Playco raises $100 million at $1 billion valuation for instant games across platforms

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VentureBeat reports: “Meet one of gaming’s newest unicorns. Playco has raised $100 million at a $1 billion valuation for instant games across a wide variety of platforms.”

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Mobile Premier League raises $90m in funding

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Gamesindustry.biz reports: “Indian competitive gaming platform Mobile Premier League has raised $90 million in a series C funding round.”

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Following TikTok Deal, Judge Agrees to Delay U.S. Restrictions on WeChat

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Billboard reports: “A judge has approved a request from a group of U.S. WeChat users to delay looming federal government restrictions that could effectively make the popular app nearly impossible to use.”

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Peacock Officially Launches On Roku

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Deadline reports: “After a day of public distribution drama last Friday, NBCUniversal’s Peacock has officially launched on Roku in the U.S.”

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Microsoft to Acquire Bethesda Softworks for $7.5 Billion

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The Hollywood Reporter reports: “Microsoft is growing its video game domain, acquiring the parent company of publisher Bethesda Softworks for $7.5 billion in cash.”

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Apple is making Shazam a bigger part of your iPhone

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The Verge reports: “Apple bought music recognition app Shazam in 2018, and now it’s integrating it into iOS in another big way — a new Music Recognition feature can identify songs playing around you as well as in apps on your phone. And it even works when you’re listening to music on your headphones.”

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Trump to ban US TikTok and WeChat app store downloads on September 20th

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The Verge reports: “The US Commerce Department has issued a new order to block people in the US from downloading the popular video-sharing app TikTok as of September 20th, Reuters first reported Friday.”

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Unity valued at $13.7bn after successful IPO

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Gamesindustry.biz reports: “Unity has completed its Initial Public Offering and been valued at $13.7 billion. The company, best known for the game development engine of the same name, began trading shares on the New York Stock Exchange yesterday under the symbol “U”.”

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NBCU Threatens to Pull TV Apps From Roku Amid Fight Over Peacock Deal Terms

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Variety reports: “The dispute between Roku and NBCUniversal over distribution of the fledgling Peacock streaming service has taken a nasty turn.”

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Bandai Namco Acquires Montreal Game Developer Reflector

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The Hollywood Reporter reports: “The deal to buy the company behind the ‘Unknown 9’ franchise continues the Japanese gaming giant’s strategy of developing half its content outside of its home market.”

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