After Nvidia's most recent earnings report, investors appear ready to debate the the impact of cryptocurrency miners on Nvidia's bottom line. Seeking Alpha has two opposing viewpoints, the first is the bearish view that says cryptocurrencies are set to implode and that it will drag down Nvidia's stock (AMD apparently being exempt as it's more diversified with CPU and GPU products), and the second takes exception to that and basically says the crypto fear mongering is making a big deal out of a small part of Nvidia's business. We at PC Gamer are less worried about whether Nvidia, AMD, or Intel make lots of money and are a sound investment, and more interested in getting increasingly powerful computers to run increasingly impressive games. The question for us is, what would happen to Nvidia and AMD if cryptocurrencies suddenly disappeared as a revenue source? Will GPUs suddenly become affordable—and even if cryptos don’t crash, when will we have reasonably priced graphics … [Read more...] about What the fallout of a cryptocurrency collapse might mean for graphics cards
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Unlike previous years, there were no zingers in the world of mobile games during 2017. That’s not to say nothing happened, of course. Plenty did, but looking back, it was more a case of accelerating trends and future potential than headline-grabbing news such as Activision Blizzard’s $5.9 billion deal for King in 2015, or Nintendo’s first mobile game and Pokemon Go’s success in 2016. So here are six of the year’s most significant trends; ones you’ll likely to see more of in 2018 too. Mobile eSports Is mobile eSports now a thing? Plenty of developers think so, and 2017 saw long term proponents such as Super Evil Megacorp finessing their activity. It’s just closed out the World Champions for its mobile MOBA Vainglory in Singapore, also previewing the 5v5 mode that will launch next year. Similarly Finnish developer Critical Force announced 30 million downloads of its Counter-Strike-inspired shooter Critical Ops, adding eSports investor and … [Read more...] about 6 of the most significant mobile game trends in 2017
Blizzard's Overwatch League is a gamble. If it works, it could set a new standard in esports that other games will look to mimic. If it fails, then the eSport may be seen as too much of a risk for traditional sports investors, and many of Overwatch's detractors are waiting to say "I told you so". Initially announced way back at Blizzcon 2016, the league has been hotly anticipated within the competitive Overwatch community, and by its numerous sponsors and investors. Blizzard is pushing the league hard, building a competition reminiscent of more traditional sporting franchises. They want this to be the NFL of esports. The seven-month long competition will see 12 professional teams battling to win a share of the $3.5-million prize pool. Each match will also be streamed live from their Los Angeles location: The impressively high-tech Blizzard Arena. Seriously, just look at this screen: But unlike other established esports, Overwatch is still young. Compared to the big players such as LoL, … [Read more...] about The Overwatch League is changing the face of esports. How, why, and the hottest teams and matches to look out for
[This story originally ran on on Feb. 27, 2013. We’re republishing it today to provide background on the Wolfenstein franchise prior to the release of Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus .] In the late 1980s, a Texan twenty-something named Scott Miller created a business model that would change the way people bought and sold products across the world. Miller called his masterpiece the Apogee model. Everyone else called it shareware. It made digital sales on the internet stupendously profitable and Miller a millionaire. The model and the man would revolutionize how we use the internet — before most of the world knew what the internet was. Full-time nerds Young Scott Miller was sort of a loaf. In high school in the early 1980s, the nerdy teenager would escape the Texas sun by programming lengthy text adventures in the campus computer lab. Here he met fellow budding designer George Broussard, a teenage boy with a penchant for wearing shorts. The two boys bonded over a mutual … [Read more...] about Apogee: Where Wolfenstein got its start
Thanks to a historic deal between Disney and 21st Century Fox, Disney will essentially own three streaming services. Disney is gearing up to launch a stand-alone streaming service for exclusive Disney titles, and that will exist alongside a stand-alone streaming service for ESPN. Now that Disney owns a majority stake in Hulu, that also means Disney basically owns Hulu. With three streaming services and an ever-expanding treasure trove of content, what does that mean for the company? How will Disney decide what goes to Hulu versus what remains on its stand-alone streaming service? The fact is that we don’t know, but we can take a few educated guesses based on what Disney CEO Bob Iger has said today and in the past. During an investors call today, Iger addressed Hulu and noted that he sees it as an extension for more mature Fox series. “There’s a lot of Fox intellectual property that fits extremely well into Disney-branded direct-to-consumer services,” Iger … [Read more...] about What’s going to happen to Hulu now that Disney basically owns it?