Playkey raises $2.8M to fund its US expansion

 Playkey, a game streaming service we saw earlier this year at Disrupt NY, has just closed an additional $2.8 million round of funding from Russia’s Internet Initiatives Development Fund (IIDF). Created at the suggestion of Vladimir Putin in 2013, the IIDF has invested in 293 companies to-date with the objective to strengthen infrastructure for Russian businesses. However, the investment… Read More

Experience the future of reality simulations at Disrupt SF 2017 with Unity and Improbable

 Video games have never been just games, but as developers grow their ambitions, thanks to evolving, powerful game development tools, the line between real life and simulation has been growing much murkier. To hear more about it, join us at Disrupt SF 2017, where we’ll be chatting with John Riccitiello, the CEO of Unity, and Herman Narula, the CEO and co-founder of Improbable. Read More

Sega adds Virtua Tennis Challenge to its free mobile game lineup

 Sega’s making good on its promise to continue adding titles to its Sega Forever library of mobile games – the latest is the Dreamcast classic Virtua Tennis Challenge. The Sega Forever model sees the game maker releasing games from its previous console generations as free-to-play ad supported mobile games, with an optional in-app purchase to get rid of the adds permanently. The… Read More

Game publisher GameMine inks a $20 million partnership with South Africa’s Vodacom

 On the heels of a $20 million funding round last month, the new game publishing company GameMine has inked its first big deal with a global carrier. The company has partnered with the South Africa mobile carrier Vodacom Group to bring GameMine’s subscription-based mobile games to the South African market. Read More

What do E3 attendees think of mobile gaming?

 The smartphone has changed the gaming industry landscape dramatically. As our pocket computers advance, so too does the possibility of fully satisfying mobilegaming experiences. Companies like Nintendo are blurring the lines between portable and console/PC gaming with the Switch. At the same time, big studios have largely moved away from attempts to integrate mobile content into the home… Read More

Bethesda announces Skyrim for the Switch plus VR versions of Fallout 4 and Doom

 Bethesda Softworks took the late-night stage at this year’s E3 games expo. Virtual reality is their sights, with upcoming HTC Vive support for Fallout 4 and Doom, turning those instant classics into VR wonderlands. However, if VR isn’t your cup of tea, then you might like The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim arriving on Nintendo Switch, with added motion controls and support for mods. But… Read More

Take a first look at the Xbox One X hardware up close

 Microsoft revealed the Xbox One X to the world today, proving that it thinks X is just the best letter. The new console is mostly an Xbox One, but with 4K HDR output capabilities and Dolby Atmos surround sound on board. From an exterior design perspective, however, what’s interesting about the Xbox One X is that it’s the smallest Xbox One Microsoft has ever made, despite also being… Read More

Microsoft announces original Xbox backwards compatibility for the Xbox One X

#BackwardCompatibility is expanding to include original #Xbox games. Watch #XboxE3 live: https://t.co/Z3I4CSvRn2 #XboxOneX pic.twitter.com/81NE0rZBUe — Xbox (@Xbox) June 11, 2017 During today’s Microsoft E3 2017 keynote, backwards compatibility for original Xbox games for the upcoming and just-announced Xbox One X. Microsoft confirmed the announcement for not only original Xbox… Read More