Category Archives: Game Stream

Microsoft Unveils Game Streaming Technology Project xCloud

Microsoft is testing the tech out today, it said in a blog post. Project xCloud runs on devices paired with an Xbox Wireless Controller via Bluetooth and it’s playable using touch input. It’s complementary to Microsoft’s ongoing work with console hardware, which means developers can use it to deploy and dramatically scale access to their games on xCloud with no additional work. Scaling and building out the technology is “a multi-year journey,” Microsoft said. – Stefanie Fogel, Variety

How Does “Twitch,” Amazon’s Video Game Streaming Platform, Make Money?

Common among video and streaming websites, Twitch integrates advertisements into its streams and on the sidebars of its website, which range in price from $2-10 cost per impression (basically cost per view). While Twitch has not disclosed the portion of its revenue generated from advertising, Newzoo predicts the video game streaming market will grow by 38 percent to $906 million this year and $1.65 billion by 2021, with sponsorships, advertising, and media rights generating most of that revenue. – Lucas Fortney, Investopedia

Amazon Fire TV Game Controller no longer works with the Amazon Fire TV

Amazon has recently added the line “not compatible with Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD – Pendant Design, Fire TV Edition smart TVs, or Fire TV Cube” to the product page of their Fire TV Game Controller. Trying to pair the controller to a Fire TV 3 running the latest software version doesn’t work since the streaming device cannot find the controller. The controller used to work fine with the Fire TV 3. It pairs with and works with the Fire TV 3 running the previous software version, so support for the controller was recently removed. – AFTVnews

Nielsen acquires SuperData Research to better track digital games and esports

Nielsen says it will use SuperData to provide its clients with more information about the digital side of games. It’s worth noting that SuperData (and now, by extension, Nielsen) gets its data about digital sales by analyzing consumer behavior, which is inherently flawed. The NPD Group, however, gets its data directly from video game publishers. – Jeff Grubb, VentureBeat
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