Gaming

Hulu partners with Xbox to bring PC Gamers free games in a bundle deal

Hulu and Xbox have announced a partnership deal that gives existing U.S. Hulu subscribers three free months of PC Game Pass as part of the Hulu “Friends with Benefits” initiative. The move

Reggie Fils-Aimé talks web3, AR and his gaming SPAC

In February 2019, Reggie Fils-Aimé announced that he would be leaving Nintendo after 16 years — 13 of which were spent as the president and COO of the company’s North American division. It wa

Nintendo says it now has more than 100 million annual playing users

Nintendo has revealed that it now has more than 100 million annual playing users. The company shared the new milestone as part of its fiscal year financial results for the period ending in March 2022.

The New York Times edits Wordle answer list after Roe v. Wade leak

Perhaps you played the Wordle this morning and encountered a pretty ordinary five-letter word. But if you haven’t refreshed your page over the last week, you could’ve encountered the solut

Meta is integrating its Horizon Venues live events app into Horizon Worlds

Meta announced today that it’s integrating its Horizon Venues event experience into its social virtual reality Horizon Worlds platform. Horizon Venues is currently a separate app dedicated to at

Fortnite is back on iOS through Xbox Cloud Gaming

Microsoft is throwing its weight behind Epic Games in the fight against Apple — and bringing Fortnite back to iOS in the process. The company announced Thursday that it had partnered with Epic to ma

Crypto gaming is growing, but can it reach people outside of the web3 world?

Some crypto games are considering the free-to-play model as a way to help new gamers enter the often gated crypto gaming market, which is known for having a play-to-earn model.

China’s gaming giant NetEase opens first US studio in Austin

NetEase, the second-largest gaming company in China and the sixth-largest in the world, has opened its first U.S.-based studio in Austin as China’s gaming industry slows. The company’s arc

Why Axie Infinity’s co-founder thinks play-to-earn games will drive NFT adoption

As we’re almost halfway through 2022, a question stands: Is Axie holding up to its hype?

Xbox mobile app rolls out new stories feature for sharing game clips, screenshots and more

Microsoft is updating its Xbox app to allow players to create, share and view Snapchat-like stories, the company announced this week. Players can share their favorite gaming moments including game cli

Wordle brought ‘tens of millions’ of new users to the New York Times

The New York Times Company’s first-quarter financial results prove what we’ve all known all along: people really like Wordle. You know the story by now. Josh Wardle made a fun little word

Wordle! (but not that Wordle!) is now in the hands of mobile tech firm AppLovin

After the popular online game Wordle went viral, an unrelated older mobile game that shared the same name benefitted, gaining an explosion of downloads as iPhone users mistook it for the web game maki

This founder is dedicated to making a mobile game without giving in to intrusive ads

Welcome back to Found, where we get into the stories behind the startups. Thor Fridriksson is, as Jordan calls him, the King of Mobile Gaming. With mega-viral games like Trivia Royale and QuizUp, he k

AccelByte, a backend services platform for game developers, raises $60M led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2

AccelByte, a platform that helps game creators build backend services and tools, has raised $60 million in Series B led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2, with participation from Sony Interactive Entertainmen

Spotify becomes first music streamer to launch on Roblox

Spotify announced today it will become the first music streaming brand to have an official presence within Roblox, with the launch of “Spotify Island,” a place where artists and fans will

Activision Blizzard stockholders vote in favor of $68.7B sale to Microsoft

At a special meeting today, Activision Blizzard stockholders approved Microsoft’s proposal to acquire the gaming company for $68.7 billion. This all-cash transaction values the creator of games

Inworld shows off impressive AI-powered character generation and interaction

Characters in games and other digital experiences tend to be rather static, working from a set of lines and responses written long ago. But the future of games could be more responsive, generative and

Skich’s new app brings social discovery to mobile game recommendations

A new startup called Skich wants to help mobile users find games to play that better match their interests. To do so, it’s created a game recommendation app that carefully toes the line in order

NLRB rules Activision Blizzard’s first union at Raven Software can vote for recognition

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled today that the first union at a major U.S. gaming company can file for a formal union election. In January, the quality assurance (QA) department of Rav

A quarter of a century later, Quake gets modern accessibility features

Accessibility features in games are becoming far more common these days, led by some particularly forward-thinking developers, but it’s still nowhere near common enough. Fortunately Quake is get
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