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Amazon Joins Engine Arena

FEB. 10, 2016 • Amazon.com is entering the highly competitive AAA game engine business with two new platforms. Lumberyard is a free CryEngine-based, cross-platform, 3D game engine that features rich development tools, a graphics renderer, physics engine, native integration with the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud to create multiplayer online games, plus native integration with […]

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Nintendo’s Major Mobile Initiative

FEB. 3, 2016 • Last December, Nintendo Co. Ltd. launched a new online account service in Japan intended to link experience from all of the gamemaker’s content. Rather simply dubbed, Nintendo Account, the service encourages access from mobile devices and PCs, as well as Nintendo’s own console systems. Login utilizing Facebook, Google and Twitter accounts […]

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Perfect World’s First Pay Game

FEB. 1, 2016 • Later this year, Chinese publisher Perfect World Ent. Inc. will publish its first pay-to-play title, Livelock, from Tuque Games in Montreal, Canada. The top-down shooter is slated for PC, PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. Livelock is the first game from Tuque, which was founded in 2012. The title was originally […]

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Goodbye SCE, Hello SIE

JAN. 26, 2016 • As of April 1, Sony Computer Ent. Inc. and Sony Network Ent. International LLC are merging together to create Sony Interactive Ent. LLC (SIE). All business units making up each of the divisions including hardware, software, content and network services operations will fall under the new entity to be based in […]

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PlayStation 4 Pulls Ahead

JAN. 25, 2016 • On January 5, Sony Computer Ent Inc. (SCEI) announced that cumulative PS4 hardware sales reached 35.9 million units worldwide as of the first of 2016. This number was remarkably close to the 36 million units DFC Intelligence forecasted for the PS4 in in our early 2015 Worldwide Game Market Forecasts. DFC Intelligence is […]

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Amazon & EA Discount Plans

JAN. 18, 2016 • Both Amazon.com, Inc. and Electronic Arts Inc. have put in place new discount plans on game title sales. Subscribers to the $99 annual Amazon Prime program now get a 20% discount on all physical game pre-order sales, plus 20% off on all titles purchased within two weeks after release. Amazon also […]

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VR & eSports: Hype vs. Reality

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For years DFC Intelligence has seen the hype and headlines that comes and goes around various segments in the game industry. In some cases, the market is excited by a new potential goldmine that turns out to be fool’s gold. Many times when a category reaches the headlines the opportunity has already come and gone. […]

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Rift Priced at $599

JAN. 7, 2016 • Oculus VR, LLC this week announced that it would begin taking preorders for its Rift virtual reality headset at $599. The first deliveries are expected to ship in March, with later preorders getting fulfilled on a first come first serve basis as supplies permit. The $599 price includes the Rift headset […]

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Can Free Work For Pay-to-Play?

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DEC. 21, 2015 • Taking a page from the online promotion of ebooks, some independent game developers are testing whether giving away the full game free for a limited time can significantly boost the overall market share and sales of their titles. In the case of Rocket League by Psyonix Inc., the answer is affirmative. […]

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Mercedes Employs Mario Again

DEC. 16, 2015 • While plenty of household brands worldwide are cross-promoting with Star Wars this month, automaker Mercedes-Benz continues to partner with Nintendo Co. Ltd. to help sell its GLA SUV in Japan. Last year, the carmaker decided it needed a little different approach to help support an automotive category it has only recently […]

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