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Each week I compile a gaming industry insights newsletter that I publish broadly. Opinions are mine.

Kliuless? Gaming Industry Insights #50

Hi, my name is Kenny Liu, and each week I compile a gaming industry insights newsletter that I publish broadly. Opinions are mine.

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  • Rockstar Games now has its own game launcher on PC
  • Valve launches revamped Steam Library in open beta
    • Related: Steam's latest discovery update tilts the algorithm away from popular games
  • Twitch acquires gaming database site IGDB to improve its search and discovery features
  • Discord cuts games from paid subscription plan after Nitro Games fails to take off

PC / Console

XR: AR / MR / VR

  • Pico and ZeroLight demo Boundless XR, untethered VR streaming from PCs
  • iOS 13 reveals iPhone-tethered Apple AR glasses with a controller
  • Mixed reality is boosting the live sports experience 


  • Scopely Taps Former Disney Exec to Head New Japan Offices
  • China’s internet regulator orders online AI algorithms to promote ‘mainstream values
  • Visualization of 8 years of changes to the world's biggest internet population, China


  • PlayVS raises $50 million more for high school esports platform
  • Vivendi, Riot veterans announce gaming broadcast network, VENN

Tech / Entertainment

  • a16z: Apple, services and moats
  • Stratechery: Day Two to One Day [re: Amazon]
  • HBR: The Strategy Behind TikTok’s Global Rise
  • NBCUniversal will shut down its game publishing business
  • NYT: How Apple’s Apps Topped Rivals in the App Store It Controls


  • Call of Duty: Mobile launches October 1
  • Activision reveals details on first-ever crossplay for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  • BetaDwarf raises $6.6m to develop new loneliness-busting genre
  • FT: Will virtual reality and AI help us to find love or make us lonelier?
  • Spaceships, spooks and shoot 'em ups: the best video games of the autumn
  • Cryptokitties creator Dapper Labs raises $11 million and unveils Flow blockchain  
  • French Court Says Valve Must Allow Steam Users To Resell Games

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