Welcome to another GamesBeat weekly roundup! This time, we checked out an independent game festival Brazil, we played around with PlayerUnkown’s Battleground’s new zombie mode, and Rocket League got a new anniversary update.

Enjoy, and have a great weekend!

Pieces of flair and opinion

  • The DeanBeat: 9 industry leaders sound off on the state of gaming in 2017
  • PC Gaming Weekly: Strategy’s resurgence is no Paradox
  • Why Hearthstone’s Frozen Throne expansion matters to Warcraft fans
  • Bluehole built PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ for livestream viewers
  • Brazil’s Independent Games Festival goes beyond games to business
  • Should Nintendo make Zelda’s map DLC a freebie? GamesBeat Decides
  • The Future Group changes both game shows and live events with mixed reality
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is the most important shooter since Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
  • Game investor Phil Harrison sees the broader view of games beyond Sony and Microsoft
  • Nintendo’s conundrum: Classic Editions or Virtual Console?

Above: Doomfist in Overwatch.

Image Credit: Blizzard

News

  • Recoil updates laser tag with a modern Wi-Fi-enabled outdoor battlefield
  • Hearthstone’s Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion will launch in August
  • Overwatch reveals Doomfist as its 25th hero
  • Destiny 2 open beta hits PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on July 21
  • Dinosaur shooter Island 359 launches on Oculus VR early access
  • PlayStation Now, welcome to 2014: PS4 games coming to Sony’s streaming library
  • How Haste reduces lag in League of Legends and Overwatch
  • Rocket League’s anniversary update: New arena, animated decals, and customizable trails
  • Splatoon 2 is getting its own Nintendo Direct
  • The Elder Scrolls Online is giving its premium membership to all players for a week

Above: Spidey’s new look in Marvel: Future Fight.

Image Credit: Netmarble

Mobile and social

  • Survey says: Pokémon Go’s loyal fans remain everyday players, even as craze dies down
  • Siege: Titan Wars has a new strategy in its cards
  • Marvel: Future Fight just got a slew of Spider-Man: Homecoming content
  • King brings Candy Crush TV show host Mario Lopez into mobile games

Previews, reviews, and interviews

  • Sword Legacy is a Brazilian indie strategy game with global ambitions
  • Watch us play Doomfist in Overwatch: Blizzard’s Street Fighter hero
  • Minority Media’s Vander Caballero on how to survive the VR desert
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds zombies shuffle between boredom and action
  • Remedy’s Sam Lake on 21 years of game storytelling and transmedia
  • RuneScape developer reflects on 15 years of making games
  • Why Pay Day 2 game publisher Starbreeze made its crazy dive into VR hardware

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