Tag: Games

The RetroBeat: Learning to love PlayStation after years of bitterness

I wish I appreciated the original PlayStation back when it was new. Sony’s first console celebrated its 25th anniversary on December 3. When the PlayStation brand started back in 1994, gaming was a different world. I was also only 8 years old, so I was pretty different myself. I was a fanboy, and I was […]

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Qualcomm interview: Snapdragon XR’s future, from wired to 5G, VR to AR

Day three of Qualcomm’s 2019 Snapdragon Tech Summit is a big one for mixed reality — VR, AR, and XR — thanks to the introduction of Snapdragon XR2, the world’s first 5G XR platform. While XR2 might sound like a sequel or replacement for last year’s XR1, the platforms actually are meant to sit next […]

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Riot Games will publish third-party developer games based on League of Legends

Riot Games announced a new publishing group working with proven third-party developers to create games that expand on the League of Legends (LoL) universe. The first initiative of its kind at Riot, Riot Forge will enhance the Riot Games Research and Development efforts. Riot recently announce eight big game and media projects under way to […]

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Niantic and Qualcomm will build AR glasses for world-scale games

Fresh off today’s announcement of the Snapdragon XR2 mobile platform, Qualcomm has revealed an impressively ambitious early partner for its latest mixed reality effort: AR software giant Niantic. The developer of multi-billion-dollar hit Pokémon Go and the popular Warner Bros. collaboration Harry Potter: Wizards Unite said today that it will collaborate with the chipmaker on AR glasses, software, […]

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Hearthstone is getting a new solo adventure and in-game store

Blizzard Blizzard announced today that Hearthstone‘s next solo adventure will be Galakrond’s Awakening, and it’ll be coming in January. We don’t know much about the adventure, but Blizzard is noting that it will help players collect 35 new cards. Galakrond’s Awakening is connected with the Descent of Dragons expansion, which is launching on December 10. […]

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Hearthstone: Battlegrounds gets new heroes, cards, and balance changes in big update

Blizzard Entertainment has announced that a big update is coming to Hearthstone’s Battlegrounds mode today. Battlegrounds went into open beta on November 12. It combines Hearthstone’s card game mechanics with elements of the emerging auto chess genre. It gives fans a new way to play Hearthstone in a competitive environment. The update is adding three […]

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Call of Duty Endowment and U.S. Army create Code Bowl esports event for armed forces

The Call of Duty Endowment and the U.S. Army Esports are announcing the first-ever Code Bowl event on December 13. The event will feature eight teams, each captained by a popular streamer playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare along with members of the U.S. Army Esports team. Each team will be competing to become the […]

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The Game Awards expands its streamed broadcast to India

The Game Awards is already the world’s biggest streamed broadcast show that celebrates video game and esports culture, and now it’s getting bigger by expanding to India. The show will be distributed live to media in India for the 2019 broadcast, which airs live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Thursday, December 12 […]

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Zooba maker Wildlife Studios raises $60 million to expand its mobile game empire

Wildlife Studios has quietly reached more than 2 billion mobile game downloads in the past eight years, and that’s one of the reasons it is announcing today it has raised $60 million in funding. Wildlife Studio’s mobile game hits include titles such as Zooba, Tennis Clash, and Castle Clash. They’re among a half-dozen big hits […]

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How Saber Interactive crammed the Witcher 3 onto Switch

Getting The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to work on Nintendo Switch was a major undertaking. But it’s a challenge that Saber Interactive chief executive officer Matthew Karch was confident his team could overcome. After all, this is the same team that upgraded The Wither 3 into 4K for PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X. […]

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Kongregate acquires popular battle royale game Surviv.io

Kongregate, a cross-platform game publisher that is part of Modern Times Group (MTG), has acquired Surviv.io, the top-down battle royale game for both web and mobile. The deal follows the recent acquisition and integration of the Bit Heroes game by Kongregate earlier this year. “Surviv.io marks our second acquisition in which we have acquired the […]

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StreamElements wants to be every Twitch star’s digital talent agent

