Is GameStop Played Out?

GameStop, once the most dominant player in the video game industry, may be on the verge of defeat. In the face of disappointing recent earnings, some investors wonder whether the retailer is crashing like a Super Mario Kart. Last week, GameStop said its fourth-quarter sales fell 7.6% to $3.1 billion compared to the same period […]

Data Sheet—Why Twitch Pivoted to Video Games, and Why It Worked

Emmett Shear, the quirky and focused and highly successful CEO of Amazon-owned streaming phenom Twitch, knows the exact moment he went from being a failing entrepreneur to the leader of a high-growth business. Justin.tv, Twitch’s predecessor company, was a well-before-its-time 24-hour reality TV webcaster. It wasn’t working. Shear and his partners decided to focus on […]

Twitch CEO: Europe’s New Copyright Law Could Hurt the Wrong Companies

Twitch CEO Emmett Shear said a new law in Europe that would hold tech companies responsible for the material published by their users is too vague and make things messy for his company. The European Parliament on Tuesday passed a law called Article 13 that would hold companies liable for copyright infringements by their users […]

Data Sheet—Why Every Big Tech Company Wants Its Own Cloud Gaming Service

Gaming is the $130 billion business most grownups know nothing about but technologists love. For tech types, gaming has it all: nerdery, bandwidth, pretty pictures, and easy-to-understand applications of complicated technology. The news of the week is that Google will offer a cloud-based gaming service called Stadia, one of several hoped-for “Netflix of gaming” products […]

GameStop Investors Threaten Proxy Battle Over ‘Stale Board’

GameStop is dealing with a host of problems in its business. And now, it’s facing the wrath of two major shareholders. In a letter to the GameStop board, Permit Capital Enterprise Fund and Hestia Capital Partners, which together own 1.3% of GameStop, said that the company needs to replace its “stale board” and increase stock […]

A Big Bet on Blockchain and Gaming: Ripple and Forte Announce $100 Million Fund

The cryptocurrency company Ripple on Tuesday announced an ambitious project to integrate blockchain technology into video games. The plan, which features a $100 million fund for developers, could remake the gaming industry by creating a new way to create in-game marketplaces for digital goods. The fund will be overseen by Forte, a San Francisco company […]

Why the Developer of the New ‘Harry Potter’ Mobile Game and ‘Pokemon Go’ Loves 5G

At Niantic, the mobile game developer behind Pokemon Go and the upcoming Harry Potter: Wizards Unite app, there is no question that new, faster 5G wireless networks will be extremely useful. While some question whether consumers will see much benefit from 5G and its potentially ten times faster download speeds, Niantic is already working on […]