Amazon Developing New Game Streaming Service to Compete with Microsoft and Google

Not to be outdone by its FAANG and other technology rivals, it appears Amazon has been secretly developing a game streaming service. It looks set to compete with Microsoft and Google with instant video games housed on powerful servers.

Cloud-based gaming, which will negate the need for downloads or game cards, could be one of the next major advances for the gaming industry.

Google and Microsoft Already in the Game

Google’s Project Steam cloud gaming service is currently in beta testing with no news of a full, official launch. For Google, it will be as easy as opening a Chrome tab to play your favorite game.

Microsoft unveiled its Project xCloud in October 2018. It will be available for public testing sometime in 2019 and run on console and PC.

Amazon is reportedly already in talks with publishers but won’t be launching its own service until 2020. The news comes from sources simply named as “two briefed on the plans” who revealed the development to The Information.

There has been no formal announcement from Amazon, as yet. Other reports found that Amazon is hiring engineers in Seattle and California to work on “cloud games.” With one job description revealing the opportunity involves shaping the foundation of an “unannounced AAA games business.”

An Industry Worth $20.28 Billion

Amazon already has a powerful cloud server infrastructure in Amazon Web Services.  So, an Amazon game streaming service makes a sensible addition to its wide-reaching technology portfolio. It also owns the video streaming platform Twitch, massively popular with gamers.

Of course, Amazon’s Twitch already competes with Google’s YouTube and now the rivalry between the leading technology players could well be hotting up. By 2020 the videogame industry in the U.S. will be worth an estimated $20.28 billion.

With today’s trading closed on the Nasdaq, it’s a wait and see if Amazon’s share price will be affected positively by the news.

FAANG and Microsoft Share Performance (Facebook: Blue, Amazon: Red, Apple: Orange, Netflix: Yellow, Google: Green, Microsoft: Bright Green) Last Six Months. Source: TradingView

After a poor and volatile last quarter 2018 for technology stocks there appears to be some breakouts in the FAANG and Microsoft share price and company value battle. Apple stock plummeted over sales forecast revisions and then it revealed production cuts. However, Apple’s share price has begun to recover. Netflix has had a 2019-long winning streak so far.

We might not hear from Amazon’s Jeff Bezos on the development just yet. The Bezos divorce hit the press this week and could result in the world’s largest divorce settlement yet.


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Microsoft Knocks out IBM for Enterprise Blockchain Crown: Report

Microsoft’s Blockchain-as-a-Service (Baas) platform has taken the top spot in a ranking compiled by market foresight advisory firm ABI Research.

Per the report , Microsoft managed to beat competitors in the ranking owing to the advantage it has on the actual implementation front where a wide range of platform services are offered.

It also helped that Microsoft’s BaaS platform is deeply integrated with its Azure cloud service, which commands the second-largest market share in the public cloud services market globally.

Big Blue

IBM came second after Microsoft, and the two firms were leagues ahead of other vendors such as Oracle, Amazon, Alibaba, Baidu, Cisco, SAP, HPE, Huawei, and Tencent. ABI Research assessed the tech companies based on a wide range of innovation metrics.

“Each vendor was analyzed on innovation metrics such as market penetration, proof of concepts and pilots, and ecosystem support, and implementation metrics such as platform diversity, primary features, developer resources, and integration with their own solutions,” wrote ABI Research in a press release.

Part of the reason for Microsoft’s and IBM’s dominance is the fact that they have been in the blockchain space for longer than most of the other vendors, such as Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei and enterprise software behemoth Oracle.

Huawei launched its BaaS platform last month, while Oracle unveiled its blockchain platform in May.

$7 Billion Market

IBM blockchain

This comes at a time when the BaaS market is expected to balloon to US$7 billion in the future, according to a research analyst at Bank of America, Kash Rangan. As CCN reported in October, Rangan projected that the multi-billion dollar opportunities presented by the expansion would be reaped by marrying blockchain with the current cloud computing infrastructure and enhancing some parts of the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platforms.

