Twitch’s first game, the karaoke-style ‘Twitch Sings,’ launches to public

Amazon-owned game-streaming site Twitch is today publicly launching its first game. But it’s not a traditional video game — like those the site’s creators stream for their fans. Instead, the new game is called “Twitch Sings” and is a free karaoke-style experience designed for live streaming. The game, which was launched into beta last year, includes thousands of karaoke classics that players can sing either alone or in a duet with another person. In addition, streamers can choose to sing as themselves in a live camera feed, or they can create a personalized avatar that will appear in their place. (The songs are licensed from karaoke content providers, not the major labels.) But unlike other karaoke-style apps — like TikTok or its clones — Twitch Sings is designed to be both live-streamed and interactive. That is, viewers are also a part of the experience as they can request songs, cheer Read the full article…

OpenAI’s Dota 2 AI steamrolls world champion e-sports team with back-to-back victories

OpenAI, the AI research organization, can claim a world first: its artificial intelligence system trained to play the complex strategy game Dota 2 has bested a world champion e-sports team. The competition was held in San Francisco today and dubbed the OpenAI Five Finals, ending the organization’s public demonstrations of its Dota-playing technology on a high note. The competition on the human side included five top Dota 2 pros from team OG, which won the world’s most coveted e-sports prize last year when it took the No. 1 spot at The International, the premiere annual Dota 2 tournament with prizes now totaling $25 million. OG faced off in a best-of-three contest against the OpenAI Five bots, all trained using the same deep… Read the full article…

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will bring ‘intense’ lightsaber battles to Xbox, PS4, and PC in November

With Respawn still riding high on the continued success of Apex Legends, today, the developer finally unveiled its much-anticipated Star Wars game with a number of details and the first proper trailer. Star Wars: Fallen Order will be released on November 15th for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. The game take place after the events of Revenge of the Sith when the universe is largely devoid of Jedi, and the developer says that the game will be “a single player, story-driven title” with a big focus on lightsaber combat and Force abilities. The game will star a young padawan named Cal Kestis who managed to escape the Jedi cull and is attempting to stay alive while completing his training. Experience this all-new single-player Star Wars™… Read the full article…

Twitch’s first-ever video game is a free karaoke title built for live streaming

Since becoming the de facto game streaming platform of the modern generation, Twitch is finally ready to design its own video games, starting with a karaoke title built specifically to take advantage of the Twitch platform. The news, announced this morning on the first day of TwitchCon Europe, marks the Amazon-owned live streaming platform’s first-ever foray into game development. The game is called Twitch Sings and is available for free on Windows at sings.twitch.tv. Twitch started as a lifecasting platform, then shifted to one more oriented to game streaming, but it’s also been a place to find experimental efforts that take advantage of the live nature of the platform, alongside its array of competitive shooters and other e-sports… Read the full article…