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People despise losing progress, so why is loss key to Eve Online

So if loss is such a powerful negative feeling, why is it so important to Eve Online? In a presentation at the GamesBeat Summit 2020, CCP chief executive officer Hilmar Pétursson explains. Eve Online is approaching its 17th anniversary, and this has developer CCP Games examining the game’s longevity. Some of the company’s findings seem […]

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Ubisoft announces Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla

Ubisoft revealed Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, the next installment in the history-spanning action-adventure franchise. As the name suggests, it will feature vikings (or just the Norse, depending on how much raiding and pirating the game contains). A full reveal will happen at 8 a.m. Pacific tomorrow, April 30. That should give us a better idea of […]

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Google’s AI attempts to predict how yeast cell genes will express themselves

In a recent study conducted in collaboration with Calico Life Sciences, Google researchers built a “genome-wide” machine learning model for the regulation of gene expression — the process by which information from a gene is used to create functional protein or RNA — in a species of yeast. While the work focused on yeast, it […]

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Immortals CEO Ari Segal: The digital experience is at the ‘core of esports’

The majority of esports leagues have moved their competitions online over the last month due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes marquee events such as the Overwatch League and League of Legends Championship Series, which canceled their in-person competitions. It’s a major change for most, but Immortals CEO Ari Segal maintains that esports are going […]

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Facebook apps now used monthly by more than 3 billion people

Facebook today reported earnings for its first fiscal quarter of 2020, including revenue of $17.74 billion, and net income of $4.9 billion, compared to revenue of $15.1 billion, and net income of $2.43 billion in Q1 2019. Year-over-year revenue is up 17%. Facebook earnings beat analyst estimates that predicted Facebook would earn $17.5 billion in […]

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Mental wellness becomes a forefront issue for game professionals during pandemic

Mental wellness for gaming professionals has come to the forefront as we all work in self-isolation at our homes, often cut off from normal social and family support groups. Mark Chandler, the founder of The International Games Summit for Mental Health Awareness (TIGS), moderated a discussion for GamesBeat Summit 2020 with two folks well-versed in […]

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Google Duplex now speaks Spanish, starts calling businesses in Spain to update hours

Google today launched Google Duplex, its AI chat agent that can arrange appointments over the phone, in Spain to automate the updating of business hours across Google Search and Google Maps. For the first time, it’s speaking in Spanish — Duplex previously only spoke in English. The expansion follows a pilot in New New Zealand […]

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Microsoft Teams passes 75 million daily active users

The coronavirus pandemic is juicing up numbers for remote work and learning. Microsoft’s fiscal Q3 2020 earnings call kicked off with CEO Satya Nadella sharing a slew of big numbers. The biggest one: Microsoft Teams has passed 75 million daily active users. That’s up 70% from 44 million daily active users just six weeks ago, […]