News & Insights
Gaming News And Insights About What Happens In Games. Your No 1 Games Podcast!
The holiday season is around the corner and yes, it is one of the most important occasions for everyone around the globe. And for us gamers, this holiday season is going to be fantastic. There’s plenty in store for gamers; Nintendo Switch, PS5, Xbox Series S/X, and several awesome games ready to make our holidays worth the while.
A significant development in the Epic VS Apple clash of digital titans, Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers has granted an injunction that permanently restrains Apple from retaliating against Unreal Engine. A sigh of relief for the Epic Games but there are some lemons too. The judge refused to grant an injunction against Apple that would force Apple to reinstate Fortnite on App Store.
Gaming news Alert! This one is for the huge fan base of Minecraft and Super Smash Bros. You probably saw the reveal video of the latest DLC Fighter Smash Ultimate where Nintendo announced the inclusion of Steve and Alex from Minecraft to Super Smash Bros Ultimate.
There have been new developments in the Apple VS Epic lawsuit. The anti-trust dispute between Epic and Apple is being overseen by the US District Court Judge Yvonne Gonzales Rogers and she has proposed a trial by jury. And from the looks of it, trial by jury will likely take place next year.
Discord popular, yeah baby look at those numbers! The success and popularity of some products can result in an automated success of other products. Today, let’s analyze the sudden spike in popularity of Discord, a mobile app that is used as a communication tool in games.
Amazon is a new contender in the Cloud gaming market, and I bet that no one will take it lightly. The news came out yesterday that Amazon, at its annual Alexa Hardware event, is set to launch its new cloud gaming platform at some point in the near future. Luna will have a $5.99 per month introductory price in its early access phase. It is going to be supported across mainland US at the start and no support for Hawaii, Alaska, and the US territories. Yes, fellow, at the moment it is extremely limited.
Microsoft just dropped a bomb on the gaming industry; one of the biggest acquisitions we have ever seen. Microsoft bought ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda Softworks, Arcane studios, Tango, Game works, and more under one brand and that is Xbox.
Jeez, talk about the ripples of trade war reaching the gaming industry. The US government has decided to probe Epic Games and Riot Games after
Mark your calendars and set alarm on your clocks, Xbox next-gen consoles will start on 22nd September 8 am PT/11 am ET at various retailers. And for digital preorders, online retailers like Target, Best Buy, Walmart, Gamestop, Amazon, Costco, Newegg, and more will carry the online preorder bookings for both Series X and S.
The Ubisoft Forward event was not all about games; Yuves Guillemot, CEO of Ubisoft, addressed allegations of racism, lack of diversity, and sexual harassment at the workplace by saying, “We are at a start of a long journey. Real change will take time.” Some more announcements were also made which include a mentorship program for women and individuals from minority/underrepresented groups.
Last night a massive next-gen news package was dropped. Following the suit of Microsoft, Sony finally announced some of the most awaited details of PS5. Raising the expectations of the fans, the PS5 September showcase event announced several game trailers and new game announcements. These new games included the much anticipated God of War, Hogwarts Legacy, and Final Fantasy XVI. So let’s jump right into the details, shall we?
Razer oh Razer! Personal data breach or leak is always a nightmare. A cybersecurity researcher, Volodymyr Diachenko discovered that the personal data of gaming users was available and accessible on Razer’s website due to a server misconfiguration. The accident exposed the personal information of more than 100,000 gamers for almost a month.
Arm is a UK based semi-conductor firm famous for creating technology and designs related to CPU and processors used in various mobile phones. Arm was one of the integral suppliers for Apple. And in a recent and surprising development, graphic card giant Nvidia bought Arm for $40bn.
The Weekly Gaming News Recap, ladies and gentlemen, a lot has been happening lately in the gaming industry, some exciting news and announcements made headlines this week. Let’s jump right into the recap session of this week.
