As the shelter-in-place restrictions have tethered many people to their homes, livestreaming—broadcasting user-created video in real time—has skyrocketed. Platforms like Twitch, Caffeine, YouTube Live, and Facebook have all been flooded with record numbers of streamers and...

The combination of cloud, social, and mobile has turned gaming from a niche hobby into a massive industry. Now veteran gamer Kevin Chou is using blockchain technology to realign the economic relationships between game developers and their massive player base. … The post Monetization for Gamers...

Investing in Roblox

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Gaming has gone from a niche hobby to a massive global industry across all demographics and well beyond outdated, narrow stereotypes of “gamers”. In fact, games are not even just “games” any longer, but a form of entertainment — the … The post Investing in Roblox appeared first on...

1,000 True Fans? Try 100

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More than a decade ago, Wired editor Kevin Kelly wrote an essay called “1,000 True Fans,” predicting that the internet would allow large swaths of people to make a living off their creations, whether an artist, musician, author, … The post 1,000 True Fans? Try 100 appeared first on Andreessen...

Chinese New Year, the biggest holiday in Chinese culture, is traditionally celebrated with family gatherings, fireworks, a national TV show with over a billion viewers, and gifted red envelopes (stuffed with money). For large tech platforms, the tradition of gifting … The post Games, Memes, and...

Chinese New Year, the biggest holiday in Chinese culture, is traditionally celebrated with family gatherings, fireworks, a national TV show with over a billion viewers, and gifted red envelopes (stuffed with money). For large tech platforms, the tradition of gifting … The post How Chinese New...

Chinese New Year, the biggest holiday in Chinese culture, is traditionally celebrated with family gatherings, fireworks, a national TV show with over a billion viewers, and gifted red envelopes (stuffed with money). For large tech platforms, the tradition of gifting … The post Games, Memes, and...

Much of the buzz around cloud gaming has centered on its potential to “kill the console”—to remove the need for local hardware to play games. But the ongoing focus on hardware fails to grasp cloud gaming’s true potential. The real … The post The Promise of Cloud-Native Games appeared...

Life in 2030

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This is a written version of a presentation I gave live at the a16z Summit in November 2019. You can watch a video version on YouTube. My day job is to think about the future, so I’ve been thinking … The post Life in 2030 appeared first on Andreessen...

Platforms vs. Verticals and the Next Great Unbundling One of the holy grails in the newco world is to build out a digital platform that successfully serves the needs of a broad number of adjacent verticals and become the definitive … The post Our Top 10 Consumer Tech Posts of 2019 appeared first...