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

New Xbox One Markets

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SEPT. 3, 2014 • September was already an important month for launching the Xbox One in new markets with China, Japan and India already announced. But this week Microsoft Corp. firmed up another 25 nations that will get the console. The new markets getting the Xbox One this week are: Belgium, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, ...Continue Reading

TESO 5 Weeks at #1 in U.K.


AUG. 18, 2014 • The Elder Scrolls Online, the MMO from Zenimax Online Studios, has spent the last five weeks as the No. 1 PC game in the United Kingdom. According to GfK Chart-Track data, the title debuted at the top rank during the week ending April 5, but three weeks later started to slip ...Continue Reading

E3 Was All AAA


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

Aeria Sells PC Biz


MARCH. 4, 2014 • Aeria Games & Entertainment, Inc. is selling its PC games distribution business to ProSiebenSat.1 Games GmbH (PSG) for an undisclosed amount. Included in the deal is the former's European subsidiary Aeria Games Europe GmbH, as well as licenses to certain successful mobile games. PSG is taking over the entire Aeria Games ...Continue Reading

Xbox One Now £399 in U.K.

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FEB. 24, 2014 • Microsoft Europe has made the decision to drop the price of the Xbox One to £399 ($665) from £429 ($715) in the United Kingdom starting February 28. What's more that MSRP will extend to the just-announced Titanfall/Xbox One bundle set to release on March 14 in the U.K. In addition to ...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

PS4 Leads in Jan

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FEB. 14, 2014 • Much as was the case in the United Kingdom, more PlayStation 4s are selling in the U.S. than the Xbox One by a ratio of nearly two to one during the first month of the year, according to Sony Computer Entertainment of America. Neither SCEA nor The NPD Group has publicly ...Continue Reading

SCEE Claims U.K. PS4 Lead


JAN. 30, 2014 • The PlayStation 4 is doing very well in the United Kingdom. At a morning briefing in London, Fergal Gara, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe's (SCEE) vice president and managing director for the U.K. disclosed that his company's latest console is selling 1.5 units for every Xbox One sold in the country. That ...Continue Reading

Funcom Investigated

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JAN. 29, 2014 • Økokrim (the Norwegian National authority for Investigation and Prosecution of Economic and Environmental Crime) is investigating Funcom N.V. regarding possible violation of Norway's Securities Trading Act. At issue is financial information given by the MMO game developer to the market regarding The Secret World from August 2011 until the launch of the ...Continue Reading