Mad Catz is back from the dead

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Mad Catz is back from the dead

Hardware maker Mad Catz, which filed for bankruptcy and shut down in March 2017, is back. The company, now known as Mad Catz Global Limited and headquartered in Kowloon, Hong Kong, announced a new line of products today.

Mad Catz will be at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show with new PC gaming hardware: RAT mice, STRIKE keyboards, FREQ gaming headsets and GLIDE gaming surfaces. The company said in a release that “the new Mad Catz will focus first on quality, committed to producing innovative gaming products, designed and engineered in-house to stand out amongst the competition and deliver superlative performance for gamers of all abilities.”

Capy Games’ next game, Cartoon Network’s OK K.O.!, launches Jan. 23

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Capy Games’ next game, Cartoon Network’s OK K.O.!, launches Jan. 23

Capybara Games, the studio known for Super Time Force, Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes and the indefinitely delayed Below, is back with its first new project in nearly four years. OK K.O.! Let’s Play Heroes, a beat-’em-up developed in collaboration with Cartoon Network Games based on the TV series, will launch this January.

Let’s Play Heroes will launch on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One on Jan. 23. The game is set in the world of OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes, starring superhero-in-training K.O. and his fellow fighters as they roam around a strip mall. The series’ mix of action and slacker comedy makes it a unique, fitting series in the Cartoon Network lineup. (It helps that creator Ian Jones-Quartey made a name for himself with Steven Universe, a cartoon that manages a similar balance.)

Switch becomes fastest-selling console in US history, according to Nintendo

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Switch becomes fastest-selling console in US history, according to Nintendo

Nintendo has announced that its portable/console hybrid is now the fastest-selling console in U.S. history, according to its own internal sales estimates. The Nintendo Switch is even beating the sales of the original Wii in the United States.

“The home console that players can take wherever they go launched March 3, 2017, and in 10 months has sold more than 4.8 million units in the United States, according to Nintendo’s internal sales figures,” Nintendo stated. “That’s the highest total for the first 10 months of any home video game system in U.S. history, surpassing Nintendo’s own Wii system, which was the previous record holder with more than four million units sold during the same timeframe.”

Would you rent a cloud-based gaming PC rather than buy your own?

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Would you rent a cloud-based gaming PC rather than buy your own?

People familiar with the video game industry have been hearing about cloud gaming for so long that they may already be tired of the concept, even though it hasn’t yet hit the mainstream.

A number of high-profile disappointments, most notably the flameout of OnLive, have left gamers feeling that the idea might be an ahead-of-its-time fad, like virtual reality in the early 1990s. Plus there’s the additional hurdle of fidelity: Although our lives are becoming increasingly dependent on the cloud, it’s hard to convince gamers that any game-streaming platform can deliver an experience that’s as responsive as playing on a local machine.

Spain cuts €2M in indie game funding

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Spain cuts €2M in indie game funding

Independent developers in Spain are today counting the cost of a ministerial decision to block €2 million (about $2.4 million) in European Union funding, designed to invigorate the local gaming scene.

According to a report in El Español, Spain's minister of Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda, Álvaro Nadal, canceled the planned grant, which was planned to be sent to 20 different developers. Each company would have received between €50,000 and €150,000. Some of the money was specifically aimed at development teams of five persons or fewer which are working on their first game. It's not clear why the decision was taken.

IGN editor-in-chief fired for ‘alleged misconduct’

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IGN editor-in-chief fired for ‘alleged misconduct’

IGN has fired Steve Butts, its longtime editor-in-chief, over “alleged misconduct.”

“IGN initiated an investigation into alleged misconduct involving Steve Butts. As a result of the investigation, the Company has appropriately determined to part ways with Mr. Butts,” Mitch Galbraith, IGN’s executive vice president, told Polygon in a statement.

Speedrun world record claimed for N-Gage

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Speedrun world record claimed for N-Gage

Speedrunning has come to this.

Twitch streamer ZEN_Ivan says he has just registered the first speedrun world record on the N-Gage, the electronic choco-taco that attempted to revolutionize mobile gaming 14 years ago and has been a punchline ever since. Officially, that record is for Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, which they completed in 26 minutes, 20.8 seconds.

Monster Hunter: World coming to PC in fall 2018

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Monster Hunter: World coming to PC in fall 2018

Capcom said that it’s aiming to release the Windows PC version of Monster Hunter: World sometime during “autumn 2018.” Producer Ryozo Tsujimoto said the developers is “working hard on” the PC port right now.

While Capcom didn’t provide any more clarity on the release window, this year’s autumnal equinox occurs on Sept. 22, which could mean an eight-month gap between the console versions and the PC version of Monster Hunter: World.

Star Citizen raised more money than every other video game on Kickstarter combined in 2017

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Star Citizen raised more money than every other video game on Kickstarter combined in 2017

For the second year in a row, the team working on Star Citizen say they’ve raised more money than every other video game on Kickstarter combined. The numbers, which are self-reported and do not include returns, aren’t even close.

Chris Roberts’ collection of spacefaring games raised $34.91 million in 2017, down slightly from $36.11 million in 2016. Meanwhile, successful Kickstarters for video games overall remained relatively flat in 2017, with $17.25 million raised, down from around $17.6 million the year before.