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Hazard Ops - Infos on Closed Beta

Infernum has announced the closed beta of their newest shooter Hazarzd Ops. The beginning of the beta will be in may. To get into it, you just need to do the following steps:

1. Go to the official website of the game
2. Scroll down and click on the link saying "Recruit me now!"
3. The last step is to fill in your email adress and wait for Infernum to choose you to get into the beta.

For those who dowsn't know Hazard Ops: The game is a fast-paced third person shooter set in the future a la Gears of War. You encounter all kinds of enemies such as zombies, mummies, robots, guy looking like cyborg killers, and huge monsters in singleplayer, co-op action or multiplayer games.


Minecraft Doubles Its Profit

The market of mobile gaming is growing every year and new gaming apps are launched every second. Companies like King, who developed and published Candy Crush, have hundreds of employees and make billions of dollars revenue.

Besides this mobile business, there is still a huge market for PC and console games, online and offline. Mojang, the company behind the famous Minecraft game, proves this statement with their revenue of 2013 - it doubled!

In 2012 Mojang earned 325 million Swedish kronor, roughly 51 million US Dollar. The company and their 34 employees were able to double their profit in 2013 with 816 million kronor, which are 127 million US Dollar.

Even though Candy Crush's King earned a lot more, the numbers are huge compared to their tiny team of only 34 employees. Minecraft is already 5 years old and started as a very innovative independent game by Notch. All of the apps and games, which are published everyday, want a similar success and big revenue. But not only in developing and publishing, but in playing there is a lot of money to make. Casino Spesialisten is one example of them. Although it will be difficult to make the billions of Dollars like King with the in-game purchases.

Source: Wall Street Journal

The Trend of Mobile Gaming

In recent years mobile gaming has become huge. That's right and fellow mobile casino players alike, mobile gaming on sites like JackpotCity looks set to soar. Thanks to the recent advances in mobile technology, every Apple and Samsung release seems to get better and better. These figures speak gospel as you can see in our infographic about the rise of mobile gaming:


The Fantastic Four Reboot Castings Complete

20th Century Fox announced a reboot of The Fantastic Four franchise last year, but the start were postponed until June, 2014. Now the main actors for Mister Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Human Torch and The Thing were revealed.

Michael B. Jordan was one of the first actors to be announced, who plays The Human Torch or Johnny Storm, as the character's real name is. His sister is Sue Storm, also known as Invisble Woman, played by Kate Mara. Mister Fantastic or Reed Richards is the boyfriend of Sue Storm and will be portrayed by Miles Teller. For last of the four main heroes, The Thing, Jamie Bell is duscussed and will be most likely comfirmed in the near future. 

The Fantastic Four characters were created by Stan Lee, who has short cameo appearances in every movie of the Marvel universe. The franchise contains not only the comics and movies but games as well. Lego Marvel Super Heroes is the newest of the Fantastic Four games, which contain every main character as playable Lego version. Another example is the mmo Marvel Heroes including Thing and Human Torch as playable, as well as Invisible Woman and Mister Fantastic as non-playable characters. The main villian of the game is Doctor Doom, who is also the villian in the Fantastic Four franchise itself.


Dayz - 80 to 100 players on one server

The newest experimental patch of the DayZ Standalone game brings some performance improvements, and also 80 to 100 players on a single server. Here is an impression of one of the big cities, Elektro. A little crowded:

So far, most of the servers fit for up to 40 people playing. Even with only these 40 players, most of the popular places like the military areas or the big cities are embattled. Everyone brings what he got: Axes, crowbars, knives, guns or just their bare fists.

Now the 80 or 100 people will be a whole new challenge for everyone because food is rare, as well as clothes and weapons too, of course.

The DayZ Standalone is in alpha version at the moment. There is also the mod for ArmA called DayZ, and the standalone is based on this mod bringing less bugs, better graphics, and more features. Realism is the key feature of this zombie survival game. You have to drink, eat, watch out for diseases, fight the zombies. The possibilites are up to you, playing careful and sneaky, build your homebase and enjoy other things than fighting or just shoot everyone who moves.

The game is on top of the steam sales list right now and definitely going to be one of the upcoming big things in 2014.