E3 2020 canceled amid coronavirus outbreak
The largest annual gaming conference in the US, E3 2020, which last year attracted a crowd of more than 60,000 people and since 1995 has been the main event for most developers to launch flagship games and showcase the new technology, has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizers Entertainment Software Association have stated they are looking into ways to host the event online.
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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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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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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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