Category Archives: Game Stream

China just blocked Amazon’s streaming service Twitch

A spokesman for Twitch confirmed Friday that the service, which lets users watch and broadcast video-game playing, had been blocked in China but wouldn’t comment further. The country’s internet regulator, the Cyberspace Administration of China, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. – Jame Griffiths, CNNMoney

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

Valve quietly unveils streaming platform Steam TV

A few hours after Steam Database founder Pavel Djundik discovered that the company registered the domain, the website started live streaming The International 2018, Valve’s Dota 2 esports tournament. The stream is no longer available, but CNET was able to try it out before it went offline. Based on what the publication saw, its features are still quite limited: it was able to stream the tournament, but it had no option to broadcast your own gameplay. – Marielle Moon, Engadget

Microsoft’s Walmart partnership isn’t about retail — it’s about streaming

This sudden, extensive push toward streaming games to devices instead of running them from hardware paints a new vision of the possible future of gaming. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot even recently said that the next console generation would be the last, and that he thinks “streaming will become more accessible to many players and make it not necessary to have big hardware at home.” – Stefan Birrer, Phenix via VentureBeat
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