Gaming boom during lockdown skyrocketed Nintendo profits
Nintendo reported a skyrocketing 428% operating profits in the fiscal quarter (April-June), thanks to a gaming boom during the lockdown. The Japanese gaming giant reported operating profit of 144.7 billion yen ($1.4 billion) in the April-June quarter, smashing analyst expectations and representing a massive climb from the 27.4 billion yen it posted in the year-ago quarter
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Esports pro and twitch streamer Reckful commits suicide
The 31-year-old Twitch streamer and former esports pro Byron 'Reckful' Bernstein reportedly died on July 2 after taking his own life. His ex-girlfriend, BlueGoesMew, posted the news on Twitter. "Yes, it’s him. He’s gone," they said, after fans expressed concern over the Reckful's wellbeing following tweets he'd posted. "I’ve been having a panic attack for an hour. I don’t know what to do."
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Dr Disrespect tweets about his ban on twitch
Twitch has permanently banned Guy Beahm aka Dr Disrespect from its platform without providing any specific reason. Now, Dr Disrespect came up with a statement over his ban, “Twitch has not notified me on the specific reason behind their decision... Firm handshakes to all for the support during this difficult time” he said on twitter
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Twitch apparently banned Dr. Disrespect
Dr. Disrespect’s account suddenly disappeared from Twitch’s platform leading to the rumors that the famous streamer has been banned from the platform. The disappearance comes two days after Twitch said it would begin issuing permanent suspensions for streamers as it cracked down on accusations of harassment and sexual misconduct. Twitch signed Dr. Disrespect to an exclusive two-year contract back in March for an undisclosed but “life-changing” amount of money
China’s second-largest online gaming firm raised $2.7 billion in Hong Kong
NetEase, the Chinese internet giant ranked just behind Tencent is not a well-known brand outside its home country but the company is pushing global expansion as it raised $2.7 billion in Hong Kong listing. It makes nearly 79% of revenue from online games but is trying to grow in other areas such as education and music streaming. NetEase carried out a secondary listing in Hong Kong
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Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare/Warzone Patch Notes For Season 4 Released, Gigantic File Size Revealed
Following a delay, Activision is releasing the much-anticipated Season 4 update for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone this evening on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Perhaps the biggest and most exciting part of the Season 4 update are the new multiplayer maps--Trench, Scrapyard, and Barakett Promenade. Fixed a bug where players were able to drop their weapon in the Gulag
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Epic Games Store next two free games have leaked and they’re big
Earlier this week, Epic followed up on Grand Theft Auto V by making Civilization VI free for users as well. As it turns out, a Reddit leak published shortly before Grand Theft Auto V went live on the Epic Games Store may have predicted the next two free games as well. The leak predicts that after Civilization VI, we’ll see Borderlands: The Handsome Collection up for grabs.
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Manchester United sues a video game
Famous football club Manchester United reportedly suing the makers of the “Football Manager” video game series for allegedly infringing its trademark by using the club's name. The English Premier League side has taken legal action against the developers of the popular football management simulation for replacing the club logo with a simplified red and white striped version
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Playing video games can help reduce stress and improve mental health, research says
According to research conducted by the University of Saskatchewan, playing video games can help in stress reduction and it can also help in improving mental health. University of Saskatchewan computer science professor Regan Mandryk says video games aren't just a mindless way to waste time. "When people play video games they have a lot of benefits to our emotional health or social health and our mental well-being," Mandryk said
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Assassin's Creed Valhalla season pass unlocks Beowulf mission in latest updates
We have not seen a proper Assassin's Creed Valhalla gameplay, but there's already word on the game's season pass via Ubisoft's German store listing. In a tweet following the latest footage's reveal, Valhalla creative director Ashraf Ismail levelled with fans on Twitter, saying they had "rightfully expected to see more".
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Epic Games reportedly looks to raise $1B, caves to Google over Fortnite
Epic Games is looking to raise as much as $1 billion in new capital while at the same time caving to Google, deciding to release its globally popular Fortnite through the official Play Store. “After 18 months of operating Fortnite on Android outside of the Google Play Store, we’ve come to a basic realization,” reads Epic’s statement.