At the time, Rangan gave the example of Microsoft’s cloud computing platform Azure as a service that stood to benefit by integrating BaaS. Other vendors that Rangan highlighted included Amazon, which he noted was positioned to gain from blockchain technology both as a vendor of cloud services and as an online retailer.

“Amazon will benefit from incremental cloud services demand from Blockchain implementation, while improved supply chain tracking should make Amazon’s retail operations more efficient,” CCN reported Rangan as having written in a client note.

Rangan’s forecast of how much the BaaS market will be worth in the future assumed that 2 percent of servers would be allocated to running blockchain at an annual cost per server of US$5,500.

Some of the tech firms that Rangan listed as likely to be major beneficiaries of the expansion of the BaaS market but were not analyzed by ABI Research when compiling the BaaS platform rankings included VMware and Salesforce.

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Microsoft Knocks out IBM for Enterprise Blockchain Crown: Report

Microsoft’s Blockchain-as-a-Service (Baas) platform has taken the top spot in a ranking compiled by market foresight advisory firm ABI Research.

Per the report , Microsoft managed to beat competitors in the ranking owing to the advantage it has on the actual implementation front where a wide range of platform services are offered.

It also helped that Microsoft’s BaaS platform is deeply integrated with its Azure cloud service, which commands the second-largest market share in the public cloud services market globally.

Big Blue

IBM came second after Microsoft, and the two firms were leagues ahead of other vendors such as Oracle, Amazon, Alibaba, Baidu, Cisco, SAP, HPE, Huawei, and Tencent. ABI Research assessed the tech companies based on a wide range of innovation metrics.

“Each vendor was analyzed on innovation metrics such as market penetration, proof of concepts and pilots, and ecosystem support, and implementation metrics such as platform diversity, primary features, developer resources, and integration with their own solutions,” wrote ABI Research in a press release.

Part of the reason for Microsoft’s and IBM’s dominance is the fact that they have been in the blockchain space for longer than most of the other vendors, such as Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei and enterprise software behemoth Oracle.

Huawei launched its BaaS platform last month, while Oracle unveiled its blockchain platform in May.

$7 Billion Market

This comes at a time when the BaaS market is expected to balloon to US$7 billion in the future, according to a research analyst at Bank of America, Kash Rangan. As CCN reported in October, Rangan projected that the multi-billion dollar opportunities presented by the expansion would be reaped by marrying blockchain with the current cloud computing infrastructure and enhancing some parts of the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platforms.

At the time, Rangan gave the example of Microsoft’s cloud computing platform Azure as a service that stood to benefit by integrating BaaS. Other vendors that Rangan highlighted included Amazon, which he noted was positioned to gain from blockchain technology both as a vendor of cloud services and as an online retailer.

“Amazon will benefit from incremental cloud services demand from Blockchain implementation, while improved supply chain tracking should make Amazon’s retail operations more efficient,” CCN reported Rangan as having written in a client note.

Rangan’s forecast of how much the BaaS market will be worth in the future assumed that 2 percent of servers would be allocated to running blockchain at an annual cost per server of US$5,500.

Some of the tech firms that Rangan listed as likely to be major beneficiaries of the expansion of the BaaS market but were not analyzed by ABI Research when compiling the BaaS platform rankings included VMware and Salesforce.


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Starbucks and ICE’s Bakkt partnership: Does it mean anything for cryptocurrency space?

New York Stock Exchange parent, Fortune 500 and Fortune Future 50 company Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) announced in August its plans to create a new firm, Bakkt, which intended to utilize Microsoft Cloud solutions to create an open and regulated worldwide ecosystem for digital assets.

The new firm is collaborating with such organizations as Microsoft, BCG, Starbucks and others to develop an integrated platform that allows for institutions and consumers to purchase, sell, store and spend digital assets on a seamless worldwide network.

Federally regulated markets and warehousing along with consumer and merchant apps are expected to make up the Bakkt ecosystem. The first use cases of the ecosystem will be for trading and conversion of bitcoin versus fiat currencies.

