Gaming

  • Twitch nabs exclusive streaming deal with Blizzard for 20+ major e-sports events

    Twitch nabs exclusive streaming deal with Blizzard for 20+ major e-sports events

    Twitch, the popular game-streaming site owned by Amazon, just inked a deal with one of the most popular game developers to broadcast a host of game tournaments exclusively on the service. The two-year deal between Twitch and Blizzard surrounds some of the biggest titles in e-sports. More than 20 events will be hosted exclusively on Twitch as part of this deal. Read More

  • Hasbro launches a subscription service for games

    Hasbro launches a subscription service for games

    Toy company Hasbro is belatedly entering the subscription service market with today’s launch of Hasbro Gaming Crate – a service that ships a themed box containing three board games to users every three months. The service, which costs $49.99 per crate, offers two options – one designed for adults in search of new party games, and another with games better suited for… Read More

  • What do E3 attendees think of mobile gaming?

    The smartphone has changed the gaming industry landscape dramatically. As our pocket computers advance, so too does the possibility of fully satisfying mobilegaming experiences. Companies like Nintendo are blurring the lines between portable and console/PC gaming with the Switch. At the same time, big studios have largely moved away from attempts to integrate mobile content into the home… Read More

  • Mobile gaming company Scopely raises $60M

    Mobile gaming company Scopely raises $60M

    Scopely just announced that it has raised $60 million in Series C funding. The round was led by Revolution Growth, a firm led by former AOL executives Steve Case and Ted Leonsis (AOL owns TechCrunch), which targets startups outside Silicon Valley and New York. (Scopely is headquartered in Los Angeles.) Revolution’s Donn Davis is joining Scopely’s board of directors, while… Read More

  • 8bitdo’s new SNES-inspired retro gamepad is a dream Nintendo Switch controller

    8bitdo’s new SNES-inspired retro gamepad is a dream Nintendo Switch controller

    Ever since 8bitdo updated their NES30 Pro and other game controllers with Nintendo Switch support, I’ve been using them as the primary way to play on the console. Now at E3, 8bitdo has revealed a new model that might just become the best Switch controller of all time. The SNES30 Pro (and SFC30 Pro, as its Super Famicom coloured variant is called) has all the buttons you need for full… Read More

  • HTC Vive’s second E3 finds VR gaining some AAA steam

    HTC is back at E3 this year for its sophomore turn at the gaming expo, after its first show in 2016 following closely on the heels of the Vive VR headset’s consumer launch. I spoke to HTC VP of VR Dan O’Brien at this year’s E3, to find out a bit about how the company sees the market, its role therein and the state of VR in general now that it’s not the newest kid on… Read More

  • Shadow raises $57 million for its cloud computing service for gamers

    Shadow raises $57 million for its cloud computing service for gamers

    French startup Shadow, also known as Blade, just raised a Series A round of $57.1 million (€51 million). Shadow thinks your next computer is going to be in a data center. Your existing phones, laptops and Shadow’s own device (pictured above) act as a thin client, a window into your virtual machine running on a beefy server in a data center near you. Shadow had already raised $14.6… Read More

  • The Xbox One X: Initial Impressions

    It’s hard to believe that Microsoft was able to make the latest generation Xbox so compact, and yet still so much more powerful. We had the chance to check out the console ourselves, and we were rather impressed. The no-nonsense black box of gaming power is about as simple as it comes where the hardware is concerned, but based on the gameplay we saw at the Microsoft presser yesterday… Read More