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

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

Tencent Takes CJ Games Stake

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MARCH 28, 2014 • Tencent Holdings Ltd. continued its investment in significant game companies taking a 28% stake in South Korea's CJ Games Corp for $500 million. The latter is one of the largest mobile game publishers in Korea and is a subsidiary of the huge CJ Group Pte. Ltd. