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5 fantasy cricket apps for contests during IPL 2020

One of the things that has surprised many cricket fans who have been following the IPL 2020 telecast in India is the huge number of advertisements for fantasy league apps. But, it should not be a matter of surprise, because this year’s IPL title sponsor itself is the Indian fantasy gaming app leader. And there are fantasy gaming companies that are among the sponsors of individual teams. This year, more than ever before, fantasy cricket apps are offering new offers, features in their gameplay and have ramped up their marketing spends. IPL, with its daily matches for over one-and-a-half months, is the biggest revenue-generator and growth-driver for these platforms. In aggregate total, these companies are expected to spend around Rs 300 crore on ads on Star Sports and Disney+ Hotstar (the official broadcasters.) Rapid growth in the last 2 years Fantasy cricket apps basically give cricket fans the opportunity to put their knowledge to test. The participants form their own teams and earn points based on the performance of the selected team combination. In the last two years or so, the fantasy gaming platforms have attracted big-ticket investors like Sequoia India, Tencent, Steadview Capital, Go-Ventures. Further, high-profile cricketers like Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag are endorsing some of these companies as brand ambassadors. Fantasy cricket applications are specially designed to bring entertainment and joy of playing cricket online. According to a recent study (done by Federation of Indian Fantasy Sports (FIFS) in collaboration with KPMG),…Continue reading5 fantasy cricket apps for contests during IPL 2020

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The Next Web

Sony reveals new Final Fantasy and Harry Potter games at PS5 event

Sony‘s PlayStation 5 event showed everyone what games will be coming to the console when it finally launches on November 12. The event, which ostensibly was about the details on the hardware, managed to sneak in some details on new games — so much so that they managed to push off the actual details of the console’s price and release date by almost an hour. Granted, lots of the show was filled with info on stuff we’d seen before, but there were some new reveals. These are the ones we thought were most interesting. Final Fantasy XVI One of the more exciting games shown was the latest game in the Final Fantasy series. I would have thought it’d be hard to follow up on FFXV, and it appears the new title will borrow from that game’s combat system. It appears to be a more Western medieval-inspired adventure — if you’ve ever wanted to see a Chocobo running around the world of Kingdom Come: Deliverance, this is the game for you. Other than that, it appears to be yet another FF title involving crystals, and the playable character appears to be the bodyguard of a small boy named Joshua. Beyond that, we know the game will be a PS5 exclusive, but will also release on PC. Hogwarts Legacy You know that Harry Potter RPG that got leaked a few millennia ago? Well I don’t know if Hogwarts: Legacy is the same game, but it looks pretty darned close. Very little detail about story was in the trailer, but it…Continue readingSony reveals new Final Fantasy and Harry Potter games at PS5 event

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Tech Radar

Final Fantasy 16 confirmed for next-gen – but it’s a PS5 exclusive

There’s a new Final Fantasy game on the way for PS5 – and it’s going to be a PlayStation console exclusive. Sony boldly opened its PS5 event live stream tonight (September 16) with a trailer for Final Fantasy 16, showing off a war-ridden world plagued with chocobos, crystals, and giant flaming phoenixes. If there’s one thing Final Fantasy isn’t known for, it’s understatement – and you can see for yourself in the video below. The new instalment comes several years after the 2016 game Final Fantasy 15, making it the perfect time for a new title in the long-running fantasy franchise. It looks pretty similar to that game in terms of its real-time combat, at first glance. Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn super producer Naoki Yoshida is behind the game. It’s been confirmed as a singleplayer entry by Square Enix. “The exclusive footage, comprised of both battles and cutscenes running in real time, represents but a fraction of what our team has accomplished since the start of development on this, an all-new Final Fantasy game,” Yoshida says in a blog. “In that span, the team’s size has grown from a handful of core members to a full-fledged unit that continues to polish and build upon what they have created so far, all to provide players an experience unmatched in terms of story and gameplay. When is out? While we haven’t yet heard a release date, the earliest it could come is late 2020 – with the PS5 expected to…Continue readingFinal Fantasy 16 confirmed for next-gen – but it’s a PS5 exclusive

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Engadget

'Final Fantasy XVI' will be a PlayStation console exclusive

Sony didn’t waste any time in pulling out the big guns during its PS5 showcase. It showed off a pretty bombastic trailer for Final Fantasy XVI, which will be a PlayStation console exclusive. It’ll also be available on PC. Developing… Source linkContinue reading'Final Fantasy XVI' will be a PlayStation console exclusive

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The Verge

Nintendo details upcoming Switch lineup with Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, and more

