Roku makes the audience a Jeopardy! contestant

Jeopardy! comes to Roku

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The Future. Jeopardy! is coming to Roku as an AI-enabled, voice-controlled game. That’s right, screaming game show answers into your remote is now officially encouraged. And it’s not just Roku’s first dip into gaming — it’s potentially a sneak peek into the company’s desire to become the operating system for your future smart home.

Scream away
Counting 20 million weekly viewers, Jeopardy! wants to make each of them its newest contestant via their remote.

  • Roku is debuting a version of the game on its platform where users can respond to clues with their voice via their remote.
  • It’s available as a single-player game where you have to answer pre-recorded questions that were submitted by other players.
  • At the end of each game, a leaderboard shows how you measured up to other players.

The game was developed by voice-enabled AI-game developer Volley, which has already made games, including many adaptations for smart speakers like Amazon Alexa and Google Home.

The only issue is, if you want to play Jeopardy!, you have to pay $9.99/month for the Volley app, which only has this one game for Roku… though more are in development. That may be too big a bet for most would-be players right now.

David Vendrell

Born and raised a stone’s-throw away from the Everglades, David left the Florida swamp for the California desert. Over-caffeinated, he stares at his computer too long either writing the TFP newsletter or screenplays. He is repped by Anonymous Content.


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