How Apple’s Changes to Its Store Could Benefit App Developers

After a judge opened up a way to avoid Apple’s commission on their sales, companies big and small are seeing dollar signs.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #epic-games, #gonzalez-rogers-yvonne-1965, #google-inc, #iphone, #match-group-inc, #mobile-applications, #sweeney-tim-1970

The Nintendo Cafe in Japan is No Longer a Secret

Toru Hashimoto’s Tokyo spot is a showcase for items he kept while working for the video game company. It used to be a members-only hideaway, but financial strain has forced him to open up.

#computer-and-video-games, #nintendo-co-ltd, #super-mario-bros-video-game, #tokyo-japan

In Epic vs. Apple Court Fight, a Win for App Developers

The decision could have major implications for thousands of businesses that pay Apple billions of dollars each year.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #cook-timothy-d, #epic-games, #gonzalez-rogers-yvonne-1965, #mobile-applications, #mobile-commerce-and-payments, #software, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #sweeney-tim-1970

Apple Gives Ground in a Strategic Retreat From Strict App Store Rules

The company, under pressure from app developers and regulators, is making concessions while protecting lucrative parts of its App Store.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #cook-timothy-d, #iphone, #mobile-applications, #software

Very Personal Computing: In Artist’s New Work, A.I. Meets Fatherhood

Ian Cheng brings his latest piece to the Shed, a narrative animation powered by a video game engine and partly inspired by his daughter.

#animated-films, #art, #artificial-intelligence, #cheng-ian, #computer-and-video-games, #content-type-personal-profile, #life-after-bob-the-chalice-study-exhibit, #luma-foundation-arles, #shed-manhattan-ny

China Tightens Limits for Young Gamers and Bans School Night Play

The restrictions reflect the government’s intensifying push for companies to jettison what it says are unhealthy cultural influences.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #honor-of-kings-video-game, #tencent-holdings-ltd

Facebook’s New Bet on Virtual Reality: Conference Rooms

The pandemic has renewed interest in virtual reality. Facebook is trying to capitalize with a new virtual meeting room service.

#computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #enterprise-computing, #facebook-inc, #headphones-and-headsets, #oculus-vr-inc, #social-media, #start-ups, #virtual-reality-computers, #wearable-computing, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Can Facebook Make Virtual Reality Happen for Real This Time?

The pandemic has renewed interest in virtual reality. Facebook is trying to capitalize with a new virtual meeting room service.

#computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #enterprise-computing, #facebook-inc, #headphones-and-headsets, #oculus-vr-inc, #social-media, #start-ups, #virtual-reality-computers, #wearable-computing, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Activision Blizzard Is Sued by California Over Workplace Culture

The lawsuit says women at the gaming company were paid less and discriminated against, and it described a culture of sexual harassment.

#activision-blizzard-inc, #computer-and-video-games, #discrimination, #sexual-harassment, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #wages-and-salaries, #women-and-girls, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

How Ronan Farrow Spends His Sundays

For one thing, the award-winning reporter eats sardines and cottage cheese while on deadline. He’s also into Mario Kart.

#books-and-literature, #computer-and-video-games, #content-type-personal-profile, #documentary-films-and-programs, #farrow-mia, #farrow-ronan, #raines-law-room-manhattan-ny-bar

Inside the ‘Deadly Serious’ World of E-Sports in South Korea

Each year, thousands of young South Koreans compete to join pro e-sports teams, but only a few make the cut​. An American company in Seoul wants to help more young gamers find jobs.

#asian-games, #colleges-and-universities, #computer-and-video-games, #content-type-personal-profile, #e-sports, #education-k-12, #interscholastic-athletics, #seoul-south-korea, #south-korea

What Weird Games Lurk on Your Kid’s Tablet?

Huge Kid Cesarean Birth in Hospital? Toddler Foot Doctor?

#caesarean-section, #computer-and-video-games, #content-type-service, #online-advertising, #pregnancy-and-childbirth

How Microsoft Is Ditching the Video Game Console Wars

Known for the Xbox, Microsoft has been diversifying away from boxy hardware in favor of reaching millions more new gamers.

