White House to pay insurers while Obamacare case kept on ice: Sources

The White House, during that time, will continue to make payments to insurers, according to a senior administration official. The payments, called “cost-sharing reductions,” represent billions of dollars annually to the insurance industry to offset plans for low-income participants on the ACA exchanges. Insurers intending to offer plans on Obamacare exchanges in 2018 must submit their proposed pricing in the coming days and weeks. The dispute relates to the ACA’s requirement that insurers offer


The White House, during that time, will continue to make payments to insurers, according to a senior administration official. The payments, called “cost-sharing reductions,” represent billions of dollars annually to the insurance industry to offset plans for low-income participants on the ACA exchanges. Insurers intending to offer plans on Obamacare exchanges in 2018 must submit their proposed pricing in the coming days and weeks. The dispute relates to the ACA’s requirement that insurers offer
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White House to pay insurers while Obamacare case kept on ice: Sources

The House of Representatives and Department of Justice plan to ask the District of Columbia federal appeals court Monday to keep on hold for another 90 days a lawsuit that questions the legality of cost-sharing subsidies in the Affordable Care Act, according to four people familiar with the matter.

The White House, during that time, will continue to make payments to insurers, according to a senior administration official.

The payments, called “cost-sharing reductions,” represent billions of dollars annually to the insurance industry to offset plans for low-income participants on the ACA exchanges.

Insurers intending to offer plans on Obamacare exchanges in 2018 must submit their proposed pricing in the coming days and weeks.

If the executive branch had decided Monday to drop its defense of the case — which would then let stand a federal judge’s decision that the payments to insurers were illegal — insurers were expected to request even higher premium rates for Obamacare health plans next year than they otherwise would have.

However, the delay in resolving the case will continue uncertainty over the fate of the cost-sharing subsidies, which also could cause insurers to price plans higher to reflect the chance the money might go away by next year.

The dispute relates to the ACA’s requirement that insurers offer lower-income Obamacare customers reduced charges for out-of-pocket health expenses, including copayments, deductibles and coinsurance. Insurers offer those discounts up front, but then expect to be reimbursed for them by the federal government.

A federal district court judge had previously ruled in favor of House Republicans, who in 2014 sued over billions of dollars in payments to insurance companies under the Affordable Care Act because they had not been granted via a congressional appropriation. The Obama administration appealed the case, and the Trump administration asked to put the case on hold while it established its position on the matter.

In February, the judge requested the two parties to submit status reports every 90 days beginning Monday.

The expected request for a delay would give the parties an additional 90 days to decide how to proceed in the case.

“If the administration seeks a delay on Monday, presumably they would continue to pay the cost-sharing reductions but they don’t have to actively defend the lawsuit in the short term,” said Chiquita Brooks-Lasure, a managing director at Manatt Health, who as an Obama administration official played a key role in implementing Obamacare.

The White House had told congressional leaders it would make the monthly payment for May, which were due on May 19, but had stayed mum on payments thereafter. Next month’s payment is due June 20.

President Donald Trump reserves the right to unilaterally cut off the payments, made monthly by the Department of Health and Human Services, if he disagrees with a recommendation to do otherwise.

In an interview with The Economist on May 4, Trump weighed that option publicly, saying: “You know when people say, ‘Oh, Obamacare is so wonderful,’ there is no Obamacare, it’s dead. Plus we’re subsidising it and we don’t have to subsidise it. You know if I ever stop wanting to pay the subsidies, which I will.”

With passage of any new health-care legislation still months away, a senior administration official and four people familiar with the case expect the parties on Monday will suggest keeping the lawsuit on ice .

The implications of the case for the insurance industry could be costly. The Congressional Budget Office estimated the Department of Health and Human Services would pay some $7 billion in subsidies — technically termed “cost-sharing reductions” — and that total would rise to $16 billion by 2027.

Democratic attorneys general and eight health-care industry groups have voiced concerns in the days leading up to Monday’s deadline.

