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Utomik Cloud Game Service Launches

Utomik is now live as the latest way of distributing games for a monthly subscription fee, an unlimited access plan that costs $6.95 USD per month (Update: Apologies for mistakenly calling this a streaming service at first). Word is: "We have grown from an independent startup with no industry support to having a library of over 750 games and 100+ publishing partners in a little over 2 years. That support includes Warner Bros. Games, Disney, SEGA, THQ Nordic, Epic Games, Curve Digital, IO Interactive and many more. This is more than any other subscription gaming platform out there and it is just the beginning." Here's more on the service, the games they offer, and how you can try this out with a 14-day free trial:
Recent additions to our service include the Batman: Arkham series, Saints Row IV, Human: Fall Flat, Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun, Jalopy, The Flame in the Flood, Furi and many more. With weekly new releases and 20+ games added a month, we ensure the selection remains fresh. We were the first subscription service to bring Day One releases to our platform, like Yono and the Celestial Elephants and Newt One, and subscribers can expect even more in the future.

Noticed we snuck in IO Interactive when we mentioned some of our current partners earlier? We are extremely happy to announce that we recently partnered with IO Interactive to bring titles from the Hitman series to Utomik. The ink is still drying, but you can expect the first games to go live this summer.

Our smart download technology ensures you play games instantly with the click of a button. Instead of streaming games from a server, Utomik users download a small part to their own PC. The rest downloads to their PC while they play. This technology has continued to improve greatly over the years, ensuring the fastest and best possible gaming experience.

We want to thank everyone who has supported us over the years and helped us get to this point. Those interested in signing up or starting a free 14-day trial can head to our website.
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14. Re: Utomik Cloud Game Service Launches May 3, 2018, 23:18 Rigs
 
CJ_Parker wrote on May 3, 2018, 19:23:
chickenboo wrote on May 3, 2018, 16:15:
Creston wrote on May 3, 2018, 15:08:
we ensure the selection remains fresh


Batman: Arkham series, Saints Row IV, Human: Fall Flat, Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun, Jalopy, The Flame in the Flood, Furi

If that's fresh, what do you guys call stale? Doom? And the only Old game in your world is Pong, I guess?


I imagine the games they add are those for which they can acquire masses of cheap keys for. Sort of like those humble bundles provided in the monthly subscription where half the games are shovelware you've never heard of, there's one or two good titles which have been on sale 100 times already, and then there's one good game with an attractive discount.

Cheap keys? What the hell would a streaming service need "cheap keys" for? You might want to educate yourself about the principles of a streaming service.

All they need is a contract with the publishers. Done.

Rather odd hill to die on, CJ...it was a legit assumption, I was actually thinking the same thing...

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13. Re: Utomik Cloud Game Service Launches May 3, 2018, 19:23 CJ_Parker
 
chickenboo wrote on May 3, 2018, 16:15:
Creston wrote on May 3, 2018, 15:08:
we ensure the selection remains fresh


Batman: Arkham series, Saints Row IV, Human: Fall Flat, Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun, Jalopy, The Flame in the Flood, Furi

If that's fresh, what do you guys call stale? Doom? And the only Old game in your world is Pong, I guess?


I imagine the games they add are those for which they can acquire masses of cheap keys for. Sort of like those humble bundles provided in the monthly subscription where half the games are shovelware you've never heard of, there's one or two good titles which have been on sale 100 times already, and then there's one good game with an attractive discount.

Cheap keys? What the hell would a streaming service need "cheap keys" for? You might want to educate yourself about the principles of a streaming service.

All they need is a contract with the publishers. Done.
 
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12. Re: Utomik Cloud Game Service Launches May 3, 2018, 16:15 chickenboo
 
Creston wrote on May 3, 2018, 15:08:
we ensure the selection remains fresh


Batman: Arkham series, Saints Row IV, Human: Fall Flat, Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun, Jalopy, The Flame in the Flood, Furi

If that's fresh, what do you guys call stale? Doom? And the only Old game in your world is Pong, I guess?


I imagine the games they add are those for which they can acquire masses of cheap keys for. Sort of like those humble bundles provided in the monthly subscription where half the games are shovelware you've never heard of, there's one or two good titles which have been on sale 100 times already, and then there's one good game with an attractive discount.
 
