Archive for April, 2021

Game Bits: Harry Potter Game Makes A Lot of Money, MTG Revenue Loss In Quarter 1 2021

April 30, 2021

Harry Potter Mystery Has Made $300 Million

Three years after its launch, Jam City’s Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery has reached $300 million in player spending.
According to Sensor Tower’s latest report, the title made $12 million in its first week after launching in April 2018. It was also downloaded 13 million times across iOS and Android devices during its first week.
It reached $100 million in nine months, then hit $200 million in May of last year.
Players spent 28% more on Hogwarts Mystery last year, due to COVID-19 restrictions. From April 26, 2020, to April 25, 2021, the title made $105 million.

MTG Had Significant Loss in First Quarter 2021

In the first quarter of 2021, MTV had revenue growth, but it still had a great loss.
in the first quarter, MTG’s sales were up by 9 percent to mak3 $123 million, with a revenue loss of $14.8 million. It was a modest improvement of the first quarter of 2020 when they had a shortfall of about 16 million US dollars.
MTG”s gaming business saw revenue of up to 23 percent to about $92 million.
They can credit any gaming growth on InnoCames and the addition of the gaming company Hutch, an MTG acquisition in December 2021.
As a result of the pandemic and low visibility, we do not expect live events to return in significant numbers before the end of the year, according to MTG president and CEO Maria Redin.
It will remain focused on mergers and acquisitions, and it is creating a hybrid model for online gaming events that it expects will lead to better revenue and faster growth.

Myanmar Refugees Are Fleeing To Thailand

April 30, 2021

According to the local child society network, some Karen refugees fled to the Thai province of Ma Hong Son in the last week of April 2021 after the Myanmar military bombed their shelters.
Earlier in the week, the junta also bombed Karen villages in the Mutrew District of Myanmar.
Karen Peace Support Network (KPSN) said that there were multiple attacks on the Salween River internally displaced camp. People in Thailand could see and hear the explosions caused by the airstrikes.
Female members of the KPSN believe if the military strikes, the 7,000 refugees sheltering along the river will have to go to Thailand for shelter. She also believes Thai officials must open up the border and provide aid to these refugees.
There have been more than 20 bombings by the junta since late March 2021 in the Mutraw District.
The Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA), the military wing of the Karen National Union (KNU), controls this area.
In the last week of March 2021, at least 19 people have been killed and 16 injured. A local aid group believes that 40 people have been injured.
This district, which has been hit by a bombing and artillery attack, has displaced an estimated 45,000 people. An estimated 4,000 people live as refugees in the Mon State.
No one has been injured in the most recent bombings in this district.
All the attacks in this district have targeted civilians.
After these attacks, people have hidden in valleys, under rocks, and in caves. They would hide in any location they could find.
Before this week’s attacks, military and drones buzzed this district day and night.

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Phuket Extends COVID-19 Restrictions To May 12th, 2021

April 30, 2021

The governor of Phuket, Narong Woonclaw, has decided to extend COVID-19 restrictions until May 12th, 2021.
Had the governor not extended the restrictions, they would have ended on May 1st, 2021.
After meeting with 14 embassy representatives and foreign consuls, the Phuket Office of Public Relations published this announcement on Facebook.
Phuket Immigration sent out a warning to all foreigners that if they don’t follow the COVID-19 prevention measures and act socially responsible, they could face legal action and even deportation. This warning was extended to all foreigners.
This warning will apply to all tourists and foreigners on the island. Foreign offenders may face legal punishment, including deportation.
A group of 30 people is the only kind of mass gathering that is allowed. Classes at educational institutions and language schools are not permitted under these restrictions. You may continue to do academic testing.
More than 30 people can only gather in a building that is designated as a quarantine facility. Even when the activity is authorized, you still have to follow COVID-19 protection measures.
The Phuket government does not explain what kinds of mass gatherings will be permitted. In the past, mass gatherings of 50 people were permitted.
All forms of spectator activities like card games, Thai boxing, fish fighting, cockfighting, and gambling will be banned. In addition, all private nurseries and kindergartens, as well as kindergarten boarding schools, will be closed.
Checkpoints at The Chatcchai or on the Sarasin Bridge will be closed between 11 pm and 5 am. Emergency vehicles, medical supplies, or vehicles transporting essential items may still cross. Those with special permission may do so at any time.
When the checkpoint is open, they must have proof that they passed the antigen within the last 72 hours Drivers can pass if they have gotten both doses of the vaccine.
If they do not meet either requirement, they must undergo a rapid antigen Covid test- at their own expense (500 Thai baht) if they are foreign- if they come in from the following provinces:

Chiang Mai

Chon Buri

Bangkok

Prachuap Khiri Khan

Samut Prakan

Samut Sakhon

Nakhon Pathom

Pathum Thani

Nonthaburi

Nakhon Ratchasima

Tak

Udon Thani

Songkhla

Suphanburi

Rayong

Khon Kaen

Sa Kaeo

Nakhon Sri Thammarat

Narathiwat

Surat Thani

Expats and Thais in Phuket who leave and come back, have the same testing requirements as well as the exemptions. Again, it is free for Thais. Foreigners will have to pay 500 Thai baht. Thai citizens had been required to pay in the past.
If you get a positive on the rapid antigen test, you will have to go immediately to the hospital for isolation and treatment.

