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Where FaZe Clan sees the future of gaming and entertainment

Where FaZe Clan sees the future of gaming and entertainment Lee Trink has spent nearly his entire career in the entertainment business. The former president of Capitol Records is now the head of FaZe Clan, an esports juggernaut that is one of the most recognizable names in the wildly popular phenomenon of […]

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China Roundup: WeChat’s new focus on monetization

China Roundup: WeChat’s new focus on monetization Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch’s China Roundup, a digest of recent events shaping the Chinese tech landscape and what they mean to people in the rest of the world. At the beginning of each year, a large crowd of developers, content creators and digitally-savvy […]

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Fortnite’s black hole stunt is the kind of alpha energy we’re here for

Fortnite’s black hole stunt is the kind of alpha energy we’re here for As you are likely already aware, Epic Games is pulling a massive PR stunt that has shrunk the world’s most popular game down to a single black hole. As part of Fortnite’s Season 10 live event, called “The End”, […]

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Loot boxes in games are gambling and should be banned for kids, say UK MPs

Loot boxes in games are gambling and should be banned for kids, say UK MPs UK MPs have called for the government to regulate the games industry’s use of loot boxes under current gambling legislation — urging a blanket ban on the sale of loot boxes to players who are children. Kids […]

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Indie developer flooded with racist, misogynist abuse after announcing Epic partnership

Indie developer flooded with racist, misogynist abuse after announcing Epic partnership The two developers of an indie game called Ooblets have been subjected to “tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands” of abusive messages following their decision to put their game on the Epic Games Store. It’s a worrying yet entirely […]

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Fortnite World Cup has handed out $30 million in prizes, and cemented its spot in the culture

Fortnite World Cup has handed out million in prizes, and cemented its spot in the culture The Fortnite phenomenon — the wildly popular battle royale game from Epic Games — has manifested itself in concerned articles, cultural shoutouts and now has sealed its place in the cultural firmament by wrapping up its […]

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Stranger Things portals have appeared in Fortnite

Stranger Things portals have appeared in Fortnite This summer has blessed us with a wealth of awesome television options, from Big Little Lies to Chernobyl to The Handmaid’s Tale. And the good times keep rollin’. Tomorrow, Stranger Things Season 3 drops on Netflix. To celebrate, it would appear that Epic Games is […]

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Lightspeed Venture Partners doubles its growth practice

Lightspeed Venture Partners doubles its growth practice Lightspeed Venture Partners, a firm behind the likes of BetterUp, Aurora, Goop and dozens of others, will allocate more capital to mature companies with the hiring of three new partners. Adam Smith, Amy Wu and Arsham Memarzadeh join the Menlo Park-headquartered venture capital fund’s growth […]

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Daily Crunch: Fortnite-maker acquires Houseparty

Daily Crunch: Fortnite-maker acquires Houseparty The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Fortnite maker Epic acquires social video app Houseparty The company behind the Unreal […]

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Snap is channeling Asia’s messaging giants with its move into gaming

Snap is channeling Asia’s messaging giants with its move into gaming Snap is taking a leaf out of the Asian messaging app playbook as its social messaging service enters a new era. The company unveiled a series of new strategies that are aimed at breathing fresh life into the service which has […]

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