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

Space Engineers Blasts Off

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OCT 21, 2014 • Another PC game from an independent studio is starting to attract a wide audience. Space Engineers from Keen Software House in Prague has sold more than one million copies since it appeared as an Early Access title on Steam a year ago. The game reached the 500,000 sales mark only last ...Continue Reading

Google’s Streaming Box

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OCT. 16, 2014 • Google Inc. is back in the television set-top business with its new $99 Nexus Player. Preorders for the unit start October 17 but Google has not announced an official launch date. The Nexus Player is one of the first devices to run on the latest Android 5.0 (Lollipop) OS, which has ...Continue Reading

Early Destiny Stats

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OCT. 14, 2014 • After one month in release Bungie, Inc. has released some player data from its online FPS, Destiny. The average number of people playing the game each day is 3.2 million, with an average daily playing time of three hours. Bungie says there are more people playing Destiny than the number who ...Continue Reading

PC Shipments Boosted

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OCT. 10, 2014 • Personal computer shipments are on the rise again in Europe and North America, according to research firms Gartner Inc. and International Data Corp. Gartner found that PC shipments to Europe for the quarter ending September 30 rose 9.1% compared to the same period last year. In North America, Gartner estimated PC ...Continue Reading

Smash Bros. Conquers World

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OCT. 7, 2014 • Having already amassed sales of 1.42 million in Japan since September 13, Super Smash Bros. 3DS was released in the Americas, Australia and Europe on October 3 to strong consumer demand. Purchases in these additional markets have boosted total worldwide sales of the game to 2.8 million. The strong performance has ...Continue Reading

XBX1 Sells 100K in China

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OCT. 6, 2014 • Including preorders the Xbox One sold 100,000 units in the first 24 hours after it launched in China on September 29. The disclosure was made by Shanghai Oriental Pearl Co., Ltd. director Zhang Dazhong in an interview with the Xinmin Evening News. The console's original September 23 release date was pushed ...Continue Reading