A new game engine from Amazon, Yahoo jumping into eSports and the key players in mobile games

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Lumberyard, as they call it, is based on Crytek’s famous CryEngine, and can be used to develop games for both PC and consoles. It’s also free to download! Amazon Releases Its Own Game Engine For Free

In 2016, Stugan will take 20 aspiring game developers who will spend eight weeks with all expenses paid in a traditional Swedish cabin, or “Stugan” in the Swedish countryside, where it will be support and mentor them while they build their games Sweden’s Stugan game accelerator gets its first mobile game launch

DraftKings and FanDuel are capping off what’s been nothing short of an astonishing NFL season for daily fantasy sports The esports industry has a lot to learn from the daily fantasy sports mess

GameTrailers opened its doors in the summer of 2002, and I recall watching plenty of big games debuting on its platform. It quickly became the best resource for viewing trailers of upcoming games GameTrailers shuts game video hub after 13 years

Blizzard Entertainment is the the division of Activision Blizzard that’s brought us games like StarCraft, Diablo, and World of Warcraft, and it just turned 25! Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime on the last 25 years of games — and the next 25

Chinese mobile game revenues are exploding, and mobile eSports and virtual reality are growing How China Will Boost ESports and Virtual Reality Revenues

Yahoo are putting their millions of monthly users to good use as they too jump on the eSports bandwagon. The internet company will be launching their own eSports news vertical already being rumoured to have completed their news team Yahoo are jumping into eSports with their own news section

App Annie expects global consumer spending on apps of $50.9 billion this year; Android store revenues to surpass iOS in 2017 Mobile app store revenues to pass $100 billion in 2020 – Report

Given the size of the mobile games industry, it’s no surprise that many companies have sufficient scale and/or growth to be able to float themselves on various stock markets around the world Snapshot of key mobile game company financials in 2016

Twitch’s annual retrospective is now live, and it was quite a year for the video game streaming platform, which saw 1.7 million monthly broadcasters stream 459,366 years worth of video during 2015 Twitch’s 10 most-watched games of 2015

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