Nexon Acquires inBlue

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JUNE 28, 2012 • Looking to bolster its social mobile game development holdings, Nexon Co., Ltd. acquired all outstanding shares of inBlue,inc, which creates content for the GREE and Mobage platforms in Japan. The acquisition comes after the recent purchase of Moyasoft Co., Ltd., a Korean social game developer. Terms of the inBlue deal were ...Continue Reading

Google Shows Off Tablet

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JUNE 27, 2012 • During its Google I/O developer conference, the search giant introduced a $199 1GB quad-core Android tablet with a seven-inch screen, the Nexus 7, due in July. More of a direct challenge to Amazon's Kindle Fire and the Barnes & Noble Nook Color than Apple's iPad, the device's major attribute is significantly ...Continue Reading

Economics & Social Games

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JUNE 26, 2012 • DFC Intelligence recently published the report The Market for Browser and Social Network Games.  This report looks closely at not only growth prospects for the segment but also key business model issues such as development costs, customer acquisition issues and marketing and distribution challenges. Getting a grounding in the business of social ...Continue Reading

DirecTV Trims 3D

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JUNE 22, 2012 • With little fanfare, satellite television provider DirecTV has made its dedicated n3D channel part-time on June 1. The channel was launched in July 2010 in partnership with Panasonic as the first 3D line-up to operate 24 hours a day. But a dearth of 3D content forced DirecTV to run much of ...Continue Reading

Nintendo Preps Larger 3DS

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JUNE 22, 2012 • Despite having very little to say about its 3DS products at the recent Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, Nintendo Co. Ltd. was holding back a major announcement.  On July 28 the gamemaker will launch a new version of the handheld, the 3DS XL in Japan and Europe. The new unit ...Continue Reading

Unity 4 Described

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JUNE 18, 2012 • Unity Technologies pulled the wraps off its upcoming Unity 4 development engine. The overhaul of the popular tools suite often used to bring strong graphics to online browser games includes an all-new Mecanim character animation system, DirectX 11 support, hypermodern mobile graphics, and the addition of Adobe Flash and Linux as ...Continue Reading

Crytek Embraces F2P

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JUNE 11, 2012 • Crytek, the game company best known for its Far Cry and Crysis PC game franchises, is determined to become an all free-to-play (F2P) developer. In an interview with Videogamer.com, Crytek chief executive Cevat Yerli said that the company's upcoming multiplayer FPS Warface will begin the shift to F2P. Once Crytek's existing ...Continue Reading

Nintendo Cuts Summer Bonus

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JUNE 11, 2011 • The Nikkei business daily reported that Nintendo Co. LTD. is cutting summer bonuses to its employees by 20% this year as a result of poor performance that culminated in the company's first annual operating loss of ¥37.3 billion ($470 million). Japanese workers typically receive bonuses in summer and winter. But in ...Continue Reading