Does Starbucks’ involvement in this project mean anything for the digital currency sector? I asked Sheri Kaiserman, 20+ year Wall Street veteran and principal advisor & co-founder at Maco.la, and Jason Davis, former senior UX designer at Wells Fargo and CEO of Hoard, a platform that allows for seamless integration and management of both crypto and fiat currencies. (Thanks to Lauren Epstein and account supervisor Stephanie Rosenblum at PR agency 5W for coordinating).

Starbucks and ICE’s Bakkt partnership: Does it mean anything for cryptocurrency space?

Sheri Kaiserman

Kaiserman: “I think it is premature if everyone is thinking that people will start using their crypto to make purchases at Starbucks.  First of all, from what I understand, Starbucks’s role in this partnership is more as a consultant to help develop crypto related applications for customers.

Second of all, even if Starbucks did accept crypto as payment, I would not expect many people to pay with it, certainly not in the US, where most of the people who own crypto hold it for speculative purposes.

There are a lot of expensive lessons the community is able to learn from the people who spent their bitcoin in the early days.  The first purchase that was made with Bitcoin was for 2 pizzas costing 10,000 bitcoin. I’d be happy to buy someone a cup of coffee for just one tenth of a bitcoin!”

Starbucks and ICE’s Bakkt partnership: Does it mean anything for cryptocurrency space?

Jason Davis

Davis: “The press release issued by Starbucks pertaining to customer purchases using cryptocurrency is nothing more than hype. Starbucks customers are already spending their bitcoin, as well as many other cryptocurrencies, at Starbucks retail locations using crypto-backed Visa debit cards. In fact, digital currency holders are making similar purchases all over the world and have been for years. The most exciting thing we can gleam from the press releases is Starbucks is talking about Bitcoin to the general public. This is a positive direction for the retail sector.

However, what this announcement didn’t emphasize is the corner merchants are still backed into. With every consumer purchase, merchants are beholden to 3 percent transaction fees AND 3 to 5 day settlement times. Cryptocurrencies, and companies like Hoard that support crypto-commerce see a different future. One where merchants aren’t subject to a single medium of exchange backed by a slow and centralized intermediary. Instead, they can transact directly with the counterparty and settle the transaction in seconds without paying exorbitant fees.

Lastly, the partnership with Bakkt and Bakkt’s capabilities are still to be seen. Cryptocurrency companies make many claims yet very few are viable at this time. From what we know, buying Bitcoin through Bakkt consists of a futures contracts. Until that futures contract is converted into real asset ownership, consumers won’t be in full possession of their bitcoin. This is in direct opposition of the original position of the Bitcoin white paper, an electronic peer-to-peer cash system. I’m interested to see how this plays out but I know first-hand far more robust and integrative financial solutions are coming to retail consumers. This deal isn’t it.”

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Starbucks headquarters – Public domain image by Wesley2048 at the wikipedia project

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Nasdaq and Microsoft join forces to deliver blockchain services

Blockchain and cryptocurrencies have been an attractive proposition for a lot of traditional technology and financial companies recently and everyone is trying to board the bus in the best way they can. Same has been the case with Microsoft and Nasdaq who are coming together to deliver on the blockchain promise.

The partnership will offer blockchain based software

In the recent news report released by Bloomberg, Microsoft has said that’s its Azure blockchain services will integrate with Nasdaq’s Financial Framework, which offers software for traders, exchanges and clearinghouses to interact with each other.

The partnership will create a blockchain system that helps different technologies work together for Nasdaq customers. For example, it will make it easier to match buyers and sellers, and manage the delivery, payment, and settlement of transactions, the companies said.

Nasdaq Financial Framework plans to offer customers the ability to use different blockchains through one common interface, which the company hopes will ease and accelerate blockchain use and let customers choose which option is best for different situations.

The partnership will be announced Tuesday as Microsoft business development chief Peggy Johnson speaks at Bloomberg’s CIO Exchange conference.

