Week in Review: Mobile Will Become Essential to Digital Ecosystems in 2018, eSports Coming to more Colleges across the Nation, and Tencent’s hit “Honor of Kings” boosts its Mobile Gaming Business by 84%
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SEGA is launching a ‘camera RPG’ for smartphones. The new mobile title “Pashamon” will turn real-life objects into monsters for use in the game. The teaser site shows a smartphone camera being used to snap photos of objects, which the game then recognizes and turns into characters that retain the traits of the objects on which they are based. (PCMag)
Time Inc. is launching Sports Illustrated TV, a subscription streaming service built around its iconic sports publication. The company is trying to counter the punishing economics in its legacy business with bets on digital media and video. Priced at $4.99 a month, Sports Illustrated TV will initially be accessible only on Amazon Channels. (The Wall Street Journal)
“South Park” has a new mobile game. On the heels of the launch of its console game “South Park: The Fractured but Whole,” the TV franchise has released “South Park: Phone Destroyer,” a real-time strategy game with PvP battles and collectible cards. There’s also a single player story mode, developed by Ubisoft Studio RedLynx. (SlashGear)
Xbox One X has partnered with brands for its new AR game “Drop Zone.” Doritos and Mountain Dew have teamed up with Microsoft’s Xbox to host “Drop Zone” events in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago to mark the launch of the new gaming system. Attendees are to download an app that enters them into 30-minute AR competitions, involving an intense search for virtual Xbox One logos within the real world. Winners receive a free Xbox One X. ([a]listdaily)
Kids can now build their own “Star Wars” video game with Bloxels. Pixel Press’ new video game building system aims to teach kids how to be content creators. The developer has partnered with toy company Mattel to release a “Star Wars” edition of Bloxels, which will enable users to build their games in popular “Star Wars” environments such as Hoth, Mos Eisley, or the Death Star. (Engadget)
eSports are coming to more colleges across the nation. At least 39 American universities currently have varsity eSports programs, which means scholarships, facilities, and coaches directly supporting eSports. Although a segment of the eSports community is against NCAA involvement in university eSports, there are also benefits to involvement such as accessibility, funding, and mainstream acceptance. (SportTechie)
In 2018, mobile will become essential to digital ecosystems. Analyst firm Forrester has released its annual predictions for mobile, claiming that the smartphone is finally beginning to assume its role as the central conductor across broader digital experiences on many devices. Forrester recommends companies should focus on the key underlying technologies that will enable next-generation mobile experiences. (Huffington Post)
Zynga could be making a big comeback. Although Zynga hit its peak in stock price and revenue a while ago, the company just reported its second consecutive quarter of net income, the first time it has done so since going public in 2011. Zynga also used part of its big cash cushion to launch “Words With Friends 2” and to acquire casual mobile card games from Turkey’s Peak Games for $100 million. (VentureBeat)
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