Microsoft Xbox Series S is looking real; Microsoft has announced its Xbox Series S, priced just $299. We witnessed an absolute avalanche of leaks all over Twitter about the brand new lower end version of the Xbox Series X. The long-rumored Xbox Series S will finally hit the market on November 10 and it will be digital-only. The next generation consoles are looking spicy!
The courts are busy nowadays to sort things out between some of the big guns of the gaming industry, yes I am talking about Apple versus Epic and Google’s resorting to court. The trust in the gaming industry is hitting a new low especially between Epic Games and Apple as the trust between both of them is hitting a new rock bottom every passing day. The Unreal Engine firm has filed another preliminary injunction against Apple to stop them from retaliating.
Ladies and gentlemen, a lot has happened this week in the gaming world; another eventful week has come to an end. A lot of news is worthy of mentioning, one recap article won’t do justice, so in this one, we will highlight some of the important news and stuff that you as a gamer must know.
Biden for President in Animal Crossing? Well, well, talk about some smart moves, ladies and gentlemen, political campaigns have reached the virtual world and virtual yard signs are available in a Nintendo game. A smart move indeed to engage the virtual online community in voting when the traditional way of campaigning has become unsafe.
Nielsen, Nielsen on the wall, which game is most anticipated in this fall?
Well, who doesn’t know about Nielsen, it is a measurement and analytics firm that has a global reach. Nielsen released a report a couple of days ago about the most anticipated games this fall, and guess what, the three games which we talked about the most; Marvel’s Avengers, Marvel’s Spiderman: Miles Morales, and Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War topped the list.
What’s up fellow gamers, a couple of years ago a game called atomic heart was announced, an action RPG. A game, developed by Russian developers Mundfish, takes place in USSR and an open-world game. It is what I believe is the most unique open-world games that I have seen in years. Like Bio Shock, this game also takes place in an alternate reality; a reality placed between the 1930s and the 1960s.
We have had an eventful week in the gaming industry, a lot has been happening lately and this week we have covered a lot of interesting and exciting news for you. If you didn’t get a chance to follow any of the news, don’t you worry, we are here to summarize all the things that you need to know about the gaming industry this past week. Let’s hook you up with hot news of the week.
Gamescom it is, despite COVID-19, social distancing limitation, and going virtual, Gamescom opening night live was a major event and big success. The virtual mega event was a two-hour long show that showcased awesome trailers and important announcements that included everything from Fall Guys to upcoming Star Wars: Squadrons and COD: Black Ops Cold War. Let’s talk about some of the games that Gamescom revealed.
Fall Guys of Mediatonic is the title, and the cute little beans have taken over the PlayStation Network and they are unstoppable at the moment. Fall Guys has become the most downloaded game in the history of PS Plus. The Mediatonic juggernaut has sold more than 7million units on Steam and stats show total world domination of this game. It has taken the gaming world by storm in mere months.
Listen, it is official, there is a new Batman game in the town; Gotham Knights. If you haven’t watched the trailer yet, please do, I bet it will blow your mind. The trailer confirms that it will be a co-op game featuring Nightwing, Batgirl, Robin, and Red Hood. But the sad thing is that Batman is apparently dead and his allies are the ones who have to save Gotham this time.
Epic Games, Apple and the fight continues, poor Fortnite!
We have just witnessed a big showdown between Apple and Epic Games on Monday to settle the round 1 of their lawsuit war. Epic filed a restraining order against Apple, Apple planned to pull out Unreal Engine from its platforms, terminating Epic’s developer account and removal of Fortnite from iOS Store. Epic was of the view that it would be “irreparably harmed” if Apple executes its aggressive designs.
Unity has decided to go public when its arch-rival Epic is entangled in a legal battle against Apple. With 2 billion monthly active users and 1.5 million game creators, Unity is considered as a formidable competitor of Epic’s Unreal Engine. Despite the gigantic success of Unity, it hasn’t been all rainbows and sunshine for them.
