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​Melee Is The New Gaming App From Imgur

​Melee Is The New Gaming App From Imgur

While Imgur is largely a site for image and GIF hosting, and one that you'll be forever directed to when browsing pages on Reddit, it's trying to carve out a little space in gamers' hearts with its latest app: Melee.

Launched earlier this week, Melee is a mobile app focused on sharing gaming content - including short video clips, screenshots, and memes. Taking its lead from Twitch clips, the short, shareable videos Twitch viewers make while watching livestreams, Melee is meant for easily digestible gaming content that has the potential to go viral.

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Browse individual feeds for each game
Browse individual feeds for each game

You can sort through everything on Melee by game, so if you want to find videos of Blinx: The Time Sweeper, and only Blinx: The Time Sweeper, you've no need to muddy your feed with videos of lesser video game cats.

Content you like can be upvoted, naturally, though it isn't called giving an upvote - you're giving XP. If a post gets enough XP then it levels up into the trending section, where people browsing for content regardless of their game preferences can spot it.

You can also follow particular creators, and the emphasis is on streamers using it as a place to foster their communities. Because there's not enough places for them to do that already.

Something that's dropped in briefly at the bottom of the announcement post is that you can also submit links reviews and news, so it looks like Imgur wants Melee to become a games portal for a lot more than just memes. In time it could be a one-stop shop for everything you need to know about a particular game. Say it's launch day for Cyberpunk 2077 - you load up Melee, click on its section in the app and you're presented with news, reviews, trailers, and clips of the game in action.

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Melee is currently only available on Apple devices, but expect it spread out to other platforms in the future.

Topics: video games, gamingbible, Imgur

Julian Benson

Senior journalist at GAMINGbible. Former deputy editor of PCGamesN and news editor of Kotaku UK. Written for Eurogamer, PC Gamer, Rock, Paper, Shotgun, Wired, and GamesMaster. Author of 'Rags, Bones and Tea Leaves'. Contact: [email protected]

 

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