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How a new e-sports alliance hopes to eventually create a FIFA-like federation for competitive gaming

If you’re a pro Counter-Strike player, it can really stink when two major events happen on the same weekend. A new e-sports alliance called ESGN is hoping to put a stop to things like that.<p>The problem is that the regional organizations that run competitive gaming don’t often talk to one another. …

Why Norwegian students are playing The Walking Dead in class

Students at Nordahl Grieg high school in Norway are playing Telltale Games' <i>The Walking Dead</i> in class, on purpose and with their teacher's permission.<p>According to a report in the Norwegian publication NRK.no, instructor Tobias Staaby assigned the adventure game to his students to study ethical …

Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls background download available now

A background download for <i>Diablo 3</i>'s upcoming expansion, <i>Reaper of Souls</i>, is available now, Blizzard announced via the game's website.<p>Blizzard announced earlier this month that it would offer a pre-download for the expansion. According to the post, the background download will make that patch a …

Will Watch Dogs break free from the Ubisoft formula?

Ubisoft has cottoned on to something lucrative, a particular gameplay formula that has been seeping into its major releases for a number of years. It is an almighty template--one that dictates everything from high-level world structure down to basic core mechanics. Though the Assassin's Creed, Far …

Next Gen User Interface Pet Peeves

We've had the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One for roughly a month now, which has given us time to familiarize ourselves with the ins and outs of the two …

DayZ Experimental patch kills infinite backpacks, adds a shotgun and hacksaw

DayZ developers are working on an Experimental patch which will put an end to the ability to carry an infinite number of backpacks. The patch also …

Hearthstone: The Only Game You’ll Ever Need…

…or, why one editor hasn’t played anything else for more than a month.<p>There is only one game that I play now, and that game is Hearthstone: Heroes of …

Tracking virtual disease across the world with Moocdemic

Much like its subject matter, <i>Moocdemic</i> is spreading.<p>In today's world of burgeoning mobile technology and social media, disease is easier to track than ever. People tell their friends and family about a bad cold they've come down with via Facebook and Twitter. Phones keep tabs on their location and …

Microsoft: stand the Xbox One any way you like, as long as it's flat

We're still a couple of months away from the launch of the Xbox One, but if you've already cleared out a welcoming cubbyhole in anticipation, then we hope you've pictured the next-gen console lying down. Speaking with GameSpot at the Tokyo Game Show, top Xbox bod Albert Panello said the One doesn't …

'D4' on Xbox One is a surreal adventure that finally makes the case for Kinect gaming

Microsoft’s decision to bundle its new Kinect sensor with every Xbox One may be a major factor in the console's $499 sticker price, but it does give developers the freedom to experiment safe in the knowledge that the peripheral’s adoption won’t be a problem. And experimentation is exactly what you …

How to manage ridiculous amounts of data and traffic without falling down

We’ve wrapped up another Structure: Europe conference and, just like last year’s inaugural event, it was full of insights into the state of cloud …

Facebook developing brain-like AI to find deeper meaning in feeds and photos

Facebook's current News Feed ranking isn't all that clever -- it's good at surfacing popular updates, but it can miss lower-profile updates that are personally relevant. The company may soon raise the News Feed's IQ, however, as it recently launched an artificial intelligence research group. The …

Bugsnag, The Error-Reporting Platform Used By LinkedIn And Others, Raises $1.4M Seed Round

Crash detection and reporting are tough but important problems to solve, as companies look to increase the stability and reliability of their online and mobile applications. One newer startup taking on this challenge, Bugsnag, has already found traction in this space, having signed up a number of …

Microsoft May Pay Up To $200M For SF’s Secretive Osterhout Design Group In A Wearables Bet

Google may have glasses and Apple may be rumored to be making a smart watch. Now Microsoft may be effectively buying itself a wearables play by paying up to $200 million for a trove of assets and patents from San Francisco’s quiet Osterhout Design Group, a longtime U.S. military contractor.<p>The deal …

Microsoft Updates Bing On iOS, Highlights Siri Integration

With the release of iOS 7 to the general public, Bing now has a prominent home inside of Apple’s chief operating system. When you Siri, you will very often Bing. That might sound odd, but Apple is more concerned with Google at the moment than Microsoft — especially given Apple’s lack of an …

Warhammer Online shutting down December 18

After five years, Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning will close its doors, developer Mythic announced on its Web site.<p>The studio did not cite the usual reason for an MMORPG's closure -- the lack of a fan base -- instead saying Mythic's license with Games Workshop was due to expire.<p>"We here at …

‘Grand Theft Auto V’ sales blow past $1 billion in three days

Game enthusiasts purchase 'Grand Theft Auto V' at the Game Stop store in Encinitas, Calif., in this photo taken Sept. 17, 2013. MIKE BLAKE<p>"Grand Theft Auto V" has crossed the $1 billion sales mark after three days in stores, a rate faster than any other video game, film or other entertainment …

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How to Prevent Online Vandalism from Killing your Startup

<i>Sangeet Paul Choudary analyzes business models for Internet startups at his blog Platform Thinking. You can follow him on Twitter @sanguit.</i><p>Online platforms work on principles similar to offline communities. The onset of crime and vandalism in a community can lead to large-scale abandonment. The …

Apple’s iOS 7 includes a surprise: a ticket to the next generation of the internet

For five years, researchers have toiled over an obscure bit of fundamental internet infrastructure that promises to make the connections to our mobile devices faster and more reliable than ever, and if you’ve already downloaded Apple’s iOS 7 to your iPhone or iPad, you could be using it …

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Google Glass ditches tether requirement for data sharing

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Major US security company warns over NSA link to encryption formula

A major American computer security company has told thousands of customers to stop using an encryption system that relies on a mathematical formula developed by the National Security Agency (NSA).<p>RSA, the security arm of the storage company EMC, sent an email to customers telling them that the …

Hackers Bypass Apple’s Touch ID With Lifted Fingerprint

Fingerprint scanners have always been vulnerable to hackers who are willing to go the extra mile to bypass them. Over the years, we’ve seen everything from people using Gummy Bears, Play-Doh and more sophisticated techniques to bypass these biometric scanners. It’s not really a surprise then, that …

Ludicrous $1 million 'Saints Row IV' special edition includes Lamborghini, plastic surgery, and trip to space

Limited and "special" edition video games have long been a popular way to pump more money out of fans, but developer Deep Silver is now taking that concept to its ludicrous extreme. The company just announced a $1 million <i>Saints Row IV</i> "super dangerous wad wad edition," of which only one copy is …

Exploring different career paths in the gaming industry

This post has not been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff.<p>When most people imagine careers in the video game industry, they immediately think of developers. As the medium grows more popular, more jobs are opening up …

7 Secrets We Learned About The 'LEGO Marvel's Avengers' Game

Gaming<p>Find out what the hottest game news, new game releases.<p>Gaming<p>Actors from the 'Harry Potter' films will also reprise their roles in the …