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Riot Games parent company Tencent to acquire major UK games developer

Riot Games parent company Tencent is set to purchase one of the UK’s well-known game development studios. Chinese gaming giant Tencent has made a bid worth almost £1bn to acquire Sumo Group, which owns Atomhawk, Pipeworks Studios and Secret Mode, as well as Sumo Digital, which consists of several UK studios including Sumo Nottingham and Sumo Sheffield. Sumo Digital has produced a range of games over the years, including LittleBigPlanet 3, Sackboy: A Big Adventure, Crackdown 3, several Forza titles and most recently Hood: Outlaws & Legends. Continue reading Riot Games parent company Tencent to acquire major UK games developer

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Steam Deck: Can you play MOBAs, MMOs and esports games on Valve’s portable PC?

Can the upcoming Steam Deck play games well-suited to desktop PCs, like MOBAs, MMOs and esports titles? The short answer is yes, you can. But we’d ask another question: would you want to? Let us explain. Valve’s newly announced Steam Deck portable PC is an interesting bit of kit – the handheld device measures 298mm x 117mm x 49mm and features a seven-inch touch-screen, with a 1280 x 800px (720p native) resolution and 16:10 aspect ratio. Continue reading Steam Deck: Can you play MOBAs, MMOs and esports games on Valve’s portable PC?

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Former COD Pro Plays With 5 Cameras To Combat Cheating Accusations

Yesterday, Charlie “MuTeX” Saouma, a Call of Duty Twitch streamer with over 600k followers, ran an unusual livestream. While he played Call of Duty Warzone, as he often does, this time he had set up five different camera angles, each one pointed at different parts of his gaming setup. All of this was done to combat recent rumors and accusations that Saouma has been cheating in Call of Duty.

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Betway x Blast Spring Games: Companies release unique Olympic-themed CSGO challenge maps on Steam after dev1ce and others go head-to-head

Online bookmaker Betway and tournament organiser Blast are challenging the esports community to claim gold with four Olympic-themed challenges on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CSGO). The Spring Games will be familiar to some – fans will have seen these maps in action before on the Blast Premier YouTube and Twitch channel, racking up millions of views. Competing on the maps, gamers will have their ability, composure and movement put to the test, with the highest overall scorer being crowned the winner and given the coveted Betway x Blast golden medal. Continue reading Betway x Blast Spring Games: Companies release unique Olympic-themed…

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Summer Game Fest – Brilliant things to say on social media as you watch

By Tom Orry 10 June 2021 10:52 GMT The hot takes of your dreams. Summer Game Fest, the not-E3, but sort of supermarket own-brand E3 live-streamed video game reveal event kicks off tonight on June 10, 2021. It should be a great way to get excited about some video games, even if it’s unlikely to offer the vein-popping hype of a Sony E3 presser. As we know you’ll all be watching, desperate to share your hot takes on social media, I’ve put together a list of things you can say in reaction to announcements so you don’t have to think…

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Why Everyone Is Playing Knockout City, A Multiplayer Dodgeball Game

Knockout City, the recently released multiplayer dodgeball game about dodging dodgeballs, has apparently clocked more than five million players, publisher EA announced today. No matter how you slice it, that figure is nothing to sneeze at. Now, consider that the game hasn’t even been out for two weeks. Yeah. “Holy shit” is right.

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PS5 owners played and bought more games compared to PS4 at launch

By Dom Peppiatt 13 May 2021 10:27 GMT Though there’s ongoing concern over the scarcity of PS5 consoles, Sony has recorded some pretty impressive figures about the system’s use since it launched late in 2020.As per a new article on Wired, Sony has recorded an 81% increase in playtime on the new-generation console, compared to what the PS4 enjoyed in the same time period.Granted, there are slightly different circumstances this time around: there’s a global pandemic keeping people indoors, and backwards compatibility means that you can play your entire PS4 library (more or less) on the new hardware, too.Watch on…

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Black Is Magic: How Magic: The Gathering Is Transforming One Teacher’s Game Club

On the wall in Mike Lawton’s classroom rests a cardboard cut-out of a Black man. It’s not Martin Luther King Jr. or any other famous Black figure from history—it’s a mage—dark skinned and powerful-looking as a spell shoots from his fingertips. It’s Teferi, one of Magic: The Gathering’s most powerful main characters known as Planeswalkers, and he’s Lawton’s students’ favorite.

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Nintendo wants to focus on more original IP in the future

Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa has said that the company will be focusing more on original games, as well as supporting existing IP.Despite the demonstrable success Nintendo has enjoyed by focusing on the likes of Mario, Splatoon, Zelda, Animal Crossing, and so on since the Switch launched back in 2017, it seems the company is eager to diversify its portfolio going forward.In an interview with Nikkei (thanks VGC), Furukawa has suggested that Nintendo needs to commit to creating new franchises and evolve its output in order to better challenge the growing competition in the home entertainment department from other companies like Sony and Microsoft.Watch…

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Ubisoft announces its first Black Game Pros Mixer for the UK games industry

Ubisoft has today announced the first UK Black Game Pros Mixer to be held on Friday December 11th from 3pm to 6pm GMT. The online event, which is being held in Europe for the first time, will be hosted by co-founders Kurston Timothy, Development Tester at Ubisoft Toronto and Leon Winkler, Ubisoft Director of International Events. It will feature panels, keynotes and interviews with some of the UK games industry’s most successful black professionals.  Tickets for the free event will be available from this link. Participants will include the likes of Mr Midas, an award-winning presenter and content producer here in…

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Hotshot Racing

The Indie Game Website Sep 8, 2020 90 Hotshot Racing is everything a fan of arcade racers could want, especially if you have fond memories of those aforementioned classics. It truly captures a style of racing that is so rarely seen these days. It’s fast-paced, easy to pick up and play, friendly feeling and, most importantly, it’s so much fun to play.

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The Outer Worlds: Peril on Gorgon

Score distribution: Negative: 0 out of 14 Even though it’s disappointing that there are no new companions, noteworthy enemies, or gameplay systems, Peril on Gorgon is excellent for many of the same reasons that the main game was excellent. Its well-paced and immaculately written story, rock-solid comedic foundation, and open-ended RPG gameplay have carried over without losing their luster and are, in some ways, at their best here. Gorgon might be a dangerous rock that has been overrun by hostile Marauders, but it’s one heck of a spot for a hilarious and engaging multi-hour tale of intrigue. Peril on Gorgon…

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Star Renegades

The Indie Game Website Sep 7, 2020 90 Star Renegades is an excellent game, one that will keep you entertained for as long as you’ll let it. It’s pretty, the gameplay is exquisite, and ultimately, it’s just a lot of fun. The fact that it’s also got some of the most interesting systems of a roguelike I’ve played helps a lot too. The difficulty can be a bit wonky in places, and the writing doesn’t always hit, but overall, Star Renegades is a deceptively deep and really rewarding game that’ll beat you over the head just as often as it’ll…