SGN becomes Jam City and announces a new Peanuts game

Jam City desk Mobile gaming company SGN announced today that it has a new name, Jam City. This isn’t the first time the company has rebranded — it was called MindJolt before acquiring SGN and then taking on the name in 2012. The change may be an inevitable reflection of the company’s — and the industry’s — transition from social to mobile games. CEO Chris DeWolfe (who… Read More

Minecraft: Education Edition arrives November 1

mc_education_webpage_50_1920x820 The full version of Minecraft: Education Edition is finally arriving on November 1, following an extended testing and free trial period that began this summer. The version of Minecraft aimed at educators and schools came out of Microsoft’s acquisition of learning game MinecraftEdu earlier this year, which built upon Minecraft to give teachers tools to build lessons around STEM, art,… Read More

Signia Venture Partners has $85 million in new funds to invest

signia_venture_partners Signia Venture Partners has closed its second fund at $85 million to lead early-stage deals in emerging tech startups mostly in and around San Francisco. For the unfamiliar, Signia is typically the first money in and the lead investor in the companies it backs, writing $1-2 million in seed stage deals or $2-8 million in later stage rounds. The firm was started in 2012 by Rick Thompson, the… Read More

You can now stream Android games to Facebook Live from your PC

screen-shot-2016-09-22-at-9-36-04-am Game streaming is something that everyone working in streamed video wants a part of, and now Facebook Live can stream Android games (and other apps) via the BlueStacks desktop emulator for PC and Mac. The integration is pretty smart, and while it was previously available for Twitch, the addition of Facebook Live support means mobile games streamers can potentially reach a different, more… Read More

Pokémon Sun and Moon will let you clean and care for your Pokémon

pokemon-refresh-compressor The new Pokémon Sun and Moon games are still a couple of months away, with a release date set for November 18, but the news keeps trickling out about its new Pokémon and features. The new Pokémon revealed today include version specific creatures for each of the two games, and new evolutions that differ in Sun and Moon as well. Plus, a new in-game feature lets you show your Pokémon a… Read More

Pokémon will come to Nintendo’s category-busting NX console

The Pokemon "Pikachu" is seen at the amusement park in Tokyo, July 13, 2016. (Photo by Hitoshi Yamada/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Surprising no one, The Pokémon Company’s CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara told the WSJ in an interview that Pokémon games will appear on Pokémon’s upcoming console, which is codenamed the “NX” and which Nintendo says is launching around March 2017. It’s not clear whether Pokémon games will be available for NX in time with launch, but assurance that the maker of the… Read More

Catching Pokémon with the new Pokémon Go Plus

pokemon-go-plus I walked into a store and bought two today (there were plenty more around) so chances are you won’t have to resort to overpaying on eBay for a pre-order slot. After only a few hours playing with the Go, I already feel like it has a good chance of pulling me back into the game, at least for a little while, and the entire experience of using it is pretty painless. The Go Plus was easy to… Read More