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3:00 PM on 09.18.2014

PS3 users can mess around with PlayStation Now

Did you spend any time using PlayStation Now on PS4? Too pricey? More of us will have the opportunity to test out the open beta for the streaming service now that it's available for PS3 "in mainland U.S. and parts of Canada."...

Jordan Devore


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12:30 PM on 09.12.2014

Nintendo is streaming lots of Smash Bros. today

Nintendo's Treehouse team returns for an eight-hour stream today featuring Bayonetta 2, Hyrule Warriors, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Ultimate NES Remix, and Fantasy Life. That'll continue until 1:00pm Pacific at which point it's Super Smash Bros. 3DS time. Watch the stream right here, or on YouTube.

Jordan Devore

7:00 PM on 09.10.2014

Final Fantasy XIII on a phone? Square launching Dive In streaming app

Square Enix is launching a new service in Japan on October 9. Dive In streams games to Android and Apple mobile devices, allowing players to experience titles like Final Fantasy XIII on cellphones.  The service is l...

Steven Hansen

3:00 PM on 09.08.2014

Nintendo is streaming games for eight hours on Friday

I was quite fond of Nintendo's Treehouse streams during E3 this year and it's so nice to see the company continue down that path. You all seem to like them too. The next major stream from Nintendo of America's product develop...

Jordan Devore



If you ever get to play Upsilon Circuit, the world will be watching photo
If you ever get to play Upsilon Circuit, the world will be watching
by Jordan Devore

At PAX Prime, I got my first and what could be only opportunity to try Upsilon Circuit.

You see, once it goes live, eight people will be able to play at any given time. That's eight people, total. And the "permadeath" here is actually permanent. You lose? Your turn is done.

While everyone else watches, waiting for their coveted chance in the spotlight to hack away at monsters and explore, they can directly influence the direction the game takes. The audience has control to, say, spec out players' skill trees, or spawn a deadly trap.

Legend of Dungeon creator Robot Loves Kitty is billing this as part online game show, part action-RPG. At PAX, I saw more of the latter than the former, but Upsilon Circuit's Max Headroom-esque digital host Ronny Raygon was set up on a nearby television to talk smack to attendees. He got into an argument with some kid about whose glasses were cooler.

Before you ask who would pay for something like this -- for a chance, maybe, to play once -- know that it's going to be free. In speaking with Robot Loves Kitty's Alix Stolzer, it sounds as if a large part of the monetization will be geared toward trolls or audience members who otherwise want to screw over the player characters, not help out. I told her that was a good idea.

It's still early days for Upsilon Circuit and there are a lot of unknowns, but what was shown at PAX gave me confidence in this somewhat crazy, definitely ambitious project. If the game catches on and finds a stable audience, it's going to be a fascinating experiment to take part in.

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2:00 AM on 08.26.2014

Google supposedly bailed on Twitch deal because of antitrust issues

Amazon's recent acquisition of Twitch.TV for more than $1 billion might come as a surprise to anyone that had been following various suitors' attempts to buy the streaming mogul. As of late, it had seemed as if Google was poi...

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Amazon has acquired Twitch.TV
by Jordan Devore

[Update: It's confirmed. Amazon has officially acquired streaming site Twitch.TV.

"Amazon will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Twitch for approximately $970 million in cash, as adjusted for the assumption of options and other items. Subject to customary closing conditions, the acquisition is expected to close in the second half of 2014."

Emmett Shear, CEO of Twitch, also released a statement on the acquisition.]

It was believed that Google was ready to acquire videogame streaming site Twitch for $1 billion but "those talks cooled in recent weeks," reports The Wall Street Journal. Now, it's Amazon who is reportedly stepping up to buy Twitch, according to the WSJ and The Information.

The deal isn't done until it's formally announced, as we saw with the earlier Google rumblings, but sources say an announcement could happen as soon as today.

There's been talk of which acquisition would be better for Twitch users. I'm still undecided.

Amazon to Buy Video Site Twitch for More Than $1 Billion [The Wall Street Journal]
Amazon Nears Deal to Acquire Twitch [The Information]

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3:30 PM on 08.20.2014

Watching fish play Street Fighter II live is actually entertaining

First there was a fish playing Pokémon over a Twitch stream like it was a human or something, and now we've got two fish fighting each other in Super Street Fighter II Turbo. If you're new to this phenomenon, the tank...

Jordan Devore

2:15 PM on 08.08.2014

Twitch viewers can screw with you in #killallzombies

Dumb name aside, I quite like the premise of #killallzombies. It's a top-down shooter for PlayStation 4 in which zombie survival has become a televised sport, and there will be real, human spectators watching you play (if yo...

Jordan Devore

1:45 PM on 08.08.2014

Twitch removes time limit for highlights, adds 'appeal' system for videos on demand

It seemed inevitable that Twitch was going to roll out a system for flagging copyrighted music in past broadcasts, but what streamers and viewers got this week felt largely unfinished. The company is adding an "appeal" button...

Jordan Devore

6:00 PM on 08.06.2014

Twitch is changing its approach to video archives

Twitch is changing the way it handles video on demand and that's going to mean the end of the "save forever" option for past broadcasts on the site. Broadcasts that are cut down into highlight clips can still live on the site...

Jordan Devore





8:00 AM on 07.31.2014

PlayStation Now open beta on PS4: Is it working for you?

PlayStation Now, Sony's PS3, PS4, and Vita streaming service, is now in an open beta for PS4 users. PlayStation Now is integrated in the PS Store, sapping funds directly from your PS wallet when you decide you want to r...

Steven Hansen

2:30 PM on 07.25.2014

Modified 3DS hardware created for Twitch Plays Pokémon X

It was slightly surprising to hear that the Twitch Plays Pokémon community is still active if for no other reason than I thought folks would have beaten all of the games by now. Not quite! There's still Pokémon ...

Jordan Devore

10:30 AM on 07.16.2014

Yogscast participating in revenue share to promote Space Engineers

YouTube streaming group Yogscast has announced that they will form a partnership with Keen Software. In return for a share of sales revenue for a month of the game Space Engineers, Yogscast will offer a series of vi...

Brittany Vincent

11:00 PM on 06.25.2014

Hearthstone, Counter-Strike: GO among most-watched games on Twitch

Twitch has come out with its top games for May 2014, as determined by overall number of minutes watched per title. The top two -- League of Legends and Dota 2 -- come as no surprise whatsoever. But Hearthstone: Heroes of Warc...

Jordan Devore

12:52 PM on 06.25.2014

Razer micro console powered by Android TV revealed at Google I/O

A new product, a Razer "micro-console" powered by Android TV, was shown as part of the keynote at Google I/O today. This is a device that will stream games and other content to televisions. Razer says that it will be priced t...

Dale North