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29 Mar 2019 | 4:40 PM

Twitch Prime members get up to one year of Nintendo Switch online

Twitch Prime members can get up to 12 free months of Nintendo Switch Online, Twitch Prime and Nintendo announced.

Twitch Prime members have until Sept 24, 2019 to claim their three months of Nintendo Switch Online, and until Jan 22, 2020 to claim the additional nine months. — Reuters
22 Mar 2019 | 9:00 AM

How IBM is using AI to build the future of eSports casting

From The Masters to the US Open, IBM has been consistent in its involvement in real-world sports. Now IBM is hoping to evolve alongside it, “as sports play time migrates from the physical playing field to massive organised, multiplayer videogame competitions”.

This week at GDC 2019, IBM is presenting its artificial intelligence-driven vision for the future of eSports shoutcasting. — AFP
15 Mar 2019 | 5:36 PM

Discord launches new verified checkmarks and servers for game devs

Discord launched new verified checkmarks, servers, and other community tools on March 14 designed to help developers and publishers connect with gamers.

Verified servers are also included in Discord’s server discovery feature, which connects to a directory of 250 million users. — Dreamstime/TNS
19 Feb 2019 | 9:30 AM

Razer Game Store closing Feb 28, less than year after launch

The Razer Game Store will close on Feb 28 at 1am PST, the company announced in a blog post. This comes less than a year after its launch last April.

Games purchased through the Razer Game Store will still work after the closure and the online store will still be fulfilling and sending pre-ordered games. — Razer
18 Feb 2019 | 10:30 AM

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg considered paying billions for Unity: report

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg once considered purchasing the popular game engine Unity, according to The History Of The Future, a new book by Console Wars author Blake Harris which explores the making of Oculus and the dramatic events surrounding its acquisition by Facebook.

Zuckerberg described the potential acquisition of Unity as both a way to ensure Facebook’s supremacy in a future of VR and AR, as well as a way to make sure no other technology company stands in their way. — AFP
18 Feb 2019 | 7:30 AM

‘Dead By Daylight’ bringing scares to Nintendo Switch this fall 2019

Dead by Daylight will release on Nintendo Switch later this Fall, developer Behaviour Interactive and Koch Media announced on Feb 13.

'Dead By Daylight' is an asymmetrical multiplayer horror game where one crazed killer hunts four friends in a deadly game of cat and mouse. — Screenshot
18 Feb 2019 | 6:30 AM

‘Fire Emblem Heroes’ is Nintendo’s second most lucrative mobile game

Nintendo strategy game Fire Emblem Heroes has become the second most lucrative mobile release from the company, reaching US$500mil in revenue within the past five months, Sensor Tower reports.

In August 2018, Fire Emblem Heroes was up to US$400mil (RM1.63bil) in worldwide revenue. — Nintendo
18 Jan 2019 | 11:00 AM

Crowdfunded videogames saw a decline on Kickstarter in 2018

Videogame crowdfunding campaigns saw a sharp decline on crowdfunding website Kickstarter in 2018 compared to end-of-year data from the year prior, Polygon reports.

Kickstarter’s category for successful videogame projects reached only US$15.8mil (RM65.01mil) last year, a multi-million dollar drop from the US$17.25mil (RM70.98mil) reached the year prior. — Kickstarter
18 Jan 2019 | 9:00 AM

‘Sea Of Thieves’ February update requires players to re-install game

A major update to Rare’s pirate role-playing game 'Sea Of Thieves' will require all players to download and fully re-install the game on Feb 6.

Neate announced the studio’s plans to introduce improvements to Sea Of Thieves' (pic) installation and patching process, reducing the game’s overall install size so the studio can push out live updates more easily in the future. — Microsoft
21 Dec 2018 | 6:30 AM

eSports fans on Twitch aren’t into watching TV, says Nielsen study

Less than 40% of the Twitch eSports viewership claim to watch television on a weekly basis and only 50% own a paid TV subscription service, according to a new study by data research firm Nielsen.