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PUBG juggernaut hits 400 million users, and for a limited time, players can get the PC version for $19.99

Posted: 06-19-2018 | Author: Staff Report
Tech Crunch reports: “Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds, the progenitor and once-reigning champion of last-player-standing battle royale gaming that’s swept the video game world by storm, has hit over 400 million players globally across all platforms. PUBG has already moved 50 million units of its game across PC and Xbox One consoles and has hit 87 million daily […]

Mobile-Games Company Scopely Raised Additional $100 Million for Acquisitions, Investments

Posted: 06-19-2018 | Author: Staff Report
Variety reports: “Seven-year-old Scopely is now valued at more than $700 million, after it raised an additional $100 million as part of its Series C round. With that money in the bank, Scopely is now looking to make acquisitions and investments in game studios and intellectual property to build on its existing network of more than […]

Nintendo doesn’t think Labo has reached its full potential yet

Posted: 06-19-2018 | Author: Staff Report
The Verge reports: “Back in April, Nintendo launched a bold new initiative called Labo. A collection of DIY cardboard accessories for the Switch, Labo was designed primarily to reach brand-new audiences outside of the traditional game-playing demographic. While the company says that the first two iterations of Labo have sold well — the ‘variety kit’ reached […]

Twitch now lets streamers use multiple Extensions at once

Posted: 06-19-2018 | Author: Staff Report
Tech Crunch reports: “Today, Twitch is making Extensions even more useful by allowing streamers to run up to three of these overlays at the same time on their video, plus three more below the video player, for a total of six that can be active on their channel at any time. This update, Twitch says, […]

Disney Offers to Take on Sky News for 15 Years; Channel to Get $2 Billion Investment

Posted: 06-19-2018 | Author: Staff Report
Variety reports: “Disney has offered British authorities a commitment to operate and fund Sky News for 15 years and to refrain from selling it without the U.K. government’s permission. For its part, Fox has offered new commitments in an attempt to get its $15 billion bid for Sky over the finish line, including a promise to fund Sky News for […]

Critical Force nets $6.3m investment to scale esports operation

Posted: 06-19-2018 | Author: Staff Report reports: “Finnish mobile developer Critical Force has raised $6.3 million funding to scale the growth of its flagship game, Critical Ops. The mobile esports FPS has over 40 million downloads, and the funds will be channelled towards operation of a global Critical Ops esports system.” Read more

Microsoft acquires education-focused video platform Flipgrid

Posted: 06-18-2018 | Author: Staff Report
Venture Beat reports: “Microsoft today announced that it has acquired Flipgrid (formerly Vidku), a Minneapolis, Minnesota-based video sharing platform aimed at students and educators, for an undisclosed amount. As part of the deal, the Redmond company will make Flipgrid, which is used by more than 20 million teachers and students in 180 countries — free for schools.” Read more

The Supreme Court will hear an iOS App Store antitrust lawsuit

Posted: 06-18-2018 | Author: Staff Report
The Verge reports: “The Supreme Court has agreed to hear Apple’s appeal in an antitrust lawsuit over the App Store’s structure and fees. Reuters reported the news this morning, and it marks a major step for the case, which has been running since 2011. Bloomberg writes that the court will hear arguments within a nine-month window that starts in October.” Read […]

Universal Music And Hip-Hop Player All Def Boost Film And TV Volume

Posted: 06-18-2018 | Author: Staff Report
Deadline Hollywood reports: “Universal Music Group and All Def Media, a purveyor of hip-hop content backed by investors including Greycroft Partners, Andreessen Horowitz and WPP, have expanded their relationship to encompass long- and short-form video. Under an overall programming and marketing partnership, the two companies will also team for live events and social media.” Read more

World Health Organization Says Compulsive Video Game Playing Is Mental Health Problem

Posted: 06-18-2018 | Author: Staff Report
The Hollywood Reporter reports: “In its latest revision to a disease classification manual, the World Health Organization said Monday that compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a new mental health condition. The statement confirmed the fears of many parents but led some critics to warn that it may risk stigmatizing young video players.” Read […]