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Antstream Arcade

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Antstream Arcade
TypeCloud gaming
Launch date19 July 2018; 5 years ago (2018-07-19)
Operating systemCross-platform

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Antstream Arcade is a freemium[1][2] cloud gaming service developed and operated by Antstream Ltd with a focus on retro games[3]. The platform currently has over 1100 licensed retro games across an array of retro consoles with regular titles being added, usually weekly.

All games are hosted locally on their servers and streamed via their client to the end user through Microsoft Azure servicing multiple locations around the world[4]. The majority of games have global leaderboards allowing users to compare their best scores with other players around the world.[5][6]
A unique feature of Antstream Arcade is the addition of unique and custom challenges[7][8] this adds different mini games and expands on the core mechanics of each original title.


Antstream was founded in 2013 by CEO Steve Cottam[9]
Platform was publicly available on 19 July 2018[10]
In 2019 the platform was crowdfunded through a Kickstarter[11] campaign and raised £70,301.
Originally Antstream was a paid service with a £9.99 / $9.99 monthly charge[12] however they recently transitioned across to a freemium model.


Current consoles and systems streamed by Antstream Arcade include


Arcade systems

Atari 8-bit

Atari 2600

Commodore 64

Nintendo Entertainment System

Sega Mega Drive/Genesis

Super Nintendo Entertainment System

ZX Spectrum

Partnerships and Licensing[edit]

Partnerships include Disney, Taito, WarnerMedia, Bandai Namco, Cave, Interplay, SNK, and Data East[13] allowing for over 3000 officially licensed games [14]

Games List[edit]


Antstream is available across a variety of devices mainly Mac, PC, Android tablet, mobile devices, Nvidia Shield, and Amazon Fire Stick.[15][16]
[17] A steam release is expected [18] to complement the PC app with no current confirmed release date.

Regionally it has 23 serves to stream content from. (Asia - East, Asia - South East, Asia - South East (Thailand), Australia Central, Canada - Central, East China (Shanghai), Europe - Central, Europe - North, Europe - South West, Europe - West, India - West, Japan - East, Middle East - Central, PRE North, Russia - West, Scandinavia, South America, UK - South, US - East, US - North Central, US - South, US - West, and US - West Central)

Main competitors and Similar Services[edit]

Google Stadia
Amazon Luna

External links[edit]

Google Play


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  2. Matt Gardner (February 4, 2021). "Retro Games Now Free To Play, Thanks To Antstream Arcade". Forbes. Retrieved June 7, 2021.
  3. Will Greenwald (January 13, 2021). "The Best Game Streaming Services for 2021". Pc Mag UK. Retrieved June 7, 2021.
  4. ""Cloud Gaming Platform Antstream Arcade Launches in Australia" - Games Press". Retrieved 2021-06-21.
  5. GameCentral (2021-03-08). "Antstream Arcade – free retro gaming from a British perspective". Metro. Retrieved 2021-06-21.
  6. "Antstream Arcade: take on your friends in retro-classic leaderboards". PC Games N. December 8, 2020. Retrieved June 7, 2021.
  7. "Game Streaming Platform Antstream Arcade to host Classic Star Wars games". Games Press. January 21, 2021. Retrieved June 7, 2021.
  8. Mason, Graeme (2021-01-15). "New challenges on Antstream!". Antstream. Retrieved 2021-06-21.
  9. "Antstream Arcade CEO Steve Cottam on the Importance of Finding The Right Investor To Support Your Company's Growth". Creative England. 3 September 2020. Retrieved June 7, 2021.
  10. "Retro Reborn!". AntStream. July 19, 2018. Retrieved June 7, 2021.
  12. Gerald Lynch (June 20, 2020). "Antstream is Netflix for retro gamers – but is it good enough to take on the AAA game streaming competition?". Tech Radar. Retrieved June 8, 2021.
  14. Symcox, Jonathan (May 7, 2021). "Antstream Arcade is the 'Netflix for retro games' with grand ambitions". Business Cloud. Retrieved June 7, 2021.
  15. Brandon Keenen (June 7, 2021). "What devices can I play Antstream Arcade on?". Antstream. Retrieved June 7, 2021.
  16. Kyle Orland (May 2, 2021). "The streaming service that wants to save the retro gaming biz from piracy". ars Technica. Retrieved June 7, 2021.
  17. Gareth Halfacree (April 10, 2019). "Antstream aims to bring retro gaming to the cloud". Bit Tech. Retrieved June 7, 2021.
  18. "Antstream Arcade on Steam".

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