In The News
Weekend in Review:
We’ve got a leaky Valve over here. I’m funny, I know. “A recently discovered hole in Valve’s API allowed observers to generate extremely precise and publicly accessible data for the total number of players for thousands of Steam games,” Ars Technica’s Kyle Orland reports.
Goldman Sachs is out with a report detailing how esports annual revenue will “grow from $655M in 2017 to $2.96B by 2022. That projection comes largely on the back of the massive growth potential the company sees in the esports population,” TEO’s Trent Murray writes.
The Olympic meeting about esports isn’t going to talk about esports in the Olympics, apparently. “IOC director of sports Kit McConnell states that inclusion of esports in the Olympic program is not one of the goals of its upcoming Forum,” TEO’s Graham Ashton reports.
The next Evo will be in Japan February 15-17, 2019.
Pokémon Quest pulled in over 7.5 million “downloads on the Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android,” VentureBeat’s Mike Minotti reports.
Mobile Revenue News:
Pokemon GO has amassed some $1.8 billion in revenue since its launch, GI.biz’s Rebekah Valentine writes.
The Sims Mobile “has brought in over $15 million in revenue from player purchases across Google Play and the App Store,” Valentine reports.
Fate Grand Order, a mobile RPG, “made $1.8 billion in revenue last year,” GI.biz’s Matthew Handrahan reports.
Geralt’s voice actor, Doug Cockle, wants the next Witcher game to be about Ciri, Gamereactor’s Ricardo Esteves reports. “‘If I was CD Projekt Red, I would make The Witcher 4, but I would be focusing on Ciri. In The Witcher 3 she hints at…’”
The Splatoon 2 World Championship has a profile out courtesy of ESPN’s Aron Garst. Here’s a snippet: “While the first entry in Nintendo’s colorful shooter sported a passionate competitive scene, the second game provided a base…”
Ingress is getting an animated series, Variety’s Brian Crecente reports. “‘Ingress: The Animation’ will created by animation studio Crafter under the direction of noted computer-graphics artist Yuhei Sakuragi.”
Miscellaneous Esports News:
Tempo Storm and Fangage are partnering, Esports Insider’s Lydia Mitrevski reports. “Tempo Storm and Fangage will kick off the partnership with speedrunner Trihex autographing images on a sponsored live stream on July 12th.”
CompLexity Gaming’s assistant general manager Sören “Fantasy” Vendsahm did an interview with TEO’s Andrew Hayward about “the most significant operational change thus far” with their acquisition by the Dallas Cowboys.
Happy birthday Thomas “Tomster” Maguire and Khalif “Khroen” Hashim!