In The News
Games for Change released a highlight reel of games’ beauty and wonder in response to the video the White House showed at the gaming meeting last week that was a supercut of violent in-game deaths.
Ben Nichol is Sterling.VC’s “new head of events and business development.” The New York Excelsior, an Overwatch League team, are under Sterling.VC’s umbrella, The Esports Observer’s Graham Ashton reports.
None for you. President Donald Trump “has blocked a bid to acquire the mobile chip manufacturer Qualcomm by its Singaporean rival Broadcom,” GamesIndustry.biz’s Matthew Handrahan reports.
Alibaba’s attempting to woo the Olympics with non-violent games, Bloomberg’s Lulu Yilun Chen writes. “China’s biggest e-commerce company, which operates an esports business and is a sponsor of the Olympics Games through 2028, is pushing for soccer, car racing and other games to be endorsed.”
PUBG Corp. acquired MadGlodry, VentureBeat’s Mike Minotti writes. It’s “a company that works on network features like matchmaking, tournaments, and game chat.”
Turtle Beach and Gfinity are partnering for Gfinity’s Elite Series, a press release reads. “The partnership sees Turtle Beach become the official audio partner of the Gfinity Elite Series for Season Three and Season Four.”
The Esports Observer’s Jordan Fragen reports that “La Liga, Spain’s first division soccer league, announced a partnership with McDonald’s … This is the league’s official first project in esports.”
Esports Insider’s Adam Fitch reports DreamHack and Monster Energy “extended [their] ongoing partnership” for 2 more years.
Layoffs and restructurings:
CNET’s Mark Serrels reports “Halfbrick made all of its remaining design staff redundant and on Monday, according to multiple separate sources, Halfbrick made up to 30 staff members redundant.”
GamesIndustry.biz’s Haydn Taylor reports that Streamline Media Group is restructuring to “provide more targeted products and services across games, entertainment, government, and finance industries worldwide.”
What if you could save money while gaming? Blast raised $5 million to do just that, VentureBeat’s Dean Takahashi reports. “Blast’s micro-savings tools will eventually work with most games … Micro-savings has become popular with credit cards, where your purchases can be rounded up to transfer small amounts of money into savings accounts.”
Warhammer: Vermintide 2 sold more than “500,000 copies on PC in less than a week. It was only released Thursday, 8th March,” Eurogamer’s Robert Purchese reports.