Dungeons And Dragons Is Crossing Over With Magic: The Gathering

Dungeons And Dragons Is Crossing Over With Magic: The Gathering

2:17pm, 25th July, 2018
The combination of the pen and paper games with the collectible card games have made the Wizards of the Coast a powerful organization in the world fantasy fiction. The latest crossover to take the world by storm is a cross-branded promotion of epic proportions in the form of Dungeons &...
Chat app Line gets serious about gaming with its latest acquisition

Chat app Line gets serious about gaming with its latest acquisition

8:13am, 25th July, 2018
Line, the company best-known for its popular Asian messaging app, is doubling down on games after it acquired a controlling stake in Korean studio for an undisclosed amount. NextFloor, which has produced titles like Dragon Flight and Destiny Child, will be merged with Line’s games division to form the Line Games subsidiary. Dragon Flight has racked up 14 million users since its 2012 launch — it clocked $1 million in daily revenue at peak. Destiny Child, a newer release in 2016, topped the charts in Korea and has been popular in Japan, North America and beyond. Line’s own games are focused on its messaging app, which gives them access to social features such as friend graphs, and they have helped the company become a revenue generation machine. Alongside , in-app purchases within games made Line Japan’s highest-earning non-game app publisher last year, , and the fourth highest worldwide. For some insight into how prolific it has been over the years, Line is ranked as . But, despite revenue success, Line has struggled to become a global messaging giant. The big guns and have in excess of one billion monthly users each, while Line has been stuck around the 200 million mark for some time. Most of its numbers are from just four countries: Japan, Taiwan, Thailand and Indonesia. While it has been able to tap those markets with additional services like ride-hailing and payments, it is certainly under pressure from those more internationally successful competitors. With that in mind, doubling down on games makes sense and Line said it plans to focus on non-mobile platforms, which will include the Switch among others consoles, from the second half of this year. via a dual U.S.-Japan IPO that raised over $1 billion.
Valve’s answer to Discord is now live for everyone

Valve’s answer to Discord is now live for everyone

7:20pm, 24th July, 2018
Just a month ago, — an overhaul to its aging chat system, and the company’s answer to rapidly growing competition from apps like Discord. At the time, it was a beta limited only to those who were granted access. Today it’s opening up to all. As Devin put it when , the previous chat system “may as well be ICQ.” It was useful for a quick chats, but it felt much too limited for anything beyond that. The new Chat, meanwhile, takes a huge step toward being a modern chat offering. It groups contacts by the game they’re playing, shows whether or not they’re currently in-game or in a match, offers easy access to your “favorite” contacts and allows for big group chats and persistent channels. It supports inline media (GIFs! SoundCloud! YouTube!), encrypted voice chat and has both a browser-based client and a client built into Steam. Will it kill Discord? Probably not. While it might stymie the losses of the more casual players who might otherwise find their way over to Discord, it’ll be tough to sway anyone who has already come to call Discord home. Many Discord gaming groups have deep roots, with many of them having elaborate channel setups and relying on bespoke customizations like bots that help them schedule matches or raids. If you want to check out the new chat system and already have Steam installed, just pop into Steam and tap the “Friends and Chat” button in the bottom right.
Nintendo Is Suing Two Major ROM Sites

Nintendo Is Suing Two Major ROM Sites

12:59pm, 24th July, 2018
Nintendo has not taken kindly to the emulation communities, and in recent times the company has decided to enact hostile retaliation against two major ROM sites in the form of lawsuits, which could bring the ROM community to its knees.