GameStop to introduce console game streaming next year


Videogame retailer GameStop has made efforts to expand its boundaries over the past few years. Now the company will further that effort by introducing console game streaming next year.

This move comes in the wake of GameStop’s purchase of Spawn Labs, a company centered around game-streaming technology.

GameStop president Tony Bartel shed some light on his company’s work with the Spawn software client.

"Spawn recently began its first beta and is currently live, testing the streaming of Xbox 360, PS3 and PC games from a data center in Austin, Texas," he said. "We continue to get positive feedback from our publishing partners about the pro-console, low-investment model that we have chosen."

Although the beta is currently closed, it will go national by the end of the year. In early 2012 GameStop will likely explain more details about the service in addition to a pricing model. A full launch is planned for the first half of 2012.

GameStop PowerUp Rewards members will be offered the Spawn client, and a demo option will also be included when the service comes next year.



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Author: Anthony LaBella View all posts by
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