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Week in Review: Blizzard reveals new mobile app and “Overwatch” League schedule, Ayesha and Steph Curry team up to release new mobile cooking game, and Konami’s profits grow after shifting focus to mobile games.

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Image Credit: People via PM Studios

 

Digital/Mobile News

  • Ayesha and Steph Curry are teaming up to release a mobile cooking game. Developed by PM Studios, “Chef Curry” challenges players to run a fast-paced restaurant with both the NBA star and the chef. During the game, players will act as Steph, serving customers, accommodating their picky tastes, and managing resources against a clock while Ayesha oversees the kitchen. Steph Curry says that he and Ayesha have “seen the mobile gaming space as a landscape for limitless potential.” (People)
  • Motorola Sweden has announced a mobile eSports tournament in partnership with ESL Nordic. MSPORT NATIONALS will include a $10,000 prize pool and will culminate in a series of finals at Dreamhack Winter on December 3rd. The tournaments will be a platform to show off Motorola’s Moto Gamepad, a device that adds an analog d-pad, joysticks, and face buttons to smartphones for ease of use. The MSPORT NATIONALS will have divisions for “Hearthstone,” “Power Rangers: Legacy Wars,” and “Modern Combat 5.” (eSports Observer)
 

Gaming News

  • “Oregon Trail” is back – Travel Oregon has resurrected the nostalgic 90’s game. Oregon’s state tourism organization has released a playable version of the early computer game on its website, with a few tweaks to reflect the modern Oregon experience, such as drinking craft beer and pretending to be a sommelier. And instead of leading a wagon train, players choose between career choices like yoga teacher and fly fisherman. (People)
  • The 2017 Game Awards are expanding distribution on streaming platforms and adding fan voting via social media. The video game industry’s biggest awards show will live-stream worldwide this year on December 7th across 16 gaming and video platforms, including Twitch and YouTube. Producers are hoping to top the 8.5 million viewers who tuned into last year’s broadcast. Also, in an effort to boost engagement, the Game Awards will let fans vote on three categories using Google Search, Twitter Direct Message, and Facebook Messenger. (Variety)

Business News

  • Niantic has acquired Evertoon to add a social network to “Pokémon GO” and other apps. Launched last year, Evertoon’s app was designed to help users make short, personalized films that could be shared out to social networks like YouTube and Twitter. Niantic’s interest in the toon-making app is reportedly less about the technical mechanics of creating mini-movies, and more about the team’s engineering capabilities, as well as their understanding of social systems. (TechCrunch)
  • Electronic Arts is acquiring “Titanfall” developer Respawn Entertainment. EA will pay $151 million in cash and up to $164 million in long-term equity in the form of restricted stock units for Respawn. In addition to a new “Titanfall” game, Respawn is working on an untitled game set in the “Star Wars” universe and a VR first-person combat experience for Oculus. (Polygon)
  • Konami’s profits keep growing after its shift in focus to mobile games. In the last six months, the company’s games revenue is up to $509 million from $395 million, resulting in a year-on-year growth of 28.7%. Last year, Konami released titles like “Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links,” which garnered 55 million downloads, and “Pro Evolution Soccer 2017,” which garnered 50 million downloads. (IGN)