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Nintendo Keeps Drop Year Over Year

February 4, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Nintendo Keeps Drop Year Over Year

Nintendo’s finances took a dip in the company’s third quarter report for FY 2015 – sales stayed relatively stable with just 3.9 per cent shrinkage to 427.7 billion Yen ($3.5bn), but profits dropped by 32 per cent year-on-year to 40.5 billion Yen ($336m). Although the bottom line failed to excite, plenty of familiar faces performed well for the publisher’s software arm, as well as a few new names. Top seller was Child friendly Wii U shooter Splatoon, shifting over four million... 

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Will eSport Grow To One Half Billion Dollar Market This Year?

January 28, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will eSport Grow To One Half Billion Dollar Market This Year?

According to Newzoo’s 2016 Global eSports Market Report, this year is expected to be a “pivotal” one for the eSports sector. The firm said that last year’s tally for worldwide eSports revenues came to $325 million, and this year the full eSports economy should grow 43 percent to $463 million; Newzoo said this correlates with an audience of 131 million eSports enthusiasts and another 125 million “occasional viewers who tune in mainly for the big international events.”... 

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Is Capcom Finally Getting Into eSports?

January 26, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is Capcom Finally Getting Into eSports?

On February 16, Street Fighter V will launch on PlayStation 4 and PC. It will not be launching to Xbox One thanks to an exclusivity deal signed with Sony. And as Capcom director of brand marketing and eSports Matt Dahlgren told GamesIndustry.biz recently, there are a few reasons for that. Dahlgren called the deal “the largest strategic partnership that fighting games have ever seen,” and said it addressed several problems the publisher has had surrounding its fighting games for years. “Basically... 

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Epic Looks Into AMD Issues

December 22, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Epic Looks Into AMD Issues

Epic Games said it is investigating issue with Unreal Engine 4 and AMD CPUs. The problem appears in Squad which is the first big, publicly available game using Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4. The game was just stuck up on Steam so complaints about the AMD have been somewhat vocal. The engine appears to create a poor performance on AMD CPUs due to an audio component of the engine. The issue has been reported before but no one took it that seriously. In fact some of theissues here seem to be a communication... 

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EA Goes Competitive Gaming

December 14, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
EA Goes Competitive Gaming

Electronic Arts is the latest publisher to add a dedicated eSports group to its business, as CEO Andrew Wilson today announced the formation of the EA Competitive Gaming Division. “As the latest step in our journey to put our players first, this group will enable global eSports competitions in our biggest franchises including FIFA, Madden NFL, Battlefield and more,” Wilson said, adding, “EA’s CGD will seek to build a best-in-class program to centralize our efforts with new... 

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Are Video Game Stocks Coming Back?

December 10, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Are Video Game Stocks Coming Back?

Given the soaraway success of the PlayStation 4, the none-too-shabby success of the Xbox One (eclipsed by the PS4, sure, but doing fine by its own rights) and the continued meteoric rise of mobile and digital game revenues, it probably won’t surprise you that this has been a banner year for videogame stocks. The success hasn’t been evenly spread around – and there have been some notable failures this year, too – but as the end of 2015 approaches, several videogame companies... 

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Can Nintendo Ship 12 Million NX’s In 2016?

December 4, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Can Nintendo Ship 12 Million NX’s In 2016?

The Nintendo NX may surpass the Wii U’s lifetime installed base in its first year on shelves. According to a Digi-Times report, Nintendo’s upstream component suppliers are expecting to provide the company with enough hardware to ship 10-12 million units in 2016. That would mark a rebound after the Wii U, which through September had put up lifetime sales of a little under 11 million. However, Nintendo may be expecting even more from its next platform; in July, Digi-Times reported that... 

