Riot continues to expand beyond League of Legends with new PC launcher

A screenshot of the new Riot Client. | Image: Riot Games Riot Games is perhaps best known for developing League of Legends, but in recent years, it’s added games like auto battler Teamfight Tactics and the hit shooter Valorant to its roster of titles. To make it easier to open all of Riot’s games on your PC, the company is releasing the Riot Client, a unified launcher that starts rolling out later this month.
“All desktop Riot games will be accessible from one client, with each game having its own dedicated product page with game-specific content including the latest news and events,” Riot’s Liz La Londe wrote in a blog post. “You’ll be able to clean up your desktop and only have one Riot Client launcher where all your favorite Riot games will live! However, if you prefer, you can maintain…
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Razer’s Wolverine V2 Chroma is an elegant, customizable wired controller

Razer A year after the launch of Razer’s $100 Wolverine V2 Xbox controller, today the company has announced a $150 version with more features called the Wolverine V2 Chroma. The new name is a giveaway to one of the additions: a strip of Chroma RGB lighting near each of the two grips that can be programmed to your liking via its accessory companion app on an Xbox or PC.
This controller is actually replacing the Wolverine Ultimate that was released in late 2017. Like the older controller, the Wolverine V2 Chroma has swappable thumb sticks like those included with the Xbox Elite controllers and Scuf’s Instinct, trigger stops to shorten the throw of triggers, and six remappable macro buttons (including four paddles on the back) that can be…
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What comes next for the App Store?

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge On September 10th, a verdict finally arrived in Epic v. Apple, and it has left the App Store model in a precarious state. Epic wanted to do away with the system entirely, breaking Apple’s control over software distribution on iOS — but the ruling stopped well short of that. Instead, we got an ambiguously worded injunction that seems to open the door to developers skirting Apple’s commission system — or at least making it easier to use non-Apple payment methods outside their apps.
In the immediate aftermath of the ruling, Apple pushed to cast it as a victory — and Epic seemed sure it had lost. It’s understandable: until we see how Apple reacts and how the court looks on Epic’s recent appeal, it’s hard to know for sure what the injunction…
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You can now buy a $475 NFT ticket to see Beeple’s $69 million NFT at an IRL party

The NFT tickets, seen above, change after they’re scanned. | Image: Dreamverse We can all agree NFTs are kind of weird, so here’s another twist to puzzle over: in November, you’ll be able to see the “inaugural display” of The First 5000 Days, the collage/NFT that Beeple sold for $69 million earlier this year. You can also, obviously, view the image right now, for free, wherever you are, on whatever device you’re using, by searching that title on Google. You could also pull the image up on your TV, or display it on a projector, or print it out, because that’s how digital images work.
Here, look, I’m just going to embed a tweet with the image in it:
Christie's is proud to offer “Everydays – The First 5000 Days” by @beeple as the first purely digital work of art ever offered by a major auction house. Bidding will be…
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Apple must allow other forms of in-app purchases, rules judge in Epic v. Apple

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Judge Yvonne Gonzalez-Rogers issued a permanent injunction in the Epic v. Apple case on Friday morning, handing a major setback to Apple’s App Store model.
Under the new order, Apple is:
permanently restrained and enjoined from prohibiting developers from including in their apps and their metadata buttons, external links, or other calls to action that direct customers to purchasing mechanisms, in addition to In-App Purchasing and (ii) communicating with customers through points of contact obtained voluntarily from customers through account registration within the app.
In the full ruling, Judge Gonzalez-Rogers explained her thinking on the issue in greater detail. Notably, the judge rejected both parties’ definition of the marketplace at…
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Microsoft’s first Windows 11 commercial features Master Chief blowing stuff up

Microsoft is debuting its first ad campaign for Windows 11 today. The 60-second TV commercial is set to “All Starts Now” by Odessa and features the new Microsoft Store, Master Chief from the world of Halo, Microsoft Teams, and more.
Explaining what a new version of Windows will bring to consumers is never easy, and Microsoft has opted for a similar approach to its first Xbox Series X commercial. An actress walks through walls of apps and selects Xbox Game Pass, which triggers Master Chief to appear and blast a Halo banshee out of the sky.
Image: Microsoft Master Chief appears and blows up a Halo banshee. The new bloom default wallpaper in Windows 11 also appears, alongside the built-in Microsoft Teams…
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Razer’s Basilisk V3 has more LEDs and a brilliant scroll wheel

The Basilisk V3 features more RGB LEDs than the previous iteration. | Razer Razer’s new Basilisk V3 wired gaming mouse has arrived with more features than its predecessor, as well as a slightly lower price. It’s out now at Razer’s online store, Amazon, and Best Buy from $69.99, a $10 price drop from generation to generation.
Its scroll wheel houses the biggest improvements, borrowing a trick from Logitech’s G502 Lightspeed and G502 Hero. A button positioned next to the Basilisk V3’s wheel can toggle between a staggered scroll mode that offers tactile feedback and a free-spinning mode that lets you sail down the page freely. There’s also an optional feature within Razer’s Synapse software that automatically switches between the two modes depending on the inertia of your scroll, engaging the free-spinning mode…
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