Two-Thirds Of Gamers Say In-Game Ads Don’t Negatively Affect Their Experience, New Survey Finds

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Variety reports: “Two in three gamers say in-game ads “positively or neutrally” affect their gaming experience, and 45% of gamers don’t mind watching regular or pop-up ads that offer them in-game rewards, according to a March survey conducted by media analyst company Comscore.”

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New Social Media App Dusk Plans To “Reimagine Social Multiplayer Gaming For The Mobile Generation

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Games Industry Biz reports: “A new social media platform for building and playing multiplayer games has secured $8m in a new funding round. Created by Bjarke Felbo and Sanjay Guruprasad – who together developed PUGB and Call of Duty Mobile companion app, Rune – Dusk (not to be confused with apps of a similar name) raised the capital via a new funding round led by Makers Fund and byFounders, with support from PocketGems’ Ben Liu, King’s Thomas Hartwig, and Kamkord’s Adi Rathham.”

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Exa Raises $22M To Build The Search Engine For AI

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Business Wire reports: “Exa, an AI research lab redesigning search for the AI age, announced $22M in seed and Series A funding led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, with participation from NVentures, NVIDIA’s venture capital arm, and Y Combinator. This investment will accelerate Exa’s mission to build the search engine for AI.”

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Amazon Is Now Selling A ‘No Console Required’ Xbox Bundle

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IGN reports: “Amazon has launched an Xbox “No Console Required” bundle, coinciding with the recent release of the Fire TV Stick Xbox Cloud Gaming app, enabling Xbox Game Pass users to stream games directly to their TVs without needing an Xbox console. “Stream Xbox Games. No Console Required” reads the Amazon listing, which also mentions how it’s “the only streaming media player with the Xbox app”.”

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Global Ads Lift Entertainment And Media As Game Industry Recovers | PwC

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GamesBeat reports: “Despite economic headwinds, technological disruption and increased geographic and industry competition, the global entertainment and media (E&M) industry grew in 2023, with total revenues rising 5% in 2023 to $2.8 trillion, according to PwC.”

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YouTube Music’s New Feature Can Identify Songs From Humming

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Hypebeast reports: “YouTube has quietly rolled out its “hum-to-search” feature, allowing users to locate a song simply by humming it, Engadget reported first. The handy tool was reported to be in beta back in May for Android users and has now rolled out to select subscribers on both iOS and Android.”

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Streaming Jumps To 40% Of All TV Usage In June, Setting A Nielsen Record

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Variety reports: “Streaming accounted for 40.3% of all TV usage in the U.S in June, per a monthly report from Nielsen. That marks not only the highest proportion of streaming viewership ever recorded in the three years Nielsen began tracking, but the best performance for any single category of viewership. Previously, the record belonged to cable, which reached 40.1% of TV usage in June 2021.”

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Google’s New App Uses Gemini AI To Create Video Presentations

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NewsBytes reports: “Google has unveiled its new productivity app, Vids, in Workspace Labs with the premise that “if you can make a slide, you can make a video in Vids.” Announced earlier this year in April, the Vids app enables users to create presentation videos by integrating slides, documents, voiceovers, and video recordings into a timeline.”

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BBC Studios, Samsung EMEA FAST Deal

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Advanced Television reports: “BBC Studios and Samsung TV Plus are to expand two BBC FAST channel brands in EMEA. BBC Drama will make its debut in MENA on Samsung TV Plus whilst Top Gear launches on Samsung TV Plus across MENA, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden and Denmark.”

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YouTube’s Non-Sports Content Spend Is Only Second To Disney

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Broadband TV News reports: “A new report from Ampere Analysis demonstrates the significance of YouTube in the media market. Ampere says that with a unique business model that places advertising as its main source of revenue, the platform is rarely compared to TV, however its investment in content sits alongside the major studios and VOD players.”

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