Under the hood, Microsoft's Mixer has been building up a set of tools to differentiate itself from Twitch. Mixer's most obvious differentiator is its focus on "experience points." This system rewards viewers for participation instead of charging them money—though, like Twitch, Mixer also lets viewers donate real money to their favorite streamers in a variety of ways. Mixer also comes preinstalled as a no-friction game-streaming option in Xbox One consoles. Yet Mixer's viewership numbers continue to pale compared to Twitch's. An embedded fanbase may contribute to that, but there's also the matter of Amazon Prime's Twitch-exclusive perks, which may entice any $120-per-year Amazon user to stick to Twitch. Microsoft has yet to attach any similar Mixer perks to either its Xbox Live Gold or Xbox Game Pass subscription services. Even so, today's news will likely drive thousands of new eyes to Mixer, which may be the tipping point needed for other streamers to consider dumping the … [Read more...] about Ninja’ed: Microsoft swipes top game-streamer from Amazon’s Twitch
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A "fraud" section explicitly prohibits "charging another player to help them complete a level in a game," which could put a wrench in the works of "online companion" services that offer such paid pro-gamer help. Meanwhile, the "keep your content clean" section includes a request that players not "use your activity feed as a platform to promote controversial politics"—which could lead to trolls mass-reporting any phrases relating to women, people of color, or the LGBTQ community. The document concludes with a reminder of what happens to accounts with repeat infractions: "Under permanent suspension, the owner of the suspended profile forfeits all licenses for games and other content, Gold membership time, and Microsoft account balances." This kind of suspension doesn't appear to restrict access to Xbox's disc-based games. … [Read more...] about Xbox’s new Code of Conduct: yes to “get wrecked,” “potato aim,” no to hate
Benefits of using AWS CodeDeployDevelopers tend to become overloaded because of the burden they face creating and maintaining business apps, but also because they are then tasked with the complexity of deployment. This can involve making sure the version control tracking is current, that revisions are tracked adequately, that the infrastructure itself can support the instances of the app, and even making sure the app is available and runs reliably for all users. They become not just developers, but also deployment and infrastructure specialists. … [Read more...] about What is AWS CodeDeploy?