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PSC gets 90% fund cut from Pagcor in April

Jun 02, 2020 - 2:53 PM

The Philippine Sports Commission only received P9 million in April, prompting the government agency to slash the allowances of national athletes and coaches

PFF asks GAB endorsement for potential football return

Jun 01, 2020 - 3:23 PM

The Philippine Football Federation says it will work closely with the government for the gradual return of football, starting with the resumption of the Philippine Football League

Photo from Shutterstock

PS5 games to be showcased on June 5, PH time

May 30, 2020 - 8:40 AM

The games showcase will run for 'a bit more than hour,' says Jim Ryan, president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment

Image from Sony

How to add PS4 storage space

May 30, 2020 - 8:00 AM

With gamers buying titles digitally, there's been an added need for more storage

PS4 AND PS4 SLIM. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

Beloved ghost-gobbler Pac-Man turns 40

May 22, 2020 - 5:20 PM

As every Pac-Man player knows, the greatest joy comes from turning the tables by munching a power pellet, sending the ghosts fleeing in all directions as they suddenly become edible themselves

PAC-MAN TURNS 40! A visitor takes a picture of the video game Pac-Man (1980) during an exhibition preview featuring 14 video games acquired by The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, March 1, 2013. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Pre-registration for ‘League of Legends: Wild Rift’ limited alpha now open in PH

May 20, 2020 - 1:43 PM

Test your luck in getting early access to the much-awaited mobile adaptation of 'League of Legends'

Screenshot from Wild Rift website

What TV to get for the PS5 or the Xbox Series X

May 14, 2020 - 4:12 PM

With the next generation of consoles upon us, it's time to see if we'd need to upgrade our screens

An 8K TV on display at CES. Photo by Glenn Chapman/AFP

'Bayani' and Ranida Game's humble but heroic development story

May 14, 2020 - 4:00 PM

Ranida Games seeks to immortalize Filipino heroes in their own way

The Rizal-inspired Joe faces off against the Bonifacio-inspired Dre. Image from Ranida Games

FALSE: Roque says Duterte receives P460 million monthly from POGOs

May 13, 2020 - 1:13 PM

Roque did not say this quote, and says the graphic was manipulated

'Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1' and '2' get the remake treatment

May 13, 2020 - 9:47 AM

A favorite among gamers in the 1990s and early 2000s, the remaster comes out on September 4, 2020

Image from Activision Blizzard

Gov't promises to be stricter going after POGO taxes

May 09, 2020 - 8:42 PM

Under the guidelines and requirements of the Bureau of Internal Revenue, POGOs must show proof of full tax compliance before they are allowed to resume operations

ONLINE GAMBLING. The Philippine government wants to better collect taxes from POGOs. Photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler

Gaming becomes king of entertainment in pandemic lockdown

May 07, 2020 - 9:15 AM

'Following a record-breaking year in 2019, with gaming software generating $143 billion of consumer spend, the industry is now poised for further growth, with captive audiences worldwide acting as a catalyst,' says one industry report

Screenshot from Final Fantasy VII Remake/Square Enix

76 illegal POGO workers arrested in Makati

May 06, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Of the arrested Philippine offshore gaming operations workers, 63 are Chinese while 13 are Filipino

RAID. Cops do an inventory of items seized from the Makati raid on Tuesday, May 5. NCRPO photo

POGOs like BPOs? Drilon says PH to lose franchise tax, license fees

May 04, 2020 - 6:46 PM

Senator Risa Honriveros also slams Pagcor for releasing a full-page ad on POGOs, asking why the regulatory body is doing public relations for them

ALLOWED TO OPERATE. Pagcor allowed POGO operations to resume. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

POGOs must pay taxes before resuming operations in lockdown – Pagcor

May 04, 2020 - 2:53 PM

The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation says revenue generated from them can be used to fund the government's coronavirus response

OPERATIONS RESUME. POGO workers in Makati City gather their belongings as they are instructed to work from home during the lockdown on March 18, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

[OPINION | Newspoint] POGOs, a social virus

May 04, 2020 - 1:48 PM

'As everything Chinese, POGOs, along with their breeder, should have been held off at the first instance — held off, pandemic or no pandemic, at a social distance of no less than the entire breadth of the West Philippine Sea'

Justice Leonen: Laws ban poor man's gambling, but POGOs allowed?

