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Week in Review: “Halo 5” Reality Show, Facebook Instant Games Launch, Rovio Streaming Spin-Off

 

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Digital/Mobile News

  • “Halo 5” is getting an eSports reality TV show. ESL, Pilgrim and Lionsgate announced cooperation on eSports programming back in May, and this show is the first project to emerge from the team-up. Details of what it involves are scarce, and there’s no mention of a planned air date or distributors. (Engadget)
  • Netflix has added offline viewing for smartphones and tablets through a “download” button for select films and TV shows. It plans to add more to the catalog of available titles in the future. The feature is available on Android and iOS smartphones and tablets, provided they’re running iOS 8.0 or Android 4.4.2 or later. (TechCrunch)

Gaming News

  • Popular apps have unlocked new features to support World AIDS Day. About 20 titles including “Angry Birds 2,” “Candy Crush,” “Clash of Clans” and “FIFA Mobile” added new features as part of an effort to fight AIDS. Until December 6, these apps will offer new content via in-app purchases. This marks the 10-year anniversary of the partnership between RED and Apple. (CNN Money)

Business News

  • Rovio has launched a new spinoff called Hatch, a subscription video game streaming service for mobile. Its functions combine aspects of Twitch, Netflix, Spotify, and Facebook. An interesting feature is the ability to instantly invite others to share the gameplay with you, turning any single-player game into a multiplayer game. Hatch will share revenue from the app with developers based on how much time users spend playing that company’s games. It’s hoping to add more partners before the soft launch next year. (VentureBeat)