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The house always wins? Few trade war jitters as Macau's casinos boom

Macau - The trade war may have sent ripples of uncertainty through the world's second-largest economy but one corner of China has so far remained steadfastly buoyant -- the gambling enclave of Macau.

Game over for gamers? UK studios count Brexit costs

London - Could it possibly be game over for the bright minds behind "Grand Theft Auto" and other global gaming hits?

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella lays out 'Netflix for games' vision

Microsoft is building a service that intends to be the "Netflix for games." The service is currently named " Project xCloud," and its goal is to stream high-end video games to any device.

Dell unveils new products and gaming developments at CES

Dell has showcased a range of new products and software experiences across its Latitude, XPS and Inspiron portfolios at CES 2019. Dell has also expanded its range of Alienware offerings for gamers.

Q&A: Why what’s old is new again in gaming Special

‘Retro Arcades’ are popping up all across the country” and retro gaming devices like New Wave Toys’ mini home arcade are flying off the shelves. What does this signal about the future of gaming for 2019?

Future of gaming in 2019 Special

Taehoon Kim, the co-founder and CEO of nWay, provides some gaming industry predictions for 2019 for Digital Journal readers. Expect to see the rise of Games as a Service, more esports, and an increase with virtual streaming.

Epic Games, makers of Fortnite, raises $1.25 billion in financing

Epic Games, the developers of the hit game Fornite, have built on this success and secured funding from investors for $1.25 billion.

US Mega Millions jackpot hits $1.6 billion after no winners

Washington - Scores of American lottery players were disappointed they hadn't become an overnight billionaire Saturday -- but they'll get another chance to scoop the jackpot, with $1.6 billion up for grabs in a few days.

China puts block on Twitch game-streaming service

The game-streaming service Twitch, which is owned by Amazon, is no longer accessible to users inside China. The app has also disappeared from the China Apple Store.

In Canada, 28-year-old immigrant wins lottery — twice

Montr - A young west African immigrant who moved to Canada two years ago has hit the lottery jackpot -- twice.Melhig Melhig, 28, won two scratch-off games in the space of five months. Total winnings? CAN $3.5 million (US $2.7 million).

Scratchcard lottery craze grips Bulgaria

Pernik - Armed with a coin, 96-year-old Stoyan Stoimenov from the small village of Tsurkva outside Sofia hunches over and tries his luck on yet another scratchcard. "I tell myself: 'I will win again.' It's not very likely but who knows," he says, winking.

US Supreme Court strikes down federal ban on sports gambling

Washington - The US Supreme Court on Monday paved the way for states to legalize gambling on baseball, basketball, American football and other sports -- a business worth tens of billions of dollars annually.

Romanian who attacked Warcraft gets year in prison

Los Angeles - A Romanian man who launched a cyber attack on the California-based servers of the hugely popular online fantasy game World of Warcraft over a squabble with other players was sentenced on Monday to one year in prison.

Cryptokitties just got $12 million from Andreessen Horowitz

Cryptokitties, one of the first successful games on blockchain, just raised $12 million from investors at Andreessen Horowitz and Union Square Ventures.

Google adds 'Instant Games' streaming support to Android

Google has announced that Android users can now "try" games before they've downloaded the app. The company is expanding its Instant Apps technology to include Play Store games. Compatible titles can be opened just by clicking a link, no install required.

Amazon unveils cross-platform competitive gaming platform

Amazon has announced a new competitive gaming platform that connects players to cloud-based tournaments. Called GameOn, the service provides an API for developers to add to their competitive esports titles. It's Amazon's latest foray into gaming.

Google could be building Chromecast-powered gaming service

Google's reportedly building a cloud-based game streaming service. If the project gets released, the company would enter a new segment of the entertainment industry. It's thought to be planning an entirely online service which doesn’t require downloads.

Razer unveils its debut smartphone for 'ultimate entertainment'

Razer has unveiled its first smartphone, a device geared specifically towards on-the-go entertainment. The company, better known for its gaming products, said the handset has "ground-breaking" audio-visual hardware for improved mobile gaming and videos.

Top VR game developer cancels new productions, lays off 100

CCP Games, maker of some of the biggest virtual reality games, has announced it's pulling out of the market so it can focus on PC-based titles. The decision casts further doubt on the future of the VR gaming industry which has had a sluggish start.

Microsoft presses play on Xbox One X pre-orders

Microsoft has started accepting pre-orders for its upcoming Xbox One X 4K-capable games console. The company unveiled the launch day edition during its Gamescom event over the weekend. It's priced from $499 and comes in an exclusive finish.

Spotify launches on the Xbox One

Spotify has announced its app is now available on the Xbox One, adding another platform to the service's already impressive line-up. Spotify is already available on Sony's PlayStation 4. Its arrival on Xbox has been long anticipated by gamers.

Nintendo doing better than in years, but it has one huge problem

Nintendo's doing better than it has in years. The Japanese game company's newest console, the Switch, is surpassing even the loftiest sales expectations from analysts.

Atari's 'Ataribox' will be a mini retro console with modern games

Atari has revealed the first details of its upcoming Ataribox console. The miniature device has a retro design that's clearly intended to replicate the success of Nintendo's Mini NES. It will be capable of running new and classic games on modern hardware.

Brexit could threaten Gibraltar's online gaming sector

Gibraltar - Deep inside the Rock of Gibraltar are vaults harbouring a prized treasure: the servers that power the websites of online gaming companies, the territory's biggest source of income.And their future could be under threat from Brexit.

Nintendo Switch gets its biggest software update yet

Nintendo is rolling out a major update to the Nintendo Switch's software. It includes improvements to the user interface, a streamlined way of adding friends from older Nintendo consoles and the ability to physically locate lost controllers.

Atari is making its first new games console in 20 years

Atari has confirmed it is making a new games console that will mark its return to the hardware business after a two decade absence. Not much is known about the new device. It is based on "PC technology" though, implying it will use high-performance parts.

Dell launches new Alienware PCs, laptops and monitors at E3

Dell's Alienware gaming division has announced several new products at the E3 gaming show today. The revised line-up includes more powerful desktop computers, upgraded laptops and new monitors built for high frame-rate gameplay.

Xbox One X unveiled – Microsoft's 4K-ready, $499 next-gen console

Microsoft has officially announced its next-generation Xbox games console, pitched as the most powerful console ever and designed for 4K gaming. It will launch later this year priced significantly higher than the Xbox One S and its PlayStation 4 rivals.

PlayStation VR passes the one million sales mark

Sony's PlayStation VR console virtual reality headset has now sold over one million units worldwide, the company has revealed. It puts the system ahead of competing products including desktop-based solutions like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

Nintendo Switch Online won't launch until next year

Nintendo has confirmed that it will launch the full version of its upcoming online subscription gaming service at some point next year. The awaited service will let Switch users invite friends to gaming sessions and chat online. It will cost $20 per year.
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Screenshot from the new video game GoldenEye 007: Reloaded
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Mojang's Minecraft has sold over 100 million copies
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Screenshot from video game GoldenEye 007: Reloaded
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Acer's Predator 21 X, a 21-inch curved gaming laptop with two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics cards
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Oculus has announced the consumer version of the Rift VR headset
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NVIDIA GeForce Experience 3.0 official images
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A similar bat to the one in Dead Rising 2, showing how popular this type of weapon is in gaming.
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One of the scenes from StarCraft 2, a military-style video game
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Twitch.tv booth at the 2018 PAX West.
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Acer's Predator 21 X, a 21-inch curved gaming laptop with two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics cards
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