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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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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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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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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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Roblox hires former Zynga CTO to build out its developer team

Nick Tornow is joining Roblox as VP of Engineering for its developer team, leaving his former post as Twitter Platform Lead. He also spent a decade...

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Meta to allow Horizon Worlds users to turn their avatar’s personal safety boundary off

After reports that women were already being groped and sexually harassed in Meta’s new VR spaces, Horizon Worlds and Venues, the company...

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The PlayStation version of Roblox is materializing

A new job listing hints that Roblox is working on a version for the PS4.

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Nexon founder Jung-ju Jay Kim has passed away at age 54

Jung-ju Jay Kim, founder of South Korean gaming company Nexon, has passed away at age 54.  On Tuesday, Nexon’s holding company NXC released a...

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Tripledot snaps up $116M at a $1.4B valuation as casual mobile games become serious business

Casual mobile games have reached a fever pitch of interest with consumers, and so too with investors, who are rushing to back the biggest and most...

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Blizzard is working on a brand new survival game that could define its next era

It might still be in the headlines every day for organizational chaos, union busting and being part of the biggest gaming acquisition ever, but...

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Activision Blizzard won’t voluntarily recognize the historic Raven Software QA union

Last week, quality assurance testers at Activision Blizzard division Raven Software formed the first union at a major U.S. gaming company, comprising...

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Raven Software testers at Activision Blizzard form the first union at a major US gaming company

Today, Raven Software’s quality assurance (QA) department — which mostly works on “Call of Duty” as part of Activision...

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Microsoft to buy Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion

Gaming giant Activision Blizzard, under the gun from investors over sexual harassment controversies and ongoing executive turmoil, has pulled the...

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Fortnite is coming back to iOS, but not on the App Store

Fortnite is back on iOS — well, kind of. Through Nvidia’s streaming game service GeForce Now, mobile users on iOS and Android will be...

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Yahaha Studios, a platform for building no-code, immersive games, raised $50M in 3 rounds ahead of its launch this year

The success of Roblox and other user-created gaming experiences like Overwolf have democratized the concept of making games and have taken it into...

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PUBG Mobile maker Krafton sues Apple, Google and rival game developer Garena over clones

Krafton, the developer behind PlayUnknown’s Battlegrounds,” and the maker of PUBG Mobile, last year’s No. 6 top-grossing mobile...

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In-game creation platform Overwolf raises $75M Series D led by Andreessen Horowitz

Overwolf, a platform that enables creators to build, share and monetize items inside games, has raised a $75 million Series D funding round, led by...

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TikTok ventures into mobile gaming, initially in partnership with Zynga

TikTok is experimenting with games, initially in partnership with mobile gaming giant Zynga. On Monday, Zynga announced its plans to launch a new...

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Niantic reveals its vision for a ‘real-world metaverse,’ releases Lightship AR Developer Kit

AR technology company Niantic, best known for Pokémon GO, announced today that it will launch Lightship, an AR Developer Kit (ARDK) that will make...

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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, Niantic’s follow-up to Pokémon GO, is shutting down

Niantic’s augmented reality game about the boy who lived is about to die. The company that brought us Pokémon GO debuted Harry Potter: Wizards...

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Roblox is back online after three days of Halloween outage

Roblox, the gaming platform that is immensely popular amongst young players, said on Twitter Sunday evening that it is back online worldwide. Roblox...

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Pikmin Bloom, an AR mobile game, is Niantic’s next collaboration with Nintendo

Niantic announced yesterday that its next augmented reality mobile game will be Pikmin Bloom, a collaboration with Nintendo. The free game was first...

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Unity launches Unity Gaming Services to simplify development of cross-platform, multiplayer games

Unity, the platform that enables creators to develop 2D and 3D content for mobile phones, tablets, PCs, consoles and augmented and virtual reality...

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Core might be the Vegas of the metaverse

A self-described “endless arcade,” Core feels like a 90s cyberpunk fever dream come to life. Half playable game library, half no-code game...

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Roblox pushes toward avatar realism, plans to add NFT-like limited-edition items

At its annual developer conference Thursday, Roblox painted a picture of what’s next for the fast-growing online multiplayer portal that’s like...

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Sora is the final ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ fighter

At the Nintendo Direct livestream a few weeks back, fans speculated that they might learn who the last remaining character in the extensive...

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Stephanie Zhan walks through the Rec Room pitch deck that won Sequoia’s investment

Sequoia partner Stephanie Zhan and Nick Fajt, founder and CEO of social gaming platform Rec Room, explained what the venture capital firm looks for...

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Russian authorities arrest cybersecurity giant Group-IB’s CEO on treason charges

Group-IB, founded in 2003, is one of Russia's largest cybersecurity companies.

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