In The News
Come one, come all. Steam is open for business. Valve announced it “shouldn’t be the ones deciding” what games are allowed and what games aren’t on its platform. “If you’re a player, we shouldn’t be choosing for you what content you can or can’t buy. If you’re a developer, we shouldn’t be choosing what content you’re allowed to create. Those choices should be yours to make … We’ve decided that the right approach is to allow everything onto the Steam Store, except for things that we decide are illegal, or straight up trolling.”
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot doesn’t expect consoles to last for that much longer. He “thinks that consoles only really have one more generation in the tank before everything just moves to the cloud,” Game Informer’s Imran Khan reports. “‘I think we will see another generation, but there is a good chance that step-by-step we will see less and less hardware. With time, I think streaming will become more accessible to many players…’”
Congratulations to Nier: Automata on 3 million copies sold and Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon on 100,000 downloads.
How does a PlayStation/Nike collaboration work? Nike detailed the process in a post titled “Inside The Vault.”
New Jersey is moving to ban certain types of esports betting, ESPN’s Jacob Wolf reports. “In a bill introduced by the State of New Jersey assembly on Monday, legislators have proposed to prohibit betting on ‘electronic sports and competitive video game’ events in their state, unless those events are international where 50 percent of participating players are over the age of 18.”
Cygames will sponsor Evo 2018, Dot Esports’ Adam Newell reports. “This year’s Evo will once again return to Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas from Aug. 3 to 5.”
H4X.gg will be the “lead apparel sponsor for regional championship playoffs for Tencent Games’ mobile title Arena of Valor,” TEO’s Graham Ashton writes.