In The News
Check out some Pokemon that never made the cut. Eurogamer’s Tom Phillips reports that “an early version of Pokémon Gold and Silver, featuring dozens of Pokémon cut from the final release, has been found by fans … The build comes from Nintendo’s Space World promotional event all the way back in November 1997.”
Sonic the Hedgehog is coming to the big screen, Variety’s Justin Kroll reports. “James Marsden will star in Paramount’s live-action/animation hybrid movie ‘Sonic the Hedgehog,’ an adaptation of the classic video game.”
Intellivision has plans to make a gaming console, GI.biz’s Rebekah Valentine reports. “The Intellivision brand relaunched yesterday as Intellivision Entertainment under newly named president Tommy Tallarico … There are scant details about what Intellivision’s new, as-yet-unnamed console will be. Intellivision plans to announce details on October 1, 2018.”
Nordisk Film acquired “Avalanche Studios, the developer behind Mad Max, Just Cause, and the recently announced Rage 2,” Game Informer’s Imran Khan writes. “This deal changes very little, as the studio still has full creative freedom.”
Fig, a “game crowdfunding firm,” acquired Ownage. “San Francisco-based Fig will combine Ownage’s [blockchain] capabilities with its own existing services to broaden its publishing offerings,” VentureBeat’s Dean Takahashi reports.
Rocket Leagueis partnering with HyperX “as the official headset sponsor of the Spring 2018 RLCS World Championship,” according to a tweet yesterday.
Gfinity Elite Series Australia and Twitch are partnering. “Every match from Season 1 of the 2018 Gfinity Elite Series Australia [will be] broadcast exclusively on the streaming platform,” Esports Insider’s Adam Fitch reports.
Gumi Cryptos is Gumi Inc’s “cryptocurrency investment fund,” Valentine reports. “The fund, totaling $30 million in initial investment, is focused on investment in cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. It has already been used to fund four projects: Basis, Origin Protocol, Robot Cache, and Pryze.”
Hearthstone tournament platform StriveWire “abruptly shut down today [May 30], with users unable to withdraw any balance left on the site,” Dot Esports’ Callum Leslie reports. “StriveWire, which had been in operation for nearly four years, was very popular with the Hearthstone community.”
Download and Sales Milestones:
Congratulations to Pokemon Go on 800 million downloads. Still can’t access my account, though.
Congratulations to Beat Saber, a VR title, on over 100,000 sales.
Happy birthday to Dota 2’s Linus “Limmp” Blomdin!