Space Engineers Blasts Off

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OCT 21, 2014 • Another PC game from an independent studio is starting to attract a wide audience. Space Engineers from Keen Software House in Prague has sold more than one million copies since it appeared as an Early Access title on Steam a year ago. The game reached the 500,000 sales mark only last ...Continue Reading

Star Citizen at $55M

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OCT. 1, 2014 • Cloud Imperium Games Corp. reports that it has topped the $55 million mark in crowdfunding for its PC space sim, Star Citizen. That makes this the best-funded game using that investment model and the title remains the most funded project of any kind, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. ...Continue Reading

Wasteland 2 Has Legs

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SEPT. 24, 2014 • Four days out from its September 19 release on Steam, Wasteland 2 from inXile Entertainment has generated $1.5 million in revenue. This RPG for PCs benefited from a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise $3 million in 2012. The original funding goal was $900,000, which was then the largest Kickstarter target to ...Continue Reading

Mojang Goes For $2.5B

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SEPT. 15, 2014 • Following two weeks of leaked accounts that Minecraft studio Mojang AB was in negotiations to be acquired by Microsoft Corp., both parties announced that the developer will be purchased for $2.5 billion. The deal is set to close by the end of 2014. Mojang and its game properties will pass to ...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

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

Native Linux CryEngine

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MARCH 13, 2014 • At this month's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco Crytek GmbH will be demonstrating its latest generation CryEngine (the developer ceased numbering its engine after CryEngine 3) which includes fully native support for Linux. Although Crytek ported CryEngine 3 to Linux, and Kingdom Come: Deliverance from Prague-based Warhorse Studios uses that ...Continue Reading

Kabam Bags Phoenix Age

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MARCH 10, 2014 • Kabam, Inc. is bringing another independent studio under its banner, Phoenix Age. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. However, Kabam told the Wall Street Journal last month that it had more than $70 million in cash available. Since 2007 Kabam has raised $125 million through four funding series, and ...Continue Reading

The Rise & Fall of Flappy Bird

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FEB. 10, 2014 • The pride of Vietnam's mobile app development scene, Nguyen Ha Dong, has removed his hugely popular Flappy Bird game from distribution. The free title was released last May and existed in relative obscurity until November when iOS downloads skyrocketed. Soon Flappy Bird was getting between 1 million and 2 million downloads ...Continue Reading

EA Outsources MMOs

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FEB. 5, 2014 • Two classic MMOs owned by Electronic Arts, Ultima Online and Dark Age of Camelot, are being moved from division Mythic Entertainment to a new independent studio, Broadsword Online Games. Broadsword was started by a group of Mythic alumni including co-founder Rob Denton. EA retains ownership of both MMOs along with billing ...Continue Reading