Amazon is hoping to become the ESPN of video games. The e-commerce giant is buying streaming platform Twitch Interactive for $970 million in cash as it seeks to take part in video gaming's growth as an online spectator sport. Twitch is a multi-channel online network built for a generation of people who not only enjoy playing video games, but find it entertaining to watch others who might impart tricks and tips for excelling at their favorite games. Amazon's purchase is an acknowledgment that gameplay video feeds are increasingly lucrative. Twitch had 55 million unique visitors in July, up from 20 million in 2012. Most visited the Twitch.tv website to watch other people play live or recorded games -- competitions interspersed with advertising. Digital video advertising in the U.S. is expected to reach $5.96 billion this year, according to eMarketer, up 41.9 percent from 2013. "Broadcasting and watching gameplay is a global phenomenon and Twitch has built a platform that brings together … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Amazon aims to become ESPN of video games with Twitch deal
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It’s time for another K-State Q&A. Thanks, as always, for your participation. Lots of great topics to get to this week, so let’s dive right in. TCU is a #10. Texas is a #9. They are both under .500 in league and are winless vs K-State. Yet Joe has them seeded above K-State. At what point will the non-conference schedule stop killing the Cats?— Matthew Engelken (@matthewengelken) February 9, 2018 This question is in response to Joe Lunardi’s latest Bracketology update at ESPN, which has K-State in the field as a No. 11 seed (in Wichita!) but below Big 12 teams it has beaten this season. A wretched nonconference schedule is the main reason why. It will stop “killing the Cats” when the postseason begins and things like schedule strength no longer matter. Until then it will hurt K-State. Remember, its nonconference schedule ranks near the bottom of college basketball, checking in at No. 342 (out of 351) nationally, per the latest RPI numbers. TCU … [Read more...] about K-State Q&A: Bracketology, football and Big 12 teams as video game consoles
Weekend winners Doug Pederson. If there has ever been a time when the coach was the most deserving MVP, this may have been it. And yes, Nick Foles was great too, and a fine choice, and we're not beefing on that, but everything from his demeanor to his play calls to his rolls of the dice in several situations, not only paid dividends almost every time, it announced to his inexperienced team that the Eagles were there to win the game. Not just be part of the game. Awesome leadership. Awesome gameplan. And the fourth-and-goal, Wildcat snap, reverse pass from Trey Burton to Foles for a 1-yard TD was simply magic. It sped by the Nebraska fumblerooskie and the Boise State statue of liberty as the greatest, guttiest big-moment trick play in football history. Foles. Yes, Pederson was the difference, but let's not undersell Foles here. Dude made three or four or five throws that were simply money. Money. His showing was amazing, and set the tea leaves in a place that will be interesting to … [Read more...] about 5-at-10: Weekend winners and losers from the Super Bowl, Eagles and Pats moving forward, Rushmore of old-school arcade video games
Watch Fr0zen vs. tom60229 — Grand Final — 2017 HCT World Championship from PlayHearthstone on www.twitch.tv Today the president of Taiwan congratulated the new world champion of Hearthstone, Chen Wei-Lin — one of her own countrymen. It is not often that a world leader goes out of her way to praise the winner of a video game. If you don’t know what Hearthstone is, or why it’s become a competitive eSport, perhaps it seems strange that President Tsai Ing-wen would care. Let us explain. Hearthstone is a game of contradictions. Its cartoonish graphics bely sophisticated strategies, which the most committed players are constantly inventing, perfecting and deploying against each other. It’s hard, in other words. Its fantastical theme belies that at its heart, it’s a card game built on simple principles of attack and defense. You build a deck of Drakonid Operatives and Leeroy Jenkinses and weirder … [Read more...] about He spent years trying to win a video game tournament for his country. His president noticed.
Las Vegas-based Rogue, the little-esports-squad-that could, is not so little anymore. (Rogue) Rogue's Casper “cadiaN” Møller in competition. (One7 Communications) Rogue's Casper "cadiaN" Møller (One7 Communications) ASUS ROG Regional Qualifier (One7 Communications) Rogue team members Sean Mulryan, general manager, Frank Villarreal, co-founder/president, Colin Wentworth, professional VainGlory player, Derek Nelson, co-founder/ CEO, Brian Thomas, head of player development, and Andrew Stickney, assistant general manager, on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at the team's home, in Las Vegas. Benjamin Hager Las Vegas Review-Journal @benjaminhphoto Rogue team member Casper Møller practices Counter-Strike: Global Offensive with players from around the world on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at his home, in Las Vegas. Benjamin Hager Las Vegas Review-Journal @benjaminhphoto Rogue team member Casper Møller practices Counter-Strike: Global … [Read more...] about Las Vegas esports squad shakes up video gaming world