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access_time August 19, 2011 at 10:37 AM in Culture by m_olmos

GameStop Now Streaming

GameStop may be the next stars of the stream if their plans are any indication. Having gobbled up Spawn Labs recently, the company is planning a full service and is already honing their plan. Currently, a general Xbox 360, PC, and PS3 stream is up, forming the basic workings of a beta, all courtesy of a server in Austin, Texas.

With plans for a mid-2012 integration in the full, including mobile device support, the plan seems to be making good headway. But wait – since GameStop sell systems, so why not work that into the scheme of things? President of the company, Tony Bartel, is already aware, saying:

“There’s a whole cadre of services that GameStop can offer far beyond just Spawn. The beauty of Spawn is it can take a very large assortment of games. There’s really no restriction versus an Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game. We’re also experimenting with PC game delivery as well, but we can take that to any Internet-connected device including TV. So clearly, it’s part of our acquisition forethought. We anticipated being involved in smart TVs as well.”

Now is the time for GameStop to strike, as Microsoft and Sony are both in the process of developing streaming services with OnLive. So now the question is: who will make the move more worth their time and money?



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