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Chess category booming as Twitch hours watched in February grew 82%

StreamElements report notes that Chess has been steadily growing in popularity since The Queen's Gambit debut

By Eric Van Allen

EA College Football reportedly won't launch until 2023

Internal document sent to schools by licensing group puts a date on EA's return to college sports

By Eric Van Allen

Indie breakout Loop Hero sells 500,000 in first week

Four Quarters' deck-building game also sets record for publisher Devolver's fastest-selling soundtrack

By Eric Van Allen

Super League Gaming acquires Mobcrush

Amateur esports company expects to reach a US audience of 85 million monthly with the acquisition

By Eric Van Allen

Newzoo anticipates global esports market will grow to $1.08b in 2021

Sponsorship and media rights are expected to account for 77% of esports revenue in the coming year

By Eric Van Allen

Omeda Studios closes $2.2m round of funding

The studio is creating a successor to Epic's shuttered third-person MOBA Paragon using that game's assets

By Eric Van Allen

GameStop establishes committee to help transform it "into a technology business"

Retailer's board of directors says new group will "further accelerate the company's transformation"

By Eric Van Allen

V1 Interactive is officially closing its doors

Studio co-founder Marcus Lehto says it will be giving employees "ample time" to search for new jobs

By Eric Van Allen

Valve ends production on rebooted Artifact

Both the classic and updated version of the Dota 2 card game will be kept online and made free-to-play

By Eric Van Allen

Mortal Shell sales pass 500,000 copies

Cold Symmetry's action game passes a sales milestone as enhanced edition arrives on PS5, Xbox Series X|S

By Eric Van Allen

ESA commits $1 million to support Black Girls Code

The multi-year venture will support education and mentoring programs for girls and young women

By Eric Van Allen

Theorycraft Games secures $37.5m in Series A funding

Several former Blizzard, Bungie, and Riot developers land investment for their new competitive PvP experience

By Eric Van Allen

Sinking City dev claims its publisher is selling a hacked copy on Steam

In an ongoing dispute, Frogwares is now saying Nacon used its encryption to modify and sell a different version of the game

By Eric Van Allen

Nacon blames Frogwares for feature-lacking Steam version of The Sinking City

The publisher of the Lovecraftian mystery game airs out its grievances after developer advises users not to purchase its current Steam version

By Eric Van Allen

EA delays Need For Speed so Criterion can help with Battlefield

Criterion's Need For Speed will be pushed back a year as the longtime DICE collaborators assist on the next Battlefield

By Eric Van Allen

The Sinking City developer asks users not to buy its game on Steam

Frogwares says it didn't create the version of the Lovecraftian detective game currently available on Steam

By Eric Van Allen

Hiro Capital invests in Snowprint, Happy Volcano, and Double Loop

VC fund leads $15 million in support for the Legend of Solgard studio, The Almost Gone studio, and Emily Greer / Shelby Moledina start-up

By Eric Van Allen

Coin Master passes $2b in lifetime player spending

Sensor Tower says Moon Active's casino-style app is leading the charge within the fast-growing Casino genre on mobile

By Eric Van Allen

Destiny 2 delays Witch Queen expansion to 2022

The publisher says its narrative ambitions and the complications of COVID-19 have necessitated a change in schedule

By Eric Van Allen

Epic giving out virtual currency after loot box settlement

US lawsuit over loot boxes leads to publisher giving out in-game money to Fortnite and Rocket League players who bought loot boxes in either game

By Eric Van Allen

Class-action suit takes aim at Google Stadia's 4K claims

A new lawsuit targets Google, Bungie, and id Software over Stadia's streaming resolution

By Eric Van Allen

Live-action Twisted Metal TV series moving forward

Sony's vehicular combat franchise has an adaptation in development from the writers of Deadpool

By Eric Van Allen

Roblox to begin trading shares in March

The popular games platform is getting ready for its direct listing following a delay last December

By Eric Van Allen

Apple turns to Valve for information in legal battle with Epic

A subpoena from last November sees Apple filing for information about Steam, but Valve is fighting back

By Eric Van Allen

Lucid Sight acquires multiplayer engine Colyseus

The multiplayer service will expand into the cloud, in an attempt to "democratize" multiplayer game server engines

By Eric Van Allen

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