This Tuesday brings a major plot-twist for game live-streaming community with Twitch being swooped up by Amazon instead of Google. Furthermore, Pokemon will be coming out with an actual, real-time fighting game akin to Tekken, and the fans of the Age of Empires franchise are less-than-happy with the newest announcement of the Windows 8 title. Lastly, Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition tops the UK sales charts. Here is the gaming news daily digest from Guardian Liberty Voice for Aug, 26, 2014.
Twitch: Google backs out, Amazon purchases
In a sudden twist of events, the biggest video game dedicated live-streaming service will no longer be acquired by Google, as it was previously anticipated. Instead, Amazon has moved in to acquire the company for a $970 million. Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, expressed great excitement over the purchase, stressing the shared values between the two companies such as obsessing over customers. Their expertise might indeed come in handy given that Amazon did pioneer a lot of the user-friendly online marketplace trends. Streamers might share a slight breath of relief that Google will no longer be in charge, especially after the recent concern over the YouTube-like methods for detecting and muting copyrighted music in videos. As Guardian Liberty Voice previously reported, the detection algorithms proved less than accurate, muting uncopyrighted music or official trailer videos put up by game publishers and even Twitch themselves.
Pokemon: real fighting game (finally) coming
The popular franchise has featured little fluffy but deadly critters battling each other since the very first Game Boy titles back in 1996. Save for Super Smash Bros. crossovers, however, the combat has traditionally involved merely selecting commands and watching the virtual monsters dish it out on their own. The Pokemon Company CEO has just revealed a whole new Pokemon game during a Niconico livestream, which will give players direct control over their favorite Pokémon in a tekken-style fighting game. No details have been revealed yet except for a short teaser video stating the game is “Planned for Arcade Release” in 2015.
New Age of Empires announced for Windows 8
Fans of real-time city-building and strategy games will remember many fond nights spent building their little civilizations up through the different time periods and sending an ever-amassing army of catapults and elephants at the virtual opponents. The popular series is now moving to Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 with Age of Empires: Castle Siege, developed by Smoking Gun. However, the fans of the franchise have not been too thrilled. The gameplay showcased in a teaser video and described as “fast paced” by Kieffer Bryant from Microsoft indicates the title will take on many mobile-game mechanics, straying away from the epic intricate scenarios and strategies of previous titles.
Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition tops UK charts
The current top-selling game in the UK The Last of Us: Remastered has now been officially dethroned, and replaced by Blizzard’s third installation of their grim-dark isometric hack and slash series. The huge boost is happening mainly thanks to the Ultimate Evil Edition coming out, and 47 percent of the sales are coming from Playstation 4 alone. The Xbox One version took 32 percent of the sales numbers, with the remaining sales split between Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. The new edition combines the original Diablo 3 and the Reaper of Souls expansion into a single game with five acts, additional Crusader class and new bounties.
Gaming New Digest From Guardian Liberty Voice Commentary by Jakub Kasztalski
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