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Week in Review: First “Vainglory” World Champion, White House eSports Tournament, MobilityWare Acquires Critical Hit Software


Skillz gaming news recap

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Digital/Mobile News

  • Mobile MOBA “Vainglory” has crowned its first world champion. South Korean team Phoenix Armada won the game’s first world championship, which featured a prize pool of $120,000. MOBAs are some of the most popular competitive games in the eSports business. However, their most renowned games are PC hits like “League of Legends” and “Dota 2”. This tournament helps to shows that mobile players are also eager for competition. (VentureBeat)
  • NFL games have debuted on CBS’s streaming service. Viewers are now able to watch all NFL match-ups on CBS, including regular, preseason, and postseason games. With the new deal, CBS All Access subscribers will be able to live stream all NFL on CBS games broadcast in their local markets, as well as pregame and halftime coverage. (TechCrunch)
  • Sony PlayStation is releasing ten new games on mobile next year. ForwardWorks is developing the mobile versions of these PlayStation titles. There are a few titles that have become synonymous with PlayStation. However, their fame has mostly been concentrated in Japan. It’s no surprise, then, that these games will launch first in Japan and Asia for both iOS and Android, before heading to the rest of the world. (SlashGear)

Gaming News

  • The Oculus Rift Touch controllers have officially launched. The Oculus Rift proved that high-end VR is viable, but so far it lacks one major feature: motion controls. That’s something both the HTC Vive and Sony PlayStation VR offered from the start. And now with the long-awaited $199 Touch Controllers, Rift users can join the fun. It’ took nine months for Oculus to put motion controls in the hands of consumers. However, initial reactions to the product have been positive. (Engadget)
  • Leap Motion is bringing hand-tracking to mobile VR. One of the biggest differences between high-end, tethered VR systems like the Oculus Rift and mobile platforms like Samsung’s Gear VR is the immersive experience the pricier rigs offer by tracking users’ hands, incorporating them into games. Leap Motion is doing away with that difference. The company is preparing to ship its mobile VR platform, a combination of hardware and software making it possible to track users’ hands with untethered devices. (Fast Company)

Business News

  • Sony has a hit in Japan that’s as big as “Pokémon Go.” The game, based on the anime TV series “Fate,” allows players to travel back in time and team up with historical figures to rescue humanity. It has been at the top of Japan’s app revenue rankings all year, with more than 7 million downloads since its July 2015 debut. According to App Annie, it has made more money than “Pokémon Go” amongst Android users for 104 out of 133 days this year. (Chicago Tribune)
  • Discord has hit 25 million registered users for its popular voice-communications app for games. The company is also announcing its GameBridge SDK so that developers can integrate Discord directly into their mobile and PC games. Discord’s user numbers have more than doubled in five months to cross 2.3 million weekly peak concurrent users. Users send more than 100 million messages a day. Back in January, Discord raised $20 million while Twitch acquired its primary competitor, Curse. (VentureBeat)

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