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Is Mobile the Future of Gaming? Twitter’s Head of Gaming Certainly Thinks so

is mobile the future of gaming? twitter’s head of gaming certainly thinks so

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The first question that comes to mind ahead of an interview with Rishi Chadha, Head of Gaming Content Partnerships at Twitter, is ‘what does Twitter have to offer gamers and how does it fit into this world’? Well, apparently, it is quite active in the field, including in Israel.
 Rishi Chadha runs the conversation on Twitter when it comes to the world of gaming, whether it be by concentrating the global partnerships, advertisers and gaming news, or the discussions of opinion leaders and fans in real-time. Since he joined Twitter in 2017, he launched new content partnerships with developers like Activision Blizzard and Riot Games and also grew the live streaming platform on the social network. He is also focused on Esport and raising awareness of these competitions online. Among Twitter’s clients in Israel with whom Rishi works are gaming companies Playstudios, Plarium, and Beach Bum.
Rishi Chadha, Head of Gaming Content Partnerships at Twitter. Photo: Twitter
 
In an interview with Calcliast, he tried to answer the question of how to integrate gaming into a platform that in Israel is largely seen as belonging to ’the scene’ and is most of the time consumed by aggressive discourse between politicians and journalists.
 
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Okada Manila sees 1Q20 loss grow as COVID impacts mass gaming business

okada manila sees 1q20 loss grow as covid impacts mass gaming business

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Philippines integrated resort Okada Manila posted an operating loss of JPY 1.72 billion (US$16.0 million) on the back of a 23.7% decline in Adjusted segment EBITDA to JPY 2.17 billion (US$20 million) for the three months to 31 March 2020, impacted by a reduction in visitation and subsequent suspension of operations in March due to COVID-19.
While net sales fell by only 6.3% year-on year to JPY15.71 billion (US$145.8 million), parent company Universal Entertainment Corp reported a widened loss for its Philippines IR from JPY 512 million (US$4.8 million) in 1Q19.
Publishing its first quarter financial results on Friday, Universal revealed a 4.4% decline in VIP rolling chip turnover at Okada Manila to Php125.24 billion (US$1.16 billion) but a substantial 25.4% fall in mass table drop to Php3.50 billion (US$32.5 million). GGR for the quarter was down 9.3% to Php8.64 billion (US$80.2 million).
Universal said that Okada Manila had been tracking well until its operations were suspended, “mainly because of the patronage of guests who live in the Philippines.
“The hotel occupancy rate was very high in the first quarter until the suspension began,” it said.
Despite the impact on its integrated resorts business, Universal’s group-wide bet sales soared by 80.1% year-on-year to JPY 40.77 billion (US$378.3 million), with a net …

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Gaming gifts for Father’s Day

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Nintendo Switch

For snatching moments between carpools or meetings, get him the Nintendo Switch portable console. It’s a versatile hybrid game console that easily switches between a big-screen TV and on-the-go portable. And its initially slim game library now includes a good mixture of must-have Nintendo franchise exclusives, indie titles and even some decent PC ports. The unique TV-or-mobile gaming proposition of the Nintendo Switch is now matched by a stellar collection of games, including instant-classics like new “Zelda” and “Mario” titles.

Oculus Quest

While the app library for Oculus’ new headset is small, it’s the best wireless option available — perfect for remaining untangled in a small living room or den. But it provides an immersive VR experience with great controls and full positional tracking — no phone, PC or game console, and costs $400, which isn’t bad. There’s no better mobile VR experience than the Oculus Quest, and its full-motion untethered design feels like the future.

Microsoft Adaptive Controller

When you’re in that demon-killing mood, you should be able to do it with the best of them. Help your dad overcome the frustration of using mainstream game controllers with Microsoft’s $100 Xbox Adaptive Controller. It maps …

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Lightning’s Cirelli outlasts ‘Canes’ Foegele in NHL Gaming Challenge

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Tampa Bay Lightning center Anthony Cirelli had to stave off a furious rally from Carolina Hurricanes forward Warren Foegele in sudden death for a 2-1 win Saturday in the NHL Gaming Challenge. Cirelli was up 3-0 in the decider over his former junior hockey teammate but was able to rebound after Foegele had tied it at 3-3. The third and final game was 3-on-3, with the first one to five winning. “It was a tight game,” Cirelli said. “In 3-on-3, anything can happen. It didn’t go our way,” Foegele said. Cirelli fended off a 5-minute penalty and even scored a short-handed goal in Game 1 en route to a 4-1 victory. Foegele’s only goal came during the major penalty, but that’s all he was able to muster. Virtual Tyler Johnson scored twice for Tampa. “Johnny always scores against us,” Foegele said. Foegele rebounded with a 5-4 win in overtime in Game 2, setting up the decider. The NHL Player Gaming Challenge is streaming action on Thursdays and Saturdays. All 31 NHL teams have representation, and Seattle Seahawks tight end Luke Willson represented the pending NHL Seattle expansion team. No standings are being compiled, as the games are designed strictly for …

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Cybersecurity, DIY and gaming to come up trumps in FTSE reshuffle

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Predictably, travel and aviation stocks are set to drop out of the top 100 firms in this week’s stock market review

