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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Desert Bus For Hope 2014 is Under Way!

November 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Desert Bus For Hope 2014 is under way and doing its best to raise boatloads of cash for the Child's Play charity. Every year these fine individuals get together and play arguably the worst game ever made: Desert Bus.

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PSA: Watch BlizzCon 2014 Live Streams

November 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

BlizzCon 2014 officially opens on Saturday, November 7, but if you weren't lucky enough to get tickets or afford to pay for a virtual ticket, Blizzard has you covered. You can at least watch the opening ceremony - which kicks off today at 11 am PT, and the tournaments happening during both days of the show through the Blizzard BlizzCon Live Stream.

The BlizzCon live stream can be found at www.blizzcon.com/live-stream.

You can also check out our BlizzCon Tournaments pages to find Blizzard's partners covering the eSports action:

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Twitch Bans Sexy Clothing and Nudity From Streams

October 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Twitch has updated its terms of service to include a loose dress code for on-camera personalities. Now it asks users to "dress appropriately" when broadcasting. Twitter's new terms of service says that streamers should not appear on camera full or partially nude, or wearing sexually suggestive clothing.

"Nerds are sexy, and you're all magnificent, beautiful creatures, but let's try and keep this about the games, shall we?" reads the updated rules of conduct page.

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OnLive Partners With Samsung For GALAXY Note 4

October 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Cloud gaming company OnLive announced today a new partnership with Samsung that offers Samsung GALAXY Note 4 users three months of unlimited OnLive gaming for free. Using the OnLive Android app (available to download free from the Samsung Galaxy Apps store), users can stream PC and "console-quality" games from OnLive’s servers to their Galaxy Note 4 for play anywhere if they have a Wi-Fi or 4G connection, according to OnLive.

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'Super Meat Boy' Co-Creator Does A Virtual Walk-a-Thon For Mom

October 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

At the end of last week, Tommy Refenes - one of the co-creators of the indie hit Super Meat Boy - held a three night fundraising event to raise money for his sick mother. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, Refenes took to Twitch to play and stream Red Dead Redemption, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and Grand Theft Auto V in the hopes of helping his sister raise $15,000 to get their mother a diabetic alert dog.

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Super Meat Boy' Co-Creator Hosting Fundraiser For Sick Mom This Week

October 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Tommy Refenes, one of the co-creators of the indie hit Super Meat Boy, is hosting a fundraising event on the evenings of October 9, 10, and 11th to raise money for his sick mother. Specifically, Refenes says that he is trying to raise enough money to buy his mother a diabetic alert dog because she is having a difficult time with her type 1 diabetes.

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Twitch Changes Disclosure Policies On Its Own Sponsored Content

October 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Twitch announced plans yesterday to tighten up how it discloses "paid-for and sponsored content" after some in the community expressed concerns over transparency. Moving forward, Twitch says that it will label videos more boldly that are created as part of a partnership between the content maker and another party.

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Malwarebytes Warns Twitch Streamers About Installing 'Twitch Bombing Tools'

October 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Anti-virus company and security research firm Malwarebytes Labs sent us a note on a report they are currently working on about Twitch bombing tools. In case you've never heard of this questionable practice before, Twitch bombing is when one goes to an active stream to promote another stream - and in the process stealing away viewers. The practice is a violation of Twitch's terms of service and is generally frowned upon amongst streamers.

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Andrew EisenAlready linked about 10 shouts ago.04/27/2015 - 4:00pm
ZippyDSMleehttp://www.polygon.com/2015/4/27/8503893/konami-delists-itself-from-new-york-stock-exchange This just in Konami and Capcom merge so they can ignore more IP's.04/27/2015 - 3:50pm
E. Zachary KnightNot really. I think people are overly critical of other game projects. Delays should be expected and shouldn't be considered a major failing and worthy of the crap they get.04/27/2015 - 3:09pm
Matthew WilsonI agree that Double Fine gets off way too easy compared to others.04/27/2015 - 2:40pm
PHX Corphttps://twitter.com/Nibellion/status/592762131264733185/photo/1 a Transcript reguarding the Situation at Konami has been found(CEO Went Nuts over mobile and wanted kojima removed from the company)04/27/2015 - 2:25pm
E. Zachary KnightMatthew, delaying games has been amassive point of contention for games that raised a fraction of what Double Fine did.04/27/2015 - 2:14pm
Matthew Wilsonand yes they went way way over budget from what I read.04/27/2015 - 12:33pm
Matthew Wilson@AE if they cancaled it there would be massive outrage, but people tend to be ok with a delayed game.04/27/2015 - 12:32pm
IvresseBleh, can't edit shout on my phone :-/04/27/2015 - 12:32pm
Andrew EisenHell, the Kickstarter itself raised WAY more than DF was asking but I saw no accusations of impropriety.04/27/2015 - 12:31pm
Andrew EisenA little over three years later (two and a half years after the estimated delivery date), the Double Fine Adventure Kickstarter finally delivered the game. Oddly, I never saw anyone accuse Double Fine of scamming or conning anyone.04/27/2015 - 12:30pm
Ivresse@PHX Corp: Not only that, but Konami have just delisted themselves from the NYSE:http://polygon.com/e/826793404/27/2015 - 12:28pm
Matthew Wilsonwhile I felt bad for everyone outside the US who wanted to watch the HOTS finals, the fact it was on espn 2 in prime time is a major major step forward for video games.04/27/2015 - 12:14pm
james_fudgeThanks Papa!04/27/2015 - 10:43am
PHX Corphttp://kotaku.com/its-official-silent-hills-is-cancelled-1700379816# It's Official: Silent Hills Is Cancelled04/27/2015 - 9:48am
Papa MidnightI also hope that legislation holds the individual(s) who initiated the action is criminally liable for any and all harm that may come to persons involved (whether it be the cops or the victim(s)), as well as any property damaged suffered by any party.04/27/2015 - 8:16am
Papa MidnightJames: Small typographical error in the article for the NY Congressman's legislation: earlier is misspelled as "earlkier" (context: "Chuck Schumer (D) earlkier this month.")04/27/2015 - 8:14am
Matthew WilsonUC berkeley won, and they 3 years of free tuition for winning.04/26/2015 - 11:26pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://espn.go.com/watchespn/…/id/2497649/Heroes-of-the-Dorm heroes of the storm is being broadcast live on espn 2 never thought a moba would get a time slot like this on tv.04/26/2015 - 9:30pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://reason.com/archives/2015/04/09/the-dmca-chill-factor this is why the dmca should be changed or gotten rid off.04/26/2015 - 6:41pm
 

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