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Nintendo launching ‘amiibo’ with 12 characters

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pikachu and Link will be among the first characters coming to “amiibo.” Nintendo announced Friday that 12 characters will initially be part of its upcoming toy-game franchise set for release later this year. In addition to the “Pokemon” and “Legend of Zelda” leading men, the starting line-up will include Mario, [...]

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Nintendo launching ‘amiibo’ with 12 characters

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pikachu and Link will be among the first characters coming to “amiibo.” Nintendo announced Friday, August 29th, that 12 characters will initially be part of its upcoming toy-game franchise set for release later this year. In addition to the “Pokemon” and “Legend of Zelda” leading men, the starting line-up will [...]

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Amazon could be ESPN of video games in Twitch deal

  NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is hoping to become the ESPN of video games. The e-commerce giant is buying streaming platform Twitch Interactive for $970 million in cash as it seeks to take part in video gaming’s growth as an online spectator sport. Twitch is a multi-channel online network built for a generation of [...]

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Video games come of age as spectator sport

  NEW YORK (AP) — Video games have been a spectator sport since teenagers crowded around arcade machines to watch friends play “Pac-Man.” And for decades, kids have gathered in living rooms to marvel at how others master games like “Street Fighter II” and “Super Mario Bros.” But today there’s Twitch, the online network that attracts millions of visitors, [...]

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Video games come of age as spectator sport

  NEW YORK (AP) — Video games have been a spectator sport since teenagers crowded around arcade machines to watch friends play “Pac-Man.” And for decades, kids have gathered in living rooms to marvel at how others master games like “Street Fighter II” and “Super Mario Bros.” But today there’s Twitch, the online network that [...]

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US-Portugal match could generate big TV rating

  NEW YORK (AP) — With interest up in the World Cup, the United States match against Portugal on Sunday is poised to take a run at viewership records for men’s soccer in the United States.   The U.S. team is going for its second straight win and the early evening starting time on the [...]

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Video game athletes battling it out in California

  ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The nation’s video game athletes have gathered in Southern California to battle aliens and bad guys for cash and glory. More than 1,000 eSports players are taking part in the Major League Gaming Championships in Anaheim, which began Friday and run through Sunday, the Orange County Register (http://bit.ly/1nUF0qa ) reported. [...]

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