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Is e3 Leaving Los Angeles

June 27, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Is e3 Leaving Los Angeles

The organizers behind the Electronic Entertainment Expo are considering taking the show away from its traditional home at the Los Angeles Convention Center. During a roundtable interview, ESA CEO Mike Gallagher said his organisation might explore other possible locations if the center fails to upgrade and modernise its facilities, GameSpot reports. The exec specifically hopes to see increased floor space and a smoother route between the West and South halls, currently separated by a length corridor.... 

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Pokemon Go New Features Aims To Thwart Cheaters

June 23, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Pokemon Go New Features Aims To Thwart Cheaters

Niantic, the developer behind the wildly popular Pokemon Go game, has announced new features to help curb cheating in the game. “Pokemon caught using third-party services that circumvent normal gameplay will appear marked with a slash in the inventory and may not behave as expected,” the company explained on the Silph Road subreddit. While Niantic was not specific in the post about which third-party services are being targeted, tools such as GPS fakers that artificially place you in... 

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Will Doom VR Be A Successful Game

June 21, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Will Doom VR Be A Successful Game

Doom is getting a virtual reality (VR) mode that will up the frights and will probably have you clawing at your face. You know Doom, everyone knows Doom and people are always trying to play it on things that it was never meant to go on, like cash machines and cars, for example. Doom was born for VR. The facefirst run and shoot game will lend itself very well to the format, and we can admit to wanting a go on it. There is a reveal trailer, and Doom VFR certainly looks, smells and bleeds like the Doom... 

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Will The US Video Game Industry Grow To A 28 Billion Dollar Market

June 16, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Will The US Video Game Industry Grow To A 28 Billion Dollar Market

According to the 18th PwC Global Entertainment and Media Outlook 2017-2021, which covers a number of major industries (not just games), the total video games revenue in the US is expected to grow at a 6.3% CAGR rate to reach more than $28.5 billion by 2021. The research firm notes that the PC games sector looks a bit rosier than consoles in the next few years in terms of growth. While total PC games revenue in the US is set to grow from $3.7bn in 2016 to $5.0bn in 2021, at a 6.6% CAGR, consoles will... 

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Is China The Hot Spot For Mobile Gaming

June 14, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Is China The Hot Spot For Mobile Gaming

To Western mobile developers, the Chinese market may seem as daunting as it is distant. Every aspect of the landscape is different to anything seen in regions closer to home: the publishers, the distribution channels, player tastes, player behaviours, spending habits and, of course, the language. Even simple things like use of colour will be unfamiliar; red, traditionally used to depict danger or damage in games, is actually associated with good fortune and joy in China. However, a report this week... 

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Is Grand Theft Auto V The Best Selling Video Game Ever

June 12, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Is Grand Theft Auto V The Best Selling Video Game Ever

Grand Theft Auto V has sold more copies in the US than any other release over the past 22 years. That’s according to NPD Group analyst Mat Piscatella, who tweeted that Rockstar’s masterpiece is the region’s best-selling game since the market research firm first began tracking. “Not surprising, but still amazing,” he wrote. That’s not to say GTA V has overtaken some previous champion, GamesBeat reports – just an interesting factoid Piscatella was keen to share. As... 

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Can Free-To-Play Dominate Virtual Reality Gaming

June 5, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Can Free-To-Play Dominate Virtual Reality Gaming

Premium games will always be consumers’ first choice when it comes to virtual reality titles, says Oskar Burman. Speaking at last week’s Nordic Game Conference, the former general manager of Rovio and CEO of Fast Travel Games said he does not believe free-to-play will take over the VR market the way it has on mobile – although it will have a significant presence. “Free-to-play is going to become more common as the userbase grows,” he explained. “However, I don’t... 

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Does The Nintendo Switch Represent The Future Of Consoles?

May 31, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Does The Nintendo Switch Represent The Future Of Consoles?

