GamesIndustry.Biz reports "Launchpad was started in July 2015, with the intention of helping developers to improve, finish, and market their games, publishing them to Kongregate's online portal and then to mobile platforms. Developers working with Launchpad X will be able to access the same suite of services, encompassing game design, analytics and monetisation."
PCMagazine reports "If air traffic control at one of Europe's busiest airports still runs on Windows 3.1, surely the antiquated but sturdy operating system is good enough for the rest of us. The Internet Archive must agree, because today it announced that more than 1,000 classic Windows 3.x software titles will run in your browser window."
GameIndustry.Biz reports "Niko Partners has recently teamed with DataEye (which provides analytics on 24,000 games on 600 million mobile devices) to offer further insights into China's digital games market. The first report from the collaboration examines the booming mobile market in the country. While it does essentially reiterate Niko'sprevious assessment that mobile has hit peak growth in China -- DataEye sees "a diminishing growth rate in 2016 due to further intensified competition" -- the report does highlight several other notable findings."
CNN reports Song of the year: "Alright": Kendrick Duckworth, Mark Anthony Spears and Pharrell Williams, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar) "Blank Space": Max Martin, Shellback and Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift) "Girl Crush": Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna and Liz Rose, songwriters (Little Big Town) "See You Again": Andrew Cedar, Justin Franks, Charles Puth and Cameron Thomaz, songwriters (Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth) "Thinking Out Loud": Ed Sheeran & Amy Wadge, songwriters (Ed Sheeran) *
The Verge reports "Kickstarter hit a big milestone overnight: the successful funding of a 100,000th campaign. It's taken Kickstarter nearly seven years to reach 100,000 funded projects, but the rate at which projects are being funded is much faster than it used to be."
Digiday reports "In January, Upworthy topped 200 million views on Facebook for the first time, according to Tubular Labs. In fact, the publisher’s Facebook video audience has more than tripled over the past few months, up from 64.2 million in November 2015, according to Tubular. Compare this to YouTube, where Upworthy has nearly 154,000 subscribers and did just 209,000 views in December."
Wired reports "During a recent business trip to the Mexican state of Jalisco, I became intrigued by the number of foreign young professionals that I saw from the moment I deplaned at the airport in Guadalajara. I asked a local associate if this was normal or if an international convention was going on in town. He said that while large-scale events were a daily occurrence, most of these folks were Americans either working at one of Jalisco’s high-tech multinational companies or running their own startups."
Variety reports "Google’s Chromecast continues to be a hit, according to market research outlet Strategy Analytics, which estimates that the media streaming adapter accounted for 35 percent of all streaming devices sold worldwide in Q3."
TechCrunch reports "Startup accelerators are an excellent way for early stage startups to get up to speed quickly, identifying their best growth strategy and a reasonable plan to achieve it. The number of accelerators has dramatically increased over the past few years, with many new programs appearing in large metropolitan areas rich with startups."
Parks Associates today revealed the top ten subscription over-the-top (OTT) video services based on number of subscribers, with Netflix as the top subscriber service and three of the ten services on the list focused on sports content, including the WWE, the NFL, and MLB. The research firm shows over 25% of OTT video services in the U.S. market today came out in 2015, and 40% of services were launched within the last two years.