Amazon sues four 'paid reviews' sites

April 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Amazon has had enough of sites that allow people offering products in its digital store buy phony reviews. The company has sued four sites in a Washington Court, alleging that their activities "undermine" its review system, which customers rely on heavily to make informed decisions. Sites being sued include buyazonreviews.com, buyamazonreviews.com, bayreviews.net and buyreviewsnow.com.

Amazon also claims that these sites are engaging in trademark infringement, violations of local consumer protection statutes, and cybersquatting laws.

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Twitch: We Won't Be Adding Amazon Store Links Anytime Soon

September 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

There was a popular theory floated around the ether of the Internet that after Amazon bought the game video streaming service Twitch for close to $1 billion dollars it would start shoehorning its ads into video streams and adding "buy now" buttons everywhere. But according to Twitch CEO Emmett Shear, the company is not interested in selling games directly to consumers. Twitch's strength, he notes, is in promoting games natively with content like YouTube personalities have found success in doing.

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Super Podcast Action Committee Episode 112 - Hulu Hate

September 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

If you missed Saturday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 112), you can watch the video replay on YouTube or download it below.

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NYT Report: Twitch Has More Primetime Viewers Than E!, MSNBC, and Other Cable Networks

August 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to a New York Times report (highlighted by Joystiq), Twitch draws more viewers than popular cable networks such as HLN, CNN, E!, MSNBC, TruTV and even MTV during peak hours. Twitch's viewer numbers have been on the uptick for two years, hitting an impressive milestone of about 800,000 viewers during peak (or in TV terms, "primetime") hours.

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Poll: How Do You Feel About Amazon Buying Twitch?

August 27, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

Many were positive that Google would be the one to buy Twitch but nope!  Amazon picked up the video-streaming service for a cool billion dollars.

For its part, Amazon says that "Twitch is absolutely doing a great job and we don't want to change that at all."

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Report: Google was Afraid of Antitrust Investigation if it Acquired Twitch

August 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Prior to yesterday's announcement that Amazon had purchased Twitch, the prevailing rumor was that Google was going to snap up the video streaming service for over $1 billion.

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Amazon Promises 'No Change' In How Twitch Operates

August 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

While it is the typical line for a company to use when buying out something so beloved by the community as Twitch is, Amazon said last night that it has no plans to make any changes to the popular community-driven video game streaming service. Amazon announced yesterday that it had acquired Twitch for an estimated $970 million. Michael Frazzini, vice of president of Amazon Games, and Twitch CEO Emmett Shear said during a "town hall meeting" last night that the deal shouldn't worry Twitch users.

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CONFIRMED: Amazon, Not Google, Buying Twitch

August 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

UPDATE: Twitch has confirmed that it has been acquired by Amazon.

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'Flappy Birds' Returns - But Only For Amazon Fire TV

August 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Vietnam-based indie developer Dong Nguyen's popular mobile title, Flappy Birds, has returned with a new title, but it is only available via the Amazon Fire TV set-top box/micro console. While the core gameplay of the game - flying a goofy bird through pipes and ghosts - remains intact, the game does offer some new features such as multiplayer, Person vs Person mode, more obstacles, and (apparently) more challenging gameplay. The game supports the Amazon Fire TV remote and the compatible controller.

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FTC Sues Amazon Over In-App Purchases

July 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Amazon said in June that it would fight the Federal Trade Commission if it tried to make it settle complaints from parents who claim they did not authorize purchases for their children on various apps in its store. Apple settled a lawsuit in January to the tune of $32.5 million, but Amazon wrote a letter to the FTC last month telling them that they would not settle because they have been making changes to how children have access to purchasing power within its store and the apps that appear in it.

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Amazon Refuses to Settle With FTC Over In-App Purchases

July 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Amazon is refusing to comply with a Federal Trade Commission settlement plan related to in-app purchases. Apple settled for $32.5 million in refunds to parents who claim they were billed for games and in-app content their children were playing on their mobile or tablet devices without their express consent. Apple was also ordered to change its billing practices to make sure that in-app purchases require consent from parents or device owners before transactions could be completed.

