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HyperPlay Opens Early Access, Allowing Players to Experience the Best of Web3 Gaming in One Application




HyperPlay, a startup building Web3-native gaming and digital distribution software, has opened Early Access to its Web3 game launcher. Incubated by Game7, a Web3 gaming DAO, and built in collaboration with crypto wallet MetaMask, the HyperPlay Launcher introduces a fully-functional environment that seamlessly integrates players’ cryptocurrency wallets and game libraries.

Web3 gaming has continued to flourish, with the industry expected to reach $583 billion by 2030. However, the gaming environment remains fractured, often requiring players to create multiple accounts and use several different wallets. With HyperPlay, gamers can quickly connect their MetaMask or WalletConnect wallet, easily complete in-game transactions in native or browser-based games, and carry assets from game to game fostering a seamless user experience. HyperPlay’s infrastructure enables game assets to become interoperable across the entire decentralized web, including in other game worlds.

HyperPlay was created by JacobC.eth (previously Lead of Operations at MetaMask), and Flavio S. Lima (who founded the Heroic Games Launcher). Commenting on the news, JacobC.eth said, “The original vision of Web3 gaming was one of an interoperable gaming universe, where in-game assets and digital currencies move fluidly between franchises and platforms. Today’s move to Early Access for the HyperPlay Launcher is an important next step in realizing this goal. HyperPlay is putting the power back into the hands of players and developers to create the permissionless game worlds that Web3 promised.”

As an aggregator of game stores, the HyperPlay Launcher supports the full libraries of leading game stores including the Epic Games Store and GOG. Users can easily access their library of games and carry their wallet, tokens, NFTs, and achievements into any game hosted on the platform. The HyperPlay Launcher also acts as a gateway to the HyperPlay Store, an all-new place for innovative Web3 games that shape the future of digital entertainment.


Seventeen Web3 titles will be available through HyperPlay’s own store at launch, including The Sandbox, an open-world metaverse in partnership with Atari, Care Bears, Skybound Entertainment, and more. Both new and existing players can download the game and enter The Sandbox directly from HyperPlay’s interface.

The HyperPlay Store’s full line-up of launch titles includes:

  • Another World
  • The Beacon
  • Bionic Owls
  • Bunny
  • The Bornless
  • Dark Throne
  • DeFi Kingdoms
  • Flight Force 4
  • Gridiron
  • Moonblasters
  • Necrodemic
  • Phantom Galaxies
  • Rocket Monsters
  • The Sandbox
  • Smashverse
  • Tearing Spaces
  • Trouble Punks
  • Uldor
  • Undead Blocks
  • Voxie Tactics
  • The Wake

Both Web3 and legacy games are compatible with the launcher, and players can load their existing library as well.

The HyperPlay Store seeks to champion Web3 game developers, providing them with a place to host games free from the concerns of being deplatformed for incorporating Web3 features. Additionally, the HyperPlay Store does not charge fees on in-game revenue, enabling developers to make a living by doing what they love. The store bridges the gap between Web2 and Web3 gaming, bringing all game experiences under a single application to provide a seamless experience for both developers and players.

Open-source and free to build on, HyperPlay also makes it easy to integrate native games with MetaMask, providing a simple API powered by the MetaMask SDK and browser extension. Developers can quickly and easily use the API to request transactions, signatures, or make any other requests possible with MetaMask or WalletConnect. HyperPlay is platform-agnostic and supports all EVM-compatible chains, creating a unified platform for gamers to access their existing library across ecosystems while also unlocking Web3 functionality in supported titles.

“Our goal is to make dapps successful, and the HyperPlay + MetaMask SDK partnership is a crucial step in that direction,” said Ezgi Cengiz, Senior Product Manager at MetaMask. “We aim to provide a seamless and secure connection between dapps and the MetaMask wallet. The MetaMask SDK is the key to achieving that. Additionally, we want to make it easy for developers to integrate MetaMask into their native mobile & desktop apps, games, and web apps on mobile browsers, allowing for a reliable and secure connection with dapps.”


Developers interested in listing their games on HyperPlay can register their interest here.

To download the HyperPlay launcher, visit the official website

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Google searches for ‘Gran Turismo game’ increase more than 250% following recent movie release'




Recent data shows that Google searches for ‘gran turismo game’ increased by 251% following the release of the new Gran Turismo film based on the long-standing video game series.

Onlinecasinos365 analysed Google Trends data over the past three months to find that ‘gran turismo game’ has seen a spike in searches following the worldwide film release of Gran Turismo (2023).

The data reveals that worldwide searches for ‘gran turismo game’ rose by 251% compared to prior to the films release, according to Google Trends. This search term peaked during the first weekend after the film was released on August 25th and has remained consistently higher than former search interest.

