General Video Gaming Industry Newz

Renowned Japanese producer coming to Brazil to host a special panel about his career

The flames of Rock’n’Roll will burn ablaze in São Paulo, Brazil! One of the guests of BIG Festival 2017 is the renowned music producer Shota Nakama, the creator of the acclaimed Video Game Orchestra, one of the largest musical concerts dedicated to videogame music in the world. He will host a special panel, on June 30th at 10am, together with Brazilian musician Antonio Teoli.
Thousands in customer deposits stuck in limbo

Geek Chic’s top-of-the-line Vizier could easily run in excess of $6,000 with upgrades. CEO Gifford told investors on Shark Tank that his company earned around $1,800 in profit for each table they made.
Founded in 2008, Geek Chic made a splash at gaming conventions like Gen Con and PAX by catering to a new breed of well-heeled tabletop hobbyists. Even with high-end 4k Gaming Consoles now available, the fantastic surge in tabletop gaming gave rise to companies like Geek Chic, but sadly after almost a decade of supplying custom build gaming tables to thousands of customers, they have closed up shop suddenly leaving thousands of unhappy customers wondering what to do about their lost order money, and no table to game on.
At risk of alienating gamers, major developers take on gaming's traditional third rail

Far Cry 5 is set in the fictional Hope County, Mont., and pits the gamer against a Christian extremist and separatist preacher.
At E3 2017 last week, which was the first time it was open to the public, over 68,000 people got to try out first-hand a number of upcoming games, and many of them noticed, how 'poliitical' some of them have become like the next Far Cry in the long running series, will have to do battle against Christian extremist and separatist preachers, which some are saying it mirrors the current influx of what is called the 'Rise of Trump', or 'far-right' movements around the world, for the first time game developers have decided to touch the forbidden area of 'going political' which might backfire and alienate long-time fans of certain popular franchises, so its very big risk.
E3 2017 is upon us and we know there's a lot going on!

To makes things easier, we went ahead and compiled a few E3 trailers for your viewing pleasure below!
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Upcoming Hits Include Edmund McMillen’s The End Is Nigh

Independent publisher/developer Nicalis, Inc. is revealing four upcoming console games during the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3).
The announcements are sure to please fans of recent Nicalis neo-classics like The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ and Cave Story+.
But some of the top Live Streaming Girls have revealed the Darker Side to the Gaming Industry!

They earn millions without leaving their couches and have a cult following of thousands who tune in to watch them online.
Meet the gamer girls who have the “dream job” streaming themselves playing video games whenever they wish...
But is it as great as it seems?

Its not all Gun and Roses when it comes to these bad ass Gamer Girls running around killing creatures online to cheers of all their fans.
If you used a Credit Card at GameStop between August, 2016 and February, 2017 you might be in trouble!

A very bad year for GameStop got even worse this week, as the retailer sent out letters to online customers informing them that their credit cards may have been stolen.
GameStop has been having a tough time in the retail business when it comes to staying alive, and now their online website side is in trouble also, after possibility of having all their client's credit cards details stolen over a 6 month period during the busy holiday season.
Worldwide Reveal of Multiplayer and First Multiplayer Gameplay Premiere for Highly-Anticipated Call of Duty: WWII

Destiny 2 Presents All-New, Action-Packed Story and Hands-On with Cooperative and Competitive Multiplayer Activities for a Global Community
Crash Bandicoot® N. Sane Trilogy Remastered in HD for the New Generation and Nostalgic Fans

Activision is set to kick off this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) with global debuts from the industry’s leading franchises. Beginning Tuesday, 13th June, at the LA Convention Center, attendees will experience the first gameplay premiere of Call of Duty®: WWII multiplayer, the new character-driven story and activities of Destiny 2, and the reimagined and beloved Crash Bandicoot® N. Sane Trilogy.
Things like this happen, when you have access to Public Funds, but just want to have Fun instead of Working!

A man who was responsible for buying office supplies for the Staten Island District Attorney’s Office was busted for using the funds to purchase video games, comic books, jewelry and camping gear.
Public Funds that were meant to be used to make Staten Island safer, instead were used by an employee to have fun playing games! :)
No More Wasting Those Two Minutes Waiting For Your Hot Food!

The invention of the microwave changed the world, just like video gaming did, and now both worlds are merging together!
Because now you can play video games on a Microwave, while you wait for your food to heat up, no more wasted time at all!

