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Facebook launches cloud-streamed games for its 380 million gamers

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Starting 2021, the service will offer additional games in different genres, along with the launch of in-app purchases and ads, depending on the game’s format and developer choice.

(Subscribe to our Today’s Cache newsletter for a quick snapshot of top 5 tech stories. Click here to subscribe for free.)Facebook launched several cloud-streamed games for its 380 million gamers on the app and browser that can be played instantly without downloading.It is not a separate cloud gaming service, Facebook clarified in a blog post on Monday. All cloud-streamed games are playable in the Gaming tab or from the News Feed. No special hardware or controllers will be required and all games can be played with a mouse and keyboard on the desktop.Cloud gaming will increase and not replace PC or console gaming that is likely to stick around for a long time, Facebook said. All games in the initial stages will be free of cost.Facebook’s cloud games will initially be available only to Android and web users, and the company said it will work on alternate gaming options for iOS users. With Apple’s new cloud games policy, launching on the App Store is not a viable path, the California-based …

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The hate matrix of online gaming

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The word that the extreme right use to describe the political radicalisation of newcomers to their worldview is “red pilling”. The metaphor comes from to the techno-dystopian film The Matrix. But its modern cultural usages refers to a radical political conversion or awakening, where individuals wake up to the truth around them. In more intense cases, red pilling refers the radicalisation of individuals into the “alt-right”, into extremist beliefs which normalise contempt and hatred against minorities, women and the “left”, and legitimates forms of symbolic and physical violence against them.Much of this discourse takes place online, especially in closed communications systems such as Discord. The rise of the alt-right is also closely connected with online sci-fi and gaming, including, most notoriously, the ugliness of “Gamergate”.
This year the Project Whispers project released a data set of over 9 million messages from alt-right agents on the Discord server on the Steam website. Steam hosts PC games, including hundreds of single-shooter scenarios, including many based on quasi–right wing fantasies such as Freedom Fighters, “an intense third-person action game set in an alternate history New York during the invasion of a foreign superpower”, and Call of Russia, where players take on Vladimir …

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AMD Expected To Draw Strength From Intel’s Weaknesses, Gaming Console Chips

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Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) is on tap to release its third-quarter earnings report Tuesday after the market closes. The report assumes significance, as rival chipmaker Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) turned in a disappointing quarterly performance.
Q1 Expectations: Santa Clara, California-based AMD is expected to report earnings per share of 35 cents. The chipmaker’s revenues are estimated to come in at $2.56 billion.
A year ago, the company reported EPS of 35 cents on revenues of $1.8 billion.
A Modest Beat? AMD is primed for a modest third-quarter beat, aided in part by more favorable data center demand mix, BofA analyst Vivek Arya said. As opposed to Intel,the enterprise segment, which softened, accounts for merely 20% of AMD server sales.
Intel’s modest 1% year-over-year growth in PC chips despite IDC’s forecast for PC unit shipments increasing 15% in the third quarter is a pointer to AMD’s share gains at the expense of Intel, Arya noted.
“Indeed, our Steam survey tracker has shown AMD’s share in CPUs for PC gaming growing steadily over the last several months to recent 26% peak,” Arya wrote in the note.
PC mix toward consumer from enterprise is also favorable for AMD. Additionally, BofA expects semi-custom demand to be robust following very …

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PC gaming’s best trips to the moon

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NASA has detected a tiny amount of water in the moon’s Clavius Crater, which sits low in the southern hemisphere of the moon’s sunlit surface. According to NASA, it’s the first confirmation that water exists on the moon outside of the “permanently shadowed craters” at the poles. One hope, says the agency, is that the presence of this lunar water will help with “establishing a sustainable human presence there by the end of the decade.” (Though they’d better hurry before The Wonderful Company puts a bottling plant and pistachio farm up there.)Earth’s moon has featured more than a few times in PC gaming, and as the discovery has excited some curiosity on the PC Gamer team, we decided to take a look back at some of our favorite moon levels. Perhaps they’ll prepare us for our future lives as water miners in the moon colonies. Destiny 2[embedded content]On multiple occasions I have used the phrase ‘sepulchral beauty’ to describe Destiny 2’s rendition of the moon, and given that there’s nobody here to stop me, I shall now do so again. The peerless quality of Bungie’s art team is probably the only aspect of Destiny that I’ve never seen …

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Daily Crunch: Facebook launches cloud gaming service

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Facebook gets into cloud gaming while continuing its public dispute with Apple, Ant Group prepares for a massive IPO and Pinterest embraces iOS widgets. This is your Daily Crunch for October 26, 2020.
The big story: Facebook launches cloud gaming service
Facebook is launching a cloud gaming service of its very own, although the focus is different from Google’s Stadia or Microsoft’s xCloud. Rather than trying to recreate the console experience on other devices, the social network’s gaming service is limited to mobile games, particularly on reducing the friction between seeing an ad for a game and playing the game.
The service is launching on the web and on Android, but it’s not available on iOS. Facebook blamed Apple’s App Store terms and conditions for the absence.
Facebook’s Jason Rubin told TechCrunch that Apple’s rules for cloud gaming service present “a sequence of hurdles that altogether make a bad consumer experience.”
The tech giants
Twitter will show all U.S. users warnings about voting misinfo and delayed election results — Starting today, Twitter users in the U.S. will see two large notices at the top of their feeds that aim to “preemptively debunk” misinformation related …

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New data shows which gaming brands are dominating sponsored influencer posts on YouTube and Instagram

