Team Meat's Tommy Refenes to host virtual walk-a-thon to benefit National MS Society

June 17, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Team Meat co-founder Tommy Refenes will host a 24-hour virtual walk-a-thon on Twitch to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. On Friday, June 19 beginning at 10am PT Refenes will take a virtual walk through Just Cause 2, Grand Theft Auto IV, Grand Theft Auto V, and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. His long walk through all these game worlds will take place live on his Twitch channel, www.twitch.tv/tommunism.

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YouTube Gaming aims to take Twitch on this summer

June 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

YouTube (owned by Google) announced today that it will start offering game streaming this summer, finally taking number one game streaming destination Twitch (owned by Amazon), and to a less degree Hitbox.  When it launches this summer, YouTube Gaming will have more than 25,000 game title specific channels ready to go, so you'll be able to find stream and videos of your favorites with relative ease. Naturally game publishers and YouTube creators will continue to have spaces on YouTube too.

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Hitbox invades E3, LEc2, DreamHack Summer and E-Fusion

June 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

While Twitch might be the official streaming source for the Electronic Entertainment Expo, that doesn't mean that one of its biggest competitors, Hitbox, is sitting on its hands next week. The company announced that it is heading to Los Angeles to provide coverage with partner GameSpot.

GameSpot will be streaming live during the show through Hitbox at hitbox.tv/gamespot on  Tuesday June 16th from 1pm – 7pm PST; Wednesday June 17th from 11am – 7pm PST; and   Thursday June 18th from 11am – 6pm PST.

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PlayStation Now launches on Samsung Smart TVs

June 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony's digital game rental / streaming service PlayStation Now is now available on Samsung's line-up of smart televisions in the United States and Canada.  While consumers who own such a TV will be able to play select PS3 titles without any downloads, they'll still need to own a DualShock 4 controller.

PlayStation Now costs $19.99 a month, though you can buy a time block of three months for $44.99. To promote the new service on Samsung smart televisions Sony is offering a one week trial.

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GameFly plans to launch 'Netflix of games' streaming service later this year

June 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Video game rental company GameFly is making a major move into game streaming with the acquisition of streaming technology company Playcast, according to GamesBeat.

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Twitch bans 'Adults Only' game streams

May 28, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Game streaming powerhouse Twitch has updated its rules of conduct on streaming games rated "Adults Only" by the ESRB (or games with an equivalent rating under other ratings systems like PEGI, etc.). Under the new rules of conduct games rated "AO" cannot be streamed on Twitch, but games rated 18+ in other regions are fine (as long as they do not have an ESRB rating of AO in the North America).

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CD Projekt RED chases down early leaked footage from 'The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt'

May 11, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Witcher 3: Wild hunt isn't set for release until May 19, but that hasn't stopped some retailers from handing the game over to customers early and breaking CD Projekt RED's hard release date.

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'PlayStation Now' coming to PS3 later this month

May 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony announced via the PlayStation Blog that its game streaming subscription service PlayStation Now will be coming to the PlayStation 3 later this month.  Sony will bring PlayStation Now to PS3 officially on May 12, and you'll be able to play "more than 100 hit PS3 games" on the PS3, PS4 and "select Sony Blu-ray players and TVs."

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Twitch streamer caught up in child pornography scandal

April 15, 2015 - James Fudge

A Twitch streamer has found himself embroiled in controversy after a file that viewers noted as "child pornography" popped up on his computer during a live stream. The Denmark-based Twitch user, Søren "RandomRambo" Jensen (also on YouTube), makes his living streaming on Twitch playing such games as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2 and Path of Exile.

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Gaikai founder looks back at his toughest competitor: OnLive

April 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

On his personal blog, Gaikai founder David Perry offers his opinions on the rocky road that game streaming service OnLive was on - from its inception to its acquisition by Sony this month.

Perry starts out by saying that OnLive was a serious competitor to Gaikai but the two companies made different choices - primarily that OnLive decided to focus solely on the PC gaming space, while Gaikai wanted the kind of organization and clarity that the console space provided.

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Operation Supply Drop's '8-Bit Salute' charity event taking place May 16 & 17

April 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Military-focused video game charity Operation Supply Drop announced that its fourth-annual 8-Bit Salute gaming marathon will take place May 16 & 17. The 8-Bit Salute event is an annual 24-hour gaming marathon. Donations raised during this year's charity event will fund video game care packages for U.S. military personal deployed in combat zones such as Afghanistan and those recovering in military hospitals.

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Sony acquires OnLive assets and patents

April 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony has acquired the patents for online game streaming service OnLive, the company announced today. While financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, Sony did reveals that it owns OnLive's assets - including its US and International portfolio patents related to its cloud gaming service.

With this deal, the OnLive service will effectively shut down on April 30 and customers will not be charged a subscription renewal fee starting today. Anyone who was charged for their subscription renewal fee after March 28 will be issued refunds.

