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Can Washington D.C. Become The Center Of eSports?

March 22, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Can Washington D.C. Become The Center Of eSports?

Washington D.C. intends to become the home of eSports in the United States, with a strategy that includes sponsorship of the NRG Esports team and the construction of a $65 million stadium. The city’s plans, which were revealed to Mashable, will be executed by Events D.C., the District of Columbia’s convention and sports authority. The deal with NRG Esports is among the first instances of a city sponsoring a pro gaming organisation, and Washington D.C. will now have its logo and branding... 

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Sega Acquires Crytek Black Sea Developers

March 15, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Sega Acquires Crytek Black Sea Developers

In an effort to bolster Total War developer Creative Assembly, Sega Europe today has announced that it’s acquired Crytek Black Sea and added the 60-person team from Bulgaria to the prominent UK developer. Crytek Black Sea has been renamed Creative Assembly Sofia and will be working on a number of unannounced projects. Tim Heaton, Studio Director at Creative Assembly, commented: “Now in our 30th year of games development, with an army of multi-million selling titles to our name and a history... 

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Are Analyst Right About The Nintendo Switch?

March 10, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Are Analyst Right About The Nintendo Switch?

The games industry’s leading analysts have highlighted just how difficult it is to predict how well Nintendo Switch will perform. IHS, SuperData, DFC and Niko Partners’ predictions range from 4.4m to 10m shipped by the end of 2017. DFC thinks Nintendo Switch will sell 8.3m units in its first year, as detailed back in January, to eventually hit an install base of 40m. IHS estimate a rather weak first year for Switch at just 4,4m, reaching 10m by year two and 30m by the end of the lifecycle... 

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Does The Nintendo Switch Have a Pixel Problem?

March 8, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Does The Nintendo Switch Have a Pixel Problem?

Nintendo has doing its best to see off stories that its new Switch portable console is blighted with dead pixels. Those who have got their paws on the Switch have been complaining of distracting dead or stuck pixels, or light or dark patches on the screens of their brand-new consoles. Nintendo’s answer to this is that such pixels are “normal” and are not defects. In contradiction to this statement, Nintendo claims that only a small number of cases have been reported. Either way if you have... 

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Mass Effect: Andromeda PC Specs Revealed

March 6, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Mass Effect: Andromeda PC Specs Revealed

EA and Bioware have released official PC system requirements for its upcoming Mass Effect: Andromeda game that has gone gold and will be launching on March 21st. According to details provided over at EA’s Origin site, those looking to play the new Mass Effect game will need at least an Intel Core i5-3570 or AMD FX-6350 CPU, 8GB of RAM and Nvidia Geforce GTX 660 2GB or AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB graphics card. The recommended system requirements rise up to an Intel Core i7-4790 or AMD FX-8350 CPU,... 

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Will Christmas 2017 Gauge The True Success Of Nintendo’s Switch?

March 3, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Will Christmas 2017 Gauge The True Success Of Nintendo’s Switch?

It doesn’t feel right. It all seems so muted. Sure, there are those that can’t decide if Nintendo has made the ultimate games machine or the most pointless, but even so, it doesn’t feel like a new machine from the most iconic name in video games is a little over a week away. Up until yesterday’s onslaught of unboxing videos, there has been a distinct lack of significant press coverage. Where’s the massive media campaign? Where’s the release countdowns? Where’s... 

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Is The Xbox Game Pass A Good Move For Microsoft?

March 2, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Is The Xbox Game Pass A Good Move For Microsoft?

Microsoft has just made the Xbox One console a bit more interesting by announcing a new subscription service called the Xbox Game Pass, which will give access to over 100 games for US $9.99 a month, when it launches later this spring. The Microsoft Xbox Game Pass will include over 100 games, like Halo 5: Guardians, Payday 2, NBA 2K16, and SoulCalibur 2. Unlike other similar subscription based services, Xbox Game Pass will allow users to download available games and buy them with a 20 percent discount... 

