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Week in Review: Google invests in Chinese mobile game streaming platform Chushou TV, UC Irvine adds “Overview of eSports” online course, and “Pokémon GO” is coming to China. 

Skillz Weekly Gaming News Recap – January 8, 2018

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Digital/Mobile News

 

Gaming News

  • Blade is attempting to solve PC game streaming with its Shadow cloud computer. Shadow was originally launched in 2016 in France, but is now expanding to America. Blade is first launching in California, where its first U.S. data center is located, with limited availability on February 15th. However, the company is looking to expand over the coming months, promising coverage for the entire continental U.S. by the summer. (The Verge)
  • Western Kentucky University’s varsity eSports program is facing financial obstacles. It was an early adopter of the nationally growing trend toward university-sanctioned varsity esports. The recently formed National Association of Collegiate eSports has quickly swelled to include nearly 60 member universities and began charging a $2,500 fee to cover various expenses. With budget cuts, Western was unable to pay the inaugural fee, but had it waived for a short period of time while they fundraise and continue conversations to receive university backing. (ESPN)

Business News

  • Pearl Abyss Corp.’s role-playing hit “Black Desert Online” has helped make founder Kim Dae-il South Korea’s latest internet-gaming billionaire. The developer’s shares have more than doubled since its September initial public offering, adding about $689 million to Kim’s fortune – giving him a net worth of $1.1 billion. (Bloomberg)