Welcome back to the Gaming Street Podcast, hosted by Steven Wong and Olivia de Silva.
It takes more than Ninja to raise Mixer’s numbers
This week, we discuss how not even an exclusive deal with online gaming superstar Ninja was enough to uplift Microsoft’s live streaming platform Mixer in its rivalry with Twitch and YouTube. Although the famous broadcaster managed to carry a large chunk of his audience to Mixer, tripling the platform’s total viewing hours, that success didn’t raise the profiles of any of the other broadcasters.
Shawn Layden’s unceremonious departure from Sony
As the head of Sony Worldwide Studios, Shawn Layden has become the face of PlayStation at E3 press conferences. So, it was a shock to many that his departure was announced with a short Twitter post that offered no details as to why. It was unsettling news, given how Layden served the company for 32 years and one of his recent successes includes acquiring Marvel’s Spider-Man developer Insomniac Games as a first-party studio. Some suggest power struggles and turmoil at Sony, just as the company is transitioning to its new console system. The lack of information has some worried about the PlayStation 5’s launch.
Marvel Contest of Champions continues to be overpowered
We kick back with Kabam from the New York Comic Con show floor, where it hosted the Marvel Contest of Champions: Summoner Showdown finals. Contest of Champions executive producer Luke Takeuchi explains how the game continues to grow while Gabriel Frizzera and Meghann McGregor talk about the newly announced spin-off game, Marvel Realm of Champions. With the ongoing success of the game and the Marvel movies, is Kabam ready to step into the world of mobile esports?
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