Study says US Twitch streamers raked in roughly $87 million in 2017

A new study estimates that revenue-earning American Twitch streamers grew to nearly 9,800 in 2017 (a 59 percent increase from 2016) and made an estimated $87.1 million (representing a 30 percent YOY increase). Twitch is one of the fastest-growing platforms for American content creators. In terms of year over year growth in number of creators themselves, … Read moreStudy says US Twitch streamers raked in roughly $87 million in 2017

PlayStation Now still isn’t good enough

Seventeen years later, Ico is still a masterpiece. The PlayStation 4 doesn’t support traditional backward compatibility. Shove a Fallout 3 disc into your PS4 Pro, for instance, and nothing will happen. This is due to the custom Cell processor that Sony used in the PS3. It was a capable but notoriously difficult chip for developers … Read morePlayStation Now still isn’t good enough

The Morning After: Razer will close its game store

It’s a reminder that even big names face tough odds selling games. Razer closes its game store after 10 months Razer is closing its Game Store on February 28th at 4AM Eastern as part of “realignment plans.” It’ll still honor pre-orders and notes that games will still work as long as you have their Steam … Read moreThe Morning After: Razer will close its game store

‘Apex Legends’ will make it easier to report cheaters

Apex Legends already has cheaters just two weeks into its existence, and Respawn wants to be sure they don’t become too much of a problem. The studio has dropped not-so-subtle hints that it’s incorporating a cheat reporting tool in its battle royale shooter, calling it a “very good idea” in a community update. Right now, … Read more‘Apex Legends’ will make it easier to report cheaters

Game streamer Ninja will have his own toy line

Other streamers will get nods as well. WCT is launching an augmented reality-enhanced set of four-inch vinyl figurines ($10 each) that will use a QR code to unlock a virtual experience based on top streamers. Ninja is unsurprisingly part of the mix, but he’ll also be joined by well-known streamers like Lirik, Summit1G and Tim … Read moreGame streamer Ninja will have his own toy line

‘Overwatch’ action figures and Monopoly are coming this spring

Beyond that, you’ll also find a trio of $10 Nerf MicroShot dart blasters based on the signature weapons of Lucio, Mei and Roadhog, as well as a line of masks that include Genji and Tracer. Hasbro has committed to releasing everything but the masks during the spring, with GameStop expecting Monopoly to launch April 8th … Read more‘Overwatch’ action figures and Monopoly are coming this spring

Razer closes its game store after 10 months

The store will shut down roughly 10 months after it opened in April 2018. It isn’t a direct portal like the Epic Games Store or Steam, but its closure is still significant. This was a rare digital distribution foray for Razer, and it delivered both exclusive game deals as well as discounts on peripherals. Clearly, … Read moreRazer closes its game store after 10 months

The Morning After: Amazon drops ‘LotR’ hints

Back to Bag End?Amazon’s first ‘Lord of the Rings’ teaser is a minimal Middle-earth map Amazon posted a trio of tweets about the upcoming project, the first of which is an apt quote from Tolkien: “I wisely started with a map.” Amazon also released an “interactive” map of Middle-earth, but so far all you can … Read moreThe Morning After: Amazon drops ‘LotR’ hints

Nerf’s ‘Fortnite’ guns will be here March 22nd

The Super Soaker crowd has multiple tools at its disposal as well. Fortnite‘s tactical shotgun is available as a pump-action water blaster for $20, while the rocket launcher shows up as the $20 RL (thankfully, you aren’t actually firing water-filled projectiles). And if you’re just looking for a Fortnite take on the classic squirt gun, … Read moreNerf’s ‘Fortnite’ guns will be here March 22nd