Facebook has launched the new “Instant Games” allowing users of the world’s biggest social network to play from its Messenger application or directly on their news feeds. The new games effort could be a step toward eventually monetising Messenger, which now has more than one billion users.
“This new games experience allows people to easily discover, share, and play games without having to install new apps,” said Facebook product manager Alissa Ju in a blog post announcing the initiative.
Instant Games is launching in 30 countries with 17 titles available including “Pac-Man” from Bandai Namco, Taito’s “Space Invaders,” Zynga’s “Words with Friends” and King Digital’s “Shuffle Cats Mini.”
While Facebook has previously been home to “social” games like Zynga’s “FarmVille,” this effort aims at smartphone users and also works with Messenger, its fast-growing communications platform.
“The primary way that we expect people to be interacting with Instant Games is through Messenger, especially at first,” said Leo Olebe, director of global games partnerships at Facebook.
Olebe said the initiative is the first time games will be “a platform inside of Messenger” and the first time Facebook has directly put games on mobile devices.
The concept is similar to that of “Instant Articles,” which allows faster loading of news stories by hosting them on the powerful servers of Facebook instead of linking to a separate news site.
While Facebook ad revenues have been surging, the company has warned its ad growth is likely to slow, but Olebe nevertheless said there will be no immediate effort to draw revenue from the games.
“Right now it’s still early in the process, monetization will come later down the road,” he said, adding that Facebook wants “to drive the engagement in the overall experience.”
Instant Games will allow users to invite others and share results and scores, but has controls to prevent people from getting overwhelmed with requests to play. “The games are not designed to reward people for getting an increasing number of folks to play,” he said.
T4W and NetEase Games to Publish Party Game Eggy Go in Multiple Regions
The 4 Winds Entertainment (T4W) has announced a publishing partnership with NetEase Games, the online games division of NetEase, to launch the upcoming mobile party game Eggy Go (English name pending) in EMEA, Australasia, India, LATAM, and North America. Eggy Go is an imaginative super party game for mobile, supporting up to 32 players who compete per match, with strong social features that have attracted the attention of a large number of players during its closed beta stage across the globe. As NetEase’s most anticipated party mobile game this year, the Chinese launch of the game will be on May 26th, ready to start the party with an impressive number of pre-registrations.
“Since its start, The 4 Winds Entertainment has been on a mission to provide high-quality gaming entertainment from the best worldwide developers to Opportunity Markets and the rest of the globe,” stated Steven Huot, CEO of The 4 Winds Entertainment. “We found the right partner, one that shares our excitement and is more than up for the task. NetEase Games is an excellent choice, collaborating with us to create an outstanding game for iOS and Android.”
The global release timeline of Eggy Go will be announced soon, and to stay up to date on Eggy Go, please visit the Official Website https://www.eggygo.com/
PUBG MOBILE Launches Version 2.0 Update
PUBG MOBILE has officially released its new Version 2.0 Update, packed with new additions to PUBG MOBILE’s iconic maps, alongside new content from acclaimed anime EVANGELION and more. Beginning on May 11th, Livik gets an explosive overhaul with an upgraded environmental redesign in its urban areas to showcase innovative new combat strategies. A new vehicle – the agile four-seater Utility Task Vehicle – has also been added to Livik and Aftermath, allowing players to quickly move back and forth across the map’s diverse landscape.
At the beginning of the match, a golden resource-rich area will spawn in a random urban area, allowing players to grab as many supplies as they can! Not to mention a great assemblage of mini-games and items, such as Random Crates, which can be tracked down with Treasure Maps, Blomster’s in-game Soccer Challenge, and a quick means of escape with the map’s new Zipline.
Airdrops come once a match in a designated area, while Recall Towers are dotted across Livik for players to revive their lost teammates. Lying beneath it all is Livik’s volcano, which may erupt at any given moment – hide from its wrath by dodging its explosions and sheltering in buildings! All this content and more lands in Livik today.
On May 19th, a new season comes to PUBG MOBILE! A new batch of Legendary rewards is available for Cycle 2 Season 6, including themed Glasses, Parachute, Mask, and much more. The tier system has also been adjusted, as more sub-tiers have been added within the Gold, Bronze, and Silver tiers.
With the new Royale Pass Month themes – Hidden Hunters for Month 11 – players can work their way up to rank 50 to pick between two rewards. They can also track the progress of their pass missions in matches through the mini-map and, with the Favorites Crate, select their preferred reward from any past season. A free Royale Pass Voucher will become available for next month’s Royale Pass – themed Toy World – and the chance to participate in the server-wide Golden Chicken event and bonus Royale Pass Point event.
PUBG MOBILE has today announced an upcoming partnership with the acclaimed anime title EVANGELION to bring the series’ fearsome Angels to PUBG MOBILE’s iconic maps in a special event coming soon. Stay tuned for more information! Other new additions to the PUBG MOBILE shop include new Mythic outfits from the Crystal Power Squad, including the Interstellar Chimera Set, Floret Fairy Set, Sacred Eminence Set, and Styx Sovereign Set, as well as a brand new character, Emilia the Materials Scientist, who can provide players with new equipment.
Also new to PUBG MOBILE are Wingman Finishes, obtainable through the Lucky Spin from May 17th to May 24th. Wingmen can accompany players through their game, flying around Spawn Island during the match, alongside the plane during the jump phase, and there to welcome players back to the lobby afterward.
A number of other improvements have been made to PUBG MOBILE, including visual improvements, UI upgrades, and much more. Security, in particular, has doubled down, with the intuitive new Eagle System and Fog of War Anti-Cheat System included to combat cheaters further.
Three Most Dangerous Types of Android Malware
Written by Lukas Stefanko, Malware Researcher at ESET
These days, the device in your pocket can do far more than call or send text messages. Your smartphone stores almost every aspect of your life, from memories, captured as photos to personal notes and schedules, log-in details, and various other kinds of sensitive data.
Android-powered devices command more than 70 percent of the mobile operating system market. Add to that the open nature of the Android ecosystem and it’s clearer why these devices bear the brunt of malicious attacks on mobile devices and remain a lucrative target for attackers.
Google has, of course, introduced a number of privacy- and security-enhancing features for Android devices. Just a few days ago, the company announced that it had stopped 1.2 million policy-violating apps from reaching Google Play last year, among other measures aimed at cracking down on malicious apps.
However, this is not to say you should let your guard down when it comes to all sorts of dangers that lurk especially in third-party app stores.
Malware comes in various forms and works in various vicious ways. Watch the video to learn more about some of the most dangerous types of malware affecting Android devices, including:
- Malicious software that can hold your device and data hostage, possibly “on behalf of the FBI”
- Malware that steals login credentials and can in some cases bypass two-factor authentication
- Android nasties that give hackers control over your entire device
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