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DIGITAL/MOBILE NEWS

 

 

Skillz gaming news recap

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GAMING NEWS

  • Twitch will sell video games starting this spring. The company already has several publishers lined up for the debut, ranging from indie publishers to bigger studios including Ubisoft, Telltale Games, Digital Extremes and Hi-Rez Studios. The games will be made available for download through the Twitch launcher, software that currently helps Twitch Prime customers redeem their games and loot codes. (TechCrunch)
  • Sales of PlayStation VR are approaching 1 million. Sony confirmed that sales of its PlayStation VR headset reached 915,000 since launching in October, a sign consumers could be warming up to virtual reality. Sony says it will release more than 100 new virtual reality experiences for the platform this year. (USA Today)
  • LG is working on a VR headset with Valve that uses SteamVR tracking technology. This places LG in direct competition with HTC, which teamed up with Valve to create the HTC Vive. Valve began offering open access to SteamVR tracking last year, but LG is the first company besides HTC to utilize it. (Engadget)

 

 

Skillz gaming news recap

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BUSINESS NEWS

  • Facebook’s Oculus has cut the price of its VR devices to spur sales. The company reduced the price of its flagship Oculus Rift headset to $499 from $599. It also lowered the price of the Oculus Touch system, a pair of motion-sensing controllers, to $99 from $199. Eventually, there will be an Oculus system that doesn’t require a separate PC purchase, reducing the cost further. (Bloomberg)
  • Finnish mobile gaming startup Next Games is planning to go public. Next Games is the first gaming company to prepare for an initial public offering in Finland. The company is focused on entertainment franchises. Its mainstay title “The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land” has been downloaded 16 million times since its launch in 2015. The company’s sales tripled to around $32.8 million last year. The business became profitable in the second half of the year. (Reuters)

 
 
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