Google’s Streaming Box

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OCT. 16, 2014 • Google Inc. is back in the television set-top business with its new $99 Nexus Player. Preorders for the unit start October 17 but Google has not announced an official launch date. The Nexus Player is one of the first devices to run on the latest Android 5.0 (Lollipop) OS, which has ...Continue Reading

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

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

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

Yodo1 Opens Up China

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APRIL 22, 2014 • With 3G and 4G mobile networks spreading coverage throughout China it is no surprise that smartphone penetration is growing significantly with a corresponding demand for mobile game content. That is a very tempting scenario for Western mobile game studios looking to expand revenue. Yet China is a very different market.  There ...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

Target’s Mobile Game Plans

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FEB. 28, 2014 • Through the end of this year Target Corp. plans on releasing six free-to-play mobile game titles. The content is fun and accessible, strictly promotional in design, and available for only a limited time. The retailer has released its first two titles this year in partnership with brand partners. Snack Bowl was ...Continue Reading

SOE Downsizes Slate

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JAN. 27, 2014 • Four prominent MMOs are being shut down by Sony Online Entertainment (SOE). The publisher announced that Clone Wars Adventures and Free Realms will be closed on March 31, with Vanguard: Saga of Heroes and Wizardry Online going away on July 31. As recently as two years ago Clone Wars Adventures had ...Continue Reading

Perfect World Does Console

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DEC. 19, 2013 • Perfect World Entertainment Inc., the North American subsidiary of Chinese parent Perfect World Co., Ltd., has set up a division to produce free-to-play content for current and next-generation video game systems. The Chinese publisher is well established as a provider of popular F2P MMO games for the PC while the U.S. ...Continue Reading

Dota 2 Unbound

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DEC. 18, 2013 • Access to Dota 2 is now open to all players. Last July Valve ended the Dota 2 beta and officially launched the game – sort of. The virtual gates to the game servers were not thrown wide open. Instead, Valve launched with a gatekeeping system. Players had to register on a ...Continue Reading