‘Fortnitemares’ ends Sunday with a live in-game event

Fortnite really got into the Halloween spirit with its Fortnitemares special event. Sadly, it will come to an end Sunday evening. But developer Epic Games wants to give fans a final treat, with a one-time event that will occur inside the game at 1PM ET. Fortnitemares in Battle Royale ends on Sunday, November 4 at […]

‘Yooka-Laylee’ in-game filter revives the Nintendo 64 era

There are many, many games that recreate the look of 8-bit and 16-bit games, but there isn’t a lot for people who grew up with the first generation of 3D-oriented consoles. Where’s their nostalgia hit? Playtonic Games is taking care of it. The studio is releasing a “64-bit Tonic” for Yooka-Laylee that gives the game […]

Fortnite in-game tournament UPDATE: Patch notes REVEALED for PS4, Xbox, Nintendo Switch

Fortnite fans can download another new update, just days after the last one. The latest patch is available on all platforms except iOS, which means you’ll need to download to continue playing on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch and Android. There’s not much in the way of patch notes, but Epic has confirmed that […]

Leaks, riots, and monocles: How a $60 in-game item almost destroyed EVE Online

(credit: Opening image based on Eve Online assets courtesy CCP Games.) Long before loot boxes became the bane of the Internet’s existence, in-game purchases at large could cause a bit of commotion within certain gaming communities. Roughly seven years ago, for instance, a simple monocle almost brought down one of the most active gaming communities […]

Facebook starts direct PC game streaming and spectator in-game rewards

Facebook continues its challenge to Amazon’s Twitch streaming service today with new features that center on its growing its community of livestreamers. At the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, the social network is announcing direct livestreaming from PC games to Facebook and in-game rewards for livestream spectators. This p…Read More

Valve’s new ‘Dota 2’ subscription adds an in-game coach

Dota 2 is a completely free-to-play game, with all the MOBA’s heroes available to new players from day one. Valve makes money by selling different in-game cosmetics, announcers, HUDs, etc. When major tournaments roll around, the house that GabeN built also puts out time-limited “Battle Passes” that add challenges, co-operative game types, fantasy leagues and […]

Blockchain could transform in-game economies

GUEST: I’ve always been fascinated by a game’s ability to replicate real-world systems. Social interactions, weather systems, and even nuanced economies are re-created digitally with almost alarming accuracy. This has always been a part of a game’s appeal: the opportunity to safely play around in a world that feels so real. Today, games are inching […]

Fortnite gets holiday event — and in-game spending in Battle Royale mode

We’re amid the gift-giving holidays, and it’s time to celebrate with decorations, good cheer, and crass consumerism. Epic Games is doing its part to deliver all of those things with some updates to Fortnite that will introduce a holiday event and (finally) a way to spend money on the last-player-standing mode. The Survive the Holidays […]

Report: Nintendo to start offering in-game power-ups via cereal boxes

Enlarge / Delicious power-ups for your mouth AND your game. (credit: Cerealously / Kellogg’s) We very rarely cover news in the exciting world of cereal marketing here at Ars Technica, so we were unaware until recently that cereal news and review blogs like Cerealously even existed. That said, we were intrigued to find the blog […]