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Week in Review: University of Utah Announces Varsity eSports Program, Live.me Offers Game Broadcasts for Mobile, FaceIt Partners with Genius Sports

 

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Digital/Mobile News

  • Rakuten has unveiled a Games division to deliver titles that don’t have to be installed on phones or computers, but rather played on browsers or within other apps. Titles based on “Pacman” and “Space Invaders” are among the 15 games available on the platform. (Bloomberg)
  • Live.me is rolling out live game broadcasts on mobile devices. The new gaming feature has begun rolling out in beta to select Live.me broadcasters and will become widely available soon. This new feature makes sure those broadcasters passionate about games don’t have to pick between broadcasting live and playing a mobile game. (VentureBeat)
  • Android has overtaken Windows as the internet’s most used operating system. Statcounter recorded this small gap, which marks a notable tipping point that has been growing for the past couple of years. For Apple, the switch happened some time ago. During March 2017, Apple’s mobile users were close to three times more active on the internet than users of its desktop machines. (TechCrunch)

Gaming News

  • Yahoo eSports has announced the Smash Rivalries tournament. In partnership with Nintendo, this taps into the storied past of the “Super Smash Bros. Melee” East Coast vs. West Coast conflict, pitting two coastal crews against once another. To celebrate 15 years of back-and-forth beef, Yahoo eSports ran an invitational on April 8-9 in Los Angeles, featuring eight of the top players from each coast. (Yahoo! Sports)
  • SK Gaming and Renegades have joined the World eSports Association (WESA). The teams are the eighth and ninth eSports teams to join the governing association, which focuses on “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive,” and the 10th overall organization to be involved. Renegades is the second North American-operated team to join. When first launched, WESA was primarily composed of European teams and organizations. (ESPN)
  • Women in Games has launched an Ambassador program to encourage diversity. The initiative will attempt to double the number of women working in games over the next decade, and has been backed by Google’s Women Techmakers. So far, 43 women have agreed to become ambassadors, and will be offering support and advice to women and girls to help them better understand the games industry and the opportunities within it. (Gamasutra)

Business News

  • Japanese publisher Gumi is spearheading a Nordic VR incubator. The incubator, called Nordic VR Startups, will provide participating companies with up to $106,815 in dedicated seed funding to develop prototypes of VR products and services. Additionally, the program offers developers mentorship opportunities, workspaces, and back-office services. (Gamasutra)