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GameStop Fires A C-Suite Executive

February 19, 2018 by   | Category: Gaming
GameStop Fires A C-Suite Executive

GameStop COO Tony Bartel and EVP Michael Hogan have been let go by the games retail giant. The news follows the imminent departure of former GameStop CEO Paul Raines, who is stepping down due to a recurring brain tumor, and the appointment of new CEO Mike Mauler – who has been part of the GameStop business for 16 years. Bartel is one of GameStop’s longest-serving employees, having worked in various senior roles, including president between 2010 and 2015, and COO ever since. Hogan has... 

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Microsoft Gaming Division Growing

February 12, 2018 by   | Category: Gaming
Microsoft Gaming Division Growing

Microsoft today reported its quarterly earnings, giving a glimpse into the health of its gaming business in the process. Over the final three months of 2017, Microsoft’s gaming business brought in $3.92 billion, up 8% year-over-year. Much of that growth was driven by sales of the Xbox One X, which launched during the quarter at a premium price point of $500. Microsoft said hardware revenues for the quarter were up 14% year-over-year. Microsoft’s gaming software and services revenues were... 

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Nintendo To Push Mario Kart To Mobile Devices

February 12, 2018 by   | Category: Gaming
Nintendo To Push Mario Kart To Mobile Devices

Now that Nintendo has already released hits such as Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and Super Mario Run on both iOS and Android, it’s chose to bring its signature death race to the market. Nintendo has teased the next installment of its mobile market takeover: Mario Kart Tour. After a very successful 3rd quarter Nintendo already appears to be revving up for the next fiscal year. The Japanese giant of gaming has not given us a lot to go on, but we have a title, a franchise, and a date. Nintendo... 

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Nintendo’s Switch Helps Push Profits Higher

February 9, 2018 by   | Category: Gaming
Nintendo’s Switch Helps Push Profits Higher

The former maker of playing cards Nintendo reported its biggest third quarter operating profit in eight years, driven by smashing demand for its new Switch games console. The outfit now expects annual earnings to outstrip its previous estimate. This is thanks to the growing popularity of the hybrid home-portable Switch which nearly doubled Nintendo’s stock price to nine-year highs. Sales have far exceeded initial estimates, beating those of predecessor Wii U, and leaving suppliers scrambling for... 

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Monster Hunter World Does Well In The U.K.

February 7, 2018 by   | Category: Gaming
Monster Hunter World Does Well In The U.K.

Capcom has just scored its most successful Monster Hunter launch in the UK so far. The Japanese smash hit franchise has a dedicated by small audience in the West, and the publisher had hoped to grow the fanbase in Europe and the US with a PS4 and Xbox One game [recent entries have been confined to Nintendo 3DS). And it appears to have got off to a good start. Monster Hunter World is the fastest-selling Monster Hunter game in the UK ever, tracking all the way back to Monster Hunter on PS2 back in... 

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Are States Going To Label Loot Boxes As Gambling

February 5, 2018 by   | Category: Gaming
Are States Going To Label Loot Boxes As Gambling

Just as the loot box controversy waters seemed to be calming, a Washington state senator has introduced a bill into the Legislature aimed at defining whether or not the mechanic in games constitutes gambling. While the Washington Gambling Commission is aware of loot boxes, it has yet form an official position. Kevin Ranker, a Democratic state senator for Orcas Island, is now asking Washington officials and game developers to help reach a conclusion. “What the bill says is, ‘Industry,... 

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Is Sega’s Sonic Game Leaking User Information On Android Devices

February 2, 2018 by   | Category: Gaming
Is Sega’s Sonic Game Leaking User Information On Android Devices

Sega has said it’s ‘investigating’ claims that its Sonic games for Android are leaking user data to dodgy servers. Security firm Pradeo Lab said last week that it a trio of Sonic games – Sonic Dash, which has been downloaded between 100 to 500 million times, and Sonic the Hedgehog Classic and Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom, both of which have been installed between 10 to 50 million times – have been leaking users’ geolocation and device data. Pradeo’s research... 

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Microsoft Makes A Bold Move With Xbox Game Pass

February 2, 2018 by   | Category: Gaming
Microsoft Makes A Bold Move With Xbox Game Pass

Microsoft has significantly improved its Xbox Game Pass subscription service. The service was launched in June last year, and initially offered gamers access to 100 Xbox One games for a monthly subscription fee. Most of the games were older, catalogue titles. Now the firm has made a significant improvement to the service, by offering all Xbox first-party games onto the service. That includes new releases such as the upcoming Sea of Thieves, Crackdown 3 and State of Decay 2. Xbox head Phil Spencer... 

