Posts tagged with "TechCrunch"

Pokémon Stay? Niantic is updating Pokémon Go so you can play from home

April 17, 2020

Pokémon Go will soon get a bit easier to play at home—even from that indent you have created in your couch over the past few weeks, Fast Company reports.

The augmented reality mobile game was a smash hit when AR pioneer Niantic launched it in 2016. That may be eons in technology time—but Pokémon Go is still quite popular to

However, the COVID-19 lockdowns have made the most compelling features of Pokémon Go so impracticable, so, San Francisco-based Niantic has announced that it is working on “new and exciting gameplay that can be enjoyed both from home and when we’re able to go out and explore together again.”

According to Fast Company, Remote Raids is the big change coming to players nextRaid Battles, added to the game in 2017, enable players to get together at a physical spot to battle powerful pokémon. “Soon,” Niantic says, “you’ll be able to join any Raid Battle you can see on the Nearby screen or that you can tap on the map.”

Indeed, TechCrunch reports the feature will be “live in the coming days.”

Niantic teased other updates in the works, “including improved battle-screen design” and bonus Field Research “activities that you can complete from home.” Check out Niantic’s blog for more details.

Research contact: @FastCompany

Foul ‘play’? Lawsuit accuses Fortnite developer of designing game to be addictive

October 10, 2019

Epic Games—the North Carolina-based software development company that banked more than $3 billion in profits in 2018, alone, off the game Fortnite, according to TechCrunch—has been accused in a lawsuit of designing the online video competition to be addictive.

The game—which is free to play, but makes money selling digital items—has about 250 million players worldwide; many of them, too obsessed to turn off their screens.

The Canadian lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, reportedly likens the game play to taking cocaine, in terms of dependency, CNET reported on October 7.

A legal notice was filed Friday in Quebec Superior Court accusing US-based Epic Games of designing the game specifically to hook users, Canada’s Global News reported on October 4. Players have had to seek treatment for their addiction, according to the complaint.

Indeed, the filing says, “The addiction to the Fortnite game has real consequences for the lives of players: Several don’t eat or shower, and no longer socialize.”

Jean-Philippe Caron, the lawyer who brought the lawsuit, alleged that the game’s creators enlisted the help of “psychologists to help make the game addictive.”

He accused Epic Games of failing to “warn about the risks and dangers inherent in their product.” Similar accusations have been lodged in lawsuits against tobacco companies.

Epic Games didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment by CNET.

Research contact: @CNET