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Masters of Licensed IP

JULY 22, 2015 • During the last 20 years licensed brands have gotten a bad name with gamers going far back to gems such as Judge Dredd and Star Wars: Masters of Teräs Käsi. Which makes the success of Massachusetts-based Disruptor Beam, Inc. all the more novel. This is a social game developer built up […]

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Oculus Buys Hand Gesture Firm

JULY 17, 2015 • Startup Pebbles Interfaces, the gesture-based interface firm in Israel, has been purchased by Facebook Inc.’s Oculus VR. Financial terms were not disclosed, but the Wall Street Journal reported the purchase price was $60 million, while the Reuters news service put the amount at tens of millions. Pebbles launched in 2010 and obtained $450,000 […]

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Building the High-End Game PC

JULY 15, 2015 • For several years now DFC Intelligence has been examining the positive impact of core gamers on the game industry in general, and the PC game segment in particular. For the most part these core computer game consumers invest often in powerful updated components and hardware systems, with many of them building […]

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The Truth About E3

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JULY 13, 2015 • The Electronic Entertainment Expo last month was a chance for the largest game companies to show off their big new guns. Even as the game industry grows into new markets and platforms, E3 is a reminder that the biggest products in the space are now the biggest entertainment product launches ever. When […]

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Chicago Taxes the Cloud

JULY 2, 2015 • Like most major cities, Chicago has an amusement tax levied on concerts, movie exhibition and sporting events within city boundaries. In a first for the Unites States, according to The Chicago Tribune, the city Finance Department has ruled in favor of an extension of the 9% amusement tax and the personal […]

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New PS4 HW Arriving

JUNE 22, 2015 • Less than a week following the close of E3, Sony Computer Ent. is now announcing several new PlayStation 4 models. The first is a 1TB model slated for Europe and other PAL markets (CUH-1116B). This is otherwise the same hardware specification as the current 500GB model in these territories (CUH-1116A). SCEE is […]

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Engaging With deltaDNA

JUNE 15, 2015 • While premium mobile games are still a successful model, the content usually played on smartphones is free-to-play. Not only do freemium titles incur the same high discovery costs as their premium brethren, but higher operating and support costs, as well. That has led to a surge of analytics firms who have […]

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MSFT Confirms 1TB XBX1

June 10, 2015 • The Xbox One is officially receiving a new model with a 1TB storage drive. The updated console will arrive on June 16 for $399 in time for the Electronic Entertainment Expo. The only other change to existing Xbox One specifications disclosed is the addition of a matte finish. Effective immediately, the […]

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Witcher 3 Sales Top 4M

JUNE 9, 2015 • CD Projekt SA reports its The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt RPG has surpassed 4 million units sold in two weeks. The title was released on May 19 for the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms. The previous two installments in the franchise have together sold 10 million units, according to […]

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Steam Expands Refund Policy

JUNE 4, 2015 • Valve Corp. has instituted a much wider refund policy behind its Steam digital distribution service. Starting this week consumers may request a refund for any reason during the first 14 days of use as long as the title has been played for less than two hours. Game DLC purchased separately is also […]

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