Google searches for ‘gran turismo’ also increased by 331% during the same three-month period, which could have resulted from interest in both the film adaptation and original game series.


The 2023 film release follows the real-life story of Jann Mardenborough, who became a professional British racing driver after discovering a talent for playing the Gran Turismo video games. The film currently holds a 7.4/10 rating on IMDb and has grossed more than $93.5 million worldwide at the Box Office since its release, according to Box Office Mojo.

The Gran Turismo series of racing simulation games was first developed by Polyphony Digital in 1997 for the PlayStation console, where it remained a platform exclusive for many years. The franchise’s most recent release, Gran Turismo 7, which came out in March last year, was the first game in the series to be made playable across multiple consoles.

Gran Turismo has become a best-selling video game franchise under the Playstation brand with more than 90 million units sold worldwide, according to the Playstation Blog.

A spokesman for Onlinecasinos365 commented:

“With an increase in new films based on popular video game franchises, Gran Turismo (2023) takes a novel approach by intertwining a real-life success story with the story’s narrative. This allows it to stand out from other adaptations which often unsuccessfully force the game’s source material directly onto the movie plot.


“This is a very exciting time for gamers and film fans alike, as more gaming stories are finally brought to the big screen. It will be interesting to see what the future holds for video game adaptations and whether any of them will be able to match the success of their original title.”

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Opera GX, the Browser for Gamers, Surpasses 25 Million Monthly Active Users'




Opera GX, the browser for gamers, today announced that its number of monthly active users (MAU) has surpassed 25 million across desktop and mobile devices. This milestone highlights Opera GX’s increasing adoption within the gaming community and its integral position within gaming culture.

“We are thrilled to announce this remarkable achievement of 25 million monthly active users, as Opera GX continues to prove its commitment to enhancing the browsing experience for gamers worldwide. With a passion for innovation and dedication to the gaming community, we look forward to sharing what the future holds,” said Krystian Kolondra, Executive Vice President of Browsers and Gaming at Opera.

Since 2019, Opera GX has been dedicated to delivering a distinct browsing experience for gamers. Its aim was to address the challenge posed by resource-intensive browsers during gaming sessions while simultaneously offering a unique aesthetic and enhanced customizability that aligns perfectly with gamers’ preferences. Today, Opera GX is at the forefront of innovative browsers, providing dynamic features like Aria, a free, cutting-edge generative AI service, solidifying it as a staple in the gaming environment.

Seizing the moment, Opera GX has taken advantage of its strong technology and platform capabilities to provide gamers with useful and entertaining tools, uniting a global community of passionate gamers and giving users a new and exciting way to browse the internet.

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Climb the ranks of the Shadowdealers as Nova princess Cadena in MapleStory M’s latest update!'




MapleStory M, Nexon’s free-to-play mobile MMORPG, is thrilled to announce the release of a new character class, Cadena, which comes with a wealth of new events for mobile Maplers to get involved in!

Cadena grew up in Grandis and is the sole surviving member of the Nova royal family after Magnus, a Nova warrior, became a traitor to his race and invaded Heliseum. Cadena was saved by the Royal Guard and raised by the Shadowdealers, a trade organization, where she learned to fight. The princess chose to reinvent herself by taking on the new name of Cadena and cutting off her Nova features. She now seeks to climb the ranks of the Shadowdealers while escaping the trauma of her past. Her fighting tactics have a streetwise edge, and she excels at close combat.

The introduction of Cadena comes with exciting events that will grant players rewards and EXP:

  • Cadena Growth Mission Event: Rewards available for Cadena after reaching a certain level and completing certain missions.
  • Grow with Cadena Event: Rewards and EXP granted for selected character when Cadena levels up.
  • Cadena Login Rewards: Consists of Extra Character Slot Coupon, Auto-battle Charge Ticket, Whetstone, and Pet Box to help users grow their character

MapleStory M’s latest update will also be improving basic quest rewards so that there are improved rewards and equal acquisition amounts across characters, as well as improving Growth Support for All rewards. That’s not everything though, as mobile Maplers can also get involved in some further limited-time events:

  • Full Moon Party: An event where you can acquire event coins by hunting in the field and participating in various mini-games, which you can then use at the event coin shop. It’s the perfect opportunity to receive style items and growth materials for your new character!
  • Mega Burning Plus Event: A selected character may earn an additional 2 levels up to 140 every time the character levels up! All jobs selectable.
  • 5X5 Bingo Event: Participate in a Bingo Board Game and earn rewards according to the bingo count! The Bingo Board Game can be completed by clearing missions.

Return to MapleStory M and celebrate the arrival of Cadena!

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