Independently too, Nasdaq and Microsoft are doing their bit of work in blockchain and cryptocurrencies. Nasdaq has already announced plans list multiple cryptocurrencies as early as 2019. A couple of months back, Nasdaq reportedly hosted a closed-door meeting in Chicago with representatives from about half a dozen companies, including Gemini and other cryptocurrency exchanges. As per a report by Bloomberg, the gathering was aimed to encourage the industry to work toward improving the image of cryptocurrency by validating its potential role in global markets.

While Microsoft is supposedly joined hands with The Seattle-based coffee giant, Starbucks, and Intercontinental Exchange, is working to launch a new company called Bakkt that will enable consumers and institutions to buy, sell, store and spend cryptocurrencies on the global network.

In 2015, Microsoft and ConsenSys had partnered to offer Ethereum Blockchain as a Service (EBaaS) on Microsoft Azure so enterprise clients and developers could have a single click cloud-based blockchain developer environment.

With Microsoft and Nasdaq, both taking progressive strides in blockchain and cryptocurrencies is a super positive sign for the industry. Big names like these will contribute to goodwill and enforce trust into the cryptocurrencies industry- something that is very much required in the crypto industry today.


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Microsoft Introduces Ethereum Proof-of-Authority Algorithm on Azure

Microsoft’s cloud platform Azure has introduced a proof-of-authority (PoA) algorithm on its Ethereum (ETH) blockchain product, according to a blog post Aug. 7.

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The new Ethereum network algorithm will reportedly allow a “more efficient” way of building decentralized applications (DApps) for private or consortium networks, where “all consensus participants are known and reputable.”

In contrast to proof-of-work (PoW) — the existing protocol on Azure — a PoA algorithm is based on the principle of approved identities or validators on a blockchain, and does not require competition in completing the transactions.

The new Ethereum product on Azure is equipped with a number of features to ensure its correct functioning and security, such as an identity leasing system, Parity’s web-assembly support, Azure Monitor, and a Governance DApp.

The identity leasing system intends to ensure that while each member possesses  “redundant consensus nodes,” no two nodes can carry the same identity. The system provides identity protection even in the case of virtual machine (VM) or outage, so the new nodes “can quickly spin up and resume the previous nodes’ identities.”

Parity’s web-assembly support aims to simplify the process of building smart contracts, enabling customers to write them in languages that are more familiar than the existing Solidity programming language on the ETH blockchain. The blog post notes that developers will now be able to write DApps in such languages as C, C++, and Rust.

TIP

The Governance DApp solution intends to simplify voting and validator delegation in the process of participation in a consortium. By enabling this feature, the developers provide customers with a level of abstraction, which allows programmers to hide all but the relevant data about an object in order to lessen complexity and boost efficiency.

The Governance DApp will also ensure that each consortium member has control over his or her own keys, which allows for fully protected signing on a user’s chosen wallet, the blog post writes.

Microsoft first announced the launch of the Ethereum-based Azure cloud computing platform in late 2015. Founded in 2010, Azure provides a global network of Microsoft-managed data centers for developing, testing, deploying, and managing applications and services.

Earlier in June, the R3 blockchain consortium announced that the firm — together with 39 global financial companies — had successfully tested its know your customer (KYC) application, running a total of 45 nodes on Microsoft Azure.


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Microsoft Partners with Adents on Blockchain Fraud Detection System

Microsoft has partnered with Adents, a serialization and traceability solutions provider, to launch a blockchain-based track and trace solution targeting the supply chain industry. Known as Adents NovaTrack, the new platform will offer unit-level tracking, giving users the ability to track a single product throughout the entire supply chain. In a June 14 press release, Adents described the platform as a “marriage of technologies” that will bring together blockchain technology, artificial intelligence, the internet of things, and serialization, introducing end-to-end visibility in an industry that has been riddled with an increasing number of counterfeit items.


