Today’s Roundup

  1. Twitch Announces Significant Layoffs: Twitch is laying off 500 employees, which constitutes about 35% of its workforce. The cuts were confirmed in a blog post by CEO Dan Clancy, who cited the need to build a more sustainable business and reduce organization size to match the current scale of the business. These changes follow the stepping down of former CEO Emmett Shear last March​​.
  2. CES 2024 Showcases New Windows PC Gaming Devices: CES 2024 unveiled a range of exciting Windows PC gaming devices, including the m16 R2 which features Stealth Mode to reduce distractions in public spaces. The device also offers one month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, Intel Core Ultra H Series processors, Nvidia GeForce RTX 40 Series mobile graphics, and technologies like Nvidia’s DLSS 3.5 AI upscaling and Reflex latency reduction​​.
  3. Innovations Reshaping the Gaming Industry: Advances in VR, AR, AI, and blockchain technology are significantly transforming the gaming industry. These innovations are not only enhancing the gaming experience but also expanding the possibilities within the industry, leading to more immersive and interactive gaming environments​​.
  4. CES 2024 Highlights Top Gaming Laptops: At CES 2024, new gaming laptops caught attention with improved displays and innovative designs. One notable mention is the redesigned ROG Zephyrus G14 from Asus, which balances portability and performance, featuring a new chassis, a silver color, and a larger touchpad​​.
  5. Exciting Gaming and Tech Updates: Rockstar Games boosts Red Dead Online with double rewards and bonuses. Flutter and Global Citizen launch an 8-week challenge for game developers. HBO’s The Last of Us series adds Abby to its cast. Microsoft to reveal an Indiana Jones game on January 18th. These updates highlight the dynamic and evolving nature of the gaming and tech industries​​.
  6. Rumor: Massive New 3D Super Mario Game for Switch 2: A new rumor suggests that Nintendo’s next mainline Super Mario game for the unannounced Switch 2 console will be four times larger than Mario Odyssey. This news has sparked excitement among fans of the franchise​​.
  7. 2024 Gaming Trends: AI Integration and Potential Switch 2 Announcement: AI’s role in gaming is increasing, with expectations of more realistic and immersive experiences. Additionally, there’s speculation about Nintendo releasing a new console, possibly the “Switch 2,” featuring upgraded visuals and audio, with the Bayonetta trilogy likely being its debut game​​.