Here we are again. Once more the video game industry is dabbling in the arena of streaming games. No, not streaming gameplay to YouTube — although it is involved in this — but streaming them in order to play them. Admittedly, as cool as this concept is, it hasn’t done so well in the past. However, none of the previous attempts were by Google — a company that has pretty unlimited access to hardware and technology that others don’t. Google intends to launch the new service — named Stadia — later this year, making it available to anyone on any platform that supports Google Chrome. Ideally, players will be able to start a game on one device and easily switch to another with everything being handled on Stadia’s end. Stadia will also integrate with YouTube, allowing players to launch a game directly from videos and trailers of the game in question. They’re also implementing social features that will allow content creators to engage more … [Read more...] about It’s Official, Google Announces Stadia Game Streaming Service
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At the beginning of the month, we were all horrified to cover the news that a Twitch streamer and (now former) Hi-Rez employee, Thomas “Elvine/Elvinelol” Cheung had been arrested and charged with a felony for using a “computer service to seduce, solicit, lure or entice child to commit illegal act.” Cheung was one of 20-odd men arrested as part of a multi-month multi-bureau undercover sting investigation in Georgia dubbed “Operation Interception,” and it boiled over in not just the SMITE community but the World of Warcraft and EVE Online communities as well, since Cheung had worked in all three in addition to streaming. Kotaku’s Cecilia D’Anastasio has up a new piece this week that runs more of the sordid details of Cheung’s charges as well as witness accounts of his relevant activities prior to the arrest, including four who said they “believed that Cheung had been using his position of power in the Warcraft community to cross … [Read more...] about Kotaku exposes the creeps of game streaming, plus the update on Elvine you didn’t want
It’s certainly no secret that Amazon has been making numerous inroads into the gaming industry, from its Lumberyard game engine to its in-development MMO New World, but rumor has it that the company is now looking to expand its grasp on gamers even further with the development of a new game-streaming service. Right now, there’s not much information to go on, but reports indicate that Amazon is currently in the process of negotiating with game publishers to nail down deals to distribute games on the service, which apparently could launch as early as next year. Of course, Amazon isn’t the only company that thinks game-streaming platforms are going to be the next big thing: Google has been working on the straightforwardly named Project Stream, while Microsoft is throwing its hat into the ring with Project xCloud, to name a couple of others. On Amazon’s front, however, the above is pretty much all we know so far, but if the rumors of a possible 2020 launch hold any … [Read more...] about Amazon is reportedly developing a game-streaming platform that could release as early as next year
Source] Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney recently confirmed to Gamesindustry.biz that Fortnite, the world’s most popular game right now, will not launch on Google Play. Instead, the game’s APK will be made downloadable from its official website when a date is confirmed. The reason given was the 30% store tax which Google gets for all revenue generated by the game. Fortnite is available on App Store and Apple takes a cut as well, but Tim Sweeny did not compare the 2 platforms. Fortnite is scheduled to launch for Android later this summer. … [Read more...] about – Epic Games confirms battle royale will not launch on Google Play
Today, StreamCraft is ready to unleash a brand-new way for gamers of all types to finally earn the living they deserve for the hard work they put in. From IGG, the world-renowned global games publisher, this innovative new streaming platform gives power to streamers who can not only earn a living, but also reward their viewers for their patronage. The StreamCraft team is showcasing a number of enticing ways to get started earning a paycheck. Those who adopt the program early and help it to grow have the most chance to take home serious cash. Whether it’s through Props (our own virtual currency that converts to cash) or subscriber revenue, there are tons of ways for everyone to make streaming lucrative for themselves. The one we’re highlighting today is the Invitation Program, which rewards any streamer who refers their friends to sign up for StreamCraft. OUR UNPRECEDENTED INVITATION PROGRAM We’re also hosting a … [Read more...] about Is StreamCraft Going To Beat Twitch As The New Darling Of Game Streaming Platforms?