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An Epic Games v. Apple Court Document Shows How Small Fortnite’s iOS Audience Was

April 29, 2021

A new court document ahead of the Epic v. Apple trial has revealed how small Fortnite’s iOS audience was.
A preview of the trial, which includes excerpts from a deposition with several Epic employees, was shared by The Verge ahead of the trial.
During conversations with Epic’s chief financial officer Joe Babcock, the latter was asked about monthly flash reports that showed Fortnite’s revenue split between platforms.
Babcock confirmed that iOS had the second-lowest revenue of all platforms, only outperforming Android. Fun fact: the game was not initially available on Google Play, but rather through an online installer.
Fortnite was pulled from Google Play in August last year after Epic introduced direct payments that violated Google’s developer agreement.
Further insight was gained from a conversation with senior online and gameplay programmer David Nikdel.
It’s… it’s comparative [sic] small compared to the other consoles in Fortnite in particular, Nikdel said.
Nikdel was presented with a chart, which confirmed the PS4 platform will generate 40% of the game’s revenue in 2020, making it the biggest platform for a battle royale.
Xbox was expected to generate 24% of the revenue, while iOS was only forecast to generate 5.8%.
Nikdel also stated that 44% of those players who used an iOS device already owned another platform through which they could access Fortnite.
The expectation was that anyone who had already played on more than one platform would be able to continue to play on the other platforms.
Since Fortnite’s iOS release came so late in the game’s lifetime, Nikdel believes it was reasonable to assume that these users had already played the game on these platforms prior to its release on iOS.
All this illustrates how Epic Games is able to afford to cut off both mobile platforms in its crusade against 30% commissions and tightly-controlled ecosystems where it’s unable to accept direct payments or introduce its own app store.
However, that’s not to downplay the money Epic has lost through this endeavor. Sensor Tower estimates show Fortnite had generated $1.2 billion between launch on iOS and its removal from the store.
In the preceding month, it had generated $43.4 million, as well as $3.3 million via Google Play.
Epic v. Apple trial begins on Monday, May 3rd, 2021.

People in Myanmar and Human Rights Groups Don’t Like New Agreement With Myanmar Military

April 29, 2021

On the last weekend of April 2021, ASEAN and Myanmar agreed to use meditation to resolve the Myanmar crisis.
People in Myanmar and human rights groups did not like the agreement between Min Aun Hlaing and ASEAN leaders to end violence in Myanmar on February 1st, 2021. It did not talk about restoring democracy or holding the military accountable for all of the adults and children they killed.
There have been no protests in Myanmar’s big cities since the weekend.
On Saturday, a Facebook user said that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) said the agreement was a slap in the face for the people who have been abused by the Myanmar military. The Myanmar people do not like that viewpoint and attitude.
the current ASEAN chairman stated that the agreement was based on five points: a visit to Myanmar, a special ASEAN envoy to mediate negotiations, acceptance of aid, dialogue among all parties, and ending violence.
There was no mention of political prisoners in the agreement, and their pleas were discussed.
Human Rights Watch deputy Asia director Phil Robertson said ASEA cannot cover up what is happening with political prisoners.
The Myanmar people were not represented at the meeting on the weekend.

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The Thai Private Sector Is Assured By The Thai PM That All Foreigners Will Get Vaccines

April 29, 2021

According to Sanan Angubolkul, the new chairman of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (TCC), after he had a meeting with the Thai PM on April 28th, 2021, about 2,000 Thai companies will finance the procurement of about one million doses of vaccine.
Additionally, according to Sanan, the private sector wants to assist the public sector by speeding up alternative sources of vaccines. They want to effectively manage the vaccine distribution by providing support and time to the Thai public sector. Their goal is to ensure that it is thorough and efficient.
After the partnership between the Thai private sector and the Thai government to provide vaccines to 5 million people by the end of this year, Sanan believes the private sector is optimistic about the country reopening by early next year.
Sanan said Health Minister Anutin Charnovirakul and the Thai Prime Minister were able to convince the Joint Meeting that Expats in Thailand and foreign workers will be able to get vaccinated.
The new TCC chairman says the vaccinations for 50 million people can boost confidence in the private sector that Thailand is ready to reopen by early next year and provide herd immunity.
It is also expected that Phuket will reopen on July 1st, 2021 for foreigners who have been vaccinated.
FTI said the meeting between both business groups and the prime minister marked the beginning of a more efficient vaccine distribution plan
During the meeting with Gen Prayut, FTI chairman Supant Mongkolsuthree said that the government will remove regulations that might slow down distribution by the private sector and facilitate its efforts.
the Thai PM told FTI that the government will never ignore ideas and help offered by businessmen.
Thailand’s business sector has urged the state to speed up its Covid-19 vaccination program after the state program was criticized for moving at a snail’s pace at a time when it needs to build herd immunity against the disease.
Thailand’s private sector and the Thai Bankers’ Association are proposing the government offer five-million-baht loans to small and medium-sized enterprises that are currently experiencing a serious liquidation due to Covid-19.
The sandbox will initially be implemented for retail businesses and later expand to cover automotive parts and the electrical appliance industry.

