Tag: Mobile

Metacore secures $179.9M in credit from Supercell for casual games

Did you miss GamesBeat Summit 2021? Watch on-demand here!  Mobile game studio Metacore has raised $179.9 million in credit from Supercell to continue developing its casual mobile game Merge Mansion. It’s a huge amount of money to pour into a game studio with one game, but it shows what Helsinki-based Supercell is willing to do […]

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Zynga agrees to buy mobile ad and monetization firm Chartboost for $250 million

Did you miss GamesBeat Summit 2021? Watch on-demand here!  Mobile game publisher Zynga has agreed to acquire mobile ad and monetization firm Chartboost for $250 million in cash. It’s an interesting deal because Zynga is reaching outside of its usual food chain to another part of the industry — mobile game marketing, advertising, and monetization […]

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Zynga’s Q1 2021 bookings of $720M are up 69% from a year ago

Did you miss GamesBeat Summit 2021? Watch on-demand here!  Zynga beat analysts’ expectations today, reporting stellar bookings and revenues in the first quarter that ended March 31 thanks to the strong performance of its existing games and Harry Potter: Puzzles & Spells. Zynga also continued its acquisition spree, moving out of its usual food chain […]

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Google launches Agent Assist for Chat in preview

Join Transform 2021 this July 12-16. Register for the AI event of the year. Google today launched Agent Assist for Chat in public preview, an extension of its Contact Center AI platform that provides call center agents with support via text, in addition to calls. First announced in September, Agent Assist attempts to identify customers’ […]

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Speech recognition system trains on radio archive to learn Niger Congo languages

Join Transform 2021 this July 12-16. Register for the AI event of the year. For many of the 700 million illiterate people around the world, speech recognition technology could provide a bridge to valuable information. Yet in many countries, these people tend to speak only languages for which the datasets necessary to train a speech […]

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Riot Games will launch Wild Rift esports tournament in late 2021

Did you miss GamesBeat Summit 2021? Watch on-demand here!  Riot Games will launch the League of Legends: Wild Rift esports tournament in late 2021. The company hopes to apply the lessons of a decade of League of Legends esports to the mobile game. Riot Games wants to build a similar community for Wild Rift. It […]

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The gaming industry’s ‘duty of care’ in keeping players safe

On the last day of GamesBeat Summit last week, leaders from Roblox, Fair Play Alliance, and Accenture discussed the issue of digital civility, and what challenges need to be addressed as games lean more firmly into the mainstream. “If there’s ever been a silver lining to COVID, it’s been gaming,” said moderator Seth Schuler, managing […]

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Game distribution is so much more than Steam, Epic, and mobile stores

Did you miss GamesBeat Summit 2021? Watch on-demand here!  Good news! If you own more than 25,000 games on Valve’s digital games store, your Steam client should stop crashing soon. It would be easy to chuckle at these avid collectors of digital games, but I had the striking realization that this vast library of games […]

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Call of Duty: Mobile has 500 million downloads, $1 billion in player spending since 2019

Did you miss GamesBeat Summit 2021? Watch on-demand here!  Call of Duty: Mobile has crossed 500 million downloads worldwide since its launch in October 2019. The mobile game has also crossed $1 billion in player spending, said Rob Kostich, president of Activision, during the earnings call of parent company Activision Blizzard on Tuesday. The recent […]

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Diablo: Immortal is on target for global release this year

Did you miss GamesBeat Summit 2021? Watch on-demand here!  As part of today’s Activision Blizzard earnings announcement, the company revealed that Diablo: Immortal is on track for a global release later in 2021. Diablo: Immortal is the action-RPG’s first mobile installment. Blizzard announced the free-to-play game, which it is making with NetEase, back in 2018. […]

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Activision Blizzard’s Call of Duty drives 27% Q1 2020 revenue growth to $2.28 billion

Did you miss GamesBeat Summit 2021? Watch on-demand here!  Activision Blizzard reported earnings today that beat Wall Street’s expectations with 27% revenue growth to $2.28 billion for the first quarter ended March 31. And Call of Duty is playing a significant role in this performance. Activision’s Call of Duty franchise continued to outperform last year’s […]

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HoneyBook boosts contractor payment, booking, invoicing with $155M

Join Transform 2021 this July 12-16. Register for the AI event of the year. Business management platform HoneyBook today announced that it raised $155 million at a $1.1 billion valuation post-money. The company says that it’ll use the funding to expand its platform and acquire new customers globally. The gig economy is alive and well. […]

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Datanomix raises $6M to monitor factory operations

Join Transform 2021 this July 12-16. Register for the AI event of the year. Datanomix, a production intelligent software vendor, today announced it has raised $6 million in series A funding to expand the reach of its software. Co-led by Gutbrain Ventures and PBJ Capital, the company says it will put the funds toward growing […]

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Carry1st raises $6 million to publish mobile games in Africa

Did you miss GamesBeat Summit 2021? Watch on-demand here!  Carry1st has raised $6 million in funding for its mobile games publishing platform targeted at the untapped potential of the African market. Africa has around 1.1 billion Millennials and Generation Zs, who are big technology adopters. It’s the fastest-growing region for mobile game downloads, according to […]

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Data backup company Acronis secures $250M to expand datacenter footprint

