Esports

Steam is down as Valve performs its standard Tuesday maintenance

Update at 4:00 p.m. Pacific time on February 13: Steam is back up.  It’s Tuesday evening in the United States, and that means somewhere within the bowels of Redmond, Washington, engineers are banging away at some Steam servers with a hammer. That’s right, the PC gaming platform Steam is offline at the moment for its regular maintenance, …

Ubisoft plans to make fewer games after a decade of annual releases

Assassin’s Creed took a year off in 2016 for the first time after having at least one new blockbuster-sized release per year since 2009. But despite some strong sales for 2017’s Assassin’s Creed: Origins, Ubisoft is saying that it plans to make fewer games in the future. Instead of a bunch of annualized franchises, Ubisoft …

Quarterback unveils engagement and monetization platform for esports players

Quarterback has launched a platform that brings professional esports players and their fans together, helping the player monetize and engage with their fans better. Market researcher Newzoo estimates that esports will become a $1.5 billion to $2.5 billion business by 2020. To get there, fans have to start spending as much on their favorite esports teams as they …

Booming business of esports sets sights on conquering mainstream audiences

There may be no better measure of the progress the exploding esports industry has made in recent years than a gathering planned this week along the glamorous beaches of Cannes. For the next three days, Esports Bar, a conference dedicated to the business side of this surging industry, will gather many actors from the sectors …

GamesBeat Decides 70: Crotch Shots

On this week’s GamesBeat Decides podcast, host Mike Minotti has returned from vacation to talk about going into VR with his family. Co-host Jeffrey Grubb, meanwhile, plays with his steering wheel for the entire show. The squad gets into a lovely platforming game, the news, and the best game from January as part of a new …