Tag: Games

Verizon picks Unity as 5G MEC partner for 3D enterprise apps and games

Verizon’s 5G network needs highly responsive 3D content to drive demand, and Unity’s powerful 3D engine eases the process of creating that content — so a just-announced partnership between the top U.S. cellular company and popular development platform makes plenty of sense. The more interesting part is that the companies are collaborating to create new […]

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CD Projekt Red releases Cypberpunk 2077 apology and roadmap

In a new video posted to Twitter, CD Projekt Red co-founder Marcin Iwiński apologizes for Cyberpunk 2077‘s rough launch and lays out a roadmap for the game’s future. Cyberpunk 2077 came out on December 10 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia and PC. While the PC version runs well, aside from bugs, the last-gen console […]

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Ubisoft is making the Star Wars game that EA couldn’t

Ubisoft is making an open-world Star Wars game. Lucasfilm Limited and Ubisoft made the announcement this morning, and you can read all of the known details in our story right here. Electronic Arts, the Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order publisher, is continuing to make Star Wars games as well. But it is not renewing its […]

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Steam customers purchased 21.4% more games in 2020 than in 2019

Last year was a big one for Valve Software’s Steam. The PC game-distribution platform had a massive audience that engaged even more with gaming during the ongoing global pandemic. That led to an increase in game purchases of 21.4% year-over-year in 2021. Valve summed up the growth in its 2020 year in review blog post. […]

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Ubisoft will make a new Star Wars open world game for Lucasfilm Games

Ubisoft announced today it will make a new Star Wars game in collaboration with Disney’s Lucasfilm Games division. The title from Ubisoft’s Massive Entertainment — the maker of The Division open world series — will be a story-driven open-world Star Wars adventure. Massive Entertainment is in Malmö, Sweden, and it has a big team that […]

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Newzoo’s 5 mobile gaming trends for 2021, from IDFA to 5G penetration

The global game market grew 19.6% to $174.9 billion in 2020, and the lion’s share is now mobile gaming, according to Newzoo. And the research firm has now revealed the top trends to watch in 2021. The market could grow to $217.9 billion by 2023, but first the industry will have to get through what […]

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Tilting Point will spend $10 million marketing South Korea’s Dangerous Fellows game

Tilting Point has agreed to spend up to $10 million to market the dating simulator Dangerous Fellows, a game from South Korean developer Storytaco. The deal comes just a month after Tilting Point (a free-to-play game publisher and provider of marketing services) said it would invest $40 million to fund user acquisition for South Korean game […]

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Turtle Beach acquires Neat Microphones to capture more gamers and podcasters

Gaming headset maker Turtle Beach said today it has acquired Neat Microphones​, a maker of high-quality USB and analog microphones. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. It could put Turtle Beach in a better position to address growing markets such as gaming, streaming, podcasting, recording, and audio conferencing. If 2020 taught us anything, it’s […]

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App Annie: Mobile games could grow 20% to $120 billion in 2021

Mobile game spending could grow 20% to $120 billion in 2021, according to a report by mobile data and analytics provider App Annie. App Annie also said that overall mobile app spending hit $143 billion in 2020. The San Francisco company’s State of Mobile 2021 report said that the pandemic accelerated mobile adoption as consumers used […]

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Razer shows smart mask, futuristic gaming chair, and new RTX laptops

Razer showed off a smart mask, a futuristic gaming chair, and two new Razer Blade laptops that use Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 30 Series graphics processing units (GPUs). The gaming lifestyle brand made the announcements at the virtual CES 2021 tech trade event. Razer’s designs cover the near-tem launch of the laptops to concepts that Razer […]

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Alienware launches Aurora Ryzen desktop and Nvidia-based 30 Series laptops

Dell’s Alienware division is refreshing its gaming computers with new Advanced Micro Devices, Nvidia, and Intel chips for the CES 2021 online-only tech trade show. Alienware is equipping its Alienware m15 and Alienware m17 thin laptops with more powerful Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 Series graphics processing units (GPUs) and Intel Core processors. The lineup illustrates […]

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Nvidia reveals mobile RTX 3060, 3070, and 3080 GPUs for gaming laptops

Nvidia’s Ampere architecture is going mobile. The company revealed its plans and partnerships to bring GeForce RTX 30-series GPUs to more than 70 laptops throughout 2021. This includes notebooks with the RTX 3060, RTX 3070, and RTX 3080 all using Nvidia’s mobile-optimized Max-Q technology. “After taking the desktop market by storm, our Nvidia Ampere architecture […]

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Nvidia designed its new RTX 3060 GPU to get GTX 1060 owners to upgrade

Nvidia is launching the GeForce RTX 3060 GPU for $329. This is its most affordable RTX 30-series card so far, and the company is aiming it squarely at the huge audience that is still using the megapopular GTX 1060. Here are the basic specifications: 13 shader-TFLOPs 25 RT-TFLOPs for ray tracing 101 tensor-TFLOPs to power […]

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Zynga and Will.i.am will help raise $5 million for education

Mobile game publisher Zynga has partnered with Black Eyed Peas star Will.i.am and his I.am Angel Foundation to help raise $5 million in donations for educational purposes. Zynga will be a launch donor for the American Dream GoFundMe initiative. These funds will be committed to unlocking STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) education opportunities […]