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Outer Wilds wins Best Game award at 2020 BAFTA Game Awards
Both Outer Wilds and Disco Elysium dominated this year's BAFTA Game Awards, winning three awards each. The Best Game award went to Outer Wilds and the Best Debut went to Disco Elysium. Control and Death Stranding only won one award each despite having the most nominations. The ceremony took place online.
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Rayman Legends to be the first in a series of Ubisoft giveaways
The world-famous platformer 'Rayman Legends' is currently free for anyone who wishes to download it. Ubisoft has said that it intends to give away a large number of games over the next few weeks in order to encourage social distancing. The game will be available until April 4th and can be downloaded from the Uplay.
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Modern Warfare 2 remaster trailer leaked
It looks like one of the most popular first-person shooter games of all time is finally getting remastered. The campaign trailer for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 remastered has been leaked online. Activision still hasn't officially confirmed this release.
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Square Enix rolls out Nier Replicant upgrade
Game developers Square Enix have announced that upgrade to Nier Replicant, the prequel to 2017's critically acclaimed Nier Automata, will soon be rolled out for PS4, Xbox One and PC users as a celebration of the game's 10-year anniversary. The upgrade is not to be a remaster or remake but instead has been described by producer Yusuke Saito as a "version up".
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Epic Games is offering World War Z for free this week
As part of its weekly offering of free games, Epic Games has added the co-op zombie survival shooter World War Z to its roster of this week's free games, along with puzzle game Figment and cerebral dungeon crawler Tormentor X Punisher, which was a finalist in the 2018 Independent Games Festival awards. World War Z imitates the movie's dynamic of mindless zombies piling up to overcome obstacles against the player.
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Nintendo Switch sells out worldwide, prices skyrocket
It has now become almost impossible for customers to buy a Nintendo Switch at its original retail price as the console has been sold out across the globe. The supply of the Switch is unable to meet the new demand due to the coronavirus crisis and Nintendo has not announced a restock date as of yet.
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Who wants to be a game designer?
Unity, one of the most popular game engines in the world, has just released hundreds of hours worth of tutorials to help people learn to design their own games. They have also made access to the premium version of their software free for the next three months. The offer expires on June 20th.
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The consumer response to Half Life: Alyx will determine if the games continue to use VR
Valve has said that the form of the next Half-Life game will be determined by the response to Half-Life: Alyx, a game made entirely for VR. Critics have been praising the game since it's release, especially for its revolutionary use of VR technology. The company still has not confirmed Half-Life 3.
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Polish government creates Minecraft server for kids stuck at home during quarantine
The Polish government has shut down all schools until April 10th to stop the spread of the coronavirus. In order to continue to teach these children, they have launched an initiative that has created a number of educational activities children can take part in, online. This initiative has also created a Minecraft server where these kids can compete with each other.
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Fans are finally getting the Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 remake they have been asking for
According to some new leaks, Activision Blizzard is going to be remastering the incredibly popular 'Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2'. At the moment only the remaster of the campaign has been confirmed, it is unclear if they will also be remastering the multiplayer. The game does not have a release date yet.
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Ubisoft says coronavirus will slow down Rainbow Six Siege development
French video game studio Ubisoft has announced that the coronavirus has disrupted the company's regular operations. They have said that development on most of their projects, such as the incredibly popular Rainbow Six Siege, will have to either pause or at least slow down for the foreseeable future. The company has enacted a work from home policy for its employees.
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Major PS5 news to be revealed at the Sony conference
Sony is planning to reveal more details regarding the PS5's hardware during a special broadcast event that will take place on the 18th of March. This will be their first event that will be entirely dedicated to their next-generation console. This event is happening just days after Microsoft revealed the full specs for their new Xbox Series X.
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Coronavirus will not get in the way of Cyberpunk 2077
CD Projekt Red has announced that it will still be releasing Cyberpunk 2077 on its scheduled release date despite the coronavirus crisis. All the developers have started to work from home and the game has remained on schedule. It is unclear if they will be able to maintain this work ethic if the crisis escalates.
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New Pathfinder game raises $2 million on Kickstarter
Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous has managed to raise around $2 million in funding on Kickstarter. The game will be a top-down adventure RPG that will use the same systems as Pathfinder: Kingmaker, the previous game in the series. Although Kingmaker was only able to raise $800,000 on Kickstarter around 3 years ago.
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