Ubisoft accidentally showed ads in Assassin's Creed Odyssey while gamers were playing, and users are upset despite the company's statement. Gaming 

Ubisoft’s Advertising Blunder: What Happened After Ads Appeared in Assassin’s Creed?

Ubisoft has been making Assassin’s Creed games for over a decade, and while the series has had its ups and downs, it’s developed a cult following for its mysterious gameplay and historical settings. However, fans were recently frustrated when Ubisoft accidentally showed in-game ads in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, its 2018 flagship action RPG. This affected the gaming experience, and many users reported that these ads appeared in the middle of in-game “pop-ups”. Since then, Ubisoft has acknowledged this bug and dismissed it as a “technical issue”. “We have learned that…

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You can also stream Gal Gadot's new action movie this Friday. Gaming 

Netflix Launches Text Adventure ‘Heart of Stone’ on Discord Bot

Netflix has been operating a Discord bot for over a year now, which assists individuals in discovering shared shows and movies according to their geographical accessibility. Today, the company is broadening the functionalities of the “Hey, Netflix” bot by introducing a text-based game. This is the first time Netflix has brought a game like this to Discord. As you might expect, it has to do with something you’ll soon be able to stream on Netflix, the action movie Heart of Stone starring Gal Gadot and Jamie Dornan. The film arrives…

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The Jet Set Radio-inspired game will initially be available in mid-August for the Switch and PC. Gaming 

‘Cyberpunk Action Game ‘Bomb Rush Cyberfunk’ Launches on PlayStation and Xbox in September’

Bomb Rush Cyberfunk, the highly anticipated game from Team Reptile that strongly resembles Jet Set Radio, will now be available on PlayStation and Xbox in addition to its initial release on Switch and PC. Originally set to launch on August 18th, the developer has announced that PlayStation and Xbox players will only have to wait an additional two weeks, as the game will be released for their consoles on September 1st. Team Reptile describes Bomb Rush Cyberfunk as a world where “self-styled graffiti gangs with personal boostpacks battle each other…

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The online gaming sector is not pleased with the decision from the GST Council which raises concerns about the future of the industry. Gaming 

GST Ruling To Cause Financial Losses For Online Gaming Industry: Industry Leaders

The industry executives have been taken aback by the decision to impose a 28 percent GST on online gaming, horse racing, and other activities. They are uncertain about how the sector can thrive under these restrictions. “The GST Council’s decision to levy 28% GST on online games without differentiating between skill and casual games poses a serious threat to the growth and sustainability of the Indian online gaming industry,” said the management of Kick Games Studios Pvt. Ltd. Other players in the industry, such as Games 24×7, have also shared…

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Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman releases a stamp during the 50th meeting of the GST Council, at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on Tuesday. (Shrikant Singh) Gaming 

GST Council Imposes 28% Tax on Revenue of Online Gaming Companies

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council, led by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, has announced that online gaming companies will now be subject to a 28% indirect tax on their turnover. This decision was made during the council’s 50th meeting, where state finance ministers also discussed the taxation of casinos, horse racing, and online gaming. It has previously been unable to decide whether to impose the 28% GST on the face value of bets, gross gaming revenue or just platform fees. West Bengal Finance Minister Chandrima Bhattacharya said, “The…

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Rest, dear one, and let Snorlax drain your strength. Gaming 

‘Pokémon Sleep’ to Launch This Month with Reveal of ‘Gameplay’ Trailer

After a long wait of four years since its announcement, Pokémon Sleep, following the success of Pokémon Go, is finally making progress. Initially, many believed that this peculiar sleep tracking app would never see the light of day, but now a new trailer showcasing its gameplay has been released, along with an estimated release date in late July. We italicized playing because this is not a game. It’s a sleep tracking app with Pokémon protection. The app pairs you with snooze-loving Snorlax. You’ll strengthen your bond with the gigantic treasure…

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Samsung has expanded its lineup of Odyssey gaming monitor series in India with the launch of two new Odyssey G9 monitors, featuring ultra-wide 49-inch QHD 240Hz OLED panels. Gaming 

Samsung Unveils Odyssey G9 OLED Gaming Monitors In India With 240Hz Refresh Rate: See Price, Features

