Tencent Targets Angry Birds Studio Rovio

Our favorite Chinese technology conglomerate Tencent has another target in its sights. A report by tech industry news source The Information claims the Finnish studio Rovio, best known for their Angry Birds franchise, could be bought out for $3 billion. The Information sites 'people briefed on the situation' as its sources and claims that this is no done deal. Rovio [...]

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Neowiz Says Bless Online Will Still Be Coming To The West

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Gamigo released an official announcement last week that their subsidiary, Aeria Games, and Neowiz will be going their separate ways and that Bless Online "will not be published in Europe and North America.” Gamigo explains the reasons behind the split: “Unfortunately, the collaboration had to be cancelled because after extensive testing the game did not meet the quality standards of [...]

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Yahoo eSports Portal Shutting Down

The star that burns brightest also burns the briefest. After only 15 months or so since its inception, Yahoo's eSports portal will stop being updated after this Friday (June 16, 2017) according to a letter posted by Travis Gafford, Head of eSports Media at Yahoo eSports. Unfortunately, Yahoo Esports will no longer be updated after this Friday (June 16th). As [...]

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Twitch Affiliates Can Now Monetize Game Referrals

Just today, Twitch has announced that those who are currently participating in the Twitch Affiliates program will be able to receive a cut of referred games and in-game microtransactions. The referral system was previously exclusive to Twitch Partners, but now Twitch Affiliates will also be able to earn a 5% kickback from every game or microtransaction referred through their channel. [...]

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Former H1Z1 Art Director Joins The Amazon Game Studios Team

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Another veteran developer joins the growing Amazon Game Studios team. Daybreak’s Sebastian Strzalkowski announced on Twitter this week that he will be starting his new job at the San Diego-based studio later this month. Grateful for 13 rewarding yrs at SOE/Daybreak, honored to work with such talented folks. Starting new job @AMZNGameStudios later this month! pic.twitter.com/J1LgYAe5TB — Sebastian (@crowempires) June [...]

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ESA Sues Chicago To Overturn Online Tax

The Entertainment Software Association is taking the city of Chicago to court, in hopes of overturning the legislation of applying Chicago's amusement tax to online goods and services. Chicago's amusement tax applies to shows and services provided within the city, such as movie theaters, live concerts, and subscription TV. However in the past two years or so, the amusement tax [...]

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