Netflix doubles down on gaming with latest studio acquisition

A year on form launching its games service, Netflix has announced the acquisition of Spry Fox, an independent gaming studio that focuses on developing original games with a feel good tone. The company becomes Netflix’s sixth in-house games studio. In a statement, Netflix said: “Spry Fox is an award-winning independent studio focused on cosy, original […]

CMA to examine US$70 billion Microsoft-Activision Blizzard deal 

The UK’s antitrust watchdog has announced an investigation into Microsoft’s $68.7 billion takeover of Call of Duty and World of Warcraft publisher Activision Blizzard. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has set a deadline of September 1 to determine whether the takeover would reduce competition in the UK, with the takeover set to be the […]

Sony announces expanded PlayStation Plus membership to rival Xbox Game Pass

Sony has announced plans to launch a games subscription service to rival Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass. Game Pass is effectively the closest thing the games industry has to a Netflix equivalent, offering Xbox players access to more than 100 games as part of a monthly subscription. Now, Sony is looking to get in on the […]

Gaming time rises on Samsung TVs in UK

Time spent on gaming on Samsung TVs in the UK rose by 15% between January last year and June 2021, according to the consumer electronics giant. According to a report from Samsung Ads Europe, Behind the Screens: Gaming on Samsung TVs in 2021, there was also a 28% increase in the number of Samsung TVs […]

Xbox app for smart TVs ‘in the next 12 months’

Microsoft will introduce an Xbox app for smart TVs within the next year, Xbox boss Phil Spencer has said. In an interview with The Verge, Spencer said that “I think you’re going to see that in the next 12 months,” when asked about the potential of an Xbox app for TVs, adding that “I don’t […]

Xbox launch contributes to record traffic for ISPs in the UK

A number of UK ISPs saw record amounts of internet traffic on November 10 as Microsoft rolled out its latest generation of games consoles.  Virgin Media said that it experienced the highest amount of data consumption on record, with 108 Petabytes of data consumed. This, the operator said, translated to a total of more than […]

Ronda Rousey signs exclusive deal with Facebook Gaming

Ronda Rousey, the former UFC and WWE champion, has signed an exclusive live streaming deal with Facebook Gaming.  The personality, who has over 11.2 million followers on Facebook, has taken a step back from the ring since headlining Wrestlemania in 2019. Instead, she has turned her hand to content creation, primarily focusing on a YouTube […]

Beeline launches cloud-gaming service

Russian service provider Beeline is launching a cloud gaming service under the Beeline Gaming brand. The service, launched at the Russian IgroMir computer entertainement expo, provides a dedicated console that can be connected to a TV or monitor to play cloud-streamed games. The service will also provide special offers from partners and current news from […]

Ninja reaches one million Mixer subscribers less than a week after leaving Twitch

In just five days of streaming on the platform, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins has become the most subscribed-to channel on Mixer with 1 million active subscribers. Ninja is arguably the world’s most well-known gamer, and signed an exclusive contract with Microsoft-owned Mixer on August 1. Over his time on Twitch, he had gathered 14.7 million subscribers, […]

Atari launches Atari VCS gaming and entertainment platform

Iconic gaming brand Atari has announced the Atari VCS (Video Computer System) home gaming and entertainment platform. At E3, the company showcased the device which will launch in 800 (8GB RAM) and 400 (4GB RAM) models, with a starting price of US$249.99. Both models are fully user-upgradeable by easily swapping-in more RAM and expanding storage, […]

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