A joint letter sent to Senate leadership by the industry groups — spearheaded by America’s Health Insurance Plans acknowledges that the Senate is working toward a legislative solution but asks for stability in the intervening months. “Unless CSRs are funded, a tremendous number of Americans will simply go without coverage and move to the ranks of the uninsured,” the groups wrote.


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The obscure Senate rule that could sink Obamacare repeal, explained

The mother of all conditions is known as the Byrd Rule. A bill being considered under reconciliation has to check every box of the six-part Byrd Rule. Senate aides told me this was because of the Byrd Rule. Republican and Democratic staff will go through the House bill with Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough and make their arguments about which provisions violate the Byrd Rule and which ones don’t. “Both parties will try to convince her of their position for or against a Byrd Rule viola


The mother of all conditions is known as the Byrd Rule. A bill being considered under reconciliation has to check every box of the six-part Byrd Rule. Senate aides told me this was because of the Byrd Rule. Republican and Democratic staff will go through the House bill with Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough and make their arguments about which provisions violate the Byrd Rule and which ones don’t. “Both parties will try to convince her of their position for or against a Byrd Rule viola
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The obscure Senate rule that could sink Obamacare repeal, explained

The restrictions of reconciliation will set the parameters of the Senate’s health care debate — and are already proving difficult for lawmakers to navigate and limiting what ideas they can consider.

The Senate, for example, needs to come up with a bill that will save the federal government as much money, or more, as the House version.

That’s going to be a problem for the health care bill — senators want to bolster the financial assistance for lower-income people buying private insurance and soften the House bill’s Medicaid cuts, which will cost more money. If they increase spending, they must offset it somewhere else, perhaps by delaying the repeal of Obamacare’s taxes.

They also have to make sure that the bill actually saves money. There was a brief panic last week that the House bill didn’t achieve that goal, which also would have put the whole enterprise at risk because the bill wouldn’t comply with the Senate’s rules.

The mother of all conditions is known as the Byrd Rule. The rule came about in the 1980s, after Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia, a Democrat, grew frustrated with reconciliation. His colleagues were using it to advance all sorts of policies, not just those related to spending and revenue. So he introduced his standard for what can be included in a reconciliation bill, which has since been enshrined in federal law.

A bill being considered under reconciliation has to check every box of the six-part Byrd Rule. If it fails any one of those tests, it must be stripped out.

The provision must change federal spending or revenue. If the bill does not meet the budget resolution’s instructions to reduce the federal deficit, any provision that results in either increased spending or decreased revenue is removed until it does meet those targets. The provision must only affect policies that fall under the jurisdiction of the specific committees that were instructed in the budget resolution. The provision’s effect on spending or revenues must be more than incidental to its policy impact. The provision cannot increase the federal deficit at some point in the future, beyond the typical 10-year “budget window” that is used to evaluate legislation. The provision cannot change Social Security.

Most of the time, if part of a bill fails that six-part test, that provision is removed and the rest of the legislation is allowed to advance.

But some violations can be considered “fatal” — meaning that the entire bill would need 60 votes to pass. Those could include any provisions that violate No. 3, on the issue of jurisdiction, I’m told. Congress is said to have controversially exempted itself from part of the health care bill because the bill would otherwise have been risk of such a fatal Byrd Rule violation. Member benefits, like their health insurance, fall under a different committee’s jurisdiction, one that wasn’t included in the budget resolution. Without the exemption, the bill could have lost its 50-vote privileges in the Senate.

The American Health Care Act has been shaped by those restrictions since the beginning. The original version of the House bill, which failed before House Speaker Paul Ryan could bring it to the floor in late March, didn’t touch most of Obamacare’s regulations. Senate aides told me this was because of the Byrd Rule.

It was only after House conservatives revolted, helping to sink the bill the first time, that the compromise of allowing states to waive those rules emerged.

But that step is also where the bill might run into trouble in the Senate. The first step there will be what’s known as a “Byrd bath.” Republican and Democratic staff will go through the House bill with Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough and make their arguments about which provisions violate the Byrd Rule and which ones don’t.

“Because some of these questions will be matters of gray, the question is interpretation of the Byrd Rule given past precedent,” Sarah Binder, who studies Senate procedure at George Washington University, told me. “Both parties will try to convince her of their position for or against a Byrd Rule violation.”


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Reaction: Dollar index hits fresh 6-month low as US stocks extend a three-day winning streak

Our live blog tracked reaction as U.S. stock markets opened higher for a third session in a row, while the dollar index slipped to a 6-month low. Read the analysis below.


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Reaction: Dollar index hits fresh 6-month low as US stocks extend a three-day winning streak

Our live blog tracked reaction as U.S. stock markets opened higher for a third session in a row, while the dollar index slipped to a 6-month low.

Read the analysis below.


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Women take up just 9 percent of senior IT leadership roles, survey finds

One other suggestion for the pay rise is that many countries are now requiring firms to report on the gender pay gap within their organization. For instance, the U.K. introduced this requirement in April, obligating firms with more than 250 staff to publish the gender pay gap between their male and female employees. The gender pay gap is a hot button issue for many. A recent report from job recruitment website Hired found that in 63 percent of cases, women received a lower salary offer than a ma


One other suggestion for the pay rise is that many countries are now requiring firms to report on the gender pay gap within their organization. For instance, the U.K. introduced this requirement in April, obligating firms with more than 250 staff to publish the gender pay gap between their male and female employees. The gender pay gap is a hot button issue for many. A recent report from job recruitment website Hired found that in 63 percent of cases, women received a lower salary offer than a ma
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Women take up just 9 percent of senior IT leadership roles, survey finds

“In a striking development, female respondents are far more likely to have received a salary increase compared with their male peers: Clear evidence perhaps that traditional gender salary inequalities may be starting to be addressed?,” the survey report said.

One other suggestion for the pay rise is that many countries are now requiring firms to report on the gender pay gap within their organization. For instance, the U.K. introduced this requirement in April, obligating firms with more than 250 staff to publish the gender pay gap between their male and female employees.

The gender pay gap is a hot button issue for many. A recent report from job recruitment website Hired found that in 63 percent of cases, women received a lower salary offer than a man for the same job. The offer was on average 4 percent lower.

Jessica Kirkpatrick, a data scientist for Hired, warned that gender bias also influenced access to opportunities.

“Fifty-three percent of the time, companies only interviewed male candidates for a given role, whereas the reverse was true just 6 percent of the time,” she said in a blog post in April.

“Long term, these kinds of biases may explain why U.S. women working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics are 45 percent more likely than their male peers to leave the industry within their first year.”


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‘Buy the dip’ works again for a bull market that just won’t quit

Yet a legitimate argument for a substantial downturn in stocks that could turn into a bear market is getting harder and harder to make. However, Golub said history shows that as long as the reading stays above 52, that’s positive for stocks. The debate between soft data and hard data has been ongoing through the year. Hard data have been lagging high levels of soft data, but Golub says that’s not unusual: “They’re designed specifically to lead the hard data.” Perhaps the most important is the Tr


Yet a legitimate argument for a substantial downturn in stocks that could turn into a bear market is getting harder and harder to make. However, Golub said history shows that as long as the reading stays above 52, that’s positive for stocks. The debate between soft data and hard data has been ongoing through the year. Hard data have been lagging high levels of soft data, but Golub says that’s not unusual: “They’re designed specifically to lead the hard data.” Perhaps the most important is the Tr
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'Buy the dip' works again for a bull market that just won't quit

Here are three things that may happen in the event of an official bear market Tuesday, 9 May 2017 | 10:44 AM ET | 01:06

Despite the market dodging one bullet after another, investors by at least one account are more worried than they’ve been all year.

Yet a legitimate argument for a substantial downturn in stocks that could turn into a bear market is getting harder and harder to make.

Not that many aren’t trying: Worries about economic growth that could turn out weaker than expected, central bankers putting the screws to monetary policy and valuations getting out of whack are just three arguments against the market.

But none of them seem to be sticking.

