Today, in the connected economy, Netflix is set to launch its range of mobile games, while Argentines turn to games on the metaverse to cope with runaway inflation. Additionally, Alphabet, Google’s parent company, is divesting its Sandbox AQ quantum technology operation, and Dutch startup ParkBee is raising $33 million.
Netflix launches new mobile games this month
Netflix has announced a series of Netflix games for Android and iOS devices, available free to all subscribers with no ads, fees, or in-app purchases required. Among the games that will debut are “This Is A True Story” from Frosty Pop, and “Shatter Remastered” and “Into The Dead 2: Unleashed”, both from Pik Pok.
Crypto Gaming Becomes a Hot Revenue Engine in Argentina
As inflation drives down salaries, cryptocurrency games have become a major source of income for Argentines, with 9,400 visits this year on Decentral Games, the world’s most popular metaverse site. Argentina ranks fifth in the world for people playing games for money, and Brazil is seventh, as both countries face double-digit inflation. Brazil’s inflation rate is double digits, and Argentina is struggling with a 10-month high of over 50%.
Alphabet’s Quantum Tech Group Sandbox AQ Goes Solo
Alphabet, Google’s parent company, has created Sandbox AQ, independently offering enterprises quantum computing and artificial intelligence (AI) software, the software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider has announced. Founded by CEO Jack Hidary, Sandbox was born at Alphabet six years ago. Earlier this year, Sandbox AQ launched an independent company to deliver quantum AI solutions for financial services, healthcare, IT security, US government and other IT-intensive industries.
Amsterdam startup ParkBee closes $33m funding deal
ParkBee, a Dutch startup that turns seldom-used parking spaces into bookable spaces for the public, has secured a 30 million euro (about $33 million) funding deal. “We are delighted that a renowned and experienced entrepreneur like Kees Koolen (CEO and Founder of Koolen Industries) is joining ParkBee as an investor,” said ParkBee CEO Werner Paul Boerma. “Someone with so much experience in the world of onboard technology platforms is a recognition for the hard work and dedication of everyone within ParkBee.”
Payments company Opy offers financing for car repairs
FinTech Payments Opy has begun branching out into the automotive sector, allowing drivers to use its OpyPay tool to pay for services and repairs at franchise car dealerships across the country. The CEO added that Opy’s service is an attractive payment option for customers who need to pay for major car repairs.