May 02, 2020 - 3:27 PM

'We have to continue calling attention to these kinds of discrepancies,' Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

ONLINE GAMBLING. The Philippine government wants to better collect taxes from POGOs. Photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler

Industry speaks up: POGOs are not BPOs

May 02, 2020 - 2:39 PM

'IT-enabled jobs BPO companies create are of much higher value, requiring a range of technical, domain, and soft skills,' says the IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines

'No favoritism' in allowing POGOs amid lockdown – Roque

May 02, 2020 - 12:51 PM

Funds collected by the government from POGO establishments will be used to boost the fight to curb the coronavirus pandemic, says the Duterte spokesman

POGO workers in Makati City gather their belongings as they are instructed to work from home during the lockdown on March 18, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Animal Crossing offers 'digital getaway' under lockdown

May 02, 2020 - 11:06 AM

Gamers around the world are skirting lockdowns by strolling through parks, flying overseas, and watching sunsets in the virtual world of 'Animal Crossing'

Gambling-dependent Philippines allows POGOs to resume operations

May 01, 2020 - 12:20 PM

(UPDATED) Pagcor chief Andrea Domingo says Philippine offshore gaming operations are technically business process outsourcing (BPO) companies whose bettors are overseas

PH cancels hosting of 10th ASEAN Para Games

Apr 30, 2020 - 4:42 PM

The PSC and Philippine Paralympic Committee agree to cancel the 2020 ASEAN Para Games due to the coronavirus pandemic

CANCELED. 2018 Asian Para Games most bemedalled athlete Ernie Gawilan will not be able to see action in the ASEAN Para Games. Photo courtesy of Janet Tenorio

Game on: Japan group offers retro consoles to cooped-up kids

Apr 28, 2020 - 3:46 PM

The Japan Retro Game Association is offering 100 Super Famicom consoles, complete with adaptors, cables, controllers and two masterpiece games – Super Donkey Kong and Final Fantasy VI

SUPER FAMICOM. This file photo taken on August 12, 2017 shows a Nintendo Super Famicom running the hit Capcom game Street Fighter II, at a retro gaming expo in Hong Kong. File photo by Tengku Bahar/AFP

'Last of Us Part II' gets new June 19 release date

Apr 28, 2020 - 2:43 PM

The post-apocalyptic PlayStation exclusive gets a new release date, about a month after an announcement delaying its launch

LAST OF US. Series protagonist Ellie appears in a screenshot for Last of Us Part II. Image from Sony

Games to check out before PlayStation’s April sale ends tonight

Apr 28, 2020 - 2:11 PM

Check the PlayStation Store for deals on games you may have missed when they first came out. Here's what we're eyeing!

53 arrested as police bust illegal POGO operation in Parañaque

Apr 25, 2020 - 12:53 PM

Cops arrest 44 Chinese and 9 Filipinos in a house in Parañaque that was being used to run an illegal POGO operation

CUFFED. A police officer secures arrested individuals with electrical cable ties before their transport to the nearest police station.

Qualifiers for 'Call of Duty: Mobile' world championship kick off on April 30

Apr 24, 2020 - 7:45 PM

The tourney will feature $1 million in prizes in the form of cash and in-game cosmetics

Digital video game spending hits record high under virus lockdown

Apr 23, 2020 - 2:27 PM

The closing of real-world stores due to the pandemic is cited as a factor in gamers purchasing more titles as digital downloads

GAMERS. File photo of Brazilian brothers Guilherme (right), 14, and Arthur, 11, watching professional players from the Loud YouTube channel play the mobile game Free Fire on Youtube, at their house in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo Mauro Pimentel/AFP

'90s Philippine basketball: The silver that felt like gold

Apr 23, 2020 - 11:06 AM

Mentored by Robert Jaworski, the 1990 Philippine basketball team remains one of the most celebrated national squads in history

LOOK: K-pop stars who are gamers behind the scenes

Apr 22, 2020 - 10:51 PM

League of Legends, Starcraft, and Overwatch are among the most popular video games for K-pop idols

VIRTUAL WORLD. TWICE leader Jihyo (right) says she feels "the truest to myself" when playing video games. Photo from Instagram/@twicetagram

Dominguez clarifies resumption of POGOs not gov't priority

Apr 21, 2020 - 7:00 PM

It would be up to the Bureau of Internal Revenue to decide whether to allow POGOs, which are linked to tax evasion and other alleged crimes, to operate again

NOT GOV'T PRIORITY. POGO workers in Makati City gather their belongings as they are instructed to work from home during the lockdown on March 18, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Reopen POGOs? 'High risk,' warns Senator Villanueva

Apr 21, 2020 - 5:58 PM

'Most of them also don't pay taxes,' says Senator Joel Villaneuva

RESUME OPERATIONS? POGO workers in Makati City gather their belongings as they are instructed to work from home during the lockdown on March 18, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Facebook launches app for livestream gaming

Apr 21, 2020 - 8:51 AM

The app lets users watch streamers, play instant games, and take part in gaming groups

