Gaming Platform News

Our ongoing news and analysis of the gaming industry, from console, desktop and mobile platforms through to virtual reality.

Telcos

Telecoms shares are losers as lockdown drives dot-com boom

As global lockdowns drive increase internet usage and boosting sales for dot-com businesses as varied as gaming and food delivery, the stocks of internet and telecoms service provi...

Platform News: Nintendo and its Switch console

Nintendo game pulled from Chinese platforms after protest by Hong Kong activist

A popular Nintendo Switch video game has been pulled off China’s grey market e-commerce platforms, after Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong used the game to protest against Beiji...

Online Card Games

Fans of card games resort to playing online via video chat sessions

Fans of card games including Codenames, Spyfall and Cards Against Humanity have turned to playing unofficial online versions during group video calls with friends, as strict COVID-...

Habbo Hotel Game

Gamers check back in to Habbo Hotel as coronavirus refuge

Remember Habbo Hotel? It was a hit online networking game more than a decade ago. With entire populations now in lockdown the game is gaining new interest, with hundreds of thousan...

Platform News: Tencent conference and exhibition in China

Tencent to develop cloud game platform with Huawei

China’s Tencent Holdings launched a co-innovation lab with Huawei Technologies to develop a cloud game platform, the world’s biggest game company said in a statement Fr...

Gambling

Playtech says players spend time on online poker and bingo

Europeans stuck at home because of the coronavirus may not have any sports events to bet on, but they are playing more poker and bingo online to relieve the boredom, online gamblin...

Platform News: Tencent conference and exhibition in China

Tencent set to hint at virus boost from quarantined gamers

China’s Tencent Holdings is set to give a glimpse of how the world’s largest gaming company has fared from the coronavirus outbreak after curbs forced millions to stay ...

Platform Economy: The technology sector in Paris, France

French telecoms pledge bandwidth ‘discipline’ in possible hit to Netflix

French telecoms operators will exercise greater discipline allocating internet bandwidth from Monday as France braces for a surge in the number of people working from home, the ind...

Platform Industry: Tencent logo at an event

Tencent gets green light to publish two Nintendo Switch games in China

China has given tech giant Tencent Holdings the green light to publish Nintendo Switch games Super Mario Odyssey and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, taking the number of games licensed for th...

CD Projekt

Poland’s CD Projekt seeks age approval for cyberpunk video game

Poland’s biggest video game producer CD Projekt is seeking age recommendations from the industry’s rating boards for its flagship product “Cyberpunk 2077” a...

Grindr

Grindr’s owner says to sell social media app for $608 million

The Chinese gaming company Beijing Kunlun Tech Co Ltd said on Friday that it has agreed to sell Grindr LLC, a popular gay dating app it acquired in 2016, for about $608.5 million.

Platform News: Nintendo and its Switch console

Tencent extends warranty for Nintendo Switches in China as virus hits sales

BEIJING – Chinese technology giant Tencent said on Tuesday it would extend warranty for Nintendo Switches purchased in China via official channels before March 31 by six mont...

Chinese regulators remove ‘Plague Inc’ game from Apple’s China app store

BEIJING/SHANGHAI – The video game “Plague Inc”, which has surged in popularity amid the coronavirus epidemic, has been removed from Apple’s China app store ...

Platform News: Nintendo and its Switch console

Nintendo CEO says it has no plans for a new Switch in 2020

The Chief Executive Officer of Nintendo Co. Ltd, Shuntaro Furukawa has stated that the gaming company has no plans to launch a new version of its wildly popular Switch gaming devic...