Competitive gaming in the Philippines was dealt another serious blow after the recent signing of a resolution by the country’s Games and Amusement Board (GAB). In addition to mandatory drug testing for THC and methamphetamines, the resolution will require esports events to ensure all participants are officially licensed by the state as well as share profits with the GAB itself.
Despite being accepted last October, the details of Resolution No. 2017-21 were only just made public on January 10. Its stipulation that any competitive gaming event with a prize of over ₱10,000 PHP (or just under $200 USD) follow the GAB’s guidelines has organizers in the area worried about the effects it may have on tournaments in the Philippines, especially within the fighting game community.
The Philippines’ eSports industry is still in its infancy, this will surely slow it down if not kill eSports in the country.
It’s a shame since we have a lot of great players in the country and a potential to be a big eSports player in the region.
Already China’s most-used app, WeChat wants to make itself even more ubiquitous by allowing people to find and play games inside the messaging app.
WeChat, which has nearly a billion users, today rolled out a handful of what it calls “mini games.” They’re specially created games that work only within WeChat and don’t require downloading or installing.
Southeast Asia-based games and e-commerce firm Sea, formerly known as Garena, has officially filed for its much-anticipated U.S. IPO. The company, which is valued at over $3.75 billion, will list on the New York Stock Exchange as ‘SE’ and is looking to raise $1 billion.
Sea is best known for its Garena gaming business, which predominantly focuses on PC games but also includes mobile, but in recent years it has branched out into e-commerce with its Shopee service and payments with its AirPay business.
Far Cry comes to America in the latest installment of the award-winning franchise.
Welcome to Hope County, Montana. When your arrival incites the cult to violently seize control of the region, you must rise up and spark the fires of resistance to liberate a besieged community.
Freely explore Hope County’s rivers, lands, and skies with the largest customizable weapon and vehicle roster ever in a Far Cry game. You are the hero of the story in a thrilling world that hits back with every punch, and where the places you discover and the locals you ally with will shape your story in ways you’ll never see coming.
Learn more at farcry.com . Available February 27, 2018.
Expect Ubisoft to provide more information about the game at E3 in Los Angeles next month — Ubisoft’s annual keynote takes place on June 12th.
Today we’re starting to roll out Instant Games on Messenger more broadly for the 1.2 billion people who use Messenger every month. In addition, we’re also launching the new features that we exclusively previewed to developers at our annual F8 conference. These include rich gameplay features, which allow developers to create unique and sophisticated experiences and Game bots to help game makers surface exciting features like new levels and rewards. When developers start to take advantage of these new capabilities everyone wins with more dynamic and engaging gaming experiences.
Now’s your chance to play a piece of PC gaming history — Blizzard has released seminal strategy game StarCraft, for free, for both Windows and Mac. The full game, and its excellent expansion Brood War, can be downloaded now on the game’s official site, updated with a patch that makes the 19-year-old game easier to play on modern machines.
Xbox Live will soon be open to all developers via the Xbox Live Creators Program – no concept approval required! You will be able to rapidly publish your game to Xbox One or Windows 10 through a short and simplified certification process.
The Xbox Live Creators Program will let any game developer create and publish Xbox games. Indie or solo game developers can directly publish their games to the Xbox platform. There is a $19 USD to $99 USD one-time registration fee needed to enroll for the program.
If you’re an Apple Developer, the Xbox Live Creators Program looks very much like the Apple Developer Program.
Thailand-based casual game studio Playlab has turned investor after it invested $1 million into Cupcake Entertainment, a Brazil-based game maker.
The deal is a little different in that it is not an equity investment; instead, Playlab and Cupcake have agreed to a profit-share deal. Cupcake started producing games in 2014, and its current titles include Letters of Gold and Words of Gold. Co-founder and CMO Gabriel Stürmer described its products — which are for iOS, Android and Facebook — as “casual brain games” that require users to “make boards, or do mathematic combinations.”
Sony is rolling out the beta preview of the PlayStation 4’s latest firmware update, version 4.50, and it includes a pretty great new feature for early owners of the PS4 Pro console. In short, many older PS4 titles will run better on the new hardware — even if they’ve not been optimized to do so by developers. Once you’ve installed the software upgrade, you’ll find a new “Boost Mode” option in the settings menu. This is exclusive to the more powerful Pro console and won’t appear on the regular PS4.
In the final clash within WESG 2016 Global Grand Final presented by Alipay in Dota 2, Cloud9 have faced off against TNC Pro Team. The winner of a match secured a title of the World’s Championship and $800,000, while the loser was granted $400,000.
The first map was started with unfortunate actions by Cloud9, due to which TNC Pro Team captured an advantage on the map. The position of Philippine squad on the map has greatly improved after a range of successful fights.
Nintendo’s latest hybrid gaming console will be available for $299, that includes the Nintendo Switch console and Nintendo Switch dock, and left and right Joy-Con controllers in gray (also available in one red, one blue).
ASUS has the Republic of Gamers, Dell has Alienware, HP has Omen, and even Lenovo recently released its own gaming sub-brand — Legion. It seems like Korean company, Samsung, wants a piece of the gaming pie by unveiling its gaming laptops at CES 2017 under the name — Odyssey.