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'Call of Duty Mobile' hits 100 million downloads during launch week

Oct 10, 2019 - 8:39 PM

Analytics firm Sensor Tower says the game's download count eclipses other games in the same genre

BTS fans get chance to manage their idols in new game

Jun 25, 2019 - 2:28 PM

BTS World – set to release on June 26 – is a role-playing game where the user is the band manager, recruiting and training the musicians and guiding the group in their quest for stardom

10 arrested in India for playing 'PUBG' mobile game

Mar 14, 2019 - 5:34 PM

Gujarat is the only Indian state to ban the game – which has been downloaded more than 100 million times around the world

Sea Entertainment deal lets Garena publish more Tencent games

Nov 23, 2018 - 4:07 PM

Garena now has the right of first refusal to publish Tencent’s mobile and PC games in Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore

Over 560,000 Android users downloaded malware hidden in 'games'

Nov 21, 2018 - 11:53 AM

The 13 games are actually hidden malware that downloads and installs a payload onto the Android device and hides the app's icon

Asus' ROG gaming phone arrives in PH for P49,995

Oct 29, 2018 - 2:58 PM

A 512GB variant is also going for P61,995

JOYSTICK ATTACHMENT. The ROG Phone comes with a variety of accessories including this joystick attachment, sold separately. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

Huawei shares updated schedule of GPU Turbo rollout

Jul 04, 2018 - 4:35 PM

The software update that is said to boost graphics performance will be available for the P20 and P20 Pro starting August of this year

Global games market expected to hit $137.9 billion in 2018 – report

May 01, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Newzoo projects about 2.3 billion gamers worldwide in 2018, with around 51% of all gaming revenues – around $70.3 billion – coming from mobile

POKEMON GO. Local gamers play Pokemon Go at the Beitou Park in Taipei on August 23, 2016. Hundreds of local gamers gathering at a local park to chtch the Pokemon Go. File photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

'Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery' review roundup: Microtransactions mar the magic

Apr 26, 2018 - 3:56 PM

Early reviews position the game as an equivalent of a first-year Hogwarts student's first handmade potion: it's likely to have mixed results, and may even feel weird after your first sip

A HOGWARTS MYSTERY. Does the game live up to its hype? Check out our review roundup!

'Fortnite: Battle Royale' launches on iOS

Apr 03, 2018 - 5:19 PM

Itching for a fight? 'Fortnite: Battle Royale' is now available for eager gamers with supported iOS devices!

FORTNITE ON IOS! The famous Battle Royale game is now freely available for iOS users! Screen shot from YouTube.

'Vainglory' becomes first mobile MOBA to be part of China's top esports event

Mar 16, 2018 - 12:36 PM

The game will join heavyweights such as 'Dota 2' and 'Counter Strike: Go' in China's premier gaming tournament, the World Electronic Sports Games

Business is booming: Southeast Asia a growing mobile games market – report

Nov 24, 2017 - 6:43 PM

Southeast Asian gaming populace to grow from 170 million to 250 million by 2021 according to a Niko Partners report

After Pokemon Go, Niantic announces Harry Potter AR game

Nov 09, 2017 - 10:37 AM

Players will get to experience JK Rowling’s Wizarding World: learn spells, fight legendary beasts, and team up with other players

WIZARDS UNITE! Niantic Labs is bringing the wizarding world of Harry Potter to your mobile phones! Photo from Niantic Labs

Sega brings its classic games to mobile for free

Jun 22, 2017 - 2:01 PM

Sega Forever brings an ever expanding collection of Sega s classic games to iOS and Android phones

SEGA FOREVER. Get classic Sega games for free on iOS and Android. Images from Sega Forever website.

'Super Mario Run' jumps to Android in March

Jan 20, 2017 - 2:43 PM

After its temporary iOS exclusivity the iconic plumber comes to Android

ANDROID DEBUT. The iconic plumber makes his debut on Android this March. Screengrab from official Super Mario Run website

Nintendo's plans: Have 2 to 3 new mobile games for 2017

Dec 26, 2016 - 12:02 PM

Nintendo s president Tatsumi Kimishima does not say if future mobile offerings will be released simultaneously on iOS and Android

SUPER MARIO RUN. Mario bumps off a goomba in Super Mario Run. Screen shot from game website.

