The Middle East is fertile ground for esports

An esports tournament held in Dubai.

GUEST: When we talk about the geography of esports, many names spring to our mind: big supporting countries like South Korea, USA, Sweden and competitive titles with big international recognition like Counter-Strike: Go, Dota 2, and League of Legends. With increasing revenues, exciting new games, and institutions starting to adopt pro gaming in sch…Read More

Valve acquires Firewatch developer Campo Santo

Indie studio Campo Santo announced today that it’s joining Valve. Its 12-person team will be moving to Washington, and the acquisition will not affect its upcoming game In the Valley of Gods or ongoing support for its last title Firewatch. Campo Santo described the conversations it has had with the Valve team in a blog post: “Both sides…Read More

‘Minority Report’ adviser John Underkoffler ponders the user interfaces of the future

John Underkoffler is CEO of Oblong Industries, maker of

John Underkoffler is the CEO of Oblong Industries, and he is perhaps best known as the science advisor for the landmark sci-fi film Minority Report. Long before the body suit of Ready Player One, Underkoffler helped envision Minority Report’s scene where actor Tom Cruise uses “data gloves” and gesture controls to manipulate a transparent computer.…Read More

AT&T, Verizon face DOJ investigation for allegedly trying to lock eSIMs

Enlarge / Apple Watch Series 3, with eSIM technology for connecting to cellular networks. (credit: Apple)

AT&T and Verizon are being investigated by the Department of Justice (DOJ) over whether they colluded in order to prevent customers from easily switching carriers.

The antitrust investigation, reported by The New York Times yesterday, relates to the eSIM (embedded SIM) technology that is used instead of regular SIM cards in cellular-capable Apple Watches and other devices such as the Google Pixel 2. eSIMs are supposed to let customers switch carriers without changing to a different SIM card or device, but AT&T and Verizon are accused of “try[ing] to establish standards that would allow them to lock a device to their network even if it had eSIM technology,” the Times report said.

The DOJ began investigating about five months ago after complaints from Apple and an unidentified wireless carrier, the article said.

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Dennis ‘Thresh’ Fong on competitive gaming, then and now

Dennis Fong of (right) speaks with Ping Le of Accel at GamesBeat Summit.

Back when he was known as “Thresh,” Dennis Fong was the original professional gamer. He’s also the CEO of game video sharing site, and so he has decades of visibility into esports, which has become one of the hottest sectors of gaming. Market researcher Newzoo expects that global esports revenue will grow 38 percent to $9…Read More

Drool over Marvel Comics’ rarest original art, costumes at new museum exhibit

SEATTLE—As the Marvel Cinematic Universe expands to every movie theater in the world, the MoPOP Museum of Pop Culture (formerly Experience Music Project) swoops in this week with an exhibit that reminds fans where the heck these costumed heroes came from: the comics pages.

Marvel Universe of Super Heroes, a massive, two-story exhibit, began its world-premiere run in Seattle on Saturday with a mix of incredible historical context and Marvel’s strange, narrow focus within the MCU. The very good news, as seen in the first gallery, is that the Marvel (which began life in 1939 as Timely Publications) is represented by way of a ton of original production art.

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The traditional CEO-CIO relationship is changing

GUEST: Every year, Gartner surveys CIOs on how their jobs are changing in the digital age. The latest report – released April 6 – found that digital business has never been more top of mind for CEOs and that “CIOs should guide business leaders toward deep discipline digital business.” “The quickening pace of digitalization and technological innovat…Read More

Companies outside of Silicon Valley need to rethink how they hire and train tech talent

GUEST: Between 2014 and 2016, 75 percent of all venture capital funding in the United States went to three major tech hubs: Silicon Valley; New York City; and Cambridge, Massachusetts. Organizations such as Rise of the Rest seek to push funds toward the startups in the middle of the country that might get passed over otherwise. However, the road to…Read More

The Web of Profit: A look at the cybercrime economy

GUEST: Last April, I started a conversation with cybersecurity company Bromium. The company was keen to uncover where the streams of revenue generated by cybercrime eventually go and whether this money is ultimately supporting other areas of crime. Over the past 10 months, I have been examining this question, and I must say there have been some eye…Read More

Tamatem has built a thriving mobile business by bringing games to the Arab world

FEATURE: Mobile publisher Tamatem has brought 40 games to the Arabic-language market and racked up millions of downloads. Its newest title is Airport City, a simulation game from Lithuanian developer Game Insight. It will debut on iOS and Android in that region on April 26. “The main idea behind the company, and why I started it, is because A…Read More