Gaming

‘Alto’s Odyssey’ is now available on iOS and it’s wonderful

‘Alto’s Odyssey’ is now available on iOS and it’s wonderful

Alto’s Adventure could be my most-played game on iOS. I spent countless hours on flights getting lost in the serene landscape offered in the game. To me it’s a satisfying mix of adventure and mindless pleasure. The sequel is now available on iOS and it’s even better than the first. As Darrell explains here, the […]

Mixer, Microsoft’s Twitch competitor, adds game sales

Mixer, Microsoft’s Twitch competitor, adds game sales

Twitch has long since allowed its streamers to generate revenue from their channels through things like subscriptions, virtual tipping and game sales. Microsoft is adopting one of those features for its own game streaming service, Mixer, with today’s launch of “Direct Purchase.” The addition will allow streamers to promote purchases — including game titles and […]

‘Alto’s Adventure’ sequel ‘Alto’s Odyssey’ launches on iOS on February 22

‘Alto’s Adventure’ sequel ‘Alto’s Odyssey’ launches on iOS on February 22

The “endless runner” genre of games seems inherently stress-generating to me, since it implies running, without end. But Alto’s Adventure, the 2015 game from Toronto developer Snowman, provided an endless runner that was actively and profoundly relaxing, thanks to a mellow, immersive soundtrack and graphics that seem drawn from some kind of new-age zen meditation […]

Chat app Kakao’s games business lands $130M from Tencent and others ahead of IPO

Chat app Kakao’s games business lands $130M from Tencent and others ahead of IPO

Korea’s dominant messaging firm Kakao is back raising funds after its games business, a standalone unit that is headed for an IPO, pulled in $130 million (140 billion KRW) from Tencent and a range of other strategic investors. The company, which owns Korea’s top mobile messaging app and one of the country’s largest internet portals, […]

Twitch launches always-on chat rooms for channels

Twitch launches always-on chat rooms for channels

Game streaming site Twitch today is debuting an always-on chat room feature it’s simply calling “Rooms.” The addition was first announced at its developer event TwitchCon back in October, and was expected to launch before year-end. That timing shifted a bit, but the feature is going live today across both web and mobile for Twitch […]

Twitch’s latest features highlight channels’ top fans

Twitch’s latest features highlight channels’ top fans

The majority of Twitch’s product announcements lately have been focused around new tools or expanded money-making opportunities for its video creators. Today, the company is instead launching new features for viewers – one related to Twitch’s 60-second video snippets called Clips and another to its virtual tipping mechanism, Cheering. Starting today, “Clip Champs” and “Top […]

Overwatch is free to play this weekend on all platforms

Overwatch is free to play this weekend on all platforms

Overwatch wasn’t what you’d call a “surprise” hit — everyone knew it was going to wipe the floor with its immediate competition. But unlike a lot of games, it still costs money. If you’ve been meaning to give it a shot but don’t feel like shelling out the $40, this weekend the game is free […]

YouTube Gaming grew its streamer base by 343% in 2017, Twitch by 197%

YouTube Gaming grew its streamer base by 343% in 2017, Twitch by 197%

YouTube Gaming, Google’s rival to game-streaming site Twitch, is starting to pick up traction. According to a new report from Streamlabs, Twitch continues to dominate the live streaming space, but YouTube grew its monthly active streamer base by 343 percent over the course of 2017. Twitch, by comparison, grew 197 percent. Streamlabs has visibility into […]

Shadow launches its cloud computer for gamers in the UK

Shadow launches its cloud computer for gamers in the UK

French startup Blade, the company behind Shadow, is launching its cloud gaming service in the U.K. Just like in the U.S., the company is starting with a pre-sale before accepting all customers. For a flat monthly fee, you can rent a gaming PC in a data center near you. You can then access this beefy computer using […]

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