Week in Review: Facebook Debuts Live Streaming on Samsung Gear VR, Twitch Launches Pulse, Sydney Hosts Largest Australian eSports Event
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Facebook has debuted live streaming for the Samsung Gear VR headset, meaning that Gear VR owners can broadcast their gaming sessions directly to Facebook. The Samsung Gear VR is the headset created in a partnership between Samsung and Facebook. Unlike Facebook’s Oculus Rift VR headset that requires a computer to operate, the Gear VR is powered by Samsung phones with the Android operating system. (Fortune)
Twitch has introduced Pulse, its own gamer news feed. Pulse isn’t just for text updates – the social stream, which supports links from services including Vimeo, YouTube, Twitch and Imgur, will also go live on Twitch’s mobile app. In an effort to boost engagement, any Pulse post will appear to a user’s followers as well as their friends right on the front page, and broadcasters can create posts from the broadcaster dashboard or the channel feed. (TechCrunch)
Team Liquid has signed Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng to a contract through the end of the North American “League of Legends” Championship Series spring split. Known as one of the best in North America, Doublelift was not participating in the 2017 spring split after taking a step down from the starting lineup of Team SoloMid following the 2016 World Championships. (ESPN)
GitHub has pulled back the curtain on its “Github for Unity” extension, which aims to bring the service’s workflow and other features to the popular game engine. In short, the extension allows game developers to integrate Git and Github into their workflow, even if they’re versioning large binary assets. The extension will get an alpha release in the next few weeks, while the project will be completely open source. (Gamasutra)
Sydney will host the biggest eSports event ever held in Australia with the Intel Extreme Masters kicks off its 12th season on May 6 – 7 at Qudos Bank Arena. Up to 18,000 Aussie gaming fans will witness the best “CS:GO” teams in the world compete for a prize pool of $260,000. The Season 11 world championships held in Poland saw over a million fans watching concurrently on Twitch alone. (Fox Sports)
Sega Europe has acquired Crytek Black Sea and its 60-person team from Bulgaria has been added to the prominent UK developer. Crytek Black Sea has been renamed Creative Assembly Sofia and will be working on a number of unannounced projects. (GamesIndustry.biz)
Riot Games has been awarded $10 million following a lawsuit against LeagueSharp. Riot first filed against LeagueSharp last August, alleging that the company violated the “League of Legends” DMCA by offering players automated play and an unfair advantage through its $15/month hacking software. The suit also claimed that LeagueSharp led attacks on Riot servers, helped players fraudulently dispute in-game purchases, and threatened a Riot employee. (Gamasutra)
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