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Telltale Games is reportedly closing down and cancelling most current projects [Update: Confirmed]

Telltale Games has won critical praise for titles like The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us, but that was not enough to keep the lights on. A flood of now-former employees report that Telltale is closing its doors in the near future after laying off most workers. Telltale has not officially confirmed any changes as of yet, but this looks like the end.

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YouTube Gaming standalone app to shut down in March 2019 as features migrate to main app

Before the days of Twitch, or even Justin.tv, YouTube was the one place we all went for gaming content. Whether they were Let's Plays of games that were out of our reach, guides on how to complete quests or boss battles, or lore videos that dove deep into a game's story, YouTube was the place to find it all. In 2015, the company launched YouTube Gaming to combat the rising popularity of Twitch. It also ended up being a testing ground of sorts for things like a dark theme, Super Chat, and Channel Memberships. But in a weird turn of events, the popularity of the service (according to YouTube, at least) is leading to its shutdown in March 2019.

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Honor Play, Huawei's gaming phone, comes to Europe and the rest of Asia

A couple of months ago, Huawei's sub-brand Honor announced the Play for China. Equipped with a Kirin 970 SoC and up to 6GB of RAM, it also featured Huawei's new GPU Turbo technology. Originally thought to be exclusive to China, Honor has subverted our expectations and is releasing the Play to Europe and the rest of Asia with 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM, starting at €329.

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Microsoft launches Xbox Game Pass app on Android

For the last year or so, Microsoft has offered Xbox owners a subscription option called Xbox Game Pass. It comes with unlimited access to more than 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 games, as well as some other perks. Now, you can manage your Game Pass account and content from the comfort of your Android phone by downloading the new Game Pass app in the Play Store.

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Pokémon GO is locking out users after scanning internal storage for evidence of rooting

Mobile games don't tend to look favorably on rooted devices — i.e. smartphones where the user has root access to the system code — due to the potential for cheating. However, not many go to the extreme that Niantic has just imposed with a recent update for its massively popular Pokémon GO game.

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Google joins forces with Unity, extending ad reach to many more mobile games

More than half of all new mobile games are built on Unity's development engine, with 3 billion devices reached across both Android and iOS. That's an enormous potential audience just waiting to be served with high-quality advertising, something Google seems to have cottoned on to. Companies using Google's AdMob platform are getting access to Unity's vast catalog of mobile games after the two announced a new strategic partnership.

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NVIDIA announces GeForce NOW upgrade for SHIELD Android TV

It was just a few weeks ago when NVIDIA announced it was ending paid subscriptions on GeForce NOW on the SHIELD. NVIDIA didn't talk about what it had planned, but we speculated it would move to a model like the one it was testing for PC. Yep, that's just what it's doing. NVIDIA is preparing to roll out an "upgraded" GeForce Now experience on the SHIELD that lets you play PC games you already own. This should happen in the next week.

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Snapchat app may soon include games because why not

Snapchat still maintains a large user base, but Instagram cloning many of its features has hurt the platform's popularity a bit (the expensive glasses and poor Android app haven't helped, either). Snap Inc has experimented with interactive content, like with the addition of AR selfie games in April. According to The Information, full-on games could be coming to the mobile apps soon.

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ASUS ROG gaming phone announced with overclocked SD845, 3D vapor-chamber cooling, and ultrasonic buttons

Android gaming phones might not appeal to many people, but they must be selling well enough as companies continue to make them. The Razer Phone was last year's high-profile launch in the sector, and this year we've also seen efforts from Nubia and Xiaomi. Specialized ASUS brand Republic of Gamers (ROG) has just unveiled its own competitor at Computex 2018.

The ROG Phone boasts an exclusive Snapdragon 845 SoC with a higher clock speed (2.96GHz, Qualcomm's fastest ever), along with the world's first 3D vapor-chamber cooling system and an additional snap-on cooler. A lot of gaming phone features tend to sound like overkill, but ASUS has clearly decided to really go for broke with the ROG Phone.

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Google Play’s new First Person video series takes us behind the scenes of game development

Google is taking us behind the scenes of mobile game development in a new video series called First Person. Available now on YouTube, the first three episodes, each just a few minutes long, center on three creatives working in the video games industry.

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