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Pokémon GO Takes Off

JULY 11, 2016 • Since its release on July 6, Pokémon GO has become a mobile sensation, with some reports saying the smartphone game is near Twitter in the number of daily active users it draws on Android devices. Niantic, Inc., the software company that co-developed Pokémon GO with The Pokémon Company, reported so many […]

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Evolve Moving to F2P

JULY 9, 2016 • Turtle Rock Studios is turning the computer version of its asymmetrical first-person shooter (FPS) game Evolve into a free-to-play (F2P) online experience. Starting immediately, the computer edition now known as Stage 2 is entering a free beta stage via Steam that will continue as long as the studio needs to eliminate […]

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Was Supercell Worth Hefty $10B?

JULY 8, 2016 • Tencent Holdings Ltd’s recent acquisition of mobile game developer Supercell Oy naturally raised many eyebrows, not just for its $10 billion valuation, but also how it was really driven by one game, Clash of Clans. The idea that a single game can be worth so much will of course attract all […]

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Kids Could Be Nintendo’s 2017 Ace

JUNE 28, 2016 • DFC Intelligence believes the under-12 market may be the lost console generation and this demographic represents a significant opportunity for game console and software companies. Nintendo Co. Ltd. has tremendous opportunity to capitalize due to Sony Interactive Entertainment’s success with and focus on the PlayStation 4, Microsoft Corp.’s multiple missteps with Xbox […]

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On AMD’s Do or Die 2016

JUNE 23, 2016 • This is a critical year for Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) Not only has the technology firm just released its 14nm Polaris GPUs, but it will also be introducing its much more competitive Zen Summit Ridge processors later this year including eight-core FX enthusiast CPUs. It is not easy competing directly […]

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SoftBank Sells Supercell for $8.6B

JUNE 21, 2016 • Clash of Clans developer Supercell Oy is being acquired by Tencent Holdings Ltd. from SoftBank Group Corp. for $8.6 billion. Softbank bought a 51% stake in Supercell for $1.5 billion in 2013, and increased that stake to 73.2 percent last year via external investors. Tencent will control up to 84% of […]

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Microsoft Pulls A Wii U With XBX1

JUNE 20, 2016 • The biggest E3 surprise of 2016 was clearly Microsoft Corp. announcing a new console system for release in holiday 2017. It was no surprise that Microsoft was working on something like what is now officially known as Project Scorpio. Rumors about such new hardware are always floating in the air and are […]

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Sony Confirms Upgraded PS4

JUNE 10, 2016 • Sony Interactive Ent. (SIE) president and global chief executive Andrew House has confirmed that a more powerful PlayStation 4 is currently under development. The disclosure came in an interview with the Financial Times. The upgraded PS4 will feature an enhanced graphics capability, support for 4K ultra high definition resolutions and an […]

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AMD Clears Up Polaris Strategy

JUNE 7, 2016 • Last week at the Computex Taipei show in Taiwan, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. introduced its first 14nm Polaris GPU, the Radeon RX 480. Arriving at retail on June 29 in $199 4GB and $229 8GB models, the RX 480 is the first salvo in AMD’s “water drop” strategy that seeks to […]

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Mad Catz Cuts Harmonix Ties

JUNE 6, 2016 • After realizing less than expected revenue from its Rock Band 4 co-publishing deal with Harmonix Music Systems Inc., Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. has finalized an exit agreement and will clear out remaining Rock Band 4 peripheral inventory by September 9. In a financial conference call, chief executive Karen McGinnis explained that […]

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