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Girls hold the highest value when it comes to mobile games, GamesIndustry.biz’s Brendan Sinclair reports. “‘4.5% of women spend in games, compared to only 3.3% of men,’ the company said. ‘This results in a total value of $1.57 for each female player vs. $1.09 for every man, and so we can see, women are effectively worth 44% more than men.’”
A fake Cuphead found its way on — and then quickly off — the iOS App Store. “The phoney website is hosted in Hungary and that registered owner, Sheridens LTD. has done this sort of thing before with an unofficial mobile port of melee brawler Gang Beasts,” Engadget’s Timothy J. Seppala writes.
Like a Boss Games nabbed $1.6 million, GamesIndustry.biz’s Haydn Taylor reports.
CSGO Lotto’s lawyer says a perusal of the website’s fine print means “people could have played for free,” Polygon’s Charlie Hall reports. CSGO Lotto was “the target of multiple civil lawsuits. But they were never charged with a crime by any state or federal agency. That’s because, their lawyer told Polygon, they didn’t actually break any laws.”
Gilette is partnering with Team SoloMid, and told AListDaily’s John Gaudiosi that “‘We wanted to understand the fandom, understand the community and understand why it was so popular … I don’t treat our guys at TSM any different than I treat…’”
For the “first year on record,” GamesIndustry.biz’s James Batchelor reports PlayStation 4 was behind “one out of every two games sold at retail” in the United Kingdom in 2017.
Head over to YouTube to watch esports and you’ll notice something new: loot boxes. “YouTube Gaming revealed late last week a new addition to the weekend’s ECS Season 4 Finals stream—loot boxes. YouTube’s partnership with FACEIT, which started earlier this year when FACEIT announced that it would stream exclusively on YouTube, is now expanding to reward YouTube viewers with ‘Loot Drops,’” The Esports Observer’s Ferguson Mitchell writes.
Bungie is working to fix an issue with one of Xur’s items, Three of Coins. Players are angry that the item, “which provides a boost to your chances of receiving an exotic engram from an activity that can drop them,” according to Polygon’s Samit Sarkar, doesn’t seem to do anything. “Bungie said it plans to fix this issue in ‘early 2018,’ and added that it ‘will continue to monitor and forward feedback concerning this feature throughout the holiday season.’”
More jobs are listed on Blizzard’s site for its upcoming first-person game, PCGamesN’s Richard Scott-Jones reports. “Blizzard are on the hunt for two new software engineers, one of which will ‘help create vehicles’ in ‘a robust first-person engine.’”
The MGM Grand Hotel & Casino and Unikrn are partnering to “bring esports tournaments and video game facilities” to the hotel in Las Vegas, Nev.
“LEVEL UP, advertised an ‘adult playground’, with pool and air hockey tables, virtual reality gaming, and shuffleboards, among other activities, will be now adding competitive gaming to its services,” The Esports Observer’s Angelos Anastasopoulos reports.
Congratulations to Frederick “Freddybabes” Bird on winning the December 2017 GWENT Challenger tournament in Poland.