Tag: PC Gaming

Hearthstone new nerfs will end the reign of the game’s most powerful decks

So long, Odd Paladin and Shudderwock Shaman. Those two popular Hearthstone decks should be far less powerful once the next wave of nerfs come to Blizzard’s digital card game later today. Hearthstone is the king of the digital card game market. It has over 100 million registered players. Constant updates can help keep those fans […]

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November 2018 NPD: Red Dead on top with strong debut from Pikachu

The video game industry in the United States was flat year-over-year in November, according to industry-tracking firm The NPD Group. U.S. consumers spent $2.693 billion on hardware, software, and accessories. In November 2017, that number was $2.706 billion. Overall, the month was still strong considering it had a tough comparison to last year. “Gains in […]

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Path of Exile: Betrayal sets new expansion record for concurrent players

Path of Exile may be in for a Betrayal, but it’s not coming from its players. A studio spokesperson from Grinding Gear Games said today that the free-to-play online action-role-playing game set a new mark for concurrent players. The Betrayal expansion launched December 6 on PC, and Path of Exile reached about 189,000 players. Two-thirds of them […]

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Ring of Elysium: How Tencent built a different kind of battle royale

Presented by Intel It seems foolish for any developer to compete with battle royale giants Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. But the rising popularity of Ring of Elysium proves that the crowded genre still has some room for new challengers. Out for free on PC via Steam Early Access, Ring of Elysium takes place on the […]

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DICE reverts Battlefield V time-to-kill changes after fan backlash

Battlefield V developer DICE is updating its military shooter to undo a big change that upset fans. In an attempt to make the game more appealing to new players, the studio increased the time-to-kill (TTK) for each weapon. Put simply, it weakened guns so people could survive for longer in Battlefield V multiplayer. DICE said […]

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Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 review — Innovating high-end gaming headsets

One of my favorite headsets ever was the Turtle Beach Elite Pro. Specifically, I dug the Elite Pro PC Edition that had the built-in USB connector. By swapping out the included mic for a noise-cancelling upgrade, I had a really decent headset that was excellent for communicating and even for recording voice. The Elite Pro […]

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More GamesBeat Summit 2019 speakers: Brock Pierce, Jen MacLean, and Kevin Chou

GamesBeat Summit 2019 will take place in Los Angeles at the Two Bit Circus, a “micro-amusement park” that’s like an arcade meets Ready Player One in the Arts District. And now, we’re ready to name our next three speakers for the event taking place April 23 and April 24. Register now and get early bird pricing […]

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Playgroundz: The Leisure Economy rises with mobile esports, female gamers, and influencers

Most gamers dream about being Ninja, a video gamer who became the No. 1 social “influencer” in sports — beating out Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Lionel Messi and LeBron James – by playing Fortnite, earning on average $400,000 to $500,000. That’s the crest of the Leisure Economy, or the economic change that comes as people get paid […]

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Heroes of the Storm eulogy: For once, Blizzard couldn’t balance the casual and competive

Heroes of the Storm isn’t dead. But it isn’t alive, either. Blizzard Entertainment’s announcement this week that it was ending Heroes esports entirely, shifting developers off the game, and “changing the cadence” of updates effectively stated that the game was shifting away from active development.The maudlin tone of the piece, even though it said the […]

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Samsung CHG90 review — Can a 32:9 49-inch monitor fit into your life?

Unlike televisions, computer monitors can take on different shapes. Your monitor probably has a 16:9 ratio (where for every 16 horizontal inches you get 9 vertical inches), but companies like Samsung and HP have also made 16:10 displays for years. More recently, a group of ultrawide 21:9 options have started to win over the hearts […]

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K-Swiss launches Immortals esports lifestyle sneaker

The age of the esports lifestyle brand has arrived. K-Swiss is launching its Immortals Icon sneaker today, tapping into the popularity of the Immortals esports organization. This is one of the multiple ways that esports will grow its monetization and eventually become a $1.7 billion business worldwide by 2021, according to market researcher Newzoo. Los […]

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Twitch takes a look back at great moments in livestreaming in 2018

Twitch has come a long way since it debuted in 2011 as Justin.tv. And now the company is making us feel teary with its livestreamed Twitch Holiday Spectacular, which is a special edition of Twitch Weekly that features guests from the community and highlighted big moments and milestones from 2018. The livestreaming division of Amazon said […]

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The DeanBeat: The most anticipated games of 2019

While the movies get scheduled pretty tightly, we often must guess when our favorite games will be coming. The Game Awards last week helped us figure out part of what’s coming in 2019, and game publishers and developers and platform owners have given us other clues. And that’s how I’ve pieced together my list of […]

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Discord Store plans to best Epic with 90/10 revenue split

The video game industry is witnessing the death of the standard revenue split for distribution platforms. For years, stores like Steam have taken 30 percent of every sale. Valve, which owns and operates Steam, recently adjusted that. Then, last week, Epic launched its own store with the promise to only take 12 percent instead. Now, […]

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Blizzard cancels Heroes of the Storm esports, slows development

Blizzard Entertainment announced that it is scaling back its support for Heroes of the Storm. It is canceling the Heroes of the Storm and Heroes of the Dorm esports events in 2019, and it is also shifting some developers off the ongoing game, according to a blog post. Heroes of the Storm hasn’t gathered the […]

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FanAI and Hi-Rez to gather audience analytics for Smite, Paladins, and Realm Royale

FanAI, Hi-Rez Studios and Skillshot Media are partnering to gather audience data for potential sponsors of Hi-Rez’s esports games such as Smite, Paladins, and Realm Royale. Those games have more than 70 million players. FanAI, an esports audience monetization platform, will use its proprietary artificial intelligence analytics to gather and analyze player data. Thsi data will […]

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Intel and ESL partner to invest $100 million in esports

Intel and ESL announced today that they have extended their partnership, which will result in $100 million invested in esports initiatives through 2021. The two companies have been working together on gaming competitions for 18 years, which they call the longest partnership in esports. The $100 million will go to developing technology and creating new […]

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PlanetSide Arena: Sci-fi shooter series goes battle royale with possible 1,000-player battles

Daybreak Games has announced that PlanetSide Arena will be the next installment in the multiplayer sci-fi shooter series. It will be a battle royale game, and it’s coming out for PC on January 29. The first PlanetSide came out for PC in 2003. PlanetSide 2 followed in 2012. The series prides itself on its scale, […]

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Hearthstone’s Rumble Run solo mode is out now

The single-player component of Hearthstone’s newest expansion, Rastakhan’s Rumble, is out not on PC and mobile. The new solo mode, Rumble Run, is free for all players. Hearthstone is the king of the digital card game market. The game has over 100 million registered players. Gaming intelligence group SuperData expects it to make $414 million this year, […]

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Twitch esports fans are more dedicated than other esports enthusiasts

More than 60 percent of esports fans on Twitch said that they have followed esports for more than four years, according to a research study by market researcher Nielsen. In contrast, among the broader U.S. esports audience, only one in 5 have been following this long, with 23 percent new to esports within the past year. […]

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