Microwaving food is so fast that most people just stand there in front of the oven watching the clock countdown, but no more as you can now use that time for gaming! :)
So what do you normally do during those two minutes you’re waiting on for your hot food?

Critically acclaimed music composer Gerard Marino confirmed to attend panel discussion at Brazilian Independent Games Festival (BIG) Business Forum 2017

The panel discussion named for the occasion “From DJ to God of War Music Composer: A talk with Gerard Marino” will be hosted by Brazilian game composer Antonio Teoli.
The trumpets of Mount Olympus will echo throughout the capital city of São Paulo! when Gerard Marino, the composer of the epic soundtrack for video game God of War will attend BIG Festival 2017, holding a special talk during BIG Business Forum, on June 28th, at 10am.
Why Online Wagers Are a Sign of eSports Evolution

The battle for dominance in the eSports streaming world is starting to heat up.
With Twitch now coming under fire from social media giants like Facebook, the options out there for the humble fan are now increasing. Indeed, in May 2017, Facebook announced that it had agreed on a deal with ESL to stream more than 5,500 hours of tournament content in June alone.

As part of the deal, ESL's events, particularly the Counter-Strike tournaments, will be streamed live and direct to Facebook's 1.94 billion active monthly users. Accompanying things such as the RankS live streams will be a weekly show covering the latest action and insights from the CS:GO and eSports worlds.

Naturally, for those competing for the ESL's $40,000 monthly prize money, the increased...
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To mark the occasion of moving GWENT: The Witcher Card Game into the Public Beta.
Not only is there a cinematic trailer, but there's also a gameplay trailer and faction videos.

CD PROJEKT RED, creators of The Witcher series of games, announce the start of Public Beta for GWENT: The Witcher Card Game for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Today, Focus Home Interactive is happy to unveil its exciting E3 2017 line-up!

From closed-door presentations to exclusive interviews and hands-on demos!

Here is the full list of games to be showcased at E3 2017:
Watch the GWENT Challenger tournament highlights below

The finals of GWENT Challenger took place on May 13th.
CD PROJEKT RED, creators of The Witcher series of games, announce that Adrian “Lifecoach” Koy won GWENT Challenger — the official tournament of GWENT: The Witcher Card Game.
Now you don't have to worry about stepping on your cat when playing VR games!

Instead now you can enjoy seeing your Cat or don't worry a 'Dog' model is coming soon, inside your VR game playing alongside with you.
The Dodo on Twitter has posted a video, showcasing a 'Cat Tracker' for the HTC Vive headset so you no longer had to worry about your pets getting into your VR playspace and causing you or them injury, not to mention wrecking the game you are playing.
NEWS SOURCE: @Dodo (via) Twitter
Watch the GWENT Challenger finals trailer below!

CD PROJEKT RED, creators of The Witcher series of games, announce registrations for the Closed Beta of GWENT: The Witcher Card Game will shut down this weekend.
The game will remain active for everyone who redeemed their invite before, or during the weekend.
Thank goodness they opted for the physical copy

The Elder Scrolls Anthology may have saved a fan’s life over the weekend when it caught a stray bullet that came through the wall of his apartment.
These days most gamers buy the 'digital version' of new video games, but in this case opting out for the 'physical copy' just might have saved his life, so he can enjoy gaming for a few more decades, as stray bullet fired from next door, could not ( lucky for him) travel thru the thick physical version of Elder Scrolls collector's edition that was stored on his book shelf.
As a casino games designer, inspiration can be found in the most unusual places.

Koi Princess, for example - a slot themed in the style of Japanese anime. Unusual, but a huge hit with players the world over.
Or Thunderstruck II - a massively popular title, that draws on Norse mythology for its theme, graphics and in-game features. In reality, games developers trawls the lengths and breadths of niche areas of interest to find their inspiration.

But sometimes, there is low hanging fruit closer to home. Board games share many similarities with online games, in terms of their features, bonuses and scoring. But for online slots, theming along the lines of board games classics guarantees an audience, as well as providing players with access to some of their favorite board games in real-money form.

So what are the best examples of casinos drawing inspiration from classic board games? There...
Legal problems are finally over for Konami and their Pro Evolution Soccer video game series!

What a difference a couple of months makes. In March, football legend Diego Maradona wanted to sue Konami for including a digital version of himself in PES 2017 without his permission.
For the last few months Konami, been fighting a legal lawsuit over 'digital players' in their PES games, but the battle is finally over.