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Solar Ash Delayed Until December

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Annapurna Interactive and Heart Machine have announced that their 3D third-person action platformer Solar Ash has been officially delayed and will now arrive on PC and also on Playstation on December 2nd, 2021 instead of October 26th.

The studio cited the global pandemic as a factor in the delay but also stated that they want the game “to shine,” therefore, it needs extra time to get the last pieces of polish and bug fixes.

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TikTok Planning ‘Major Push’ Into Gaming and Games

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TikTok is reportedly testing games for the wildly popular app in Vietnam ahead of a “major push” into the gaming space, with a company representative confirming tests of HTML5 mini-games, according to Reuters.

Per the report, the source confirmed the tests, while adding “We’re always looking at ways to enrich our platform and regularly test new features and integrations that bring value to our community.”

The reported plan includes ad-supported games that will come from TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, with the anticipation that doing so will lead to a boost in revenue as well as the amount of time that users spend on the app.

This isn’t the first time TikTok has ventured directly into the gaming space, as they have collaborated with Feeding America to make a Farmville-like game called ‘Garden of Good’ which allowed players to earn points and to use them to make a donation.

Last year, TikTok announced a partnership with Zynga, the development team behind FarmVille, to make Disco Loco 3D, which is an HTML5-based endless runner that could work inside the popular app.

This appears to be just the beginning of TikTok gaming plans.

According to TechCrunch, TikTok is also working on a LIVE mobile gaming feature that would allow TikTok content creators to better engage fans while livestreaming. The report would go on to shit down the Reuters report, with TikTok calling it inaccurate, saying Vietnam gaming testing is not something it’s currently doing.

Additionally, TikTok is looking to explore LIVE games in a separate effort, per TechCrunch.

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Facebook Gaming, Twitch See Viewership Decline for Third Straight Month

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The viewership decline for Facebook Gaming and Amazon’s Twitch streaming platform has continued for a third-straight month, but the dip has not brought the overall viewership numbers down prior to the boom of April 2020.

In a brand new report from Stream Elements and Rainmaker, Twitch has seen a slight decline in hours watched from January 2022 through April 2022. Facebook Gaming saw a more marked dip from month-to-month in comparison, a near 50% drop in hours watched from January through April.

“Based on what we are seeing across livestreaming platforms, viewing habits are starting to revert to what they were pre-pandemic as the world opens up again for travel, events, and gatherings,” StreamElements CBO Jason Krebs said of the report. “Even with the decline, so many creators, viewers, and brands were exposed to the appeal of the medium that even the lowest month in the future will likely be above the highest month in the past before the pandemic started.”

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Pokimane on Gambling Meta: “It’s really bad”

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Popular Twitch streamer Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys, who is also one of the most successful female streamers in the industry, isn’t a fan of the new gambling meta that has led to a number of twitch streamers landing sponsorship deals with gambling companies.

During a live Twitch stream on May 19th, Pokimane accused streamer of taking money while compromising their viewership.

“You’re comparing something that can be arguably bad, to something that’s really f**king bad.,” Pokimane said (h/t Dexerto). “Why are people trying so hard to make gambling seem less worse by comparing it to other things. We can still all agree that this is really f**king bad, right?”’

Pokimane would continue to slam the sponsorship streams.

“I’m for taking money from the rich and giving to the people, but you’re rich, and you’re gonna make millions off your viewers.” she said. “Cause that’s how it works. Your viewers lose money.”

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