FACEBOOK GAMING. Facebook on April 20, 2020 launched a standalone gaming app, allowing users to create and watch livestreams of games in a challenge to the Amazon-owned Twitch platform. Ina Fassbender/AFP

'Game of Thrones' actor to Medical City doctors: 'Bayani po kayong lahat'

Apr 10, 2020 - 10:14 PM

Miltos Yerolemou, who played Arya Stark's swordfighting teacher in the hit HBO series, sends a message of encouragement and thanks to the frontliners at Medical City Ortigas

NOT TODAY. Miltos Yerolemou, who played Syrio Forel on 'Game of Thrones' reminds gives a message of encouragement to the frontliners of Medical City Ortigas. Screenshot from

LIST: 10 group games you can play remotely

Apr 05, 2020 - 6:16 PM

Here are some remote game night ideas for the lockdown

Inside the Industry: Twitch streaming with Ramenstyle

Apr 04, 2020 - 9:48 PM

For this episode of Hustle's Inside the Industry, we talk videogames with Vince Cabrera aka Ramenstyle

GAB seeks assistance for pro boxers, fighters

Apr 02, 2020 - 9:18 PM

Filipino boxers and martial artists cannot ‘exercise their profession’ due to the imposed community quarantine, says GAB chairman Abraham Mitra

SUPPORT. Rising Filipino boxer Carl Jammes Martin, whose March fight versus Ardin Diale got postponed, lauds GAB’s move. File photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

POGO slowdown amid pandemic to hurt property sector

Apr 01, 2020 - 5:25 PM

The booming property sector in the Philippines fueled by Chinese gambling money hits a snag, as the coronavirus pandemic stops POGO operations

To save bandwidth, Steam to only update games you actively play

Mar 31, 2020 - 6:37 PM

Steam is hoping to help users manage their bandwidth by tweaking its automatic update feature to actively work only on recently played games

Athletes turn to video game streaming for coronavirus relief

Mar 30, 2020 - 6:53 PM

Following the suspension and cancelation of major sports leagues, athletes decide to pursue video game streaming to raise funds for the fight against coronavirus

ESPORTS. NFL star JuJu Smith Schuster and NBA star Donovan Mitchell are both avid video gamers. Photos from Instagram/@juju (Smith Schuster) and Twitter/@spidadmitchell (Mitchell)

Filipino-made RPG ‘Grand Guilds’ out now

Mar 26, 2020 - 5:12 PM

(UPDATED) Works such as 'Final Fantasy XIII' and 'Adventure Time' serve as eureka moments for developer Justin Villegas

GRAND GUILDS. Photo from Kickstarter/Grand Guilds

PH recommends Vietnam SEA Games pushback due to Olympics delay

Mar 25, 2020 - 3:01 PM

Philippine Olympic Committee president Bambol Tolentino supports talks of scheduling the next SEA Games late 2021

OVERALL CHAMPIONS. Philippines prepares to defend the overall championship title in the   2021 SEA Games. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Online gaming booms as virus lockdowns keep millions at home

Mar 25, 2020 - 1:22 PM

Online gaming proves a welcome diversion for many people chafing at movement restrictions, the cancelation of countless public events, and the relentless onslaught of news about the pandemic

Pagcor says POGOs donated P150M in medical supplies, food

Mar 21, 2020 - 4:53 PM

POGOs were previously sanctioned for not paying taxes

6 mobile games to get you and your friends through lockdown

Mar 17, 2020 - 6:24 PM

We’ve compiled a list of free multiplayer mobile games for you and your friends can socialize to

Xbox Series X features, specs revealed

Mar 17, 2020 - 5:14 PM

Microsoft reveals new details about their fastest and most powerful console yet

XBOX SERIES X. A shot of Microsoft's latest game console. Image from Microsoft.

PH hosting of ASEAN Para Games delayed to October

Mar 16, 2020 - 10:40 PM

The ASEAN Para Games is now slated to be held almost a year after the Philippines' hosting of the 2019 SEA Games

POSTPONED. Star para swimmer Ernie Gawilan is set to perform in front of the homecrowd in October. Photo courtesy of Janet Tenorio

Coronavirus stops bingo and casinos, POGOs remain open

Mar 15, 2020 - 1:10 PM

Pagcor allows POGOs to continue operating, but with only a minimal number of workers

We need leadership, sanity during crisis

Mar 12, 2020 - 10:00 PM

Enough of mediocrity

Duterte says POGOs 'clean,' but AMLC warns of dirty money

Mar 11, 2020 - 11:55 AM

The Anti-Money Laundering Council flags the lack of transparency and low level of awareness of rules in the online gaming industry