Scope out a few of the game industry news stories from the last week below, hand-picked from across the world of games. This week, check out news about an AI conference hosted within an MMO game space, news about Cyberpunk 2077, game investments in 2020, a new esports-related film — and more. Take a look through the index to find the news you want to know!
- AI Conference Hosted Within MMO Game
- Cyberpunk 2077 Delayed to December
- Game Investments on Record-setting Pace in 2020
- Should Nintendo Switch Owners Feel Next-Gen FOMO?
- Biden/Harris Campaign Sets Up Shop in Fortnite
- New Esports-focused Comedy Film in Development
- EVE Online Community Sets Two World Records
AI Conference Hosted Within MMO Game
Source: Capital Watch
Event organizers have found some interesting ways to host events through the year, but what Capital Watch describes in their article is a memorable way to pair a high-tech conference with an online game platform that’s designed to host vast numbers of players:
“This week, a NetEase-sponsored AI conference took place in an unusual setting – inside Justice, its top game. For the first time, attendees of a conference were able to choose characters, their clothing and facial expressions and immerse as one would in a game in the workshops and presentations at DAI 2020.
While users (and investors alike) came to praise Zoom Video Communications (Nasdaq: ZM) over the Covid-19 outbreak, NetEase Fuxi Lab decided to offer more than just a video chat. It sought to make the setting “more interesting and interactive,” as a NetEase representative told CapitalWatch earlier this week.
It was the second Distributed AI (DAI) forum since it launched in 2019. This year, the four-day event, taking place from Saturday to Tuesday, attracted more than 300 AI researchers and practitioners. In addition to the game setting, attendees could join via Zoom or see live streams via Bilibili (Nasdaq: BILI).”
We’ve posted about some of the big moves companies have been making in games this year, like Unity‘s and Roblox‘s moves in the stock markets. When added up by the numbers, though, it’s an impressive series of zeroes. Check out this Forbes piece to see just how red-hot video games are in 2020:
“Despite the pandemic, or perhaps because of it, the already hot video game business has seen a “record-setting’ rush of investment in its third quarter, pushing total investments for the year to $9.9 billion, according to the just-released DDM Games Investment Review.
The not-quite-finished third quarter has been particularly huge, some $5.2 billion in investment capital flowing into more than 110 deals, according to the report’s author, Digital Development Management of Northhampton, Mass. The huge quarter of investments pushed the year’s totals far beyond the previous high-water mark tracked by DDM, 2017’s $8 billion.”
Should Nintendo Switch Owners Feel Next-Gen FOMO?
Source: Nintendo Enthusiast
“We’ve all seen them. The console unboxings, the media hands-on demos, the first impressions. There’s nothing quite like a new console launch, where everyone’s champing at the bit for any juicy details. This week, it’s been PlayStation 5’s turn, as select media outlets and influencers have gone hands-on with Sony’s latest machine. While embargoes are limiting what we get to see, the hype levels are still incredibly high between it and Xbox Series X. However, I think it’s a pretty underwhelming next-gen launch period, and here’s why Nintendo Switch players have just as much to be excited about.”
Facebook: Oculus Quest 2 VR Headset Sold Pre-orders at 5x Original Quest
In spite of some thorny issues around Facebook login requirements, Facebook’s Oculus Quest 2 has apparently been greeted with wider consumer interest than the first Quest VR headset GamesIndustry,biz covers the details:
“Pre-orders for the Oculus Quest 2 were five times higher than Oculus Quest, according to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
In a call with investors following Facebook’s financial results, Zuckerberg said that pre-orders for the new standalone VR device far outstripped Oculus Quest — and ” surpassed our expectations.”
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