Spotify and Riot Games are working to create and launch several new League of Legendspodcasts. Untold Stories: Top Moments from Worlds, a 9-episode series leading up to the 10th League of Legends World Championship this fall, will be the first. Listeners will be able to hear about the top players and anthems through game highlights, recorded interviews, game sound effects, and new interviews with key players. Thanks to our extended partnership, we look forward to evolving this podcast over the years to come.
Hiberworld is a fun and creative social games platform where users can create, share, and play their games. There is always something new and exciting to play on Hiber when thousands of games are being created each week. And as far as 2020 is concerned, users have developed more than 300,000 games.
Epic Games is successfully placing the ongoing dispute in the limelight by using an in-game event for Fortnite. As our audience already knows that Apple has blocked Fortnite from its App Store, consequently, iOS users cannot get any new Fortnite updates, so now at the end of the ongoing season, Epic Games is closing off with the #FreeFortnite Cup. The FreeFortnite event will run across all platforms today, and it has to offer a lot of prizes based on the Epic VS Apple dispute, which also includes #FreeFortnite hats with a mockery of Apple’s logo.
It is a simulation game with everything from fine-tuning your aircraft takeoff to making adjustments inflight during sudden turbulence. This game provides newcomers with a comprehensive tutorial that covers everything; controlling a throttle, taking off, landing, navigation, etc.
Ladies and gentlemen, especially the Call of Duty fan-base, COD has broken the internet after the release/leak of its official trailer, COD Black-ops Cold War. The trailer, which took the gaming fraternity by storm, called ‘know your history’ confirmed that COD Cold War is a thing now and is going to be revealed worldwide on August 26. The COD players worldwide are getting crazy and so am I. Let us hop the hype-train and see what is in store for us.
Take Two, Cut! The developer of the mobile games Dots, Two Dots, and Dots & Co has reached an agreement with Take Two Interactive and now Playdot is considered acquired. The deal is concluded at $192M which Take Two Interactive will pay in $90 million cash and remaining $102 million in newly issued Take Two shares.
Tencent and Voodoo. Not a spell, an investment! When we talk about gaming empires and their expansion, Tencent is by far one of the most influential players in the gaming industry. Tencent’s expansion hasn’t stopped and it has acquired a minority share in Voodoo, a French game company. Tencent has now expanded in the domain of casual mobile gaming with the help of this deal. Though the funding amount is yet to be disclosed by the company Tencent has done it all form hefty checks to buy full control of studios like Riot Games to become a minority shareholder in Epic Games.
Covid-19 & Gaming in a few words? A drastic change in mobile phone user behavior due to COVID19!
It is now without any doubt that the global pandemic has influenced many areas, domains, and technologies and the mobile phone industry is of no exception. App Annie is of the view that COVID-19 has “changed consumer behavior on mobile forever.”
The best PS5 games of 2020 was a request from our visitors. So here it is! 2020 is more than halfway done and next-gen consoles are right around the corner. In today’s article, let’s talk about some of the most anticipated PS5 video games that are confirmed. Though several games are set to release but here we will round up some of them for you that will surely get you excited. Let’s highlight some of the games that you should consider picking up.
DFC Intelligence has shared an eye-popping report that there are more than 3 billion people worldwide that play video games.
That, my fellow gamers, is some serious numbers because Earth has a total population of 8 billion; this means that 40% of the world population is video game consumer of some sort. Another interesting insight this report gives is that the fastest-growing category of video game consumers is on mobile phones.
The report also sheds light on the dedicated gamers; of 3.1 billion people there are approximately 8% who are dedicated console players and this category has the record of highest per-user spending.
Crash Bandicoot 4 is back with a bang, full of colors, weird effects, awesome skins, and Nverted gameplay, a lot to offer. Let us dig straight into it, shall we? Toys for Bob revealed some new insights on Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s about time, showcasing awesome character cosmetics, levels, and spectacular effects.
