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Week in Review: Unite LA Conference, Facebook Dives Deeper into eSports, Record-Breaking Tournaments

 

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Digital/Mobile News

  • Facebook is reportedly planning a deeper dive into eSports. It’s said to have recently held talks with Super Evil Megacorp to stream professional “Vainglory” matches and Activision to acquire streaming rights to more eSports competitions. Also announced by Facebook at Unite LA is the launch of Facebook Gameroom, a standalone app that gathers all games together in one place. This acts as a hub for any game that’s playable on Facebook. (Engadget, Kotaku)

Gaming News

Business News

  • The second season of ELEAGUE recently began, and Snickers has signed on as an official marketing partner involved with its televised “Counter Strike:Global Offensive” action. Snickers will be the “official chocolate bar” of the league and will sponsor a number of segments and air spots during telecasts. (Forbes)
  • Electronic Arts reported a second quarter diluted loss per share of $0.13, which beat its expected loss of $0.17. EA noted last quarter the increasing impact of digital sales and the market trend toward downloadable content and mobile gaming. A massive 63% of the total net revenue in Q2 derived from digital sales. EA expects record-setting cash flow for their third quarter. (Forbes)
  • Canadian HTML5 gaming studio Big Viking Games has raised $21.75 million in funding. The Royal Bank of Canada led the round with $18 million. Big Viking plans to use the cash to expand its efforts building HTML5 games for the web that load instantaneously for players around the world. Big Viking already has 100 employees, making it the biggest independent Canadian studio. (VentureBeat)
  • Zynga forecast lower-than-expected bookings for the holiday season, as the company’s much-awaited game “Dawn of Titans” is slated to launch late into the quarter and is the last of the 10 games Zynga committed to release in 2016. Zynga’s average DAU fell 5.3% to 18 million from a year earlier, but were unchanged from the preceding quarter. (Fortune)