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Awesome Games Done Quick 2019 wraps up by breaking records

Awesome Games Done Quick 2019 wraps up by breaking records

Annual video game speedrunning marathon Awesome Games Done Quick wrapped up over the weekend, and by the end of it all, it was able to claim the title of biggest GDQ ever. AGDQ 2019 ended its week-long marathon early Sunday morning with an impressive train of donations, and in the end, it managed to raise more than $2.3 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation.

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Oculus Rift rolls out public Homes and Facebook livestreaming

Oculus Rift rolls out public Homes and Facebook livestreaming

Oculus Rift's first platform update of the year is rolling into testing today, and it's bringing a couple of interesting new features along with it. The first allows you to open your Home to any and all visitors who might want to drop in. The second is Facebook livestreaming, which - given the fact that Facebook is the parent company of Oculus - is something that we all assumed was coming at one point or another.

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Ninja unsurprisingly dominated Twitch in 2018

Ninja unsurprisingly dominated Twitch in 2018

Anyone who spends any amount of time on Twitch is likely aware of the platform's biggest streamer, Tyler "Ninja" Blevins. Ninja switched the focus of his stream to Fortnite late in 2017, and that was a decision that paid dividends throughout 2018. While no one will be surprised to hear that Ninja had a good year, a new report is showing us just how good of a year it was.

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Blizzard tries to rein in Overwatch Twitch chat

Blizzard tries to rein in Overwatch Twitch chat

Those who visit Twitch regularly know that Twitch chat is an interesting entity that can turn from rather subdued into toxic insanity at the drop of a hat. Most streamers keep their own chats relatively free of toxicity through things like moderation, bans, and word filters, but as the viewer count of a particular channel grows, it gets harder and harder to keep Twitch chat from spiraling into madness. Blizzard is looking to test a new method of channel moderation for Overwatch pro matches, but Overwatch fans might not like what it's doing.

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Marvel Netflix shows may live on with Disney+

Marvel Netflix shows may live on with Disney+

A lot of us were disappointed and confused when Netflix started canceling its Marvel shows, but there might be hope for them yet. While we definitely shouldn't expect shows like Daredevil to return to Netflix, Disney has indicated that it may look at bringing them to its own streaming service at some point in the future. It's far from confirmation that these shows will live on, but at least it's something.

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Apple Music Connect is no more

Apple Music Connect is no more

The Apple Music tripod just lost one of its legs. When the service launched in 2015, Apple promoted three foundations that made Apple Music unique: music streaming, Beats Radio, and the social hub Connect. Now Apple will have to revise history to show that the service stands only on two legs. As of today, Apple Music Connect is practically shutting down, save for a few traces, leaving artists less connected with their fans.

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Plex integrates TIDAL and offers subscriptions on the cheap

Plex integrates TIDAL and offers subscriptions on the cheap

Today, Plex announced a somewhat surprising team up with TIDAL. Beginning today, Plex users can sign up for a subscription for TIDAL and integrate music from the service with their own Plex library. Plex is even offering TIDAL subscriptions at a discount as well, which might just be the most exciting part of this whole promotion.

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Nintendo Creators Program axed, YouTubers and Twitchers rejoice

Nintendo Creators Program axed, YouTubers and Twitchers rejoice

Nintendo may have finally picked up the slack and have become one of the most beloved console makers again but in some areas it still has pretty archaic business policies and philosophies. One shining example is its Creators Program which seemed to have been created in the age before the Internet. Fortunately, Nintendo has finally gotten some sense and is retiring the program, giving video streamers and uploaders a bit more freedom, including in how they monetize their content.

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YouTube tipped to change original content strategy

YouTube tipped to change original content strategy

YouTube has been in the original programming game for a few years at this point, but now, facing stiff competition from companies like Netflix and Amazon, it might be looking to shake some things up. A new report today claims that YouTube may step away from its strategy of using original content to drive subscriptions to YouTube Premium, potentially making those shows available to free viewers in one form or another.

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Elgato Cam Link 4K turns GoPros, DSLRs, camcorders into 4K sources

Elgato Cam Link 4K turns GoPros, DSLRs, camcorders into 4K sources

YouTube and live streaming have become so easy and popular thanks to the ubiquity of smartphones but not everyone streams on location or from their mobile device. Others choose or are forced to do it from their PCs or Macs and may not have the high-quality cameras to do the job. And they don’t have to, says streaming hardware company Elgato. If they have a DSLR, an action cam, or even just a camcorder, they can record impressive 4K footage thanks to the magical Elgato Cam Link 4K.

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If Steam Link is gone, here are your alternatives

If Steam Link is gone, here are your alternatives

By the time you read this, Steam Link may already be dead. This week Valve announced they'd soon no longer have physical hardware units for their Steam Link system available for sale. This was true of both stock in the UK and in the USA, and final stock will likely leave the official Steam store soon. For those users that already have a Steam Link, there's good news. For those that are just hearing about Steam Link now - you're not alone! Also, there are alternatives for what's basically the exact same service.

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Steam Link hardware is dead, long live the Steam Link app

Steam Link hardware is dead, long live the Steam Link app

Valve is arguably great at software, both its own games as well as its game publishing and distribution platform. It seems to have worse luck, however, when it comes to making and selling its own hardware. Steam Machines, both its own as well as its partners, have long been considered a failure now the other parts of its ecosystem are also falling to pieces. The latest to join that Valve hardware graveyard is the Steam Link box, which, admittedly, may have been way ahead of its time.

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