After Super Mario, it's Megaman that's coming to mobile

Dec 21, 2016 - 3:59 PM

All 6 of the original 8 bit titles come to iOS and Android in January 2017

Super Mario app for iPhones gets a release date, Nintendo shares jump

Nov 16, 2016 - 1:07 PM

The game is a timed exclusive and will find its way to Android devices at a later date

SUPER MARIO. The iconic character gives Nintendo a boost. Screengrab from official Super Mario Run website

Quezon City councilor wants to restrict Pokemon Go

Aug 18, 2016 - 11:59 AM

The hit game may soon be prohibited in schools churches and government offices in Quezon City

POKE-NO. With a game this big, it's natural for it to face opposition from other fronts.

Xurpas nets P132.51M, builds new platform

Aug 12, 2016 - 5:32 PM

For the first half of 2016 the tech firm s enterprise grows revenue by more than 1 000 as it prepares to roll out a new platform

Smart to treat Pokémon GO players with free data access to game for 7 days

Aug 04, 2016 - 2:55 PM

Smart subscribers will be able to catch all the Pokémon they want for a limited time without incurring data costs

POKÉMON GO FEVER. That electric marsupial Pikachu can soon be found in our streets. Photo courtesy of Smart

Japan's Nintendo logs over $234M loss despite Pokemon Go

Jul 27, 2016 - 11:45 PM

The company records a big loss for the fiscal first quarter with the period too early to include any rise from Pokemon Go

epa05443301 A statue of Nintendo Co.'s video game character Super Mario stands at the company's showroom in Tokyo, Japan, 27 July 2016. Nintendo Co. reported a fiscal first quarter loss of 24.53 billion yen (232.1 million US dollars) in spite of the global success of the Pokemon Go game, which the company holds a 32 percent stake in Pokemon Co. who jointly developed the augmented-reality game with Niantic Inc. EPA/KIYOSHI OTA

Pokemon Go unleashes legions of monster hunters

Jul 13, 2016 - 6:54 PM

The free Pokemon Go smartphone game that overlays play on the real world is triggering a craze tinged with obsession

POKEMON GO. Screen shot from YouTube

Pokemon Go to launch in Europe, Asia in a few days – report

Jul 11, 2016 - 11:06 PM

The Wall Street Journal reports it will likely be available in other regions including Europe Japan and other Asian nations within a few days

Screenshot from Pokemon Go trailer

China's Tencent to buy Finnish game-maker Supercell for $8.6B

Jun 21, 2016 - 10:30 PM

Supercell is the creator of the hugely popular mobile game Clash of Clans

epa03913468 Finnish game developer Supercell's CEO Ilkka Paananen stands behind a cutout of 'The Barbarian', a character of Supercell's top-selling game 'Clash of Clans', in Helsinki, Finland, 17 October 2013. Media reports state that the majority (51 per cent) of the Finnish game developing company Supercell was bought by Japanese teleoperator SoftBank and game company GungHo for 1.1 billion Euros on 15 October 2013. Supercell is developer of the browser game 'Clash of Clans'. EPA/MAURI RATILAINEN FINLAND OUT

Tap That: Sex ed through a mobile game

Jun 06, 2016 - 5:15 PM

Peiying Feng is developing a mobile game to teach players about sexually transmitted diseases

TAP THAT. A in-development sex-ed game for everyone. Image from Tap That website

Rody Fight review: Can you really stamp out crime in 6 months?

May 17, 2016 - 2:15 PM

Does Keybol Games Rody Fight provide a good game beyond its stylish appearance? Read on to find out

The evolution of gaming: Meet the new player

Mar 31, 2016 - 3:14 PM

Virtual Reality takes the gaming experience to a whole new level

Sony forms new company for mobile games

Mar 24, 2016 - 7:30 PM

Called the ForwardWorks Corporation the new company is aimed to deploy new services toward the ever expanding smart device market

SONY AND FORWARDWORKS. CEO of Sony, Kazuo Hirai, attends the presentation of new Sony Xperia mobiles at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, on February 22, 2016. File Photo by Alberto Estevez/EPA

Run Run Super V launches globally on Google Play

Oct 02, 2015 - 3:31 PM

Run Run Super V is going to be available for Android users around the world Friday October 2

RUN RUN SUPER V. Images from Altitude Games.

