Gaming

AppLovin wants to buy video game maker Unity for $20 billion

A year after going public, app growth and monetization agency AppLovin submitted an unsolicited proposal today to buy the game engine Unity in a deal worth $20 billion. But there’s a catch: Unit

Less than 1% of Netflix’s subscribers want to play its mobile games

As Netflix struggles to keep consumers subscribed to its streaming service, its mobile games venture is looking like a flop. CNBC reported that according to app analytics company Apptopia, Netflix gam

Dystopian document thriller game Papers, Please is now available on iPhone and Android

Award-winning dystopian document thriller game Papers, Please is now available on smartphones nine years after its initial release. You can download the game on the Apple App Store and Google Play St

Play now, pay later: Halliday bags $6M seed round led by a16z

Blockchain-based games have seen a surge in popularity, but playing them is getting expensive. Play-to-earn games like StepN require players to purchase an NFT before they can participate, while other

Samsung brings Amazon Luna games to its smart TVs and monitors

Samsung announced Wednesday that it’s bringing more than 250 games to the Samsung Gaming Hub through the Amazon Luna streaming-based gaming service. The company is making these titles available

Wake up, new Pokémon just dropped

Today’s “Pokémon Presents” livestream wasn’t as chock-full of news as previous announcements about the upcoming Nintendo Switch games “Pokémon Scarlet & Violet.&#82

Playstudios launches blockchain gaming division and $10M web3-focused fund

Playstudios, a publicly traded mobile gaming platform and developer, is venturing into the web3 world with a new blockchain division and investment fund. The gaming entity, which owns popular mobile a

Gmail gets a new look, Instagram trips while trying to be TikTok and India blocks Battleground Mobile

Hello hello! Welcome back to Week in Review, the newsletter where we do a quick rundown of the most-read TechCrunch stories from the past week. The idea: When you’ve had a busy few days, you sho

Gaming vets promise to make blockchain games fun and sustainable

The runaway success of Axie Infinity and StepN has convinced a flurry of entrepreneurs that web3 gaming, where the ownership of in-game assets is in the hands of users via blockchain adoption rather t

TikTok begins pilot testing HTML5 mini-games with a handful of partners

TikTok wants to determine its users’ appetite for mobile gaming with the launch of “mini-games” that can be played inside the social video app and discovered through creators’

Sports community platform Stadium Live raises $10M to expand its digital world for Gen Z

Today, digital world maker Stadium Live Studios, Inc. announced its $10 million Series A funding round to continue its mission of bringing fantasy sports to a younger generation. The Canadian startup

Snapchat launches a spooky AR game for hunting ghosts around you

Snapchat has launched a new in-app game called Ghost Phone designed to showcase the company’s AR technology by allowing players to discover the secrets of an abandoned phone and hunt supernatura

Netflix emulates life flashing before your eyes with its new Before Your Eyes mobile game

Netflix released its July slate of mobile games yesterday, adding a range of new titles. One game, in particular, called Before Your Eyes, uses eye-tracking technology that progresses the story every

Krafton says it has invested over $100 million in India and wants to become more than just a gaming company

Krafton, the brand behind some of the world’s most popular video games, says it has already deployed the $100 million it had committed to the Indian market two years ago in the South Asian natio

Roblox beefs up its developer tools as it looks to a future beyond games

Roblox CTO Dan Sturman talks about how the company is building tools for developers, the challenges of building a tech stack for the masses and its foray into virtual currency.

Minecraft says ‘No F-ing Thanks’ to NFTs

The team behind Minecraft, one of the most popular games of all time, declared today that it won’t support NFTs. Gaming has been touted as a potential use case for NFTs, so the Microsoft-owned g

Facebook Gaming now lets creators turn their live gameplay clips into Reels

Facebook Gaming is rolling out a new “Clips to Reels” feature that allows creators to turn their live gameplay clips into Reels. Facebook first announced the feature last month and is now

Discord’s new Xbox integration will let you send voice chats to your console

Xbox is adding support for Discord voice chat, bringing a reliable, well-loved universal chat app to Microsoft’s gaming console, albeit in a sort of roundabout way. The new integration is availa

Blizzard QA testers in Albany want to unionize

Activision Blizzard’s Raven Software QA testers formed the gaming giant’s first formally recognized union in May, but that momentum hasn’t died down at the massive company. Today, Bl

As regulation heats up, will gaming studios’ gamble on loot boxes pay off?

Loot boxes, a way for players to receive random in-game rewards in exchange for real money, have been disparaged for a while now, and they’re now increasingly subject to government scrutiny.
Load More