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Kliuless #35: Microsoft & Sony Partner in Streaming

Each week I compile a gaming industry insights newsletter that I share broadly within Riot. This edition is the public version that I publish broadly every week as well. Opinions are mine.

Kliuless? Gaming Industry ICYMI #35

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 broadly within Riot. 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

Strategic Advisory

  • a16z: The Empty Promise of Data Moats
  • Sweden investigating loot boxes

Art / Design

Cross-Platform / Multi-Platform

  • What Microsoft & Sony’s streaming partnership means for gaming’s future
  • Steam Link finally available for iOS
  • Epic Games store eats cost of site-wide sale
    • Related: Publishers Pull Their Games From Epic's Store During Its Big Sale
  • Dauntless arrives May 21 on Xbox One, PS4, and Epic Games Store  

Mobile

  • PUBG Mobile Update Adds New Feature To Help Promote "Healthy Gaming"
  • Google said there are now 2.5bn active Android devices, so ~4bn people now have smartphones  

XR: AR / MR / VR

  • Minecraft Earth: block building game moves into the real world
  • DigiLens raises $50 million to develop cheap AR display tech
  • Magic Leap acquires Mimesys to boost spatial computing offerings
  • IDC: High-end VR grew 60% in 2018, users have smartwatch-level satisfaction
  • Nike’s iPhone app will use AR to fit shoes with sub-2mm accuracy  

Asia

  • Epic Games store has released in China
  • Bloomberg: Trump’s Huawei Threat Is the Nuclear Option to Halt China’s Rise
  • SK Telecom partners with Microsoft on 5G, AI and cloud technologies
  • Nintendo Switch lifetime sales outstripping the PS4 in Japan
  • HBR: The Ups and Downs of India’s Digital Transformation  

Tech / Entertainment

  • Epic bolsters Unreal Engine with Twinmotion acquisition
  • HBR: Why Every Company Needs to Think Like an Entertainment Company
  • Bloomberg: TikTok Is the New Music Kingmaker, and Labels Want to Get Paid
  • NYT: Disney to Buy Comcast’s Hulu Stake and Take Full Control of Streaming Service
  • Antitrust lawsuit over iOS App Store to move forward, despite Apple's arguments
  • The 8 biggest announcements from the Google I/O 2019 keynote  

Overtime

  • The dangers of in-game data collection
  • God of War - Raising Kratos: Full Length Feature
  • Warcraft at 25: How Blizzard’s strategy game became a media empire
    • Related: Blizzard boss J. Allen Brack: World of Warcraft’s past, future, and his hectic start
  • Rockstar acquires Dhruva Interactive from Starbreeze for $7.9m
  • AI predicts PUBG player placement from stats and rankings
  • Fortnite launches an in-game John Wick bounty hunt
  • Discord reaches 250m users after just four years
  • NYT: San Francisco Bans Facial Recognition Technology

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

Twitter: @kliuless
LinkedIn: @kliuless

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