […]

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Immortals Gaming Club sells its Houston Outlaws Overwatch team to Beasley Media Group

Los Angeles-based Immortals Gaming Club said it has sold its Houston Outlaws Overwatch League franchise team to the multi-platform media company Beasley Media Group. The financial details were not disclosed. But I hear that these franchises are now being sold for $40 million to $60 million. The initial investments by the original teams like Immortals were […]

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Games and datacenter chips drive Nvidia’s Q3 revenue to $3.01 billion

Video games and demand from hyperscale datacenter chip customers drove Nvidia‘s third quarter ended October 27 to beat earnings and revenue estimates on Wall Street. Santa Clara, California-based Nvidia posted non-GAAP earnings per share of $1.78, compared to analyst expectations of $1.57 a share. Revenue was $3.01 billion, compared to $2.9 billion analyst estimates. A […]

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Microsoft moves from acquiring game studios to showing off their games

After its acquisition binge, Microsoft is moving on from its feeding frenzy and getting on to digestion. The company is now beginning to show off the games that it is making and launching. “We are shifting from growth and acquisitions to execution and delivery,” said Xbox Game Studios head Matt Booty today during the X019 […]

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Annapurna Interactive reveals Last Stop third-person adventure game

Annapurna Interactive revealed Last Stop, a new game from Variable State, the creators of the award-winning Virginia game. Annapurna released a trailer during Microsoft’s X019 event in London. The game is a single-player third-person adventure set in present-day London, where you play as three separate characters — John, Meena, and Donna — and whose worlds […]

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Dontnod’s Tell Me Why game will feature a transgender main character

Tell Me Why is the next narrative adventure gaming coming from Life Is Strange 2 developer Dontnod Entertainment, and it will stand out because one of the main characters is transgender. The use of a transgender character is rare for a video game, but Dontnod has been pretty bold when it comes to sexuality in […]

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The Game Awards will air in 53 Cinemark theaters alongside Jumanji sequel

The Game Awards garnered more than 30 million viewers last year for its video game awards and premier show. And it’s going to outdo that in a new way this year, as the show will be simulcast live in 53 Cinemark Theatres movie theaters around the country, alongside the opening night release of Jumanji: The […]

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3BlackDot unveils MisBits combat game set in a sandbox cartoon world

3BlackDot is unveiling its MisBits, which is a multiplayer combat game set in a sandbox cartoon world. The PC title is entering closed beta testing now and it is expected to launch on Steam in 2020. In the game, toys have taken over a house. Players will build their own combat gear in a multiplayer […]

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17-year-old’s Fractured Minds mental health puzzle game debuts on PC and consoles

Fractured Minds, a first-person puzzle adventure game highlighting the impact of mental health issues, has launched digitally on the PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The title comes from Emily Mitchell, a 17-year-old who wanted to make a game about severe anxiety and depression. She found solace through game development, and she won […]

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John Carmack moves to ‘consulting CTO’ role at Oculus

John Carmack is stepping down from his full-time position as chief technology officer at Facebook Oculus virtual reality division. Carmack said in a Facebook post that he will be a “consulting CTO” going forward. Carmack started at Oculus in 2013 as CTO and helped popularize the movement to bring consumer VR back to the masses […]

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Artist Capital Management raises $100 million fund to invest in esports

Artist Capital Management has closed a $100 million fund dedicated to investing in esports. It’s another sign that investors believe that esports will eventually outgrow traditional sports. The fund is called the Artist Esports Edge Fund, and it is aimed at getting institutional investors a chance to reap some of the potential rewards of esports […]

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Twitch Studio’s streamlined streaming suite hits open beta

Twitch Studio is going into open beta today with the goal of enabling anyone to become a livestreamer. The aim from Amazon’s Twitch division is to get new streamers to learn how to stream quickly. Twitch Studio has livestream production features such as a guided stream setup, which simplifies the detection of your PC’s microphone, […]

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Esports Observer: Revenues and viewers are growing, as is investor interest

Esports is hot. Revenues, viewership, and investor interest is growing, according to a survey of more than 200 esports executives by law firm Foley & Lardner LLP and The Esports Observer. A surge in esports investment is expected to come primarily from private equity and venture capital firms and from traditional professional sports teams and leagues, […]

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Epic Games acquires photogrammetry startup Quixel to make games more realistic

Epic Games announced it has acquired Quixel, a startup that created a huge “photogrammetry” asset library of real world imagery that can be used in animated films or video games. Back in March during the Epic Games event at the Game Developers Conference, Quixel demoed a cinematic short film Rebirth that looked like it was […]

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Flavourworks raises $3.8 million to make interactive games with live-action video

Flavourworks has raised $3.8 million in funding for its interactive movie games that fuse together live-action video with interactive gameplay. Flavourworks has created a “touch video” technology that fuses interactive gameplay with live-action videos. The game has full-motion video, complete with actors and real-world environments. They act out a story, but you can play the […]

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Call of Duty Endowment’s ‘Hire. Honor.’ campaign aims to get veterans back to work

Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the Call of Duty Endowment announced its new “Hire. Honor.” campaign. The aim is to get veterans back to work, helping them adjust to civilian life after they serve in the military. General James Mattis, decorated American veteran and former United States Secretary of Defense, kicked off the campaign in a call-to-action […]

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Techland’s Arise: A Simple Story lets players look back on and relive someone’s life

Arise: A Simple Story is a very different kind of video game. And if you think about its genesis and where it came from, it becomes a bit easier to understand how it came to be. Polish game publisher Techland (maker of Dying Light) is publishing the game on December 3 for $20 on the […]

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Activision Blizzard hits Q3 earnings targets with strong World of Warcraft Classic results

Activision Blizzard reported today that its earnings for the third quarter ended September 30 beat Wall Street’s expectations on both earnings and revenues. The company had a big launch of World of Warcraft Classic during the quarter, and that helped drive the audience much higher in both Asia and the West, the company said. Activision […]

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