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Kabam vet leads Deca Games’ charge into live operations for old games

Germany’s Deca Games is coming out of stealth to offer live operations (such as tournaments) that can breathe life into older mobile and PC games. The Berlin-based company will work with game studios and developers who don’t want to continue the task of running an existing game as a service. It will do so by…

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Quake Champions hits Early Access for $30 on August 22

Id Software announced today that its multiplayer first-person shooter Quake Champions will transition from its closed testing phase to Early Access on August 22. To play the game in Early Access, you need to buy the Champions Pack for $30. That’s $10 cheaper than it’s final $40 retail price. Quake Champions is a PC-only arena shooter,…

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Total War: Warhammer II hands-on: The Skaven rats are dangerous vermin

PREVIEW: In The Creative Assembly ‘s new strategy game, we’ll find out if the rats will inherit the Earth. The Sega-owned developer has revealed the Skaven, a rat-like, fourth playable race in Total War: Warhammer II , which Sega will launch on Steam  on the PC on September 28. I attended a preview event where I was able…

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Total War: Warhammer II’s rat race is pretty fierce

PREVIEW: Sega’s The Creative Assembly revealed the Skaven rat faction as the fourth playable race in Total War: Warhammer II . And it’s a logical question as to whether this faction is going to be overwhelming. I went to a preview event for the game, which debuts on Steam on the PC on September 28. I…

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Nielsen dives into esports market research

Nielsen made its name measuring the TV and media business, making it measurable for advertising. Now it is announcing Nielsen Esports, a new business focused on competitive gaming. The esports industry is expected to generate $696 million in 2017 (according to market researcher Newzoo ), but that is far smaller than traditional sports. One of…

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AR/VR Weekly: CCP Games has found one solution to the VR drought

Studios are dealing with the so-called VR drought . And it looks like CCP Games is taking an alternative route to dealing with the doldrums as companies wait for VR to hit critical mass. Strip the VR from your game. Today, the Icelandic company launched a version of Eve: Valkyrie, its flagship VR starfighter game, that ditches…

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The First Tree explores family bonds and beautiful forests on its September 14 PC launch

When you play as an animal, you might expect the game to be all about survival: the brutal long winters, the predators stalking through the tall grass. The First Tree is more of a contemplative take. It’s a third-person exploration game where you’re reuniting a fox with its family, and it’ll be out for PC…

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Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice’s scariest moments

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice , the excellent PC and PlayStation 4 game from Ninja Theory, had some terrifying moments. It’s a disturbing story about a journey into both madness and the underground of the Norse gods. For many gamers, the profile of madness might be too much. Many scenes throughout the game are uncomfortable. This video…

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Crackdown 3 delay means Microsoft has just one big new game this holiday

The next Crackdown will not hit PC and Xbox One until 2018. Microsoft has delayed its open-world action shooter to next year to ensure it can produce a high-quality single-player and multiplayer product. That’s a bummer for Crackdown fans who have waited since the original (the sequel was disappointing) for a worthy successor. But by…

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PewDiePie happily made Nazi jokes until he saw real Nazis

YouTube’s biggest gaming personality is done making Nazi jokes. Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg came under fire, and even lost his original YouTube Red show, in February for moments in his videos that were either anti-Semitic or sympathetic toward Nazis. He made those jokes to elicit emotional reactions and because, according to him , he didn’t think…