Microsoft completed the deal to bolster its gaming business but Activision Blizzard has seen most of its staff leave the merged entity. Gaming 

Microsoft Under Investigation as Thousands of Gaming Employees Depart, Prompting Layoffs

Microsoft finally decided to buy Activision Blizzard, but the company decided to cut thousands of employees from the game division to accommodate the changes. Microsoft is now facing questions over its decision to lay off around 1,900 workers, something antitrust authorities had feared when they granted the contract an extension. Concerns have been shared by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which believes that Microsoft is making drastic changes to the recently acquired company that could have a major impact on the company’s future and thousands of employees losing their…

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Roblox is one of the most popular gaming platforms online, and now it has a new AI chat translator. (Roblox) Gaming 

Learn how Roblox’s new AI chat translator is breaking down language barriers

Roblox, a highly engaging platform with over 70 million daily active users, has introduced a new real-time chat translator powered by artificial intelligence (AI). This innovative feature enables users to easily converse with others from around the globe by translating chats in 16 languages using Roblox’s own AI technology. This advancement allows Roblox users to communicate in their preferred language, enhancing their overall experience on the platform. Learn more about this exciting development. Roblox AI powered chat translator Roblox announced in a blog post that this new AI chat translator…

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Unlike PlayStation and Nintendo, Xbox could be looking at making its games multi-platform, meaning Xbox games could one day launch on rival platforms like the PS5 and the Nintendo Switch. Gaming 

PS5 Could See Multiplatform Release of Xbox Exclusives, Including Indiana Jones Game

In the console wars, there is always a heated debate about whether one gaming platform is necessarily better than the other, and fans defend their console of choice. But ultimately, it all boils down to games – exclusive games. With Microsoft’s Xbox, PlayStation and Nintendo in the game, the debate continues. Now it seems that Microsoft of the three could take a radically different approach, perhaps to exit this battle altogether. Unlike PlayStation and Nintendo, Xbox could aim to make its games cross-platform, meaning that Xbox games could one day…

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Palworld is a survival title developed by Pocketpair, and similar to the Pokémon games, it features creatures called 'Pals' that you can catch. Gaming 

Palworld Offers More Than Just ‘Pokémon Armed with Firearms’

If you’re a gamer and haven’t been living under a rock, you know about Palworld and how popular it has become since its launch just weeks ago on January 19th. In fact, the game has broken many records and is now the most successful third-party release in Xbox GamePass history. According to reports, the game has sold a whopping 19 million copies in total on Steam and Xbox. But for those of you who aren’t in the know, Palworld is a survival game developed by Japanese indie game maker Pocketpair.…

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These layoffs, confirmed by Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer, represents an 8 to 9 percent reduction of the total workforce in the company's gaming division Gaming 

Microsoft’s Gaming Division to Cut 1,900 Jobs in Tech Layoffs of 2024

Microsoft joins a growing number of technology companies whose employees have been reduced from the beginning of 2024. The Redmond-based technology giant, which recently reached a market value of $3 trillion, has officially announced the immediate layoff of 1,900 employees at its Activision. Blizzard and Xbox divisions. The layoffs will take effect this week. These layoffs, which Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer confirmed in an internal memo, represent an 8-9 percent reduction in the company’s gaming division’s total workforce, which currently employs a total of 22,000 people. Spencer says this…

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Fancy owning Minecraft on mobile? Now you can buy it for just Rs 29 in the latest deal on the Apple App Store and Google Play. Here are the details. Gaming 

Minecraft Available at a Steal: Get it for Only Rs 29 on Apple App Store and Google Play

If you’ve been looking to buy Minecraft for your Android or iOS device, now could be the perfect time to pull the trigger as it’s been discounted to just Rs 29 from its usual Rs 690 on both the Apple App Store and Google Play. This limited-time offer is sure to be a sweet deal for long-time Minecraft fans who have been dying to play the best-selling video game of all time right on their mobile devices. Notably, this isn’t the first time the game has been discounted; on three…

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Los Angeles-based Riot, whose popular titles include "League of Legends”, said teams outside of core development will see the largest impact from layoffs. Gaming 

League of Legends Developer Announces Layoffs of 530 Employees, Citing Unsustainable Costs

Tencent Holdings’ Riot Games plans to lay off 530 employees, or about 11 percent of its workforce worldwide, the online game company said on Monday in its blog, which included CEO Dylan Jadeja’s letter to employees. Los Angeles-based Riot, whose popular titles include “League of Legends,” said teams outside of core development will see the biggest impact from the layoffs. Digital game publishers are struggling to grow because the public isn’t buying expensive games or staying with games less frequently amid high inflation. At the beginning of last year, Electronic…