Crash 4 is a direct sequel to Crash Bandicoot warped; the devious villains finally escaped their inter-dimensional prison leaving a hole in the universe. Now they have got their eyes set up not only simply conquering this dimension but all dimensions. And it’s up to Crash and Coco to save the day.
Epic Games is on a roll! Someone has decided to go “epic” and has said that enough is enough. In the last couple of days, Epic Games and Apple locked horns and now the courts are involved.
All hell broke loose when Epic Games introduced a new payment method in Fortnite which bypassed Apple and its 30% fee, and not just that Epic also offered discounts to players if they purchased directly from them.
But this step from Epic Games breached Apple’s App Store policies and in turn, Apple responded aggressively and went all out on Epic Games by completely removing it from their App store.
Hitman 3 and VR…Boy oh boy, thats going to be magic! Big news for Hitman fan-base, Sony State of Play announced lately that Hitman 3 will have support for PSVR headset. Players will directly step into the shoes of Agent-47 and experience the adrenaline rush like never before. The game will be released on both PS4 and PS5 in January 2021. Now let’s jump into the gameplay and let’s see what is in store for us. The game will take you via a smooth transition from third to the first-person perspective. The trailer was promising where it showed the Agent 47 walking into a bar waiting to take down his target.
Halo Infinite won’t see the daylight in 2020, as it is delayed to 2021!
But alas, Halo Infinite won’t be the one. But there are many other awesome confirmed games such as Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Gear Tactics, Dirt 5, Yakuza: like a Dragon, Watch Dogs: Legion.
Yoshinori Ono has left the the building (of Capcom) after 27 years!
Capcom has just had big shakeup right now as iconic Capcom figure. He was the Street Fighter Series executive producer, and one of the leading figures who helped in the resurrection of Street Fighter after 2008 when Street Fighter 4 came out.
Tencent Holdings, according to various credible reports, wants to merge the two Chinese live streaming giants, Huya and DouYu. Resultantly, the shares of both these companies popped in response to Tencent’s idea.
Tencent Holdings, entertainment, and the tech giant has more than one-third share in both Huya and DouYu and wants to become the largest stakeholder of the combined live-streaming platform. The market capitalization of both Huya and DouYu is huge, both sitting at $5.9billion and $4.9billion respectively. And according to Reuters, if this merger happens it will also include Tencent’s e-Game streaming platform which is the fourth largest in China.
Epic Games, Epic Funding And Epic Future!
Epic Games is now valued at $17.3 billion after concluding an epic funding deal of $1.78 billion. This investment came in the form of primary capital as well as secondary purchases. To put it simply, some investors bought new shares while others bought shares from existing shareholders. Epic Games disclosed that the investment also included a strategic investment of $250 million from Sony, which was announced last month.
The investors that bought into the company are; Fidelity, fund, and accounts managed by BlackRock, Baillie Gifford, Light Speed Venture Partners, the Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan Board, and Hedge fund manager David Tepper among others. Some of the existing backers also increased their holdings.
Besides listening to this games podcast, you can read about insights about and around the game industry like the latest gaming news, then this section will keep you up to date about the game industry. I will give you on a daily basis my opinion on gaming news and hot topics that gaming people are discussing. This games podcast has new episodes every week. So listen and read all about gaming.
Reinout is a games investor and strategic business consultant specializing in the games industry. Reinout established his credentials through his own successful investments, start-ups, consulting and (advisory) board positions that led through time to strong bonds with key stakeholders in this fast paced industry. He is known for his outstanding results in the gaming industry. He has worked with many game studios around the globe and is therefore well known in the international gaming industry.
With over 20+ years of experience, well known publishers, AAA+ game developers, serial gaming entrepreneurs and management teams of gaming corporations consult him on matters that behold financial, technical, operational, strategic and commercial.
I am observing and overseeing several boards of gaming companies. My trademark is to listen, strategize and give feedback to the stakeholders involved. I also represent management/founders towards shareholders and vice versa.