Gaming

Mobile gaming is a behemoth in terms of annual revenue, and our gaming news coverage includes iOS, Android, mobile web and more, including companies like Netflix trying to get a foot in the door. We also report on the AAA gaming studios, which are increasingly a target for acquisitive giants like Microsoft and Sony.

After Apple loosened its App Store guidelines to permit game emulators, the retro game emulator Delta — an app 10 years in the making — hit the top of the…

Adobe comes after indie game emulator Delta for copying its logo

Microsoft will launch its own mobile game store in July, the company announced at the Bloomberg Technology Summit on Thursday. Xbox president Sarah Bond shared that the company plans to…

Microsoft is launching its mobile game store in July

Garena is quietly developing new India-themed games even though Free Fire, its biggest title, has still not made a comeback to the country.

Garena is quietly making India-themed games even as Free Fire’s relaunch remains doubtful

In the most anticlimactic way possible, Nintendo on Tuesday confirmed years of rumors: The Nintendo Switch 2 console is on the way. “We will make an announcement about the successor…

Nintendo finally confirms the Switch 2 is on the way

Apple finally updated its App Store guidelines to allow global developers to host retro game emulators on iOS. Now, you don’t need to jailbreak your iPhone or download any sketchy…

How to play Pokémon and other Game Boy games on your iPhone

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10 years in the making, retro game emulator Delta is now No. 1 on the iOS charts

Video game emulator Delta’s decade-long struggle against the iOS App Store began with a school-issued TI-84 calculator. When Riley Testut was a sophomore in high school, he showed his friends how to load illicit software onto their bulky graphing calculators. Such behavior was generally discouraged at school, but he wasn’t plotting to cheat on a…

10:34 am PDT • May 3, 2024
10 years in the making, retro game emulator Delta is now No. 1 on the iOS charts

In an effort to attract more users and increase engagement, LinkedIn is launching three games: Queens, Crossclimb and Pinpoint.

LinkedIn launches gaming: 3 logic puzzles aimed at extending time spent on its networking platform

Twitch is officially rolling out its new TikTok-like discovery feed to all users this week, the company announced on Tuesday. The new feed, which is launching as a tab within…

Twitch’s TikTok-like discovery feed is rolling out to all users

It’s still unclear whether cloud gaming will ever become the next big thing. The appeal is clear: The game you’re playing runs in a data center near you, and the…

Playruo lets you try game demos from your web browser

Sanlo, a fintech startup that helps gaming companies manage finances, announced Wednesday the closed beta launch of its webshop tool, giving select game developers and studios a plug-and-play solution that…

Fintech gaming startup Sanlo’s webshop tool could help developers avoid costly app store fees

Last month, a hacker wreaked havoc during an esports tournament of the popular shooter game Apex Legends, hacking two well-known streamers mid-game to make it look like they were using…

Apex Legends hacker says game developers patched exploit used on streamers

iGBA was an ad-supported copy of the open-source project GBA4iOS that offered a Game Boy game emulator for iOS.

Apple pulls a Game Boy emulator for App Store violations, but says game emulators are allowed

What does Taylor Swift have in common with a group of improv comedians pretending to be wizards? They can both sell out Madison Square Garden (… and also, their fans…

A Dungeons & Dragons actual play show is going to sell out Madison Square Garden

Apple News is testing a new game for iOS 17.5 called Quartiles, which requires players to organize a grid of 20 syllables into 5 four-syllable words. Spotted by Gadget Hacks,…

Apple News is testing a game that kind of looks like NYT Connections

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Shure MV7+: The best USB podcast mic gets better

I was happy — excited, even — to check out Shure’s latest USB microphone. Its predecessor, the MV7, has been my default podcasting mic since it was launched toward to end of 2020. I’ve recorded more than 100 episodes of my show on the thing — not to mention using it for meetings, social engagements…

6:00 am PDT • April 9, 2024
Shure MV7+: The best USB podcast mic gets better

Apple updated its App Store rules Friday to allow emulators for retro console games globally with an option for downloading titles. However, the company warned that the developers are responsible for…

Apple changes App Store rules to allow retro game emulators globally

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Ten years later, Facebook’s Oculus acquisition hasn’t changed the world as expected

Every year, Time Magazine issues a list of the 200 best inventions of the past 12 months. Frankly, I don’t know how the editors do it. The dirty secret of this job is that true, game-changing inventions rarely cross your desk. In fact, you’re extraordinarily lucky if you average one a year. Oculus’ Rift prototype…

2:25 pm PDT • April 4, 2024
Ten years later, Facebook’s Oculus acquisition hasn’t changed the world as expected

Bitkraft Ventures — a games investor based out of Denver, Colorado, but with European founders — is raising its third fund, coming in at $275 million. The fund will make…

Against games industry doldrums, Bitkraft Ventures raises $275M to back studios and platforms

Five months ago, Rooms, a 3D design platform made by ex-Google employees, launched its beta version on the App Store. Today, the free iOS app is getting a big update…

Rooms, a 3D design app and ‘cozy game,’ gets a major update as users jump to 250K

Turkey has gained a well-earned reputation as being a veritable cauldron of mobile games startups, leading to the rise of VCs dedicated to the sector. The latest to join this…

A new games-focused VC in Turkey shows the industry there continues to gain steam

Video game giant Activision is investigating a hacking campaign that’s targeting players with the goal of stealing their credentials, TechCrunch has learned. At this point, the hackers’ specific goals —…

Activision investigating password-stealing malware targeting game players

With the Vision Pro finally available, many consumers are curious about Apple’s AR/VR headset and the apps that come with it. While some are from companies you recognize — Disney+,…

Apple’s Vision Pro is here: These are some of the most exciting indie apps and games

The Department of Justice and 17 state attorneys general filed a massive lawsuit against Apple on Thursday morning, accusing the company of monopolistic smartphone practices. Meanwhile, Fortnite maker Epic Games…

Apple’s antitrust suit is a silver lining for Epic Games

On Sunday, the world of video games was shaken by a hacking and cheating scandal. During a competitive esports tournament of Apex Legends, a free-to-play shooter video game played by…

Apex Legends hacker said he hacked tournament games ‘for fun’

On Sunday, two competitive esports players appeared to get hacked during a live-streamed game, prompting the organizers to postpone the tournament. Players were competing in the Apex Legends Global Series,…

Esports league postponed after players hacked midgame

LinkedIn, the Microsoft-owned social platform, has made a name for itself primarily as a platform for people looking to network and pick up knowledge for professional purposes, and for recruitment…

LinkedIn plans to add gaming to its platform

AI models that play games go back decades, but they generally specialize in one game and always play to win. Google DeepMind researchers have a different goal with their latest…

Google DeepMind trains a video game-playing AI to be your co-op companion

Google announced a number of new features for Google Play listings for games, including AI-powered FAQs, displaying the latest YouTube videos, new immersive ad formats and support for native PC…

Google Play will show AI-powered FAQs and recent YouTube videos for games

Earlier this year, Readyverse Studios — co-founded by blockchain tech company Futureverse and Ernest Cline, the mind behind the sci-fi franchise Ready Player One — announced “The Readyverse,” an interactive…

Ready Player One creator debuts ‘Open,’ a metaverse battle royale experience

Sea’s Garena has yet to launch its popular mobile title Free Fire in India, more than six months after announcing plans to do so, a prolonged delay that has raised…

Free Fire India relaunch in limbo six months on