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Week in Review: Snapchat reportedly expanding into mobile gaming this fall, International Olympic Committee set to host official forum to discuss eSports inclusion in the Olympics, and Goldman Sachs predicts eSports will regularly attract 300 million viewers, like the NFL

Gaming News

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Digital/Mobile News

  • “Fortnite” is continuing to break records with no end in sight, reporting revenue of $318 million in May alone. The new “PUBG” season pass, featuring a monetization scheme similar to that of “Fortnite,” is also performing well on mobile, pulling in $700,000 a day. (Hollywood Reporter, PocketGamer.biz)
  • Snapchat is reportedly expanding into the realm of mobile games in an effort to grow its platform. The photo-sharing app has recently been reaching out to mobile game developers, and plans to make the games available for download through a digital hub embedded directly in Snapchat. (Engadget)
  • The games industry in Turkey is booming, reporting $810 million in revenue in 2017. Mobile gaming accounted for nearly half of that sum, with 90 percent of Turkey’s population reportedly being active mobile device users. (PocketGamer.biz)
  • “Pokémon Quest,” Nintendo’s new free-to-start RPG, is now available on iOS and Android. Originally released for the Switch, the game lets players pick a starting Pokémon and hunt for hidden treasure. (Engadget)
 

Gaming News

  • The International Olympic Committee is hosting an official forum to discuss the possibility of including eSports in future Olympic Games. The forum will include representatives from companies including Riot Games, Intel, Blizzard and Twitch. (The eSports Observer)

Business News

  • OhBiBi, a French mobile gaming startup, raised $21 million in a recent funding round. “Frag,” its flagship mobile first-person shooter, features gameplay and visuals similar to hit phenomenon “Fortnite.” (TechCrunch)