It’s a fact often stated, but no less true for the repetition, that videogames as a whole owe a great deal to Nintendo. Time and again over the past 30-odd years, Nintendo has defined and redefined core parts of what a game, or a games console, is meant to be. It hasn’t always been the first to invent an idea, but so often it has been the first company to take a rough idea and turn it into something so accessible, so useful and so necessary that, in hindsight, it ends up feeling obvious. The... 

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Can NBCUniversal Compete In The Mobile Games Space

May 25, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Can NBCUniversal Compete In The Mobile Games Space

As the mobile market continues to boom and the nascent virtual reality space becomes a larger sector within mobile thanks to devices like Samsung Gear and Google Daydream, NBCUniversal is aiming to leverage its bevy of popular IP such as Fast & Furious, Minions, Despicable Me, Jurassic World and more. According to GamesBeat, the company has hired former Disney mobile games leader Chris Heatherly to oversee a new mobile game and virtual reality publishing group. The goal is to leverage properties... 

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Is Nintendo’s Zelda Going Mobile?

May 24, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Is Nintendo’s Zelda Going Mobile?

Zelda will be the next Nintendo IP to get the mobile treatment, according to sources speaking to The Wall Street Journal, with the new title expected to follow the Animal Crossing later this year. The WSJ’s sources indicated that Animal Crossing is expected to launch in the second half of calendar 2017, with The Legend of Zelda to follow. However, the sources said that the order of the releases could still change, with Zelda arriving first. With games based on Fire Emblem and Super Mario Bros.... 

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Square Enix Is Giving IO Interactive The Boot

May 23, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Square Enix Is Giving IO Interactive The Boot

Square Enix is dropping IO Interactive, the Danish studio behind the long-running Hitman franchise. In a statement released today, the Japanese publisher said the decision was part of a strategy to “focus our resources and energies on key franchises and studios.” The withdrawal was in effect as of the end of the last financial year, on March 31, 2017, and resulted in a ¥4.9 billion ($43 million) extraordinary loss on the company’s balance sheet. Square Enix has already started... 

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Will Digital Video Game Sales Grow This Year

May 18, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Will Digital Video Game Sales Grow This Year

The growth of full game downloads in the console space has surprised EA, the firm says. The company told investors during its Q&A – as transcribed by Seeking Alpha – that full game downloads accounted for 33% of unit sales. That’s considerably ahead of the firm’s previous estimate of 29%, and 9% higher than the figure it posted last year. The firm says the chief driver was “the continuing evolution of consumer behavior. but some of the out-performance was driven... 

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Google Acquires Virtual Game Studio Owlchemy Labs

May 12, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Google Acquires Virtual Game Studio Owlchemy Labs

Google has purchased Owlchemy Labs, the VR game studio that behind such game titles as Job Simulator and Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality. The Austin, Texas-based game studio revealed the acquisition in a blog post Wednesday, saying it will continue to build content for the HTC Vive, Oculus Touch, and PlayStation VR after joining Google. “We are continuing to do all of this with even more support and focus on building awesome stuff,” Owlechemy wrote. “It’s incredibly exciting... 

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Can Big Game Developers Keep Innovation Alive

May 12, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming

The games industry has gone through a series of major transitions and changes over the past couple of decades – changes to the platforms people play on, the way they pay for and interact with games and even to the audiences that are actually playing. Each of those has brought along a series of challenges which the industry has had to surmount or circumvent; none of them, arguably, is a perfectly solved problem. Meanwhile, though, there have also been a handful of challenges running in the background... 

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Are Virtual Reality Exclusives Good For The Industry?

May 9, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Are Virtual Reality Exclusives Good For The Industry?

If you’ve donned a VR headset in recent months, odds are you’ve at least tried Job Simulator from the folks at Owlchemy Labs. The quirky title is a perfect showcase for anyone new to the medium of virtual reality and it’s earned numerous accolades, including Best VR/AR title at the GDC Awards in March. More recently, Owlchemy partnered with Adult Swim Games to make Rick & Morty: Virtual Rick-ality. GamesIndustry.biz caught up with Owlchemy CEO Alex Schwartz in advance of the... 

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