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Amazon just quietly killed its most recent game, ‘Crucible’

Amazon just quietly killed its most recent game, ‘Crucible’

  • On May 20, Amazon launched “Crucible,” a major online multiplayer video game intended to compete with the likes of “Fortnite.” Amazon had been working on the game since at least 2014.
  • “Crucible” was Amazon’s latest attempt to push into the lucrative video-game industry.
  • One week after launch, with fewer than 5,000 players on average, the game dropped off the charts. One month later, Amazon pulled the game from availability and put it back into “closed beta,” a term used in game development to signify a game isn’t complete.
  • Now “Crucible” is being killed. “Ultimately we didn’t see a healthy, sustainable future ahead,” a post on the game’s blog published Friday said, adding, “We’ll be discontinuing development on ‘Crucible.'”
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Did you know that Amazon, the biggest company in the world, launched a big-budget video game this year?

The game is called “Crucible,” and you could be forgiven if this is the first you’re hearing about it. Despite being free to play and available on the world’s largest gaming platform, Steam, “Crucible” quickly came and went from the top-100 chart.

One week after it launched in late May, the online multiplayer game had fewer than 5,000 players on average — a major issue, given that it was intended to compete with the likes of “Fortnite” and “Valorant.”

In late June, Amazon pulled the game from digital stores and put it back in “closed beta,” a game-development term that means a game isn’t complete. And in a blog post published Friday night, it killed “Crucible.”

“Ultimately we didn’t see a healthy, sustainable future ahead,” the post said, adding, “That evaluation led us to a difficult decision: We’ll be discontinuing development on ‘Crucible.'”

Any purchases that players made within the game can be refunded, and the ability

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Tanium, backed by Salesforce Ventures, quietly raises funding round

Tanium, backed by Salesforce Ventures, quietly raises funding round

  • The cybersecurity firm Tanium is quietly raising $200 million in funding and has sold $150.5 million in securities to investors, according to a SEC Form D filed on Monday.
  • It’s unclear if the filing accounts for a “significant investment” from Salesforce Ventures that was announced in June. At the time, Tanium did not disclose how much funding it raised in that round, only that it brought the company to a $9 billion valuation.
  • In September, Tanium brought on former Ford CEO Mark Fields as its lead board member as it transitions to 5G.
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Tanium, one of the most valuable cybersecurity companies in the industry, is quietly raising a round of funding that could total as high as $200 million, according to a public filing. 

Tanium, founded in 2007 by father and son team David and Orion Hindawi, says it has sold about $150.5 million out of $200 million in securities offered to a total of 26 investors, according to a SEC Form D filed on Monday. The filing was first spotted by CRN’s Joseph F. Kovar.

It’s unclear if this filing accounts for a “significant investment” from Salesforce Ventures that was announced in June. While Tanium did not disclose the size of the investment at that time, it did say that the deal valued the company at $9 billion. 

Startup funding database Crunchbase, however, pegs the size of the investment at $117.2 million. Assuming that figure is accurate, and that the filing encompasses the investment in question, it means that Tanium raised

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