Jonathan Golub, chief equity strategist at RBC Capital Markets, took a stab at it in a note sent to clients Monday morning. He laid out four fairly common bearish arguments these days, but concluded that they are “increasingly contrived”:

1. Purchase Managers Indexes “rolling over.” The PMIs are closely watched gauges of manufacturing activity that show the percent of companies expanding, and they’ve been weakening lately. The most recent reading for April was 54.8, the lowest of the year. However, Golub said history shows that as long as the reading stays above 52, that’s positive for stocks. (A reading below 50 indicates contraction.)

2. The debate between soft data and hard data has been ongoing through the year. The former consists of sentiment gauges while the later indicates actual activity. Hard data have been lagging high levels of soft data, but Golub says that’s not unusual: “They’re designed specifically to lead the hard data.”

3. Valuations: At 17.3 times earnings, S&P 500 stocks are priced above normal. Golub says that as long as the U.S. economy avoids recession, elevated valuation shouldn’t be a problem.

4. Perhaps the most important is the Trump trade. Stocks have been in rally mode since Donald Trump’s win in November’s presidential election. Therefore, some fear, an inability to get his pro-growth agenda through Congress will spell doom. However, Golub points out that most of the Trump trade has eroded anyway — the dollar has weakened, financial stocks in particular have stalled and some of the biggest gainers have been defensive rather than cyclical names.

“This leads us to believe that the market is discounting very little in the way of policy changes, making stocks less vulnerable if they don’t occur,” he said.


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Dow closes about 90 points higher after Trump delivers on overseas deals

Trump’s visit to Israel comes after Trump visited Saudi Arabia, a trip that ended with a multi-billion-dollar arms deal. Defense-related stocks popped on the back of the deal, with the iShares U.S. Aerospace & Defense ETF (ITA) rising about 0.9 percent. Private equity firm Blackstone also announced the creation of a $40 billion infrastructure investment fund with Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, the country’s main sovereign wealth fund. U.S. stock futures traded higher before the open, wit


Trump’s visit to Israel comes after Trump visited Saudi Arabia, a trip that ended with a multi-billion-dollar arms deal. Defense-related stocks popped on the back of the deal, with the iShares U.S. Aerospace & Defense ETF (ITA) rising about 0.9 percent. Private equity firm Blackstone also announced the creation of a $40 billion infrastructure investment fund with Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, the country’s main sovereign wealth fund. U.S. stock futures traded higher before the open, wit
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Dow closes about 90 points higher after Trump delivers on overseas deals

Trump’s visit to Israel comes after Trump visited Saudi Arabia, a trip that ended with a multi-billion-dollar arms deal. Defense-related stocks popped on the back of the deal, with the iShares U.S. Aerospace & Defense ETF (ITA) rising about 0.9 percent.

Private equity firm Blackstone also announced the creation of a $40 billion infrastructure investment fund with Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, the country’s main sovereign wealth fund. Blackstone shares spiked more than 6 percent.

Trump’s trip came after one of the worst weeks of his presidency as news broke that Trump allegedly tried to influence an FBI investigation. Stocks suffered their worst day of the year Wednesday, as the three major indexes dropped more than 1 percent.

“It’s basically a case of no news is good news. There hasn’t been anything incremental since then,” said Aaron Clark, portfolio manager at GW&K Investment Management.

U.S. stock futures traded higher before the open, with Dow futures rising 47 points, while S&P and Nasdaq futures gained 3.25 points and 11 points, respectively.

“The news of the deal is positive, but there are two factors that are being overlooked,” said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at First Standard Financial, referring to a North Korea missile test and testimony from former FBI Director James Comey. “These clouds of uncertainty are not evaporating,” First Standard’s Cardillo said.

North Korea said Monday it successfully tested an intermediate-range ballistic missile, further defying calls to curb its nuclear program. Meanwhile, Comey agreed last week to testify in an open Senate session sometime after Memorial Day; his testimony could raise questions about the future of Trump’s presidency.

“I think we’re at a point where investors don’t care about negative catalysts, or these catalysts are not that big of a deal,” said Mike Bailey, director of research at FBB Capital Partners.

Ken Moraif, senior advisor at Money Matters, said that as long as the market believes Trump will be able to push tax reform and deregulation through Congress, the market will remain in its current range. “If we get a tax plan that’s to the market’s liking, we could see another leg higher in the fourth quarter,” he said.

