The Verge delves into the shadowy world of “AIO resale bots” that instantly vacuum up everything from game consoles to sneakers and graphics cards for marked-up resale on the grey market. Explore the world of shady start-ups selling automated bots through Discord back channels and the aspiring resellers who wait in indefinite queues to buy the tools necessary to enter the reseller market.
Following its global release on May 17th, the mobile version of Apex Legends has generated almost $5 million in revenue in its first week. The title was the #1 downloaded iPhone game in 60 countries on release day, with the most downloads in the U.S., followed closely by India and Brazil. Apex Legends Mobile is free-to-play and offers a premium battle pass and paid cosmetics.
A new vampire-themed RPG quietly launched on Steam last week to little fanfare but has sold over 1 million copies in its first week. Stunlock’s new game V Rising is an action RPG, survival, base-building, multiplayer, PVP, adventure game whose almost instant success surprised even the developers.
Sony Interactive Entertainment is planning a greatly expanded presence in the PC and mobile gaming space over the next few years. During an investor day presentation, the company revealed plans to start releasing roughly half of its games on PC or mobile, with the remainder split between the company’s PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 consoles. This is a marked increase from about a quarter of titles released to PC this year, with the success of ported titles like God of War and Horizon Zero Dawn driving the move.