Japan Shuns Xbox One

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SEPT. 26, 2014 • Japanese gamers appear to be taking a lukewarm view of the new Xbox One. Microsoft's latest console debuted on September 4 in Japan and took the No. 1 spot on Media Create's weekly chart at 25,674 sold. Seven days later units sold dropped to 3,015, and in its third week the ...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

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

Appota to Go Global

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APRIL 15, 2014 • Vietnam's Appota Corp, the mobile content platform that launched during 2011, has sealed an undisclosed amount of Series B funding to increase its R&D to support off-shore expansion. Two funders, one in Singapore and one in Japan, provided the capital. Appota has already opened branch offices in Indonesia and Singapore after ...Continue Reading

CCP Cancels Vampire MMO

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APRIL 14, 2014 • When CCP Games acquired Atlanta-based White Wolf Publishing late in 2006 an MMO based on the Vampire: The Masquerade RPG series was already in the planning stages. Although production on World of Darkness was intended to start in the 2008-2009 timeframe, the title never exited pre-production and has now been officially ...Continue Reading

Facebook Grabs Oculus

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MARCH 26, 2014 • In a major surprise Facebook Inc. has acquired Oculus VR Inc. for $400 million in cash and $1.6 billion in stock. The latter is the virtual reality technology company founded by 21-year-old Palmer Luckey who was an engineer at USC's Institute for Creative Technologies, and built early interest in his product ...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

King Finally Files IPO

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FEB. 18, 2014 • After spending several years mulling over its options, skill games company King has filed for a $500 million IPO on the New York Stock Exchange. The maker of the popular Candy Crush Saga intends to use the symbol KING. Bank of America Corp., Credit Suisse Group AG, and JP Morgan Chase ...Continue Reading

MSFT Acquires Gears IP

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JAN. 28, 2014 • Epic Games' Gears of War franchise has been acquired by Microsoft Studios. Financial terms were not disclosed but the deal secures the IP for Microsoft including rights to all existing and future games, entertainment experiences and merchandise. Vancouver, BC-based Black Tusk Studios will now be responsible for development of Gears of ...Continue Reading

BNDeNA to Close

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JAN. 21, 2014 • BNDeNA, the joint venture between Bandai Namco and DeNA to produce social mobile games, will be disbanded as of March 31. The partnership was launched in October of 2011 as BDNA and headquartered in Tokyo. Initial capitalization was a trim ¥100 million ($1.3 million), and Bandai Namco retained a 75% ownership ...Continue Reading