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Combining the Best of Both Worlds

While blockchain technology has proven that it has the potential to solve the age-old challenges that have plagued the supply chain industry for decades, its application has encountered a number of challenges. One of them is the inability to define data governance, as most stakeholders are reluctant to share some crucial information with other users; the lack of an in-depth understanding of serialization protocols; the lack of an infrastructure to handle the huge volume of data generated worldwide on a daily basis; and the lack of synchronized business processes. However, by bringing together Adents’ cutting-edge serialization solutions and the powerful and efficient cloud technology solutions associated with Microsoft’s Azure platform, the two companies believe they can finally solve these challenges.

Adents NovaTrack promises to introduce efficiency, scalability, and easy governance into the supply chain. Offered through the blockchain-as-a-service (BaaS) model, it will allow users to run nodes either on the premises or on the Microsoft Azure cloud. BaaS allows its users to subscribe to the blockchain only as they deem necessary without having to use funds to set up the infrastructure on their premises.

The solution will also offer enhanced security features which will include identity management and authentication as well as encryption. It will draw on Microsoft’s considerable experience in machine learning to offer its users artificial intelligence capabilities to collect and analyze big data. Adents also promises that the service will be compliant with set industry standards.

Microsoft expressed its delight at the partnership which it says will complement its own blockchain initiatives to address traceability challenges in the supply chain. Microsoft France General Manager Laurent Currny said that, powered by Microsoft’s Azure Cloud platform, Adents NovaTrack would accelerate the fight against industrial counterfeiting.

Adents founder and CEO Christophe Devins also praised the platform:

OUR ALLIANCE WITH MICROSOFT TO CO-DEVELOP ADENTS NOVATRACK WILL OFFER GAME-CHANGING BLOCKCHAIN-BASED UNIT IDENTIFICATION FOR VARIOUS INDUSTRIES AROUND THE WORLD. OUR DEEP ROOTS AND SUCCESSES IN SERIALIZATION AND TRACEABILITY, ENHANCED BY MICROSOFT AZURE CLOUD TECHNOLOGY, WILL PROVIDE OUR CLIENTS TOTAL TRANSPARENCY ALL ALONG THEIR SUPPLY CHAINS AND SECURE PRODUCT AUTHENTICITY FOR END USERS

Microsoft has continued to invest in blockchain technology despite its founder’s antagonistic stand on cryptos. In May, the company announced the launch of the Azure Blockchain Workbench, a blockchain app creation service. The service is aimed at reducing the time it takes for developers to create blockchain applications by automating the development process and providing ready-to-use templates. The service is integrated with Azure services, giving the developers the necessary tools to create a fully functioning application.


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Microsoft is getting ready for the next Xbox vs. PlayStation console war

Microsoft’s gaming chief, Phil Spencer, didn’t spend a lot of time talking at the company’s E3 press conference last night, preferring to let the games speak for themselves.


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Microsoft showed off 52 games onstage, including Halo Infinite, Gears 5, Forza Horizon 4, and titles from third parties like Fallout 76 and Cyberpunk 2077. While Spencer let the pace of the games dazzle the 6,000 people in the crowd, in his less than 15 minutes of stage time, he also made it very clear Microsoft is ready to battle. With new Xbox consoles, cloud streaming, and a fresh commitment to original games, Microsoft is getting ready for the next console war and beyond.

The Xbox One fell behind Sony’s PlayStation 4 for a number of reasons (pricing and Kinect didn’t help initially), but Microsoft is now facing a lack of exclusive titles to really boost its new Xbox One X console. Microsoft is finally responding to that negative feedback, and one of the surprise announcements at last night’s Xbox E3 briefing was the company’s commitment to first-party games. Microsoft is acquiring Undead Labs (makers of State of Decay), Playground Games (Forza Horizon developers), Ninja Theory (Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice), and Compulsion Games (We Happy Few). These developmers will join Microsoft Studios, alongside the formation of a newly founded Santa Monica-based studio, The Initiative, that will be led by former Crystal Dynamics head of studio Darrell Gallagher.
Microsoft is finally taking original games seriously.

