With stadiums closed, TV networks turn to live esports broadcasts – TechCrunch

[ad_1] The COVID-19 pandemic has wiped out the spring seasons for professional sports and associated revenue for TV networks, but esports is filling part of that void. Gaming companies behind titles licensed by each major league are the winners in this unexpected shift; Electronic Arts (EA) is first among them with FIFA, Madden NFL, NBA…

Twitch announces a new Safety Advisory Council to guide its decision-making – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Amazon-owned game streaming site Twitch announced today the formation of a new group that will guide decision-making around new policies and products, the Twitch Safety Advisory Council. The eight-person council consists of both online experts and Twitch creators, who have a deep understanding of the Twitch platform, its content, and community, the company says.…

CRV’s Saar Gur wants to invest in a new wave of games built for VR, Twitch and Zoom – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Saar Gur is adept at identifying the next big consumer trends earlier than most: The San Francisco-based general partner at CRV has led investments into leading consumer internet companies like Niantic, DoorDash, Bird, Dropbox, Patreon, Kapwing and ClassPass. His own experience stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic spurred his interest in three new…

VCs see opportunities for gaming infrastructure startups and incumbents – TechCrunch

[ad_1] As the infrastructure for developing games becomes more advanced, studios have turned to buying best-in-class technology from others instead of building everything from scratch (often with inferior quality). This shift underpinned Unity’s rise as the most popular game engine. The current focus on games as ever-evolving social hubs that can remain popular for a…

Twitch launches an esports directory to cater to growing streaming audience – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Twitch is doubling down on esports in this new era of social distancing where a number of traditional sporting events have been cancelled. The company this week introduced a new esports directory on its site that will make it easier for viewers to find live matches, information on players, games with active competition leagues,…

Amazon to stream NFL’s Thursday Night Football through 2022, plus one exclusive game each season – TechCrunch

[ad_1] The NFL’s Thursday Night Football is returning to stream on Amazon. The companies announced today they’ve again renewed their agreement which will allow Amazon Prime Video to offer a live, digital stream of Thursday Night Football to a global audience through the 2022 season. This time around, the NFL and Amazon also announced a…

Facebook to launch new gaming app as mobile-centric Twitch competitor

[ad_1] Facebook is getting critical about gaming. On Sunday, The New York Times reported the social networking service would launch Facebook Gaming — a new cell app devoted to livestreaming online game content material — by way of the Google Play retailer on April 20. (Yes, tomorrow.) The app shall be free to obtain, devoid…