Anne Curtis on her new mobile game ‘Anne Galing,’ comparisons to Kim Kardashian's app

Jul 16, 2015 - 3:52 PM

Games for celebs like Erwan Heussaff Isabelle Daza and Kim Atienza are also in the works

Southeast Asia mobile gaming to generate $7B by 2019

Jun 23, 2015 - 6:41 PM

Revenues cross the 1 billion mark in 2014 but should rise at a compounded annual growth rate of 48 until 2019 making Southeast Asia the fastest growing region for the industry according to Frost and Sullivan

SUPERCELL. Finnish game developer Supercell's creative director Mikko Kodisoja holds up figurines of 'The Barbarian', a character of Supercell's top-selling game 'Clash of Clans', in Helsinki, Finland, October 17, 2013. File Photo by Mauri Ratilainen/EPA

Xurpas invests in Singaporean gaming firm

Apr 01, 2015 - 11:47 AM

Xurpas continues its expansion with a 1 4 million investment in gaming platform developer MatchMe

Xurpas acquires significant stake in Singaporean gaming platform firm

Angry Birds maker Rovio says up to 130 jobs to go

Oct 02, 2014 - 5:52 PM

The job cuts of up to 130 people at Rovio represent approximately 16 of the company s workforce

JOB CUTS. The Angry Birds maker is cutting 130 jobs. Image from Rovio.

Swing Copters: Flappy Bird's devious cousin

Aug 24, 2014 - 3:58 PM

Swing Copters is the more difficult of the two Nguyen creations but does it feel as rewarding as Flappy Bird? The answer may depend on what kind of gamer you are

FEAR OF FLIGHT. Can you brave the barriers and hammers and reach towering heights?

'Hunger Games' to become mobile game

May 31, 2014 - 4:24 PM

Kabam s vision for the game includes casting players in roles as District members out to build alliances and liberate themselves in the spirit of the story told in the books on which the film is based

DISTRICT 13. A view of the set during the filming of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2' in front of the former Tempelhof Airport in Berlin, Germany. The movie is scheduled to be released end of 2015. Photo by Joerg Carstensen/ EPA

Flappy Bird to return in August with multiplayer

May 15, 2014 - 1:32 PM

Dong Nguyen discusses his plans to make Flappy Bird s return a more modest affair

TechRap: Project Ara, Wind-up Knight 2

Apr 22, 2014 - 3:02 PM

Is Google’s modular smartphone the future? Samsung to launch a device in Singapore Review of challenging 3D platformer Wind up Knight 2

Most mobile gamers stop playing new games after 24 hours

Apr 15, 2014 - 8:11 AM

Swrve s New Players Report says only 33 9 of mobile gamers play the same game after the first day though some say that isn t as bad as it sounds

Flappy Bird may rise again, creator says

Mar 12, 2014 - 6:53 AM

Dong Nguyen the creator of Flappy Bird is considering bringing the game back with a warning about its addictive qualities this time

Zynga bets the ‘Farm’ on mobile gaming

Mar 05, 2014 - 3:26 PM

Zynga is repositioning itself as a mobile gaming service by introducing mobile sequels to its popular games

NEW GAME PLAN. Zynga will relaunch 3 of its games as mobile titles by the end of March.

Portrait of a Pretentious Game

Feb 18, 2014 - 6:30 AM

Bari Silvestre s Pretentious Game is a puzzling platformer that tells a tale of love across multiple chapters

IS IT PRETENTIOUS? With simple graphics, and haunting music, Bari Silvestre tells a short story like no other.

The taipan of virtual street food

Feb 09, 2014 - 11:15 AM

The recipe for success of Streetfood Tycoon the popular all Filipino mobile game