Tag: Games

Twitter: Here’s who won the attention war at E3 2019

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) drew more than 66,000 people to the Los Angeles Convention Center last week. But the real battle for attention happens on social media, where the goal is to steal the minds of millions of gamers around the world. Twitter measured the activity on its social network and found that people […]

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Jon Batiste lays down excellent Legend of Zelda cover on ‘Late Show’

I love two things in this world: covers of video game music and a network television show that validates my tastes. That’s why it’s wonderful that Jon Batiste exists. Batiste is the band leader on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and last night his band, Stay Human, covered the “Lost Woods Theme” from The Legend […]

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World of Warcraft’s huge Rise of Azshara update launches on June 25

Blizzard announced today that the Rise of Azshara update for World of Warcraft will go live on June 25. This will represent the largest dump of content the online game has seen since the Battle for Azeroth expansion launched on August 14, 2018. World of Warcraft came out all the way back in 2004, but […]

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Call of Duty Endowment is increasing job placement for veterans

After a decade, the Call of Duty Endowment is hitting its stride when it comes to placing veterans into good jobs. Since 2012, the nonprofit group funded by the profits from Activision Blizzard’s popular Call of Duty video game series has placed more than 54,000 veterans into jobs. The average salary for the jobs is […]

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How Nintendo approached the PR battle at E3 2019

Nintendo brought up the rear in showing off new games at the 2019 Electronic Entertainment Expo, but it made a lot of noise last Tuesday with its Nintendo Direct livestream event. Nintendo doesn’t have a live physical press event anymore, but it did have one of the biggest booths at the show in the West […]

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U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders supports video game workers unions

U.S. Senator and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has taken to Twitter to throw in his support for video game workers unions. In his message, Sanders gives shout-outs to IATSE (the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees) and Game Workers Unite, two organizations that have been working to help game creators organize. He also links to […]

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Newzoo: U.S. will overtake China as No. 1 gaming market in 2019

For the first time since 2015, the United States is the top gaming market in the world. So says market research research firm Newzoo in its 2019 Global Games report, which it published today. It will be the first time since 2015 that the U.S. has been the No. 1 country, and this forecast isn’t […]

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Sensor Tower: Apple App Store’s top publishers earn 64% more than Google Play’s

Mobile market analyst Sensor Tower looked at the 100 top app publishers on Apple and Google and found that those on the iOS side made 64% percent more compared to Android during the first quarter of 2019. Combining both platforms, the top 100 made an average of $130.4 million. The top 100 on Apple made […]

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Rekt Global adds new esports investor with DJ Nicky Romero

Esports conglomerate RektGlobal said that it is expanding further into the music industry with the addition of a new investor, DJ Nicky Romero. The addition of the new music mogul as an investor comes a week after RektGlobal announced that it was acquiring Greenlit Content (which is run by friends of mine). In addition to […]

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The bulletstorm ending of Rage 2

It’s taken me a while to finish Rage 2, the first-person shooter from Bethesda’s id Software division. The game came out on the consoles and the Windows PC on May 14, but I had to deal with a lot of other duties in the meantime, including attending last week’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). Tim Willits, […]

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Empires & Puzzles gets Hunters Lodge expansion

Zynga’s Small Giant Games division is announcing an expansion to its popular Empires & Puzzle mobile game. The expansion features significant updates to bases, including an increase of the stronghold’s max level from 20 to 21 as well as advanced versions of mines, farms, storage units, and houses. A brand new building, the Hunter’s Lodge, […]

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Synative lets game developers build playable Google Play demos

Synative has announced that developers can use its Synative Playable Studio to create playable game demos — a relatively new form of advertising — for a free trial. Hong Kong-based Synative allows developers to build their own “try now” demo for the Google Play Store. These demos are like ads for the games. They let […]

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Microsoft Flight Simulator embodies Game Pass’s potential

Let’s take a look behind the scenes at GamesBeat a little bit. Coming out of the Electronic Entertainment Expo trade show last week, one of our stories had significantly more traffic than anything else. I’ll give you a chance to guess. It had nothing to do with Zelda, Halo, or Xbox’s Project Scarlett console. No […]

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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order hands-on — Better Call Saw! Or maybe not

The most important revelation from the Electronic Entertainment Expo gameplay reveal of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order wasn’t the cool lightsaber attacks or your adorable BD-1 droid companion. It’s the apperance of Saw Gerrera. Seeing the radical resistance fighter was a nice surprise for hardcore Star Wars fans. But it makes sense considering the game’s premise. […]

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Battletoads was the most fun I had at E3

Xbox had a solid press briefing at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) trade show this year. The company didn’t show off a lot of gameplay, but it did reveal what Battletoads looks like in action. The resurrected beat-’em-up got a gameplay trailer during the Xbox event, and … well, I didn’t love it. But I […]

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Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda interview — Betting big on The Avengers game

Square Enix had so much to talk about at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) that it took advantage of the void left by Sony’s absence and held a press event. And it showed off a lot of games, including the highly anticipated game based on its partnership with Marvel on The Avengers. I spoke with […]

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Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick interview — Not every game has to last 100 hours

One of the annual highlights at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is interviewing Strauss Zelnick, the CEO of Take-Two Interactive, the publisher of games such as Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2 and the upcoming Borderlands 3. Zelnick is always very efficient and direct with his answers. This year, he was terse in some parts of our […]

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Unity makes it easier to insert augmented reality into native mobile apps

Unity Technologies has launched an update that makes it easier to insert augmented reality features into native mobile apps and games. The update for Unity 2019.3 comes after Unity announced its AR Foundation tool that enables game developers to quickly create AR software that can run on both Android and iOS devices. Unity 2019.3 has […]

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Make-A-Wish partners with StreamElements on charity campaign

Make-A-Wish International is teaming up with StreamElements to help raise $50,000 for the charity that helps grant wishes to children with critical illnesses. StreamElements makes a set of tools that enable streamers to create high-quality livestreams on Twitch and YouTube. Make-A-Wish International is a global nonprofit organization that creates life-changing wishes for children with critical […]

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My.Games launches My.Studio to finance game studio

My.Games, the gaming division of Russia’s Mail.ru Group, said it is launching My.Studio, an investment initiative to find and fund a new triple-A game developer. The Moscow-based company said it will fully fund a new studio and the development of a new triple-A shooter game. In addition, My.Games will work closely with the winner on […]

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