Dota 2 Playerbase is Shrinking with 10.6M Monthly players, HotS at 6.5m, Smite at 2M, League of Legends at ~100M

SuperdataResearch released an interesting chart today showing Dota 2's decline since its peak with the 7.0 update over a year ago. Dota 2 peaked at nearly 14 million monthly active players with the 7.0 update and has since fallen to 10.6m monthly active users. While Dota 2 is by no means a dead game, the trend seen above is definitely [...]

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Secret World Legends Game Director Romain ‘Tilty’ Amiel Bids Farewell To Funcom

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Secret World Legends Game Director Romain “Tilty” Amiel has left Funcom after 11 years with the Norwegian game development company. Amiel bids the Funcom community farewell on the official forums: “Today was my last day at Funcom. After almost 11 years (8 of these on TSW!), I’ve decided to follow up on other opportunities. My top priorities over the last [...]

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Gaming Lawyer Analyzes PUBG Corp’s Copyright Lawsuit Versus NetEase

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Last week, PUBG Corp. filed a copyright infringement suit against NetEase and their Rules of Survival and Knives Out Battle Royale games. According to the lawsuit filed in the Northern District Court of California, NetEase allegedly “cloned” PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and released Rules of Survival for mobile devices “at or below cost for the purpose of gaining market share before PUBG [...]

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SteamSpy May Be Forced To Shutter Following Steam Privacy Change

Valve made several changes to their profile privacy settings on April 10. Some of these changes, namely making user's games libraries private by default,have had immediate and dramatic effects on the broader Steam ecosystem. Among the victims of this change was SteamSpy, a popular data aggregation site heavily trafficked by both players and developers. The site tracked sales numbers, player [...]

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Superdata Statistics for February Released - Fortnite Earned More than World of Warcraft and Hearthstone

The Fortnite Battle Royale hype train continues. Superdata Research released their February, 2018 statistics this week for the highest grossing games and Fortnite came out ahead this month surpassing heavyweights like World of Warcraft and Hearthstone. Playerunknown's Battlegrounds remained 1 spot ahead this month, but I suspect Fortnite should surpass it by the time March's data gets released and Fortnite [...]

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Korea Challenges WHO's Addition of "Gaming Disorder" as a Mental Condition

In December of 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) proposed a new controversial addition to its official mental health classification guide. For its upcoming revision in May 2018, the WHO will be looking to add the term "gaming disorder" to its International Classification of Diseases (ICD). The inclusion of a "gaming disorder" label as a mental health issue is currently [...]

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Olympics Esports Will Not Include "Violent" Games

As of last year, the International Olympics Committee had publicly announced their interest and consideration of Esports as an event in the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympics. Citing Esports's impressive revenue numbers and engagement with younger audiences, the IOC are no doubt hoping to capitalize on the Esports industry's current track record of success. Fans who are hopeful of seeing some [...]

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