In The News
I tamed an Owlbear in D&D last night. His name is Chocobo and I love him.
PlayStation announced the PlayStation Classic. It launches Dec. 3 and comes with 20 pre-loaded games. It’ll cost you $100.
ZeniMax filed a trademark application for “Redfall,” Newsweek’s Steven Asarch reports. “The filing is for a ‘computer game software for use with computers and video game consoles.’” It was filed Sept. 10.
France slapped Valve and Ubisoft with fines for “refund policies on Uplay and Steam failing to live up to the standards of France’s consumer code,” PCGamesN’s Dustin Bailey writes. “Ubisoft will have to pay €180,000, while Valve will have to pay €147,000.”
August spending on “hardware, accessories, game cards, and software was up 26% year-over-year to $796 million, with year-to-date spending up 17% to $7.5 billion,” GI.biz’s Rebekah Valentine reports from The NPD Group. “Accessories and game cards drove the largest year-to-date growth.”
Arena of Valor has now made more than $140 million outside of China, SensorTower reports. “Excluding China, gross revenue in the first half of 2018 ($46.6 million) is up over 50 percent compared to 2017 ($30.9 million).”
YouTube now has gaming within the main hub, according to a blog post. “Today, we’re launching a new Gaming destination to give gamers a home on YouTube! You can find the new YouTube Gaming destination at youtube.com/gaming.”
The Washington Post highlighted The Game Gym, a Virginia-based video game center tailored toward children. Here’s a snippet: “‘If I want to learn how to swim, there’s a pool. I want to play basketball, there’s camps or courts. Where do you go if you want to learn how to do this?’ asks Josh Hafkin, 30, who founded Game Gym in February.”
Extra Esports News:
PENTA Sports and 20th Century Fox are partnering, TEO’s Andrew Hayward writes. “Fox branding will adorn part of the PENTA Sports Performance Center in Berlin.”
Good Game Management and Fnatic are partnering, TEO’s Brandon Brathwaite reports.
Hearthstone posted “Hearthstone: In the Works – September 18.”
OUT: Adam “Armada” Lindgren is retiring from Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Interviews: Japan Esports Union’s Akihito Furusawa (TEO).
Happy birthday Per Anders Olsson “Pajkatt” Lille!