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A Man Nearly Assassinated The Developers of RPG Game Genshin Impact

April 28, 2021

The Shanghai police arrested a man for allegedly attempting to assassinate the creators of Genshin Impact.
The man used a knife to gain access to MiHoYo’s offices recently but was eventually caught by police. No one was hurt during this incident, and the man is now in jail.
The man was angry about another game by the company called Honkai Impact 3rd. MiHoiYo is probably best known for its role-playing game Genshin Impact.
Honkai Impact 3rd is a 3D mobile game with hack-and-slash elements. Recently, the creative team apologized for the contents of the game that were seen as offensive.
The cause of the incident is unclear. It could be related to the Honkai Impact 3rd game or not. What is clear is that this incident demonstrates the dangers publishers and game developers face when they are in charge of video games.
Genshin Impact will soon have a new PS5 port.
In other MiHoYo related news, Genshin Impact is getting a PS5 port this week. A 4K resolution, enhanced textures, and faster loading times will be available in the new version of Genshin Impact, due to be released on the 28th of April 2021. With a player base of more than 21.3 million, Genshin Impact has continued to gain popularity since its release last year.
Genshin Impact is available on the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android, and PC. A PS5 version of the game will also be available on 28th April 2021.

Karen National Union and The Myanmar Military Are Fighting A Little War Near The Thai Border

April 28, 2021

Karen National Union (KNU) announced on April 27th, 2021 that they had taken control of a military base near the Thai border.
Hours after the announcement, the Myanmar military sent planes to bomb Karen billages in the area.
Early on the morning of April 17th, 2021, the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA), the military wing of the KNU,took over the town known to the Burmese as Hpapun as the base was located there.
The Hpapun base is on the Salwenn River, exactly opposite the Thai village of Mae Sam Laep in the Hong Son province.
When the Karen forces raided, around 7 Myanmar made a run for it, according to the Karen Information Center.
Around early afternoon, the Myanmar army had launched airstrikes in the nearby village of Dagwin, some 10 miles north of Thaw Le Hta.
Padoh Mahn Mahn, the spokesperson for the KNLA, said that the residents are very concerned about the bomings in the village area.
There have been reports of Myanmar airstrikes on the Karen village of Bwa Der.
In addition to being a strategic point in terms of transportation and humanitarian aid delivery, Mae Sam Laep is also a river port from which supplies have been delivered to internally displaced people (IDPs) in KNU-controlled areas.
In response to the fighting at Thaw Le Hta on Tuesday, Thai authorities evacuated hundreds of Thai villagers from Mae Sam Laep and closed the port.
The Salween River along the Thai-Myanmar border had experienced heightened tensions prior to the fighting on April 27th, 2021.
A Thai government official later described the incident as a misunderstanding, since Myanmar troops across the river from another Thai village– Tha Hta Fung– fired warning shots at a civilian boat carrying Thai border patrol officers.
However, another KNLA spokesperson, Saw Kler Doh, told the Karen Information Center that Attacks on Thaw Le Hta on APRIL 27TH, 2021 were a response to regime troops shooting at boats along the Salween River.

The Thai PM Makes Vaccination Distribution His Top Priority

April 28, 2021

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has decided that will be his main national priority. This follows a meeting with his advisors on April 27th, 2021. They said there must be a practical process for distribution.
Prayut announced in a Facebook post that the government will receive more vaccines, with the ultimate goal of making 10 to 15 million doses available for distribution per month.
In partnership with the private sector, the government is trying to ensure the existence of more inoculation facilities so as to ease the burden on public health officials and hospitals in the national vaccination program. The speaker talked about places like private hospitals, hotels, sports stadiums, and conference halls where vaccinations would be done.
He will ensure that the vaccine distribution is systematic and effective. He will directly communicate the integrated structure to private organizations and agencies.
Due to the new processes, Thailand should be able to achieve its goal of about 300,00 doses being administered every day. This means that 50 million people should be vaccinated this year.
Nothing is said about what happens to foreigners in Thailand.

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Video Game Company Gets An Oscar For The First Time

April 27, 2021

For its in-game film Colette, Respawn Entertainment and Oculus have staked a claim for the Academy Award for Best Short Subject Documentary at the 2021 Oscars.
Colette is a 25-minute documentary, made by Anthony Giacchino and Alice Doyard, and co-produced by Respawn and Oculus. It appears in Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond, a VR game released last year.
The documentary tells the story of Colette Marin-Catherine, a French Resistance fighter, and it follows her return to Germany for the first time since World War 2.
Colette is the first Academy Award win for a video game company.
Respawn has been busy with other projects; the studio recently announced the first details on Apex Legends Mobile, revealing that a beta will launch in India later this year.
Vince Zampella also confirmed last week that Respawn is working on a brand new IP.