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Gaming is a massive market globally, and is increasing annually by staggering amounts. That is why we decided to keep track on all the latest in gaming content and partnerships. 

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Nevada Legalizes Online Gambling | GamePolitics

Nevada Legalizes Online Gambling | GamePolitics | Gaming (Invention Inspiration) | Scoop.it

Online Gambling is now legal in Nevada, according to GamesBeat. Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) signed legislation this week that legalized online gambling inside the state of Nevada.

 

Both houses of the Nevada legislature passed the bill as an emergency measure so they could quickly get it passed and enact it before other states - like New Jersey - to reap the early benefits of companies eager to start taking advantage of the new law online.

 

New Jersey governor Chris Christie (R) vetoed that state's online gambling bill Feb. 7, but he said he was planning on signing an amended bill next week. While there's probably plenty of money to be made by companies like Zynga (who are already offering real-world money gambling products online in other countries like the UK), it never hurts to be first.

 

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Brett Ratner to produce a Farmville animated series

Brett Ratner to produce a Farmville animated series | Gaming (Invention Inspiration) | Scoop.it
Casual game Farmville is going to merge with casual movie* director Brett Ratner in an animated half-hour TV series based on Zynga's hugely popular Facebook…
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On the Razer's Edge: New gaming tablet impresses

On the Razer's Edge: New gaming tablet impresses | Gaming (Invention Inspiration) | Scoop.it
Razer's Project Fiona, a gaming tablet introduced as a concept at last year's CES, has become a reality at this year's. But it's not just a ...
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Angry Birds movie coming in 2016

Angry Birds movie coming in 2016 | Gaming (Invention Inspiration) | Scoop.it
"Rovio Entertainment has announced the first animated feature film based on its best-selling Angry Birds franchise. Rovio will produce and finance the film out of its own pocket, hoping to match the success and creative control Marvel Studios has exercised over its characters. To that end, Rovio has hired former Marvel Studios chairman and Iron Man executive producer David Maisel to executive produce the 3D CGI feature. Despicable Me producer John Cohen has been signed as the movie's producer."
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Facebook Wants Game Makers to Develop for Its Platform — Or Else

Facebook Wants Game Makers to Develop for Its Platform — Or Else | Gaming (Invention Inspiration) | Scoop.it

"Two new policies going into effect today on Facebook are making it a lot less convenient for developers to launch games outside the social network.

 

The policies, which were announced back in August, send a clear message to developers that, going forward, Facebook.com is the only place to play social games online.

 

Here’s the deal: Starting today, game developers will be prohibited from accessing Facebook’s open graph on other platforms. For instance, if a game player has elected to log in using his or her Facebook credentials, developers won’t be able to access that person’s friend list. However, game developers will be able to continue publishing news items to a Facebook user’s stream.

In a second provision, the social network is clamping down on the ability of developers to use Facebook.com to drive traffic to external Web sites. For example, when a person searches for a game on Facebook.com or gets an invitation from a friend, he or she can no longer be taken off the site."

 

Sam: So basically FB are strongarming the development community by tying access to a user's FB friends to games hosted on FB only.

 

This spells bad news for Zynga due to their focus on their Zynga.com platform, now needing to build up their own network of gamers outside of Facebook. These changes will mean that one of Zynga's main strategies for expanding their audiences in a viral manner will be severly limited from here on out.

 

What's harsh however is the double-whammy that they've received from Facebook this week. Before their new contract was signed, Zynga would have been exempt from these new provisions, but now they're being treated much more like any other developer in exchange for their newfound financial independence.

 

I guess what Facebook gives with one hand, they can take away with the other.

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PS3 is Netflix's most popular platform

PS3 is Netflix's most popular platform | Gaming (Invention Inspiration) | Scoop.it
Popular streaming movie and TV service Netflix has announced that Sony’s PS3 is the most popular platform with its customers.
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Gillette FC unveils online gaming partnership | Sport Industry Group News

Gillette FC unveils online gaming partnership | Sport Industry Group News | Gaming (Invention Inspiration) | Scoop.it
Following the global launch of the Gillette Football Club, Gillette has announced a new gaming partnership with UK-based social entertainment company, We R Interactive. ...
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Analysts Predict Reversal of U.S. Video Games Sales Slump

Analysts Predict Reversal of U.S. Video Games Sales Slump | Gaming (Invention Inspiration) | Scoop.it
With the U.S.holiday sales season kicking off this weekend, Wall Street predicts solid year-end trends and a stronger first half of 2013.read more...
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Are You Game? Rovio and Kaiku to Release Angry Birds Visa Cards - Geek News Central

Are You Game? Rovio and Kaiku to Release Angry Birds Visa Cards - Geek News Central | Gaming (Invention Inspiration) | Scoop.it
"Rovio, the popular game-maker based in Finland, has produced some of the most popular mobile titles, including record-setting releases like the recent Bad Piggies, which shot to the number one position on the download charts at breakneck speed. As if the mobile and PC games, as well as the merchandising available in retail stores across the U.S., weren’t enough, the company has now announced a partnership with KAIKU to bring Angry Birds to your wallet."

