Gaming

I spent the morning playing with the Nintendo Labo

I spent the morning playing with the Nintendo Labo

Labo is peak Nintendo. It’s strange, it’s innovative, it’s pretty silly and it’s completely unexpected. As longtime PR rep David Young told us during a quick chat at today’s event, “when people think we’re going to zig, we zag.” Nintendo Labo is Maximum Zag. We spent most of the morning with Labo, at a brightly […]

Nintendo’s Switch took just 10 months to outsell the Wii U

Nintendo’s Switch took just 10 months to outsell the Wii U

Nintendo’s Switch has only been on sale for 10 months but already it has outsold its predecessor, the Wii U, the flop that heralded Nintendo’s first step into hybrid gaming. The Japanese tech giant shifted a little over 13.5 million Wii U consoles across its entire lifecycle, and today Nintendo revealed that the Switch has reached 14.86 […]

Imverse’s groundbreaking mixed reality renders you inside VR

Imverse’s groundbreaking mixed reality renders you inside VR

What if you could look down and see your actual arms and legs inside VR, or look at other real-world people or objects as if you weren’t wearing a headset? The team at Imverse spent five years building this incredible technology at universities in Switzerland and Spain. “We were working on this before Oculus was […]

Microsoft buys gaming services startup PlayFab to bolster its Azure platform

Microsoft buys gaming services startup PlayFab to bolster its Azure platform

In the latest chapter of GAFAM’s continuing bid to conquer online gaming, Microsoft has acquired PlayFab, which helps game developers launch their titles online more quickly with simplified back-end services. The startup will be integrated into Microsoft’s Azure gaming group. The Seattle-based startup had raised around $13 million in funding from investors. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. […]

Microsoft’s Mixer follows Twitch with addition of direct tipping and game sales

Microsoft’s Mixer follows Twitch with addition of direct tipping and game sales

Mixer, Microsoft’s answer to Twitch, will soon allow its streamers to start selling games and other downloadable content via its service, and will introduce tipping, the company announced this week in its year-end wrap-up. The game sales will be made possible through the new Mixer Direct Purchase program, which is now in testing ahead of […]

Facebook lets you tip game live streamers $3+

Facebook lets you tip game live streamers $3+

Facebook Live is launching monetization for video gameplay streamers, allowing users to tip creators a minimum of $3 via the desktop site. Right now, the contributor of the tips doesn’t get any special call-out or privileges, though Facebook tells me it’s considering different options for creators and gamers. For instance, it could have a special […]

Madden NFL 18 esports are coming to Disney XD and ESPN

Madden NFL 18 esports are coming to Disney XD and ESPN

With the Superbowl just a few weeks away, the world of football has some relatively unexpected news. Madden NFL, one of the most popular gaming titles in the world, is going even more mainstream. ESPN2 and Disney XD will broadcast Madden e-sports tournaments thanks to a new deal inked by EA, Disney, and the NFL. […]

PUBG takes the Chicken Dinner with 4 million players on Xbox alone

PUBG takes the Chicken Dinner with 4 million players on Xbox alone

People like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, the game where you basically re-enact a version of Battle Royale with you as one of the contestants in the human survival game. It had huge success in alpha prior to its full launch on PC, and now we know that console gamers also love the heck out of it – […]

Anti-piracy firm Denuvo acquired by digital security outfit Irdeto

Anti-piracy firm Denuvo acquired by digital security outfit Irdeto

Denuvo’s anti-piracy tech has been divisive in the gaming world, with some complaining that it restricts their gaming habits or stifles modding communities. But few will dispute that it has been unusually successful in its main goal of preventing piracy, and to a certain extent, cheating. Successful enough, anyway, to be picked up by Irdeto, […]

Protecting intellectual property rights in the billion-dollar world of virtual gaming

Protecting intellectual property rights in the billion-dollar world of virtual gaming

Brianna Howard Contributor Brianna Ricque Howard is a Los Angeles-based associate at global law firm Nixon Peabody LLP. She primarily practices complex commercial litigation and intellectual property litigation and is a member of the firm’s esports task force. Virtual reality may have found a game-changing partner: esports. Recently it was announced that Justice League […]