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NFL schedule change coming? Saturday games likely to be added if college football gets canceled, per report

nfl schedule change coming? saturday games likely to be added if college football gets canceled, per report

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If the Power Five conferences decide to cancel college football this season, that decision could end up having some major ramifications on the NFL’s schedule for 2020. The NFL has been eyeing the college situation closely and one reason for that is because the league is apparently planning to make some major changes to its schedule if there’s no college football. According to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, the NFL will “likely” add more Saturday games this year if there’s no college season. To make this happen, the NFL would move several games that were originally scheduled for Sunday and put them on Saturday. One thing that’s not clear is how many games would be scheduled for each Saturday and who would get to broadcast them, however, those are issues that could easily be hashed out before the start of the season if the Saturday games end up happening. Basically, the cancellation of the college season means the NFL would likely be adding Saturday games in September, October and November. Although the NFL puts Saturday games on its schedule nearly every season, those are always played in late December due to the Sports Broadcasting Act …

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After a Flop, Amazon Makes Another Foray Into Video Games

after a flop, amazon makes another foray into video games

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BERKELEY, Calif. — Amazon stumbled as it worked to break into the lucrative video game industry. Now it’s trying again.On Monday, Amazon announced Prime Gaming, which is essentially a rebranding of its Twitch Prime service that provides exclusive game content. The move comes just over a month after the company pulled its original big-budget game, Crucible, from digital store shelves after it was panned as a “hollow and forgettable experience.”With Twitch Prime, people got a free subscription to Twitch, the Amazon-owned livestreaming site, with free games from small studios and unique, in-game equipment and discounts for larger titles like Grand Theft Auto and League of Legends. Prime Gaming will expand those benefits and offer more titles and content, but will no longer require a Twitch account to access.Larry Plotnick, Prime Gaming’s director, said the gaming service started in 2016 with Twitch’s name attached because it was well-known among gamers. But he said Amazon now believes that its own name carries significant weight.“We felt very strongly that to support our game developers as partners, as well as to reach the most customers, the Prime Gaming brand creates a lot more value in that ecosystem,” he said. …

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Twitch Prime is now called Prime Gaming

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So long, Twitch Prime. Today, Amazon is rebranding the suite of video game-focused perks to match the naming convention of its other digital services, such as Prime Video and Prime Reading. The newly-named Prime Gaming works the same way as before. It’s bundled with Amazon Prime — the company’s all-encompassing subscription service that includes faster ‘premium’ deliveries — and offers a bunch of digital goodies that are designed to entice gamers. These include a free channel subscription on Twitch (if you don’t have Prime, these normally cost at least $5 per month), a smattering of games and items for popular titles such as Apex Legends.Amazon hasn’t said why it’s rebranding Twitch Prime. We’re guessing some Prime customers still aren’t aware that Twitch Prime exists or comes with their membership. There might be some users, too, who play games but don’t use Twitch and wrongly assume that the perks aren’t relevant to them. In a press release, Amazon said that Prime Gaming “brings more new content for more games than ever before,” pointing to the various SNK titles that have been offered to subscribers and the agreements it’s secured with heavyweight publishers such as Riot Games …

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496 Gaming stay hot in OMEGA League: Asia tourney

496 gaming stay hot in omega league: asia tourney

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496 Gaming defeated Neon Esports on Monday to move into sole possession of first place in Group A of the OMEGA League: Asia Divine Division tournament. 496 Gaming (4-0 match record, 8-2 map record) sandwiched wins in 58 and 38 minutes, respectively, around a 41-minute setback in the second map to Neon Esports (3-1, 7-3). In another 2-1 match, LING ER (2-2, 6-6) defeated DeMonster (2-2, 5-6) in a Group B tilt after recording wins in 33 and 25 minutes in the first and third maps, respectively. DeMonster won the second map in 34 minutes. The round robin of the $40,000 tournament runs through Saturday, with the top two teams from each group advancing to the upper bracket of the playoffs. The third-place teams clinch a spot in the lower bracket, with the fourth- and fifth-place finishers in each group squaring off for a spot in the lower bracket. The last-place team from each group is eliminated. All matches are best-of-three until the best-of-five grand final, scheduled for Aug. 22. Round-robin play continues Tuesday with Team Adroit facing Execration in a Group A match and EHOME.Immortal facing For The Dream in a Group B contest. The OMEGA League: Asia Divine Division standings through Sunday, with match record and …

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Gamers, start your engines: Ally Racing creates nostalgic video game for NASCAR fans

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CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Ally Racing is giving NASCAR fans of all ages a chance to compete behind the wheel—er, keyboard—of the No. 48 Ally race car with a new online video game.”Nothing can replace the live action sights and sounds of a Cup Series race, but we wanted to create a fun way to stoke competition and engage fans, recognizing people are turning to their mobile devices to stay connected and entertained,” said Andrea Brimmer, chief marketing and public relations officer for Ally.The free, web-based game can be played at www.allyracer.com, and relies on simple instructions and 1980s-style 8-bit graphics to make it accessible to novice gamers and young-at-heart gamers, who may appreciate the drive down memory lane.Players need to steer around obstacles like oil slicks, tire debris and other cars while trying to beat the clock and other race cars to the checkered flag. Hitting financial targets, literally, generates bonus points by driving through Ally Financial “rewards” such as coins and plum-colored dollar bills that pop up on the track. Those rewards are banked for future use, so players can choose when to withdraw the rewards and help boost their …

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U.S. gaming industry records another excellent quarter as pandemic fuels sales

u.s. gaming industry records another excellent quarter as pandemic fuels sales

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The COVID-19 pandemic has utterly decimate a number of industries over the the past several months, but the U.S. gaming industry continues to benefit as people continue to be stuck at home. Yet another report from NPD highlights an excellent quarter, with spending hitting a new Q2 record in the States.
According to the figures, gamers spent $11.6 billion, marking a 30% increase over a year prior. It was also a 7% increase over Q1’s 10.9 billion, as spending continues while the pandemic continues to rage.

