GamesBeat GamesBeat weekly roundup: CliffyB returns, e-sports sexism, and a goat may be the next Flappy Bird Above: Blizzard's Hearthstone card game running on an iPad.Image Credit: Blizzard Entertainment July 4, 2014 9:58 AM Mike Minotti 0 Happy Fourth of July! Before you celebrate with explosives, why don’t you catch up on a week’s worth of GamesBeat’s news and stories? Below, you’ll read about Cliff Bleszinski’s return to the industry, see a wrong righted when a Hearthstone tournament reversed a sexist policy, and peek at Link’s dating site profile. Enjoy, and have a great weekend! Pieces of flair The DeanBeat: What happens to a game’s story when it gets stretched too long? Celebrate America’s Independence Day with the games actually set during the revolution Game makers are loading you up for the Fourth of July Why the 3DS is Nintendo’s portable nostalgia machine If Link had a dating-site profile Above: Watch Dogs is a big hit.Image Credit: Nintendo News Riot Games explores shift to player-run chat communities in League of Legends Analyst: Watch Dogs likely sold more than 5M copies by end of June Blizzard Entertainment creative director Rob Pardo calls it quits after 17 years Civilization: Beyond Earth rockets into stores on Oct. 24 Russia and Eastern Europe have emerged as one of the world’s major game markets (exclusive report) Fox News appropriates BioShock Infinite logo — which was kind of a parody of Fox News Cross-buy won’t work for 3DS and Wii U game Squids Odyssey in North America PopCap’s Plants vs. Zombies 2 producer leaves for the siren song of Oculus VR (exclusive) The goofy arcade game Q*bert finally returns as a PC game E-sports league that prohibited women Hearthstone players reverses policy after talking with Blizzard Dota 2 helps e-sports league attract millions of online viewers to its main event Major League Gaming: ‘All players, regardless of gender’ should have right to compete in e-sports Just warming up: Oculus Rift sells over 100,000 developer kits Ubisoft expands its Quebec City studio to lead the future of Assassin’s Creed Violent video games can actually increase a player’s moral awareness Riot Games shuts League of Legends public chat to quell scammers Airtight Games shuts its doors one month after Murdered: Soul Suspect’s release Update makes your PS4 controller work on your PS3 — without wires Many studios still favor Epic’s Unreal development engine over Unity or CryEngine UIEvolution taps computer vision for its augmented reality game Shatter Isle 72 million kids in the world want smart toys, right now, please! Triple Town’s makers share how indies don’t have to make compromises on PlayStation 4 & Xbox One Surprise Steam hit Spintires overcomes the mud, trees, and rocks to reach 100,000 copies sold Evolve takes four honors from the Game Critics Awards for E3 Unable to escape zombie dollars, Deep Silver reveals Escape Dead Island game Drakerz-Confrontation augmented-reality card game launches in the U.S. Paul Neurath’s OtherSide Entertainment game studio revives the Underworld franchise — without the Ultima name Running League of Legends tournaments is about to get simpler thanks to Battlefy Ouya’s $60 All-Access Pass gives you every game on the system Google’s Android TV controller looks like an Xbox One gamepad with PlayStation-style sticks Steam’s new milestone: More than 8M gamers were signed in at once yesterday — and it’s still growing fast Gears of War designer Cliff Bleszinski says he’s ‘coming out of retirement to make video games’ 3DS and Wii U get cross-buy … for one game in Europe Above: Let It Goat, Let It Goat, can’t hold it back anymore.Image Credit: SkyVu Mobile and social HappyGiant’s Ninja Time Pirates takes you back to Independence Day SkyVu’s ‘Let It Goat’ mobile game might be the next Flappy Bird Freeway app lets you discover new games and win free stuff AppFlood teams with Bidstalk to monetize mobile apps in China U.K. regulator: Ad that calls Dungeon Keeper ‘free’ is ‘misleading’ Google launches weirdly fun ‘Smarty Pins’ trivia map game Grand Cru’s ambitious Supernauts mobile game hits 1M downloads in six days iDreamSky creates a big mobile game publishing platform in China The Witcher is a huge blockbuster franchise — so here’s its free-to-play mobile game Kabam to make Lord of the Rings and Mad Max mobile games with Warner Bros. Amazon gives 30 Android apps away for free What’s Atari up to these days? Oh, just making Hashteroids — an advertising game for Denny’s Sleepy Giant and Ninja Metrics team up on game analytics and mobile backend services Disney takes one of Japan’s top puzzle games into the global market with a new toy line Study reveals that video ads can pump up revenues without hurting in-app purchases Previews and interviews Side-by-side comparisons of FIFA 14′s and FIFA 15′s World Cup stars Activision shows off animation and art direction for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Ken Levine opens up on the violence in BioShock Infinite Kablam! How Wargaming tuned World of Tanks Blitz for mobile gamers (interview) Reviews Community reviews spotlight: Valiant Hearts, Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, and more GamesBeat 2014 — VentureBeat’s sixth annual event on disruption in the video game market — is coming up on Sept 15-16 in San Francisco. Purchase your ticket now to save $200!