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QuizUp Creator Plain Vanilla Games Raises Another $22 Million

On top of a $1.2 million seed round, a $2.5 million Series A and then a $2 million extension to that Series A, Plain Vanilla Games has just raised another bundle of money for its mobile trivia game QuizUp: A $22 million Series B, led by Sequoia Capital. The company’s previous investors, including Tencent Holdings, also participated in the round. The app now has five million active users, according to a press release.

Atheer and Meta Want You to Touch Your Apps in Midair

Reach out and touch something.
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Despite Free-to-Play Explosion, Apple Puts Spotlight on Paid Games

Candy Crush can fend for itself.
Apple's iPad game of the year, Badland.

Why a Cozy Relationship Between Valve and Oculus VR Makes Perfect Sense

The two gaming companies have an incestuous history and chummy relationship, and they’re headed toward the same point in 2014.
Team Fortress 2's Soldier, Pyro and Heavy try the Oculus Rift.

Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe on Raising $75 Million, the “Oh My God” Demo and Working With Valve

Iribe discusses how a hardware breakthrough got the company its new mega round.
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PlayStation 4 Tops Gaming Hardware Sales in November, but Game Sales Are Way Down

Sony wins the first round. Sort of.
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Fitness-Gaming Device Goji Play Officially Goes on Sale

Goji Play, the mobile-gaming-meets-cardio-fitness device first announced in July, officially goes on sale today. The product underwent a soft launch in October, by way of a partnership with MyFitnessPal. A Goji Play kit costs $100, includes an activity tracker and Bluetooth-connected game controllers designed for exercise machines, and supports 12 iOS games at launch, with more games and Android support planned for next year.

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Japan Overtakes U.S. in Apple/Google App Store Revenue

Japan is now the top country worldwide in revenue from Apple’s App Store and Google Play, according to a new report from App Annie. The app analytics company attributed the surprising shift to rapid smartphone adoption over the past year in Japan — where feature phones have held on for longer — and explosive growth in Google Play spending, outpacing global trends due to the availability of carrier billing as an alternative to credit cards.

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Microsoft Sells More Than Two Million Xbox Ones in First 18 Days

Here’s that sales stat we were waiting for: Microsoft announced today that it had sold more than two million Xbox One units worldwide in the 18 days since the new gaming console’s Nov. 22 debut. Last week, Sony said it had sold 2.1 million PlayStation 4s, which debuted a week earlier on Nov. 15. The Xbox One is currently available in 13 countries; the PS4 is in 32.

DoubleDown: Women Bet More Than Men in Social Casino Games

Do you feel lucky? Well, do ya, ma’am?
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Book Excerpt: How Minecraft Creator Markus Persson Almost Took a Job at Valve

With Steam Machines on the Horizon, Valve Makes Its Linux Love Official

Survey Says Mobile Gamers Prefer Kindle Fire Over Tablets With Google Play

One Year In, Spaceteam’s Solo Developer Hopes Fans Will Fund Him Directly

Twitch Takes Up Cat Herding With Ban on PlayStation 4’s Playroom

Buying a Videogame Console on Black Friday? Here’s What You Need to Know.

Xbox One Matches PS4’s First-Day Console Sales … And Reports of Defects

Logitech’s iPhone Gamepad Case Goes on Sale Next Month, Costs $100

Sony Sells More Than One Million PlayStation 4s on First Day, But Some Are Defective

NPD Reports Year-Over-Year Decrease in Gaming Hardware, Increase in Software (Again)

Is This “The Last Console Generation”? And Nine Other Questions for Sony’s Jack Tretton.

In Free-to-Play Games, Having Fewer Players Doesn’t Always Mean Less Money