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Gaming rules the entertainment industry, so why aren’t investors showing up?

Gaming rules the entertainment industry, so why aren’t investors showing up? As gaming’s popularity reaches epic heights, venture investors’ activity in the industry doesn’t seem to equate with the overall size of the games market. Spurred by an unreal year where traditional entertainment has been upended by the COVID-19 pandemic and consumers […]

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AOC aims to get out the vote by streaming Among Us with pokimane and HasanAbi

AOC aims to get out the vote by streaming Among Us with pokimane and HasanAbi We are about seven months into a pandemic and just two weeks from a presidential election. At this point, surprises are a dime a dozen. So it should feel very 2020 that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is about […]

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Shady Contracts, Raw Deals: Inside the Industry of Managing Video Game Stars

Shady Contracts, Raw Deals: Inside the Industry of Managing Video Game Stars Many of the two dozen streamers, managers, and lawyers WIRED spoke with described rampant exploitation they’ve seen or experienced in the booming business. Source: www.wired.com Shady Contracts, Raw Deals: Inside the Industry of Managing Video Game Stars

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Twitch launches Watch Parties to all creators worldwide

Twitch launches Watch Parties to all creators worldwide Twitch is doubling down on making its site more than just a place for live streaming gaming video. Last fall, the Amazon-owned company began testing a new feature called “Watch Parties,” which lets creators stream Amazon Prime Video content to viewers with Amazon Prime. […]

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Trump’s account is back on Twitch following ‘hateful conduct’ suspension

Trump’s account is back on Twitch following ‘hateful conduct’ suspension It’s been two weeks since Reddit and Twitch made key moves to ban political content over service violations. As Twitch noted at the time, its suspension of the official Trump account was just temporary. Following earlier reports, the service confirmed with TechCrunch […]

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In game app-development platform Overwolf acquires CurseForge assets from Twitch to get into mods

In game app-development platform Overwolf acquires CurseForge assets from Twitch to get into mods Overwolf, the in-game app development toolkit and marketplace, has acquired Twitch’s CurseForge assets to provide a marketplace for modifications to compliment its app development business. Since its launch in 2009, developers have used Overwolf to build in-game applications […]

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Twitch launches its own free broadcasting software for Mac users

Twitch launches its own free broadcasting software for Mac users Back in November of last year, Twitch rolled out a beta build of Twitch Studio — a free, straightforward broadcasting app meant to be the first step for anyone curious about streaming on the service. At launch, it was PC only. Today, […]

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With stadiums closed, TV networks turn to live esports broadcasts

With stadiums closed, TV networks turn to live esports broadcasts The COVID-19 pandemic has wiped out the spring seasons for professional sports and associated revenue for TV networks, but esports is filling part of that void. Gaming companies behind titles licensed by each major league are the winners in this unexpected shift; […]

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CRV’s Saar Gur wants to invest in a new wave of games built for VR, Twitch and Zoom

CRV’s Saar Gur wants to invest in a new wave of games built for VR, Twitch and Zoom Saar Gur is adept at identifying the next big consumer trends earlier than most: The San Francisco-based general partner at CRV has led investments into leading consumer internet companies like Niantic, DoorDash, Bird, Dropbox, […]

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VCs see opportunities for gaming infrastructure startups and incumbents

VCs see opportunities for gaming infrastructure startups and incumbents As the infrastructure for developing games becomes more advanced, studios have turned to buying best-in-class technology from others instead of building everything from scratch (often with inferior quality). This shift underpinned Unity’s rise as the most popular game engine. The current focus on […]

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