Tencent Is Jumping in Retro Gaming

While tech giants like Microsoft and Google are building cloud gaming platforms for the most recent blockbuster titles, one start-up is taking a unique approach.

London-based firm Antstream says it desires to bring streaming experience to retro gaming fans. The firm has developed a cloud gaming service that provides players access to a library of over 2,000 classic video games.

It’s a model that CEO Steve Cottam sees going global. And to bolster that ambition, the firm has raised its first significant round of funding, led by the Chinese tech large Tencent and backed by British venture agency Hambro Perks.

For Antstream, the project is about resurrecting an experience long-buried in previous units like the Commodore 64 and the Amiga. Cottam said in an interview that the idea for the corporate stemmed from what he’s been seeing elsewhere within the entertainment industry.

“You’ve bought Spotify and Apple in your music, while in movies you’ve got Netflix and Amazon, ” he stated. “It’s effortless to find that content, however, games just received lost due to all these different formats, and they didn’t work on modern units.”

Usually, folks have to invest in decades-old cartridges and dated machines or discover a decent console emulator to be able to play classic games. However, with Antstream’s streaming service, customers are as a substitute able to play games which are run from remote servers.

“Having Tencent approaching board was a massive validation of what we’ve done,” Cottam mentioned. “It provides us the chance to grow and to take this business onto the global stage.”