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Would you look at that. German researchers already have a proposal for WHO’s gaming addiction. “Researchers claim that patients experienced a 70 percent remission rate, and the treatment doesn’t use psychiatric drugs. Rather than wean them off gaming entirely, the methods described in the study seek to re-configure the patient’s relationship with gaming as a whole,” Vice’s Matthew Gault reports.
Pokémon Detective Pikachu is now the highest-grossing video game movie in history. It has made over “$436m worldwide, a new record for films based on video games,” Yahoo News reports.
Ubisoft announced more than 100 games for Uplay+, VentureBeat’s Dean Takahashi reports. “Players who sign up for Uplay+ now will be able to access a free trial of Uplay+ from September 3 to September 30. At launch, the service will include more than 40 premium editions, meaning you’ll not only get the base game, but also additional content, expansions, and DLC.”
Tencent launched an app that allows users to stream PC games to their phones. “The app allows users to stream their WeGame library directly to their iOS or Android device. However, at present it only supports League of Legends and auto-chess mode, Teamfight Tactics,” GI.biz’s Haydn Taylor reports.
Merge Games is starting a “$4 million warchest to help the funding and advertising of indie titles,” VentureBeat’s Mike Minotti writes.
Publisher Private Division and developer The Outsiders are going their different ways, Taylor writes. “All evidence of its previous partnership with The Outsiders has been scrubbed, and the studio doesn’t currently have a website.”
Extra Esports News:
Run it upppp. 100 Thieves announced a $35 million Series B funding round Tuesday with plans to build an official headquarters in Los Angeles. “100 THIEVES PLANS TO CONTINUE TO AGGRESSIVELY EXPAND IN COMPETITIVE ESPORTS, APPAREL, AND DEVELOPING NEW GAMING ENTERTAINMENT CONTENT. ADDITIONALLY, THE COMPANY TODAY HAS ANNOUNCED THE DEVELOPMENT OF ITS NEW 15,000 SQ FT HEADQUARTERS,” the press release reads. Investors in this round include Artist Capital Management and Aglaé Ventures.
Founder and CEO Matt “Nadeshot” Haag’s interview with Forbes on the Series B is here.
Pixion Games raised “$2 million in seed funding toward development of mobile esports titles,” GI.biz’s Rebekah Valentine reports. “Pixion was founded in 2017 and currently is made up of veterans from King Digital, Konami, Curve Digital, and Hutch.”
Partnerships & Sponsorships:
Cavs Legion GC and UnitedCoin are partnering, Esports Insider’s Adam Fitch writes. “The partnership is part of a larger deal that includes NBA side Cleveland Cavaliers.”
Runtime.gg is sponsoring Method’s “Race to World First World of Warcraft raid race attempt,” TEO’s Andrew Hayward reports.
IN: Michael “ODEE” O’Dell joined REKT Global as CGO.