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Shield Branding Adapts

APRIL 24, 2015 • Introduced as the Shield Console last March, Nvidia Corp. is now promoting its new Tegra X1-based set-top unit as the Shield Android TV. The $199 device is expected to launch next month. System specifications include a 256-core Maxwell GPU equipped with 3GB of ram, 4K HD playback, internal storage totaling 16GB, […]

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JD’s Free Trade Play

APRIL 21, 2015 • Last week China’s JD.com, Inc. launched a new cross-border ecommerce platform called JD Worldwide. The premise is to provide Chinese consumers the opportunity to purchase Western brands at a much lower cost. Instead of a foreign company having to set up a wholly Chinese division or a partnership with a domestic […]

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EA Prunes PC F2P

APRIL 16, 2015 • Electronic Arts Inc. is shutting down four of its major Play4Free titles for the PC platform. Battlefield Heroes, Battlefield Play4Free, FIFA World and Need for Speed World will go offline in 90 days. The publisher said all four PC games were no longer as popular as they once were but did […]

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Paradox’s Grand Strategy

APRIL 14, 2015 • Many major game publishers have withdrawn from genres that used to be staples for the PC platform – the kinds of deep strategy and RPG titles that once defined computer games. It was not a factor of these titles not selling but how much money was available to be made in […]

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Mattrick Leaves Zynga

APRIL 9, 2015 • Don Mattrick has relinquished his positions as chief executive officer and board member of Zynga Inc. The company formalized a separation agreement with Mattrick through which all parties concurred that his employment would terminate on April 8. The agreement provides up to $25,000 to Mattrick to cover fees for legal advice […]

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China Xbox Ones Unlocked

APRIL 8, 2015 • This week a firmware update went out to China market Xbox Ones, after which consumers there reported their consoles were no longer region locked and screenshots of international versions of Xbox One games running on Chinese systems soon appeared. Microsoft Corp. and its local partner, BesTV, have not officially commented on the […]

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Securing Apps With Seworks

APRIL 3, 2015 • Faced with very low production budgets many independent mobile game developers will devote their scarce cash to spending on marketing to aid discovery of their titles. As a result, resources devoted to issues such as app security measures are more often than not extremely limited. This becomes a Catch-22 as when […]

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OnLive Shutting Down

APRIL 3, 2015 • OnLive Inc., the ailing cloud-based subscription game streaming service that turned heads back in 2009, is going out with a whimper. The service is ceasing operations on April 30, with Sony Computer Ent. acquiring the company’s portfolio of 140 U.S. and international patents. How much Sony paid for the patents was […]

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Raptr Launches Plays.tv

MARCH 31, 2015 • Best known for its PC game customization tools, Raptr, Inc. has launched a new social network named Plays.tv. The idea behind the site is to provide PC gamers a place where they can show off their in-game highlights. While there are already services such as Twitch.tv that provide very similar functionality, […]

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Xbox One Update

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MARCH 30, 2015 • With the onset of springtime, DFC Intelligence wanted to get an up-to-date perspective on Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox One. A lot has changed since the console was launched in late 2013 with the Xbox One achieving a strong measure of sales success during the holidays, especially in the United States. There is […]

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