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PixelNation Retro Game Store targeted in swatting attempt

April 1, 2015 - James Fudge

PixelNation Retro Game Store is the latest target of a swatting attempt - and like last week's incident in New Jersey - the same person who made the initial attempt to call in a SWAT team to the store also tried to escalate the situation so that people at the location could get seriously hurt or killed.

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Report: Some Twitch streamers may be inflating viewer numbers with bots

March 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Security research firm and antivirus software maker Symnatec says that Twitch viewership may be being inflated by bots. The firm uncovered what it calls a "Twitch botnet marketplace" where people can "take a shortcut and generate a large audience of bots for their Twitch channels" (though Symantec points out these bots are being used on other video-related platforms as well.

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Report: YouTube finally taking game streaming seriously

March 25, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this Daily Dot report, YouTube is finally making a move towards Twitch's territory. Many have wondered why the company hasn't already made the move into the game streaming space before this, but some of the delay could probably be attributed to its failed attempt to buy Twitch prior to Amazon snapping it up for close to $1 billion last year.

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Twitch Reveals First-Ever 'TwitchCon' Fan Event

February 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Game video streaming service Twitch officially announced its first-ever fan and content creator gathering called TwitchCon today. The event, which is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 25 - 26 in San Francisco will be hosted at the Moscone Center (the same space where the Game Developer Conference takes place every year). The event is being co-produced by Twitch and pop culture event organizer ReedPOP.

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SpecialEffect Hosting 24-Hour Charity Live Stream This Weekend

February 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

UK-based game-related charity SpecialEffect will host a special gaming marathon called GamesBlastLIVE. The24-hour long charity gaming marathon will begin at 10am (London time) on February 21.

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Awesome Games Done Quick Raises $1.58 Million For Charity

February 11, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Awesome Games Done Quick managed to raise $1.58 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation, organizers revealed today. The speed-running specialists at Games Done Quick host the Twitch-based speed run marathon in January of every year as a way to support one of its favorite causes - cancer research.

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Minnesota Man Swatted While Streaming 'RuneScape'

February 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

St. Cloud, Minnesota resident Joshua Peters was swatted while running a RuneScape stream on Twitch, according to an ABC News report. Peters, a U.S. Air Force veteran was playing the browser-based MMORPG on Wednesday when he fell victim to an apparent "swatting" prank. St. Cloud Chief of Police William Anderson confirmed the incident to ABC News and said that it was currently under investigation.

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Five New Games Added to PlayStation Now

February 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony's PlayStation Now subscription game streaming service will be getting five additional games today, the company announced via the PlayStation Blog. All of the new games will be PlayStation 3-era.

They include Naughty Dog's Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Volition's third-person shooter Red Faction: Armageddon, Bandai Namco's arcade shooter Galaga Legions DX, Examu's 2D fighting game Arcana Heart 3, and Sony Santa Monica Studio's God of War 2 HD. All of these games will be available beginning today.

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Twitch Hits 100 Million Users a Month Milestone

January 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Game streaming and broadcasting service Twitch announced that it hit the 100 million users a month milestone in 2014. Twitch was bought out by Amazon for nearly $1 billion dollars in the latter part of 2014, but the change in ownership didn't seem to slow the service's momentum in 2014; it increased its monthly viewership from 45 million in 2013 to 100 million in 2014.

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Jagex To Host SpecialEffect’s 'GameBlast15' Charity Gaming Marathon in Late February

January 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

RuneScape and Block 'N Load maker Jagex Games Studio announced that it will host UK-based games charity SpecialEffect’s GameBlast15 games marathon weekend on February 20th - 22nd. The event is a 24-hour gamer challenge to raise money and help enable individuals with physical disabilities play games (the charity's main goal).

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Microsoft Clarifies Rules on Game Streaming

January 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft has made a clarification to its rules for people who want to stream its Xbox games after some in the community expressed confusion. Last week Microsoft updated its Game Content Usage Rules acknowledging that fans could participate in partner programs to earn revenue for ads on Let's Play videos and game streaming as long as they followed a few rules and conditions.

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Microsoft Lets Users Stream and Monetize Xbox Content

January 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft has officially said that, "hey people can stream its game content." Microsoft has given user the greenlight to stream gameplay and make Let's Play videos featuring its content on Twitch and YouTube. Microsoft also said that it has no problem with users monetizing this content either, but they'll have to agree to a few terms first. The 16 rules or conditions are covered under Microsoft's new "Game Content Usage Rules."

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Sony Launching PlayStation Now January 13 For Around $20 A Month

January 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony announced this morning that its game streaming rental service PlayStation Now will cost roughly $20 a month when it launches on January 13. The service will launch with "more than" 100 PS3 games that you can play without having to deal with "downloads, installs, or patches," according to Sony.

