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)
The first fully capable augmented reality smartphone has started shipping: the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro. Under the hood it contains the hardware and software necessary to use Google’s Tango AR technology. With the Phab 2 Pro, now selling for $499, Lenovo and Google are trying to prove that AR can and should become an integral component of modern smartphones. (The Verge)
Indiana Tech is the latest university to offer eSports scholarships. The club now has 19 students, and is the first school in the state to offer scholarships for eSports. Currently, students focus on “League of Legends” and “Hearthstone.” The school recently opened a computer lab with custom workstations, upscale computers, gaming chairs, smart boards and more for the teams to strategize and work together. (WANE)
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)
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)
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