In economic news, there were no major data released Monday, but Wall Street looked ahead to the release of the minutes from the Federal Reserve’s meeting on May 3. The minutes were slated for release Wednesday.

U.S. Treasurys slipped, with the benchmark 10-year note yield rising to 2.25 percent and the two-year yield climbing to 1.275 percent. The dollar fell slightly against a basket of currencies, with the euro hitting its highest level since Nov. 9.


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World champion Go player takes on Google’s AlphaGo

Chinese player Ke Jie, 19, is going up against machine AlphaGo, and the stakes are high. If he wins, he gets $1.5 million in prize money, and maintains his status as the world’s top ranked master. But if he loses, it would mean machine domination over humans in one of the world’s most complex board games, solidifying Google’s significant strides in artificial intelligence. “We’re keeping pretty confident, I think, that AlphaGo is going to play well,” Demis Hassabis, CEO of Google DeepMind, which


Chinese player Ke Jie, 19, is going up against machine AlphaGo, and the stakes are high. If he wins, he gets $1.5 million in prize money, and maintains his status as the world’s top ranked master. But if he loses, it would mean machine domination over humans in one of the world’s most complex board games, solidifying Google’s significant strides in artificial intelligence. “We’re keeping pretty confident, I think, that AlphaGo is going to play well,” Demis Hassabis, CEO of Google DeepMind, which
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World champion Go player takes on Google's AlphaGo

WUZHEN, China — It’s man versus machine. The world’s number one champion of the ancient Chinese board game Go is battling against a computer program built by Google in a set of three matches beginning Tuesday.

Chinese player Ke Jie, 19, is going up against machine AlphaGo, and the stakes are high. If he wins, he gets $1.5 million in prize money, and maintains his status as the world’s top ranked master. But if he loses, it would mean machine domination over humans in one of the world’s most complex board games, solidifying Google’s significant strides in artificial intelligence.

“We’re keeping pretty confident, I think, that AlphaGo is going to play well,” Demis Hassabis, CEO of Google DeepMind, which created the machine, told CNBC.

“I’m just very excited to see actually what creative things Ke Jie is going to come up with and to see, to test the machine to its limits.”


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How to stop your iPhone from bombarding you with notifications all night

You place your head on the pillow, get nice and comfortable and suddenly, ding. Your iPhone alerts you of an email message. You put up with this very scenario every night because, for fear your loved ones might call you with an emergency, you decide to never silence your phone. The function is called “Do Not Disturb,” and it’s one of my favorite iPhone features. With it, you can schedule specific quiet times, or turn it on manually, so your phone isn’t buzzing all night long.


You place your head on the pillow, get nice and comfortable and suddenly, ding. Your iPhone alerts you of an email message. You put up with this very scenario every night because, for fear your loved ones might call you with an emergency, you decide to never silence your phone. The function is called “Do Not Disturb,” and it’s one of my favorite iPhone features. With it, you can schedule specific quiet times, or turn it on manually, so your phone isn’t buzzing all night long.
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How to stop your iPhone from bombarding you with notifications all night

You place your head on the pillow, get nice and comfortable and suddenly, ding. Your iPhone alerts you of an email message. A wave of anxiety shoots down your spine. Ding. Another one ten minutes later, just as you’re drifting off to sleep.

You put up with this very scenario every night because, for fear your loved ones might call you with an emergency, you decide to never silence your phone.

There’s a better way to sleep that helps you shut off notifications while allowing you to still receive important calls from those who might need you while you snooze.

The function is called “Do Not Disturb,” and it’s one of my favorite iPhone features. With it, you can schedule specific quiet times, or turn it on manually, so your phone isn’t buzzing all night long.

Here’s how to use it.


