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As Pixion secures USD$2m in seed funding, has there been a better time to be in mobile esports?

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London-based studio Pixion Games has revealed that it has secured USD$2m (£1.6m) in seed funding to further its efforts developing mobile titles specifically geared towards esports.Private investment firm Eldridge Industries led the round, with
'London-based studio Pixion Games has revealed that it has secured USD$2m (£1.6m) in seed funding to further its efforts developing mobile titles specifically geared towards esports.Private investment firm Eldridge Industries led the round, with contributions from Jabre Capital Family Office and three angel investors.As well as being used to develop the studio’s games, the funds will also be used to scale the team, which presently boasts talent formerly serving at King, Curve, Hutch and Konami.So far that reads like a fairly conventional investment story. ‘A mobile team has attracted seed funding to expand its efforts’ is a story we’ve all read before.What is interesting here, however, is that this is another sign of the growing financial interest in the booming mobile esports sector.Traditionally, of course, competitive esports was focused on PC gaming, and console to a lesser extent.Throughout its lifespan, meanwhile, mobile gaming generally has suffered somewhat from the perception that games played on smartphone are ‘not real games’. Look at the numbers of those actually playing mobile games, and that sentiment is clearly that of a vocal minority.However, it’s taken some time for mobile to be embraced as a bona fide , credible esport.Games like Hearthstone and Clash Royale have in fact been played as an esport for some time, but in recent months the interest and focus on mobile esports has significantly ramped up.The rapid growth and reach of mobile focused events like the Red Bull’s MEO and the Clash Royale League certainly showcase that both esports athletes and their huge fan audiences have eagerly embraced mobile.Elsewhere, in 2018  Tencent’s primary Honor of Kings league attracted some 18,000 attendees at its Split Finals, which saw competitors do battle over a significant USD$1 million (£800,000) prize pool.Equally, newer titles like PUBG Mobile have brought significant attention to the mobile esports space, which is arguably more accessible than traditional esports; the latter typically requiring a powerful, costly gaming PC.And it is that accessibility which is something Pixion appears keen to lean into. “Mobile gamers are maturing across the spectrum and we are seeing a re-segmentation of casual players looking for a more core experience on mobile.These players who we call digital natives are accepting more complex systems but still want accessibility to be central to their experience,” said Kam Punia, Founder and CEO of Pixion Games, which has to date released battle royale MOBA Bash Arena. “We are delighted to have Eldridge and our other investors on board.Collectively they share in our vision of bringing esports to everyone.” Some of the current Pixion team, soon to be joined by others as the team scales up. “With the rise in demand for mobile gaming, Pixion Games is well-positioned to become a premier PVP gaming provider,” added Todd Boehly, Chairman and CEO of Eldridge. “We are excited to support Kam and his team pursue their goal of creating an esports experience for the casual player on the go.” The challenge, of course, is that esports generally has always been focused on a relatively small number of dominant games.Over in PC esports it’s noteworthy that two games originally released in 2009 and 2012 – League of Legends and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive respectively – continue to stand as dominant esports titles.Over in the world of mobile, games like Vainglory, Clash Royale, Arena of Valor/Honor of Kings and Mobile Legends equally dominate.It could be deemed to be rather tricky to break into that list of giants.But the recent seed funding for Pixion seems to show that funding is there to help developers looking to break the mobile esports space.Mobile esports has also traditionally fared considerably better in China and other parts of Asia.But according to a Newzoo report, that fact is gradually changing.More broadly, competitive gaming in general continues to be remarkably alluring for investors – as this week’s USD$35m investment in esports org and lifestyle brand 100 Thieves demonstrates . It is a good time to be in esports, and increasingly good time to be in mobile esports. . The post As Pixion secures USD$2m in seed funding, has there been a better time to be in mobile esports? appeared first on TheGamingEconomy.com .'

