Dota 2 players can sign up to compete against OpenAI’s bots this week

Dota 2 players can sign up to compete against OpenAI’s bots this week

Over the past few years, artificial intelligence research firm OpenAI has been hard at work training its bots to play a range of games like Chess, Go, and more complex ones like Dota 2. It’s gotten awfully good at all of them, and if you’ve got MOBA chops, you can now test your skills against its AI system in a round of Dota 2. The company’s Five – a team of neural networks that have been trained on a collective

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Disposable VR Fun on the Switch

Illustration for article titled The Nintendo Switch's Labo VR Kit Is Cheap VR That Doesn't Suck

Photo: Andrew Liszewski (Gizmodo) Considered Nintendo’s biggest failure and the butt of endless jokes, the $180 Virtual Boy delivered an embarrassingly limited virtual reality experience when it debuted in 1995. But the console’s quick death didn’t discourage Nintendo from taking risks, and 24 years later its second attempt at virtual reality leverages the Switch hardware to deliver a series of experimental games that let you dabble with an impressively capable VR experience for as little as $40. WHAT IS IT?

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Teenagers are killing GameStop

Teenagers are killing GameStop

A new survey of American teenagers reveals they’re turning more and more to digital stores for their games. Gone is the era of kids forking cash over countertops — now they’re increasingly turning to their parents’ credit cards in the Epic Games Store. The survey comes from Piper Jaffray’s annual Taking Stock With Teens survey, in which 8,000 teens detailed their spending habits and their online lives, including which brands they prefer, what social media they’re likely to turn to,

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Drake invests in eSports betting startup Players’ Lounge – TechCrunch

Drake invests in eSports betting startup Players’ Lounge – TechCrunch

Drake’s latest collaboration isn’t with Kanye or Kendrick, it’s with Marissa Mayer. The rap superstar has joined a bevy of Silicon Valley investors including Strauss Zelnick, Comcast, Macro Ventures, Canaan, RRE, Courtside and Marissa Mayer to fund Players’ Lounge, an eSports startup looking to pit gamers against each other in their favorite titles with some friendly wagers on the line. The startup has just announced that it closed $3 million in funding. The company which has been around for five

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Google announces Stadia, its cross-platform game streaming service

Google says its Stadia server hardware is more powerful than a PS4 Pro and an Xbox One X combined

At the 2019 Game Developers Conference (FDC) in San Francisco today, Google unveiled Stadia, its all-you-can-play game streaming service. It’s launching sometime this year, first in the US, Canada, UK, and most of Europe. The service will let you play all manner of computer games streamed from Google‘s data centers to your devices running the Chrome browser or ChromeOS platform, or even your TV with a Chromecast Ultra plugged in. You won’t need any additional hardware to run Stadia, and

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The PlayStation Vita started what Nintendo’s Switch perfected

PlayStation‘s Japanese store recently marked the PS Vita as scheduled for discontinuation (soon), as we all suspected it would. Now seems like the perfect time to remember what it contributed to the transformation of gaming hardware — namely, the co-mingling of handheld and stationary game consoles, a.k.a. Nintendo’s runaway success, the Switch. The Vita’s impending demise comes as a surprise to absolutely no one, considering we’ve been hearing for over a year that the Vita was winding down. These things

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Improbable urges Unity to unsuspend their license, to rectify ‘farcical’ situation for developers – TechCrunch

Improbable urges Unity to unsuspend their license, to rectify ‘farcical’ situation for developers – TechCrunch

Improbable may be pissed at Unity, but they still want them back. In a blog post titled “A final statement on SpatialOS and Unity,” the team at the cloud gaming startup aimed to tell their side of the story and implored Unity to “clarify their terms or unsuspend our licenses.” Unity is a game engine that developers use to create, among other things, games. Improbable offers a cloud solution to developers that basically enables large multiplayer online gameplay by rendering

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Here’s how to play a game from Black Mirror’s Bandersnatch episode – TechCrunch

Here’s how to play a game from Black Mirror’s Bandersnatch episode – TechCrunch

If you’ve gone down the rabbit hole with Netflix’s latest Black Mirror release, there’s (at least) one more easter egg out there. As some intrepid Reddit users discovered, you can actually visit two different versions of fictional software company Tuckersoft’s website and… spoilers ahead. On the regular Tuckersoft site, discovered through a QR code embedded in the show itself, Tuckersoft advertises its game lineup including Bandersnatch, a “revolutionary game from Stefan Butler.” In this timeline, Tuckersoft released both Nohzdyve and

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‘Gears of War’ creator heads to Broadway with ‘Hadestown’

Andre De Shields at the curtain call during the press night after party for “Hadestown” at The National Theatre on November 13, 2018 in London, England.Image: David m. Benett / Getty Images By Kellen Beck2018-12-26 21:50:21 UTC Cliff Bleszinksi, the creator of action video game series Gears of War, is helping to bring a musical called Hadestown to Broadway. Yes, that is a weird collection of words, and it honestly might sound like it’s made up, but it’s real, we

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Discord announces 90/10 revenue split for self-published titles on upcoming games store – TechCrunch

After gaming chat app startup Discord announced in August that they were building out a games store, today, they’ve detailed that they’ll be pursuing a very competitive 90/10 revenue split for self-published titles in 2019. In addition, the company revealed that they now have 200 million active users on their chat app, up from 130 million users in May. The announcement follows a storefront launch from Epic Games last week with an 88/12 revenue split. Valve’s Steam store had typically

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