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April 2017 NPD: Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 one of the best selling games of April

We had Persona 5 at the start and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe at the end but there wasn’t a ton in between! So, we were all watching to see how well the games from the busy month of March would do. Below you’ll find the top 20 best selling games of April 2017, the games with the * next to them mean they don’t include digital sales. A couple things to note are that Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 managed to rank in the top 10 best sellers after hitting Xbox One backward compatibility. Even 5 years later, the g


We had Persona 5 at the start and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe at the end but there wasn’t a ton in between! So, we were all watching to see how well the games from the busy month of March would do. Below you’ll find the top 20 best selling games of April 2017, the games with the * next to them mean they don’t include digital sales. A couple things to note are that Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 managed to rank in the top 10 best sellers after hitting Xbox One backward compatibility. Even 5 years later, the g
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April 2017 NPD: Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 one of the best selling games of April

April was relatively small for new game releases. We had Persona 5 at the start and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe at the end but there wasn’t a ton in between! So, we were all watching to see how well the games from the busy month of March would do.

Below you’ll find the top 20 best selling games of April 2017, the games with the * next to them mean they don’t include digital sales. A couple things to note are that Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 managed to rank in the top 10 best sellers after hitting Xbox One backward compatibility. Even 5 years later, the game is managing to sell boat loads of copies.

Another thing to note is that Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 did not manage to crack the top 20 despite releasing very early on in the month, managing to fall behind games that are months and even years old. A number of technical issues plagued the game, leading to poor reviews. It’s hard to say if we’ll see another entry in the series after the poor critical reception and sales.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe* Persona 5* The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild* MLB 17: The Show Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands Grand Theft Auto V Mass Effect: Andromeda NBA 2K17 Overwatch** Call of Duty: Black Ops II Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Horizon: Zero Dawn Lego City Undercover Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix Lego Worlds Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege Battlefield 1 For Honor Nier: Automata Minecraft

On top of all of that, it looks as if the Nintendo Switch is managing to make a name for itself this year. The console sold better than the Xbox One and PS4 in April and two of the top 10 selling games of the month were exclusive to the console and they may continue to chart throughout 2017 as more people get their hands on the console.

[VentureBeat]


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Critically acclaimed plaformer Owlboy to release on Nintendo Switch

Last year, an indie game by the name of Owlboy released on PC after nearly a decade in development. Usually, with games that take ages to develop, they don’t sit well with fans or critics. Owlboy will be making its way to the Nintendo Switch in the future. Owlboy is a perfect fit for Switch and it’ll be great to see more players get to experience the story of Owlboy once it releases. There’s currently no release date or price for Owlboy on Nintendo Switch.


Last year, an indie game by the name of Owlboy released on PC after nearly a decade in development. Usually, with games that take ages to develop, they don’t sit well with fans or critics. Owlboy will be making its way to the Nintendo Switch in the future. Owlboy is a perfect fit for Switch and it’ll be great to see more players get to experience the story of Owlboy once it releases. There’s currently no release date or price for Owlboy on Nintendo Switch.
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Company: gamezone, Activity: gamezone, Date: 2017-05-21
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Critically acclaimed plaformer Owlboy to release on Nintendo Switch

Last year, an indie game by the name of Owlboy released on PC after nearly a decade in development. Usually, with games that take ages to develop, they don’t sit well with fans or critics. It can be because we develop expectations over time that are impossible to meet or they just took so long that the game misses the mark completely.

Luckily, Owlboy was freaking amazing, arguably one of the best games of 2016. The platformer delivers a fantastic story of a boy who has the gift of flight trying to save his village from the evil forces and doom that looms above them. The game features a number of excellent mechanics and is truly a must play game, sadly though the game isn’t on any platforms other than PC.

That is until… sometime in the near future! Owlboy will be making its way to the Nintendo Switch in the future. The announcement was made via Nintendo’s Japanese YouTube series, The Cat Mario Show.

Owlboy is a perfect fit for Switch and it’ll be great to see more players get to experience the story of Owlboy once it releases. There’s currently no release date or price for Owlboy on Nintendo Switch.

[GameSpot]


Company: gamezone, Activity: gamezone, Date: 2017-05-21
Keywords: news, games, gamezone, companies, acclaimed, critically, future, develop, switch, youtube, village, plaformer, way, games, nintendo, release, owlboy, game


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