Earlier this week, BlackBerry announced that their newest Smartphone Leap will be available in the US and the UK, and the Amazon Appstore is preloaded on BlackBerry Leap. VentureBeat previewed Newzoo’s forthcoming report on the global games industry, noting that gaming will be a $91.5M global industry this year. And Fortune notes that watching other people play video games could soon be a billion dollar industry, with a fan base that will outstrip the NFL by 2017. Interested in learning how you can take advantage of the eSports opportunity? Check out this video that describes how game developers are creating engaging experiences and reaching new customers via the Twitch platform.
A little more than a week ago, we told you that the BlackBerry Leap was available for pre-orders in the U.K. Now, the latest smartphone from BlackBerry is shipping in the U.S. in addition to the U.K. The BlackBerry Leap also is equipped with the Amazon Appstore for your Android app shopping needs, along with BlackBerry World for apps written with BlackBerry in mind. Read more here.
The global gaming market will reach $91.5 billion this year, according to an upcoming report from research firm Newzoo. That will represent a 9.4 percent increase compared to 2014’s $83.6 billion. The report goes on to claim that China, already one of the biggest markets for gaming, is about to grow by around 23 percent this year. That could move it into first place, ahead of the United States, as the top country in terms of game-related spending.
Could people enjoy watching video game competitions more than watching professional sports? Yes. One of the big differences between traditional sports leagues and eSports is the popularity of user-generated content via livestreams on Amazon-owned Twitch and YouTube videos.