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Kliuless #19: An Improbable Dispute with Unity and Epic

Each week I compile a gaming industry insights newsletter that I share with other Rioters, including Riot’s senior leadership. This edition is the public version that I publish broadly every week as well. Opinions are mine.

Kliuless? Gaming Industry ICYMI #19

Hi, my name is Kenny Liu, and I work in Revenue Strategy at Riot Games. Each week I compile a gaming industry insights newsletter that I share with other Rioters, including Riot’s senior leadership. This edition is the public version that I publish broadly every week as well. Opinions are mine.

See more or subscribe at: https://tinyletter.com/kliuless

PC/Console

  • Unity scraps Terms of Service change in dispute with Improbable, schedules Reddit chat
    • Related: ​Epic & Improbable team up for $25mm fund to bring SpatialOS developers to "more open engines"
  • Valve working on new algorithmic recommendation tools for Steam, curating features
    • Related: Epic Games store courting influencers and a younger, Steam-less audience
  • Bungie breaks from Activision to publish Destiny on its own
  • Tencent picks up 36% ownership of Warhammer: Vermintide 2 dev Fatshark
  • Take-Two & NBA extend partnership in $1.1bn deal, more than double the previous licensing agreement made in 2011
  • These were the most downloaded games on the PlayStation Store in 2018
    • Related: Sony has sold 91.6mm PS4 systems worldwide since launch, and has >90mm MAU across its platforms
  • Streamlabs: Twitch growth slows as streamers turn to YouTube and Facebook

Mobile

  • Apple to launch three iPhones with new camera features this year
  • Jam City announces $145m in strategic finance after layoffs and a multi-year development deal with Disney
  • Solving the monetization problem in India

XR: AR/MR/VR

  • At CES 2019, VR and AR took small but meaningful steps forward
  • HTC Vive Pro Eye: Why the company added eye-tracking to VR

China

Tech

Overtime

  • Games of the Year 2018: Game Jam Edition 
  • Why video games are made of tiny triangles
  • God of War full interview: "The definitive story behind the crafting of God of War"
  • From Uncharted to Obra Dinn: Lucas Pope dishes on his illustrious game-dev career
  • How Lambda School Raised $30M To Expand Its Income-Sharing Tuition Plan For Online Coding Students

See more or subscribe at: https://tinyletter.com/kliuless

Twitter: @kliuless
LinkedIn: @kliuless

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