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Video game maker to pay $10 million in gender bias case

Dec. 2, 2019 9:20 PM EST

The maker of popular video game League of Legends has agreed to pay $10 million to female employees to settle a broad gender discrimination case. Los Angeles-based Riot Games will pay about 1,000 current and former female employees who have worked at the company in the last five years. The case against Riot Games...

Muted launch for Google's game-streaming service Stadia

Nov. 20, 2019 5:54 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Google’s new game-streaming service Stadia demonstrates the possibilities of gaming from the cloud, but experts say it’s hindered by a lack of compelling video games and a convoluted pricing scheme. Piers Harding-Rolls, head of games research at IHS Markit, called...

NBA teams enhancing fan experience with high-tech replays

Nov. 15, 2019 11:43 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — NBA fans will soon be able to look up at the big videoboard above the court and get a different look at that deep Trae Young 3-pointer early in the first quarter. Or see a different perspective of that monstrous Giannis Antetokounmpo dunk. In a reversal of roles, NBA teams are bringing the...

League of Legends crowns Chinese team as world champions

Nov. 10, 2019 12:36 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Just like athletes, the champions got a big shiny trophy. Their most ardent fans screamed with delight over their crushing victory, while the vanquished opponents had the bitterness of defeat written all over their young faces. Esports still have some way to go before winning mainstream...

Nintendo 2Q net profit jumps from Switch Lite sales

Oct. 31, 2019 10:16 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Nintendo's fiscal second quarter net profit rose by nearly a third on strong sales of software for its Switch Lite game console, the company said Thursday. Net profit for Kyoto-based Nintendo Co. rose to 45.4 billion yen ($420 million) in the July-September quarter from 34 billion yen a year...

Sony shutting down online-cable service PlayStation Vue

Oct. 29, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

Sony is shutting down its pioneering online-cable alternative, PlayStation Vue, citing the high cost of content and the difficulty of reaching deals with networks. It launched Vue in early 2015 as a skinnier, cheaper version of cable or satellite TV delivered via the internet. It was a test case for a TV...

Microsoft platform lands another major esports personality

Oct. 24, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Microsoft's livestreaming service has added another major gamer two months after prying Tyler "Ninja" Blevins away from Amazon's Twitch. Michael "Shroud" Grzesiek announced Thursday he is leaving Twitch and YouTube behind and will stream exclusively on Mixer. Blevins joined Mixer in...

AP Explains: Streaming of German synagogue attack on Twitch

Oct. 10, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The attacker who killed two people in a shooting at a German synagogue livestreamed the assault on Twitch, a video service owned by Amazon. It was one of the first violent attacks streamed on the service, which is best known for letting people watch others play competitive video games....

AP Explains: Meet Twitch, Amazon's live-streaming video site

Oct. 9, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The attacker who killed two people in a shooting at a German synagogue live-streamed the assault on Twitch, a video service owned by Amazon. It was one of the first violent attacks streamed on the service, which is best known for letting people watch others play competitive video games....

South Park, games company swept up in China censorship fury

Oct. 8, 2019 9:20 AM EDT

TV show South Park and a major video game studio are the latest businesses swept into a growing debate over how to navigate China's censorship efforts. The question has heated up after the NBA suffered a backlash in China over a pro-Hong Kong tweet by the Houston Rockets general manager. South Park's creators...