#001 Week coverage: April 27, 2019 to May 3, 2019
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite – Niantic Labs
After two weeks of the game being available in New Zealand and a month-long trolling of the Australian people, Niantic finally released Early Access in Australia. Speculations as to what region will be next go from London to a worldwide release, but we all know Canada’s next.
On May 3, 2019, Niantic pushed an additional teaser (watch it here). The teaser does not contain much, aside from a grey chasing a Golden Snitch (which we presumes refers to New Zealand and Australia) and a white cat playing dumb next to it (which we presumes refers to the rest of the world as they have no access to game still).
On an unrelated note, WUTubers are still going very strong and creating an incredible sense of community with Wizards and Witches AND soon-to-be Wizards and Witches!
The Elder Scrolls: Blades – Bethesda
Blades celebrated its month old existence with a worldwide release of the game on May 2, 2019. It was also reported that Bethesda has cashed in 1.5 million dollars in this first month of existence. While Reddit still suffers the hatred of many players due to bugs, it certainly looks like the game is finally kicking off to be success!
Warriors of Waterdeep – Ludia Games
WoW went under maintenance for approximately 5 hours on May 2, 2019, but there is no indication of major game changes. Perhaps the maintenance was in preparation of an upcoming update, to prepare for a worldwide release or simply to fix a few bugs here and there (the latter is more likely). The game is still in Early Access, so make sure to pre-register here to receive a special Laeral Gift Pack at launch!
Jurassic World Alive – Ludia Games
The Jurassic World Alive community was blessed with a massive new update that released ferocious creatures from the Cenozoic era as well as some serious changes to some core game mechanics, but mostly to statistics of individual creatures. Ludia also introduced their new version of Tournaments which will be separate from the regular PvP feature of the game. More details here.
Google Play 2019 Awards
Google has released the list of nominees for this year (the fourth year) Google Play Awards. Categories have slightly changed from last year, with the introduction of Most Beautiful Game, Living Room Experience, and Most Inventive. Below are the nominees. More details here.
Most Beautiful Game
- Asphalt 9: Legends, Gameloft SE
- Badland Brawl, Frogmind
- Chuchel, Amanita Design
- Gorogoa, Annapurna Interactive
- Shadowgun Legends, MADFINGER Games
Best Breakthrough Game
- Garena Free Fire, Garena International
- Old School RuneScape, Jagex Games Studio
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Jam City, Inc.
- MARVEL Strike Force, FoxNext Games
- Star Trek™ Fleet Command, Scopely
- Cube Escape: Paradox, Rusty Lake
- Firework, Loop Now Technologies, Inc.
- Scripts, Language Drops
- Tick Tock, Other Tales Interactive
- Wysker, wysker GmbH
Standout Well-Being App
- Kinedu, Kinedu
- My Oasis, Buff Studio Co.,Ltd.
- Shine, Shine, Inc.
- SleepTown, Seekrtech
- Woebot, Woebot Labs
Best Accessibility Experience
- Envision AI, Envision Technologies BV
- Guiaderodas Accessibility, Guiaderodas
- Race Together!, digiXMAS
- TintVision, EM-Creations
- WheeLog!, PADM
Best Social Impact
- Bury me, my Love, Dear Villagers
- Plantix, PEAT GmbH
- Reblood, PT Gaya Hidup Sehat
- Think!Think!, Hanamaru Lab
- Wisdo, Wisdo LTD.
Best Living Room Experience
- ivi, ivi.ru
- Neverthink, Neverthink
- Pluto TV, Pluto, Inc.
- Tubi, Tubi TV
- Viki, Viki, Inc
Standout Build for Billions Experience
- Canva. Canva
- Cookpad. Cookpad Inc (UK)
- Garena Free Fire. Garena International
- PicsArt Photo Studio, PicsArt
- Viki by Viki, Inc
Best Breakthrough App
- Dave, Dave, Inc
- Khan Academy Kids, Khan Academy
- Notion, Notion Labs, Inc.
- Slowly, Slowly Communications Ltd.
- Tasty, BuzzFeed