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Watch Nintendo's latest Super Smash Bros. tournament live right here

Mario punches Pikachu. Link slashes Samus. And that’s just the cosplayers fighting over swag in the parking lot of the San Diego Comic-Con! Inside that huge event, Nintendo is having those characters fight in the first ever tournament for Super Smash Bros. on the 3DS — and it’s happening right …

China Telecom will sell Microsoft's Xbox One game console to Chinese gamers in September

<i>Disclosure: The organizers of ChinaJoy are paying for my trip to Shanghai. Our coverage remains objective.</i><p>Like Richard Nixon, the Xbox One is going to China.<p>China Telecom will sell Microsoft’s new video game console starting in September under an exclusive contract, Reuters reported. China Telecom, …

GamesBeat's complete Comic-Con experience (photo gallery)

Fans, producers, and media teams alike all save their biggest and wildest displays for Comic-Con.<p>To those that missed out on tickets this year, whether you were two seconds too slow on the convention’s website or just didn’t want to stand in line fighting the San Diego heat, GamesBeat is here for …

Here’s why Amazon has become a major player in games (interview)

Bit by bit, Amazon has become a game company. The world’s largest e-commerce vendor bought its first game studio, Reflexive Entertainment, six years ago. In 2011, it launched its Android Appstore with thousands of apps, including games. In 2012, it launched its first mobile games produced by its …

Modern Combat 5: Blackout reflects the best — and worst — aspects of mobile shooters (review)

<i>Check out our Reviews Vault for past game reviews.</i><p>Modern Combat 5: Blackout tests your tolerance for ridiculous-sounding names: Caydan Phoenix (the gruff hero of our story), Jonathan “Bull” Taylor, and Alex Hawk are some of its characters. Apparently, you can’t fight terrorists unless you’re named …

Xbox One preorders begin in China under Tencent's banner

Tencent has begun accepting preorders for Microsoft’s Xbox One video game console as China’s 13-year-old ban on video game consoles comes to an end in September.<p>Chinese consumers can use Tencent Holdings’ mobile messaging applications and JD.com to place orders for the locally made Xbox One, …

Gaymer X's uncertain future has the indie-gaming scene pulling together to help

GaymerX is a gathering for fans of gaming that often feel marginalized and underrepresented. While you may consider that a wonderful and necessary thing, the event’s future is uncertain, and that has some in the independent-gaming scene scrambling to help.<p>Hotline Miami publisher Devolver Digital …

The Last of Us: Breaking down its new epilogue with Naughty Dog, Joel, and Ellie

<i>This story contains spoilers for The Last of Us.</i><p>The Last of Us lives on beyond its emotionally charged ending.<p>Last night, developer Naughty Dog revealed a brand new scene from its hit postapocalyptic game during a special one-night-only event. With the help of The Last of Us director Neil …

Microsoft to launch Xbox One in China on Sept. 23 for $600

<i>Disclosure: The organizers of ChinaJoy paid my way to Shanghai. Our coverage remains objective.</i><p>SHANGHAI — Microsoft announced today that it will launch the Xbox One video game console in China on Sept. 23 for 3,699 renminbi. That amounts to $600, or $100 more than what Microsoft charges in the …

PlayStation sales tripled Xbox sales last quarter, according to Sony

Sony’s PlayStation brand is currently dominating the Xbox in terms of console sales.<p>Sony sold 3.5 million PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 systems during the first quarter of its fiscal 2014. That’s up from 1.1 million PS3s sold during the same period last year (the PS4 wasn’t out at that time). …

Snatch a deal on preorders of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

<i>This sponsored post is produced by Dealzon.</i><p>The Borderlands franchise goes low gravity on October 14th of this year with <i>Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel</i>. Preordering on PC has been available for about a month now, but just recently the game was made available at the 2game.com store front. There you can …

Xbox Live is down (again) for many and is causing a black-screen bug

The Xbox One and Xbox 360 are experiencing a number of connection problems thanks to intermittent issues with Microsoft’s online service.<p>For the third time in two weeks, the Xbox Live service is experiencing network-wide issues. Microsoft confirmed on its Xbox Live status website that gamers on …

10 years later, Daigo's Street Fighter III parry endures — and here's why, according to Evo's cofounder

One of the greatest moments in competitive fighting-game history is a decade old today.<p>On Aug. 1, 2004, long-time Street Fighter player Daigo Umehara, with only a sliver of health, came back to win a match in spectacular fashion. It was a semifinal match for Street Fighter III: Third Strike at the …

If Mirror's Edge's Faith had a dating site profile

Welcome to another edition of Extra Hearts, our dating site for everyone’s favorite video game characters. This time, we look at the free-spirited Faith from Mirror’s Edge, the popular first-person parkour game that’s getting a reboot for new-gen consoles. Will she run into the arms of a new love? …

Nintendo's former indie champion reveals why he was forced off Twitter

We usually think of Nintendo as a fan-friendly company, but now we know what it’s willing to do to keep employees from stirring the Japanese gaming giant’s seemingly calm waters.<p>Dan Adelman, the leader of Nintendo’s indie program, left Nintendo last week after nine years there. In an interview with …

