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GoCardless raises $75M Series E for its recurring payments network and heads to America

Compared to startups born into the frothy London fintech space as it exists today, 2011-founded GoCardless could well be considered a slow burner. However, in more recent years, the nearly 300 person company — headed up by co-founder and CEO Hiroki Takeuchi — has undoubtedly stepped on the gas in a bid to become the one stop shop globally for businesses that want to let customers pay via recurring bank payments.

A little over a year ago, GoCardless announced that it had raised $22.5 million in further funding, off the back of record annual growth in the U.K. and strong early traction in new markets. And today the fintech is disclosing another fresh injection of capital: $75 million in Series E funding, in part to fund new offices across EMEA, APAC and North America. In addition to its London HQ, the company already has sites in France, Australia and Germany, from which it says it processes transactions for 40,000 businesses worldwide.

Leading the round are new investors Adams Street Partners, Google Ventures and Salesforce Ventures. Previous backers Accel Partners, Balderton Capital, Notion Capital and Passion Capital have also followed on.

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You Can Preorder Ken, Peach, and Young Link Amiibo

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The next wave of Smash amiibo are almost here, and we’ve got the full scoop on where they’re available for preorder. If you’ve been out of the amiibo game for a while, you should know that the quality of amiibo now versus when they were first introduced is night and day. The newer ones are more detailed, with better sculpts, paint, and poses.

If you were hoping to add a Piranha Plant amiibo to your collection, you’re out of luck. For the time being, the plucky plant is sold out at all the major online retailers. That doesn’t mean you should plunk down a sum of money to get one on the grey market just yet. There’s a good chance Nintendo will release more. Trust me. I paid… more than asking… for a Japanese ROB last time around.

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Crackdown 3 Review

Because Crackdown 3’s modes are so different (and we didn’t get access to multiplayer ahead of time), I reviewed each of them separately. You can find the individual reviews below for my in-depth thoughts on each piece.

This final, full Verdict and score at the bottom covers the entirety of Crackdown 3, but is not an average of the two. Though the Wrecking Zone multiplayer is bad, it’s such a tiny slice of the whole package that its presence doesn’t weigh Crackdown 3 down too much.

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Metro Is Gaming’s Most Interesting Post-Apocalypse

When Fallout 76 released earlier this year, I gave it a fair shot. Like many, I tuned out of the game after playing a few hours. However, I didn’t quit because of bugs or because I thought the gameplay was bad. Instead, I was just tired of Fallout’s take on the end of the world. After several games of unclimbable rocky terrain, bombed out buildings filled with burnt books and skeletons, and sassy writing, I was just exhausted of the setup. Sure, Fallout’s gameplay has shifted many times over the past two decades, but its tone and view of people in general hasn’t.

My thoughts kept drifting back to Fallout this past week while playing Metro Exodus, the third installment in a series of games about people living in Moscow’s subway after a nuclear doomsday covers the city in fatal levels of radiation. The first two games followed the journey of Artyom, a citizen of the underground society who gets caught up in wars between the underground factions that have cropped up over the years, including a “Fourth Riech” and the various remnants of Russia’s government. If you weren’t navigating tunnels filled with Nazis that wanted to slit your …read more


6 Questions We Have About The Zelda: Link’s Awakening Switch Remake

Nintendo recently unveiled their latest title in the Legend of Zelda series: a Nintendo Switch remake of the cherished 1993 Game Boy game Link’s Awakening, set to be released in 2019. Fans went wild, but once we finished pointing at our screens with glee and yelling obscenities, we realized we had a few questions about how this remake would unfold, what new content it could bring to the table, and what it would cost. I’m far and away the biggest Link’s Awakening fan at IGN so I figured I’d break down some questions (and potential answers) of what to expect from this incredible announcement. So let’s get into it!

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Get a Nintendo Switch With $35 eShop Credit for $299

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If you’ve been holding out on picking up a new Nintendo Switch, your patience has paid off. Right now there are some good deals to be had on Nintendo’s mega-popular hybrid console.

Here are the best deals on Nintendo Switch right now:

Nintendo Switch With $35 eShop Credit for $299

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America is Awesome. – The TouchArcade Show #388

We cut the show a little short this week because of … well, there was an active shooter situation in my town today and I’ve been following the whole thing like a hawk as the entire situation is unbelievably surreal. Anyway, you’ll hear about it on the podcast. Anyway, after that we hop into the news of the week which includes interesting developments like Google cleaning up the Play store, a few upcoming games we’re excited about, and a reminder that if you have a Nintendo Switch to download Tetris 99 immediately. We’ll have a regular episode next week, provided we don’t get another dose of ‘merica randomly next Friday.


Don’t forget to shoot us emails with any questions, feedback, or anything else relevant or irrelevant to podcast@toucharcade.com. We read ’em all, and love decoding messages written entirely in emoji. As always, you can listen to us with the links below… And if you like what you hear, please subscribe and/or drop us a review in iTunes. Much appreciated!

As a companion to this audio podcast, we also do a video version of the same show that is exclusive to Patreon which allows you to see us playing the games …read more