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Funcom – Tencent offers premium price to acquire full ownership of developer

Tencent today announced a voluntary cash offer to acquire all shares in Norwegian game developer Funcom. Tencent is a shareholder in many leading gaming developers, such as Riot Games, Epic, Supercell, Ubisoft, Paradox and Frontier. The company already owns close…

Path of Exile 2 – Brief interview with co-founder of Grinding Gear Games

A couple of weeks back, developer Grinding Gear Games held its first fan event ExileCon for its flagship online ARPG, Path of Exile. This year, things got a little spicy with the reveal of Path of Exile 2 and Path…

Final Fantasy XIV – Square Enix teams up with Australian hair salon for expansion event

This is quite an outdated news, but I just happen to see it, so accept my sincere apologies! Australian hair salon Moe & Co. and Square Enix teamed up a couple of weeks back to celebrate the launch of Final…

PUBG Mobile – Indian teen dies of cardiac arrest after playing game

According to a recent article posted on The Week, a 16-year-old Indian teen from the town of Neemuch passed away after playing PUBG Mobile. The article also claimed that the reason for passing is due to cardiac arrest. It is…

Lost Ark – Russian service begins selling Founder’s Packages

First announced late last year, Mail.Ru obtained the publishing rights for Lost Ark in Russia. If you did not know, Mail.Ru is the biggest internet company in the country, similar to how Tencent is the biggest in China. A multi-billion…

ExileCon – First dedicated Path of Exile player convention announced

Grinding Gear Games announced today the first convention dedicated to their award-winning RPG, Path of Exile. ExileCon will be a two-day (November 16-17, 2019) celebration of all things Path of Exile, including multiple earth-shaking announcements and previews, competitions, talks given…

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds – Indian city bans games and issues arrest warnings

The police department of Rajkot, the 4th largest city in the state of Gujarat, India, recently announced it has banned PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds anf PUBG M, along with the very controversial Momo Challenge until the end of March 2019. According to…

Lost Ark – Russian publisher announced for highly-anticipated action MMORPG

In a surprise announcement, Korean developer Smilegate announced it has signed a contract with Mail.Ru for the local Russian server of Lost Ark. Perhaps Russia’s biggest internet company, Mail.Ru is the company behind Russia’s most popular social network VKontakte and…

Path of Exile – Tencent becomes majority owner of New Zealand developer

[Source] This shouldn’t come as a surprise, as Tencent is really high on Path of Exile succeeding in China as its publisher. Earlier today, Grinding Gear Games announced that Tencent has obtained a majority stake in the New Zealand developer,…

Virtus.Pro – Parent company acquired for USD 150 million by major Russian corporation

In reportedly the biggest esports-related transaction ever in Russian history, Mail.Ru has acquired ESForce, the parent company of SK Gaming, Virtus.Pro and several other esports ventures, for a sale price of USD 150 million, according to ESPN. ESForce also owns tournament organizer…

Kingdom Under Fire II – Publisher for Russia region announced

Korean studio Blueside today announced it has signed a contract with Innova Systems to launch Kingdom Under Fire II in Russia under its 4Game platform. The game is scheduled to launch in the 3rd quarter this year. The Russian online…

Black Desert Online – South America server announced for action MMORPG

With Black Desert Online already running in several regions (South Korea, Japan, North America, Europe, Russia) and preparing for launch in Taiwan, developer Pearl Abyss today announced a deal has been struck with publisher RedFox Games to bring the action…

Battle Carnival – Gameplay trailer revealed for upcoming Alpha in Russia

Discovered last week, Battle Carnival is an upcoming MMOFPS developed by Zepetto, the Korean studio behind Point Blank. Set to enter Alpha in Russia next month under the care of local publisher GameNet, a new gameplay trailer was recently revealed. The game does…

Halo Online – Russia-exclusive online shooter is on hold indefinitely

Back in March 2015, it was revealed Microsoft will be launching Halo Online exclusively in Russia via local publisher Innova’s 4game platform. It seems Microsoft had not been cooperative in communicating with Innova for discussions on the game’s future, and thus…