E3 & The Meeker Report: Crossing the Streams
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E3 & The Meeker Report: Crossing the Streams
Usually, outside of being tremendously anticipated in their respective fields, video game summit E3 and Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends report have almost nothing in common.
The same was true this year, with one exception: An increased focus on streaming gaming. At E3, in between things like a next-gen X-Box tease and the release of the duh-Vengers game, streaming gaming was a recurring talking point.
Tech wades into gaming at E3
If you think about it, we’re just about at a watershed moment for gaming. Not only have things like Fortnite, Overwatch and PUBG become key parts of culture, several new players are poised to get in the battle royale for gamers’ attentions.
At E3, Google showed off Stadia, its streaming service for gamers – but it will soon be joined by Apple Arcade, plus offerings from Microsoft, Snapchat and Netflix. And those are just the ones I can remember off-hand.
What’s more, console makers are accommodating streaming – even cranky ol’ Nintendo’s “evaluating” it.
Something about Mary
OK, over to Mary Meeker’s report. Initially the report seems insightful if not all that surprising:
- Tech companies are dominating business
- Ecommerce growth continues to outpace brick-and-mortar
- Digital ad spending is still increasing
- People continue to spend more time with digital media
- The Internet is a garbage pile of misinformation and hate
However, the report dovetails quite nicely with E3 in that it calls out interactive gaming and freemium pricing models. Interactive games like Fortnite, which Meeker calls out has continual updates and allows real-time playing and conversation, are “social in nearly all ways.”
As if right on queue to help prove the thesis Gaming is the future of social media*, Fortnite bought Houseparty – a social group-video chat app like a day later.
Meeker’s thoughts on Freemium modeling also resound here. Viral hits like Fortnite and Pokemon Go are free – you just have to cough up money for extras. This, according to a recent survey, is a huge moneymaker, with gaming bringing in about ¾ of app store spending.
*Another? Publishers are heading to Twitch.
Odds + The End
- Airbnb wants to send you on adventures.
- Deep Fakes: Making them is easy. Regulating them is hard.
- Following ones featuring Nancy Pelosi and others, this week we got Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg.
- Then, from Deep Fake to Real Deep in It: Emails may prove Zuck knew of questionable privacy practices.
- Not an allegation one needs when Facebook’s rolling out cryptocurrency imminently, asking users (again) to study their app usage, and prepping a new Portal.
- And trying to get your blood.
- Seriously, Blade 4 writes itself after that premise.
- Perhaps Facebook could get meta and debut it on Watch, which now has *adjusts glasses* 720 MILLION USERS?!!
- Ready to pay for Firefox? Too bad.
- Google, the advertising behemoth that makes a web browser, t o t a l l y isn’t killing ad blockers.
- NYC in Amazon Go 2: Cashierless Boogaloo.
- This week in comeuppance: Alex Jones, Natural News, Andrew Anglin.
- Spotify wants to be the new drive-time radio, and proved it this week with “Your Daily Drive”, a playlist mixing podcasts and music.
- For non-drivers, Shazam can now read songs played through your headphones (on Android at least).
- The Spielberg shame spiral continues as the guy who deffffinitely railed against streaming video mere months ago has signed on for his second streaming series since then.
- …And this may get a pass because you can only stream the show at night, which is a kinda neat idea.
- Ever wanted to see the growth of social networks like an animated version of one of those horse-race carnival games? Well, here ya go.
- Yay, Friendster!
- Just as Twitter gets some double takes from notifying users when their tweets get shared privately, Jack Dorsey deftly switches to his Square-CEO beanie, talking up refugee support and cryptocurrency plans.
- Twitter also took down nearly 5,000 Iran-linked accounts.
- Shocker! Russia tried to meddle in EU elections.
- This Week in Mad Lib Headlines: Snapchat gender swap busts crooked cop.
- Influencers either are or aren’t taking selfies at Chernobyl.
- Telegram suffered at least two DDoS attacks in relation to protests in Hong Kong.
- That next questionable LinkedIn connection *dramatic pause* could be your last.
- June 14, 2019