If you watch a popular livestreamer on Twitch, YouTube, Mixer, or Facebook, it might seem like they are juggling a lot at once. They are often playing a game, talking to their audience, and managing a suite of tools that provide chat interactivity, overlays, and more. But the truth is that software is simplifying a […]

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Gosu.ai’s AI-driven voice assistant coaches gamers as they play League of Legends

Gosu.ai, the AI-driven video game coach, unveiled its plans for a desktop voice assistant that proactively offers strategy, tactics, and feedback to gamers as they play League of Legends. Previously, Gosu.ai’s virtual assistant used machine learning to offer detailed post-match analysis with recommendations regarding training matches, weapons and strategies. The desktop assistant, now with emotive […]

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Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous is pointing the way for indie studio Owlcat Games

Pathfinder has been good to Owlcat Games. The Moscow-based indie studio put out its first game last year, Pathfinder: Kingmaker, winning acclaim and awards (even if it was a bit rough at launch). It helped Owlcat secure $1 million in funding for its next game, Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous, which it announced Wednesday. Wrath […]

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Imgur launches Melee community-powered entertainment platform for gamers

Imgur has launched Melee, a community-powered in-app platform for gamers. Imgur reaches 300 million users a month with its focus on entertaining users with images that go viral. Many of Imgur’s users are gamers, and Melee lets them share highlights from their favorite players and esports events, find news and updates on their favorite games, […]

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Nintendo doesn’t add Super Mario RPG to Switch Online’s SNES games

Nintendo has updated the roster of retro games available as part of the Nintendo Switch Online service with six games that are not Super Mario RPG. But this is the first sign that the publisher plans to add more Super Nintendo games to the service over time. Nintendo revealed the additions in an announcement trailer […]

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Unwrapping the secrets of seasonal content

The holiday season is imminent, and it’s another marker in the year where retailers, service providers, and other industries tailor their offerings to fit in with the seasonal holidays. But why exactly is seasonal content so important, especially for mobile games? In short, it can boost session lengths, retention, and monetization because it gives players […]

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Sensor Tower — Call of Duty: Mobile hits $87 million and 172 million downloads in 2 months

Call of Duty: Mobile has reaped nearly $87 million in global player spending and more than 172 million downloads in its first two months, according to Sensor Tower Store Intelligence estimates. While there have been a few Call of Duty mobile games in the past, none have ever gotten this kind of traction out of the […]

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Twitch introduces new dashboard so more people can create livestreams

Twitch is announcing a new set of features and tools for its Creator Dashboard. That’s a big deal, since the livestreaming platform has more than 3 million creators, or people who livestream. And the easy way to boost that number is to make better tools that make it easier to become a streamer. While 3 […]

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Switch has its best week ever in the U.S. thanks to Black Friday and Pokémon

Nintendo announced today that the Switch had its best sales week ever in the U.S. during Thanksgiving week, which included Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Switch sold 830,000 consoles during the week, bringing total sales for the machine in the U.S. to 17.5 million. The Switch debuted in March 2017, and it’s been a much […]

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Qualcomm details Snapdragon 865 and 765, promises devices in Q1 2020

After yesterday’s announcement of names and bare concept outlines for its upcoming Snapdragon 865 and 765 mobile platforms, Qualcomm today detailed how the upcoming chipsets will perform, as well as how they’ll differ in 5G features. It also offered an expected on-sale date for the first consumer devices using both platforms: the first quarter of 2020. […]

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Nintendo Switch launches in China on December 10 for $300

(Reuters) — Japan’s Nintendo said on Wednesday it will officially launch its Switch gaming console in mainland China on December 10 priced 2,099 yuan ($298) with local partner Tencent. Pre-orders for the console began at noon (0400 GMT) in China on Wednesday, opening a major front in Nintendo’s drive to expand the reach of the […]

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Dead Cells’ giant The Bad Seed DLC sprouts in early 2020

Motion Twin and Evil Empire announced today that Dead Cells will be getting its next downloadable content drop in Q1 2020 when The Bad Seed launches. The Bad Seed will be available for Dead Cells on all of its platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, Android, and iOS. It will cost $5. Dead Cells […]

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