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear a challenge by Apple to a lower court's decision requiring changes to certain rules in its lucrative App Store. Gaming 

US Supreme Court Rejects Apple-Epic Games App Legal Dispute

WASHINGTON: The US Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to rule on Apple’s appeal of a lower court ruling that required changes to certain rules in its lucrative App Store, as judges avoided a lengthy legal battle between the iPhone maker and Epic Games. the popular video game “Fortnite”. The justices also rejected Epic’s appeal of a lower court ruling that Apple’s App Store policies, which restrict distribution and payment for software, do not violate federal antitrust laws. The judges did not give reasons for their decision to reject the appeals.…

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The US Supreme Court declined to hear the case from Epic and Apple. (REUTERS) Gaming 

CEO of Epic concedes defeat in court battle with Apple, claiming it will not lead to opening up iPhone to rival stores.

On Tuesday, the CEO of Epic Games, the creator of Fortnite, acknowledged that the company’s legal fight to allow alternative app stores on Apple’s iPhone had come to an end. The high court’s decision not to consider appeals from both Apple and Epic effectively concluded the lengthy court battle. Epic in 2020 launched a case aimed at breaking Apple’s grip on the App Store and accusing the iPhone maker of a monopoly on the digital services store. Apple is cutting up to 30 percent of all financial transactions in its…

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CES 2024 is being held in Las Vegas, Nevada, and it is expected to feature big tech announcements. (Bloomberg) Gaming 

Updates for CES 2024: AI predictions, inclusive gaming, airborne transportation, and Martha Stewart

The Consumer Technology Association is hosting CES 2024, a multi-day trade event that is anticipated to attract over 130,000 attendees and feature more than 4,000 exhibitors in Las Vegas. This event will showcase the latest advancements and devices in various fields such as personal technology, transportation, healthcare, sustainability, and others. Artificial intelligence will be prominently featured, demonstrating its expanding applications. From the latest announcements to the wackiest smart gadgets, the Associated Press keeps a rolling report on everything we find interesting on the CES floor. GYROGLOVE WORKS TO HELP those…

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Sony Honda Mobility its latest electric vehicle, the Afeela during 2024 CES event in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 8. (Bloomberg) Gaming 

What CES 2024 is Highlighting: From AI and gaming to automotive advancements, here’s what to expect at this year’s tech extravaganza.

This week, CES, the annual trade show organized by the Consumer Technology Association, is commencing in Las Vegas, showcasing a wide range of technological innovations. Formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show, the multi-day event showcases the industry’s latest advancements and gadgets in personal technology, transportation, healthcare and more — and the use of artificial intelligence is rapidly increasing everywhere you look. The Consumer Technology Association bills CES as the world’s largest audited in-person technology event. The organizers hope to get around 130,000 participants this year. More than 4,000 exhibitors,…

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Samsung unveils the world’s inaugural transparent MicroLED screen at CES 2024.

During its First Look event at CES, Samsung has unveiled a groundbreaking innovation – the world’s first transparent MicroLED display, adding to the list of surprises at the event. While there’s still no word on how much it will cost or when this technology will find its way to retail devices, Samsung showed off not one, but three different transparent micro-LED displays with slightly different designs. Two of the demo units featured tinted glass to make it easier to overlook areas behind possible panels, while the other appeared to be…

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Get ready for a tech spectacular at CES 2024! From AI TVs to innovative laptops and smart homes, discover the latest in consumer electronics and gaming. (ces.tech) Gaming 

Get a sneak peek into what to expect at CES 2024: From TVs and laptops to AI and gaming

Get ready for the highly anticipated Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2024, taking place in Las Vegas from January 9 to 12. The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) is hosting this year’s CES, which guarantees an impressive display covering 2.4 million square feet and showcasing over 4000 exhibitors. This event serves as a platform for unveiling the year’s tech trends, as companies present their newest advancements in a wide range of fields. Whether it’s TVs or gaming equipment, here’s a glimpse of what to expect at CES 2024. 1. televisions Televisions are…

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Apple made big strides in expanding the Mac's gaming capabilities in 2023. Read on to know how the synergy between software and its M Series chipsets is helping achieve this. Gaming 