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Report: Samsung Smart TVs Will Be Able To Use PlayStation Now Without a Playstation Device

December 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this CNET report, Samsung's line of Internet-ready high definition smart TVs will be able stream game content from Sony PlayStation Now streaming service sometime in the first half of 2015. CNET says that Samsung and Sony might make an announcement about it at the Consumer Electronics Show in January and that the compatibility with Samsung TVs will be supported in both the United States and Canada.

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PSA: TakeThis.Org Hosting All-Star Stream This Weekend

December 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

This weekend TakeThis.org will be hosting a stream to spread awareness about the charity, have some fun, talk about mental health issues, and raise some cash so it can continue to do its work.

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Double Fine Launches 'Dev Plays' Video Series

December 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Developer Double Fine and 2 Player Productions today launched Devs Play, a new video series that pairs game developers with popular and classic games. Devs Play is described as a "Let's Play" series that combines classic video game titles with notable developers who provide running commentary on the games they are playing.

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'Games Done Quick' Prepares for January Charity Marathon Event

December 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Speed-running specialists and gaming charity Games Done Quick has announced that its 160-hour AGDQ (Awesome Games Done Quick) event will take place January 4 - 10 at the Hilton Dulles Airport Hotel in Herndon, Virginia. The event will be broadcast live on Twitch as well. Once again this year it will be playing to raise money for the Prevent Cancer Foundation.

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Report: Microsoft Working On Its Own Game Streaming Technology

December 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to a report from ZDnet reporter Mary Jo Foley, Microsoft is secretly working on its own game streaming service currently codenamed Arcadia (named after the United Earth Government Colony of the same name in the Halo universe).

Foley claims the Arcadia team within Microsoft's Operating Systems Group is building a streaming app and game service built on Microsoft's Azure cloud.

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Andrew EisenThat was quick! Pretty accurate cosplay of the new Ghostbuster uniform and proton pack: https://twitter.com/mirabellemusing/status/61673135125394227207/03/2015 - 6:23pm
Matthew Wilson@mast I dont know, but I do know it got a cult fallowing here.07/03/2015 - 6:22pm
MastermuneWasn't the Zero Escape series more popular here than in Japan?07/03/2015 - 6:19pm
Matthew Wilson@mast given the game was revealed in the US, I wouldnt be shocked if it was released at the same time.07/03/2015 - 6:15pm
MastermuneI don't trust the big AAA worldwide simultaneous releases though.07/03/2015 - 5:57pm
Mastermune@Infophile I have come to the conclusion that smaller games like zero escape, JRPG's and the like are actually worth preordering sinc they are limited quantities and since they usually release in japan first we know if there are any issues.07/03/2015 - 5:56pm
Infophile@Matthew! Awesome news. I'd preorder on that shout alone if I didn't have a policy against preordering anymore.07/03/2015 - 5:16pm
Matthew Wilsonzero escape 3 was announced today.07/03/2015 - 4:21pm
Matthew Wilson@pnx I am guessing a ddoss since that is what happened to neogaf, but sony needs to do a investment in psn as a whole. steam is still the most reliable and fastest digital platform I use.07/03/2015 - 3:06pm
PHX Corphttp://www.vg247.com/2015/07/03/psn-is-down-sony-investigating/ not again: PSN is down, Sony investigating07/03/2015 - 3:04pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.vg247.com/2015/07/03/digital-extremes-trespasser-keystone-pc/ if true, this is funny and embarrassing for Digital Extremes. companies need too have better security.07/03/2015 - 2:57pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.gamespot.com/videos/the-point-destiny-the-hardcore-gamers-slot-machine/2300-6425852/ this is very good, and well researched.07/03/2015 - 12:41pm
InfophileOther features to become standard: The ability to remap controls however the hell I want. Quicksave at any time (especially for handheld and mobile games). Plus everything Andrew said07/03/2015 - 10:43am
InfophileRegion-freeing becomes tricky for games with a strong online component though, especially when the servers are run by different branches in different regions.07/03/2015 - 10:41am
InfophileI'm in favor of getting rid of region-locking for any purchased games. I can understand an exception for free, ad-supported games, as many ads are only relevant in certain regions, and it's a ridiculous hassle to get ads for all regions.07/03/2015 - 10:40am
PHX Corphttp://kotaku.com/payday-2-has-been-broken-on-xbox-one-for-three-weeks-1715384186 Payday 2 Has Been Broken On Xbox One For Three Weeks07/03/2015 - 8:44am
Matthew Wilsonhttps://www.reddit.com/r/OutOfTheLoop/comments/3bxduw/why_was_riama_along_with_a_number_of_other_large/ here is a more complete acount of whats going on.07/03/2015 - 1:32am
Matthew Wilsonredit is on fire right now. most subreddits have been set to private.07/03/2015 - 1:24am
MattsworknameYou know andrew, those are actualy rock solid ideas, I woudl like those features a bunch ,especially with games that a cut scene heavly. looking at you kojima!07/03/2015 - 1:18am
Andrew EisenActually, "things I'd like to see become standard in video games" ain't a bad idea for one of my future YouTube videos.07/03/2015 - 1:05am
 

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