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Gamestream Partners with Microsoft Azure

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Gamestream, the global leader in B2B cloud gaming solutions, has announced a technological partnership with Microsoft Azure to provide a free cloud demo for five highly anticipated games from the London Games Festival’s Official Selection. With just one click, players worldwide will be able to access and play a demo of some of the most anticipated games from the festival’s line-up comprising Paper Trail, Grimoire Groves, Lab Rat, Mask of the rose and Silt.

With the aim of showcasing the potential of video games and interactive entertainment, London Games Festival is leveraging Gamestream’s pioneering cloud technology together with Microsoft Azure to deliver a cutting-edge cloud gaming experience for Windows PC users. For the first time in the festival’s history, millions of players all over the world will be able to simultaneously preview and play a free 60 minute demo for all titles without the need for a console or download.

“We are thrilled to be delivering groundbreaking experiences for players at the London Games Festival alongside Microsoft Azure. This partnership confirms Gamestream’s reputability in the cloud-gaming market and it’s a testament to the growing capabilities of cloud-based services. We are proud to see Gamestream continuously grow as a key technology partner enabling players to seamlessly connect wherever they are in the world,” Ivan Lebeau, president and co-founder of Gamestream, said.

“We are excited to partner with London Games Festival and Gamestream to give players the chance to try out five fantastic upcoming indie games from the London Games Festival’s Official Selection. At Microsoft, we are committed to help game creators fulfil their creative vision and reach the broadest possible audience of players. This is a great example of how Azure helps creators build global gaming experiences on a reliable, best-in-class cloud, in partnership with Gamestream’s proprietary game streaming technology,” said Harvey Eagle, Director of Azure Gaming, UK.

“London Games Festival is continually looking for new ways to get games into audience’s hands – and thanks to this exciting partnership with Microsoft Azure and GameStream we have delivered something fresh and special. Offering streaming gameplay demos to international games fans doesn’t just make the talent at London Games Festival more accessible – it’s a cutting edge development in how events and festivals can engage with the world, and get more people playing games,” said Festival Director Michael French.

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Incentive Games Launched Multiple Free-to-Play Games with bet365

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Premium free-to-play content provider has launched Golden Goals and 6 Score Challenge worldwide with bet365.

Incentive Games, the provider of premium free-to-play games, has successfully launched another two bespoke games for bet365:

  • Golden Goals; and
  • 6 Score Challenge

Golden Goals is a daily retention game, where users collect soccer fixtures from Monday to Friday. 

Every time a fixture contains four or more goals, the user earns bet credits – winning even more if 20 goals or more are scored across their weekly collection of fixtures. 

6 Score Challenge is a jackpot-style score predictor game with a twist. If the user correctly predicts all six scores, they win a massive jackpot. 

But it’s not just a long shot at winning – users will also win prizes for getting three, four, or five predictions right. 

The two new games are to be used primarily for the English Premier League but are also to be rolled out for other leagues and sports. 

John Gordon, CEO and Co-Founder of Incentive Games said: “It is a pleasure to work with bet365 on these amazing games. We are honoured to be working with such great people who understand product.  

“The daily retention game, Golden Goals, is going to be a game changer in the industry. While, we have always had great success with our score predictor titles, the 6 Score Challenge is going to be the biggest of its kind in any industry.” 

A spokesperson from bet365 said: “We are excited to give our consumers these innovative and best-in-class titles from Incentive Games.”

“The data and analytics that goes into creating these games mean that we’re sure our users will love them around the world.” 

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GameRefinery July Market review: Large-scale content updates in major mobile titles

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Several major mobile game titles saw music-themed content and events added. The most significant was PUBG: Mobile’s first in-game concert featuring K-pop stars, Blackpink. It brought an immense spike in revenue. This occurred because of a Cheering event where players could purchase or collect Cheer points through daily tasks, and once they had enough, they could purchase Blackpink outfits and receive a special title.

Diablo Immortal and Apex Legends: Mobile had their first significant updates in the US market. Diablo Immortal introduced the non-recurring Hungering Moon event, a new Battle Pass season, two new raid bosses, and a free class change mechanic. Apex Legends: Mobile announced a new season that added a new map from the console/PC version, an exclusive character, events, and cosmetics.

