Draenor Snares 3.3M

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NOV. 20, 2014 • After a week in release the World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor expansion has sold 3.3 million units worldwide. Blizzard Entertainment Inc. reports sales of the new content has pushed the subscriber base for the MMO past 10 million. Warlords of Draenor was initially released in Australia, Europe, Latin America, New ...Continue Reading

PS Vue TV

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NOV. 15, 2014 • Sony Network Entertainment International (SNEI) and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) are beginning a roll-out of a new television content service called PlayStation Vue. An invite-only beta this month will be followed later by consecutive market launches in New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. Sony will initially offer 75 ...Continue Reading

Jeremy Miller on CNBC

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NOV. 12, 2014 • DFC Intelligence senior analyst Jeremy Miller appeared on the CNBC cable network this week. Miller was interviewed about what flagship game franchises are expected to be revenue leaders this holiday season. Miller also discussed what game publishers have the most appealing slates of new releases on console and computers, as well as what do ...Continue Reading

Blizzard Preps Overwatch

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NOV. 7, 2014 • The same week that Electronic Arts cancelled Dawngate, its MOBA with a difference, Blizzard Entertainment announced it has a hero-based online FPS in the works that will reach open beta in 2015. The project is called Overwatch, and at a panel presentation at its BlizzCon convention in Anaheim, Calif., the company ...Continue Reading

Dawngate Cancelled

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NOV. 6, 2014 • Development on the ambitious MOMA title Dawngate is being stopped by Electronic Arts. The F2P PC game, which was being developed by internal studio Waystone Games, was deemed not to be making sufficient progress to continue. The goal of the development team was to create a MOBA that could compete with ...Continue Reading

7.9M PS Plus Subs

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NOV. 3, 2014 • The PlayStation Plus streaming service has grown to 7.9 million subscribers, according to the Sony Corporation. The disclosure was made by chief financial officer Kenichiro Yoshida during a financial conference call on October 31 discussing results for the quarter ending September 30.  For the quarter sales by the Game and Network ...Continue Reading

Quarter Results

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OCT. 30, 2014 • A number of major video game companies released financial results for the quarter ending September 30. Electronic Arts reported net revenue (non-GAAP) of $1.22 billion, up from $1 billion for the same period in 2013. Packaged goods accounted for $767 million and $692 million respectively of that net revenue, while digital ...Continue Reading

PlayFab Monetizes Back-End

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OCT. 28, 2014 • From the early MMOs onto today's huge number of freemium online titles, providing for the backend technology and ongoing service responsibilities has never been easy. Virtual item monetization has only added to the complexity. While the availablity of tools and services in this area has steadily grown over the years to ...Continue Reading

Holiday Xbox Discount Returns

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OCT. 27, 2014 • The Xbox One is getting a $50 price reduction for the holidays in North America starting November 2. This is not an unusual promotional move by Microsoft Corp. as the company has done so previously during the holidays and during other times of the year. The difference is that Microsoft has ...Continue Reading

Riccitiello Helms Unity

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OCT. 23, 2014 • Former Electronics chief executive John Riccitiello has joined Unity Technologies as CEO. Riccitiello has been a board member at the game engine firm since 2013. Unity co-founder David Helgason is stepping down from the executive position. According to Helgason, Riccitiello has been devoting many more hours than most board members working ...Continue Reading