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Amazon Game Studios Hires Kim Swift and Clint Hocking

April 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

First, Amazon bought Killer Instinct maker Double Helix, and now it is proving that gaming is more than just a passing hobby for the company by hiring two high profile seasoned veterans. Amazon Game Studios has hired Kim Swift and Clint Hocking.

Amazon is bolstering up talent in their video game development studio, and they've got two new high-profile snags: Portal designer Kim Swift and Far Cry 2 designer Clint Hocking have both joined Amazon Game Studios, Kotaku has learned.

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Amazon Reveals Launch Titles for 'Fire TV'

April 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Amazon revealed the Fire TV set-top streaming entertainment and gaming device on Wednesday. The $99 Android-powered device features 2GB of memory, a quad-core processor, a dedicated GPU and built-in Wi-Fi support. It also supports most of the popular entertainment apps including Netflix, Crackle, WWE Network and more. Today the company has revealed all the games available now for the Fire TV.

The tower-defense shooter title Sev Zero is the system's only major exclusive game. It was developed by Amazon Game Studios.

A full list - from free to $7.99 can be found below:

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Amazon Reveals $99 'Amazon Fire TV' Device

April 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The long rumored set-top box/gaming device from Amazon has finally been revealed. The device is called the "Amazon Fire TV" and it is available today for $99. The device offers consumers the ability to play games and stream video from Amazon's video streaming service, Amazon Prime.

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More Rumors of an Amazon Set-Top Box

February 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Rumors persist that Amazon will launch some sort of set box device or console later this year. According to a new report on the subject over at Recode, sources inside Amazon's "partners" have said that the Android-powered box is real and will compete with Apple TV and Roku's line of steaming devices..

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Amazon Acquires Killer Instinct Developer

February 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Here's an odd but true story. Online retailer and Kindle Fire maker Amazon has acquired Killer Instinct creator Double Helix for an undisclosed amount of cash. The Irvine, California-based company that created Killer Instinct for the Xbox One console, was founded in 2007 through the merger of The Collective and Shiny Entertainment. The company currently employs around 75 people, who will continue to operate out of their Orange County offices, according to TechCrunch.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 86

February 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about the possibility of Amazon releasing a home console of some sort this year, a study that says relaxing games make people more prosocial, Killer Instinct's new jail system for rage quitters, the PS3 trade-in for Xbox One promotion from Microsoft, and Microsoft buying Gears of War from Epic. Download Episode 86 now: SuperPAC Episode 86 (1 hour, 11 minutes) 81 MB.

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Report: Amazon Prime Memberships Getting a Price Increase

February 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Amazon is going to raise the cost of its yearly membership for its Prime service, which gives consumers discounts on overnight shipping, free two-day shipping on select items, and access to its streaming video on demand services via various devices including iOS, Android, Roku, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, etc.

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Poll: Will Amazon Come Out With a Game Console This Year?

January 30, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

So, Amazon (that big, online retailer where you probably a buy a bunch of stuff) is reportedly making a video game console and will release it sometime this year.

Yep.

According to VG247, the console will run the Android OS, feature streaming and downloadable games (and music, movies and TV shows) and come in at under $300.

Which probably means $299.99.

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Report: Amazon Working on $300 Micro-Console

January 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to a VG247 report citing multiple sources, Amazon is planning on pushing out a micro-console of sorts later this year. According to the report, Amazon has been showing select development and publishing partners the new device, which - much like the Kindle Fire - is capable of playing high-definition videos through its Amazon Prime streaming services, Android games, and more.

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Call of Duty Tops Amazon UK's All-Time Best Sellers List

October 14, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

To celebrate 15 years in business Amazon UK has released its best selling games list of all time, and the Call of Duty series is prominently highlighted throughout. According to Amazon UK, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (all platforms) is the best selling game in the service's history, followed by Black Ops, Modern Warfare 3, Grand Theft Auto V (which has only been out since September in the UK), and Black Ops 2.