Apple’s Focus on Gaming for Mac Becomes Evident with 2023 Initiatives

Apple’s Mac computers have traditionally not been known for their gaming prowess; Instead, they’ve gained a reputation as reliable tools that creatives and professionals rely on to get things done. However, that hasn’t stopped Apple from trying to change that perception—indeed, making significant strides in this area. It was only earlier this year that the iPhone manufacturer introduced a game mode with macOS Sonoma. This mode maximizes system performance so AAA games can run as well as possible. Speaking of AAA games, of course, we can’t forget the move to…

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Ever wondered what X would be like if it allowed PS5 gamers to stream directly on the platform? Well, that future may soon become a reality, per Elon Musk. Gaming 

Elon Musk Teases Possibility of Direct Streaming of PS5 Games on X Platform: Find Out More

PlayStation 5 gamers may soon be able to stream games directly to X (formerly Twitter), possibly through an official app, as a recent conversation between Elon Musk and a user suggests. For X, user @AlexJonesMW3, responding to Elon Musk’s Diablo gameplay video, asked if X could launch a standalone streaming app for PS5. “I’m happy to pay whatever price I have to pay to be able to stream directly from my PS5 to @X,” the user said. He also asked Musk if he could contact someone at PlayStation. To which…

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Chinese gaming giants recently suffered big losses due to new online game restrictions. In response, regulators approved 105 games to mitigate the impact. Gaming 

China Rushes to Approve 105 Online Games Following Recent Restrictions

Over the years, we’ve seen the Chinese government clamp down on online gaming, which includes limiting the amount of time children can spend playing games and the constant dissemination of information emphasizing how addictive gaming is. Recently, Chinese regulators announced new restrictions aimed at introducing spending limits across gaming platforms and even preventing minors from tipping game streamers. These were implemented by the National Press and Publications Administration. Shortly after the announcement, several companies, including gaming giants Tencent and NetEase, were forced to bear the brunt of the announcement as…

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Let's take a look at how 2023 has unfolded for gaming, and why it is a landmark year in gaming history. Gaming 

Here’s Why 2023 Will Go Down as an Exceptional Year in Gaming

The year 2023 is almost over and there are no more major video game releases in sight. But looking back, this year has been incredible for gaming, both in terms of games released and the evolution of the industry. We saw huge releases this year like Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 for PS5, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom for Nintendo Switch, and Microsoft finally releasing a first-party game with Starfield. Square Enix and Ubisoft also added the release of Final Fantasy XVI and Assassin’s Creed Mirage. And of course,…

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Epic Games is gifting 17 free games, kicking off with Destiny 2: Legacy Collection. Additionally, there are big discounts on games like Alan Wake 2 as well. Gaming 

Epic Offers 17 Free Games and Significant Discounts on Alan Wake 2 and More

Epic Games has revealed that it will be giving away a total of 17 games as part of its holiday celebrations. The first game in this lineup is Destiny 2: Legacy Collection, which can be claimed until December 20th. When you visit Epic Games’ free games page, you’ll notice that the next mystery game hasn’t been revealed yet. It will be interesting to see what it is on December 20th. New games are still unlocked in the same way going forward. The holiday festivities extend beyond free games; you can…

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Fortnite-maker Epic Games triumphs over Google in a landmark antitrust case and CEO Tim Sweeney put things in perspective. (REUTERS) Gaming 

CEO Tim Sweeney’s response following Epic Games’ surprising victory against Google in an anti-trust lawsuit

Epic Games, the company responsible for Fortnite, has won a major legal battle against Google regarding its Play Store policies. This high-profile case, which had garnered significant attention from the tech industry, resulted in a jury finding Google guilty of antitrust violations. The verdict represents a significant milestone for Epic Games in its ongoing efforts to promote fair competition within the app store market. In an interview with CNBC, Epic Games’ CEO, Tim Sweeney, discussed the contrasting outcomes of the company’s legal disputes with both Apple and Google. Sweeney attributed…

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PlayStation Wrap-Up 2023 lets you create a year-end summary of your gaming on a PlayStation 4 or PS5. You can see how many games you played, your most-played game, the trophies you earned, and more. Gaming 

Learn How to Create Your PlayStation Wrap-Up 2023

It’s that time of year again, when streaming apps like Spotify, YouTube Music, and even social media apps like Reddit release their year-end reviews. And now PlayStation, Sony’s gaming division, has released its own synopsis. PlayStation Wrap-Up 2023 allows you to create a year-end summary of your gaming experience on PlayStation 4 or PS5. You can see the number of games you’ve played, your most played game, the rewards you’ve earned and more. This year has been particularly exciting with the release of many critically acclaimed games such as Marvel’s…

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