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Hot Five: Netflix surpasses 8 million game downloads, Social First secures $2.5 million pre-seed investment, and Riot Games accuses Imba of copyright infringement

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Hot Five: Netflix surpasses 8 million game downloads, Social First secures $2.5 million pre-seed investment, and Riot Games accuses Imba of copyright infringement

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1. Netflix games surpass 8 million downloads, says Apptopia

According to mobile app intelligence platform Apptopia, Netflix’s roster of mobile games has surpassed eight million downloads since its games rollout began in November 2021.

Currently sitting at a humble 12 titles, the most downloaded game from Netflix is Teeter (Up) with over 820,000 installs.

The most recent game added to the service is Arcanium: Rise of Akhan from indie game studio Supercombo.

2. Social First launches with $2.5 million backing to create cross-platform, social games

Social First has publicly revealed itself for the first time following its foundation in late 2021. Founded by Kukouri founder and CEO Kim Soares and COO Mikko Kähärä, Social First will focus on creating highly social, cross-platform multiplayer games that can be "enjoyed for decades".

To back its vision, Social First has secured a pre-seed investment backing of $2.5 million from games VC firm Play Ventures and an angel investor syndicate led by Play Ventures partner Joakim Achrén.

3. Pixelynx and Ready Player Me to bring selfie-generated 3D avatars to music metaverse

Cross-platform avatar platform Ready Player Me has revealed a partnership with music metaverse platform Pixelynx to allow players to bring "highly customisable selfie created avatars" into the latter’s upcoming music gaming mobile AR metaverse platform.

Ready Player Me allows users to take photos of themselves to create their 3D avatars which can be used across multiple compatible apps and games. Furthermore, users will be able to trade "one-of-a-kind NFT fashion wearables" on NFT marketplaces.

4. Tilting Point to bring mobile games to PC, Mac, and Browser

Titling Point has released its Tilting Point Launcher, enabling games from its mobile portfolio to launch on PC and Mac, as well as on the web.

Through a partnership with Xsolla, Tilting Point will be able to offer developer partners cross-platform compatibility options. As a result, the Launcher will also enable games to reach new markets with more methods of distribution.

5. Riot Games sues Imba over alleged copyright infringement

Riot Games has filed a complaint to the Los Angeles Federal Court accusing Vietnamese mobile games developer Imba of infringing its copyright, alleging that Imba's idle RPG, I Am Hero: AFK Tactical Teamfight, uses characters, text, and other features from League of Legends.

Riot is requesting that sales in I Am Hero: AFK Tactical Teamfight be blocked and is also seeking compensation for attorney fees and damages.


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Aaron is the Staff Writer at PG.biz and has long enjoyed a good turn-based strategy game. He has spent many more hours playing Fire Emblem Heroes than he cares to admit.

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