Nintendo is bringing a whole slate of new and remastered games to the Switch, the company announced today via a surprise Direct Mini. Included in its lineup is a remaster of GameCube title Final Fantasy Chronicles; the first three games of the SaGa series: Final Fantasy Legend, Final Fantasy Legend II, and Final Fantasy Legend III; Puyo Puyo Tetris 2; rhythm game Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory; and Just Dance 2021. The Direct, which lasted just over 11 minutes, is specifically intended to showcase Nintendo’s partnerships with companies like Square Enix and Ubisoft. Alongside smaller news about games like World of Tanks Blitz, Minecraft Dungeons DLC, Harmonix’s Fuser, Taiko No Tatsujin: Rhythmic Adventure, Jump Force, and Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions, Nintendo also offered a look at games like Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory, coming to Switch later this year. Melody of Memory is a rhythm take on Kingdom Hearts in which players will fight enemies or play modes where you match past scenes from memory. For Final Fantasy fans, Crystal Chronicles’ arrival on Switch August 27th will offer co-op play in quarantine. The release of three SaGa titles, which originally launched on Game Boy, is also exciting for old-school players; the collection will be available December 15th. The full Direct is available on YouTube. Source linkContinue readingNintendo details upcoming Switch lineup with Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, and more

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Wired

The Fantasy and the Cyberpunk Futurism of Singapore

An eerily prescient moment in the landmark cyberpunk film Akira about nuclear destruction predicts the cancellation of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. By preternatural coincidence, I taught the film in my “Cyberpunk in Asia” class on March 11—the anniversary of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, and the last day of in-person classes. Distracting students from an apocalyptic turn of events with Akira felt both poignant and ironic. But more poignant, while researching the class, I was returned to a piece of trivia I had almost forgot: Upon visiting Singapore for an essay in WIRED’s second-ever issue in 1993, William Gibson described the city-state as “Disneyland with the Death Penalty.” In some ways, I wasn’t at all surprised my rabbit hole led me, well, home. Of course my interest in cyberpunk dystopias, divergently set in the future, yet always gesturing to a nostalgic, grimy past, converges in the tiny island I grew up on. A cyberpunk dystopia itself, Singapore takes pride in its emergence as a global capitalist exemplar while treating its colonial past as precious. WIRED OPINION ABOUT Jerrine Tan was born and raised in Singapore. She has a PhD in English from Brown University and currently teaches Global Anglophone Literature in the English department at Mount Holyoke College. Gibson emerged just as cyberpunk was on the rise. His landmark novel Neuromancer (1984) followed Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner (1982) and preceded Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira (1988), which are both set in 2019. For over 30 years, the year 2019 served as cyberpunk’s…Continue readingThe Fantasy and the Cyberpunk Futurism of Singapore

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VentureBeat

The D20 Beat: Fae Tactics gives me that ol’ Final Fantasy Tactics feelin’

As I was meeting my perspective colleagues for my first job in the enthusiast press, lo so many years ago (2006!), they of course asked me about my favorite games. I had three answers: X-Wing, Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn, and Final Fantasy Tactics. Tactics came out in 1998 in the United States, and Square Enix hasn’t touched it since 2007. Meanwhile, we’ve had lots of fantastic strategy role-playing franchises, like Disgaea, Fire Emblem, and Tactics Ogre, along with a number of indie riffs on the concept (such as Fell Seal: Arbiter of Fate). But none of them have given me that same feeling (though Fell Seal comes close). The most recent SRPG of this ilk is Fae Tactics, which is coming out July 31 on PC. It’s from developer Endlessfluff Games (love that name!), and Humble Bundle is publishing it. I’ve been playing it since Wednesday, and I’m digging its take on SRPGs — one that is giving me that good-ol’ Final Fantasy Tactics feeling. You play as Peony, a young human mage. She’s cute and colorful, much like the rest of Fae Tactics’ cast. Her first companions are a faithful pooch (his specialty is protecting your units from attacks) and an adorable birdie (she heals and uses water-based attacks). The soundtrack is catchy, like what you’d find in a number of fun indies that riff off JRPGs. A few features stand out about Fae Tactics so far: You don’t have menus in combat! Yes, this is a…Continue readingThe D20 Beat: Fae Tactics gives me that ol’ Final Fantasy Tactics feelin’

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Mashable

‘Cursed’ falls short of fantasy in a waterlogged Season 1: Review

Oh look, a lady in a lake. Image: COURTESY OF NETFLIX All products featured here are independently selected by our editors and writers.If you buy something through links on our site, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. By Alexis Nedd2020-07-20 21:31:10 UTC It was only a matter of time before some interpretation of Arthurian legend appeared in the post–Game of Thrones scrabble for fantasy television.  The images of Excalibur, the Knights of the Round Table, Merlin, and the Lady of the Lake are backed by well known myths that have been written for stage and screen countless times, and so like clockwork Cursed has appeared to write their origins for a new audience on Netflix.  Of course, treading such familiar waters is a double-edged sword. In order to forge something new and compelling out of old stories, the rewrite must bring something new and interesting to the legends. Without a really good reason for existing, shows like Cursed get bogged down by the weight of their source material and wind up settling in the bottom of a lakebed, surrounded by every other attempt to rewrite something everyone already knows.  To its credit, Cursed tries to avoid the pitfalls of reinterpretation by constantly undermining the audience’s expectations of its characters. Its first season on Netflix is a wild, twisty ride that is difficult to predict. As it dips and swerves, however, Cursed accumulates plot lines and characters that make Season 1 overly dense, confusing, and by the end of the series,…Continue reading‘Cursed’ falls short of fantasy in a waterlogged Season 1: Review