Can Microsoft become the Netflix of video games?

Can Microsoft become the Netflix of video games? The video game industry has seen a lot of subscription-based services offered by leading players such as Microsoft and EA. However, up until now, these were limited to only older games. In this week’s subscription roundup, we look at how Microsoft now wants to change the game (no pun intended) with a new Xbox Game Pass announcement. We also look at how the Walmart vs Amazon battle continues in 2018 with the former’s plans to enter India. And finally, we catch up on popular music streaming service Spotify’s new app. 

Microsoft to add new games to Xbox Game Pass subscription service

Tech giant Microsoft will start adding new games to its monthly subscription service Game Pass launched last year. Previously, subscribers had to wait for the games to be released on Game Pass or make separate purchases to access new titles, however Xbox Game Pass customers will now gain access to new game titles the same day they hit stores. Many analysts have said that this move can potentially make Microsoft the Netflix of video games.

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Walmart vs Amazon continues in battleground India

E-commerce giant Amazon has been steadily climbing the charts in India and is giving fierce competition to India’s leading e-commerce company Flipkart. According to a new report, Walmart is now in talks to buy a 15%-20% stake in Flipkart.This announcement once again pits old foes Amazon and Walmart against each other in a bid for global domination of the retail industry.

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Subscription service Spotify testing a new app

Spotify, the popular music streaming service which boasts of 70 million paying subscribers and 140 million active users, is reportedly testing a new music station app called Stations. The separate app, currently on Android, will help users to access curated and personalised music. Spotify users will be able to access it for free as Stations is an ad-supported app. However, ads will be removed for Spotify Premium users.

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Also read: Top subscription video on demand apps raking in $781 million in the US

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