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YouTube Premium users getting $2 in free, monthly Super Chat credit

YouTube Premium subscribers have started receiving $2 in free Super Chat credits to support their favorite creator during a livestream. The company has confirmed that it is beta testing monthly Super Chat gifts.

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Forza Street, a free-to-play racing game, is coming to Android later this year

The Forza video game series is widely known as an Xbox exclusive, but that's about to change with Turn 10's latest release, Forza Street. Xbox has just announced that Forza Street is available on Windows 10 today, and that it'll come to Android and iOS later in the year.

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Watch Google's GDC 2019 keynote livestream here

If you fancy yourself a betting man, you're probably taking the odds on Google's chances of announcing a new game-streaming service today. After hearing whispers about it for weeks, it's sure looking likely that we're about to get all the details as part of Google's GDC 2019 keynote address. That presentation is just about to get started, and you can watch it right here.

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Facebook app gets a new Gaming tab in the navigation bar

Facebook, in a further attempt to compete with the likes of Twitch and YouTube, has added a dedicated Gaming tab to the navigation bar in the main app. In doing so, the company is hoping to help you find games and streamers to watch, whether you want to play something new with your friends or catch up on the last esports match.

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Steam Link Anywhere brings full on-the-go PC game streaming to Android

Valve announced some big news for Steam users today, introducing the new Steam Link Anywhere service. Building off of its namesake, Anywhere takes streaming your personal library to the next level by allowing you to play on a client device outside of your local network (which was one of the weakest points of Steam Link when it launched for Android). To coincide with the announcement of the Anywhere beta, Valve has updated the Steam Link Android app to support it.

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New Google ad tech uses machine learning to only harass game players who aren't likely to spend on IAPs

In this day and age, it's easy to be cynical about the games industry, advertising, and the general state of a lot of consumer technology. Google has magnanimously decided to help Android game developers increase monetization opportunities by offering means to re-capture wayward players and keep paying ones happy in ad-free bliss. How, you might ask? Two ways: using ads to draw people back into a game and by using machine learning to only serve advertisements to those deemed less likely to buy in-app purchases.

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Games industry veteran Jade Raymond joins Google as new VP

Rumors have circulated for months about Google's ambitions for gaming — specifically, cloud gaming. The company briefly ran Project Stream last year, which allowed users to play Assassin's Creed Odyssey through Chrome. Google is reportedly working on a subscription-based gaming service, and might buy game studios to make it more attractive. The company might now have someone to spearhead its gaming effort — Jade Raymond.

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[Update: New teaser, livestream] Google plans for gaming conference news stoke streaming-service fires

Several news outlets are reporting receiving invitations from Google for an announcement set to take place at the 2019 GDC (Game Developer Conference) next month. Details included in the invitation itself are sparse, apparently stating only that "all will be revealed" at a keynote during the conference on March 19th at 10AM PT, 1PM ET. This effective announcement of an upcoming announcement has renewed speculation surrounding Google's potential entry into the game-streaming market.

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The Nubia Red Magic Mars is cheap, fast, ugly, and buggy

Nubia is finally selling a phone in North America. Sadly, it's not that wacky dual-screen device but the more modest Red Magic Mars gaming phone. We've talked repeatedly about how most gaming phones aren't any more suited to gaming than the competition, but the Red Magic Mars at least tries to justify the name with dedicated shoulder buttons and a custom gaming mode.

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Vivo reveals new iQOO phone for gamers in China, may come to other markets

Two days ago, Vivo revealed a new gaming-focused flagship phone for the Chinese market called the iQQO. On paper, it looks like a 2019-era version of the now-typical Chinese gaming phone, but Vivo did manage to pack in some decidedly top-tier hardware like a Snapdragon 855, in-display fingerprint sensor, and high-end camera sensor for a such a low ~$450 starting price. Best of all, it may end up coming to other markets.

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