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Wefox, the Berlin-based insurtech, raises $110M Series B extension at a $1.65B pre-money valuation

Wefox Group, the Berlin-based insurtech startup behind the consumer-facing insurance app and carrier One and the insurance platform Wefox, is disclosing $110 million in a second tranche of Series B funding. Sources tell TechCrunch that this gives the company a pre-money valuation of $1.65 billion. WeFox Group declined to comment on the financials.

The Series B extension is led by Omers Ventures, the venture capital arm of Canadian pension fund Omers. Merian Chrysalis and Samsung Catalyst Fund, also participated, along with existing investors.

It follows an earlier Series B of $125 million in March, led by Abu Dhabi government-owned Mubadala Ventures, with participation from Chinese investor Creditease. Wefox’s other existing investors include Target Global, Salesforce Ventures, Seedcamp, Idinvest and Hollywood actor Ashton Kutcher’s investment vehicle Sound Ventures.

In a call, Wefox co-founder and CEO Julian Teicke told me the Wefox Group has grown revenues to over $100 million, and now services more than 500,000 customers, claiming that this makes it Europe’s “leading insurtech”.

He also revealed that the company has grown to 400 employees, which, he says means he can no longer remember every employee’s name. “That sucks,” he tells me, revealing that it was only this summer when the company …read more



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New Crimson Desert Screenshots and Details Revealed

Crimson Desert, announced last month, took the gaming community by storm with an absolutely stunning reveal trailer (see it near the bottom of this page). Its goal is to tell the story of Black Desert Online’s past and is tabbed as developer Pearl Abyss’ next flagship title.

We’ve wrangled a handful of new screenshots from the Pearl Abyss team, which you can see in the gallery just below. “The character you see in our key art is Macduff, son of Martinus,” Pearl Abyss told us, specifically referencing the final image in our gallery. “He’s the leader of a ragtag band of mercenaries. Macduff is a man in constant turmoil, struggling with the responsibilities of leadership and the survival of those who rely on him. He has a tragic past and no matter how hard he tries, he cannot escape from it.”

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MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries review

After a tense run-in with some House Kurita forces, I see that one of my employed MechWarriors is apparently going to be out for 57 days with injuries. Oh, come on! That’s more paid time off than I’ve ever had in my entire life! Take the weekend to rest up and be back in the Jenner on Monday, you slacker! I have a demanding business to manage here and, more importantly, buildings to gleefully stomp on and a huge variety of giant robots to blow up. MechWarrior 5 brings some great old school joy, and it certainly hasn’t developed much sentimentality in its time away.

It’s been almost two decades since MechWarrior 4, but it seems like Piranha Games has gone to quite a bit of effort to not mess up the task of picking up where it left off. Mercenaries includes over 50 mechs to pilot, from the spritely Locust to the hulking Annihilator, and each comes with a handful of variants with different weapon loadouts. These can each be further customized in truly impressive fashion with a variety of destructive lasers, missiles, and ballistic weapons. You can even fine-tune the armor on every part of your mech …read more


Darksiders: Genesis Review – Lucy And The Horsemen

Hell is teeming with demonic masters tricked into subservience by Lucifer himself–or Lucy, as Strife affectionately calls him in Darksiders: Genesis. An isometric hack-and-slash bonanza, the latest instalment in the Darksiders series sees you puppeteer dastardly duo War and Strife in a combat-fueled romp filled with bombastic brawls, infernal abominations, and quippish one-liners.

The protagonistic pair form one cohesive half of the Four Horsemen–a parade of soldiers born from the ungodly union of angels and devils. And yet Genesis’ story is wonderfully witty and whimsically warm. War is a belligerent and straight-laced gladiator who takes everything very, very seriously, and Strife has brilliant fun hurling droll jests his way. “Knock knock,” opens one exchange. “What?” replies War. “You’re supposed to say ‘Who’s there?’,” retorts an incredulous Strife. “Why would I give away my location? I would simply smash through the door and face my assailant,” reasons War.

