Category Archives: Itech

The biggest Call of Duty tournament shines light on growth of esports

 Esports is becoming a true spectator sport, but will the average Joe one day care about competitive League of Legends or Overwatch or Counter-Sstrike the way they care about watching football on Sundays? A number of factors are at play for esports to garner the same level of popularity as mainstream sports like football, baseball, basketball and fútbol everywhere but the U.S., some of which… Read More

Discord steals gamers from Skype with video chat and screensharing

 Discord wants to destroy its biggest, best-funded competitor in the battle to be the communications layer for gaming. It wants to be the home for gamer clans strategizing and trash-talking with each other. After out-gunning its gaming-specific competitors like TeamSpeak, Mumble and Ventrilo with a secret $50 million fundraise earlier this year, Discord is setting its sights on Skype. Read More

8bitdo’s NES30 Arcade Stick is a big, beautiful fighter companion

 If you’re looking for a little more arcade feel for your Nintendo Switch, look no further than 8Bitdo’s NES30 Arcade Stick. The Bluetooth controller accessory is compatible with a range of platforms besides the Switch, and it’s a well-made gadget with careful attention paid to how buttons and the joysticks feel, giving an authentic arcade cabinet experience. It’s also… Read More

Blizzard and DeepMind turn StarCraft II into an AI research lab

 Starcraft II has been a target for Alphabet’s DeepMind AI research for a while now – the UK AI company took on Blizzard’s sci-fi strategy game starting last year, and announced plans to create an open AI research environment based on the game to make it possible for others to contribute to the effort of creating a virtual agent who can best the top human StarCraft players in… Read More

Latest Xbox update begins rolling out to Xbox Insiders today

 Xbox is changing up its user interface on Xbox in a major way again, and Xbox Insiders can check out the latest switch-em-up now. The new interface includes big changes for Xbox One users, as well as tweaks to Windows 10 PCs using the Xbox app. The new interface focuses on a custom home screen that users can create themselves, which is a good way to hopefully help make that initial launch… Read More