The Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood launches in June

ZeniMax Online Studios revealed information for The Elder Scrolls: Online’s yearlong Gates of Oblivion adventure, including details for the Blackwood chapter release. The Elder Scrolls Online debuted in 2014 and has a dedicated following thanks to a steady release of content updates. ESO got rid of its subscription years ago, instead making money by charging […]

Diversity isn’t just about inclusion in gaming — it’s smart business, too

Diversity and inclusion isn’t just about an initiative or program that serves a specific function for a specific underrepresented group of people in a given industry. D&I is meant to be a holistic model that desperately needs full saturation in every facet of every industry. In this particular panel during GamesBeat’s Driving Game Growth & […]

Microsoft cloud growth surges 50%, beating analyst expectations

(Reuters) — Microsoft on Tuesday reported its Azure cloud computing services grew 50%, as the global pandemic benefited the software maker’s investment on working and learning from home. The company’s shares rose 6% in extended trading after gaining about 41% in 2020 as COVID-19 shifted computing to areas where the software maker has bet big. […]

Language is the ‘bare minimum’ of culturalization in game development

Culturalization is a gigantic part of game development. The best way to make sure your game will work in another country and culture is to adapt it to the people living there. Language, according to several experts, is just the beginning of that process. “Language is the bare minimum,” said Facebook Audience Network’s Hahn Kim, […]

Xbox gaming revenue up 51% thanks to next-gen hardware and Game Pass

Microsoft debuted the Xbox Series X/S during its fiscal Q2, and that pushed the company’s gaming revenue up 51% year-over-year. But the tech behemoth’s strength is not only in the console hardware — it’s also seeing continued gains in software and services. Xbox hardware sales were up, of course. The Xbox Series X/S drove hardware […]

Jason Rubin: How to find more gamers through instant and cloud games

The game industry isn’t done breaking down barriers to make games more accessible. That’s the view of Jason Rubin, vice president of play at Facebook, as expressed in a fireside chat at the GamesBeat/Facebook: Driving Game Growth event. By knocking down these barriers, companies like Facebook can help create a “post-app store” world where it’s […]

Apache ECharts now top-level projet

Apache ECharts graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a top-level Apache project, which means that the project’s community and products have been well-governed under the Apache Software Foundation’s meritocratic process and principles.  ECharts, which recently reached version 5, is a charting and visualization library that is best suited for commercial-grade presentations, according to the […]

‘Balance that in-app economy’ and other game monetization pearls of wisdom

Monetization in free-to-play (F2P) and freemium games is in constant flux as the technology around it changes and evolves to better serve an increasingly sophisticated audience. Some things that developers thought they knew about monetization no longer are true and other things have changed beyond recognition. In “Common Monetization Myths Debunked,” moderator Rina Hahm, the […]

Lobster shell patterns make concrete stronger: Australian researcher

By Jill Gralow and James Redmayne SYDNEY (Reuters) – Inspired by the natural, twisting patterns of a lobster shell, Australian researchers say they have found a way, using 3D printing technology, to improve the strength of concrete for use in complex architecture. Reinforced with steel fibres, the concrete becomes more durable when set in a […]

New Year, New Digital You: Consumer Security Findings from McAfee’s Latest Report

from McAfee’s Latest Report  2020 was a year unlike any other. We transitioned from the corporate office to the home office, participated in distance learning, and figured out how to communicate with one another from afar. We sought out new forms of entertainment by streaming countless movies and TV shows and found new ways to stay […]