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Is The Independent Game Developers Future Bleak

February 23, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Is The Independent Game Developers Future Bleak

Never more than a stopgap that was hugely inadequate to the gap in question, Steam Greenlight is finally set to disappear entirely later this Spring. The service has been around for almost five years, and while it was largely greeted with enthusiasm, the reality has never justified that optimism. The amassing of community votes for game approval turned out to be no barrier to all manner of grafters who launched unfinished, amateurish games (even using stolen assets in some cases) on the service,... 

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Why Are The NPD Games Sales Kept Private?

February 22, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Why Are The NPD Games Sales Kept Private?

When I first began my career in the games industry I wrote a story about an impending digital download chart. It was February 2008 and Dorian Bloch – who was leader of UK physical games data business Chart-Track at the time – vowed to have a download Top 50 by Christmas. It wasn’t for want of trying. Digital retailers, including Steam, refused to share the figures and insisted it was down to the individual publishers and developers to do the sharing (in contrast to the retail space,... 

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Does Virtual Reality Need A Hit Game To Succeed?

February 20, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Does Virtual Reality Need A Hit Game To Succeed?

For many, the success of Resident Evil 7 and its atmospheric campaign has offered a glimpse of what a “killer app” for virtual reality might look like; the game that shifts the common perception of VR from an intriguing glimpse of the future, to an essential part of contemporary entertainment. The term will be familiar to anyone who has seen the launch of a new console, but, as a panel of experts discussed today at Casual Connect Europe, VR defies such easy categorization. The discussion... 

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Will Politics Bring Down The Gaming Industry?

February 20, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Will Politics Bring Down The Gaming Industry?

If you’re someone who makes a living from videogames – as most readers of this site are – then political developments around the world at the moment should deeply concern you. I’m sure, of course, that a great many of you are concerned about things ranging from President Trump’s Muslim travel ban to the UK Parliament’s vote for “Hard Brexit” or the looming elections in Holland and France simply on the basis of being politically aware and engaged. However,... 

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Is The Gaming Industry Due For An Overhaul?

February 16, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Is The Gaming Industry Due For An Overhaul?

Physical retailers are calling for a change in how video game pre-orders are conducted. They are speaking to publishers and platform holders over the possibility of selling games before the release date. Consumers can pick up the disc 1 to 3 weeks before launch, but it will remain ‘locked’ until launch day. The whole concept stems from the pre-loading service available in the digital space. Today, consumers can download a game via Steam, Xbox Live and PSN before it’s out, and the... 

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Take-Two Goes Up But Misses The Mark

February 14, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Take-Two Goes Up But Misses The Mark

Take-Two today reported its financial results for the three months ended December 31, and they paint a mixed picture of the company’s performance for the holiday season. Speaking with GamesIndustry.biz, Take-Two chairman and CEO Strauss Zelnick touted the company’s holiday slate of releases, mostly updating numbers revealed around Take-Two’s last earnings report. Mafia III has now sold-in approximately 5 million copies, while Civilization VI has surpassed 1.5 million units sold-in.... 

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Do Mobile Games Need To Be Free?

February 10, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming, Mobile
Do Mobile Games Need To Be Free?

Ever since Nintendo’s shares rocketed after the launch of Pokémon Go –  and despite the worldwide phenomenon not being a Nintendo product – and the surprise announcement of Super Mario Run, all eyes have been on the platform holder’s mobile strategy need to be free. Analysts and even the mainstream media have been quick to comment on the potential for traditional games brands in the mobile space, but in all the excitement some people seem to have forgotten several publishers... 

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Is Nintendo Taking A Risk With The Switch?

February 8, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Is Nintendo Taking A Risk With The Switch?

You know a company has had a rough set of results when its CEO needs to publicly state that they represent the lowest extent of a slump, with a bounce surely to follow; this being essentially the line that Nintendo boss Tatsumi Kimishima attempted to soothe worried investors with this week. It didn’t exactly work; Nintendo shares, which had been trading at their highest levels in five years, dropped back below the 23,000 Yen mark for the first time since last September. The figures reveal sentiment;... 

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