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Week in Review: Razer debuts new mobile phone built for gaming, International Olympic Committee communicates expectations of eSports and the Nintendo Switch drives 175% sales growth in past six months.

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Digital/Mobile News

  • Twitch’s concurrent streamers grew 67% in Q3, as YouTube Gaming declined. A new report from Streamlabs found that this growth is partly attributed to Twitch’s new initiatives focused on allowing smaller streamers to generate revenue from their channels (via virtual tipping, game sales, etc.). Although Twitch’s number of concurrent viewers remained roughly the same, YouTube Gaming saw a 12% decline in average concurrent streamer and viewer growth. (TechCrunch)

Gaming News

  • A slew of highly anticipated video games are releasing this month, including “Call of Duty: WWII” and “Sonic Forces.” 1990s hit “Doom” is also returning via the Nintendo Switch, as is the classic “Mario Party” franchise with “Mario Party: The Top 100,” which will include the 100 best mini-games from all 10 “Mario party” games. A new VR game called “The Inpatient” is also on slate for the PlayStation VR, in which you take on the role of an amnesiac inpatient trying to find out why you’ve been placed in the sanatorium. (Polygon)
  • GameStop has turned itself into a sort of Blockbuster for video games. With its new in-store rental service PowerPass, you can pay up front for a $60 six-month subscription and swap games anytime you want at no additional cost. The only condition is that only GameStop’s Power-Up Rewards members can participate. Sign-ups for PowerPass begin on November 19th. (Mashable)

Business News

  • Activision Blizzard has exceeded expectations with its record Q3 revenues. The company posted revenues of $1.62 billion, an increase from the $1.57 billion it pulled in last year during the same quarter. “Candy Crush Saga” by the newly-acquired King saw its paying player base expand for the first time since Q1 2016, while “Destiny 2” became the best-selling console game in the United States. Meanwhile, existing franchises like “Overwatch” and “Hearthstone” both saw year-over-year increases in MAU. (Gamasutra)
  • EA’s Q3 results are reminding the industry that sports push profits. The company continues to reap benefits from its position as the leader in sports games, as both “Madden NFL 18” and “FIFA” produced solid results on multiple platforms this past quarter. More than 50% of “Madden NFL” players engaged in the “Longshot” story mode and “FIFA Mobile” grew its unique player base to more than 113 million players. (VentureBeat)