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Kliuless #21: Sandbox VR & AR Cloud

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 #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

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

Twitter: @kliuless
LinkedIn: @kliuless

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