 

Sam: Seems like all the major credit card companies are focusing on gaming in recent months. With the increased adoption of micro transaction business models amongst games, these kind of high profile partnerships with the likes of Visa or American Express will also become more common over the coming year.

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Origin gets in-built Twitch streaming as EA continues to improve games platform

Origin gets in-built Twitch streaming as EA continues to improve games platform | Gaming (Invention Inspiration) | Scoop.it
"Origin will be updated with in-built Twitch streaming, EA has announced.The update, due out in the next few days, aims to make it quick and easy to broadcast gameplay to the popular game streaming site."

 

Sam: This feature is a great addition for EA's Origin, which has been fighting an uphill battle to gain popularity amongst its users since the start. The in-built streaming tech with Twitch.TV is great news for budding YouTube casters and opens up a brilliant way to push user generated content based around EA's IP to Twitch.TV's audiences.

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Windows Phone gamers monetizing at "significantly higher rate"

Windows Phone gamers monetizing at "significantly higher rate" | Gaming (Invention Inspiration) | Scoop.it

"Windows Phone may not have the market share of Apple or Google, but it does appear to be winning in one key area for game developers: monetization. According to data from EEDAR's 2012 Mobile Syndicated Reports, sent to GamesIndustry International, Windows smartphone users "consistently outspend their peers" with almost 10 percent of Windows gamers classified as "Whales" (those who spend more than $25 a month) compared to just four percent on both iOS and Android."

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Have American Express? Then complete Halo 4 on Legendary and get a free trip to E3

Have American Express? Then complete Halo 4 on Legendary and get a free trip to E3 | Gaming (Invention Inspiration) | Scoop.it

"Leading finance company American Express has teamed up with Xbox Live for a first of its kind promo offer.
American Express cardholders will be offered the opportunity “to unlock content, offers and experiences by syncing their eligible Cards with Xbox Live”.

 

Sam: Members will be able to access their AMEX “presence” on Xbox Live to access shopping discounts. Signing up will also reward users with £10 free credit. Also offered are credit refunds on purchases from a number of retailers including Carphone Warehouse, Cineworld, Dixons and Topman.

 

There will be specific offers for players of Halo 4, who once synced will be able to unlock special offers by reaching certain in-game milestones.

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Angry Birds cartoon series premieres next month

Angry Birds cartoon series premieres next month | Gaming (Invention Inspiration) | Scoop.it
Debut episode lands weekend of March 16-17
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Xbox founder: Apple TV gaming could 'simply kill PlayStation, Wii U and Xbox'

Xbox founder: Apple TV gaming could 'simply kill PlayStation, Wii U and Xbox' | Gaming (Invention Inspiration) | Scoop.it
The Xbox is one of the best things that Microsoft (MSFT) has going for it right now, but one of the console's founding engineers thinks the company is in grave danger of getting its hide handed to ...
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Dubbed a Success, Microsoft Promises More Xbox Live Ads | GamePolitics

Dubbed a Success, Microsoft Promises More Xbox Live Ads | GamePolitics | Gaming (Invention Inspiration) | Scoop.it
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Amazon Offers Kids Content with FreeTime Unlimited

Amazon Offers Kids Content with FreeTime Unlimited | Gaming (Invention Inspiration) | Scoop.it

"Amazon has included parental controls called FreeTime, which is a mode where parents can "whitelist" any content on the device designed for kids for it's Kindle Fire tablets. There will now be paid version of this service as well, with a large amount of pre-curated content called FreeTime Unlimited.

 

With major children's media providers chipping in, like Disney, HIT Entertainment, Nickelodeon, Marvel and DC Comics, there will be full books, videos, games and apps available in FreeTime Unlimited. The service is easy to use and everything can be downloaded with a simple tap.

 

All of the content for the pre-selected titles is designed for kids between the ages of three and eight. The idea of the program is to offer content that parents don't have to continually vet for their kids."

 

 

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Newell: living room-friendly PC Steam packages to compete with next-gen consoles

Newell: living room-friendly PC Steam packages to compete with next-gen consoles | Gaming (Invention Inspiration) | Scoop.it

"Amid the rumours that Valve plans to enter the hardware market with a Steam Box, Gabe Newell has said gamers will be able to buy a living room-friendly PC package from the Half-Life maker in 2013.

Speaking to Kotaku, the Valve chief said he expects companies to sell PC packages for living rooms next year and that they could run Steam out of the box.

 

And they will, Newell said, compete with next-generation consoles."

Sam: This ties in with Valve's release of their new Big Picture Mode, which introduced a new input method for more intuitive typing with a controller, a new web browser accessible while playing games and allowed the games available on Valve's Steam platform to be played on TVs with a USB gamepad.

 

But really what this means is that the PC gaming industry is fighting to ensure that the PC remains a relevant gaming platform in everyone's homes and is pushing to have a Steam presence in the living room.

