Gaming

  • Nintendo’s SNES Classic Mini will let you rewind games to tackle tricky spots

    Nintendo’s SNES Classic Mini will let you rewind games to tackle tricky spots

    The SNES Mini is already causing heaps of FOMO anxiety thanks to pre-orders that are selling out near-instantly, but if any of us DO end up getting our hands on one, the console will have a neat trick up its sleeve for players: In-game rewind. This would allow players to set a suspend point (up to four can bet set at one time per game), and then rewind their gameplay to try to improve… Read More

  • Twitch acquired video indexing platform ClipMine to power new discovery features

    Twitch acquired video indexing platform ClipMine to power new discovery features

    In an announcement about a set of new discovery tools, Amazon-owned video game streaming site Twitch also unveiled that it recently acquired Palo Alto-based video indexing platform ClipMine. The startup’s technology is now being put to use to translate visual information in videos – like objects, text, logos and scenes – into metadata that can help people more easily find… Read More

  • Spotify arrives on Xbox One

    Spotify arrives on Xbox One

    Earlier this month, reports confirmed a Spotify app for Microsoft’s Xbox One was in internal beta testing. Today, that app is becoming publicly available. The new Spotify app for the Xbox One is now launching in 34 markets worldwide, Spotify announced, allowing gamers to play songs, albums and playlists directly from their console, including while in a gaming session. The app, which… Read More

  • Escher Reality is building the backend for cross-platform mobile AR

    Escher Reality is building the backend for cross-platform mobile AR

    Y Combinator-backed, MIT spin-out Escher Reality is building a cross-platform toolkit and custom backend for mobile AR developers — aiming to lower the barrier to entry to building “compelling experiences”. Read More

  • Sequoia Asia venture partner Yinglan Tan has left to start his own VC firm

    Sequoia Asia venture partner Yinglan Tan has left to start his own VC firm

    Yinglan Tan, a Sequoia venture partner based out of Singapore, has left the firm following a five-year stint and is now launching his own fund. Both Tan and Sequoia confirmed that he departed earlier this year. Tan, who joined Sequoia in 2012 from Singapore’s National Research Fund and is the author of two books on tech and investment, was part of Sequoia’s presence… Read More

  • A history of video game console failures

    The history of console gaming is littered with high-profile flops, middling also-rans and vaporware never-weres. In fact, the stories of console failures are perhaps even more compelling than the tales of those companies that crossed the finish line. So join us as we celebrate some of the most colorful and fascinating console failures of the last three decades. Read More

  • Playkey raises $2.8M to fund its US expansion

    Playkey raises $2.8M to fund its US expansion

    Playkey, a game streaming service we saw earlier this year at Disrupt NY, has just closed an additional $2.8 million round of funding from Russia’s Internet Initiatives Development Fund (IIDF). Created at the suggestion of Vladimir Putin in 2013, the IIDF has invested in 293 companies to-date with the objective to strengthen infrastructure for Russian businesses. However, the investment… Read More

  • Game publisher GameMine inks a $20 million partnership with South Africa’s Vodacom

    Game publisher GameMine inks a $20 million partnership with South Africa’s Vodacom

    On the heels of a $20 million funding round last month, the new game publishing company GameMine has inked its first big deal with a global carrier. The company has partnered with the South Africa mobile carrier Vodacom Group to bring GameMine’s subscription-based mobile games to the South African market. Read More

  • Twitch’s mobile app is adding live streaming, dark mode and more

    Twitch’s mobile app is adding live streaming, dark mode and more

    Amazon-owned game-streaming site Twitch today announced a series of changes coming soon to its mobile application, the most notable of which is the ability for broadcasters to stream directly to their channel from the app itself. That doesn’t mean you can live stream gameplay as of yet, though. Read More

  • Arms brings the punch to the Nintendo Switch

    Arms brings the punch to the Nintendo Switch

    Arms, a flagship Nintendo Switch title from the same folks who brought us Splatoon, is a fighting game only Nintendo could release. The object of the game, as in many fighting games, is to knock down your opponent. How you do it, obviously, is the trick. In Arms your weapons are, well, your arms. There are 30 different arms for ten characters and the arms spring out and can twist towards enemies. Read More