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Week in Review: Twitch Going Mobile, Finland Recognizes eSports, Oculus Announces Parties and Rooms

 

Skillz gaming news recap

Image Credit: Twitch via Tom’s Guide

Digital/Mobile News

  • Twitch is set to get mobile broadcasting next year, which could position it as a viable alternative to Facebook Live or Periscope. Mobile broadcasting will complement Twitch’s new “IRL” content category. The category allows streamers to simply broadcast their everyday lives when they’re not gaming. (Tom’s Guide)
  • The eSports industry just got its first 24/7 broadcast network. The Every Good Game network, otherwise known as eGG, launched recently in Australia. Recent competitions the network has streamed include the “Dota 2” tournament the Boston Major, as well as the “League of Legends” All-Star event in Barcelona. (Mashable)

Gaming News

  • Niantic is introducing new characters to “Pokémon Go.” Now trainers can collect Togepi, Pichu, and other “select Pokémon” that first debuted in the Gen 2 Game Boy titles. This is one of the biggest updates Niantic has made to the game so far. In addition, “Pokémon Go” is now available in India and South Asia. Users in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh can now download the game from both Google Play and the App Store. (VentureBeat, The Verge)
  • Nintendo had one of the best-selling consoles in November. The NES Classic Edition sold 196,000 consoles in the United States, according to The NPD Group. That was the throwback console’s first month on the market. It has consistently sold out at retail locations and online. It was also the most-Googled gaming console of the year. (VentureBeat)
  • The most Googled game of 2016 was “Slither.io.” This the full list for the top 10 most Googled video games of 2016, in order from first to tenth: “Slither.io,” “Agar.io,” “Overwatch,” “Battlefield 1,” “Warcraft,” “Dark Souls 3,” “Blade and Soul,” “Madden 17,” “No Man’s Sky,” “Call of Duty” and “Infinite Warfare.” (VentureBeat)

Business News

  • Finland has recognized eSports as an official sport, which signals that the movement to recognize eSports as true sports is gaining greater momentum worldwide. Other bodies in China, Korea, and South Africa have progressed with recognizing eSports as well. Denmark, Italy, and Nepal are also making positive contributions. (Gamereactor)
  • Boom.tv has raised $3.5 million to build its 3D live streaming platform for eSports, which is intended to make it much easier to watch eSports events from any point of view that the spectator chooses. It works on PC and mobile, with VR support coming soon. The app also allows streamers to create one-click highlight montages and easily share them to social media, establishing the potential for new sponsorship opportunities. The platform is currently available for “CS:GO” and “League of Legends.” (VentureBeat)
  • Universal Studios Japan will be the first site for “Super Nintendo World,” a theme park with rides and attractions featuring the gaming giant’s famous characters. It will open in time for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 and will cost more than $432 million. In November, Nintendo announced that it would be creating Nintendo-themed areas in Universal Studio locations in Japan, Orlando and Hollywood. (CNBC)

 
 
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