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Here are the games that were announced at the Meta Quest Gaming Showcase

Meta might want us to do everything in VR, from work meetings to exercising, but we often forget that playing video games is actually a pretty legit application of this technology. So, Meta is investi

D&D Beyond comes under the wing of Wizards of the Coast in $146 million deal

The parent company of Dungeons & Dragons publisher Wizards of the Coast will buy D&D Beyond, the role-playing game’s popular digital suite of tools. The company announced the news this w

Tencent to shut down its game streaming service

Tencent, the world’s largest video games company, said it will shutter its game streaming platform Penguin Esports by June due to “changes in business strategies.” Twitch-like Pengui

Daily Crunch: Identity-as-a-service platform Okta says it ‘contained’ network breach in January

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New Twitch appeals portal lets users monitor and object to account bans

Twitch is updating its appeals and reporting processes, following through on product updates the company promised late last year. The biggest change is the introduction of a new portal where users fac

Sleek wants to be the last shopping check-out form you ever fill out

Sleek is developing a browser extension enabling one-click checkout and cash-back savings.

How much is ‘link in bio’ real estate worth? Linktree’s new valuation says $1.3 billion

Who would’ve thought that an entire swath of startups would spring up all because Instagram, TikTok and Twitter only let you link to one website in your bio? Apparently, Linktree co-founder and

Game streaming platform Loco raises $42 million to build ‘Twitch for India’

Game streaming startup Loco said on Thursday it has raised $42 million as it looks to build what it has described to some investors as “Twitch for India.” Hashed, Makers Fund, Catamaran Ve

Forma raises new funding to make employee benefits more flexible

Companies across the board are fighting to recruit and retain employees as the war for talent rages on. Employee benefits are no longer viewed as a cookie-cutter, standard set of offerings — rat

This Week in Apps: Apps blocking Russia, Walmart adds virtual try-on, Netflix’s trivia game

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry continues to grow, with a re

Twitch will ban streamers who frequently share misinformation

Twitch has updated its misinformation policies and says it will ban those who frequently share falsehoods. Under the new rules, the platform will block people who do so on or off the platform.

Amazon Luna officially launches in the US with free games for Prime members and more

Amazon’s cloud-based game streaming service, Amazon Luna, is officially launching to everyone in the United States, the company announced on Tuesday. Amazon first unveiled Luna in September 2020

Hack VC raises $200M fund to back early-stage crypto startups

The investors behind virtual hack.summit(), the world’s largest blockchain programmer event, have launched a $200 million crypto seed fund under the Hack VC umbrella, fund partner Alex Pack told

Clubhouse adds text-based chat rooms for the mic shy

The voice-first social network has finally introduced a way for longtime lurkers to get in on the action. Clubhouse announced in-room chat Thursday, adding a text chat feature into its voice rooms tha

Microsoft brings back Twitch streaming integration directly into the Xbox dashboard

Microsoft is bringing Twitch streaming integration back into the Xbox dashboard for all Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One users, the company announced on Wednesday. The feature had been in testing since la

Pandemic and ‘revenge travel’ helps power Heygo to a $20M Series A funding round

During the worst throes of the COVID-19 pandemic, very few people could travel. Meanwhile, both 2021 and 2022 were predicted to be the years of “revenge travel” where people would do a great deal

Daily Crunch: With $4M pre-seed round, Casava sets new funding record for African insurtech

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GitHub introduces sponsor-only repositories

A few years ago, GitHub introduced sponsorships that allowed anybody to make direct financial contributions to open source developers. Today, it is taking this concept a bit further by launching spons

Twitch partners with indie music licensing group Merlin

Twitch will strike up a partnership with independent digital music licensing group Merlin, marking the Amazon-owned livestreaming platform’s latest effort to get cozy with the recording industry

Blizzard is working on a brand new survival game that could define its next era

It might still be in the headlines every day for organizational chaos, union busting and being part of the biggest gaming acquisition ever, but Blizzard is apparently hard at work on its next original
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