Volley’s voice games for smart speakers have amassed over half a million monthly users

The rapid consumer adoption of smart speakers like Amazon Echo and Google Home has opened opportunities for developers creating voice apps, too. At least that’s true in the case of Volley, a you

Facebook opens Instant Games to all developers

Facebook’s Instant Games are now open to all developers, Facebook announced this week in advance of the Game Developers Conference. First launched in 2016, the platform lets developers build mob

Amazon will now pay Alexa developers for top-performing skills for kids

Last year, Amazon announced a program that would reward developers for building popular and well-received Alexa skills, by doling out cash payments for top-performing skills. Initially, the program wa

Microsoft’s Mixer follows Twitch with addition of direct tipping and game sales

Mixer, Microsoft’s answer to Twitch, will soon allow its streamers to start selling games and other downloadable content via its service, and will introduce tipping, the company announced this w

Alexa now suggests more games to try at the end of the one you’re playing

Consumers are starting to give Alexa's voice apps, called skills, more of their attention. During CES this week -- where Amazon is battling for attention with Google Assistant across the consumer tech

Consumers dropped $200 million on apps on Christmas, up 12 percent from last year

Consumers spent $196 million on apps, in-app purchases and subscriptions on Christmas Day 2017 across the App Store and Google Play, according to new data from Sensor Tower. The report, while excludin

Pixel art coloring book apps are the newest App Store craze

Has your kid bugged you to let them download Sandbox Coloring? You’re probably not alone. The latest trend blowing up on the App Store is a new twist on the coloring book apps that have been pop

Crunch Report | Apple Confirms Shazam Acquisition

Apple confirms its Shazam acquisition, MyEtherWallet knockoff goes live on the App Store and is now removed and the NFL is partnering with Verizon and is now streaming football games to everyone. All

Apple’s ‘App of the Day’ featuring boosts downloads by 1747%, games by 792%

New research from Apptopia, out today, takes a look at the impact getting featured as the App or Game of the Day on the new iOS App Store has on app downloads. This data is still fairly early, as the

‘Stranger Things’ hype reaches SNES levels with retro-style demake for iOS

In case you've been living in the upside-down for the last few weeks, the second season of "Stranger Things" is imminent. And you know what that means... media tie-ins! Today we've already had AR "sti

Stardew Valley lands on Nintendo Switch on October 5

The games library for the Nintendo Switch is already great, but it keeps getting better: Farming simulator Stardew Valley is coming to the hybrid portable console on October 5, which is just a couple

After a 4% pop, Rovio closes at a lackluster €11.50, level with its IPO price

Rovio, maker of the Angry Birds gaming franchise, saw a small pop of 4.3 percent in its first day of trading as a public company, but like the very birds that get catapulted in Rovio’s original

Preschoolers get their own Pokémon game with launch of Pokémon Playhouse

A new app called Pokémon Playhouse from the Pokémon Company, released this week, is bringing Pikachu and friends to preschoolers. Unlike the augmented reality game Pokémon Go, a collaboration betwe

Microsoft’s new Mixer Create app lets you live stream games from your phone

Microsoft’s mobile game streaming app Mixer Create is launching out of beta testing today on iOS and Android, allowing gamers to broadcast the games they’re playing right from their phone.

A history of video game console failures

The history of console gaming is littered with high-profile flops, middling also-rans and vaporware never-weres. In fact, the stories of console failures are perhaps even more compelling than the tale

Hasbro launches a subscription service for games

Toy company Hasbro is belatedly entering the subscription service market with today’s launch of Hasbro Gaming Crate – a service that ships a themed box containing three board games to user

Google Play introduces ‘Android Excellence’ collections that showcase editorially selected top apps and games

At WWDC this month, Apple introduced an entirely revamped App Store that puts a much greater focus on editorial, with plans for stories about the apps, how to’s, interviews, and more, in additio

Twitch expands game sales to more streamers

In March, video game streaming site Twitch introduced a new way for its streamers to make money: by selling games directly to their fans. Initially, however, that feature was only available to Twitch&

Microsoft’s game streaming service Beam rebrands as Mixer, adds co-streaming, a guide & mobile broadcasting

Microsoft’s live-streaming service Beam, which the company acquired last year shortly after it emerged as the winner of the TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Battlefield, is today getting a new name:

Minecraft arrives on the Nintendo Switch

It didn’t make the cut as one of the many announcements to emerge from Microsoft’s Build 2017 event this week, but this morning the company unveiled that Minecraft – the game it acq
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