Mobile mover: After leaving Kabam, Andrew Sheppard is now the chief operating officer at Gree

Last week, Andrew Sheppard left Kabam after five years overseeing the mobile publisher’s worldwide studios. Now, he has taken an officer role with Japanese mobile company Gree.<p>Gree announced today that Sheppard is its new chief operating officer. In this position, he is responsible for the …

Kabam teams with State of Decay studio to create Pokémon-esque mobile game

Fresh from its $120 million venture round, mobile game publisher Kabam is teaming up with Seattle developer Undead Labs to create Moonrise, a new role-playing game for mobile devices.<p>San Francisco-based Kabam may likely publish more games like this one now that it has raised money from China’s …

The madness of ChinaJoy Expo: Organizer breaks down gaming's growing mega-conference

<i>Disclosure: The organizers of ChinaJoy paid my way to Shanghai. Our coverage remains objective.</i><p>SHANGHAI — ChinaJoy is a visual feast and a spectacle. As China’s largest gaming event, the expo draws more than 250,000 attendees to nearly 100,000-square meters of exhibit space across 10 gigantic halls …

We compare John Cena's WWE 2K15 model to generations past

I can see him, and he looks good.<p>John Cena has long been the poster boy for the WWE, so it’s fitting that our first in-game screenshot for WWE 2K15 features him. The newest installment in the yearly wrestling franchise has new models that take advantage of the same head-scanning technology that 2K …

GameStop is improving its customer service to keep you away from Amazon, Walmart

GameStop is showing a renewed interest in improving the shopping experience at its stores, and it is already showing the results of that effort.<p>The world’s largest gaming-specific retailer is getting better at customer service, according to data firm StellaService. That company conducted a test and …

Evolve delayed: It's now coming in February

Evolution takes millions of years. Similarly, Evolve is gonna take a few more months.<p>Publisher Take-Two announced that it is delaying the 4-versus-1 shooter Evolve to Feb. 10. It was originally supposed to debut in October, but now developer Turtle Rock Studios is getting a few more months to …

Driving mobile consolidation, Tapjoy acquires 5Rocks analytics and marketing automation firm

Mobile monetization and ad-tech firm Tapjoy has acquired Korean analytics and marketing automation firm 5Rocks.<p>The move repositions Tapjoy as a consolidator and an “app-tech leader” with a full offering of monetization services for mobile app and game makers.<p>San Francisco-based Tapjoy did not …

Everything you need to know about the Oculus Rift

Like Willy Wonka, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is serenading us all with the promise of a world made of pure imagination. Only his requires a virtual-reality helmet and not a chocolate factory.<p>Oculus VR and its new parent company, Facebook, are preparing to unleash the next computing platform, …

Sony abandons its PlayStation Mobile Android initiative

If you want PlayStation while on the go, you should probably stick to the Vita.<p>Sony Computer Entertainment is dropping support for its PlayStation Mobile store for Android (via The Verge), which was originally a means for Sony to release indie games and PlayStation classics on the Vita handheld as …

Square Enix makes a profit during three months it barely released anything in

It looks like Square Enix has found some new ways to make money.<p>Traditionally, the Japanese publisher and developer depended on big, triple-A games to bring in the majority of its earnings through sales. However, during a three-month period that ended on June 30, Square Enix managed to post a …

Microsoft introduces $40 TV tuner for Xbox One in Europe

If you’re in Europe, you don’t need games on your Xbox One because you can use the console to watch <i>The Price is Right</i> live … if you have that show where you live.<p>Microsoft revealed a new add-on peripheral for the Xbox One today that enables the console to tune into over-the-air HD television. The …

Wasteland 2 teaches players valuable lessons about survival gaming — by repeatedly killing them

The harsh and unforgiving world of Wasteland 2 has one message for its occupants: This is hell.<p>You aren’t going to enjoy life in the irradiated Arizona desert, and if you don’t learn from your mistakes, you won’t make it out of there.<p>Brian Fargo, creator of the original Wasteland and executive …

Golem Arcana: The hybrid tabletop/video game that's going to make a lot of money (but off just a few of you)

Most of you will look at the images on this page and think, “Not for me.” And that’s OK with the developers at Harebrained Schemes, makers of the recent Shadowrun games for PC.<p>The studio’s upcoming release, Golem Arcana, features physical, collectible toy figures that work in conjunction with a …

Amid turmoil, Crytek plans to publish Ryse for PC with Deep Silver

An Xbox One launch game is getting a PC port, but the real story here is the publishers behind it<p>The game is Ryse: Son of Rome, an action title originally published by Microsoft and developed by Crytek. Since Ryse’s launch last November with Microsoft’s newest console, Crytek’s been stuck in a …

Twitch CEO: 'We have absolutely no intention' of running copyright audio scans on Twitch livestreams

<i>Correction: This story originally claimed Twitch will not mute audio that violates copyright during live streams. It will strike accounts that stream unauthorized content when Twitch receives a DMCA notice from the copyright holder.</i><p>Yesterday, Twitch revealed that it will start muting 30 minute …