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YouTube revamps its mobile app with new gestures, video chapter lists, and more

Posted: 10-26-2020 | Author: Staff Report
TechCrunch reports: “YouTube today is rolling out a series of updates to its player page on mobile devices. The changes relocate some elements, add new features — like an expanded set of gesture-based navigation options — and update existing ones, like video chapters, among other things.” Read more

Tencent leads $100m Series B round in VSPN

Posted: 10-26-2020 | Author: Staff Report
Gamesindustry.biz reports: “Tencent led a $100 million funding round in the Chinese esports firm Versus Programming Network (VSPN).” Read more

Esports Entertainment Group acquires Helix eSports and GGCircuit for $43 million

Posted: 10-26-2020 | Author: Staff Report
VentureBeat reports: “Esports Entertainment Group has acquired Helix eSports and GGCircuit for $43 million in its quest to become an esports powerhouse.” Read more

Epic refutes Apple’s theft claims as “implausible and deficient as a matter of law”

Posted: 10-26-2020 | Author: Staff Report
Gamesindustry.biz reports: “Epic Games has strongly refuted Apple’s claim that its use of direct payments in Fortnite constitutes “theft,” on the grounds that it is “implausible and deficient as a matter of law.”‘ Read more

Twitch, Amazon Slammed by RIAA and Major Industry Groups for Using Unlicensed Music

Posted: 10-26-2020 | Author: Staff Report
Variety reports: “Twitch, the rapidly growing livestreaming platform, and its owner Amazon received a blistering letter on Thursday signed by multiple major U.S. music organizations including the RIAA, the Recording Academy, the National Music Publishers Association, the Music Managers Forum, the American Association of Independent Music, SAG-AFTRA and more than a dozen others over its […]

Facebook takes its first small steps into the world of cloud gaming

Posted: 10-26-2020 | Author: Staff Report
The Verge reports: “Facebook is the latest tech giant to get into the world of cloud gaming — but the company’s offering is quite a bit different than the competition.” Read more

Skipping Theaters? Hollywood Studios Weigh Risks of PVOD

Posted: 10-23-2020 | Author: Staff Report
The Hollywood Reporter reports: “While (most) megabudget tentpoles are being held back for a big-screen release, higher-priced home entertainment fare is becoming the industry standard for a wide array of titles that cannot wait out the pandemic.” Read more

FuboTV now lets you watch four channels at once on Apple TV

Posted: 10-23-2020 | Author: Staff Report
The Verge reports: “If you never used Sony’s now-shuttered PlayStation Vue internet TV service, you’re probably unaware of one of its best features: multiview. PS Vue allowed you to watch multiple channels on-screen at once, which is something most of the bigger TV apps — Sling TV, YouTube TV, Hulu, etc. — don’t currently offer.” […]

Scopely acquires Genjoy

Posted: 10-23-2020 | Author: Staff Report
Gamesindustry.biz reports: “Mobile publisher Scopely has acquired Spanish developer Genjoy for an undisclosed sum.” Read more

This Week In XR: Quibi Closing, Celebs Invest In Wave Music, Sony’s New 3D Monitors

Posted: 10-23-2020 | Author: Staff Report
Forbes reports: “The Weeknd invests in Wave after their collaboration on Tik Tok. Justin Bieber, J Balvin, Jillionaire and indie record label Top Dawg Entertainment (home to Kendrick Lamar, SZA, and Schoolboy Q) have also invested in Wave.” Read more