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Amy Hennig is set to receive the GDC Lifetime Award for her years of work, including being the “creative director and writer of Naughty Dog’s Uncharted game series,” Game Informer’s Jill Groot writes.
Cops show up? Just invite ’em in for some Smash Bros. A group of friends received a noise complaint, and when the police showed up they confirmed there “didn’t seem to be an excessive amount of noise” and then joined in for a game, Game Informer’s Imran Khan writes.
Twenty-two publishers are onboard for RobotCache’s “alternative PC app store powered by blockchain technology,” VentureBeat’s Dean Takahashi reports.
AppOnboard raised $15 million “from a group led by Breakaway Growth, whose team includes Paul Heydon, seed investor in Supercell. Also participating in this round are new investors Tiller Partners & Rainier Partners, and existing investors,” Takahashi reports.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is flying off the shelves in Japan. It “sold more than 1.2 million units in three days in Japan,” GI.biz’s Matthew Handrahan reports. “The figure is all the more impressive for not including digital copies of the game.”
Metro 2033 filming has been paused because attempts to “Americanize” the script failed, VG24/7’s Kirk McKeand reports.
Happy second anniversary Facebook Instant Games!
Players’ Lounge redesigned its product, resulting in a 25% increase in week-over-week matches played for four weeks running.
Investors continue to assault our inboxes. Including a few billionaires. We’re holding strong.
Players’ Lounge is hiring a Senior Vice President of Engineering! Know a brilliant, competitive senior developer with PHP and AAA/F2P development experience? Slide into our DMs.
Extra Esports News:
Pittsburgh Knights received an investment from the Pittsburgh Steelers, Esports Insider’s Adam Fitch writes. “Financial details for the investment have not been disclosed at the time of writing, but the announcement explains that the Pittsburgh Steelers will ‘be supporting [Pittsburgh Knights] as much as possible’ by utilising its ‘seasoned experience and unique skill sets.’”
Red Bull will host the Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour Finals in Los Angeles in late January.
PENTA Sports and MMmedia are partnering, TEO’s Jack Stewart reports.
Happy birthday Samson Solomon Enojosa “Sam_H” Hidalgo, Ioannis “Fogged” Loucas and Otto “Metsanauris” Kaipiainen!