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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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Can The PS4 Pro Stop The Falling Sells Of The PS4?

May 4, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Can The PS4 Pro Stop The Falling Sells Of The PS4?

Sony Interactive Entertainment sold 20 million units of its PlayStation 4 console in the last fiscal year, boosting revenue by 6% and operating income by more than 50%. In the 12-month period ended March 31 2017, SIE’s Game & Network Services division earned $14.7 billion in revenue, a 6% increase over the year before. Operating income for the division was $1.2 billion, a more significant 53% increase over the prior year, largely due to cost reductions on PS4 hardware and rising software... 

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Will UbiSoft Survuve Vivendi’s Hostile Intent?

May 2, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Will UbiSoft Survuve Vivendi’s Hostile Intent?

Despite bitter resistance from Ubisoft, France’s media juggernaut Vivendi has been slowly but surely increasing its stake in French game publisher Ubisoft. And now according to a report in Reuters, 2017 is likely to be the year in which Vivendi steps up its acquisitions in multiple areas, including advertising and video games. Citing sources “close to the matter,” Reuters says that Vivendi is on track to “allay investor concerns about its strategy, mixed results and poor share... 

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nVidia Shows Off GameWorks Technology

May 1, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
nVidia Shows Off GameWorks Technology

Nvidia has revealed a few more details about its GameWorks Flow technology, which should provide fluid effects for realistic combustible fluid, fire and smoke simulation. Following in the footsteps of Nvidia Turbulence and FlameWorks technologies, the new GameWorks Flow library provides both DirectX 11 and DirectX 12 implementations and can run on any recent DirectX 11- and DirectX 12-capable GPUs. The GameWorks Flow uses an adaptive sparse voxel grid which should provide both maximum flexibility... 

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Nintendo Betting Record Profit On Switch Console

April 28, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Nintendo Betting Record Profit On Switch Console

Nintendo Co Ltd is predicting its new Switch console will more than double annual operating profit and end the eight-year sales decline that plagued its previous offering just as players were turning to smartphone gaming. The Japanese firm entered the mobile gaming market last year to the relief of shareholders fretting about diving console sales. Now the early success of the Switch has fueled hope of a long-term earnings recovery and sent the firm’s share price about 20 percent higher since... 

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Is The AAA Game Model Sustainable?

April 28, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Is The AAA Game Model Sustainable?

The AAA model in increasingly developing into a market in which only the biggest companies can survive – and even then the design of these titles will become more stagnant. That’s according to Boss Key Productions founder and Gears of War creator Cliff Bleszinski. Speaking to attendees at Reboot Develop today, the veteran games developer discussed the “really, really weird spot” blockbuster games have found themselves in, and pondered potential solutions. “AAA is starting... 

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Is A Smaller Version Of The Nintendo Switch On The Horizon?

April 26, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Is A Smaller Version Of The Nintendo Switch On The Horizon?

The Nintendo Switch straddles a line between the Mario maker’s portable and home console businesses, but it remains to be seen if Nintendo intends to follow the upgrade cadence of the former or the latter. According to a Bloomberg report, analysts from Citigroup Inc. are expecting Switch hardware refreshes more in line with the DS and 3DS than the Wii and Wii U. Among the first big changes expected by Citigroup is a smaller version of the Switch to arrive in stores during Nintendo’s next... 

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Blizzard Entertainment Wins Cheating Lawsuit

April 14, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Blizzard Entertainment Wins Cheating Lawsuit

Blizzard Entertainment has asked for $8.5 million in damages from Bossland, a German company that makes and sells cheats and hacks for its most popular games. This is the latest and probably final step in a legal complaint Blizzard filed in July 2016, which accused Bossland of copyright infringement and millions of dollars in lost sales, among other charges. Cheat software like Bossland’s Honorbuddy and Demonbuddy, Blizzard argued, ruins the experience of its products for other players. According... 

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The Witcher Franchise Goes 25 Million Units

April 12, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
The Witcher Franchise Goes 25 Million Units

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt continues to pay off for CD Projekt. The Polish publisher today reported its financial results for calendar year 2016, and the hit 2015 role-playing game loomed large over another successful campaign for the company. CD Projekt said its revenues “continued to be dominated by ongoing strong sales” of The Witcher 3 and its two expansions. While the base game and its first expansion debuted in 2015, the second and final expansion pack, Blood and Wine, arrived last... 

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