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GamesBeat weekly roundup: Rockstar’s new lawsuit, and Titanfall 2 announced

Welcome to another GamesBeat weekly roundup! This time, the PlayStation 4 outsells the Xbox One (again), someone puts Flappy Bird on an e-cigarette, and we review anticipated games like Dark Souls 3 and Bravely Second: End Layer. Happy reading, and have a great weekend! Pieces of flair and opinion The DeanBeat: The narrative of the […]

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War Dragons launches on Android with new ad from Beavis and Butt-head animator

Your mobile game ad doesn’t always need to rely on a celebrity. War Dragons announced today that it has launched for Android, one year after the mobile strategy game released for iOS. Developer Pocket Gems is also launching a new ad for the game from animator J.J. Sedelmaier, who has worked on mainstream successes Beavis and Butt-head […]

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Magic Leap acquires Israeli security firm NorthBit

When you’re messing with reality, you’re probably going to want a decent security system. Augmented reality company Magic Leap has acquired the Israeli-based NorthBit to help increase its security, via Geek Time. Augmented and virtual reality could become a $120 billion market by 2020, according to tech adviser Digi-Capital. AR could have multiple uses, from gaming to […]

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Azubu’s new esports viewer offers higher resolution than Twitch

If you can’t compete with Twitch’s viewership, you can try to beat them with quality. Esports streaming site Azubu announced a new HTML 5 viewer today: Everest. It enables viewers to watch 4K, 60 frames-per-second broadcasts of competitive gaming while using 80 percent less CPU than previous Azubu viewers. It doesn’t run on Flash, so you can […]

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Gears of War 4’s new trailer is the franchise’s latest marketing home run

A melancholy song playing while people fight grotesque monsters. It must be a new Gears of War trailer. Microsoft has released a new video for Gears of War 4, its anticipated shooter that comes out on October 11 for the Xbox One. We haven’t seen much of Gears of War 4 since Microsoft revealed it during […]

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Oculus Rift’s privacy policy draws concern from U.S. Senator Al Franken

It’s not just savvy PC gamers who have worries about virtual reality privacy. Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota sent a letter to Oculus chief executive officer Brendan Iribe on Thursday expressing his concern over the privacy policy for the company’s Rift virtual reality headset, via Fortune. His worries come from the kind of information the Rift gathers, […]

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Bandai Namco’s Tales series goes mobile with crossover game

Seeking mobile success is a familiar “tale” for companies that traditionally publish console games. Japanese game publisher Bandai Namco, known for games like Pac-Man, announced today that the free-to-play Tales of Link has launched for iOS and Android. This a mobile entry in the company’s popular Tales series of role-playing games. The mobile market was […]

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Plays tv touts growth that’s better than Instagram and Snapchat after its first year of PC gaming recording

Sometimes, people just want to watch a highlight of an esports match instead of a whole tournament. Plays.tv, a site that enables people to easily record and view replays of PC games, announced today that it has crossed 10 million monthly active users during its first year. Four million of those users are active content […]

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Maybe you won’t hate in-app ads so much if you can play them

A lot of people hate ads, but making them interactive could turn them into something more palatable. Mobile programmatic DSP (demand-side platform) CrossInstall today announced PrePlay, playable ads that let users try a game before an app directs them to the iTunes or Google Play stores. The mobile gaming industry was worth $34.8 billion in […]

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Tomorrow’s PlayStation 4 update gives players more privacy

Sony’s newest system is getting some nice new features. The next system update for the PlayStation 4 will come out tomorrow. It adds new features to the popular system (that consistently outsells its chief competitor, the Xbox One). Notably, the 2.50 system update allows players to change their online status, making it so that they […]

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Mobile game Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ gets a U.S. release date

Maybe this will make the wait for Kingdom Hearts III a little more tolerable. Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ, a mobile game based on the popular series that combines Disney worlds and characters with role-playing mechanics and recognizable faces from Square Enix’s Final Fantasy franchise, will come out in the U.S. on April 7 for iOS […]

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Mega Man and Monster Hunter lead Capcom’s new mobile onslaught

Capcom is going to make a new push to mobile, and it’s using some of its biggest brands to help it succeed. Mega Man and Monster Hunter highlight the company’s new Mobile Business Division, which the publisher announced today. It will release four games by March 31, 2017. These will include apps based on its popular Monster […]

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GamesBeat weekly roundup: Miitomo hits the U.S., and Final Fantasy XV gets a release date

Welcome to another GamesBeat weekly roundup! This time, we reviewed Microsoft exclusive Quantum Break, the Oculus Rift starts shipping, and we discussed how Muslims are portrayed in gaming. Happy reading, and have a great weekend! Pieces of flair and opinion Watch us play Quantum Break Watch a stop motion video made entirely in Snapchat Dark Souls III […]

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User acquisition costs up 26% in February after January’s drop, Fiksu finds

Getting those people to download your app doesn’t come cheaply. The cost to secure a loyal user for a mobile app was $3.50 in February, according to marketing technology company Fiksu. That is up 26 percent from January, which itself was the first month the price to acquire a new user went down — falling […]

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Mortal Kombat X enters its third esports season with $500K prize pool

Get over here, esports fans. Warner Bros. Interactive announced today that it is beginning a third season of official Mortal Kombat X tournaments. The competitions combined will have a prize pool of $500,000. The eight week season begins on April 3 and ends on June 12 in Burbank, California. Those finals will give out a […]

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Minecraft’s mobile version will be more powerful thanks to command blocks

Minecraft’s Pocket Edition is about to get a lot more interesting. The mobile version of the popular building game will soon get command blocks, according to CNET. Command blocks are in the PC version, and these allow for a ton of complexity and flexibility, since players can program commands into them. Adding them to Minecraft’s […]

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Oculus Rift vs. Nintendo’s Virtual Boy: A super-serious comparison

It’s time for the virtual reality showdown you’ve all been waiting for: the Oculus Rift vs. the Virtual Boy. Sure, 20 years of technological advancements separate the two — and many consider the Virtual Boy to be one of worst products that Nintendo has ever made  — but GamesBeat still thinks it’s important to see […]

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