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Week in Review: North Americans will all be data hogs by 2022, SEGA reveals two new “Sonic” games, Intel and ESL launch eSports partnership



Skillz weekly gaming news recap

Image Credit: SEGA via VentureBeat


Digital/Mobile News

  • North Americans will all be data hogs by 2022, according to the latest Ericsson Mobility Report. Ericsson claims that North American data consumption is expected to more than triple over the next five years, thanks to 5G technology. (CNET)
  • “Blade Runner 2049” will get its own mobile game, as Alcon Entertainment and publisher Next Games partnering to turn the upcoming science fiction movie into a mobile title. The companies have released a screenshot of the game, but have yet to announce the launch date or any other details. (VentureBeat)

Gaming News

  • “FIFA” on the Nintendo Switch features have been revealed. Unlike its Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC counterparts, this Switch-exclusive title won’t be running on EA’s Frostbite engine, nor will it feature the follow-up to “The Journey” story mode. It will, however, include special modes and features such as Kick-Off Mode, Career Mode, Online Seasons, Women’s International Cup, and Skill Games. (Forbes)
  • “Minecraft” is now available for cross-play on any device, as announced by Microsoft at E3. The “Better Together Update” unifies console, mobile, and Windows 10 versions of the game. The new update also features improved graphics and makes any downloadable content available across all devices. (TechCrunch)
  • After-school eSports clubs are coming to the UK, thanks to a new partnership between the British eSports Association and Westminster City Council. Over the next month, a pilot program will be trialed at the Maida Vale Library in London. The participants will be able to compete in “Rocket League” matches. They’ll also be able to try their hand at broadcasting and coaching. (Gamasutra)

Business News

  • Intel and ESL launched an exclusive eSports partnership at E3. Intel will now power all of ESL’s streaming and live operations. The two are teaming up for the new Intel Grand Slam series of 10 competitive “CS:GO” matches. They also plan to tackle VR eSports with their VR Challenger League, which will compete in Ready At Dawn Studios’ multiplayer “Echo Arena” VR game. (VentureBeat)
  • Berlin game studio TreasureHunt has raised $6 million to expand its team and to promote its new mobile game “Pet Paradise,” a blend of bubble shooter and pet collection gameplay. Led by German online gaming company The Gauselmann Group and a number of private angel investors, TreasureHunt’s successful round of funding shows that Berlin is becoming a hotbed for mobile games. (VentureBeat)
  • Riot Games has opened an office in New Delhi, India to nurture its local player base in the emerging market. The new team’s first order of business will be to figure out how the company can grow its community and bolster is publishing operations in a region that’s still finding its footing. (Gamasutra)


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