A croupier shuffles cards for a game of poker.
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In the words of 1978 song The Gambler, recorded so memorably by country crooner Kenny Rogers, “You’ve got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em.” There has of late been more folding than holding from FTSE 100 investors, leading to one of the biggest reshuffles of the index in recent memory.
The term “blue chip” has its origins on the poker table, where blue was the colour of the highest-value tokens. Rarely have the gambling idioms so beloved of investing commentary felt so appropriate as when the pandemic saw many companies land on zero revenues during lockdowns.
In the light of such chaos, the only surprise is that there isn’t more turnover. In the words of Nicholas Hyett, an equity analyst at investment group Hargreaves Lansdown: “The world has changed since the last FTSE review at the beginning of March.”
Yet only four companies are expected to drop down to the FTSE 250 at the upcoming quarterly review – …

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Whicker: As good as the games are, they can’t heal what ails us now

whicker: as good as the games are, they can’t heal what ails us now

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At times like this we hear about the “healing power of sports.”
They do not bring a cure. They bring a tourniquet. They can relieve pain. They do not mend fractures that stretch 3,000 miles and damage every star and stripe.
When George W. Bush brazenly walked into Yankee Stadium and threw the first pitch of World Series Game 3 in 2001, a month and a half after the planes hit, he made people jump and cheer and cry. But all he could do was inspire. After the balls and bats were put away, New York went back to burying its cops and firemen.
When Cathy Freeman made the final turn at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, her fans found an eerie new octave. Their noise sounded like souls that had been freed from bodies, a strange new language of sound. Freeman won the gold medal in the 400 as an indigenous Aussie. Whatever hope she sowed is a wilted memory. Her people live 10 fewer years than the average Australian, and only 48 percent of those of working age have jobs.
As 2020 plunges past the River Styx, a disabled nation must heal itself.
Some of us cry for spectator sports, which have been removed by COVID-19. …

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Riot Games unveils Reyna, 11th VALORANT agent

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1:59 PM ETRiot Games has revealed the newest VALORANT agent.The 11th VALORANT agent, Reyna, is from Mexico. The announcement video posted to Twitter shows 30 seconds of her gameplay, including a brief introduction of her abilities, but no explanation. Her free ability appears to be some kind of healing steal effect, with the voice line “give me your heart!” One bought ability seems to have a blinding effect, perhaps similar to the Phoenix curveball, with the voice line “see nothing!”Her opening line in the teaser video is, “Are those our enemies? This won’t take long.” Her primary colors are purple and black.Read more: What we thought of VALORANT’s beta | Who pioneered each VALORANT agentThe reaction to Reyna online seems to be very positive. Pro player Lucas “Mendo” Håkansson responded to the video by saying, “reyna main reporting in.”Coby “Dizzy” Meadows jokingly noted he’s now a Reyna main too.REYNA /// Mexico”What hope do these criaturas have?”#VALORANT pic.twitter.com/inO8bR5cto- VALORANT (@PlayVALORANT) May 30, 2020VALORANT’s closed beta ended a few days ago, and the game will be released to the public on June 2. Riot Games confirmed the game will feature 11 agents and four maps (the …

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Nets Gaming Crew teams with eyewear company to help reduce eye strain

nets gaming crew teams with eyewear company to help reduce eye strain

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Professional NBA 2K players don’t have to worry much about nagging ankle injuries or blown out Achilles tendons affecting their online play. Yeah, a wrist injury could do them dirty, but the bigger long-time issue is … eye strain! Hours in front of console will do that to you.
So, the Nets GC (for Gaming Crew) has partnered with Zenni, the leading online eyecare provider, to take advantage of its Blokz technology, which the company says reduces eye strain by blocking blue light emitted by digital screens. Zenni is also NetsGC’s Official Eyewear Partner. Jerseys featuring the Zenni logo will appear on the uniforms worn by each of NetsGC’s in-game avatars and Zenni branding will be featured within the game through the remainder of the season both on NetsGC’s home court and through visual courtside signage.
“The idea is that our players are training for eight plus hours a day, whether that be on the consoles themselves, with the blue light and the potential strain of their eyes and if they are not playing, they are watching film together,” said Josh Pruss, Head of NetsGC Business Operations. “The idea is that the majority of our team, the …

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Chill out: 10 Apple Arcade games for anxiety relief

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This story is part of CNET’s coverage of Apple Arcade, including exclusive first looks we got at some of the service’s high-profile new games.When the constant bombardment ofcoronavirus coverage and other world events becomes overwhelming (which is often), playing a video game is one of my favorite ways to unwind. Immersing myself in a good story or puzzle is the perfect distraction when I get anxious about the world opening back up. Apple Arcade, Apple’s $4.99 (£4.99, AU$7.99) monthly gaming subscription service that launched back in September, has a catalog of more than 120 games in multiple genres, with new games added every week. The games are available on iPad, iPhone, Mac and Apple TV.  Since I started using Apple Arcade, I’ve found that many of the games’ aesthetics, soundtracks or tactile nature make them particularly soothing. Here are some of the best games to help you decompress on Apple Arcade so far.PatternedDeveloper: Borderleap
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I love the aesthetically pleasing nature of Patterned. If you’re a fan of adult coloring books, you should check this game out. After you choose a puzzle — or pattern — to complete, it will start out as a black-and-white sketch. …

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