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

PS4 Heads to China

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MAY 27, 2014 • Sony Computer Entertainment has set up two joint ventures with state-owned Shanghai Oriental Pearl Co. Ltd. to bring the PlayStation 4 to China. One of the joint ventures will be responsible for console hardware manufacturing and sales; while the other is concerned with software development, distribution, marketing, and network services. The ...Continue Reading

GameStop Shifts Digital Course

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MAY 21, 2014 • Three years after GameStop Corp. acquired the Impulse digital game distribution service and streaming firm Spawn Labs, the retailer is taking a different approach to digital sales. Starting this week GameStop will no longer service nor deliver digital purchases of PC games via its own Impulse server infrastructure. Consumers who visit ...Continue Reading

Tencent Mobile Take Triples

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MAY 15, 2014 • In first quarter financial reporting Tencent Holdings Ltd. announced that revenue generated by its smartphone games tripled from 600 million yuan ($96.3 million) to 1.8 billion yuan ($289 million) from the previous quarter. During the period the paying player base for this mobile content more than doubled. For the quarter ending ...Continue Reading

$399 Xbox One w/o Kinect

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MAY 13, 2014 • Starting June 9 during the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, Microsoft Corp. will distribute a new $399 Xbox One SKU without a Kinect motion and sound input peripheral included in the box. The SKU will be available in all current Xbox One markets, although pricing outside North America has yet ...Continue Reading

NTT Docomo Sets 5G Trials

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MAY 13, 2014 • The dominant mobile phone carrier in Japan, NTT Docomo, Inc., is initiating technology trials to prepare for the introduction of 5G networks in 2020. Participating with NTT Docomo are Alcatel-Lucent S.A., Telefonaktiebolaget L. M. Ericsson, Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd., NEC Corp., Nokia Oyj and Samsung Group. The test will investigate a wide ...Continue Reading

Nintendo Results Disappoint

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MAY 8, 2014 • For the fiscal year ending March 31 Nintendo Co. Ltd. reported a net loss of ¥23.2 million ($227.8 million). Most worrisome is that in a year when executive management had striven to reinvigorate Wii U console sales with a larger number of major first-party game releases, Wii U units sold dropped ...Continue Reading

Destiny’s $500M Price Tag

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MAY 6, 2014 • Activision Blizzard chief executive Bobby Kotick told financial executives at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Los Angeles last week that with the $500 million bet his company was making on Bungie Inc.'s Destiny franchise could only be made on owned IP. The $500 million figure includes production, promotion and marketing, ...Continue Reading

China Carriers Publish Games

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MAY 5, 2014 • The three major mobile carriers in China – China Mobile Ltd., China Telecom Corp., And China Unicom Ltd. – have agreed to jointly publish 100 smartphone games by the end of the year. The three telecoms will set up a panel to weigh submissions from game studios and will then manage ...Continue Reading