China Mobile Growth

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JULY 21, 2014 • For the first time Chinese who use their smartphones to access the internet (83.4%) outnumber PC users (80.9%). As of June 30 total internet users in China had reached 632 million, of which 527 million were mobile users. At the end of 2013 there were 618 million internet users. The figures ...Continue Reading

$399 Xbox One Sells

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JULY 18, 2014 • The $399 Xbox One SKU without a Kinect sensor has spurred a strong 155% boost in sales of the Microsoft console in the United States compared to the prior month. The lower priced package went on sale June 9 and generated 197,000 units sold for the month. The PlayStation 4 remained ...Continue Reading

New Montana Football Teased

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JULY 14, 2014 • During the World Cup finals weekend American pro football star quarterback Joe Montana tweeted a tease for a new football video game, Joe Montana Football 16. The original series ran from 1991 to 1995 on the Sega Genesis and was published by Electronic Arts. That franchise embraced more arcade gameplay elements ...Continue Reading

Japan Console Sales Flat

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JULY 9, 2014 • Japanese game publication Famitsu has released a tally of console hardware sales in Japan for the first six months of 2014. Despite the PlayStation 4's recent launch in the market last February the sales leader was the Nintendo 3DS at 1.1 million units. The PlayStation Vita was second at 639,730, in ...Continue Reading

Digital Extremes Targeted

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JULY 8, 2014 • In a disclosure with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, Sumpo Food Holdings Ltd. has outlined its intent to partner with Perfect Online Holding Ltd. to acquire Ontario, Canada-based developer Digital Extremes Ltd. The Chinese firms have entered into a non-binding term sheet with the studio under which Digital Extremes agrees not ...Continue Reading

Sony/MSFT Spend $94M on TV

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JULY 3, 2014 • During the first five months of 2014 Sony Computer Entertainment America and Microsoft Corp. combined spent $93.7 million to advertise their latest consoles on U.S. television, as reported in the Wall Street Journal based on estimates provided by research firm iSpot.tv. Total video game industry television advertising spend for the period ...Continue Reading

E3 Was All AAA

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JULY 1, 2014 • Following this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, DFC Intelligence is projecting significant gains for core hardware and software products worldwide.  As a result DFC continues to raise its forecasts for 2014 and beyond in both the console and PC segment. Overall game software revenue from PC games, console ...Continue Reading

Games to Hit $100B by 2018

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JUNE 25, 2014 • DFC Intelligence has announced that for the second time this year they are significantly raising their five-year video game forecast.  Overall game software revenue is expected to go from $64 billion in 2014 to $100 billion in 2018.  This includes revenue from PC games, console games and mobile games, but does ...Continue Reading

Watch Dogs Sells 4M

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JUNE 3, 2014 • In one week Ubisoft Entertainment's Watch Dogs sold 4 million units worldwide. The publisher said that tally not only made the title its best selling launch ever, but also makes Watch Dogs the industry's best selling new IP to date. The game is available on PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox ...Continue Reading

Behind Ninja Metrics’ Veil

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JUNE 1, 2014 • How and why people spend money in games has taken on much greater importance as the free-to-play model has taken root worldwide. What is relatively novel is which players influence purchases by other players. The concept is not new, consumer electronics companies have been cultivating early adopters for decades – people ...Continue Reading