World Pool Championship Won By San Diego

Some local residents are $10,000 richer after a recent visit to Sin City. But their good fortune didn’t happen in the casino. The team of Q-Bert 222 won the 2018 APA Team Captains World Pool Championship in late August in Las Vegas.

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Q-Bert 222 were one of only 384 teams worldwide to qualify for the American Poolplayers Association’s (APA) Team Captains Championship held at the Westgate Resort & Casino.

Q-Bert 222 brought home $10,000 and ultimate bragging rights upon returning home to their pool room. Team members include: Blake Kamiab, Phil Oh, Scott Zuckerman, Melanie Roach and Jay Roach.

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Nintendo Switch with Three Hot Nindie Games

(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nintendo of Europe has just released a video focusing on upcoming Nindie launches on the Nintendo Switch system. During the video, it was revealed that three new indie games awere launched. Starting on August 20, 2018, Bad North from Raw Fury, Morphies Law from Cosmoscope and Prison Architect: Nintendo Switch Edition from Double Eleven/Introversion Software are all available in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch.

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All of these games offer interesting takes on their respective genres, offering a little bit of something for everyone. Bad North combines real-time tactics and roguelite strategy as players defend against Viking invaders. Morphies Law is a team-based shooter where your size affects your abilities, but bigger isn’t always better! And in Prison Architect, you have to overcome the challenges of constructing and managing a maximum-security prison – not the typical focus of a simulation game.
To view the video in its entirety, visit https://youtu.be/qNUSrhEEvL0.
Nintendo Switch is full of creative indie games from talented Nindie developers – with more games coming to the system every week. To help keep up with all the recent Nindie news, here are some additional updates about indie games on the way, games that recently released and fun news about the world of independent game development you might have missed.
Recent Nindie News:

  • Indie publisher Devolver Digital has been launching multiple games on Nintendo Switch this summer – or as the hip kids are saying on social media, the #SummerofDevolver. To close out the summer, Broforce fist bumps its way to Nintendo Switch on Sept. 6, while The Messenger delivers its slick 8- and 16-bit action on Aug. 30.
  • People love Hollow Knight. And now people are about to get even more Hollow KnightHollow Knight – Godmaster, the upcoming free content pack that adds more bosses, music and quests, launches on Aug. 23. (The full game is required to access the DLC.)
  • You don’t need to roll a 20-side die to get the free update for Enter the Gungeon. You just have to download it! The currently available “Advanced Gungeons and Draguns” expansion adds hundreds of new rooms with dozens of new weapons, items, enemies and ammo types. (The full game is required to access the DLC.)
  • If your Nintendo Switch backlog is not already long enough, some recent notable indie launches on Nintendo Switch include Overcooked! 2 from Team17, Dead Cells from Motion Twin, Minit from Devolver Digital, Salt and Sanctuary from Ska Studios and Flipping Death from Zoink Games.

Nindie Extras:

  • A tasty episode of Nintendo Minute cooked up some fresh gameplay and spicy tips for Overcooked! 2.
  • The developers of Overcooked! 2 were interviewed about their chaotic and fun new game on a recent episode of the Nintendo Power Podcast.
  • Kill. Die. Learn. Repeat. That’s your motto when playing the challenging Dead Cells, and this animated video does a good job of illustrating it.

For more information about all the great Nindies on or coming to Nintendo Switch, visit here.

Wild About Game Tickets Go On Sale by Nicky USA

Nicky USA’s Wild About Game Promoted by Virtually Famous Marketing (this post first appeared online at BellevueBusinessJournal.com)

The Pacific Northwest’s meatiest cooking competition returns on September 30, 2018 at the Mt. Hood Oregon Resort on the slopes of Mt. Hood, featuring a battle between the region’s emerging chefs, an artisan marketplace, and cocktail competition

Nicky USA Wild About Game 2017 Winner Chef Sarah Schafer
Nicky USA’s Wild About Game 2017’s winner Chef Sarah Schafer, photo credit John Valls

Tickets are on sale now for Nicky USA’s 18th Annual Wild About Game! The annual sell out event will return to the slopes of Mt Hood on Sunday, September 30. This meat-centric culinary event pits four chefs from Portland and four chefs from Seattle against one another for the friendly but fierce Carter Cutler Game Cooking Competition with four different game meat-based categories, all featuring signature Nicky Farms game meats. In addition to the culinary throwdown, Wild About Game features the San Pellegrino Artisan Marketplace, and a new cocktail competition. Enjoy a relaxing Sunday of unbeatable food and views at Mt Hood Oregon Resort in Welches, Ore., on the slopes of Oregon’s tallest peak. Wild About Game is a fun and educational experience, giving attendees a chance to learn about – and taste – different game meats prepared by culinary experts. Nicky USA, the Pacific Northwest’s favorite meat purveyor, hosts this popular industry event to thank their loyal customers and showcase their restaurants, as well as their suppliers, farmers, and local food artisans. Tickets are $75 in advance, and $85 at the door, get yours before they sell out!

