Revenue royale! Fortnite rakes in $100 million on iOS

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A veritable money-printing machine!
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Love it for its easy point of entry, addictive gameplay, and constant stream of in-app purchase upgrades or hate it for… well, exactly the same reasons, there’s no denying Fortnite is pretty darn big right now.

How big? Big enough that, after just three months on iOS, it has already taken in $100 million in worldwide player spending on Apple’s mobile platform alone. No matter how you slice it, that’s very impressive.

Stunning mobile RPG Elder Scrolls: Blades is coming to iOS this year

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This is going to look spectacular on iPhone X.
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Bethesda has revealed that The Elder Scrolls: Blades, a new free-to-play RPG set in the Elder Scrolls universe, is coming to iPads and iPhones later in 2018.

A preview of the game was shown at E3 over the weekend, showcasing its astonishing graphics, massive open world, and entertaining gameplay. “You have to see this running on an iPhone X,” the company representative gushed in an on-stage demo. Check out the unveiling below.

Valve makes controversial decision to ‘allow everything’ in Steam Store

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Steam Link could finally be arriving soon.
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Valve is making a huge change that’s going to have a massive impact on the content you see in the Steam Store. The company is doing away with human curation and allowing everything to be sold through its platform.

Valve says it should be up to players to decide what kinds of games they play, while developers should have the freedom to choose what kinds of games they make. However, it will be creating new tools that give shoppers greater control over what appears in their Steam Store.

macOS Mojave changes spell doom for indie Mac games

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Apple is making life a lot harder for smaller game studios.
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A big change Apple is making with macOS Mojave could make it more difficult for indie developers to build cross-platform games.

Apple is pushing game creators to drop OpenGL in favor of its own Metal API, which isn’t supported by third-party platforms. It may mean smaller game development teams are forced to choose between releasing on macOS or other operating systems.

New iOS game Pokémon Quest adds a dash of Minecraft

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The next big iOS hit?
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Move over, Pokémon Go; there’s a new Pokémon game in town!

Newly launched on Nintendo Switch and coming to iOS in late June, Pokémon Quest is a free-to-play title which looks like a mashup of Pokémon and Minecraft. And if it can rake in the kind of combined income of those two properties, its creators will be very, very happy indeed!

Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia will march onto macOS this month

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Coming soon to a Mac near you.
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Fancy hurling yourself back in time to the British Isles, circa 878 AD? If so, and if you’re a fan of the battle-heavy strategy games, you may be pleased to hear that Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia is coming to macOS this week.

Released on PC earlier this month, the game allows you to pick between the English, Welsh, Gaelic, or Vikings and battle for dominance. While you’re doing this, you’ll make and break alliances, build armies, and play your way through a number of different campaigns. Check out the trailer below.

Want to pit Street Fighter against Power Rangers? Now you can

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The crossover you never thought would happen.
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Two franchises I love, Power Rangers and Street Fighter are crossing over for team-based real-time mobile fighting game, Power Rangers: Legacy Wars.

If you’ve been waiting since the 1990s to pit Chun-Li against the Pink Ranger or Akuma against Lord Zedd, today is your lucky day. Check out the action-packed trailer below.

Doom’s lead programmer recalls working with Steve Jobs

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John Carmack was one of the brains behind some of the biggest PC games of the 1980s and 90s.
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Id Software co-founder John Carmack was behind some of the most iconic computer game of the 1980s and 90s. This week, the legendary coder behind the smash hit games Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, and Quake shared some memories of working with Steve Jobs.

Writing on Facebook, Carmack described some of his interactions with Jobs over the years — for better and for worse.

PUBG Mobile gets a new place to battle, other improvements

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PUBG Mobile 0.5.0 brings loads of new features to this combat game.
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The long-awaited 0.5.0 update launched for the iOS version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. It’s loaded with new features, including the Miramar desert map with additional vehicles and weapons.

PUBG is a popular combat game available for a variety of platforms, with a mobile version for iPad and iPhone. It’s one of the top competitors for Fortnite.