While two of the studios already develop exclusive Xbox games for Microsoft, the rest will add to Microsoft’s original games list. “We know that exclusive games from our Microsoft Studios are what originally turned so many of us into Xbox fans. My team and I take our commitment to you seriously,” said Phil Spencer. “By joining us at Microsoft Studios, these five new teams will have the resources, the platform, and creative independence to take bigger risks, create even bolder worlds for you.”

These studio acquisitions are clearly a reaction to a lack of solid first-party games, but they’re also a commitment to Xbox fans that Microsoft isn’t about to give up on gaming. Microsoft is already embracing a world beyond Windows PCs, reducing its consumer focus, and trying to win back developers. A lot of these moves have Microsoft and Xbox fans concerned about the future of its gaming commitments, and Spencer ended Microsoft’s E3 showing with a very clear message.

”We commit and harness the full breadth of our resources at Microsoft to deliver on the future of play,” revealed Spencer, before detailing Microsoft’s plans for a game streaming network and new Xbox consoles. “The same team that delivered unprecedented performance with Xbox One X is deep into architecturing the next Xbox consoles, where we will once again deliver on our commitment to set the benchmark for console gaming.” If that wasn’t enough of a message, Spencer ended with a clear signal that Microsoft is here to stay with Xbox for years to come.


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Microsoft Studios dev teams.
“We have committed our team, our company, our technical resources so we can declare to you today, and next year, and all the years after that: you will always experience the best in gaming on Xbox.” Spencer’s strong message felt like a reassuring one to Xbox fans, but it was also a realization that Microsoft isn’t ready to offer the best games on Xbox One just yet. The Xbox One is the best console if you don’t care about new exclusive games, and it’s obvious that Microsoft’s deep focus on backward compatibility will continue with its future consoles.

These new studios will take time to create the games Microsoft needs, and this isn’t going to be a quick turnaround. Microsoft will once again have to mostly rely on third-party studios to fill the gaps this year, with massive games that can also be played on rival hardware.

It might be another tricky year for the Xbox One, especially as Sony has already delivered exclusive games like Detroit: Become Human, God of War, and Shadow of the Colossus this year. Sony is also expected to show off more big exclusives at its own E3 event tonight, including Death Stranding, The Last of Us: Part II, Ghost of Tsushima, and Spider-Man. Microsoft showed at E3 that it’s ready to play the long game, and that will inevitably lead it toward the next big console battle with Sony.


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Microsoft confirms it’s acquiring GitHub for $7.5 billion

Microsoft is acquiring GitHub. After reports emerged that the software giant was in talks to acquire GitHub, Microsoft is making it official today. This is Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s second big acquisition, following the $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn two years ago. GitHub was last valued at $2 billion back in 2015, and Microsoft is paying $7.5 billion in stock for the company in a deal that should close later this year.

GitHub is a large code repository that has become very popular with developers and companies hosting entire projects, documentation, and code. Apple, Amazon, Google, and many other big tech companies use GitHub. There are 85 million repositories hosted on GitHub, and 28 million developers contribute to them. GitHub will now be led by CEO Nat Friedman, the founder of Xamarin, who will report to Microsoft’s Cloud and AI chief Scott Guthrie. GitHub CEO and co-founder Chris Wanstrath will now become a technical fellow at Microsoft, also reporting into Guthrie.

It’s easy to imagine why Microsoft would want to acquire GitHub. Microsoft killed its own GitHub competitor, Codeplex, in December and is now the top contributor to GitHub, Microsoft now has more than 1,000 employees actively pushing code to GitHub repositories. Its popularity among developers could see Microsoft earn some much-needed trust and respect from developers. In bigger enterprises and slower moving businesses, the fact Microsoft has acquired GitHub will make it more trusted to use for projects and source control, simply because Microsoft is already trusted across many software and services by these companies. “We will accelerate enterprise developers’ use of GitHub, with our direct sales and partner channels and access to Microsoft’s global cloud infrastructure and services,” says Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.

