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These Charts Explain Why Twitch is Worth $1 Billion

twitchchartWatching someone play video games was once the bane of every high school girl’s existence, but as of this week, it’s a billion dollar business. On Tuesday, Amazon announced that it was buying Twitch, a social and live-streaming platform for gamers, for just over $1 billion. Who knew that so many people were watching and streaming video games? While it’s still unclear how Amazon plans to use it, these charts, via The New York Times illustrate just how many people are streaming and broadcasting themselves as they game.

Sometimes, it’s viewership rivals major cable networks. While game companies hold tournaments and garner some 200,000 viewers, single “full time” broadcasters can get around 20,000 viewers on their own. If you really want to see how Twitch has grown, twitchapps has all the raw data on how many people are watching someone else play Minecraft and when they’re doing it. It will make you think twice the next time you look at your clock: almost 200,000 gamers were tuning in at 7 a.m. this morning.

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STARZ Play Launches on Xbox One

starzStarz launched its signature TV Everywhere service, STARZ Play, today on Xbox One.

This marks the second STARZ TV Everywhere launch; the network launched its content on Xbox 360 at the end of last year.

“Starz is very pleased to complete our development work on the Xbox One for STARZ PLAY ahead of schedule,” said Michael Thornton, Chief Revenue Officer of Starz.

“STARZ PLAY has been a great success on the Xbox 360 platform with downloads and usage surging shortly after launch… with an even more powerful user interface and improved voice and gesture support with Kinect, Starz has developed a robust STARZ PLAY experience on Xbox One that showcases and enriches our unmatched lineup of premium movies and STARZ Original series.”
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AMC and Next Games Release Trailer for ‘The Walking Dead’ Mobile Game

“The Walking Dead” has become a social TV favorite over the years, and today, AMC and Next Games gave fans a sneak peak at what the hit show’s upcoming new mobile game will look like.

“The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land” trailer was released, showing animated images of the game’s characters–modeled after the popular show–with a somber song playing in the background. The game, which will premiere at at the same time season 5 premieres early next year, will allow smartphone and tablet users the opportunity to fight for survival like the show’s characters do.

“Our approach is to stay true to the main themes of the TV show: survival strategy, finding safety for your people, balancing between right and wrong and, of course, action when it comes to fighting against the hordes of walkers,” said Teemu Huuhtanen, CEO, of Next Games.

USA Launches Louis Litt 2048 Companion Game for ‘Suits’ Season 4

unnamedUSA has successfully launched companion games tied to its popular series ‘Suits,’ and is continuing the trend this season with ‘Suits 2048: Litt Up Cat Edition.’  The game is a variation on the popular open-source game 2048 using but features cat-loving ‘Suits’ character Louis Litt.

To date, the game has generated two million-plus page views and the average user spends about 30 minutes playing the game. USA also posted the game link on Facebook and the post has received over 10,000 likes a thousand-plus shares.

USA has also launched a weekly on-air social game, ‘Suits Live,’ available during the episode via desktop, mobile and tablet devices.  The game challenges fans to show off their series and character knowledge for a chance to see their names included in the on-air leaderboard and win prizes. Read more

ESPN and EA Partner on ‘Madden NFL 15′ Cover Vote Promotion

Screen Shot 2014-05-10 at 11.03.33 AMAt the NFL Draft last Thursday night, ESPN and EA announced the return of the ‘Madden NFL’ cover vote. ESPN and EA have narrowed the field down to a ‘Sweet 16’ of NFL rising talent, and fans will be able to choose which player graces the cover of ‘Madden NFL 15,’ which will be released on August 26.

ESPN will leverage its TV, digital, and social assets to promote the competition. Fans can vote once per day at ESPN.com/maddenvote, and take to @ESPNNFL on Twitter and the NFL on ESPN Facebook page to debate the picks using the hashtag #MaddenCover. Every Thursday for the next four weeks, the winners of each round will be announced on ESPN’s ‘NFL Live,’ and players still alive in the bracket will make appearances on ESPN programming to campaign for themselves.

“Every year, ESPN and EA SPORTS continue to go bigger with the Madden NFL Cover Vote,  and there’s no better way to kick off the vote for Madden NFL 15 than having last year’s winner and NFL legend Barry Sanders announcing it on stage at the NFL Draft,” said Raphael Poplock, vice president of games and partnerships for ESPN.  “We are building on our momentum over the last three Madden NFL Cover Votes to deliver an engaging experience that puts the cover in the hands of the fans, which have resulted in some of ESPN’s most successful social activations to date.”

The winner will be announced from LA LIVE Plaza during the 6 p.m. hour of SportsCenter on Friday, June 6. Read more

Machinima Xbox One App Unites Gamers and Second Screen

xboxone1XBOX One goes on sale at Midnight tonight, and it’s filled with second screen features for gamers.

Machinima, an entertainment company spun off of YouTube, has launched a new App to accompany the XBOX One that offer users curated gaming videos and tutorials on screen via the One’s Snap feature. Snap gives viewers the freedom to do multiple things at once by running one app simultaneously with another app, TV show, or video games.

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Microsoft’s new Xbox One teams with Spielberg and NFL to create interactive social TV

Xbox revealed its next-generation console today, Xbox One, featuring live TV integration and two big announcements to blur the lines between television and social gaming. “Until now the television viewing experience has been a one way experience, but that’s about to change,” explained entertainment chief Nancy Tellem. “Only on Xbox, will TV become social.”

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Nickelodeon’s Ninja Turtles game tops the iTunes app store

Nickelodeon has another hit app in their arsenal. A couple of months after their major iPad app launched to success, they’ve just released their first worldwide app, a Ninja Turtles game that can be downloaded in the app store for $1.99. In “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rooftop Run,” you can “join Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo in this endless runner ninja combat game, where players run, jump and fight their way across the rooftops of New York in an attempt to save the city from the invading Kraang and ultimate destruction.” Here are the details. Read more

How Playcast is changing gaming on TV

Television and gaming have always been attached at the hip. Whether you have an Xbox, Playstation or Wii, you most likely hook your console up to a television. One of the next evolutions in gaming is happening with a Jerusalem based startup called Playcast Media. Playcast “licenses streaming rights from all of the world’s major game publishers” and “ partners with cable, IP and ‘over-the-top’ TV network operators to deliver these games directly to subscriber’s home.” They’re currently licensing games from all the major publishers and are redefining the relationship between TV and gaming. Read more

AMC launches Facebook game for 'The Walking Dead'

If you watched Breaking Bad's newest episode on Sunday night, you saw AMC's on-air promo for "The Walking Dead Social Game". The social TV game is "a story-based Facebook game based on AMC's TV series," according to the network's blog post. The game was built in partnership with RockYou and is another example of a TV network leveraging the social web to begin promoting a TV show way in advance of it's premiere date.

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