The pair are so radically different to one another that the writing really has room to blossom into something special. To make this even more charming, the majority of Genesis’ cutscenes unfold in a comic-book panel aesthetic–much like previous Darksiders games. The animation is stylish and memorable, and helps to ensure that …read more


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What Project Scarlett’s Lockhart Version Means for Next-Gen

Huge week of Xbox news! Project Scarlett’s lower-cost option, Lockhart, is back in play. We discuss what it means for Xbox’s next-gen efforts. Plus: the Xbox finally gets a proper Major League Baseball game, and it’s…Sony’s?! Also: 2K opens a new studio to make a new BioShock game, IGN’s Game of the Year winner Control miiiiiight be coming to Xbox Game Pass, Resident Evil 3 Remake is official, and more!

Subscribe on any of your favorite podcast feeds, or grab an MP3 download of this week’s episode. For more awesome content, check out the latest episode of IGN Unfiltered from our new barcade set, featuring an interview with former PlayStation and Xbox executive Phil Harrison. It’s an open bar; come and join us!

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Shovel Knight: King Of Cards Review – Royal Refinement

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Stages adopt familiar themes from the series, from the neon-soaked labs of Plague Knight to the gold-laden walls of King Knight’s future abode. Revisiting these areas is initially welcoming–a trip back to a familiar world–and does make some of the newer stages stand out more, given that you’re not seeing them for potentially the fourth time like with the returning ones. King of Cards often feels like a celebration of Shovel Knight and its world, but it can at times feel overindulgent in its return to boss fights and stages you may have experienced multiple times already. While stages are altered enough …read more


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Trailer Tuesday – A Tale of Fisherman Feels

Exonerate yourself for murder, make decisions that alter an ASCII world, and design your own plants and animals in this week’s Trailer Tuesday.

Akumanor Escape DX



“You have been captured and taken to a Haunted Castle, the Akumanor, but you’ve just managed to escape from your cell in the catacombs, armed with your sword and shield, you have to do your best to save yourself from this mess! Good luck! ”

Akumanor Escape DX is available now on itch.io.

Resolutiion



“An old killer escorts a curious AI through chaotic combat, puzzling secrets, and unsettling calm. Explore a fractured future, collecting weird weapons and stories, to piece together the past.”

Resolutiion is currently in development, but in the meantime, you can add it to your Steam Wishlist.

Feels



Feels is an ASCII and Text-Based RPG where every one of your decisions can influence the world in which you evolve.”

Feels is available now on Steam.

A Fisherman’s Tale



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Tales of the Arabian Nights, Cirqus Voltaire, and No Good Gofers Arrive in ‘Williams Pinball’

Back in October Zen Studios got in the Halloween spirit when they brought the classic Creature from the Black Lagoon and Monster Bash pinball tables to their Williams Pinball (Free) app on iOS and Android (and to Pinball FX3 on consoles). Now they’re looking to end the year with a bang by adding three more new tables to the game in the form of Tales of the Arabian Nights, Cirqus Voltaire, and No Good Gofers. First up is 1996’s Tales of the Arabian Nights which has you traveling to the ancient city of Baghdad summoning good genies to help you fight off an evil genie. Cirqus Voltaire is from 1997 and has you attempting to perform various stunts in order to be accepted into the circus, and trying to defeat a giant Ringmaster that rises up from the floor to more or less make fun of you. Finally there’s No Good Gofers, also from 1997, which might as well be an unofficial Caddyshack tie-in table as you’ll be battling it out against pesky gophers on a golf course. Here are the three new tables in action.

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Star Wars: Jedi: Fallen Order is Getting a Photo Mode Tomorrow

If you looked out at one of Star Wars: Jedi: Fallen Order’s many gorgeous vistas and thought ‘dang, what a Kodak moment,’ then have we got good news for you. Jedi: Fallen Order is getting a photo mode as part of a new patch arriving later this week, and it looks pretty comprehensive.

According to a Reddit post from EA’s Star Wars community lead, the new photo mode will come with a variety of settings you can adjust to make the perfect snapshot of Jedi Cal Kestis and his adventures.

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