Microsoft will need to earn trust and respect from developers and respect won’t be easy for Microsoft to win, though. Developers are already voicing their concerns about Microsoft’s past abuses, and the company’s botched acquisition of Skype and Nokia’s phone business. GitHub itself hasn’t scaled well and has faced its own issues over the years, and there are legitimate concerns that Microsoft will need to address. GitLab, a GitHub competitor, claims it has seen a 10x increase in the amount of developers moving their repositories over to its service, an early sign that there’s some developer unrest.

Microsoft won’t be able to address the general concern that important tools and internet services keep being consolidated into the hands of a few big tech companies. “When it comes to our commitment to open source, judge us by the actions we have taken in the recent past, our actions today, and in the future,” says Nadella, in an attempt to ease concerns around Microsoft’s acquisition.

For all the concerns, there are plenty of reasons to see this as a positive for Microsoft and GitHub users. Microsoft has been actively pushing open source technology, and the company has open sourced PowerShellVisual Studio Code, and the Microsoft Edge JavaScript engine. Microsoft also partnered with Canonical to bring Ubuntu to Windows 10, and acquired Xamarin to assist with mobile app development. These are moves that have been met with surprise by developers initially, but that have earned respect. It’s essential that Microsoft stewards the GitHub community forward to earn even more trust and developer love. The Microsoft old isn’t the Microsoft of new, and this GitHub acquisition is a chance for Microsoft to prove that even further.

Microsoft has struggled with developer love for years, and it’s a big part of the reasons Windows Phone failed and that its Universal Windows Apps platform hasn’t taken off. Microsoft has spent recent years improving Windows 10 so it’s a respectable development box, and tools like Visual Studio Code — which lets developers build and debug web and cloud applications — have soared in popularity with developers.

The question around this acquisition will be what Microsoft does with GitHub in the future. LinkedIn has largely remained separate, with some integrations into Microsoft’s Office software. Microsoft’s Minecraft acquisition has been managed equally well, and it’s likely that GitHub will need to stay as separate as possible to maintain developer trust. However, we could start to see even closer integration between Microsoft’s developer tools and the service. At Build last month, Microsoft continued its close work with GitHub by integrating the service into the company’s App Center for developers.

Microsoft clearly knows it needs to treat this acquisition with care. “Most importantly, we recognize the responsibility we take on with this agreement,” explains Nadella. “We are committed to being stewards of the GitHub community, which will retain its developer-first ethos, operate independently and remain an open platform. We will always listen to developer feedback and invest in both fundamentals and new capabilities.”



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Nintendo, Microsoft and Electronic Arts developers to make games on Ethereum blockchain!

A studio known as 8 Circuit Studios have begun building games on the Ethereum blockchain. The studio comprises of developers from prominent video game companies such as Nintendo, Microsoft, Electronic Arts and 343 Industries. The president of the studio is James Mayo, who is known for his work on Donkey Kong Country, Super Mario World, Age of Empires 2 and ‘F.E.A.R.’.


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The studio has already released a mobile game called “Alien Arsenal” on the Ethereum blockchain, along with a token known as the “8Bit Token”. This was distributed to players using what the developers called a “Space Drop Program” which is an airdrop.

The game features an alien which can be upgraded to fight in the “battle for the blockchain”. This is one of the “very first digital, upgradable assets ever made”. The 8Bit token can be used to level-up and trade with other players.
Even more exciting is a full video game title set for release next year on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The game is called D-PARC, and the tagline is “Create a character that can live forever.” The character will be fused to the blockchain and the player’s decision will carry “eternal consequences”.

The game promises to blend psychological survival mechanics with a first-person perspective. It will also feature space travel and ship-to-ship combat scenarios.
The game is based on the ship n-SATOSHI, a callback to the creator of Bitcoin. The aim of the game is to transport humanity’s last survivors to ‘New Eden’, with 100,001 humans as cargo on the ship.

James Mayo announced his plans for the future of the venture, saying:
“Phase one is simply saving the state of your character – level status, items, et cetera. The second is allowing you to bring that character into any and every game we publish. The final phase is allowing you to bring your character into any game you can imagine, regardless of the publisher who created it and the platform it’s on.”



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