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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.

Kenneth Liu, Blogger

January 31, 2019

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Kliuless? Gaming Industry ICYMI #21

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

Revenue Strategy

PC/Console(/Mobile)

  • Epic Games acquires Agog Labs

    • Related: Unity acquires Vivox, which powers voice chat in Fortnite and League of Legends

  • Jagex up for sale as Chinese owner seeks to restructure

  • Why NetEase & Quantic Dream are teaming up for games on multiple platforms

XR: AR/MR/VR

  • SuperData: VR grew 30% in 2018

  • a16z invests in Sandbox VR

  • Facebook and Microsoft patent filings offer dueling visions of small AR headsets

  • How EA quickly captures 3D scans of athletes’ faces for its sports games

  • The promise of a game world you can touch

  • "Internet infrastructure isn’t ready for the AR Cloud, but that’s changing"

China

  • China finally greenlights new Tencent, NetEase games - but Fortnite and PUBG still left waiting

  • NetEase imposes 'curfew' on underage mobile gamers

Tech

  • DeepMind AI faces off against (and defeats) StarCraft II pro players

  • Facebook ignored solution to children overspending in games

  • Rumor: Apple Plans Gaming Subscription Service

  • NYTimes: Zuckerberg Plans to Integrate WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger

  • SoftBank's Masayoshi Son, "the most powerful person in Silicon Valley," and his vision for an AI-powered utopia

  • Deloitte: Tech Trends 2019

Overtime

  • HackerRank: 2019 Developer Skills Report

  • $5.7 billion games investment in 2018 doubles previous record

  • Machine learning is rescuing old game textures in Zelda and Final Fantasy

  • Blog: The 7 deadly sins of multiplayer game development

  • Roguelikes: How a Niche PC RPG Genre Went Mainstream

  • Fortnite’s next in-game event is a Marshmello concert

  • Diablo Junior’: Inside Short Lived ‘Pokemon’-inspired, Pre-‘Diablo Immortal’ Mobile Game

  • Meet the designers who make a living building tiny houses on The Sims

  • ‘Heroin for middle-class nerds’: how Warhammer conquered gaming

  • Tale of a 44-year-old Magic: The Gathering virgin

  • Taobao wants to help Chinese farmers live stream themselves out of poverty

  • China reportedly made an app to show people if they're standing near someone in debt — a new part of its intrusive 'social credit' policy

  • HBR: How to Spend Way Less Time on Email Every Day

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