Join Transform 2021 this July 12-16. Register for the AI event of the year. Data recovery startup Acronis today announced that it raised $250 million at a valuation of over $2.5 billion post-money. The funds bring Singapore- and Switzerland-based Acronis’ total raised to over $408 million, following angel, debt, and later-stage raises from March 2014 […]

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Apple v. Epic Games opening statements highlight tech antitrust arguments

Join GamesBeat Summit 2021, happening today! Watch live here!  Epic Games started its antitrust trial against Apple today with its argument about why Apple’s control of its App Store for mobile games and apps is an illegal monopoly. Apple responded with an opening statement that painted Epic Games as a big corporation that is overplaying […]

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Apple vs. Epic Games trial starts with all eyes watching

Join GamesBeat Summit 2021, happening today! Watch live here!  The trial of Apple vs. Epic gets underway today in a virtual hearing in federal court. It’s fair to say this is the trial of century between a platform owner and a game maker, and the consequences for both types of companies could be enormous. The […]

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Oracle revamps cloud analytics service to simplify access

Join Transform 2021 this July 12-16. Register for the AI event of the year. Oracle today unveiled a revamped cloud analytics service that aims to reach a wider range of users via a Redwood user interface (UI) the company is publicly showing for the first time within a live application environment. The UI will eventually […]

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Genies raises $65M to boost avatars for virtual identity and wearable digital goods

Join GamesBeat Summit 2021, happening today! Watch live here!  Genies has raised $65 million to boost its avator creator, which the company is touting for virtual identity and wearable digital goods. Genies wants to become the virtual identity for people to fully express themselves in the digital world. It started with celebrities to capture moments […]

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SafetyCulture boosts its workplace safety tools, hits $1.6B valuation

Join Transform 2021 this July 12-16. Register for the AI event of the year. SafetyCulture, a startup developing software for workplace safety and quality management, today announced that it closed a new round of funding, valuing the company at $1.6 billion. Led by Insight Partners and Tiger Global, SafetyCulture CEO Luke Anear says the funds […]

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The best way to launch a new game intellectual property

Join GamesBeat Summit 2021, happening today! Watch live here!  Creating sequels or updates for live-operation games makes a lot of money for game companies. But over time, the revenues can trail off, and the need to create an original game becomes evident. At GamesBeat Summit 2021, I asked a panel of experts how to do […]

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The early decision that helped Adjust go from startup to global success

The second day of GamesBeat Summit 2021 offered attendees a look at companies that skyrocket from startup to big success, and how they faced the challenges and opportunities of rapid expansion, on the panel “Scaling the right way: When a startup is no longer a startup.” Katie Jansen, CMO at AppLovin and Katie Madding, chief […]

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Better representation in games promotes better diversity in development

Join GamesBeat Summit 2021, happening today! Watch live here!  We know that women play games. So why do men still dominate the developer landscape? Four women from the game industry came together during our GamesBeat Summit 2021 event to talk about this issue in the “Representation in-game matters, and it starts with developers” panel. Jen […]

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How 5G is turning cloud gaming into growth opportunities

“With shorter latency times, less jitter, and less packet loss in mobile gaming, 5G brings the ability for true cloud gaming services to become more of a reality by bringing the world closer together,” said Tim Guhl, vice president of sales at Singtel. Guhl was in conversation with Lisa Hanson, founder and president of Niko […]

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EA’s Laura Miele: Making games is hard, and it keeps changing

Join GamesBeat Summit 2021, happening today! Watch live here!  Laura Miele said Electronic Arts is in charge of more than 8,000 game developers at more than 22 studio locations. But in the past year, the publisher’s chief of studios hasn’t seen much of those people. In a fireside chat with Geoff Keighley at our GamesBeat Summit […]

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Summoners War: Lost Centuria launches on iOS and Android

Join GamesBeat Summit 2021, happening today! Watch live here!  Com2uS is releasing Summoners War: Lost Centuria, a followup to its hit mobile game Summoners War: Sky Arena, for iOS and Android devices later today. Sky Arena launched in 2014, and the turn-based strategy multiplayer mobile game has earned over 100 million downloads. Lost Centuria focuses […]

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A new pool of players is changing UA

This article is part of a Gaming Insights series paid for by Facebook. When it comes to games app advertising, the key to continued growth is user acquisition and audience expansion. But with such a vast and diverse audience, it can be tricky to know where to begin. Many games advertisers also face the challenge […]

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EA completes $2.4 billion acquisition of Glu Mobile

There’s still time to join GamesBeat Summit 2021, happening today! Register for access. Electronic Arts has completed its $2.4 billion acquisition of Glu Mobile, the mobile game publisher led by a former EA executive. The enterprise value of the deal is $2.1 billion, based on Glu’s own cash and other assets. The deal will turn […]

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Playtika’s Robert Antokol is ready to acquire — he just needs to find the right teams

There’s still time to join GamesBeat Summit 2021, happening today! Register for access. Playtika‘s Robert Antokol doesn’t speak publicly that often. I did a fireside chat with him at Casual Connect in Israel in 2015, and he said that was the last time he did such a talk. But since Playtika went public at $11 […]

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How Jam City balances employee welfare, growth in the pandemic, and doing right by gamers

There’s still time to join GamesBeat Summit 2021, happening today! Register for access. Jam City has grown dramatically over the years to become one of the industry’s largest mobile game companies. But its mission isn’t all about growth. I talked with Jam City CEO Chris DeWolfe about balancing growth in the pandemic, taking care of […]

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