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Week in Review: Amazon takes mobile eSports competition to Vegas, “DOOM” coming to the Nintendo Switch and IGN acquires indie game shop “Humble Bundle.” 

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Digital/Mobile News

  • “Doom” is coming to the Switch on November 10th. The game will include everything that’s shipped on the original platforms, plus all the downloadable content. The sole compromise is the drop from 60 frames to 30 frames per second. The studio’s creative lead says that he’s “excited for ‘Doom’ and Nintendo to be in the same sentence again,” a nod to the franchise’s appearance on past Nintendo platforms including Super Nintendo in 1995 and Nintendo 64 in 1997. (TIME)
  • UK shopping mall giant Hammerson is launching a Scooby Doo mobile game. Developed in partnership with Warner Brothers, the game will use augmented reality so people can interact with Scooby and the crew by pointing their smartphones at objects at any of the ten Hammerton malls. Hammerson is launching the game alongside another app called Style Seeker, which will be a virtual shopping assistant. (The Daily Express)
  • Bandai Namco and KingNet mobile game “GUNDAM Battle” is headed west. Available on both iOS and Android, the 3D action game was recently launched in closed beta and met with successful, industry-leading traction. The game, which enables players to fight with a variety of differently functioning robots, has a head-to-head Arena mode, a single player Story mode, and a cooperative Team Battle mode which supports up to three players. (Hardcore Gamer)

Gaming News

  • Facebook Live is cutting out the middleman with its own screen-sharing feature. Now, when you want to share your screen to Facebook Live, you hit the button on the Live interface that says “Share Screen,” and you’ll be prompted to allow the extension to be installed to your browser. Previously, screen-sharing required a separate Open Broadcaster Software. This new feature simplifies the broadcasting process, especially for those who want to livestream gameplay. (The Next Web)
  • Microsoft quietly added an anti-cheat game feature to Windows 10. Its Fall Creators Update includes more obvious features like Windows Mixed Reality, but the “TruePlay” anti-cheat feature was less pronounced due to it being disabled by default in the gaming settings. Similar to Valve’s anti-cheating software (VAC), it’s designed for game developers to combat activity like aimbots or wallhacks by collecting data within games and generating alerts when something’s out of the ordinary. (The Verge)
  • Miniature, collectible arcade cabinets are coming, starting with Atari classic “Centipede.” New Wave Toys is making a line of licensed arcade cabinets called RepliCades: 12-inch (or one-sixth scale) versions of ‘70s and ‘80s arcade games. These miniature machines are fully playable versions of the original games, displayed on 3.5 inch LCD screens. New Wave promises “smooth, lag-free gameplay.” (Polygon)

Business News

  • Japanese mobile game revenues grew 35% in the year ending June 2017. A study by App Annie, in partnership with marketing agency Dentsu, claims that Japan’s mobile revenues have now surpassed the U.S. for three years in a row, despite the U.S. having three times as many smartphone users. It should be noted that much of Japan’s mobile game revenue is concentrated in a couple top grossing games. During this time period, the top 10 titles accounted for more than 40% of all mobile game revenues. (