#cloud-computing, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #microsoft-corp, #mojang-ab, #nadella-satya, #playstation-5-video-game-system, #software, #sony-corporation, #spencer-phil-technology-executive, #xbox-video-game-system

A Pro E-Sports Team Is Getting $210 Million to Change Its Name

The deal between TSM, which fields competitive video game teams, and the Hong Kong-based FTX exchange, rivals the kinds of deals top sports franchises land to name arenas and stadiums.

#athletics-and-sports, #computer-and-video-games, #e-sports, #tsm, #virtual-currency

In a World Let Loose, Video Game Makers Are ‘Doubling Down’

The companies won big when the pandemic forced people indoors. In a risky bet, they aren’t slowing down even as behaviors shift again.

#activision-blizzard-inc, #computer-and-video-games, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-sports, #microsoft-corp, #niantic-inc, #riot-games-inc, #take-two-interactive-software-inc, #xbox-video-game-system

Apple’s App Store Fees Are Too High

Apple doesn’t deserve 30 percent of all the money people spend in the App Store.

#apple-inc, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #cook-timothy-d, #e-commerce, #fortnite-video-game, #gonzalez-rogers-yvonne-1965, #mobile-applications, #smartphones, #software

Apple’s Fortnite Trial Ends With Pointed Questions and a Toast to Popeyes

A decision over the antitrust suit filed by Epic Games, and the future of the $100 billion market for iPhone apps, is now in the hands of a federal judge.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computer-and-video-games, #cook-timothy-d, #decisions-and-verdicts, #epic-games, #games, #gonzalez-rogers-yvonne-1965, #iphone, #mobile-applications, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #sweeney-tim-1970

Scrounging for Hits, Hollywood Goes Back to the Video Game Well

After decades of game-to-film flops, a new effort, led by Sony, aims to adapt big PlayStation and Xbox franchises for movies and TV.

#computer-and-video-games, #home-box-office, #illumination-entertainment, #legendary-entertainment, #lions-gate-entertainment-corporation, #movies, #netflix-inc, #paramount-pictures, #playstation-video-game-system, #sony-corporation, #sony-pictures-entertainment, #television, #the-last-of-us-movie, #universal-pictures, #web-original-programming

In Antitrust Trial, Tim Cook Argues Apple Doesn’t Hurt App Makers

The chief executive of Apple, which was sued by the gaming company Epic, said his company had invested heavily on security and had lowered some fees in its App Store.

#apple-inc, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #cook-timothy-d, #fortnite-video-game, #mobile-applications, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #sweeney-tim-1970

Roblox: The Platform Fueling a Chaotic Music Scene

Players can customize their own worlds on the platform. Many illegally upload songs — called “bypassing audio” — and some make intense tracks in a new genre, robloxcore.

#computer-and-video-games, #lieu, #lungskull, #rap-and-hip-hop, #roblox-video-game, #robloxcore, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

Apple and Epic Head to Court Over Their Slices of the App Pie

Apple and Epic Games, maker of the wildly popular game Fortnite, square off on Monday in a trial that could decide how much control Apple can exert over the app economy.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computer-and-video-games, #e-commerce, #mobile-applications, #smartphones, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Live Your Gay Millennial Pandemic Fantasy in Stardew Valley

In the farming RPG, I can enjoy a life of pastoral domesticity. IRL, I’m a lesbian urbanite struggling through the pandemic.

#computer-and-video-games, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #stardew-valley-video-game

Valkyrae Gets a Big Chair in the Gaming World

The 29-year-old gamer from Los Angeles is a new owner of 100 Thieves, the e-sports team giant.

#100-thieves-fashion-label, #computer-and-video-games, #content-type-personal-profile, #e-sports, #twitch-interactive-inc, #valkyrae-rachel-hofstetter, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #women-and-girls, #youtube-com

Forgotten Copy of Super Mario Bros. Sets Record at Auction

The game was bought as a Christmas gift in 1986 but was left in a desk drawer for 35 years. It sold for $660,000 at an auction on Friday.

#auctions, #computer-and-video-games, #gifts, #heritage-auctions, #nintendo-co-ltd, #super-mario-bros-video-game

Discord, a Chat App for Gamers, Said to Have Discussed Deal With Microsoft

An acquisition of Discord, which could top $10 billion, would buttress Microsoft’s gaming business, as video gaming has boomed in the pandemic.

#computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #discord-inc, #initial-public-offerings, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #microsoft-corp, #social-media, #software, #start-ups, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #xbox-video-game-system

Review: Living the ‘Dream,’ on Your Laptop or Phone

Gorgeous but thin, this half-hour experiment from the Royal Shakespeare Company turns Puck into an avatar and “theatergoers” into fireflies.

#a-midsummer-nights-dream-play, #computer-and-video-games, #dream-play, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #royal-shakespeare-co, #shakespeare-william, #theater, #williams-em-actor

Roblox Soars 43% on First Day of Trading as Gaming Booms

The gaming site, a tween favorite, began trading at $64.50 a share, up from its reference price of $45. The opening trade values it at nearly $42 billion.

#computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #initial-public-offerings, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #roblox-video-game, #start-ups, #stocks-and-bonds

Meyers Leonard Will Be Away From Heat ‘Indefinitely’ After Use of Anti-Semitic Slur

Leonard, a reserve center for the Miami Heat, lost gaming sponsorships after a video emerged of him using the slur while playing a video game on the livestreaming site Twitch.

#anti-semitism, #basketball, #computer-and-video-games, #e-sports, #faze-clan-inc, #leonard-meyers-1992, #miami-heat, #national-basketball-assn

Meyers Leonard Apologizes for Using an Anti-Semitic Slur

Leonard, a reserve center for the Miami Heat, lost gaming sponsorships after a video emerged of him using the slur while playing a video game on the livestreaming site Twitch.

#anti-semitism, #basketball, #computer-and-video-games, #e-sports, #faze-clan-inc, #leonard-meyers-1992, #miami-heat, #national-basketball-assn

Video of Meyers Leonard Using an Anti-Semitic Slur on Twitch Surfaces

Leonard, a reserve center for the Miami Heat, used the epithet while playing a video game.

#anti-semitism, #basketball, #computer-and-video-games, #e-sports, #faze-clan-inc, #leonard-meyers-1992, #miami-heat, #national-basketball-assn

A New Generation of Wi-Fi to Improve Your Home Network

The technology, Wi-Fi 6, is designed to reduce congestion from devices. We put it to the test.

#computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-service, #eero-inc, #hewlett-packard-enterprise-company, #mobile-applications, #netgear-inc, #smartphones, #tablet-computers, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #wireless-communications

The GameStop Craze Was Mostly Just Crazy

The congressional hearing about the “meme stock” frenzy shows it was definitely bizarre, but maybe not as meaningful as we desire.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #computer-and-video-games, #gamestop-corporation, #short-selling, #united-states-politics-and-government

In GameStop Saga, Robinhood Is Cast as the Villain

Lawmakers at a congressional hearing kept coming back to the chief of the stock-trading app with pointed questions and a key argument: “Something very wrong happened here.”

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #citadel-investment-group, #computer-and-video-games, #gamestop-corporation, #house-financial-services-committee, #house-of-representatives, #melvin-capital-management-lp, #robinhood-financial-llc, #stocks-and-bonds, #tenev-vladimir, #united-states-politics-and-government, #waters-maxine

Robert Altman, Video Game Mogul Who Survived Scandal, Dies at 73

He and his mentor, Clark Clifford, were caught up in a major financial fraud case. He later switched careers to lead the prominent game company ZeniMax.

#altman-robert-a, #bank-of-credit-and-commerce-international, #clifford-clark-m, #computer-and-video-games, #deaths-obituaries, #frauds-and-swindling, #legal-profession, #zenimax-media

Pumps and Dumps and Chumps

Please, stop falling for fake populism.

#computer-and-video-games, #gamestop-corporation, #hedge-funds, #reddit-inc, #short-selling, #social-media, #stocks-and-bonds

E.A. Sports Will Resurrect College Football Video Game

The planned return of a game beloved by fans was announced amid a protracted national debate over whether players should be paid for their images.

#college-athletics, #colleges-and-universities, #collegiate-licensing-co, #computer-and-video-games, #electronic-arts-inc, #football-college, #national-college-players-assn, #national-collegiate-athletic-assn

Robinhood’s C.E.O., Vlad Tenev, Is in the Hot Seat

Vlad Tenev has incited the fury of the trading app’s fans amid a stock market frenzy. His lack of preparedness on nuts-and-bolts issues was part of a pattern, former employees and analysts said.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #bhatt-baiju, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #customer-relations, #financial-brokers, #gamestop-corporation, #millennial-generation, #mobile-applications, #robinhood-financial-llc, #social-media, #start-ups, #stocks-and-bonds, #tenev-vladimir

What Is GameStop, the Company, Really Worth? Does It Matter?

