The hottest new video game is . . . chess?

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Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura has helped spark a digital renaissance in one of the world’s most famous games. As a global pandemic continues to determine a new normal, tens of thousands of viewers have been tuning in to watch people play chess on a live-streaming website called Twitch.tv . An American chess grandmaster, Hikaru Nakamura, along with a number of celebrities of the video game world, is leading a renaissance in the ancient game. Read Full Story

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‘Roblox’ isn’t just a gaming company. It’s also the future of education

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‘Roblox’s’ IPO was so successful in part because the company has a bright future as a teaching and learning tool. Roblox , which recently made its debut on the New York Stock Exchange, has quickly become one of the most valuable video game companies in the world. As I write this article, Roblox has effortlessly overtaken household video game names such as Take-Two (maker of Grand Theft Auto ) and Electronic Arts (EA) (maker of Battlefield and FIFA ) in terms of market cap, while only making a fraction of the incumbents’ revenues and none of their profits. Read Full Story

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What is Games as a Service (GaaS) and What Does it Mean For Marketers?

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Games as a Service (GaaS) was introduced as a barrier between consumer cost concerns and user engagement. It offers a way to bring down customer acquisition costs and has been proven to keep users in a game for far longer than the pay-to-play method. EA Games, for example, increased its market value from $4 billion to $33 billion in just six years after introducing GaaS content. Games as a Service acts as a continuous revenue service for developers, allowing them to break their reliance on the one-time purchase. With more games being developed every year, GaaS gives them a competitive advantage in the fight for user attention. It also allows advertisers to get exposure in some of the most popular games played in today’s market. What Is Games as a Service (GaaS)? Games as a Service refers to games that operate without initial purchasing costs and instead, make their profits …

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Learn how to design your own video game for free

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Spend your quarantine learning to code with the world’s largest gaming platform. “Learn to code.” It’s been the mantra of the past decade, and for many creatives, a daunting or even pointless prospect . Where do you even start? And who has the time? Well, sheltering in place , and a little help from Unity—the world’s most popular video game engine—may provide these answers! Read Full Story

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Video games claim inclusive representation. So why do they hide LGBTQ characters?

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In many video games, including the new ‘Harry Potter’ game ‘Hogwarts Legacy,’ transgender characters are designed to be optional. That needs to change. When the developers of the new Harry Potter game , Hogwarts Legacy , announced that it will include transgender characters it seemed like a great step towards better representation in an industry that has been lagging. Read Full Story

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Leadership lessons from a chess master: Beware overconfidence

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Decades after crushing it in international tourneys, this CEO still draws on his 3-step thought process behind every chess move to run his international tech company. Years before the notion of starting a software company ever entered my mind, I briefly toyed with the idea of becoming a professional chess player. At the age of 19 as a sophomore in college, I tied with grandmaster Pal Benko for first place in the World Open chess tournament. I went into the tournament ranked 115th, and I don’t think anyone was more surprised than I was to make it to that last game and tie with Benko. Read Full Story

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Why you won’t get a Netflix of gaming

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Many tech giants are betting that subscriptions will become dominant in video games. Yet the things that make gaming such an entertainment dynamo are problematic for subscription services. Recent announcements of new game-distribution services from Apple, Google, Microsoft, Nvidia, and Tencent—as well as reports of a prospective Amazon offering—have caused widespread industry speculation that video-game distribution could move from the still-dominant á la carte model toward Netflix-style subscriptions. Read Full Story

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