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Gaming as a Social Movement: Join Technical.ly on July 23 for live game play and local leader dialogue

gaming as a social movement: join technical.ly on july 23 for live game play and local leader dialogue

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The organizers of Philly Tech Week presented by Comcast and the heads of Nerd Street Gamers and Balti Virtual have joined up to form a unique virtual event collaboration for PTW20 Virtual’s Gaming Day.Join us at 1 p.m. EST on Thursday, July 23, for our Gaming as a Social Movement event, which features a lunchtime conversation with local industry leaders streamed alongside a friendly match of Rocket League. Panelist players will explore the impact of current events on the industry, all while battling things out with rocket-powered cars on a virtual soccer field.Topics include:How a pandemic changes your local gaming industryThe role of gaming platforms in racial equity movements How AR, VR and gaming help to expand access to technology and educationIf, how and when businesses should engage in public discourse The evolution and future of AR, VR and gamingJoining us for the day are:John Fazio, CEO of Nerd Street GamersWill Gee, founder and CEO of Balti VirtualDonte Kirby, reporter for Technical.lyThis event is free and will be livestreamed on Twitch starting at 1 p.m. EST on Thursday, July 23: AdvertisementA special offer from our partner, Insomnia Cookies:As a special thanks to our community members, …

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#MeToo claims upend Amazon, Nvidia ties to gamer personalities

#metoo claims upend amazon, nvidia ties to gamer personalities

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By Olga Kharif and Ian KingMajor brands are getting caught up in the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault that’s sweeping through video-game streaming, the fast-growing but insular world of watching amateurs and professionals play live online.In the past month, dozens of women — often, former girlfriends or fellow streamers — have accused more than 150 people of everything from rape to groping underage girls to cheating.Nvidia Corp., which makes powerful chips used in gaming PCs and runs a gaming service, is among the big companies contending with the problem. The company was working on a sponsorship project this year with Samuel Earney, a streamer on Amazon.com Inc.’s Twitch platform. Then the allegations hit.On June 22, a former girlfriend accused Earney, known on Twitch as IAmSp00n, of sexual and emotional abuse. She said he lorded his sponsorship deal with an unnamed PC-part manufacturing company over her as part of that mistreatment.The ex-girlfriend’s statement helped to explain the apology Earney had issued the previous day. “My actions haven’t been proper or appropriate,” he said, adding that he would ask his sponsors and partners to remove him “from programs and services so that …

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Microsoft announces Xbox Series X games event for July 23rd

microsoft announces xbox series x games event for july 23rd

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Microsoft will hold its Xbox Series X games event on July 23rd at 9AM PT / 12PM ET. The company is planning on showing games made by its Xbox Game Studios, including Halo Infinite. 343 industries briefly teased Halo Infinite in a trailer a couple of weeks ago, revealing that The Banished antagonists are returning for the next big installment in the Halo franchise.
There will be more than just Halo, though. Microsoft has been steadily acquiring game studios, and the company now has 15 Xbox Game Studios in total. Xbox fans are now hoping to see what those studios are working on for the Xbox Series X. Microsoft recently created a Fable placeholder Twitter account, leading fans to wonder if the game might make a return during July’s Xbox event. Microsoft also recently extended its Fable trademark to cover USB chargers, portable speakers, headphones, and more.

Given Microsoft released a Hellblade 2 teaser during its Xbox Series X unveiling last year, it’s reasonable to assume we’ll see more from Ninja Theory about this upcoming title. Psychonauts 2 is still due in 2020 from Microsoft’s Double Fine studio, and there’s bound to be some hints at how Forza and Gears of …

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Maverick Gaming helps 16,000 via holiday initiative

maverick gaming helps 16,000 via holiday initiative

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US casino operator and owner Maverick Gaming has increased its community initiatives after sponsoring a July 4 community event benefiting over 16,000 Washingtonians. 
In partnership with local community leaders, Maverick Cares sponsored a giveaway of free July 4 care packages for families that included hot dogs, buns, juice boxes, watermelon, Fla-Vor-Ice, potato and macaroni salad and age-appropriate toys for kids. 
These care packages were distributed at participating Maverick Gaming locations in accordance with public health requirements regarding the coronavirus pandemic. 
Maverick Cares is the philanthropic arm of Maverick Gaming, and is managed by its team members and is designed to reflect the values and priorities of the communities where the Maverick team lives, works and plays. 
Maverick Gaming operates card rooms in Washington, the Wendover Nugget, Red Garter Hotel, Red Lion Casino and Gold Country Casino in Nevada, and three properties in Colorado. 
The company currently employs more than 2,000 team members in Washington State and intends to invest $500m in licensed card rooms and planned entertainment developments across the region. 
“The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged all of the communities in which we operate,” said Maverick Gaming CEO and co-founder Eric Persson. “As we continue to partner with Washington residents in protecting public health …

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MSI Optix MAG321CURV 32-Inch 4K Gaming Monitor Review: Budget-Friendly

msi optix mag321curv 32-inch 4k gaming monitor review: budget-friendly

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Today’s best MSI Optix MAG321CURV and dealsMSI Optix MAG321CURVView Similar Amazon USGaming monitors come at a price premium over general use displays. Advanced technologies like Adaptive-Sync and fast refresh rates inevitably add cost. With HDR and extended color gaining popularity, controlling costs is an even greater challenge for shoppers and vendors. We’ve long espoused that for a monitor to be in the gaming genre, it needs to at least include Adaptive-Sync, usually Nvidia G-Sync or AMD FreeSync. Can you have a good gaming experience without it? We’ll find out with the MSI Optix MAG321CURV.The MSI Optix MAG321CURV offers 4K resolution in a 32-inch curved VA panel. With a 60 Hz refresh rate that isn’t variable, it’ll be hard for it to compete with the best 4K gaming monitors on the market. But with HDR support and a $400 price tag (as of this writing), it’s worth considering as a lower-priced 4K option.  MSI Optix MAG321CURV Specs 

