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Google Play Indie Games Festival kicks off in San Francisco this September

Google Play Indie Games Festival kicks off in San Francisco this September

Competing as a game developer on the Google Play Store can be a tough proposition, especially as we see more and more professional game developers leave their big studios to start or join studios dedicated to mobile games. If you're one of those small-time game developers, good news: Google has announced that it will be giving independent developers a chance to have their moment in the spotlight later this year, when it hosts the Google Play Indie Games Festival in San Francisco.

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Pokemon GO players can now suggest Gym and Pokestop locations

Pokemon GO players can now suggest Gym and Pokestop locations

If you're a Pokemon GO player living in a metropolitan area, chances are you're surrounded by Pokestops and Gyms. For those in more rural areas, though, stocking up on items by visiting Pokestops or duking it out at Gyms proves to be a little more difficult. That might all be changing soon, as Niantic has given Pokemon GO players the tools to suggest locations that would make for good Pokestops or Gyms.

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Pokemon GO shows signs of life in Europe, launches in Germany

Pokemon GO shows signs of life in Europe, launches in Germany

Pokemon GO may just be the best mobile game we've ever played, but so far, only folks in the US, Australia, and New Zealand have been given an official release. It's been a week since the game first launched, and other eager players around the world are chomping at the bit to get in on the action. Today, it would appear that players in at least one European country will finally get that chance, as developer Niantic Labs has announced that Pokemon GO is now available in Germany.

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Pokemon GO estimated earnings top $14 million in less than a week

Pokemon GO estimated earnings top $14 million in less than a week

Since it seems like you can't throw a stone without hitting three or four Pokemon GO players, it's safe to say the game has turned out to be quite popular. Just how popular is it, though? If new estimates from SuperData Research are accurate, the answer to that question is "more popular than air itself." The research firm estimates that Pokemon GO has already raked in earnings of more than $14 million, which is insane when you consider that the game has been available in just a handful of regions for less than a week.

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Pokemon GO causes Nintendo shares to rise another 25%

Pokemon GO causes Nintendo shares to rise another 25%

Pokemon fever, it seems, has caught on in a very big way. Realizing that Nintendo may have a massive hit on its hands with Pokemon GO, investors have been treating the company well, sending its stock up by around 9% on Friday and by another 25% on Monday. That's a massive gain, and it means that Nintendo's stock has added around $7.5 billion in value in the past two days of trading.

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Pokemon GO release puts Nintendo stock on the rise

Pokemon GO release puts Nintendo stock on the rise

It would appear that would-be Pokemon trainers aren't the only ones who are pleased to see Pokemon GO arrive on the scene. The launch and subsequent success of the game has sent Nintendo shares up, in a time when investors were wondering if Nintendo had lost that magic touch. It hasn't exactly been a secret that Nintendo investors have wanted the company to break into the mobile games scene, and now that Pokemon GO has had a successful launch in a few regions around the world, they seem to be rewarding Nintendo with a surge in stock prices.

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Final Fantasy VII finally arrives on Android

Final Fantasy VII finally arrives on Android

Fans of Square Enix's long-running Final Fantasy series might be pleased to hear that Final Fantasy VII has finally made it to Android. The game - considered by many to be the greatest Final Fantasy game in the series - has been available on iOS since last year, with Android users left waiting while Square Enix finished the port for their platform. That wait, it would appear, is over at last.

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Pokemon GO battery life drain is not just your problem

Pokemon GO battery life drain is not just your problem

Pokemon GO has started rolling out around the world, finally giving long time fans of the franchise an opportunity to roam the world and capture the charming little monsters. What's the first thing you should do as a new Pokemon trainer? Buy a portable battery pack, it seems.

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China cracks down on mobile games with new approval requirement

China cracks down on mobile games with new approval requirement

China's ever-present grip on the Internet and everything related to it just got a little tighter. In an effort to crackdown on popular media, mobile game developers must get their games pre-approved by the Chinese government before launching them in the nation. The rule went into effect today, though it was first announced in early June. To avoid running afoul of the new regulations, developers must submit their games to China’s State Administration of Press, Publications, Radio, Film and Television, more commonly called “SAPPRFT," at least 20 days before launch.

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Facebook Messenger has a hidden soccer game, too

Facebook Messenger has a hidden soccer game, too

Remember that 'secret' basketball game Facebook added to Messenger during March Madness? The game ended up being quite popular, even though most people who played it weren't very good. Perhaps due to that popularity, Facebook has added another game to its messaging app, this one revolving around soccer. Send your friends a soccer ball and you'll be taken to a game of "keep it in the air."

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GTA: Liberty City Stories finally comes to Android

GTA: Liberty City Stories finally comes to Android

Have you ever been sitting in the middle of gridlock traffic, and wishing that you could just rev your engine and plow through some cars to get to where you're going? Well, now you can do that, without actually causing chaos in the streets. You can just pull out your phone on the bus, and get transported to Grand Theft Auto's Liberty City on your Android phone.

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OnePlus and AirConsole deal brings exclusive games

OnePlus and AirConsole deal brings exclusive games

OnePlus has announced a new deal with AirConsole that brings exclusive mobile games to those with a OnePlus handset. Under this new partnership, OnePlus owners will get early access to AirConsole’s new upcoming mobile games through the latter company’s gaming system. AirConsole's gaming platform works by putting the games in one's browser and using the smartphone as a game controller.

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