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International Game Developers Association: Nonprofits ‘scrambling’ for funding amid pandemic

Since the COVID-19 pandemic worsened in early March, the game industry has seen some growth. Sales for many studios and publishers have increased due to players being at home under lockdown. Twitch viewership and Steam active player numbers have skyrocketed. Other stakeholders, though, are suffering. “What’s been really interesting, as a nonprofit, is the fundraising […]

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Nvidia apologizes and removes ‘Did it work’ meme tweet

Nvidia today apologized for publishing a tweet Tuesday which depicts a graphics card with scantily clad legs. The tweet imitating the “Did it work” meme was sent from Nvidia’s GeForce Twitter account, which has over 1 million followers. The tweet was errantly posted and quickly removed, an Nvidia spokesperson told VentureBeat. “We apologize unreservedly. This […]

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Niantic’s Greg Borrud: From falling into games to making games for the real world

Niantic is known for its approach to augmented reality and location-based gaming. In the summer of 2016, Pokémon Go changed the world and how communities form around mobile games. Greg Borrud, the general manager at Niantic’s Los Angeles studio, has watched the industry grow and evolve from a reliance on PCs to consoles to phones […]

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IGDA executive director: Subscription game services ‘make a lot of sense’ in a pandemic

Apple made waves when it launched its Arcade subscription service in September, releasing exclusive games like Grindstone and Mini Motorways to Apple device users for a monthly fee. They follow Sony, EA, Ubisoft, Microsoft, and others in what International Game Developers Association executive director Renee Gittins believes will be a big trend during the pandemic. […]

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COVID-19 could accelerate the ‘maturity of Chinese players’ in the free-to-play market

The free-to-play market is gigantic worldwide, including the hundreds of millions of players within China. Nielsen’s SuperData Research Group found that free-to-play games revenue saw a 6 percent increase to $87.1 billion last year (near 80 percent of the overall $109.4 billion for digital game revenue). Research commissioned by firms like Mintegral and Newzoo say […]

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The game industry is still in the raising ‘awareness’ phase of helping climate change

One of the biggest impacts that media can have on environmentalism is spreading awareness that can then lead to practical action such as legislation. Rachel Carson’s book, Silent Springs, documented environmental effects caused by the indiscriminate use of pesticides which helped lead to the environmental movement in 1962. “You could draw a direct line to […]

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Resistant AI raises $2.75 million to protect algorithms from adversarial attacks

Resistant AI has raised $2.75 million in venture capital to develop an artificial intelligence system that protects algorithms from automated attacks. Index Ventures and Credo Ventures led the investment, which included participation by Seedcamp, UiPath CEO Daniel Dines, and Avast CTO Michal Pechoucek. Based in Prague, Resistant AI focuses on the growing problem of hackers […]

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Wave teams up with John Legend, Tinashe, and Galantis to create mo-capped performances in virtual worlds

Virtual concerts firm Wave is announcing “One Wave,” a series of virtual concerts with John Legend, Galantis, Tinashe, and others. The company uses cutting-edge broadcast and gaming technology, creating motion-captured performances of the artists and turning them into animated characters in virtual worlds. Wave will transform all participating artists into their own digital avatars, allowing them […]