China postpones League of Legends tournament due to Coronavirus
China has announced that its annual League of Legends tournament has been postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus crisis that is currently gripping the country. Travel in and out of the country has become very difficult and the government has banned all large public gatherings so hosting the tournament had become logistically impossible.
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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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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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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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