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11. Re: Utomik Cloud Game Service Launches May 3, 2018, 15:08 Creston
 
we ensure the selection remains fresh


Batman: Arkham series, Saints Row IV, Human: Fall Flat, Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun, Jalopy, The Flame in the Flood, Furi

If that's fresh, what do you guys call stale? Doom? And the only Old game in your world is Pong, I guess?

 
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10. Re: Utomik Cloud Game Service Launches May 3, 2018, 15:04 RedEye9
 
Jagacademy wrote on May 3, 2018, 14:55:
I remember my internet service was out for a few days, so my provider emailed me afterwards stating they were giving me "free games" for my inconvenience.
I'm willing to bet that at least 2 of their customers are not gamers. How do they think that giving out old games equates to reimbursement for the inconvenience of an internet outage.
 
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9. Re: Utomik Cloud Game Service Launches May 3, 2018, 14:55 Jagacademy
 
I remember my internet service was out for a few days, so my provider emailed me afterwards stating they were giving me "free games" for my inconvenience. Excited, as I'm a gamer, I went and looked at their selection...

It was the same crap this service has. I thanked them for adding disappointment to my inconvenience.
 
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8. Re: Utomik Cloud Game Service Launches May 3, 2018, 14:33 StingingVelvet
 
Putting parts of the game on your HDD is interesting. I want this tech to fail though since I hate everything moving to subscriptions, not that I can fight the future, which seems set at this point.  
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7. Re: Utomik Cloud Game Service Launches May 3, 2018, 14:30 ItBurn
 
When we get amazing internet connections(in 30 years?), these kinds of services will become the only option, but for now, with the shitty connections we have, these streaming services are almost useless. I especially don't see why this one thinks it'll be successful.  
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6. Re: Utomik Cloud Game Service Launches May 3, 2018, 13:47 Tipsy McStagger
 
jdreyer wrote on May 3, 2018, 12:45:
"Utomik." Rolls right off the tongue, doesn't it?

Is it "You-TOMIK" or "Uhht-omik?"?? Probably the latter like Atomic but couldn't get past copyrights for that... so instead of coming up with something else other than stupid "HUUUuurrr ATOMIC!!!" they made a stupid spelling of it.
 
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5. Re: Utomik Cloud Game Service Launches May 3, 2018, 13:20 chickenboo
 
bjack wrote on May 3, 2018, 12:01:
What a joke. Who would go for these services?

Maybe if you could stream Total Warhammer 2 across a super fast system take advantage of a high end CPU and SSD ... but that's not even an option.

I could see this catching on when people decide they no longer want a collection of owned media. Spotify is already super popular, and when the subscription ends, you can no longer listen to all the music you enjoyed. Doesn't seem to stop people from using it instead of purchasing albums and building a personal collection. It could go the same way with games. Perhaps you get the service and you play through Saints Row IV or Witcher 2 or whatever, you enjoy it, and then you move on.

I think the odd thing with this service is that your computer still downloads and installs the game in question, but requires a subscription service to access the titles. If you end the subscription, I suppose the games auto-uninstall?

Personally I think this will become the de-facto standard in the future: games streamed from a service, no locally stored files, and the servers do all the work so we will no longer need dGPU-equipped laptops or gaming computers, just a small NUC-like box connected to a monitor or TV. Until then we have these weird pseudo-streaming services, or the old standard of buying the title (and that isn't even true, these days we are only buying a license to access the work).
 
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4. Re: Utomik Cloud Game Service Launches May 3, 2018, 12:45 jdreyer
 
"Utomik." Rolls right off the tongue, doesn't it?  
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3. Re: Utomik Cloud Game Service Launches May 3, 2018, 12:01 bjack
 
What a joke. Who would go for these services?

Maybe if you could stream Total Warhammer 2 across a super fast system take advantage of a high end CPU and SSD ... but that's not even an option.
 
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2. Re: Utomik Cloud Game Service Launches May 3, 2018, 11:47 Darks
 
Cutter wrote on May 3, 2018, 11:35:
So a bunch of old games? All of which can be owned individually or in bundles for $5 or less - and most serious gamers probably already own. So what exactly is the appeal?

Nothing, wont ever catch me using a service like this.
 
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1. Re: Utomik Cloud Game Service Launches May 3, 2018, 11:35 Cutter
 
So a bunch of old games? All of which can be owned individually or in bundles for $5 or less - and most serious gamers probably already own. So what exactly is the appeal?
 
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