While I doubt it'll replace the more traditional consoles in said living rooms, the flexibility and massive games library that Steam offers will do doubt add a healthy dose of competition in the next gen console wars, when the likes of Valve and the TV manufacturers will start to enter the fray.

 

Go go PC gaming!

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Call of Duty: Black Ops II tops $1 billion in 15 days

Call of Duty: Black Ops II tops $1 billion in 15 days | Gaming (Invention Inspiration) | Scoop.it

"While a number of analysts believe the Call of Duty series is on the decline, Activision has the series off to a quicker start every year. Today the publisher announced that Call of Duty: Black Ops II broke $1 billion in worldwide retail sales in 15 days.

 

That beats last year's Modern Warfare 3, which needed 16 days to cross the $1 billion sales threshold. However, a quicker start doesn't necessarily mean more sold in the long run. The original Black Ops is believed to be the best-selling entry in the series, but Activision didn't announce it had reached $1 billion in worldwide sales until 43 days after launch.

 

While gamers bought the new Call of Duty faster than ever, they may not be playing it quite as much as in the past. Activision said that since the game's launch, Black Ops II players have racked up more than 150 million hours online on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions, or about 10 million hours per day since launch. When the original Black Ops hit $1 billion in sales, Activision reported gamers had played online for more than 600 million hours across all platforms, averaging almost 14 million hours per day since that game's release."

 

Sam: Interesting that the franchise can still hit these kind of numbers, $1 billion in 15 days is nothing short of amazing! But with players playing Black Ops II four times fewer hours than they did with Black Ops I, perhaps Activision has been forcing this goose to lay a few too many golden eggs. Considering that the Call of Duty IP represents one of their main sources of income each year, Activision really need to diversify their IP offering more to stop the series from burning out (like they did with Guitar Hero).

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"UK eSports needs more investment"

"UK eSports needs more investment" | Gaming (Invention Inspiration) | Scoop.it
Professional gaming in the UK is lagging behind its rivals in Asia, the US and Europe in terms of sponsorship, says eSports specialist Multiplay.
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Google Game Could Be Augmented Reality's First Killer App | MIT Technology Review

Google Game Could Be Augmented Reality's First Killer App | MIT Technology Review | Gaming (Invention Inspiration) | Scoop.it

Google have created a new augmented reality game called Ingress that might be the world's first killer AR app.

Played through an Android smartphone, players can choose between two sides; the Enlightened or the Resistance, who can walk around the city capturing portals in order to claim territory for their team.

 

It's interesting, although not exactly an original idea of playing what is essentially capture the flag.

 

AR has been quite a bit of a disappointment when it comes to gaming with few examples that have the needed longevity and traction over a large userbase.

 

But what makes this an interesting prospect is that this AR game will have the clout and might of the Google Empire behind it, and they can call upon resources that the vast majority of game designers can only dream of, making this game possibly the next big thing for augmented reality.

 

Unfortunately, the game is currently invite only. Anyone willing to send through an invite for a hardcore Android user? *hint hint*

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The cult of TotalBiscuit

The cult of TotalBiscuit | Gaming (Invention Inspiration) | Scoop.it
Will Porteer explores the cult of TotalBiscuit, one of YouTube's most divisive personalities.
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Xbox SmartGlass free app launches on iOS, Android

Xbox SmartGlass free app launches on iOS, Android | Gaming (Invention Inspiration) | Scoop.it


"Microsoft has launched its free Xbox SmartGlass app for iOS and Android devices. The release on third-party platforms comes just a fortnight after SmartGlass first launched for Xbox 360 and Windows 8 devices."

 

Sam: Bit of a relief this one. Thought they were going to restrict it to Windows devices only...

 

If you have an Xbox 360 at home, this app is definitely worth a try, as it basically turns any TV into a SmartTV.

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Wii U launch: Reactions mixed, software already discounted

Wii U launch: Reactions mixed, software already discounted | Gaming (Invention Inspiration) | Scoop.it
Sam: The Wii U launched in the US earlier this week, and it's about to hit our shores here in Europe very soon.

 

But there have been reports of retailers being sold out (only around 1 million units were sent to the US), and the likelihood of getting your hands on one without a pre-order or having to pay through the nose on Ebay is rather slim.

 

And yet even so, some retail chains are already offering discounts on Wii U software, something that has never happened in the history of console launches. Having launched with half the online features that were promised and with the console in short supply, are these discounts a sign that retailers are lacking confidence in Nintendo?

 

This analysis of the Wii U launch by Steve Peterson on Gamesindustry.biz takes a closer look..

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Xbox 360 upgrades ESPN app to include all channels - Examiner.com

Xbox 360 upgrades ESPN app to include all channels - Examiner.com | Gaming (Invention Inspiration) | Scoop.it

Examiner.com & Xbox 360 upgrades ESPN app to include all channels. Examiner.com & ESPN on Xbox allows you to choose your favorite sports and teams and designate these channels as “My Sports,” so you can jump directly into games and content.

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