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Will EA Copy Activision’s Gaming Strategy With Battlefield?

December 8, 2016 by   | Category: Gaming
Will EA Copy Activision’s Gaming Strategy With Battlefield?

According to the announcement made by EA earlier this week, it appears that there won’t be any new Battlefield game for a “couple of years”. The announcement, which says that there are no plans for a new Battlefield game for another “couple of years”, was made during EA’s Investor Program by EA’s chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen and came as a rather big surprise, especially considering that the latest Battlefield 1 was a big success. It appears that... 

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Are More PC Games Appearing On Valve’s Steam?

December 5, 2016 by   | Category: Gaming
Are More PC Games Appearing On Valve’s Steam?

The number of games on Steam continues to rise at a daunting rate. According to new data from Steam Spy, the number of full games released on the store this year rose 40% over 2015. Steam Spy founder Sergey Galyonkin published a chart on Twitter that indicated a total of 4207 games launched on Steam in 2016, up from 2964 last year. If accurate, that means 38% of all games on Steam were released within the last 12 months – a sobering thought for any developer trading on Valve’s market... 

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Is The PSVR Really Selling?

December 2, 2016 by   | Category: Gaming
Is The PSVR Really Selling?

As the numbers from Black Friday and Thanksgiving weekend continue to trickle in, many analysts are examining how the holiday sales picture is coming together this year. While The NPD Group is not ready to give its full assessment just yet, the firm did note to GamesIndustry.biz that digital promotions on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live were much more aggressive this year and may have impacted the retail channel. Digital aside, the sector that seemed to struggle the most is virtual reality, according... 

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Is Word-Of-Mouth The Best Way To Advertise Games?

November 28, 2016 by   | Category: Gaming
Is Word-Of-Mouth The Best Way To Advertise Games?

Last week, over three and a half years after its initial release, Digital Extremes’ free-to-play shooter Warframe broke its concurrent player record with expansion The War Within, hitting Steam’s top three on the weekend of release, recording a maximum of 68,530 players online at once and logging an incredible 1.2 million hours of playtime in a single day. Across PC and the more recent Xbox One and PS4 versions of the game, over 1 million of the 26 million players who have registered... 

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Is The Mobile Gaming Space Difficult To Succeed?

November 23, 2016 by   | Category: Gaming
Is The Mobile Gaming Space Difficult To Succeed?

There’s something quite noble about Phil Larsen, Luke Muscat and Hugh Walters, and their reasons for turning their collective backs on Halfbrick. The trio had been partly responsible for some of the biggest games in the smartphone space, including Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride, but they felt they had nothing left to learn working at the developer, so took the gamble to go it alone. “There weren’t too many more challenges, and the challenge of starting something new and being small... 

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Is EA Skeptical On Nintendo’s Switch?

November 21, 2016 by   | Category: Gaming
Is EA Skeptical On Nintendo’s Switch?

EA CFO Blake Jorgensen says he ‘can’t yet predict’ if people will be interested in Switch alongside their regular portable device. His statement came at the UBS Global Technology Conference, and reported by GameSpot. He says the firm is excited about the product and committed to bringing ‘one or two’ of its biggest games IP to the platform. Based on EA’s history with Nintendo, these will likely be games from its sports catalog. “We’re excited for Nintendo,... 

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Are UbiSoft Executives Guilty Of Insider Trading?

November 18, 2016 by   | Category: Gaming
Are UbiSoft Executives Guilty Of Insider Trading?

A number of Ubisoft executives have been accused of using insider knowledge to sell and profit from their stocks, although the Assassin’s Creed publisher has denied this is the case. The allegations originate from Autorité des marchés financiers, the regulator for France’s stock market, according to Kotaku. There are five execs suspected of insider trading, including Yannis Mallat, CEO of Ubisoft Montreal. AMF’s claims state that all five sold some of their Ubisoft stock in the... 

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Do 8-bit Video Games Compete In The Industry Today?

November 15, 2016 by   | Category: Gaming
Do 8-bit Video Games Compete In The Industry Today?

