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  • Blog Post: Amazon Completes Acquisition Of Twitch Streaming Service

    Amazon has something special in its gold box today. The company has announced it has completed the acquisition of game streaming service Twitch. The news was announced via a brief SEC filing to notify the commission of the transaction. “On September 25, 2014, Amazon.com, Inc. completed its acquisition... More
  • Blog Post: Twitch Viewership Numbers Rival Those Of Major Cable Networks

    New data shows just how popular the game-streaming service Twitch has become. Twitch, which was recently purchased by Amazon for a nearly a billion dollars, is posting viewer numbers that rival ratings for some of the biggest cable networks in the world. A recent New York Times article shows the explosive... More
  • Blog Post: Twitch CEO: Amazon Will ‘Help Twitch Do What We’re Doing Today, Only Faster’

    Following today’s news that Amazon will acquire game streaming site Twitch , company CEO Emmett Shear held a town hall event to address questions. He was joined by Amazon vice president of games Mike Frazzini to discuss the deal. Shear will continue as CEO of Twitch, which will be a wholly owned... More
  • Blog Post: CONFIRMED: Amazon Purchases Twitch

    Update #2: Amazon has announced the purchase of outstanding Twitch shares for $970 million cash. The deal has been approved by Twitch's shareholders and is scheduled to close later this year. Update #1: Twitch CEO Emmett Shear has confirmed his company's acquisition by Amazon. The news comes... More
  • Blog Post: Final Fantasy V Now Available On Amazon Appstore

    Final Fantasy V has conquered another platform. You can now play Final Fantasy V on your Kindle Fire. The game has been available on App Store and Google Play Store (and a few other platforms) for some time, but this is the first time it is available on the Amazon Appstore. You can grab the game here... More
  • Blog Post: Amazon Game Studios Reveals Exclusive Fire Phone Titles

    Amazon is throwing its hat into the smartphone ring, and it's bringing exclusive games with it to entice consumers. Today, Amazon Game Studios announced Saber's Edge and To-Fu Fury will come to Amazon's Fire Phone, both of which implement the phone's Dynamic Perspective 3D effect. Saber's... More
  • Blog Post: Returning Fighter Maya Confirmed For Killer Instinct Season Two

    Despite the bright red glow that seemed to hint at the return of Cinder during E3's T.J. Combo reveal , the next confirmed fighter for Killer Instinct's second season is the Amazonian knife-wielding princess, Maya. Maya was revealed at this year's EVO 2014 tournament. According to a report... More
  • Blog Post: The Original Grand Theft Auto Trilogy Hits Amazon Fire TV

    Amazon's new Android console has landed Rockstar's classic PlayStation 2-era GTA trilogy. The Amazon Fire TV, which is available now for $99, is quickly trying to expand its core gaming offerings. Alongside Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas,... More
  • Blog Post: Pokemon TV Available On Kindle Fire

    Pokémon episodes can be watched by several means: through Netflix, Hulu, or the official iOS and Android apps . Now, Kindle Fire users can join in with the Pokémon TV Kindle Fire app, which launched today. The free app gives users access to tons of content from Pokémon’s 16... More
  • Blog Post: Amazon Hires Kim Swift, Clint Hocking

    Update: Both Kim Swift and Clint Hocking have confirmed their new positions at Amazon. Both Swift and Hocking have updated their LinkedIn profiles with the new information. Both are listed as senior designers. Original Story: This morning, Amazon announced its new media device, the Fire TV . While it... More
  • Blog Post: Amazon Game Studios Shows Off Upcoming Games, Launches Sev Zero

    To go along with the announcement of its media-streaming/Android console hybrid Fire TV device, Amazon is ramping up its game development business. Amazon Game Studios' first big announcement is Sev Zero, a new game that's available now on the Amazon App store . It's a graphically impressive... More
  • Blog Post: Amazon Announces Amazon Fire TV Media Device

    At an event today in New York City, Amazon announced its long anticipated media device. The Amazon Fire TV is a small box featuring a quad-core processor and a dedicated GPU similar to those found in smartphones. The Amazon Fire TV also includes 2 GB of RAM, dual-band WiFi, and comes with its own remote... More
  • Blog Post: Rumor: Amazon Console Will Resemble Chromecast, Stream PC Games

    The rumors are flying hot and heavy regarding Amazon's entry into the video game console market. The latest revolves around the unit size, and possible ability to stream PC games. The report comes from TechCrunch, which states that the "console" will actually be a dongle - similar to Google's... More
  • Blog Post: Report: Images Of Amazon Bluetooth Controller Appear

    Last year, we reported on Amazon’s plans to develop its own Android-based set-top box for games and media. In that report, we indicated the company was in the process of developing its own controller. Images, obtained from Brazil's FCC-equivalent organization , show a controller with Android... More
  • Blog Post: Report: Amazon's Android Box Coming In March

    A multifunctional, Android-powered, set-top device from Amazon, which we first reported on last year , is still in the works. Not only that, but it is reportedly being prepped for a March release. According to Recode , the WebTV unit is being positioned to compete with Apple TV and Roku. It would allow... More
  • Blog Post: [Update] Microsoft Talks On Amazon Acquiring Killer Instinct Dev Double Helix Games

    Update #2 : Microsoft has commented on Amazon's acquisition of Killer Instinct developer Double Helix Games. Polygon has obtained the following comment from Microsoft, which mentions the future of the Killer Instinct franchise. We have thoroughly enjoyed working with Double Helix and wish them success... More
  • Blog Post: GameStop, Amazon Reassure Gamers Who Bought Watch Dogs Console Bundles

    Two of the largest video game retailers have released statements confirming that those consumers who preordered Watch Dogs console bundles will still be receiving their consoles. We contacted GameStop [full disclosure: GameStop is the parent company of Game Informer] and received this statement: "With... More
  • Blog Post: Amazon Developing Android Console

    Sources have approached Game Informer with an interesting bit of news from one of the world's largest retailers. Amazon is developing an Android based console for release by the end of this year, most likely by Black Friday. According to those we spoke with who have knowledge of the in-development... More
  • Blog Post: New Dragon's Crown Trailer Introduces The Dwarf

    In the latest Dragon's Crown trailer, we meet the Dwarf, who actually doesn't seem much shorter than any of the other playable characters. He's a dual wield specialist with the ability to to set his hands on fire. For more on Dragon's Crown, and to see more of the game in action, you... More
  • Blog Post: Nintendo's Refurbished DS, 3DS Sales Risky Move

    Nintendo has recently started selling refurbished DSi XL and 3DS units on its website. This might seem like an insignificant change, but the pricing scheme in place disrupts a cardinal rule of direct to consumer sales. In the days before the Internet, there were hard and fast understandings between manufacturers... More
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