Amazon Wants Alexa to Play More Games

Source: Betaworks

Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos has decided that games are the killer app for Alexa.

Mr. Bezos has told the team behind Amazon’s digital assistant to focus on getting more games for Alexa’s app store, according to a person who works with Amazon. Mr. Bezos believes games can make developers the most money, which is important for getting them to build for Alexa.

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Still unclear is whether voice-activated apps for intelligent speakers will have the same commercial appeal as mobile apps. Apple said earlier this year that the App Store generated $240 million in a single day—Jan. 1, 2017. Apple also said its developers made $20 billion from App Store sales in 2016, up 40% from the previous year. But if Amazon added a screen and a camera to a future Echo product, as has been reported, that could give developers more to work with and lead to more popular skills.

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