When it comes to mobile, eSports is a few steps behind PC. PC already has the big hits like League of Legends, DOTA 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and there are other titles including Smite and StarCraft, as well as Overwatch and Rocket League rising onto the scene. The mobile eSports scene is getting bigger in Asia, particularly in China with the likes of Tencent’s Honor of Kings (think League of Legends) hitting DAUs of 50 million.
Each weekend we’ll be rounding up a selection of the most interesting articles related to mobile and the games industry at large. This week includes the story of how one YouTuber went from playing games to starting a cult, why kids are enjoying mobile free-to-play over console, and the road ahead for mobile eSports. See an article you think we should share? Email PocketGamer.biz Craig Chapple at firstname.lastname@example.org to add it to our weekly round-up.
Cross-platform development framework Corona is now free for all app developers to use. Previously the Corona SDK had also been free, but an additional Enterprise version charged developers an annual licence fee to use native libraries in their apps. Users will now get both the core tech and native-based product at no cost. Revenue sharing requirements and limits have also been removed. However, native builds will now include a splash screen as standard.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".