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New UK-based gaming platform Yakkr secures six-figure investment, aims to on-board esports teams and content creators

Yakkr founders Marcus Rowley (left) and Rhys Birkinshaw (right) on screen with Alex Wilby of law firm Swinburne Maddison Yakkr, a new UK-based platform that lets fans play online games with their favourite esports teams, influencers and celebrities, has secured six figures in funding. Durham City law firm Swinburne Maddison provided legal advice to the new tech start-up in relation to the pre-seed investment, provided by Athena Venture Capital and backed by TwinklHive, which predominantly invests in the ed-tech sector.  Continue reading New UK-based gaming platform Yakkr secures six-figure investment, aims to on-board esports teams and content creators ESports News UK

Crypto betting platform DJ Esports rebrands to following criticisms around procedures and plagiarism

Esports betting provider DJ Esports has rebranded to following criticisms around the clarity of its guidelines and plagiarism of news content. The cryptocurrency-based platform, which allows customers to bet with Bitcoin, Ethereum and more, has received a new license, an upgraded website and other features. It previously had a license with the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) but now has a license with E-Gambling Montenegro. DJ Esports first launched a year ago, has built up more than 25,000 users and paid out 5m USDT (Tether cryptocurrency), according to this sponsored post published by Dot Esports. Continue reading Crypto…

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UK and Ireland esports orgs join video platform Recast as they look to monetise content

A trio of UK and Ireland esports organisations have partnered with video platform Recast which connects rights holders, fans and brands. UK esports organisations LDN UTD and Viperio have joined the platform, as have Irish org Katana Gaming. They’re also joined by Dutch org and FIFA academy Team Gullit, which is owned by football legend Ruud Gullit, and the four newcomers join JLingz Esports, which launched a Recast channel last year. Recast lets users watch sports from a mobile device and earn in-app credits called ‘Casts’ – for both viewers and rights holders – through microtransactions.  Continue reading UK and…

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Esports betting platform Midnite secures £12m in funding as part of global expansion

UK Gambling Commission-licensed esports betting platform Midnite has announced the first closing of a $16m (£11.85m) series A funding round. As part of the round, existing investors increased their investment in Midnite, with notable previous backers of Midnite including Makers Fund and Venrex. The round was led by The Raine Group, a global merchant bank focused on technology, media and telecommunications. Raine co-founder and partner John Salter will join Midnite’s board of directors and MD Garrett Gomes will become a board observer. Continue reading Esports betting platform Midnite secures £12m in funding as part of global expansion ESports News UK

UKEL outlines plans to run pro leagues with participation funds and off-season tournaments after partnering with Playbase.GG

UK-based tournament organiser the UK Esports League (UKEL) has partnered with esports platform provider Playbase.GG as it sets out its vision for 2022 and beyond. The news comes one month after the UKEL confirmed there would be no amateur League of Legends league for 2022, as it sets its sights on other tournaments and games. “We’ve always wanted to provide leagues for multiple games, and alongside our main, broadcasted leagues, have development leagues for amateur players,” the UKEL said in an announcement post on its website. Continue reading UKEL outlines plans to run pro leagues with participation funds and off-season…

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You can grab Rayman Origins for free on PC right now

One of my absolute favourite platformers, Rayman Origins, is free to keep on Ubisoft Connect right now. Ubisoft are giving the 2D side-scroller away as part of their 35th anniversary celebrations, which is wonderful news. It’s one of the best co-op games I’ve played, so it’s a perfectly timed freebie if you’re in need of something to keep friends and family entertained over the holiday period. Read more

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Blasphemous final free content update sets up the sequel

The third and final big free content update for Blasphemous launched this morning, introducing new levels, bosses, and more. Named ‘Wounds Of Eventide’ (love a few wounds with my Catholocism), the update brings the story to a point that the upcoming sequel will pick up. Here, come watch the trailer to meet some of the new monsters, including a giant snake. No room for subtlety here. Read more

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Solar Ash review – burns bright and fizzles out

