Hello, and welcome to another GamesBeat weekly roundup! This time, Atari revealed its new system, the PlayStation 4 won June, and we mourned the slow death of the Vita.

Enjoy, and have a great weekend!

Pieces of flair and opinion

  • The DeanBeat: Roblox’s kid developers make enough ‘robucks’ to pay for college
  • The story behind the haunting What Remains of Edith Finch
  • Overwatch League announcement brings hype and skepticism alike
  • Esports entrepreneurs will take the stage at GamesBeat 2017
  • Nintendo’s Switch Online app is a complete joke
  • I’ll miss the PlayStation Vita — if only for the RPGs
  • Splatoon 2 hates friends who don’t use Nintendo’s app
  • Why don’t more developers release games like Mario Maker? GamesBeat Decides
  • Comparing Battle Royale-likes: PUBG vs. H1Z1 vs. the rest
  • Arcades never disappeared — they evolved

Above: Atari shows off the first image of its console.

Image Credit: Atari

News

  • League of Legends esports teams turn to Tim ‘Magic’ Sevenhuysen for ‘Moneyball’ counsel
  • Nintendo Switch eShop servers are down intermittently for Splatoon 2 launch
  • NPD: Nintendo claims 3 of the 5 top-selling games in June
  • Grand Theft Auto V has now outsold Horizon Zero Dawn and Mass Effect: Andromeda in 2017
  • June 2017 NPD: Tekken and Injustice roundhouse kick the sales chart
  • PlayStation 4 outsold Xbox One and Nintendo Switch last month in the U.S.
  • Xbox One console revenues have slowed, but software and services are strong
  • Call of Duty: WWII has Doctor Who and Pulp Fiction’s crime boss punching Nazi zombies
  • Facebook’s PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds deal is about helping devs find their fans
  • Presence Capital has made 33 VR and AR investments in less than 2 years
  • Atari’s new Speakerhat blends wearables with fashion
  • The augmented reality landscape shows 60% growth in startups focused on enterprise
  • Esports TV ratings aren’t great … except for Candy Crush
  • Telltale announces The Walking Dead’s final season plus new seasons of Batman and The Wolf Among Us
  • Kate Edwards joins Take This to continue mental health advocacy in the gaming industry
  • Highmark Interactive raises $2 million to treat brain injuries with video games
  • Doomfist pummels Overwatch this month
  • BioWare shakeup: Aaryn Flynn leaving, Casey Hudson returning
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds creator beefs with its most popular livestreamer
  • GamesBeat 2017: Fresh faces and veterans join speaker roster
  • Ubisoft’s strong year continues despite no new releases last quarter
  • Twitch follows up Mister Rogers with a Crunchyroll anime marathon on July 27
  • Dragon Ball Fighterz adds Piccolo and Krillin
  • Mira unveils lightweight augmented reality glasses for $100
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds beats GTA V’s peak Steam players record
  • Windjammers launches August 29 on PS4, Vita thanks to retro revival house DotEmu
  • Leap Motion raises $50 million for key component of VR’s growth: hand-tracking tech
  • Tekken 7 imports one of SNK’s Fatal Fury fighters to its roster
  • Dragon Ball Fighterz adds Trunks, plans closed beta
  • Ataribox: First look at Atari’s new home video game console
  • FunFair is making fair, transparent, and fast online casino games based on Ethereum

Above: Battling Lugia.

Image Credit: Niantic

Mobile and social

  • Tapjoy’s rewarded video ads grew 80% in the past year
  • Pocket Gems’ Episode app will get Pitch Perfect interactive story
  • Pokémon Go is finally getting Legendary Pokémon
  • Newzoo: High fidelity games are taking over the mobile market
  • Zynga and MGM are planning a Words With Friends TV show
  • Plexchat raises $7 million to provide mobile chat platform for gamers
  • Mobile game company N3twork acquires Agamemnon to create marketing platform
  • NBA’s Sacramento Kings and Nike launch augmented reality app
  • Beasts of Balance lands Sensible Object a spot in Alexa Accelerator
  • Classic MMO RuneScape is coming to mobile

Reviews, previews, and interviews

  • HyperX’s Cloud Revolver S headset nearly does it all
  • Destiny 2’s beta is fine
  • Kingsway review — an addictive RPG with deadly pop-up windows
  • Echo Arena: Hands-on gameplay of zero-gravity multiplayer in VR
  • Hearthstone: Knights of the Frozen Throne — creating Death Knights and Un’Goro’s legacy
  • Marvel Powers United VR: Hands-on with the superhero VR app on the Oculus Rift
  • Last Day of June: Hands-on with a beautiful, wordless, and sad work of art
  • Splatoon 2 review — still fresh on the Switch
  • Microsoft’s Xbox Design Lab is now even better
  • Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles review — an adorable open-world adventure

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