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Zuckberberg to graduates: Create a world where everyone has a sense of purpose

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg today urged college graduates to follow their sense of purpose and enable others in order to build a better world together. And yet, standing onstage at Harvard University in a crisp suit instead of the traditional hat and gown, Zuckerberg looked and sounded a lot more like a presidential candidate than a tech CEO. […]

Superdata: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds made $34 million in April

You don’t kill 99 digital strangers without making a few bucks. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is making bank. We already knew this because the Battle Royale-like online multiplayer shooter has topped the best-selling games on Steam for more than a month. Show More Summary

2017 Unreal E3 Awards: Epic and GamesBeat call for entries

SPONSORED: For the past two years, GamesBeat has partnered with Epic Games to help showcase the best titles using Unreal Engine at the Electronic Entertainment Expo. The Unreal E3 Awards honor the most creative, beautiful, and fun games that use Epic’s freely-available engine under the backdrop of the most important industry event in the U.S. We’re […]

Fitness app Gixo raises $3.7 million from Greylock, Reid Hoffman joins board

Gixo, a fitness app that offers live classes for anyone to exercise anywhere, launched today and announced a $3.7 million round of funding led by Greylock Partners. Reid Hoffman led the round and joined the board. The Gixo app, which is available on both Android and iOS, offers more than 150 live classes per week,?ranging from […]

MXGP3 and MotoGP 17 raise the bar on realistic racing simulations

I got some hands-on experience with the motocross racing simulations MXGP3 and MotoGP 17 yesterday. I’m not sure what I accomplished, other than proving that I am perhaps the worst video game motorcycle rider in history. But plenty of fans out there will be excited to hear what Andrea Giolito, senior product manager, had to […]

Magikarp Jump gives Pokémon’s fishy weakling his own mobile game

Pokémon’s most pathetic creature is now a star. The Pokémon Company International released Magikarp Jump for iOS and Android devices today. The free-to-play game has players training the fishy Pokémon to reach its full leaping potential. It’s a silly game, but the humorous approach could bring in fans who have always had a soft spot for Magikarp, who has […]

Rackspace continues managed services pivot with TriCore acquisition

Cloud services firm Rackspace is doubling down on its push to be a managed services provider with the acquisition of TriCore, a company that provides support and management services for applications like enterprise resource planning (ERP), business intelligence, and analytics systems. The deal is supposed to help Rackspace win more business from customers who want help […]

Microsoft relaunches Beam as Mixer, and it has a new feature to compete with Twitch

Microsoft is fighting to stand alongside Twitch and YouTube as a destination for gamers looking for gaming-related video content, and it made some moves today toward that goal. Beam, the livestreaming video platform that has almost no lag between when you perform an action in a game and when it shows up for your viewers, […]

For deposed Ford CEO, the future didn’t come quickly enough

GUEST: Ford announced that CEO Mark Fields retired on Monday and will be replaced by Jim Hackett. After months of shareholder grumblings about Ford’s stock market performance, it’s obvious that his hand was forced, but he was allowed a graceful exit. Ford’s stock has tumbled 35 percent since Fields took the helm, so it’s no huge surprise […]

SuperData: Digital gaming hit $7.7 billion in April

Market researcher SuperData reports that April 2017’s gaming sales are down from March 2017, bringing in only $7.7 billion compared to March’s $8 billion. However, both the digital games and the mobile markets are still up year-over-year, showing respectively a 9 percent and an 8 percent growth from 2016. The free-to-play segment has also grown […]

Stripe now lets marketplaces onboard new sellers in less than 2 minutes

Stripe, the fast-growing fintech startup that’s now worth around $9 billion, has announced that it’s making it easier for marketplace companies to onboard new sellers. Founded in 2010 by Irish brothers Patrick and John Collison, Stripe provides the technical and banking infrastructure to enable companies and individuals to accept online payments. Show More Summary

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds update improves shaky performance

One of the most popular games on Steam right now is getting a lot of welcome improvements. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has a new update that’s available now. With this patch, the online Battle Royale-like multiplayer shooter introduces a new sniper rifle and motorbike. The game also runs a lot better due to developer Bluehole optimizing the CPU usage […]

AppsFlyer helps mobile advertisers beat back ad fraud via machine learning

AppsFlyer is helping mobile game and app developers deal with the severe problem of fraudulent advertising responses via third-party ad networks. In doing so, the company said it has already saved brands tens of millions of dollars since 2016. Today, the San Francisco-based maker of mobile attribution and marketing analytics is launching Active Fraud Insights […]

How Unity convinced investors it’s worth $2.6 billion

From what we hear, a lot of investors in Silicon Valley wanted to get in on Unity Technologies’ $400 million funding round. Unity received bids, or term sheets, for more than three times the amount of money it was seeking, according to a source familiar with the matter. And that puts John Riccitiello, the CEO […]

App Samurai launches to help startups take a stab at user acquisition

EXCLUSIVE: Our research is very clear on this point: Mobile marketing budgets are being wasted, and most of the money is being spent on user acquisition. That’s because mobile marketing is still difficult for many, and getting new users is seen as more important than retention, advocacy, or customer service. Today, App Samurai has launched its mobile, […]

Seriously takes the Angry Birds path with Best Fiends animated cartoon

Mobile game maker Seriously is taking a page from the strategy of its neighbor Rovio, the maker of the Angry Birds mobile games and film, by launching an animated cartoon based on its Best Fiends mobile game. Helsinki, Finland-based Seriously is releasing Best Fiends Boot Camp, an original animated short film with an all-star voice cast […]

Level up game dev with one platform for all stakeholders

SPONSORED: Presented by Assembla Collaboration is taking over game development. As studios become increasingly global and start adopting agile project frameworks, silos are breaking down, connectivity is increasing, and teamwork becomes...Show More Summary

B2B targeted marketing platform Demandbase raises $65 million

B2B marketing platform Demandbase has raised $65 million in a round of funding led by Sageview Capital and Silver Lake Waterman, with participation from Adobe Systems, Altos Ventures, Greenspring Associates, Scale Venture Partners, Sigma Partners, and Split Rock Partners. Show More Summary

Kik’s new cryptocurrency will let minors make in-bot purchases

Kik Interactive today announced plans to launch a new cryptocurrency called Kin. Once it’s up and running, each Kik user will get a Kin wallet and opportunities to earn Kin for being part of the community. The currency can be exchanged for products, goods, and services within the chat app and any others that adopt […]

Many Uber and Lyft riders are ditching their own cars

(Reuters) — Wally Nowinski got his first car when he turned 16 in Michigan, the home of the U.S. auto industry. But after two years of living in New York City, he sold his wheels, using ride services, carsharing and bike sharing to get around. “My mom didn’t think I could do it. She thought […]

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