Apple becomes world’s fourth-largest gaming company

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Fortnite iPhone X
That’s not much of a fix.
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Apple is now the world’s fourth-largest gaming company, according to a new report.

It is ranked higher than gaming giants like Nintendo, EA, and Activision — thanks mostly to the popularity of mobile gaming on iPhone. Apple is estimated to have earned $9.453 billion from games during 2018 alone.

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Call of Duty: Mobile
It should be arriving in other markets very soon.
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Battle royale games rake in $2 billion on mobile alone

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Fortnite on Android
Fortnite isn't top of the list, but there's a catch.
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Battle royale games have now raked in more than $2 billion on Android and iOS, according to the latest data.

Fortnite and competing titles like PUBG Mobile earned an estimated $476 million during the first quarter of 2019 alone. A surprising title leads in player spending — but there is a catch.

Activision commits to Apple TV with big console games

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Another plastic guitar, another rock star in the making.
Another plastic guitar, another rock star in the making.
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One of the biggest video gaming companies ever has just affirmed its support for the new Apple TV, itself just revealed this week by Apple.

Activision wrote a blog post detailing the games it will bring Skylanders SuperChargers, Guitar Hero Live, and Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved to Apple TV, which shows a confidence in Apple’s ability to create yet another fantastic home for gaming as it did with iOS.

These aren’t casual like Crossy Road (though those types of games will do well on the big screen, too), but full console versions of popular titles.

New Guitar Hero will turn you into a realistic rock star

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Things could be going a bit better, for sure. Photo: Activision
Things could be going a bit better, for sure. Photo: Activision

You’re in the green room, waiting for your curtain call. You can hear the throngs of rabid fans in the audience, just waiting for you and your group of rock and roll rebels to take the stage.

You and your bandmates head out, winding through backstage. You flirt with a cute blonde production assistant; a bearded roadie hands you your favorite axe. You step out onto a massive stage in front of a crowd of thousands. You totally suck at playing the guitar. The crowd, fickle as ever, turns on you.

No, this isn’t that anxiety dream you’ve been having ever since you were a teenager, this is the new Guitar Hero, a new video game with a familiar name and a very different experience.

Malkovich, Paxton get Call to destroy zombies

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Hollywood types are lending more than just voices to the latest crop of video games. Photo: Activision
Hollywood types are lending more than just voices to the latest crop of video games. Photo: Activision

It’s true — Hollywood has fully exported its heroes to the newest media kid on the block, video games. It wasn’t enough for Martin Sheen to play the chain smoking Illusive Man in 2008’s Mass Effect 2 , or Kevin Spacey to turn in a star performance in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

Now John Malkovich, Bill Paxton, Rose McGowan and Jon Bernthal lend their voices and likenesses to the sci-fi-tinged military shooter for the new Exo Zombie mode that comes with the new downloadable content pack “Havok,” available January 27.

Here, they’ve even made a video to show you.

Last Chance! Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare for $5 [Deals]

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In celebration of the Call Of Duty Ghosts launch, Cult of Mac Deals is bringing you the game that started it all…Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.

Fighting as both a U.S Marine and British S.A.S. soldier, you will utilize sophisticated technology to take control of the battlefield and to lead your squad to victory. And while it’d be great to be able to play the newest version of Call of Duty on your Mac, it’s not available yet. So get Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare for only $4.99 through this exclusive Cult of Mac Deals offer.