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Twitch will get games for streamers and viewers to play together

Amazon has been publishing games for a while now: its Amazon Game Studios division has been around since 2015. However, the company is preparing a new push, investing “hundreds of millions of dollars” in its games development and distribution business according to the New York Times.

That includes big-budget PC games, but we’re just as interested in what the report describes as “new casual games that broadcasters on its popular Twitch streaming service can play alongside viewers in real time”.

This is all based on briefings with Amazon executives, so it’s fact rather than speculation. “We love this idea that you have a player, a streamer and a viewer all sharing in this synchronous interactive environment of Twitch,” said Amazon’s VP for game services and studios Mike Frazzini.

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YouTube Kids may be the top video streaming app of 2020 so far

Apptopia is one of a cluster of app analytics firms (see also: App Annie, Sensor Tower) mining the app stores for data on the size and growth of the apps market.

Its latest report is co-published with a customer engagement firm called Braze, and focuses on the video streaming world. The part that caught our eye was the report’s table of the top 10 streaming apps in 2020 so far, measured by time spent within the app.

It’s no surprise to see Netflix, YouTube and Amazon Prime Video in the top five globally, with Indian service Hotstar – and Disney+ lurking in sixth place. But none of the apps mentioned above were in the top slot.

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Planning a livestream? Don’t forget about the legal issues…

With many artists currently putting on livestreamed performances, we suspect most are more concerned with the logistical issues of filming and streaming, rather than the legal issues around the music they’re playing.

Law firm Reed Smith, understandably, wants to help artists consider the latter topic. It has published a Guide to Live Streaming report to help them get up to speed.

Based on principles of English law (although much of it applies elsewhere in the world too) it isn’t just about music, but a big chunk of it does concern the potential rights issues.

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Encore launches ‘music messages’ including NHS donations

Personalised video messages from celebrities are officially A Startup Thing, thanks to companies like Cameo and Taki, where people can pay for celebs to record them (or their friends / family) a unique video clip.

Now music/tech startup Encore has launched a spin on the idea for musicians. Its core business is providing a website for events organisers to book musicians. Its new thing is called Encore Music Messages, and extends the ‘artist bookings’ business into personalised videos.

“Book a musician to create a customised music video for you or a friend,” as its website explains. The price starts at £15 per video (around $18.50) with £2.50 from each video going to National Health Service charities.