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What’s it like transitioning from politics to gaming (and trying to explain gaming to all your political friends)? TheDW Editor-in-Chief Katie Frates chatted with the Entertainment Software Association about just that and more in its latest ESA Cast.
Nintendo has sold “17.79 million [Nintendo Switch] units worldwide as of March 31 … It predicts it will sell 20 million more Switch units this fiscal year and 100 million games for the same period,” GameSpot’s Eddie Makuch reports. President Tatsumi Kimishima is retiring June 28.
Altered Ventures invested $400,000 in studio Henchman & Goon, VentureBeat’s Stephanie Chan reports. “The Norway-based team is developing the co-op puzzle game Pode.”
The Esports Observer’s Graham Ashton reports “The Ledger Group has announced that it has closed the first tranche of a planned $1.5M investment into esports team org Splyce.”
The International e-Sports Federation is pushing for esports to be “included in the Olympic Games as a cultural or demonstration event” for Paris 2024, ESPN reports. “IeSF acting secretary general Leopold Chung says discussions are at an early stage.”
ESL and Vodafone are partnering, Esports Insider’s Michael Moriarty writes. “The deal is set to cover a variety of ESL’s flagship events, including the Intel Extreme Masters, ESL One and the ESL Pro League.”
WarpPortal “will block access to its games in countries across Europe, apparently due to the impending General Data Protection Regulation,” GamesIndustry.biz’s Matthew Handrahan writes.