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Retro game streaming service receives "substantial" investment from Tencent

By midian182 · 5 replies
Jul 23, 2019
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  1. Initially funded by a Kickstarter campaign, Antstream Arcade offers a subscription-based streaming service consisting of over 2,000 retro classics that were popular on the machines of yesteryear, such as the world’s best-selling computer—the Commodore 64—and the awesome Amiga family. In the UK, it costs £9.99 ($12.43) per month, or £7.99 ($9.94) per month if you sign up for a full year.

    In addition to being able to play any of these games on-demand, users can take part in multiplayer challenges, such as high score attempts and timed attacks, which see them competing against friends and the global community.

    Antstream Arcade can currently be streamed to Mac, PC, Xbox One, tablets, and mobile devices, though the team is working on bringing it to more platforms, including the PlayStation 4. It’s currently only available in Western Europe, but there are plans to launch in the US before the end of the year.

    “You’ve got Spotify and Apple for your music, while in movies you’ve got Netflix and Amazon, ” CEO Steve Cottam told CNBC. “It’s so easy to find that content, but games just got lost because of all these different formats, and they didn’t work on modern devices.”

    The company has just completed a Series A funding round, in which it secured a “substantial” amount of money from Tencent, which wholly or partly owns Riot Games, Epic Games, Activision Blizzard, Ubisoft, Supercell, Paradox Interactive, and more.

    "We are truly privileged that Tencent recognised our potential by investing so early in our journey," said Cottam. "The company is synonymous with gaming and we are proud to be part of its family.

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  2. fl21289

    fl21289 TS Booster Posts: 96   +79

    Why??? Just build a RetroPi and save your monthly money... Everything is now a subscription service.
     
  3. TadMSTR

    TadMSTR TS Booster Posts: 59   +25

    Not everyone is comfortable building a RetroPie. Also, emulation is a bit of a gray area in regards to the ROM files. This service just works and would be 100% legal.
     
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  4. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,581   +5,140

    And 100% gone the minute you cancel your service. The only way I would consider a subscription is if, a portion of the funds went towards buying titles of my choice. If not then it is all a waste and not worth my time.
     
  5. TadMSTR

    TadMSTR TS Booster Posts: 59   +25

    You can say that about any subscription service. Do you not subscribe to any streaming services because of what you say here?
     
  6. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,581   +5,140

    That is correct.
     

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