This September, one talented chef will take home the ultimate Nicky USA’s Wild About Game Overall Award title. Past winners of the event include 

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SLIVER.tv Launches Esports Platform on Blockchain Funded by $20 Million Token Sale

SLIVERtv logoCo-Founders of Twitch and YouTube Advise Theta Token Presale That Sells Out in 48 Hours

SLIVER.tv, the next-generation esports entertainment platform, announced the close of a $20 million (USD) Theta token private sale to marquee blockchain and esports experts including DHVC, I Blockchain Capital, Nirvana Capital, aelf, Synapse Capital and leading Silicon Valley VCs DCM, Sierra Ventures and the Venture Reality Fund. Led by Danhua Capital and advised by Steve Chen, Co-founder of YouTube and Justin Kan, Co-founder of Twitch, the private token presale had overwhelming interest and was 3x oversubscribed selling out in 48 hours. Continue reading “SLIVER.tv Launches Esports Platform on Blockchain Funded by $20 Million Token Sale”

TwitchCon2017 Focuses On Celebrating Community

twitchcon2017 bellevuebusinessjournal.comThe annual TwitchCon2017 event kicked off this weekend October 20-22nd, 2017 in Long Beach, California. Twitch is a live streaming video platform owned by Twitch Interactive, a subsidiary of Amazon.com.
The keynote was presented by CEO Emmett Shear and hosted by Director of Programming Marcus “djWHEAT” Graham, and featured other key executives, including EVP Broadcaster Success Jonathan Shipman, VP Developer Success Kathy Astromoff, and SVP Commerce Ethan Evans.
The theme for the 3-day weekend event was “our stage, your story.” The focus was on bringing everyone together who’s made Twitch such a vibrant place, with a spotlight on creators, publishers, and developers.
It’s a very smart move for a company/service like Twitch to focus on celebrating the community that has helped them thrive. If it wasn’t for the community they wouldn’t be as successful as they are today bringing in more than 45 million gamers gather every month on Twitch to broadcast, watch and chat…
In addition to celebrating creators they announced new features and tools:

  • Stream summary: Creators want to know how their stream went after it ends and starting in November, Stream Summary makes that a reality. This summary will include the most relevant stats around viewers, follows, and chat activity, surface top clips, and show how their last stream impacted progress towards becoming an Affiliate or Partner. Timing: November, 2017
  • Achievements: Achievements help creators trace the path to Affiliate and Partner status by showing them their progress toward each requirement. Achievements also help creators learn Twitch streaming basics, improve their channel, connect with their community, and more! Timing: November, 2017
  • Raids: Raids–a way that creators help each other grow by sharing their community with another channel–are now easier than ever. A new /raid feature allows streamers to seamlessly let their viewers join a raid and then drive traffic to another streamer. This new feature also includes tracking to see who raided your channel and improved moderation features, such as the ability to choose who can raid your channel through new settings. Timing: November, 2017
  • Rituals: Rituals make it easier for creators to celebrate special moments that bring their community together. The initial Ritual enables creators to signal to their community in chat that a visitor is new to the channel and to welcome them. Timing: November, 2017.
  • Premieres: Premieres allow creators to maximize the excitement, anticipation, and viewership around new uploaded content by creating live first-viewing events. Similar to how people gather around the TV for the debut of a favorite show, fans can now do the same virtually for a creator’s new uploaded content. Creators can watch along with their community to provide insights, commentary, or just enjoy the show with their community. Timing: Q4 2017
  • Rooms: With Rooms, creators can develop smaller, parallel chat groups for users with shared interests, including moderators, subscribers, followers, and other community members. Timing: Q4 2017
  • Subscription gifting: Subscription Gifting allows anyone to gift 1-month subscriptions to any streamer’s channel to anyone on Twitch. Timing: Pre-holiday, Q4 2017
  • In-Extension purchases: Enables partners and affiliates to earn revenue from developer-created digital items that viewers buy within Extensions. Timing: Beta in November, 2017

The following milestones were also announced:

  • Twitch’s commitment to building the most means of monetization for creators has resulted in a massive year-over-year increase in revenue. In 2017, more than double the amount of money was paid to individual Partners with 71% more money generated on average.
  • Twitch Prime, which was announced at TwitchCon 2016, has been a huge success, bringing in 50% more subscriptions for streamers. That works out to one new sub every four seconds.
  • Representing one of the most successful discovery features Twitch has launched is Clips, which are up to 60 second snippets of video. There have been more than 1 billion views of Clips on Twitch since launch, including over 2.4 million views for the most-watched Clip of all timeby JurassicJunkie.
  • Earlier this year, Twitch expanded monetization support to tens of thousands of non-partnered streamers with the Twitch Affiliates Program.Within six months after its launch, over 110,000 creators have joined the program.
  • To ensure the best quality of service, video delay has been reduced an average of 60%.
  • AutoMod, the machine-based learning chatbot that ensures creators can effectively mitigate inappropriate behavior in chat, currently scans over 320 million chat messages a month.
  • Twitch Extensions are a new set of tools that allow developers to help creators customize their channel pages with interactive experiences. They’re flexible, dynamic, easy to build, and easy to use. In the six weeks since launch, streamers have shared their extensions with over 15 million viewers, and more than 1100 developers have registered to create an Extension.