Samsung has introduced two new models, the Odyssey G9 G95SC and G9 G93SC, to its 2023 lineup of Odyssey gaming monitors in India. Featuring ultra-wide 49-inch QHD 240Hz OLED panels with DisplayHDR True Black 400 and 1800R curvature, these monitors are designed for high-end apps and games. Samsung Odyssey G9: Specifications and Features Both screens of the Samsung Odyssey G9 series have 49-inch QHD OLED panels with an aspect ratio of 32:9; supports 240 Hz refresh rate, 0.03 ms response time and AMD FreeSync Premium Pro. The G9 G95SC, on…

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You'll explore worlds within worlds in this project from former 'Inside' developers. Gaming 

‘Cocoon’ – A Recursive Puzzle Adventure Game – Set to Launch on September 29th

The puzzle game genre is experiencing a remarkable year with the exceptional releases of Humanity and the mind-boggling Viewfinder. Adding to the excitement, a new game called Cocoon has recently been announced and showcased at Summer Game Fest, garnering significant attention. Publisher Annapurna Interactive has revealed that Cocoon will be available on various platforms, including PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Steam, starting from September 29th. Additionally, the game will also be accessible through Game Pass. This is the first project from Geometric Interactive, founded by…

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The highly stylized action-adventure RPG delves into culture, relationships and family pressures. Gaming 

Compete Against Former Flames in ‘Thirsty Suitors’ on November 2nd

The Thirsty Suitors trailer from Annapurna Interactive concludes with the catchy tagline: “Engage in battles with your former partners, defy your parents’ expectations, and discover your true self.” This statement clearly indicates that the upcoming game is taking a unique and unconventional approach. Annapurna and Outerloop Games have recently revealed that this cross-platform RPG, which revolves around the theme of returning home and reconciling with past chaos, will be released on November 2nd. Originally released in 2021, Thirsty Suitors takes you into the world of Jala, who returns to the…

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It's the first game developed by publisher Annapurna Interactive. Gaming 

New Video Game Set Between ‘Blade Runner’ Movies Announced: ‘Blade Runner 2033: Labyrinth

Annapurna Interactive is currently working on a game inspired by the renowned science fiction movie Blade Runner. The game takes place in the time period between the original Blade Runner film and its sequel, Blade Runner 2049. This provides players with the opportunity to discover what Deckard, the main character, was up to before his encounter with Ryan Gosling in an abandoned casino or similar setting. Blade Runner 2033: Labyrinth follows the Blade Runners – their ID name hidden from the trailer – as they explore a mysterious place called…

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Thousands of games are discounted until July 13th Gaming 

Steam Summer Sale Offers Discount of up to $130 on Steam Deck

The Steam Summer Sale is currently underway, offering a tempting offer for those who have been hesitant to purchase a Steam Deck. In addition to a vast selection of games, the device itself is available at a discounted price until July 13th. The 64GB model has been reduced by 10 percent, now priced at $359.10, while the version with 256GB of faster NVMe storage is now $449.65, a 15 percent discount from the original price. Furthermore, the 512GB variant, which features an anti-glare screen, is now 20 percent off, priced…

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He is the king of disasters, after all. Gaming 

Roland Emmerich Developing Shared Universe of TV, Gaming and Web3 Content

Renowned filmmaker Roland Emmerich has revealed his latest project, Space Nation Online, an exciting multiplayer online game (MMO) that incorporates the popular and controversial NFTs. Emmerich, known for directing blockbuster films like Independence Day and Stargate, aims to create a vast shared universe that includes animated shorts, a live-action TV series, and various elements of Web3 technology. For that, there’s a bile-inducing page detailing the tokenomics surrounding “Web3 Space Opera MMO” if you want to throw away your money on a procedurally generated image of a starship or whatever. According…

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Not bad for a PlayStation 5 exclusive. Gaming 

‘Final Fantasy XVI’ Breaks Record with Over 3 Million Copies Sold

Since its release on June 22, Final Fantasy XVI, a PS5 exclusive with a darker tone, has sold over three million units. This impressive sales figure is even more notable considering the game’s limited availability on a single console. In comparison, Final Fantasy XV, a multi-platform title available on both PS4 and Xbox One, sold five million copies during its launch week in 2016. Square Enix says this three million figure represents both digital and physical sales worldwide. This falls slightly short of the recent FF7 version, which sold 3.5…

