Late last autumn, a Russian mathematician and programmer named Alex decided he’d had enough of running his eight-year-old business. Though his St. Petersburg firm was thriving, he’d grown weary of dealing with payroll, hiring, and management headaches. He pined for the days when he could devote himself solely to tinkering with code, his primary passion. The time had come for an exit strategy. But Alex couldn’t just cash out as if he owned an ordinary startup because his business operates in murky legal terrain. The venture is built on Alex’s talent for reverse engineering the algorithms—known as pseudorandom number generators, or PRNGs—that govern how slot machine games behave. Armed with this knowledge, he can predict when certain games are likeliest to spit out money—insight that he shares with a legion of field agents who do the organization’s grunt work. These agents roam casinos from Poland to Macau to Peru in search of slots whose … [Read more...] about Meet Alex, the Russian Casino Hacker Who Makes Millions Targeting Slot Machines
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The competition for the world's biggest "battle royale" video game got even hotter on Monday with a not-too-surprising announcement: Playerunknown's Battlegrounds now has a free mobile version available across the world. Downloads are now live for all iOS 9.0 and later devices and most Android 5.1.1-and-above devices with at least 2GB RAM. Based on our preliminary tests of the live American version, this famously unoptimized game is way more playable—even on older, legacy devices—than it has any right to be. Monday's news follows last week's surprising announcement that the similar shooting game Fortnite: Battle Royale had already begun rolling out beta invites to its own mobile version. Unlike Epic Games' product, however, PUBG Mobile requires no closed-beta invites. PUBG Mobile itself was no secret, having received a rollout on Chinese iOS and Android devices in February—and that launch decision may have to do with PUBG's publisher, Tencent, operating in China. … [Read more...] about Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is now free on iOS, Android—and dang, it’s solid
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