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Electronic Arts begins adding more of its games to Steam

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Electronic Arts has begun adding more games to Steam. After returning to Valve’s PC-gaming service in October, EA added Dragon Age: Inquisition, Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst, and more to the Steam store today. The publisher plans to add even more of its games soon.
As part of bringing games back to Steam, EA has also cut prices for its library. You can get Dragon Age: Origins for $5 or Jade Empire: Special Edition for $3.74. Also on Steam today is a promotional image that claims EA Access is coming soon. EA Access is the publisher’s subscription service, and it already revealed it is bringing it to Steam. But it seems like that release is imminent.
EA Access, of course, was a key reason for the company’s return to Steam in the first place. EA’s Netflix-of-games is already available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Origin. But the company wants to build up its service on a platform with a wider reach on PC.
Above: EA Access is coming “soon.”Image Credit: Steam
Another key aspect of the EA/Steam deal, however, is Apex Legends. And that is one of the games still notably missing from action on Steam. While …

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News Tribune games, comics now online | Duluth News Tribune

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Over a dozen comic strips and over 20 word games, number puzzles and games for kids launched Friday monring on 10 Forum News Service sites, including the News Tribune. You can find them below or by clicking on the dropdown menu at the top of the duluthnewstribune.com homepage. Enjoy! Comics: https://www.duluthnewstribune.com/comics Games: https://www.duluthnewstribune.com/games

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Player Two Entered The Game: Sport, gaming and Esports during a global pandemic

player two entered the game: sport, gaming and esports during a global pandemic

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During the coronavirus crisis video games have become more important than ever. Pete Sharland explores the relationship between gaming and professional sports.When a global pandemic hits; when it rips apart society as we know it and changes things on an unprecedented level a quick game of FIFA probably isn’t the first thing on most people’s minds. Yet over the past few months video games have further cemented their place as a pivotal part of today’s culture and, in a world shut down by a virus, they offer far more than just a quick dopamine hit. All SportsDowning Street gives British competitive sport green light for June 130/05/2020 AT 15:00Now they have become a way to switch off from the outside world, an escape to forget what is happening in a world that feels far more determined than ever to destroy itself. No game signifies the ability of video games to take you away from reality like Football Manager. The long-running management simulation series is notorious for the hours people spend in their alternative universes.“Anyone who plays it knows how immersive it is.” Football Manager PR Manager Tom Davidson tells Eurosport. You do completely believe what you’ …

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Animal Crossing and beyond: Why people are falling in love with ‘wholesome’ video games

animal crossing and beyond: why people are falling in love with ‘wholesome’ video games

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Charlie Kelly remembers giving a gift to her new girlfriend in the early days of their relationship. It was a cute and exciting way to show affection — even if it was virtually.Kelly and her girlfriend exchanged presents with each other’s characters in the farming simulation game Stardew Valley. The title is part of a trend of “wholesome gaming”, which are titles defined by their bright or cartoonish visual style, relaxed pace and accessible game design — as opposed to more traditional games that involve violence and strive for visual realism.While titles that fit the definition have existed for a long time, the term has only emerged recently, coinciding with a boom in interest in the trend. Animal Crossing: New Horizons, set sales records earlier this year and more than 50 independent publishers and developers came together to showcase their upcoming wholesome games online late last month.Kelly, who is a Melbourne-based game design student and gaming journalist, said she’s noticed wholesome gaming become more popular as people seek relief from the stresses of everyday life during a global pandemic.”Whether it’s just entering these shared multiplayer wholesome experiences to feel connected to people again or single player with some great …

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CEO Frank Gibeau: Why Zynga bought Peak Games for $1.8 billion

ceo frank gibeau: why zynga bought peak games for $1.8 billion

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Zynga acquired Peak Games for $1.8 billion today, making it the biggest acquisition in the company’s 13-year history. Under the deal, Zynga bought the rest of Istanbul-based Peak Games that it didn’t buy in 2017, when the purchase price for Peak’s casual card game studio was $100 million.
“The company is a fantastic company,” said Zynga CEO Frank Gibeau. “We got to know them all the way back from the casual card acquisition in 2017. And finally, we got together.”
Zynga financed the deal with $900 million in cash and $900 million in company stock. It follows Zynga’s previous acquisitions of 80% of Small Giant Games for $560 million in 2018 (Zynga now owns 88%) and the acquisition of Gram Games in 2018 for $250 million.
Those previous deals had clauses known as earnouts, or bonuses awarded if the acquired company’s games did well. Gibeau said that those previous deals had earnouts because the games weren’t as established and carried more of a risk/reward. But Peak Games’ big games — Toon Blast and Toy Blast — have 12 million daily active users, and these have already reached a big scale.
VB Transform 2020 Online – July 15-17. Join leading AI executives: Register for the free livestream.Zynga itself has …

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Gaming and Big Tech stocks through 3 June 2020

gaming and big tech stocks through 3 june 2020

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Alidad Tash

Alidad Tash is the managing director at 2nt8 Limited, a consultancy specializing in international casinos and integrated resorts.
He has 20 years of gaming experience, leading analytics at Venetian Las Vegas and Sands China before overseeing strategy and gaming operations at Melco Resorts.

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Why Penn National Gaming Stock Rose as Much as 14% on Thursday @themotleyfool #stocks $PENN

why penn national gaming stock rose as much as 14% on thursday @themotleyfool #stocks $penn

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What happened
Shares of regional casino operator Penn National Gaming (NASDAQ:PENN) were higher by roughly 14% at 2 p.m. EDT today. You don’t have to think too deeply here: Las Vegas has reopened for business. But the excitement around Penn National is a little different than you might think.
So what
The news that Las Vegas casinos are reopening is very good for the entire industry. With ample media coverage, it’s basically a giant “Welcome back” sign to anyone who likes to gamble. The problem for Las Vegas is that it is a destination: a big trip that you plan to do over a long weekend with the boys (or girls). With air travel still suffering from concerns around COVID-19, it will probably be a long time before gambling in Las Vegas is back anywhere near its former levels. And that’s on top of occupancy restrictions related to the coronavirus. 

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Penn National Gaming, on the other hand, had its first big reopening on May 18. Just before the Memorial Day weekend, the casino operator reopened 10 gambling venues along the Gulf Coast. These aren’t places you fly to, as much as places you drive to; they are more-local …

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Overcooked free this week on Epic Games Store

overcooked free this week on epic games store

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Couch co-op game Overcooked will replace Borderlands: The Handsome Collection as the weekly free game on the Epic Games Store. The game, created by Ghost Town Games, is available now until June 11 at 11 a.m. EDT. Before Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, Epic Games was offering other popular titles, like Sid Meier’s Civilization 6 and Grand Theft Auto 5.
Overcooked, released in 2016, now has a sequel: Overcooked 2. But the original game is still a delight. One to four players control chefs in different chaotic kitchens and have to serve meals to demanding customers. It’s a lot of fun — but it’s definitely a high-stress game. Want to play it with your family? I recommend patience. The Epic Games Store offer is only for Overcooked on Windows PC, but the game is also on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.
Epic Games gives away games weekly on its platform. It’s been going on since 2019. As part of its Mega Sale, Epic Games has been giving away hugely popular games for free. This is the last week of the Mega Sale, which ends on June 11. Free games aside, the Mega Sale is also allowing players discounts up to 75%.
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