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The influencer-marketing platform CreatorIQ scanned thousands of Instagram and YouTube posts to find out which gaming brands appeared in the most sponsored posts in September.
The company identified 2,700 sponsored posts that featured video game companies last month.
Twitch was the most prolific gaming brand, appearing in 426 sponsored posts by 131 YouTube and Instagram creators, according to CreatorIQ’s analysis. 
Sony’s Playstation was the second most prevalent gaming brand in CreatorIQ’s data set, followed by Nintendo, Nvidia, and Microsoft’s Xbox.
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Video game companies have flourished in 2020 as demand for their products has spiked among at-home consumers.As interest (and competition) have heated up, gaming brands are hiring influencers to post thousands of sponsored posts on YouTube and Instagram, according to new analysis from the influencer-marketing company CreatorIQ.CreatorIQ detected around 2,700 sponsored posts from 870 creators for gaming brands on YouTube and Instagram during the month of September.Twitch was the most marketed gaming company among influencers. The streaming app, which has recently expanded outside of gaming content, appeared in 426 sponsored posts from 131 creators last month, according to CreatorIQ’s analysis.Sony’s PlayStation was a close second in CreatorIQ’s data set. The video game brand appeared in 423 sponsored …

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Atari Hotels Announced: The Gamers Dream Vacation

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Gaming is becoming more popular with each passing day, finding its way into our lives in many ways. From your phone to even your Tesla Model S, gaming is everywhere. One of the forces that brought gaming to life back in the day, Atari, has recognized gaming’s rise in the modern-day world. While Atari is known for games like PONG, Centipede and Asteroids, they will soon be known for their incredible new hospitably adventure – Atari Hotels. The announcement of Atari Hotels was made earlier this year but the project has been given even more promise more partners like GSD Group have signed on. Alongside the announcement of GSD Group joining in, Atari Hotels unveiled brilliant renderings of what to expect. These renderings show off a building with the unmistakable Atari logo stylized into the design and an inside that looks like it came out of a futuristic video game. These hotels will have stylized accommodations, unique experiences and even a gaming arena. If you’re a gamer looking for a place to stay, be sure to keep an eye out for the first two hotels to open up in Phoenix, Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada. Plans to build in …

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NCLGS to Promote Best Practices in Gaming Law under Senator Pickard

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LAS VEGAS, Oct. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Nevada State Sen. Keith Pickard, President of the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States, is leading an effort to expand the national organization’s reputation as the primary source of best practices in gaming law and regulation.
“The legal gaming industry has been roiled in recent months by everything from a pandemic to the emergence of new technologies to the constant dilemma of deep state budget deficits. Amidst all that uncertainty, our fellow lawmakers can be assured of one constant: NCLGS will be there to provide guidance, research and support to identify and promote universal best practices,” said Pickard, who represents part of the Las Vegas Valley, including the city of Henderson, in the Nevada State Senate.
The issues that NCLGS will address in upcoming webinars, conferences and other forums will include:

Identifying effective regulation of sports betting, igaming and other emerging verticals
Ensuring that lotteries and land-based casinos find ways to cooperate and find convergence in the digital era
Capturing the full economic potential of both commercial and Indian gaming
Growing non-gaming revenue streams to increase employment, promote tourism and advance other policy goals in states

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Facebook takes a low-key first step into cloud gaming

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By Adam Rosenberg2020-10-26 13:40:11 UTC

It feels like we’ve been saying this for years (probably because we have), but cloud-based gaming is soon going to have its moment. And Facebook wants in.
The social network is preparing to launch its pseudo-answer to Big Tech competitors like Google Stadia and Amazon Luna, as well as the likes of Microsoft xCloud and PlayStation Now. Facebook Gaming, announced on Monday and arriving in the coming week, will launch its public beta test with just five free-to-play titles.
Those games are: Asphalt 9: Legends, PGA Tour: Golf Shootout, Solitaire: Arthur’s Tale, Mobile Legends: Adventure, and WWE Supercard. In a few weeks, Dirt Bike Unchained will also join the catalog. They’re all mobile releases that will be playable on Facebook, whether it’s through your browser or in the dedicated Facebook and Facebook Gaming apps for Android.
If you’re wondering where iOS is in that mix, it’s not. As Facebook VP of Play Jason Rubin notes in a Monday blog post announcing the news, “[e]ven with Apple’s new cloud games policy, we don’t know if launching on the App Store is a viable path.” Non-Safari mobile browsers may be the answer …

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Facebook adds cloud gaming feature to its platform

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BloombergApollo Investor Revolt Swells Over Black’s Epstein Ties(Bloomberg) — It keeps getting worse for Leon Black.Over the past week, Black’s giant investment firm, Apollo Global Management Inc., has confronted one question after another about his decades-long relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.First, his own board ordered an external review prompted by Black himself. Then a Pennsylvania pension fund paused new investments — and the state of Connecticut has done the same. One major consultant — a gatekeeper to $160 billion of investor commitments — has urged clients to hold off, and another is considering taking similar action.Clients who for years enjoyed some of the best returns on Wall Street are reconsidering their ties to Apollo amid renewed scrutiny over Epstein, spurred by a New York Times report earlier this month and given fresh attention from an unsealed deposition of Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell.Investors distancing themselves from the firm show how serious the issue has become for Black and his general partners. Some clients aren’t convinced that the review, which will be handled by law firm Dechert LLP, will be enough to clear Black’s name, according to people familiar with the matter. …

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