Do you ever notice when you have a perfect walk? You’re going somewhere (taking the kids to school, heading into town, nipping to the local shop) and when you arrive you realise that you had flow. You never stopped moving. You didn’t have to stop and wait for traffic in order to cross the road. No kids on bikes forced you into a bush. There was no need to take evasive action from someone who clearly didn’t get the memo about Covid. It was a seamless, silky smooth walk. At its best, Solar Ash is that walk. It’s just a…

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They Always Run review: a 2D space-western with some rough edges

They Always Run is the closest I’ve come to living out my dream of being a galactic bounty hunter. It’s a 2D platformer with two distinct halves to its gameplay. One portion is a rewarding parkour simulator, and the other’s this heavy, visceral combat system that I never got tired of. You play as a three-armed mutant called Aiden as he hops between planets collecting bounties, which are presented through a series of action-platformer linear levels. It almost never goes as planned. The title’s pretty accurate. Read more

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Grab the Assassin’s Creed Chronicles trilogy free to keep

As part of their 35th birthday celebrations, Ubisoft are now giving away the Assassin’s Creed Chronicles trilogy free for keepsies on PC. You have until Friday to claim your copies of the spin-offs, which converted AssCreed’s sneak-o-murdering into 2.5D side-scrolling platformers. They told stories of three different assassins in China, India, and Russia across several hundred years, with art styles inspired by their setting. And right now they’re free. Read more

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Demon Turf is a deceptively deep 3D platformer that N64 fans should love

If you’re after pure gameplay depth and challenge, don’t ignore this retro-inspired gem. The 3D platformer is dead, or so I’ve heard at least once a year since around the time of the GameCube’s less than stellar sales performance. Nintendo, thanks to Mario, is so closely linked to the genre that any blip in its fortunes results in panic that the classic genre is close to extinction. In truth it never has been and it likely never will be. The games evolve, perhaps throwing in more combat and less precision jumping, but the genre remains pretty strong. If, however, you…

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Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light and Temple of Osiris coming to Nintendo Switch

Both Tomb Raider spin-offs will be released on the console in 2022. Crystal Dynamics and Feral Interactive are bringing Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light and Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris to Nintendo Switch. The arcade-inspired action-adventure games mark the debut of the Tomb Raider franchise on the console. Both titles focus on exploration, discovery, platforming, and puzzle-solving, with co-operative multiplayer, character progression, and combat. Released in 2010 digitally, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light landed on Xbox Live Arcade in August, followed by a September release on PC and PlayStation Network. It made its way…

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How Psychonauts 2 turns the mind inside out

“It’s all in your head.” It’s a response that encapsulates all the condescension and ignorance surrounding mental health issues. And yet, in a way, it’s true. Subjective experience is an objective reality – that just so happens to be located and locked away in your head. These individual realities can only be conveyed through language and other subjective means of communication, and more and more games are grasping this fact, turning inward to explore and map the inland empires of the mind. They have all the tools of the medium at their disposal to turn the invisible workings of the…

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EA adds Battlefield 1, Dragon Age: Inquisition, and more titles to GeForce Now

More EA games have been added to the GeForce Now library. Four EA games from the Battlefield, Mirror’s Edge, Unravel, and Dragon Age franchises have been released on Nvidia’s GeForce Now, joining Apex Legends, which has long been streaming on the service. EA is expanding its support of the cloud gaming service with these titles, adding to the weekly list of new entities in the GeForce Now library. The new games are Battlefield 1, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Unravel Two, and Mirror’s Edge Catalyst. It’s worth noting the Battlefield 1 release is the Revolution offering, which cotains the base game, Battlefield…

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Xbox Games with Gold October – Castlevania: Harmony of Despair, Resident Evil: Code Veronica X, more

New games will soon be available to Gold and Ultimate members. Microsoft has announced the Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate line-up for October. You will be able to download Aaero, Castlevania: Harmony of Despair, Hover, and Resident Evil: Code Veronica free for the month. Aaero and Hover are available for Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S, while Castlevania: Harmony of Despair, and Resident Evil Code: Veronica X are both playable through backward compatibility. Aaero will be available through the service for the entire month of October. Hover will be around from October 16 through November 15. Castlevania:…