Forecasting Games In English

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DEC. 15, 2010 • DFC Intelligence has tended to focus on looking at markets by country and platform. This is obviously an important way to segment the market. However, as games are increasingly distributed online it becomes possible to reach a global audience without the traditional costs of physically entering a specific market. Therefore, it ...Continue Reading

InComm Primes Online Commerce

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DEC. 14, 2010 • The emergence of the free-to-play online model as a major growth sector in the games business in recent years could not have happened as smoothy without companies such as InComm. Given the ranges of ages and incomes of people who play games online, the tried and true credit card payment systems ...Continue Reading

Pocket Gems Taps $5M

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DEC. 14, 2010 • Developer Pocket Gems, best known for its Tap Farm iPhone game, secured $5 million in investment led by Sequoia Capital. The Tap series of games is free to play and has generated millions of dollars in micro-transaction revenue. Pocket Gems intends to use the funding to expand its engineering team and ...Continue Reading

F2P MLB Manager

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DEC. 14, 2010 • To correspond with the arrival of the next Major League Baseball season Sega of America will launch the F2P MLB Manager Online in North America, Japan and South Korea. Backed by licenses with the MLB Players Association and MLB, players can select from more than 900 players from all 30 U.S. ...Continue Reading

GameStop Tries Social

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DEC. 14, 2010 • GameStop has jumped into the publishing of F2P social network games. Working with Jolt Online Gaming, GameStop announced the launch of Utopia Kingdoms on Facebook. The game has similarities to Blizzard's Warcraft series. GameStop sees its arrival on Facebook as a great example of how to provide its customers with online ...Continue Reading

Leapster Explorer Sells Out

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DEC. 12, 2010 • A decade after toy maker LeapFrog saw enormous success with its LeapPad reading platform, the company has scored another major hit with its Leapster Explorer handheld educational gaming console. Geared for kids under nine years old, content is available on cartridges or via download through a computer. Thirty titles are currently ...Continue Reading

Latest Gran Turismo Ships 5.52M

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DEC. 10, 2010 • After selling in 5.52 million units for the launch of Gran Turismo 5 worldwide, Sony Computer Entertainment announced that the franchise had exceeded sales of 60 million units since the original game was released in December 1997. Gran Turismo 5 is the ninth installment in the series. Impact: Gran Turismo 5 was ...Continue Reading

Monster Hunter Propels PSP

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DEC. 8, 2010 • Soon after Capcom's Monster Hunter Portable 3rd was released in Japan sales of the Sony PSP exploded. For the week of November 29 through December 5, according to Media Create, 323,653 PSPs were sold in the country, up from 75,689 the previous week. Interestingly, of those extra PSPs sold, only 1,875 ...Continue Reading

Minecraft Sells

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DEC. 5, 2010 • Markus Persson, the developer behind the online retro sensation Minecraft, released data that of the games 2.3 million-plus registered users, 705,000 had actually purchased the title.  By mid-December registered users had grown to 2.57 million, and purchasers had surpassed 800,000. Impact: The Minecraft phenomenon has been under the radar of most executives ...Continue Reading