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Game Maker Activision Launches TV And Film Studio

November 9, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Gaming
Game Maker Activision Launches TV And Film Studio

Activision Blizzard Inc has launched a film and TV studio to develop original content based on its popular videogame franchises such as “Call of Duty” and “Hearthstone” in its latest push to expand beyond console-based games. Activision Blizzard Studios’ first production will be “Skylanders Academy,” an animated TV series based on the company’s toys-to-life videogame “Skylanders”, the company said in a statement. A “near-term”... 

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Is Activision’s Move To Buy King A Smart One?

November 6, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is Activision’s Move To Buy King A Smart One?

Activision Blizzard has bought King Digital Entertainment for $5.9 billion, marking not only one of the largest acquisitions in videogame history but one of the largest deals ever made in the entertainment business. Comparing this to previous entertainment deals highlights just how extraordinary the figures involved are; the purchase price values King at significantly more than Marvel Entertainment (acquired by Disney for $4.2 billion), Star Wars owner Lucasfilm (Disney again, for $4.1 billion) and... 

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Will The Low End Mobile Games Market Disappear?

November 2, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will The Low End Mobile Games Market Disappear?

In the mobile gaming space, change occurs quickly and often. In the seven years since the App Store revitalised a previously disjointed and granular market, almost every important aspect of production, distribution, marketing and consumption has been upturned several times. Smart developers learned to move quickly, primed for instant response and rapid iteration, in order to keep pace with a constantly shifting environment. For mobile’s biggest companies, Kabam’s Aaron Loeb says, this... 

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Will The PC Gaming Space Grow To 30B By 2018?

October 29, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will The PC Gaming Space Grow To 30B By 2018?

Jon Peddie Research have come up with the recent analysis of the PC hardware gaming market and claim the market is set to grow in the next few years. Apparenlty, the total gaming hardware marker in 2014 was more than  $24,936 billion in 2014 and it slightly declined in 2015 to $24,684 billion. However, in 2016 it looks like that the gaming hardware market will increase to $26.118 billion and it will reach  $28.253 billion in 2017. However the record year for gaming hardware will be three years... 

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Did Japanese Game Development Leave With Kojima

October 22, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Did Japanese Game Development Leave With Kojima

Hideo Kojima has left the building. The New Yorker has confirmed that the famous game creator’s last day at Konami has come and gone, with a farewell party attended by colleagues from within and without the country – but not, notably, by Konami’s top brass. Only a couple of months after his latest game, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, clocked up the most commercially successful opening day’s sales of any media product in 2015, Kojima has left a studio facing shutdown... 

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Will 2016 Be The Year For Virtual Reality Games?

October 15, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will 2016 Be The Year For Virtual Reality Games?

As the end of 2015 rapidly approaches (seriously, how on earth is it October already?), the picture of what we can expect from VR in 2016 is starting to look a little less fuzzy around the edges. There’s no question that next year is the Year of VR, at least in terms of mindshare. Right now it looks like no fewer than three consumer VR systems will be on the market during calendar 2016 – Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR and Valve / HTC Vive. They join Samsung’s already released Gear... 

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Has Sony Lost The Handheld Gaming Market?

October 6, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Has Sony Lost The Handheld Gaming Market?

Sony’s Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida was only stating the obvious when he told the audience at EGX that the “climate is not healthy” for a successor to the company’s struggling handheld console, the PlayStation Vita, but sometimes even the obvious makes for an interesting statement, depending upon who’s stating it. The likelihood of another handheld console from Sony turning up in the foreseeable future is considered to be incredibly low by almost everyone, and... 

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Can eSports Become A Billion Dollar Industry?

October 1, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Can eSports Become A Billion Dollar Industry?

Over the last few years, competitive gaming has made huge strides, building a massive fanbase, supporting the rise of entire genres of games and attracting vast prize pots for the discipline’s very best. Almost across the board, the phenomenon has also seen its revenues gaining, as new sponsors come on board, including some major household names. Sustaining the rapidity of the growth of eSports is going to be key to its long term success, maintaining momentum and pushing it ever further into... 

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