Additional updates in the US market include Brawl Stars implementing new skins designed by K-pop stars, BTS. Cookie Run: Kingdom collaborated with Disney for a Disney-themed event, and Genshin Impact re-implemented its Summer Fantasia event.

In China, Harry Potter: Magic Awakened introduced a 4v4 co-op Battle Royale game mode and a new permanent boost system. Ace Racer partnered with the Hainan Island province for its first-anniversary event that featured real-life money prizes and in-game rewards.

Diablo Immortal ranks within the top 2 grossing in China. League of Legends esports manager game Ying Xiong Lian Meng Dian Jing Jing Li ranks within the top 5 grossing and is perhaps the first mobile esports manager.

Music and summer-themed updates were especially prevalent in the Japanese market. Puzzle & Dragons added a BGM collecting system. Uma Musume Pretty Derby, Idolmaster Cinderella Girls Starlight Stage, and One Piece Treasure Cruise all held summer events and gachas.

Despite an apparently lacklustre launch in the Japanese market, the 4X strategy game Ant Legion enjoyed a spike in revenue in July and currently ranks among the top 110 grossing.

If you’d like more updates like this, you can find the bulletin on the GameRefinery website.

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Honkai Impact 3rd Releasing v5.9 [Banquet of Helix]on August11

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The Honkai Impact 3rd team announces that the action game will be updated to v5.9[Banquet of Helix]on August11. Ready for a steampunk style feast for the eyes? Meet our new character, Vill-V, or Vill-Vs –eight personalities in one body, crazy and chaotic. She performs the magical show with turrets and chariotthat deal devastating damage with smashing firepower. Besides, Story Chapter XXXI will come alongside the version update, leading the journey to the very end. Lastly, Captains will be able to enjoy a full list of summer events in v5.9, and to gain cool and refreshing outfits for Valkyries!

Honkai Impact 3rd is set in a modern world corrupted by mysterious energy known as Honkai. A tenacious resistance formed by Valkyries, brave girls carrying anti-Honkai genes, leads humanity in a war of survival and fights for everything that is beautiful in the world. Since its launch on mobile devices, the game has won an international following and frequently topped App Store’s and Google Play’s download charts. The game was ported to PC in late 2019 with cross-save support, making the Honkai-verse more accessible than ever!

The Hyperion is going to become a lot livelier, for that Vill-V, or Vill-Vs, will be on board! With
eight personalities living in one shell, her temper, facial expressions and voices shift from time to time, all different and unique. She can be the Scholar, the Expert, the Great Magician, etc. Moreover, she is also the engineer that ceaselessly strives for perfection, carrying the confidence and willpower that exceed humanity. Vill-V fights alongside her turrets and chariot, while making incredible in-air moves on the battleground. Her extraordinary weapons that consist of pinions and gears, power tubes and dashboard can slash enemies like mowing down grass. Audience, attention! Don’t be blown away by the flabbergasting show.

The plot of Elysian Realm has been a non-stop excitement, especially after Mei uncovered the secret of the 13th Herrscher. As the evil mastermind hides no more behind, all threads are now leading to the end. The stage is set and the actors are ready. An inevitable and fatal duel lies around the corner! The whole story line of the upcoming Story Chapter XXXI would take about three to four hours to complete, making it the longest in the history of Honkai Impact 3rd. Apart from the story update, there will also be new areas in the Open World map, where tons of treasure and challenges await.

In the season of sea and island breeze, Captains will be able to dive in a series of summertime limited events back-to-back! The 13 Flame-Chasers will stay as guests and embark on a fabulous adventure ona holiday island. Together they will team up and fight against enemies, or attend the grand survival game and aim to be the champion! By participating in the summer events, Captains will be able to gain Miss Pink Elf’s outfit Summer Miss Elf, Mobius’ new outfit Daughter of Corals that turn the serpentine girl into a gorgeous mermaid, as well as Pardo’s new outfit Midsummer Collector! Like before, the v5.9 update features tons of new content and bountiful rewards, so make sure not to miss out the fun!

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