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Report: Amazon Working on Android-Based Console

August 9, 2013 -

Game Informer reports that Amazon is moving into the home console space, with plans to launch its own console by year's end. Speaking to GI, several sources close to the situation say that Amazon is developing an Android-based console that will release by the year's end - perhaps on Black Friday.

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Apple and Amazon Settle 'App Store' Lawsuit

July 10, 2013 -

Apple and Amazon have settled a lawsuit (Apple Inc v. Amazon.com Inc et al, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, Case No. 11-01327) over who has the right to use the term "app store," as a destination to sell applications for their respective platforms. U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton in Oakland, California, on Tuesday dismissed the case at the companies' request, killing a trial that was set to begin on August 19. The settlement came about when Apple promised not to sue, and Amazon promised to ditch its counterclaim in the case.

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Amazon Suspends Digital Sales of SimCity

March 7, 2013 -

It's been a pretty rough day for both customers who bought SimCity and the developers trying everything under the sun to get it working at full capacity. While EA has been trying to solve the problem and get gamers playing the game, some fans have been very vocal about how the game's DRM has broken it beyond repair.

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Temple Run Downloaded 50 Million Times To-Date

January 31, 2013 -

Temple Run 2 has been downloaded over 50 million times on iOS, Android and Kindle devices, according to developer Imangi Studios. The latest game from Imangi Studios reached that milestone in just 13 days, breaking the previously set record for the fastest growing mobile game (Angry Birds held the previous record with 50 million downloads in 35 days in April of 2012).

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Kindle Fire Now Available at GameStop Stores Nationwide

December 7, 2012 -

Perhaps realizing that to compete with the Samsungs and Apples of the world in the tablet market it needed to expand its reach beyond its own website, Amazon is now offerings its Kindle Fire devices at GameStop. GameStop is now selling the Kindle Fire tablet at their retail stores and is offering a nifty promotional $25 Amazon.com gift card as an incentive. The device is available now for $199.99 in all 4,400 U.S. GameStop stores. The Kindle Fire HD and 7" versions of the tablet are also available in select stores.

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Amazon Apologizes for Missing Game in Wii U Premium Bundle, Offers Download Codes

December 3, 2012 -

Online retailer Amazon has apologized to UK customers who purchased a premium Wii U bundle but didn't get a copy of the game Nintendo Land. The retailer blamed supplier error for the omission of the game and said that the error only affected a small number of customers.

"It's been brought to our attention that a small number of orders for this item may have been delivered without the advertised game, Nintendo Land, due to supplier error," an email to customers confirmed.

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Judge Hearing 'App Store' Lawsuit Against Amazon Expresses Strong Skepticism in Apple's Arguments

November 1, 2012 -

The judge hearing Apple's lawsuit against Amazon for having an "appstore" has expressed some strong skepticism in Apple's core arguments. Today in an Oakland federal court US District Judge Phyllis Hamilton expressed strong doubt that Apple will be able to prove its case that consumers are confused or deceived by Amazon's use of the word "Appstore." This is not a new view by Judge Hamilton, who said pretty much the same thing a year ago after hearing Apple's arguments and denied a request by the company for a preliminary injunction against Amazon.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 23

October 9, 2012 -

A "day late and 30 minutes short" would be the best way to describe Episode 23 of the Super Podcast Action Committee as host Andrew Eisen struggles with being sick and co-host E. Zachary Knight rails against the wickedness of the state of Oklahoma keeping his preferred candidate off the ballot. In between these trials and tribulations, Andrew and EZK talk about Kevin Butler being sued by Sony, Nintendo's non-gamer ad, the latest poll on GamePolitics, and troubles at the drive-in.

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Poll: What Does "Appstore" Bring to Mind?

