Tag: Esports

Danny Bilson to lead USC Games into the interactive future

The University of Southern California has a reputation for running great undergraduate and graduate programs in game design. And today, it will take a big step to unifying its film and computer science game programs under the leadership of Danny Bilson. Bilson was named chair of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts Interactive Media & Games […]

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Discord empowers devs to turn community servers into stores

Discord is a social network first. While the platform has a store and subscription service, it recognizes that most people come to it for communications. But now the chat/voice service, which raised $150 million in December, is adding in commerce options where they make sense: developer- and publisher-owned game communities. Discord added verified servers in […]

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Hearthstone: Rise of Shadows interview — Assembling the League of E.V.I.L. on April 9

Hearthstone kicks off the Year of the Dragon with the Rise of Shadows on April 9. This is the first expansion of this Standard year rotation, and it’s bringing together a bunch of bumbling baddies in what’s a Blizzard Entertainment first — a year-long storyline for Hearthstone, and it’s own take on DC’s Legion of […]

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GB Decides 112: Anthem has destroyed 99.9% of all PS4s

On this week’s episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast, co-host Jeffrey Grubb has never played World of Warcraft, but he has played House Party and Left Alive. Fellow co-host Mike Minotti, meanwhile, has finished up Tales of Vesperia. In the news, Valve is having communication issues. Also, Anthem has blown […]

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Riot Games hires chief diversity officer in wake of sexism scandal

Angela Roseboro is taking on a big task as the chief diversity officer at Riot Games. She joins Riot from Dropbox and comes in the aftermath of a scandal that revealed a sexist culture at the League of Legends game publisher and esports company. Riot Game was hit with the […]

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Optic Gaming partners with Champion Athleticwear as esports and brands get hitched

Optic Gaming has won a lot of esports competitions over the years, and its reward is a new partnership with athletic apparel brand Champion Athleticwear. Frisco, Texas-based Optic Gaming has entered into a collaborative partnership with Champion Athleticwear, makers of authentic athletic apparel since 1919. Such deals will help esports […]

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What Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is and how it could change EA

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is launching this fall. Publisher Electronic Arts and developer Respawn have confirmed this release window. But now the companies have announced their plans to officially reveal the game to the public at the upcoming Chicago Star Wars Celebration fan event in April. In today’s episode […]

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Hearthstone’s Year of the Dragon: Genn and Baku in Hall of Fame, better adventures, and year-long story

The Year of the Dragon kicks off in April for Hearthstone, Blizzard Entertainment’s mammoth digital card game. It’s the top dog in the market, which research firm Newzoo estimated would be worth $2 billion by 2020. It’s entering its fifth year, and come April, it’ll send three sets of cards […]

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Sviper raises $2.8 million for mobile game studio

Sviper is a new mobile gaming studio in Hamburg, Germany, and it has raised $2.8 million in funding from Modern TimesGroup. To date, the company has raised $4.3 million. In addition to MTG, all existing shareholders participated in this funding round, including Sviper’s seed investor Global Founders Capital. The funds […]

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Adtech is dead but VC money is booming — find out more at GamesBeat Summit 2019

We’re always working to connect our GamesBeat Summit 2019 attendees to the best folks in the industry, and our next two speakers are no exception: Ethan Kurzweil and Brian Bowman, who will be bringing insight into the boom of VC game investments, the death of adtech, and more. Ethan Kurzweil […]

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Is Fortnite killing game company stocks?

Since October, major game company stocks have been down significantly. Of course, much of this was due to an overall market decline. However, as market indexes have bounced back, game companies are still down. One of the big culprits, at least some people believe, is Epic Games’ multiplayer hit, Fortnite. […]

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Interpret: Women make up 30% of esports audience, up 6.5% from 2016

Women’s viewership of esports grew from 23.9 percent of all watchers in 2016 to 30.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to a report by market researcher Interpret. That 6.5 percent change is a considerable leap, considering the heavy representation of men in both esports audiences and professional […]

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Tonk Tonk Games raises $2 million for uFighter mobile game with your face in it

Tonk Tonk Games has raised $2 million in funding from Bitkraft Esports Ventures to build its uFighter mobile game, where you play as one of the fighters. The company wants to provide players with a more personalized play experience and high spectatorship, which is why it will put a cartoon […]

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GamesBeat Decides 110: Bobby Kotick made us embrace socialism

We are back! The GamesBeat Decides podcast took two weeks off because co-host Jeffrey Grubb had another kid. What was he thinking? But he has returned from parental leave, and co-host Mike Minotti and GamesBeat PC guest post editor Rowan Kaiser joins him. On this week’s episode, the GamesBeat Decides […]

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Synergy Blue: 70% of casinos say they plan to add skill-based games

More than 70 percent of 100 casinos surveyed said that they plan to adopt skill-based games, or those where it takes skill to win, in the future. The survey was done by Synergy Blue, a creator of skill-based games and platforms. You would, of course, expect Synergy Blue to say […]

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These are the esports games to watch out for in 2019

The esports industry economy is expected to hit $1.65 billion by 2021, fueled by nearly 250 million esports enthusiasts and another 307 million casual viewers. That revenue and viewer forecast could get even higher based on heavy-hitters like Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds officially entering the esports arena in 2019. Whether you’re not familiar with esports […]

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Overwatch League Season 2 preview: Start date, new teams, how to watch, and more

Blizzard Entertainment Overwatch League Season 2 is fast approaching as Blizzard Entertainment looks to cement the popular hero shooter’s place as one of the world’s biggest esports franchises. After a thrilling inaugural season which drew in millions of viewers, Overwatch League Season 2 is set to up the ante with expansion teams, new players, format […]

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‘Farming Simulator’ Is Actually Making A Competitive Farming Esports League

YouTube Video games do a lot of different things for people. Some like the distraction of getting lost in another world. Others use them to relax. And some really do like simulating real life things in a virtual world. Farming simulators like Stardew Valley are lovely, relaxing social games where […]

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The Carlton and Floss dances are no longer in Forza Horizon 4

We can dance if we want to. We can leave your friends behind. But if your friends dance the “Carlton” and “Floss” in Forza Horizon 4, then they may no longer dance. And they are also no friends of mine. Developer Playground Games has removed two dances from its excellent […]

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Unity and Improbable’s beef gets spicy and strange in dueling blog posts

Earlier today, Unity Technologies blocked Improbable’s SpatialOS online-gaming tools from accessing the Unity game-dev engine. This has left developers reeling because many of them rely on both tools to run their games connected multiplayer modes. In the first of its two blog posts today, Improbable claimed that Unity is hurting […]

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Seagate dresses up its backup drives with cloth and puts 5 terabytes in your palm

Seagate Technology announced a range of new mobile storage products — including a cloth-covered Backup Plus Ultra drive — based on its Seagate and LaCie brands at CES 2019, the big tech trade show in Las Vegas this week. These backup drives from Seagate and its LaCie brand allow you to […]

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