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TwitchCon 2017 Keynote Celebrates Creators, Reveals Upcoming Features, and Shares Latest Milestones

TwitchCon 2017Social video service Twitch kicked off TwitchCon 2017’s keynote touting a new theme–“our stage, your story.” The theme is about bringing everyone together who’s made Twitch such a vibrant place, with a spotlight on creators, publishers, and developers. The keynote was headlined by CEO Emmett Shear and hosted by Director of Programming Marcus “djWHEAT” Graham, and featured other key executives, including EVP Broadcaster Success Jonathan Shipman, VP Developer Success Kathy Astromoff, and SVP Commerce Ethan Evans. 

In addition to celebrating creators, the keynote spotlighted the following community 

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Atari Partners with NECA to Launch Atari Speakerhats at Comic-con in San Diego

ATARI SpeakerhatsAtari — one of the world’s most iconic consumer brands and interactive entertainment producers — today announced a partnership with leading action figure and collectibles maker NECA to introduce wearable technology products for BLADE RUNNER 2049, the hotly anticipated sequel to the legendary Ridley Scott directed sci-fi movie, coming to theaters on October 6, 2017. The first wave of all-new Atari Speakerhats, powered by Audiowear, the technology company creating next-generation individual and social audio experiences, debuts today and will be joined this fall by a Limited-Edition BLADE RUNNER 2049 Atari Speakerhat.

The Speakerhat is a baseball-style cap with high-fidelity stereo speakers and microphone that can connect instantly to any Bluetooth-enabled device, enabling phone calls, audio/music, and voice control. The patented Speakerhat, combined with Multiplayer Mode, will enable multiple Speakerhat users to simultaneously listen to a single audio stream in perfect synchronization, a fundamentally new social audio experience. 


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Bellevue's Mox Boarding House Raises $138,000 for Foster Youth

Mox Boarding House Engage ProgramIn the two-and-a-half years since it opened shop on Bel-Red Road, Mox Boarding House has become a gathering place for board gamers in the Puget Sound region and beyond. Mox prides itself on community-building, and this spring, the company brought together local gaming luminaries to raise funds for a worthy cause.

On Sunday, May 21, 2017, Mox hosted The Gauntlet: Infinity – its fourth annual charity tabletop gaming tournament. Each year, twenty game companies and community organizations send teams of four to compete in the day-long event, which began at noon and concluded with an awards ceremony and after-party at 10 PM. The teams spend the six weeks leading up to the tournament raising funds for a local non-profit organization; this year’s beneficiary was Treehouse, a Seattle-based group that supports foster children and their families. Continue reading “Bellevue's Mox Boarding House Raises $138,000 for Foster Youth”

An Overview of My Experience at TwitchCon 2016

Twitchcon San Diego 2016By Makaya Loo
September 30 thru October 2nd many fans of the popular live-streaming website twitch.tv came together at the San Diego Convention Center to celebrate the annual TwitchCon 2016 event. Twitch is a site where thousands of people can live stream themselves playing video games for their viewers. Some things you can do on this site along with watching another live streamer are, being able to interact with the streamer in a live chat box where you can also express yourself with custom “emotes” or emoticons to show feelings and emotions. I had attended TwitchCon this weekend for the first time ever; it being the second event of its kind. This event had me starstruck at what it had in store for me.
There were plenty of activities to do which involved meeting your favorite streamer in person, exploring the expo hall full of new games and vendors to spark your interest, buying limited edition merchandise, attending panels where many successful streamers talk about specific topics to help other possible upcoming streamers, and there were even some panels for entertainment such as tournaments or making fun of your favorite streamer for your enjoyment. This event was available to all ages but on top of those many activities there was even an area on the rooftop for anyone above the age 21 to halve some drinks and jam out to some music provided by NoCopyrightSounds and special guests such as Darude who made a special appearance for one last session the morning after the TwitchCon After Party on Saturday night at Petco Field showcasing additional guests, T-Pain, and Steve Aoki. Continue reading “An Overview of My Experience at TwitchCon 2016”

Amazon Prime ‘Levels Up’: Introducing Twitch Prime

TwitchPrimePrime members get exclusive discounts on new games, free digital games and in-game loot, plus a premium experience on Twitch—the world’s leading social platform and community for gamers

Amazon and Twitch have announced Twitch Prime, a new set of Amazon Prime benefits created for gamers. Prime members get exclusive discounts on pre-order and new release games, a rotating selection of free digital games and in-game loot, plus a premium experience on Twitch that includes a free monthly Twitch channel subscription. Twitch Prime now joins the growing list of all-you-can-eat benefits for Amazon Prime members, including guaranteed unlimited fast, free Prime shipping, unlimited access to Prime Video, Prime Music, Prime Photos, early access to Lightning Deals, and more. Gamers and Twitch fans can get all the benefits of Twitch Prime by starting a free 30-day trial, while Amazon Prime members can unlock their Twitch Prime benefits by linking their Prime accounts to Twitch at www.twitchprime.com Continue reading “Amazon Prime ‘Levels Up’: Introducing Twitch Prime”