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Gaming sales top a record $120 billion in 2019

by Nova Safo Jan 3, 2020
The industry is growing its audience and finding new ways to monetize games.
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U.S. videogame giant seeks next approval in China, despite controversy over punishing Hong Kong gamer

by Scott Tong Nov 22, 2019
The Chinese gaming market is estimated at more than $30 billion, second only to that of the United States.
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Streaming video games are here. Does anyone want to play them?

by Justin Ho Nov 18, 2019
Google's new cloud-based video game service debuts this week.
A visitor plays a cloud game at the stand of Google Stadia during the video games trade fair Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, on Aug. 21, 2019.
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New "Call of Duty" game expected to be the best-selling video game of the year

by Erika Beras Oct 25, 2019
Realistic scenes of violence draw fans to the game that just keeps going.
Visitors wait to try out the latest version of "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare" during the press day at the 2019 Gamescom gaming trade fair on Aug. 20, 2019 in Cologne, Germany.
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Keeping esports athletes healthy is more than just fun and games

by Sam Whitehead Aug 19, 2019
Health care professionals are starting to pay attention to people who play video games at the professional level.
James Heseltine, 20, takes the impact test. The impact test is a concussion baseline test that measures the 5 executive functions of the brain, including visual memory, verbal memory and reaction composite.
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Delays plague China's video games industry

by Jennifer Pak Mar 21, 2019
Chinese video game companies hit a snag with regulatory pause in the world's biggest video game market.
Hundreds of video game companies are fighting for the attention of cell phone users in China, where the video game market is worth more than $30 billion.
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Google's new cloud-based gaming platform will meet gamers where they are

by Mitchell Hartman Mar 20, 2019
Yesterday at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Google unveiled a new gaming platform called “Stadia.” Instead of focusing on a local console, the platform will be cloud-based and offer instant access to play from sites like YouTube, meeting…
Google Vice President Majd Bakar speaks on-stage during the annual Game Developers Conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco, California on March 19, 2019. - Google set out to disrupt the world of video games with a Stadia platform aimed at putting its massive data center power in game maker's hands and letting people play blockbuster titles from any device they wish.
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Making a video game about your life

by Sean McHenry Mar 7, 2019
Catt Small's newest game puts the player in very familiar shoes — her own.
For Catt Small, creator of the game "Sweetheart," game development is about "trying to understand ways to communicate what it means to be a person to other people." 
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Was this the week Fortnite went from video game to social network of the future?

by Molly Wood Feb 8, 2019
An in-game concert had a reported 10 million players watching - and dancing - at the same time.
10 million players watched Fortnite's in-game concert with electronic music DJ Marshmello.
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Thanks to "Fortnite" and esports, computers are almost cool again

by Molly Wood Nov 22, 2018
There's a minor resurgence in the PC market, a CNET editor says.
Gamers play “Fortnite” against Twitch streamer and professional gamer Tyler Blevins during Ninja Vegas 18 at the Luxor Hotel & Casino in April.
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