Daily Crunch: Imgur launches an app for gaming memes

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. 300M-user Imgur launches Melee, a gaming meme app Melee, the company’s first app beyond its flagship product, lets users subscribe to the games from which they love to get memes and gameplay clips. You also can scroll through a popular post’s…

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300M-user Imgur launches Melee, a gaming meme app

Ten years after its debut, 300-million-monthly-user Imgur is one of the last massively popular yet unpersonalized home pages on the internet. Because everyone sees the same upvoted posts when they open Imgur, it creates a shared experience full of inside jokes and running gags. But while you can switch to a feed of topics and creators you follow, Imgur has focused on a one-size-fits-all approach over catering to niche audiences. The gaming community deserved better,…

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YouTube’s new gaming policy will allow creators to produce more violent footage

Robin L Marshall/Getty Images A new YouTube policy taking effect today, December 2nd, will allow creators with a focus on gaming to upload videos that contain simulated violence without worrying about being automatically hit by age-restriction gates. The company’s new policy for gaming is already how YouTube treats other scripted entertainment formats, like television and movies. It will allow future gaming videos that include scripted or simulated violence to possibly be approved directly without an…

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Here are the best Cyber Monday deals on PC gaming components

Photo by Stefan Etienne / The Verge If you’re a current or prospective PC gamer, the Black Friday sales aren’t over quite yet. Cyber Monday has long been one of the best times to nab some choice components to build or upgrade a beastly gaming computer — and for Half-Life fans in particular, it may be time to seriously consider it. So here is our updated guide to the best PC part deals we’ve found…

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Here are the best gaming deals happening on Black Friday

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Black Friday is one the best times of the year to pick up popular games, consoles, and gaming accessories at huge discounts, and it can be overwhelming keeping track of all of the deals across every retailer. That’s sort of a good problem to have; it means that there’s no shortage of deals for the Nintendo Switch, Sony PlayStation 4, and the Xbox One X and S.…

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Acer’s Predator Triton 700 gaming laptop for $999 is a steal

Acer is swooping in right before Black Friday with one of the best PC gaming laptop deals we’ve seen so far: its 2017 Predator Triton 700 is $2,000 off for a final price of $999.99. It’s not the newest of machines, so you won’t find an Nvidia RTX graphics chip or a 9th Gen Intel processor inside, but it has plenty of power nevertheless. This laptop has a 15.6-inch 1080p display with a 120Hz refresh…

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Shadow announces new plans for its cloud gaming platform

Blade, the French startup behind Shadow, held a press conference this morning to announce some product news as well as some corporate changes. Shadow is a cloud computing service for gamers. For a monthly subscription fee, you can access a gaming PC in a data center near you. Compared to other cloud gaming services, Shadow provides a full Windows 10 instance. You can install anything you want, Steam, Photoshop or Word. Right now, the company…

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Here’s where top gaming VCs are looking for startup opportunities

With cross-platform experiences like Fortnite and PUBG, in-game socializing environments, and subscription-based cloud gaming services from Playstation, Google, Amazon, and others, the gaming industry is entering a new era beyond mobile. These days, the industry is at the center of social media and entertainment trends; gaming is expected to earn $152 billion in global revenue this year, up 9.6% year over year.  Given my recent writing on Unity, the most-used game engine, and ongoing research…

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