Gaming Platform News

Our ongoing news and analysis of the gaming industry, from console, desktop and mobile platforms through to virtual reality.

Platform News: Twitch app

Amazon-owned Twitch says source code exposed in last week’s data breach

Amazon.com Inc-owned Twitch said on Friday that last week’s data breach at the live streaming e-sports platform contained documents from its source code.

Platform News: Games and gaming controllers

China state media says gaming time limit loopholes should be closed

Chinese state media said loopholes allowing minors to bypass new rules aimed at curbing gaming play time to three hours per week should be removed to “prevent addiction.̶...

Platform News: Epic Games, Fortnite

Apple asks judge to pause Epic Games antitrust orders as it appeals ruling

Apple has asked a US federal judge to put on hold orders that could require it to change some of its App Store practices and said that it is also appealing the ruling in an antitru...

Platform News: Twitch app

Amazon’s Twitch hit by data breach

Amazon.com Inc’s live streaming e-sports platform Twitch has said it was hit by a data breach, without providing further details.

Microsoft

Microsoft to allow Epic Games, Amazon storefronts on its app store

Microsoft Corp have said it will allow Epic Games Inc, Amazon.com Inc and other firms to integrate their app stores into the technology giant’s marketplace, giving more optio...

Platform News: Epic Games, Fortnite

Apple bars Epic’s ‘Fortnite’ from App Store until all court appeals end

Apple Inc has blacklisted “Fortnite” from the iPhone maker’s popular App Store for several years until all the court appeals are done, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney ...

Platform News: Japan's SoftBank

SoftBank leads $680 million funding round in NFT fantasy soccer game Sorare

Blockchain-based fantasy football game Sorare has raised $680 million in a funding round led by SoftBank, with players including ex-England international Rio Ferdinand and Spain...

Electronic Arts (EA)

Videogame publisher EA delays launch of Battlefield 2042 by a month

Electronic Arts has pushed the worldwide launch of its “Battlefield 2042” by a month to Nov. 19, blaming the pandemic’s impact on game developers, the videogame p...

Platform News: Discord

Chat app Discord raises $500 million in new funding

Chat platform Discord has raised $500 million in a new funding round led by investment firm Dragoneer Investment Group, a company spokesperson said on Wednesday.

Platform News: China

New regulations: China tells tech giants to stop blocking rivals’ links

China fired a fresh regulatory shot at its tech giants, telling them to end a long-standing practice of blocking each other’s links on their sites or face consequences.

Platform Industry: Apple logo on a window

Epic ruling invites future efforts to paint Apple as monopolist

A US judge stopped short of labelling Apple Inc an “illegal monopolist” on Friday, but the closely-watched ruling provides a roadmap for similar claims against the iPho...

Platform News: Epic Games, Fortnite

US judge orders Apple to ease App Store rules

A federal judge in the US has struck down some of Apple’s App Store rules, forcing the company to allow developers to send their users to other payment systems in a partial w...

China Platform Economy

Chinese content platforms pledge self-discipline

Chinese content platforms including Weibo and Tencent Video have agreed to enforce more self-discipline to help maintain a “clear” cyberspace environment, a government-...

Tencent Holdings

Chinese gaming stocks in freefall after regulators summon firms

Chinese gaming and media stocks including Tencent and NetEase fell a day after authorities summoned them and other gaming firms to ensure they implemented new rules for the sector.