Panel Type / BacklightVA / W-LED, edge arrayScreen Size, Aspect Ratio & Curve Radius32 inches / 16:9; Curve radius: 1500mmMax Resolution & Refresh Rate3840 x 2160 @ 60HzNative Color Depth & Gamut10-bit (8-bits+FRC) / sRGBResponse Time (GTG)1msBrightness300 nitsContrast2,500:1SpeakersNoneVideo Inputs1x DisplayPort 1.2, 2 …

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HyperX Alloy Elite 2 Gaming Keyboard Review: Fearless Design

hyperx alloy elite 2 gaming keyboard review: fearless design

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HyperX’s Alloy Elite 2  mechanical keyboard, announced today for $129.99, is as loud as you want it to be, thanks to a bold design and shameless RGB. A followup to the HyperX Alloy Elite RGB, the new version spices things up with pudding keycaps that are also well-built for gaming. But the addition of HyperX switches over the Cherry ones on the previous model don’t prove as exciting.Sometimes a keyboard can say a lot. If your idea of the best gaming keyboard is one that isn’t afraid to steal the show, the HyperX Alloy Elite 2 wants you to look its way.HyperX Alloy Elite 2 Specs

SwitchesHyperX RedLightingPer-key RGBOnboard StorageUp to 3 profilesMedia KeysYesInterfaceUSB Type-A Cable1.8m, braided Additional PortsUSB 2.0 passthrough portKey CapsHyperX PuddingConstructionSteel SoftwareHyperX NGenuityDimension (LxWxH)17.5 x 6.9 x 1.5 inches (444 x 174 x 37.4mm)Weight3.4 pounds (1,530g)

DesignImage 1 of 7 (Image credit: Tom’s Hardware)Image 2 of 7 (Image credit: Tom’s Hardware)Image 3 of 7 (Image credit: Tom’s Hardware)Image 4 of 7 (Image credit: Tom’s Hardware)Image 5 of 7 (Image credit: Tom’s Hardware)Image 6 of 7 (Image credit: Tom’s Hardware)Image 7 of 7 (Image credit: Tom’s Hardware)At first glance, the Alloy Elite 2 looks quite similar to the Alloy Elite RGB before it. A lot of the build is the …

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The three C’s of digital customer experience within gaming

the three c’s of digital customer experience within gaming

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Neel Davda, Head of Gaming Accounts at Bold360, highlights the five key components of customer experience and why his company’s AI-based conversion platform is focused on the three C’s to deliver a friction-free service for its clients. 
As the world is forced to become more digitised, how can gaming specifically evolve to offer a better customer experience? One that is future proofed to cope with any other future disruptions that may threaten to derail the industry’s revenues? 
A recent study by PwC on customer experiences cited the five things that people valued most were – in order of preference – efficiency, convenience, knowledgeable and friendly staff, easy payment and up-to-date technology.
Acknowledging these is one thing but how can a business go beyond this and operationalise it? Bold360 is a technology that has been enabling and partnering with businesses for over a decade. It is as much a consultative and technological application that offers the litmus test in proving value. 
We approach a customer by first understanding what it is they are looking to achieve. Not only from a technological perspective but also from a KPI driven perspective. The flexibility of our platform means we are able …

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Relax Gaming adds Genesis Gaming to Powered By partner network

relax gaming adds genesis gaming to powered by partner network

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Relax Gaming, iGaming aggregator and supplier of unique content, has signed an agreement with Genesis Gaming, in a Powered By Partnership deal to launch the latter’s collection of premium slot games through its brand Radi8.
The agreement provides Relax with titles including Tiki Towers, Crystal Crater, Dragon Blast, and Jungle Jam, as well as more top performers in Radi8’s growing portfolio.
The slot studio will also gain access to Relax’s fast-growing distribution network and wide market reach, together with the fast and effective delivery that forms the foundation of the Powered By programme.
Genesis Gaming is the latest in a series of suppliers to join Relax’s Powered By network, further diversifying its content distribution platform with a vast selection of quality slot and casino games.
Simon Hammon, Relax Gaming CPO, said: “Genesis’s portfolio offers fresh and engaging titles that will make a great addition to our offering and we expect its content will be a big hit with our partners’ players.
“We’re looking forward to working with the studio and widening the distribution of its mobile-centric casino games to an extensive network of operators in multiple markets.”
Marc Burroughes, Genesis’s …

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The gaming boss who gets addicted to the games

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Andrew has expanded Keywords’ workforce from 50 to 7,500MoreThe BBC’s weekly The Boss series profiles different business leaders from around the world. This week we speak to Andrew Day, chief executive of computer games developer Keywords Studios.Andrew Day knows from personal experience just how addictive some computer games can be.”I have one of those horrible personalities, that if I open a game, I find, before I know where I am, that I have spent tens of hours on it,” says the 56-year-old.To accelerate its growth and acquisitions, in 2013 Andrew floated Keywords on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM market, which raised some £30m.”It has been a rare example of spotting an opportunity, having that vision, then creating a business plan and following it religiously,” says Andrew.

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