Microsoft signed a Memorandum with the government of Ukraine on the development of the IT sector in the country. This is reported by the Ukrainian publication AIN.
As part of the agreement, Xbox will be officially launched in Ukraine. Previously, consoles were available for purchase, but you had to register accounts in other countries. Now users can choose Ukraine as their region of residence and pay for games in UAH. The interface will also get an update with the Ukrainian language.
The official launch of Xbox in Ukraine should take place before the end of 2020. At the moment, we are only talking about preliminary agreements, so the Deputy Minister of digital transformation of Ukraine, Alexander Bortnyakov, did not name the exact dates.
Among Us became the most downloaded mobile game in the third quarter of 2020
Users spent over $29.3 billion on mobile games and apps in the third quarter of 2020. The total number of software installations in the App Store and Google Play during this period reached 36 billion. This was reported by the analytical Agency Sensor Tower. The most profitable and downloaded non-game app was Tik-Tok.
Among Us was the most downloaded game in the third quarter. In 2019, 13 times fewer users downloaded it over the same period.
The Chinese company Tencent has taken a leading position in the market. Honor of Kings and PUBG Mobile were the highest-grossing games for the quarter. Revenue growth for the year increased by 65% and 28%, respectively. Collectively, games in the top five brought in more than $2.4 billion, or 12% of all consumer spending on mobile games, in the last quarter.
According to experts, spending on mobile games increased sharply in early 2020 due to the pandemic. In the third quarter, growth continued, with App Store and Google Play users spending $20.9 billion on games.
Bloober Team and Forever Entertainment will produce horror games for Nintendo Switch
The Polish Studio Bloober Team, which specializes in creating horror films, together with the publisher Forever Entertainment established the company Fearful Entertainment. It will focus on producing horror games for the Nintendo console.
Fearful Entertainment is known as one of the largest game publishers on the Nintendo Switch. Among other things, the Studio produces remakes of various titles. According to representatives of Bloober, they were prompted to create Fearful Entertainment by the fact that there are few high-quality horror games on Switch: the store mainly offers either multiplatform titles or frankly weak games.
At the moment, Fearful Entertainment is discussing the first projects. On the site bankier.pl it is reported that the Studio plans to buy classic IP in the horror genre and create remakes. The new Studio also does not rule out that it may focus on the Asian market.
Bloober Team was noted for such games as Layers of Fear, Observer and Blair Witch. At the moment, The Studio is developing The Medium — horror for future-generation consoles.