Type of site
|Mobile video game website|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Launched||March 12, 2008|
TouchArcade (stylized as toucharcade) is a mobile games journalism website. It was launched in 2008 as a sister site of MacRumors by its founder Arnold Kim and Blake Patterson. TouchArcade also hosts a forum and a weekly podcast.
TouchArcade was launched in 2008 as a blog by MacRumors founder Arnold Kim and Blake Patterson. The spinoff site "[tracked] the new games available for the iPhone and iPod Touch". It also included articles, reviews and a forum. Eli Hodapp became editor-in-chief in 2009.
In 2012, TouchArcade released an iOS app which included mobile game listings. In June 2015, TouchArcade launched a Patreon for crowdfunded donations. Hodapp explained that mobile game journalism has been struggling as developers shifted towards in-app advertising, and that ad revenue for the website was plummeting. Hodapp stepped down from his position in 2019 to focus on his role as co-founder of GameClub, and Jared Nelson succeeded him as editor-in-chief.
TouchArcade publishes news stories and reviews Monday through Friday about iOS and Android video games. A daily SwitchArcade feature covers releases and sales for the Nintendo Switch console. The site also produces a weekly podcast entitled The TouchArcade Show in which Jared Nelson and former editor-in-chief Eli Hodapp discuss top news stories of the week. Registered users receive a monthly email newsletter of the best game releases of the past month, and the site has traditionally rolled up a "best of" feature for the end of the year. In 2022, TouchArcade began covering other portable platforms such as Steam Deck and Playdate.
In 2009, CNET ranked TouchArcade sixth on its list of the top ten gaming blogs. Time named it one of The 50 Best Websites of 2011 and described its reviews as a "cogent, reliable guide" to the games in the App Store.