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Week in Review: Super Mario Run Launches on Android, Nintendo Ships More Switch Devices to Retailers, Netmarble Files for IPO

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Digital/Mobile News

  • Twitter has launched a live video API. The API enables companies to hook up professional broadcasting and video editing equipment to Twitter with more powerful integrations than the company’s existing Periscope Producer feature. (TechCrunch)

Gaming News

  • Nintendo shipped more Switch systems to U.S. retailers this week. The company has already surpassed 1.5 million Switch systems sold, which is three-quarters of the 2 million they planned to ship before the end of March. Nintendo is doubling production through its next fiscal year to 16 million Switch systems. (VentureBeat)
  • IBM and PlayFab are partnering to use machine learning to better understand player behavior. The program will let game developers feed data into IBM’s Watson artificial intelligence platform for analysis. Watson will use that information to deliver lessons and feedback directly to developers through PlayFab, allowing them to make meaningful changes to their games. Atari is one of the first game companies to make use of the fledgling initiative. (Gamasutra)

Business News

  • Cloud9 has closed a Series A round with investments from sports figures and Silicon Valley co-founders. Cloud9 was formed in 2013, with its first big move being the purchase of a “LoL” team, Quantic Gaming, for $15,000. Since then, Cloud9 has ventured into other games, including “Dota 2,” “Overwatch,” “CoD” and “CS:GO.” (Forbes)