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U.S. Video Games Industry Jumped To 36 Billion Last Year

January 30, 2018 by   | Category: Gaming
U.S. Video Games Industry Jumped To 36 Billion Last Year

US games revenue spiked to a record total of $36.4 billion in 2017, according to the Entertainment Software Association. The report, jointly released by market research firm The NPD Group, shows an 18% growth in revenue generated by the games industry in 2017 over the year prior. The figure combines hardware revenue, including peripherals, and software revenue from physical and digital sales, including in-game purchases and subscriptions. Hardware revenue was up by 19% from $5.8 billion to $6.9 billion,... 

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Are Hackers On The Verge Of Jailbreaking Nintendo’s Switch

January 25, 2018 by   | Category: Gaming
Are Hackers On The Verge Of Jailbreaking Nintendo’s Switch

The dark satanic rumor mill has manufactured a hell on earth yarn claiming that hackers are on the verge of opening the Nintendo Switch thanks to Nvidia being rather too forthcoming about the GPU. Throughout 2017 hackers had been recording partial vulnerabilities on the firmware but had no joy at completely knocking it over. Now according to Ars Technica hackers have discovered a Webkit flaw that allows for basic “user level” access to some portions of the underlying system and a service-level... 

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Do Retro Games Resonate With Gamers

January 9, 2018 by   | Category: Gaming
Do Retro Games Resonate With Gamers

Almost half of all gamers in Europe like to go back and play games from their youth. The latest data comes from ISFE and Ipsos Connect’s GameTrack consumer survey, and is based on a question posed by GamesIndustry.biz. The results also show that 41% of consumers are eager to go back and experience games that they missed first time around. The figures confirm the motivation behind the success of retro gaming products such as the NES and SNES Mini consoles, plus the popularity of remakes such... 

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Hacker Exploit The Nintendo Switch

January 8, 2018 by   | Category: Gaming
Hacker Exploit The Nintendo Switch

A homebrew kit could be the key to getting more games onto the Nintendo Switch, as hackers have figured out how to crack the console through its Nvidia chipset. Nintendo consoles are notoriously locked-down in order to keep software and game development limited to Nintendo’s in-house or approved third-party developers; homebrew games have not been welcome even though Nintendo has been more supportive of indy titles. But at the 34C3 hacking conference in Germany, hackers Derrek, Naehrwert and... 

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With Digital Downloads Rising, Is It Game Over For Video Game Retailers

January 8, 2018 by   | Category: Gaming
With Digital Downloads Rising, Is It Game Over For Video Game Retailers

2017 ended up as a solid year for games retailers. It got hairy at times. Earlier in the year, GAME issued a profit warning and its share price plunged to a worrying level – before a surprise intervention from Sports Direct arrested the slide (the sports retailer bought up a chunk of GAME’s shares). Over in the US, GameStop’s profit was hit by lagging Xbox One sales – results that would have been worse had it not been for the sale of Kongregate, which added $7.3m to its bottom... 

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Were Physical Games Sales Flat In The UK In 2017

January 5, 2018 by   | Category: Gaming
Were Physical Games Sales Flat In The UK In 2017

23.7 million physical video games were sold in the UK during 2017, the latest data from GfK reveals. It is pretty much identical to last year’s number of 23.8m – a decline of 0.4%. In terms of revenue, the amount of money made by physical games has risen slightly by 2.1%. This is due to an increase in game pricing over 2017, driven partially by the higher priced Nintendo Switch games. In total, £792m was made from physical software sales in 2017. We have requested additional sales figures... 

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With Two Million Units Cuphead Appears To Be A Winner For Microsoft

December 28, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
With Two Million Units Cuphead Appears To Be A Winner For Microsoft

Cuphead has sold over two million units since its launch at the tail end of September, developer Studio MDHR has announced. The Moldenhauer brothers, the duo behind Cuphead, broke the news in a post on their website, saying that “much to our shock and amazement” Cuphead has gone double platinum. “Even in our wildest dreams, we never thought our crazy little characters would be embraced by this many fans from around the world and we are continuously humbled by your support,”... 

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