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…

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…