Games themselves comprised $10.2 billion of that figure (itself a 28% increase y-o-y), with some familiar titles occupying the top spots, including Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Calls of Duty Warzone and Modern Warfare. The gaming hardware category saw a 57% increase from 2019, with Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One all seeing strong sales.
The Switch isn’t a surprise, given shortages experienced earlier in the year. Perhaps a bit more unexpected are continued sales on the PS4 and Xbox One, given that both consoles are set to be eclipsed by next generation devices later in the year. Of course, those upcoming systems aren’t doing gamers much good during the current moment of stay at home orders.

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Twitch Prime Changing To ‘Prime Gaming’ Is Likely For One Major Unspoken Reason

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Early this morning (or late last night, depending on your sleep schedule) Rod “Slasher” Breslau, leaker extraordinaire, was sent an embargoed packet of information from a Twitch Partner about a grand name and brand change where Twitch Prime will henceforth be known as “Prime Gaming,” as of later today.
The large brand guidebook talks its way through what is now Prime Gaming, which really does not seem all that much different than Twitch Prime, and this change does appear to be mostly cosmetic. But the overall emphasis is to bring the service more in line with other offerings like Prime Video and Prime Music, both in terms of their names, but also focus on things like free games people get to keep or opportunities for free in-game content in games (this already exists through Twitch Prime).

Recommended For YouThere are some funny things in the guidebook, namely a section about the “Emotional Benefits” of Prime Gaming which includes a “Sense of value from the most comprehensive, cost-effective subscription service.” Wow, any subscription service? Must be quite a deal.
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Recent Earning Reports for Mobile Gaming Stocks Showing Healthy, Steady Growth

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PALM BEACH, Fla., Aug. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The global health pandemic has had an incredibly negative impact on most businesses and markets across the globe, but there are actually some markets that have thriving because of the pandemic. The global gaming market is one of those exceptions. Revenues are booming in this industry this year… and are projected to continue in the near future. In fact, most of companies in market are showing upticks in recent quarterly earnings reports across the market… and the mobile games market looks like it will enjoy more growth than both PC and console gaming.  According to a report from Newzoo: “The world is currently undergoing a harrowing and unprecedented event: the COVID-19 pandemic. During these trying times, gaming has become a means of escapism and time filling for many. As a result, one of this year’s growth drivers is an increased interest in gaming due to COVID-19-related lockdown measures. However, the launch of the next-generation consoles toward the end of the year is also a key contributing factor.” Newzoo projected that the 2020’s global games market will generate revenues of $159.3 billion, a healthy year-on-year growth of +9.3%… All game segments saw an increase in engagement …

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PS5 could take more games away from Xbox Series X, rumor suggests

ps5 could take more games away from xbox series x, rumor suggests

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Sony has already lined up a number of major exclusives through third-party publishers for PS5, like GhostWire: Tokyo and Deathloop from Bethesda – not to mention exclusive Spider-Man DLC for the PlayStation versions of Marvel’s Avengers. Now, though, a new rumor suggests that more multiformat games are destined to become PS5 exclusives – at least for a timed period. On Kinda Funny Games’ Games Daily show, writer Imran Khan, formerly a Game Informer senior editor, shared a little info from an unnamed source about Sony’s plans for PS5. “There are things you will be shocked to find out that Sony is moneyhatting, that they are locking up for timed exclusivity,” Khan says. “‘Wow, that is a game that you’re choosing?’ Not because it’s bad, but because it’s huge.”So I am interested to see where this conversation is going to be in a couple of months, because there are games that are widely accepted as multi-platform that Sony is locking up for a little while.”You can watch the clip below. [embedded content]Khan’s wording suggests that exclusivity may be involved with a game that’s already been announced. We wouldn’t like to speculate on that front, but it suggests Sony has …

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Five new Steam games you probably missed (August 10, 2020)

five new steam games you probably missed (august 10, 2020)

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On an average day, about a dozen new games are released on Steam. And while we think that’s a good thing, it can be understandably hard to keep up with. Potentially exciting gems are sure to be lost in the deluge of new things to play unless you sort through every single game that is released on Steam. So that’s exactly what we’ve done. If nothing catches your fancy this week, we’ve gathered the best PC games you can play right now and a running list of the new games of 2020. Hellbound[embedded content]Steam‌ ‌page‌ ‌Release:‌ ‌August 4 ‌Developer:‌ ‌Saibot StudiosPrice:‌ ‌$14.99‌ ‌|‌ ‌£11.39‌ ‌|‌ ‌AU$21.50If the wait for Serious Sam 4 is getting to you, Hellbound looks a treat: it’s a speed-oriented first-person shooter with some pretty obvious nods to Doom and Quake. In other words, it’s all about lightning-quick reflexes and gratuitous gibs, as the protagonist (who’s name by the way is ‘Hellgore’) shoots his muscular way through lava-strewn levels. It looks really good in action, and it definitely worth a look if you consider even Doom Eternal to be a too-impure take on the genre.UnderMine[embedded content]Steam‌ ‌page‌ ‌Release:‌ ‌August 6Developer:‌ ‌ThoriumPrice:‌ ‌$19.99‌ ‌|‌ ‌£15.49‌ ‌|‌ ‌AU$28.95The most noteworthy retro-styled …

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