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The company behind Pokémon Go, Niantic lays off 8% of staff and cancels 4 projects

Pokémon Go developer Niantic is running into trouble as it builds “the real-world metaverse.” Like so many other tech companies facing...

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Robinhood almost imploded during the Gamestop meme stock chaos

The House Committee on Financial Services released a report late last week offering a harrowing glimpse inside Robinhood during the frenzy around...

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Incredibuild powers up with $35M to boost its distributed, faster approach to games and software development

Incredibuild, an Israeli startup that has picked up a lot of traction in the worlds of gaming and software development for a platform that...

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Parellelz brings a new approach to seamlessly convert native mobile apps to websites

Over the last few years, developers and authorities have questioned Apple and Google’s power over app distribution on mobile operating systems....

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Cozy houseplants and self-care: how one startup is reimagining mobile gameplay as a healing activity

Mobile well-being apps were on track to top a billion downloads last year, while leading meditation app Calm alone pulled in $118.2 million in...

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Blockchain gaming unfazed by crypto volatility as gamers ‘seek out entertainment’

While the crypto industry was in freefall over the past few months, web3 games remained fairly stable.

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Meta, Microsoft, NVIDIA, Unity and others form Metaverse Standards Forum

As more tech companies develop virtual and augmented reality products, some oversight groups are trying to keep the industry on the same page. The...

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Immutable launches $500M fund to boost web3 gaming adoption

The crypto gaming industry is continuing to grow in popularity as more capital is deployed in the space and traditional Web 2.0 gaming studios look...

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Meta adds voice controls for Horizon Worlds, which defaults to live chat with strangers

Meta might soon want everyone to hop into its playful virtual realms, but some users are set up for a shock. In the service of pushing people to...

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Netflix announces games tied to its popular shows, including ‘The Queens Gambit,’ ‘Shadow and Bone’ and more

At its annual Geeked Week event, Netflix announced a slew of new titles coming to its gaming service this year. A few of the new games are tied to...

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Microsoft’s new Xbox TV app will let players stream games on new Samsung smart TVs without a console

Microsoft has announced that it’s launching its Xbox TV app on June 30th, which will allow users to play Xbox games without a game console. The...

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Meta brings game development platform Crayta to Facebook Gaming’s cloud streaming service

Meta announced today that it’s bringing Roblox-like Crayta, a game development platform that lets you build and play games with your friends in...

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Tencent once more seeks to expand its mobile hit Honor of Kings globally

Honor of Kings, the world’s largest mobile game made by China’s internet behemoth Tencent, is rolling out a global version by the end of...

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This Week in Apps: WWDC preview, hitting the Top Charts, Instagram’s AMBER Alerts

This Week in Apps is the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy.

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‘Pokémon Scarlet & Violet’ will release on November 18

The ninth generation of Pokémon will be the first with multiplayer functionality and an open world map.

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Perceptron: Risky teleoperation, Rocket League simulation, and zoologist multiplication

In this week's Perceptron column, we look at a Rocket League-playing AI system and a study investigating the risks of teleoperating robots.

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This Week in Apps: Mobile gaming’s market share hit, web3 app growth, Niantic’s new AR tools

This Week in Apps offers a way to keep up with the latest from the world of apps, including news, updates, startup fundings, and mergers and...

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After buying Bungie, Sony goes all in on live service games

Sony plans to launch 12 different live service games, integrating technology and expertise from its acquisition of Destiny developer Bungie.

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OnlyFans founder makes crypto debut selling influencer trading cards

Zoop, built on the Polygon blockchain, will allow users to trade NFT-based cards featuring their favorite influencers.

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Epic Games points to Mac’s openness and security in its latest filing in App Store antitrust case

In a new court filing, Epic Games challenges Apple’s position that third-party app stores would compromise the iPhone’s security. And it...

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Netflix is adding four more games this month, including ‘Exploding Kittens’

Netflix has announced four more games that are launching on its platform this month, including a new Exploding Kittens game that is based on a...

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Niantic transcends Discord to build Campfire, an AR social app, and unveils Lightship VPS

Since the launch of Pokémon Go in 2016, players have been coordinating meet-ups in-game raids and battles on platforms like Reddit and Discord. This...

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Take-Two completes $12.7B acquisition of mobile games giant Zynga

Take-Two has completed its $12.7 billion acquisition of mobile games giant Zynga, the company announced on Monday. Under the terms of the merger...

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Epic Games’ Bandcamp temporarily wins right to use its own payments system on Google Play

Epic Games isn’t just fighting the app stores over the right to process its own in-app payments in its popular game Fortnite, it’s also...

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Match Group and Google reach an interim compromise over app payments

Match Group, the parent company of dating apps Tinder, Hinge and OkCupid, is getting along better with Google, just by a little bit. On Friday, Match...

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TikTok is gearing up for games, including interactive minigames for TikTok LIVE

TikTok is already one of the world’s fastest-growing social media platforms, where it’s even overtaken YouTube on watch time in select...

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Andreessen Horowitz debuts $600 million fund for games investments

The new $600 million fund brings a pool of dedicated capital and a new internal structure dedicated to sourcing deals inside the games vertical.

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Meta begins testing optional end-to-end encryption in Quest’s VR Messenger app

Meta is testing end-to-end encryption in Quest’s VR Messenger app, the company announced in a blog post. With the rollout of this test, the company...

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