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AMD shows off impressive Ryzen 5000 mobile processors and 3rd Gen Epyc server chips

Advanced Micro Devices showed off some impressive Ryzen 5000 mobile processors today and teased the performance of its 3rd Gen Epyc server chips. Those chips are aimed at keeping AMD’s performance lead over its rival Intel in the mobile and server markets. AMD CEO Lisa Su showed off the new chips in a keynote speech […]

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Bethesda teases new Indiana Jones game from Wolfenstein team

Bethesda has teased a new Indiana Jones title from MachineGames, the studio behind the modern Wolfenstein series. A short teaser trailer, which you can see below, shows off the logos for Bethesda, MachineGames, and the newly rebranded Lucasfilm Games (as of yesterday). It also reveals some Indy iconography, such as his hat and whip. pic.twitter.com/XSaIwjgiOF […]

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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order now runs better on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S

One of the best games of 2019 is getting an update to run better on the consoles of 2021. Publisher Electronic Arts revealed a new Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order patch will improve performance to take advantage of the powerful Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5 consoles. This update is rolling out now. Star Wars […]

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Nintendo reveals new Switch with red and blue Mario colors

Nintendo is launching a special edition of its Switch console to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. The publisher revealed the red-and-blue-themed Mario console, which launches February 12 alongside Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury. The Mario-themed Nintendo Switch is similar in scope to the Animal Crossing model. Like that Switch, the […]

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Bowser’s Fury looks like an ambitious addition to Super Mario 3D World

We’ve known for some time that Super Mario 3D World‘s Switch port would come with a new campaign, Bowser’s Fury. Now we have an idea of that will look like, and it’s surprising. Super Mario 3D World is one of the last major Wii U exclusives to come to the Switch, releasing on February 12. […]

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IMVU launches VCoin transferable digital currency

Social avatar platform IMVU is launching its VCoin transferable digital currency that will allow users to buy, gift, hold, earn, and convert earnings to real money. The launch comes after a November ruling by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that approved IMVU’s plan to enable payments in its virtual world through a blockchain-based cryptocurrency […]

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CES day one gaming roundup: Extra-large TCL TVs, Intel CPUs, and more

The Consumer Electronics Show has gone virtual this year, but it’s still the same broad trade gathering as always. You’re more likely to find a refrigerator with feelings than a lot of gaming-specific news buried in the headlines of the event. But that doesn’t mean CES is devoid of products gamers should care about. On […]

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Intel unveils 4 processor families and 500 new PCs coming in 2021

Intel is aiming for a comeback, and today, it unveiled four new processor families that it will deliver in 2021. Those four processor families will have 50 different processor variants and will be used in more than 500 PCs being introduced this year, the company said at the CES 2021 virtual trade show. In a […]

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Netgear: Enterprise and consumer gear blends as we work from home

Netgear is announcing a bunch of new business networking products at CES 2021, the big consumer tech trade show that is online-only this year. You heard that right. The consumer networking gear maker has a whole lineup of small and medium business (SMB) products to show at the virtual CES event. It’s a sign that […]

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Arcade1Up reveals Killer Instinct, X-Men, and Dragon’s Lair home cabinets 

Arcade1Up is a leading name in the home arcade market, and the company has announced three new cabinets today during the Consumer Electronics Show. These new machines will host Killer Instinct, Konami’s X-Men beat-’em-up, and Dragon’s Lair. Each cabinet includes more than one game. The Killer Instinct machine also comes with Killer Instinct 2 and […]

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IronSource acquires ad measurement firm Soomla

IronSource, a major advertising tech firm for mobile games and apps, has acquired ad-quality insights platform Soomla. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The companies are based barely 10 minutes apart in Tel Aviv, Israel, and they’re examples of the country’s leadership in advertising and marketing automation technology. IronSource chief revenue officer Omer Kaplan […]

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Hypercasual mobile game trends to watch in 2021

Hypercasual is one of the most talked-about genres in mobile gaming. It took off at an unprecedented rate with Flappy Bird going viral in 2014, and it has remained a leading category in terms of downloads ever since. Despite their easy-to-play nature and quick development-turnaround time, hypercasual games face a number of challenges. Competition continues […]

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PlayStation accounts for over 40% of TV ad spend from gaming brands in 2020

The numbers are in and it’s official: Sony’s PlayStation was the top gaming brand spender on TV advertising for 2020, accounting for over 40% of the industry’s total outlay. All told, 34 brands spent an estimated $270.8 million on TV ads, representing a 24% year-over-year decrease. And even though PlayStation was No. 1 for both […]

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Hitman 3 is fun, and what’s coming from Nintendo and more | GB Decides 178

It’s 2021 now, and the government still hasn’t outlawed video games. But even if it did, GamesBeat Decides would continue because editors Jeff Grubb and Mike Minotti are a couple of badasses — you can tell by looking at their gamer chairs. On this week’s episode, Mike and Jeff discuss some small bits of news. […]

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The RetroBeat: Dragon Quest V is a marriage made in retro-JRPG heaven

My discovery of the Dragon Quest franchise was one of my few happy happenstances of 2020. For decades, I convinced myself that I just didn’t like this iconic JRPG series. Then I fell in love with Dragon Quest XI. Now, I’m on a quest of my own, playing through each game. But I’m not going […]

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