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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

SEGA Sign to Uto-what Now? – A Quick Look at the Netflix of Gaming

Bit of a Sega fanboy back in the day? Still yearn for old school classics and new titles all in one place? Well I think Utomik have just the thing for you.

But who are they you may ask.. Well they are being heralded as the “Netflix of Gaming” and are offering a service of streamable video games for PC users, with a catalogue of titles that is expanding weekly.

What this means is that, for the duration of Utomik’s current Beta period, you can subscribe for the discounted price of £4.49 a month ($5.99 for our overseas cousins in America) and immediately gain access to over 650 game titles from an increasing number of publishers.

You can also sign up for a free 14 day trial of the service, to see if it’s something that would interest you (which I will definitely be taking them up on)

    Just a few of the games Utomik have to offer subscribersJust a few of the games Utomik have to offer subscribers

The latest of these publishers being SEGA, the stalwart veteran of the gaming industry. SEGA are bringing some gems from their Total War franchise to the service, as well as espionage rpg sleeper hit Alpha Protocol (What? I enjoyed it at least) and episodes 1 & 2 of Sonic the Hedgehog 4 to begin with, with no doubt more titles being announced soon.

Utomik promises a 1-click service, with games loading in the background while you play, offering an uninterupted, unhindered experience that will bring “100% of the original game quality”.

When asked about this partnership, Utomik CEO, Doki Tops, says that, “We are thrilled that SEGA has also decided to join our journey to ‘Unleash Gaming’ designed to bring more games to more people. We are looking forward to a long term partnership with the SEGA team.”

To support this, SEGA Europe’s John Clark had this to say: “SEGA has always been a pioneer in terms of new and easy to use consumer interaction gaming technologies. We are co-operating with Utomik because it fits our digital strategy and offers a highly effective user-friendly platform.”

Very high praise from the VP of Commercial Publishing, and one that really echoes what Utomik hope to achieve with this service.

With modern videogaming stepping fully into the digital age, with downloads and game streaming such as Sony’s “PlayStation Now” service becoming an increasingly commonplace replacement to the humble hardcopy, is this the future of videogames? Perhaps now instead of LAN parties, we can start having “Utomik and Chill” nights?

Let us know your thoughts on this in the comments.
I, for one, am definitely interested in seeing how this develops.

In the meantime, I’ve been and shall remain,

Craig has been raised on geekery from a young age when his Mum introduced him to Star Trek the Next Generation on TV as a kid. Since then, he has gained a wide love of all things "Geek", be it books/comics, cinema or gaming in all formats. He has a particular keen interest in all manner of RPG, be it on a tabletop or in a field larping.

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