Nostalgia has become a powerful tool in entertainment these past few years. Whether it is the return of X-Files and Twin Peaks, or Shenmue and Pokémon, bringing back classic IP has become a safe way to secure headlines and generate copious amounts of hype. Yet it’s not just brands that are tapping into our love for the familiar. Take this summer’s smash Netflix show Stranger Things, which plays homage to both ’80s Spielberg and classic horror. Or indeed the millions of dollars... 

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Is The Call of Duty Franchise Losing Its Touch In The UK?

November 10, 2016 by   | Category: Gaming
Is The Call of Duty Franchise Losing Its Touch In The UK?

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare was the No.1 boxed game in the UK this week, but Week One sales were down 48.4 percent compared with the same period for last year’s Black Ops III. It’s the fiercest drop the franchise has suffered since it became one of the world’s most popular entertainment properties following the success of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare in 2007. There was no PS3 or Xbox 360 version this year, however even just comparing the PS4 and Xbox One figures shows a sales... 

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Mafia 3 Doing Well For Take Two

November 9, 2016 by   | Category: Gaming
Mafia 3 Doing Well For Take Two

The announcement of Red Dead Redemption 2 has gamers and Take-Two investors alike eagerly anticipating the game’s release next fall, but the company’s been giving both camps reasons to pay attention in the meantime. Take-Two today announced its results for the quarter ended September 30, meeting (and in the case of bookings, exceeding) guidance and touting some record-breaking recent releases. September’s NBA 2K17 and Mafia III (which launched in the current quarter) set new records,... 

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Is Electronic Arts Bullish On Next Quarter?

November 7, 2016 by   | Category: Gaming
Is Electronic Arts Bullish On Next Quarter?

The second fiscal quarter is historically the quietest stretch for Electronic Arts, but the three months ended September 30 gave the publisher reason for optimism heading into the crucial holiday season. The company today released its second quarter results, beating its net income guidance and showing strong growth in its EA Sports Ultimate Team efforts. “Q2 was an excellent quarter for Electronic Arts, led by breakthrough new EA Sports titles engaging players across console and mobile,”... 

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Who Is Nintendo’s Switch Target Audience?

November 2, 2016 by   | Category: Gaming
Who Is Nintendo’s Switch Target Audience?

Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima has asserted that the company’s new console does not represent a shift in the way it sees its audience. “As the name implies, we’re switching a lot of things,” he told Bloomberg, “but we have no interest in switching our customers.” The Switch debuted in a promotional video that had a distinct lack of families and children, two groups with which Nintendo is closely associated. It also featured footage from core-facing franchises... 

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Will AMD’s RX-460 Be Out Before The Holidays?

October 27, 2016 by   | Category: Computing, Gaming
Will AMD’s RX-460 Be Out Before The Holidays?

According to a couple of reports, it seems that AMD is working on a couple of  cut down versions of its Polaris 10 Ellesmere GPU that should put additional pressure on Nvidia’s recently released GTX 1050 Ti and GTX 1050 graphics cards. According to a report from Videocardz.com, AMD’s Polaris 10 GPU with 36 Compute Units (CUs), 2,304 Stream Processors, is the perfect candidate as there is enough room to make a cut-down GPU that should fit between the RX 460 and RX 470. The cut down Polaris... 

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Will Virtual Reality Go The Way Of 3D?

October 25, 2016 by   | Category: Gaming
Will Virtual Reality Go The Way Of 3D?

VR startup Survios proudly announced last month that its futuristic co-op shooter Raw Data became the first VR title to generate revenues of $1 million in the span of a month. Steam Spy data showed that more than 33,000 people had purchased the $40 game, which is still in Early Access. That $1 million in revenues, however, brings up the million-dollar question: When $1 million represents the peak of success, how can VR developers actually make a living in this VR ecosystem? Survios is in the enviable... 

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Without A Touchscreen Is Nintendo’s Switch DoA?

October 24, 2016 by   | Category: Gaming
Without A Touchscreen Is Nintendo’s Switch DoA?

Now that Nintendo has finally teased the world with its Switch hardware reveal, everyone of course wants to know more and bigger questions about Nintendo’s strategy have become top of mind.  Analysts have brought up a number of potential issues facing Nintendo as it moves forward. Most importantly, who is Nintendo really targeting with its new product and how is the company positioning the Switch against powerful consoles like next year’s Xbox Scorpio or this year’s PS4 Pro? “Nintendo’s... 

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