October 4, 2012 -

Let’s play a word association game.  I’m going to say a word, and you tell me what pops in your head.  Ready?  Okay, here we go…

“Appstore”

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Andrew EisenNeed to finish Wonderful 101. Need to start Bayonetta and Pikmin 3. Yep, lots of stuff to play.05/29/2015 - 2:23pm
Andrew EisenKarp - I've been playing through New Super Mario Bros. 2. Also Shapes of Gray and OlliOlli. Really want to go back and finish Xenoblade Chronicles and Last of Us but probably won't have time for a bit.05/29/2015 - 2:22pm
Wonderkarpi never said it was "gamergates massive harrasment campaign". i mean, truth be told, crap was slung at her long before gamergate was a thing.05/29/2015 - 2:21pm
IronPatriotDocMelonHead, do you also acknowledge that the gamergate accusations of bad "ethics in journalism" against them have been proven false? Thus making gamergate's "journalism ethics" claim about them a sham and a fraud?05/29/2015 - 1:53pm
IronPatriotDocMelonhead, you "acknowledge that Wu, Quinn, and Sarkeesian, been harassed way before the creation of the hashtag" but do you acknowledge that gamergate is WRONG to carry out the massive campaign of harassment against them?05/29/2015 - 1:50pm
IronPatriotWonderkarp, it is good to hear you say that gamergate's massive harassment campaign is wrong. That is a long way from when all you would condemn them for is being "misguided and unfocused"05/29/2015 - 1:45pm
WonderkarpSo what are we all playing this weekend? I'm planning on splitting it between Splatoon and Witcher 3. Though I might stream Drakengard 3. I try to stream Games other people arent playing.05/29/2015 - 1:45pm
IronPatriotDocMelonhead, I do not think it is fair to blame the fraud of gamergate on conservatives just because some far-right, anti-feminist 4channers used harassment as a tool against women. Plenty of conservatives are just as appalled at gamergate as most people05/29/2015 - 1:30pm
IronPatriotThanks, James, for speaking out against the personal attacks. It will be good to see factual discussion.05/29/2015 - 1:25pm
Matthew Wilsonhttps://twitter.com/austin_walker/status/604278507632386048 giantbomb got a new hire this will be interesting. I never heard of him.05/29/2015 - 1:17pm
Wonderkarpdespite my feelings for Sarkeesians work, nobody deserves the kind of crap hurled at her.05/29/2015 - 12:52pm
Wonderkarpment there was plenty of Greninja to go around. and I know my brother get his Ness.05/29/2015 - 12:51pm
Wonderkarpso I went Amiibo shopping today. Scored Greninja, Wario, Pacman, Charizard, and the two Inklings. From what I understand, Target is already sold out of Jigglypuff and its once again a mad house. TRU had a great "Buy only 1 of each character" Rule that05/29/2015 - 12:50pm
DocMelonheadHell, I even have an account at BoingBoing, and even they are Anti-GamerGate.05/29/2015 - 12:49pm
Andrew EisenEZK - There's also this Portal short film making the rounds. Some laudable production value but personally I think it's absolutely terrible as a short. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Z32T7tpgOdk05/29/2015 - 12:48pm
james_fudgeno apologies needed. Let's just all try to avoid the personal attacks05/29/2015 - 12:43pm
DocMelonheadI also do acknowledge that Wu, Quinn, and Sarkeesian, been harassed way before the creation of the hashtag, and may as well be harassed after the hashtag been dead; This will go on as long as Cyberbullying remains to be a thing.05/29/2015 - 12:43pm
WonderkarpI'm not going to talk about GamerGate much, if at all, except for maybe "Current Happenings" as I said down below. Things I can verify. Vince McMahon himself said Twitters the new Word of Mouth05/29/2015 - 12:43pm
DocMelonheadAnd Yes, I agree that GamerGate's another cover for the ongoing Cultural Warfare between the Conservatives and the progressives.05/29/2015 - 12:40pm
DocMelonheadstill, I should one again apologized for the personal attack on IP, it's just that it's possible to sympothize with bigots regardless of their actions.05/29/2015 - 12:38pm
 

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