The frenzy for the troubled retailer’s stock has been a headscratcher for the analysts who try to determine a company’s value.

#company-reports, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-commerce, #gamestop-corporation, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #shopping-and-retail, #short-selling, #stocks-and-bonds, #united-states

The GameStop Rebellion

What began as a story about Reddit versus Wall Street has since revealed itself to be something larger. We have an explanation of what happened and what it means.

#computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #gamestop-corporation, #hedge-funds, #reddit-inc, #shopping-and-retail, #social-media, #stocks-and-bonds

They’re Flocking to America to Make a Fortune Playing Video Games

League of Legends teams in the U.S. lag behind their competitors in Asia, so they recruit the world’s best players by offering huge salaries.

#china, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #e-sports, #league-of-legends-video-game, #riot-games-inc, #united-states

The ‘Roaring Kitty’ Rally: How a Reddit User and His Friends Roiled the Markets

A Massachusetts man who goes by “Roaring Kitty” on social media helped fuel the frenzy around GameStop. His $53,000 investment in the company briefly reached $48 million in value.

#computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #gamestop-corporation, #hedge-funds, #reddit-inc, #robinhood-financial-llc, #short-selling, #social-media, #stocks-and-bonds, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

Still Looking for a New Gaming Console? Here’s Why

A month after the holiday season, gamers are still contending with scalpers, bots and immense demand as they hunt for elusive devices.

#computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #microsoft-corp, #playstation-video-game-system, #playstation-5-video-game-system, #shopping-and-retail, #shortages, #sony-corporation, #xbox-video-game-system

Modern Love: Feeling Lonely? Wearing Cat Ears May Help

There may be no better time than the present to find love on multiplayer online role-playing games.

#computer-and-video-games, #dating-and-relationships, #love-emotion

What Do Gamers Wear?

With millions of fans on social media, gamers have stepped up their game, incorporating luxury, streetwear and even cosplay into their looks.

#accessories-apparel, #computer-and-video-games, #e-sports, #fashion-and-apparel, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #your-feed-fashion

Thank You, Dr. Fauci

Readers cite his professionalism, patriotism and courage. Also: The emoluments clause and Donald Trump; children and screen time; girls and sanitary products; French justice for a rooster.

#chickens, #children-and-childhood, #computer-and-video-games, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #emoluments-clause, #fauci-anthony-s, #france, #menstruation, #rooster, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Pandemic Paved the Way for Sim Racing, but Will It Last?

Nearly a year into the experiment, digital racing appears to be paying off for fans, race teams and even tracks.

#automobile-racing, #computer-and-video-games, #enascar-nascar-digital-media-llc, #formula-one, #fox-sports, #iracing, #larson-kyle, #national-assn-of-stock-car-auto-racing, #wallace-darrell-jr

Children’s Screen Time Has Soared in the Pandemic, Alarming Parents and Researchers

“There will be a period of epic withdrawal,” warned one addiction specialist, once schools, activities and social life return to normal.

#addiction-psychology, #children-and-childhood, #computer-and-video-games, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #habits-and-routines-behavior, #mobile-applications, #social-media

FarmVille Once Took Over Facebook. Now Everything Is FarmVille.

The game, a phenomenon a decade ago, is shutting down on Thursday. But its legacy — for better and for worse — carries beyond gaming.

#computer-and-video-games, #facebook-inc, #farmville-video-game, #social-media, #zynga-inc

The Lasting Lessons of John Conway’s Game of Life

Fifty years on, the mathematician’s best known (and, to him, least favorite) creation confirms that “uncertainty is the only certainty.”

#computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #conway-john-horton-1937, #game-of-life, #gardner-martin-1914-2010, #mathematics, #wolfram-stephen, #your-feed-science

Cyberpunk 2077 Was Supposed to Be the Biggest Video Game of the Year. What Happened?

Nearly a decade of hype led to a troubled release riddled with glitches, a livid fan base, refunds for potentially millions of players and a possible class-action lawsuit.

#cd-projekt-sa, #computer-and-video-games, #cyberpunk-2077-video-game, #microsoft-corp, #sony-corporation, #your-feed-internet-culture, #your-feed-longreads