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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.

Twitch users play the stock market using one man's $50,000

Users of the online game streaming platform Twitch are making real trades on the stock market using one man's $50,000. The initiative is called Stock Stream and employs Twitch's interactive gaming features to let "players" decide on the trades to make.

Nintendo fears 'customer tantrums,' to increase Switch production

Just two months after it reportedly doubled its output, Nintendo is said to be further increasing production of its new Switch games console. As sales remain far higher than anticipated, the company is preparing to stockpile units ahead of the holidays.

Microsoft rebrands its Beam game streaming service as 'Mixer'

Microsoft has unexpectedly renamed Beam, the game streaming service it acquired last year. Now known as "Mixer," the company has unveiled a slew of new features that fans have been vocally requesting. The name change has proved divisive though.

Minecraft to change controversial parrot feeding mechanic

Minecraft developer Mojang has said it will change the way parrots are fed in the game after community members realised it could kill real birds. A feature of an upcoming update, parrots are currently fed with chocolate which would actually poison them.

Microsoft brings Minecraft to the Nintendo Switch

Minecraft has officially launched on the Nintendo Switch, exposing one of the world's most popular games to even more players. The Switch Edition of the game comes with specially modified features from Minecraft's other console versions.

No evidence that playing 'brain games' make you smarter

A popular genera of computer and video games are ‘brain games’, such as puzzles and quizzes. These are marketed as helping to improve cognition and even to make people ‘smarter’. A major review of these games has found the opposite.

Nintendo Switch to beat Wii U's lifetime sales in its first year

The Nintendo Switch is continuing to experience unprecedented worldwide demand. During its fiscal earnings call, Nintendo revealed the new console could outsell the lifetime sales of its predecessor, the Wii U, within its first year of availability.

AMD announces new low-cost graphics cards for budget gaming PCs

AMD has today announced a new generation of graphics cards that continue the company's recent focus on value-for-money gaming performance. The Radeon RX 500 series are priced lower than the competition but still offer ample power for most games.
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