Niantic Shuts Down Field Trip; Growth Slows on Twitch

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TheGamingEconomy’s Daily Digest brings you the trending stories in gaming.In today’s news: Niantic shuts down Field Trip; Growth slows on Twitch; Respawn forces cheaters to fight each other.Niantic shuts down Field Trip Niantic has announced that it
'TheGamingEconomy’s Daily Digest brings you the trending stories in gaming.In today’s news: Niantic shuts down Field Trip; Growth slows on Twitch; Respawn forces cheaters to fight each other.Niantic shuts down Field Trip Niantic has announced that it will be shutting down its first mobile app , Field Trip, later this year.The location-based tour guide app was released in 2012, when the developer was in its former guise as Niantic Labs, an internal subsidiary of Google.While it is not unusual for studios to shutter old releases to prioritise their new titles, the location technology used in Field Trip went on to support Google search functionality, initially through Google Now, as well as Niantic’s future gaming titles including the smash hit Pokémon Go.The Field Trip app is no longer available to download on the App Store and Google Play, and will cease to be supported after an undisclosed date later in the year.Growth slows on Twitch Twitch has experienced a slowdown of year-on-year growth according to figures from Streamlabs, with hours spent watching content on the platform falling by 55 million, a decline of 2% compared to Q1 2019.Hours streamed also fell by a total of 10% to 95 million hours, with nearly a million fewer channels streaming content during the quarter.However it is unclear at this stage whether this is the start of a decline for Twitch, or simply their growth rate stabilising due to increased competition and saturation.The same study also revealed that total hours watched has increased markedly on alternative platforms including YouTube Gaming Live (+10%) and Mixer (+32%), during Q2 2019, indicating demand for watching live gaming content is not on the wane.Respawn forces cheaters to fight each other Apex Legends developer Respawn has announced that it is employing matchmaking services which automatically pairs cheaters together , negating their effect on legitimate players.The move was announced as part of a series of measures, including the use of machine learning models to detect cheating based on behaviour and requiring three-factor authentication (TFA) in certain regions.A statement on the company’s Reddit page noted: “As we’ve said before, the war against cheaters will be ongoing and remains a high priority for us.There will always be work to do, improvements to make, and new things to adapt to.We’d like to thank the players that have been getting involved with helping us squash cheaters over the last week whether it be submitting reports or assisting with the vetting process for suspicious behaviour.” The move represents the latest technological development in the war against cheating, following Blizzard’s move to shut down Overwatch matches where systems detect cheating, currently in deployment on its test servers. . The post Niantic Shuts Down Field Trip; Growth Slows on Twitch appeared first on TheGamingEconomy.com .'

Three ways Man Utd’s defence could line up with Maguire on verge of completing £80m transfer

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HARRY MAGUIRE is poised to complete an £80million switch from Leicester to Manchester United, as exclusively revealed by SunSport. The world-record-transfer for a defender sees United add their second English star at the back after Aaron Wan-Bissaka
'HARRY MAGUIRE is poised to complete an £80million switch from Leicester to Manchester United, as exclusively revealed by SunSport. The world-record-transfer for a defender sees United add their second English star at the back after Aaron Wan-Bissaka joined from Crystal Palace in a £50m move . Manchester United could line up like this for their Premier League opener if they have a clean bill of health United’s defence came under heavy criticism last season as they conceded the second most goals of all the teams in the top half of the Premier League. ENGLISH FEEL And with the two new Englishman on board the question is how will the Red Devils line up for their Prem opener against Chelsea on August 11. Wan-Bissaka was left out United’s starting lineup for their pre-season opener against Perth Glory but replaced Diego Dalot at half-time and played well in the second-half. Phil Jones, Axel Tuanzebe and Ashley Young made up the remainder of the starting back four in Australia but that is unlikely to reflect their starting back-line now Maguire has signed. After SunSport broke the news of Maguire’s move, we looked into how the Red Devils might line up with the Englishman on their books. \t \t\t \t\t \t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tTIM VICKERY\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tWhy Dani Alves could take on the challenge of playing in the Premier League\t\t\t \t\t\t \t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tGUNNING FOR 'EM\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tArsenal away kit launch ambushed by furious fans with #WeCareDoYou protest\t\t\t \t\t\t \t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tNEWLY FRED\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tMan Utd midfielder Fred gets married in Brazil before jetting late to Australia\t\t\t \t\t\t \t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tTIKI-SAKA\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tArsenal fans hail the 'new Messi' after watching Bukayo Saka, 17, in Colorado win\t\t\t \t\t\t \t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tBlues news\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tChelsea transfer news LIVE - Latest updates from Stamford Bridge\t\t\t \t\t\t \t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tget your goss\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tTransfer news LIVE - Latest updates on the summer window\t\t\t \t\t\t \t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tGunners news\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tArsenal transfer news LIVE - Latest updates and gossip from the Emirates\t\t\t \t\t\t \t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tunited news\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tMan Utd transfer news LIVE - Latest news and gossip from Old Trafford\t\t\t \t\t\t \t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t \t \t \t \t If United have a clean bill of health come August 11 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is likely to start both of his new signings alongside Victor Lindelof and Luke Shaw. But Shaw limped out of United’s 2-0 victory against the Glory with a suspected hamstring injury so the Norwegian boss may have to look elsewhere. Despite the positive Maguire news, United continue to scour the planet in a bid to get more transfers over the line . Judging by United fans’ reaction on Twitter, Red Devils’ supporters will not be happy if their side start like this against Chelsea With other options available to him Solskjaer may opt for five at the back against more attacking teams like bitter rivals Manchester City and Liverpool \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t'