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10 gizmos and gifts to encourage kids to learn to code

Welcome to the 2016 TechCrunch Holiday Gift Guide! We’ll be rolling out a bunch of guides leading up to Christmas, hopefully making your holiday shopping a little easier. Think you’ve got a budding coder in your house? The learn-to-code space has no shortage of ideas to inspire young minds and help them get to grips […]

11 of the coolest video game trailers from E3

We’ve been focused on VR and non-traditional gaming here at E3 this year, but that doesn’t mean we’ve been walking around with our eyes closed. But you might not have been paying close attention, what with having a real job and everything, so I took the liberty of collecting the most interesting trailers from the […]

5 hard questions facing Oculus Rift

Today, the future became the present with the launch of the Oculus Rift. The reviews are in, but uncertainty hangs overhead with HTC and PlayStation’s VR headsets still on the way. Here are the tough questions that will determine what you should buy, the distribution of power between the platforms, and VR’s effect on our […]

5 mobile models for Nintendo’s other popular game franchises

Pokémon Go used Google-incubated AR MMO Ingress as a functional model, but the same model doesn’t make sense when applied to Mario, Zelda or Animal Crossing. Investors are looking at Pokémon Go as a sign that Nintendo’s ready to unlock its mobile value, but the wrong move would be to assume a one-size-fits-all approach will […]

5K people turn up to catch Pokémon in Chicago

About 5,000 people showed up at Millennium Park on Sunday for probably one of the first massive Pokémon Go player gatherings since the game was released in the US a couple of weeks ago. Teenagers, artists, cosplayers, young adults and families with children spent a couple of hours or more chasing Pokémon near Cloud Gate, […]

A Day After Launch, “Exploding Kittens” Tops The App Store

“Exploding Kittens,” the hugely successful Kickstarter-funded card game from ex-Microsofties Elan Lee and Shane Small along with The Oatmeal’s creator Matthew Inman, has now been translated into a mobile game. And that game is now exploding onto the App Store, too, having scored the #1 Paid App slot only a day after launching. The game, as you may recall, became one… Read More

A First Look At Mobile Gamers In Iran

Here’s a fresh profile of the Iranian mobile games scene that’ll provide some useful insights to developers and publishers interested in this otherwise foggy market. We gathered the data via a survey we ran between January 2-10, 2016, sampling 837 mobile gamers on our channel on LINE, the popular messaging app in Iran. Read More

Acer’s 17 pound, curved-screen temple to gaming excess

Where to start? There’s the weight: 17 pounds. The screen: 21 inches, 2560 x 108, curved. The power supply: two. The fans: five. Rear ports: 21. Or how about the gaming pad that flips over, trap door style to reveal a number pad? Most ridiculous of all is the fact that, in spite of everything, […]

Alienware is also working on one of those VR backpacks

It’ll probably come as no surprise to anyone who’s been following gaming of late, but Alienware’s looking to join the likes of HP and MSI with the release of a VR backpack of its very own. The Dell-owned gaming PC maker wasn’t exactly trumpeting the device at E3, but it did show off a prototype […]

Amazon shows its first games integrated with Twitch

Amazon Games Studios this week showed off the first games that will be integrated with live-streaming site Twitch, which Amazon acquired for over $1 billion in 2014. The new games will run on Lumberyard, the game engine powered by Amazon Web Services, that debuted earlier this year. These integrations will allow gamers to stream their […]

As e-sports’ popularity explodes, betting needs to be regulated

E-sports betting has boomed in the last five years, attracting investments from celebrities, investors and entrepreneurs like Mark Cuban and Ashton Kutcher — even the former NBA Commissioner, David Stern, has talked about it on many forums. Gambling in e-sports has charmed stakeholders, but it may have created a monster in the gaming industry. As […]

As eSports popularity explodes, betting needs to be regulated

Esports betting has boomed in the last five years, attracting investments from celebrities, investors and entrepreneurs like Mark Cuban and Ashton Kutcher — even the former NBA Commissioner, David Stern, has talked about it on many forums. Gambling in eSports has charmed stakeholders but it may have created a monster in the gaming industry. As […]

AutoLotto launches its mobile Powerball app

Purchasing a lottery ticket is usually a simple thing. Maybe too simple. But holding onto tickets long enough to check the numbers and redeem any winners requires more effort than many would prefer. That’s where AutoLotto comes in. The startup has created a mobile app that lets users buy, play and redeem lottery tickets all […]

AWS Announces New Set Of Integrated Services Aimed At Game Developers

AWS made several announcements today aimed squarely at moving the game developer community to its cloud platform. First of all, there’s Amazon Lumberyard, a 3D gaming development engine the company is offering for free with no costs for seat licenses, subscription costs or revenue sharing. For now, it works with console and PC games, but the plan is to offer virtual reality (VR)… Read More

Beam wants to turn gaming streams wildly dynamic

The gaming community is one of the most vibrant and powerful groups on the Internet. The power of platforms like Twitch to unite gamers interested in watching streams of other people playing video games seems intensely foreign to those outside the community, but has quickly become a pretty dynamic arena for gamers to chitchat online. […]

Catching Pokémon with the new Pokémon Go Plus

I walked into a store and bought two today (there were plenty more around) so chances are you won’t have to resort to overpaying on eBay for a pre-order slot. After only a few hours playing with the Go, I already feel like it has a good chance of pulling me back into the game, […]

Color Switch Falls To The No. 2 Games Slot (But Is Still As Addictive As Ever)

Did you hear about that crazy-popular game that sat in the No. 1 Games spot on iTunes for more than a month and a half? I’ll give you a hint, it has color in the title. Color Switch is a tap-based obstacle game that adds an additional level of difficulty because you are constantly changing colors. The game offers eight modes, including the recent release of gravity and split. And if you… Read More