Hearthstone’s Battlegrounds adds Dragons in massive 16.4 update

For weeks, fans of Hearthstone’s Battlegrounds have wondered when Dragons would come to Blizzard Entertainment’s auto-battler, and what this tribe would do in the mode. Finally, we know. Blizzard announced today that Dragons would be part of a number of changes coming to Battlegrounds today (Thursday, February 26). The 16.4 patch adds seven new heroes […]

FunCraft raises $1.8 million to make ‘casual forever’ mobile games

FunCraft, a new studio headed by former Electronic Arts and Zynga veterans, has raised $1.8 million to make ‘casual forever‘ mobile games. The San Francisco-based studio was started last year by Michael Martinez and Jason McGuirk, two veterans of the mobile game industry. Play Ventures led the investment, with participation from Zynga cofounder Mark Pincus, […]

Warface maker My.Games grows 2019 revenues 23% to $474 million and audience hits 605 million

Warface publisher My.Games reported that its revenues for 2019 grew 23% to $474 million and its audience grew 26% to 605 million registered players. The game division of Russia’s Mail.ru Group said that 72% of its mobile revenue in the fourth quarter came from North America and Europe. The company said that growth of the […]

Shovel Knight: Pocket Dungeon is a dungeon-crawling puzzle game

Yacht Club Games announced Shovel Knight: Pocket Dungeon during a video presentation today. This is a new title in the series, but it won’t be an action-platformer like the original game. Pocket Dungeon is a falling block puzzle game with elements of dungeon-crawlers and roguelikes. The title does not have a release date, and we […]

eBay now uses computer vision to remove product photo backgrounds

eBay is introducing a new computer vision-powered feature to help sellers’ listings stand out. Image Clean-up, as the tool is called, automatically removes the background from a photo so that only the item being sold appears in the image. It’s fair to assume that most people aren’t experts in Photoshop, nor do they have professional […]

DeltaDNA and Earplay bring analytics to Amazon and Google voice-based apps and games

DeltaDNA and Earplay are bringing advanced analytics to Amazon and Google voice-based games and apps. The integration of DeltaDNA’s analytics enables Earplay users to better optimize the player experience, boost engagement and drive in-content spending, with more tools and services set to roll out in the coming months. The idea is to enable a new […]

Researchers find way to boost self-supervised AI models’ robustness

In self-supervised learning, an AI technique where the training data is automatically labeled by a feature extractor, the said extractor not uncommonly exploits low-level features (known as “shortcuts”) that cause it to ignore useful representations. In search of a technique that might help to remove those shortcuts autonomously, researchers at Google Brain developed a framework […]

Project G.G. is PlatinumGame’s next self-published title

PlatinumGames announced project Project G.G. today, a new IP that the company will be publishing itself. The titles look to take its inspiration from the kinds of giant monsters and superheroes popular in Japanese TV shows and movies. Watch the trailer above, and you’ll get some Ultraman and Godzilla vibes. Hideki Kamiya will be in […]

D-Wave announces Leap 2, its cloud service for quantum computing applications

D-Wave Systems today announced Leap 2, a new version of its quantum cloud service for building and deploying quantum computing applications. Leap 2 is designed to help businesses and developers transition from quantum exploration to quantum production. D-Wave also promised that Advantage, its next-generation quantum system, will be available via Leap 2 this year. Binary […]

Regulators suspend EasyMile’s self-driving shuttle trial after minor accident

When it comes to accidents involving self-driving vehicles, the rules seem to be fuzzy, and recent actions by U.S. regulators aren’t likely to clarify things. Case in point: On Tuesday, an autonomous shuttle built by France’s EasyMile and being tested in Columbus, Ohio, activated its emergency breaking system, causing a passenger to slide off the […]