Broadband TV moves into original games, mobile apps

RTL-owned multi-channel network Broadband TV has launched a new business division that will build original games and mobile apps. BBTV Interactive will create multi-platform games and apps to connect digital talent with their fans, in a move that is designed to expand revenue streams and was announced at CES in Las Vegas. “We’re placing an […]

Sky Kids app gets new games section

Sky has added a host of games to its Sky Kids app, including titles featuring popular characters like SpongeBob, Peppa Pig, Ben 10 and Bubble Guppies. Sky said that new games are also on the way from The Amazing World of Gumball, Scooby-Doo, Adventure Time and its own Sky Kids Art Studio. “Children and parents […]

eMarketer: half of UK internet users to play online games in 2019

By 2019 half of all UK internet users will be playing online games at least once a month, according to research firm eMarketer. The company’s first UK online gaming forecast predicts that 48.6% of internet users in 2017, equating to 26.4 million people, will play online games in 2017. This includes mobile, social and online […]

Amazon adds 600 channels to Fire TV in three months

Amazon has added over 600 channels, apps and games to the US Amazon Fire TV platform in the last three months, in what it claims is the “fastest growing selection of any streaming media device”. The firm lists Popcornflix, Funny Or Die, Candy Crush Saga, and Fox News among its popular new titles. It also said that GameFly is now […]

Channel 4 to launch All 4 Games division

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has announced plans to launch a new games publishing arm this summer, based in Glasgow, Scotland.  All 4 Games will be led by Channel 4’s current games commissioning editor, Colin Macdonald, and will build a new network of Channel 4-funded mobile games and games from third party developers as part of […]

ER-Telecom to offer cloud-based games to TV subs

Russian service provider ER-Telecom, which operates under the brand, is to begin offering cloud-based games to TV subscribers later this year. The operator said the games service would be integrated with TV set-tops, with about 100 popular games being offered including Batman: Arkham Origins, Assassin’s Creed and World Rally Championship game WRC […]

Vivendi to sell half its stake in Activision Blizzard

Canal+ Group owner Vivendi has agreed to sell half its stake in games firm Activision Blizzard.  Vivendi said it will sell 41.5 million Activision Blizzard shares, representing 5.8% of this company’s total common shares, leaving it with an equal amount of the company. The price of the transaction price is due to be announced at […]

Virgin Media launches new-look games service

UK cable platform Virgin Media has launched a new games service that allows its subscribers to play games on the TV. The MSO, which was acquired by Liberty Global earlier this year, has teamed up with TV technology firm Two Way Media to roll out Play Games. The portal allows the 1.5 million Virgin subs […]

EA: Games providers must adapt for connected TV rewards

Games providers face a number of challenges in addressing the connected TV market but there are huge opportunities if they approach the market in the rights way, according to Richard Hilleman, chief creative officer at games provider Electronic Arts (EA).  The key is for games providers to respect the time and money available to this […]

Visiware launches PlayAlong

France-based interactive TV games provider Visiware has launched PlayAlong, a new platform designed to allow TV viewers to play TV games simultaneously using their computer, smartphone or digital tablet. PlayAlong provides a multi-player platform including management tools and applications, allowing multimedia producers to initiate live or pre-recorded interactivity, modify quiz questions in real time and […]