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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 find unity in […]

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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: {$feed_title) Shady Contracts, Raw Deals: Inside the Industry of Managing Video Game Stars

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VCs, celebrities, and athletes are writing a new LA story to bring women’s soccer to the city

VCs, celebrities, and athletes are writing a new LA story to bring women’s soccer to the city When Upfront Ventures partner Kara Nortman first met Natalie Portman a few years ago to talk about ways their non-profit organizations All Raise and Time’s Up could collaborate, she never realized they’d eventually be partners on a sports […]

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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 that the account […]

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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 for things like […]

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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, however, they’re opening […]

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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; Electronic Arts (EA) […]

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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, Patreon, Kapwing and […]

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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 games as ever-evolving […]

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Twitch launches an esports directory to cater to growing streaming audience

Twitch launches an esports directory to cater to growing streaming audience Twitch is doubling down on esports in this new era of social distancing where a number of traditional sporting events have been cancelled. The company this week introduced a new esports directory on its site that will make it easier for viewers to find […]

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