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Say hello to Bloober 3.0. Gaming 

Bloober Team Completes Production of Psychological Horror Games

Bloober Team’s latest release, the remastered and expanded Layers of Fear collection, quietly signaled the conclusion of their era known as Bloober Team 2.0. This psychological horror game, which was not openly promoted as their final project, marked the end of this phase for the studio. “This year is like closing an era of making psychological horror games,” studio founder Piotr Babieno told ReturnByte. “Right now we’re transitioning to Bloober Team 3.0 and making mass market horror.” Bloober doesn’t abandon horror as a whole, but it shifts the focus. Over…

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You can sign up to playtest the game this week. Gaming 

‘Project Loki’ Combines Elements of ‘League of Legends’ and ‘Fortnite’

Joe Tung, who led development on League of Legends for almost eight years, left Riot at the end of 2020 to establish Theorycraft Games. The studio, consisting of individuals who have contributed to popular games such as League, Valorant, Overwatch, Halo, Destiny, and Apex Legends, has been diligently working on their inaugural project, known as Project Loki. Until now, only a select few content creators and professional gamers have had the opportunity to play Loki. However, this is about to change as Theorycraft has announced a two-day PC playtest, commencing…

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The gaming product is called 'Playables,' according to The Wall Street Journal. Gaming 

YouTube Testing Online Games for Mobile and Desktop Platforms

According to a recent report by the Wall Street Journal, Google is exploring the potential of online games as a new revenue stream for YouTube. The video hosting platform has allegedly asked its staff to test a new product called Playables, which allows users to play online games directly on YouTube. The games are said to be accessible on both mobile and desktop devices, as per an internal email seen by the Journal. Users can play them on the YouTube website using a web browser or via an app on…

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Switching between assault vehicles and melee combat is fun, if simple. Gaming 

First Look at Akira Toriyama’s ‘Sand Land’ Manga Adaptation

Bandai Namco has a proven track record of successfully adapting anime and manga series into video games. Their latest addition, Sand Land, was unveiled at the Summer Game Fest and prominently displayed alongside their popular Naruto (now Boruto) Ultimate Storm fighting series at the Los Angeles show floor. But sandy soil? You may never have heard of it, but don’t let that put you off, it’s a 21st century comic written by legendary manga artist Akira Toriyama. Yes, Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama. The man who created the characters for…

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Eligible players will have access to the new content in the coming weeks. Gaming 

Roblox Creators Can Now Develop Content for Players Aged 17 and Over

Although Roblox claims to be a platform for all ages, it has primarily been favored by children and pre-teens. However, the company has announced a shift from its family-friendly image by permitting creators to produce content exclusively for users aged 17 and above. This move is significant as 38% of Roblox’s daily active users in 2022 were over 17 years old, according to the platform’s press release on Tuesday. Specifically, Roblox says content creators can “present more mature themes and stories in TV shows and stand-up comedy.” According to the…

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Ascendant Studios needs more time to polish the magic-focused first-person shooter. Gaming 

‘Release of EA’s ‘Immortals of Aveum’ Pushed Back to August 22nd’

One of the standout games showcased at Summer Game Fest was Immortals of Aveum, a fantasy FPS being published by EA as part of their Originals lineup. However, fans will have to wait a little longer than anticipated to play the highly anticipated game from Ascendant Studios. The release date has been pushed back to August 22nd, a month later than originally planned. “To realize our full vision, we’re taking a few extra weeks, with a new release date of Tuesday, August 22nd,” game director Bret Robbins and the Ascendant…

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Non-profit organisation Prahar on Saturday said it has written to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) to ban the Chinese game Undawn, launched by Chinese internet giant Tencent in the country. Gaming 

NGO Urges Indian Government To Prohibit Chinese Video Game Undawn

On Saturday, Prahar, a non-profit organization, announced that it has sent a letter to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) requesting the prohibition of Undawn, a game created by Chinese internet giant Tencent, in India. Tencent released the online game through Level Infinite, its global publishing arm based in Singapore and Amsterdam, on June 15. According to Prahar, the launch of Undawn on June 15, the anniversary of the Galwani incident, depicting Military uniforms and weapons used by Chinese soldiers, is “alleged and hurtful to the sentiments of…

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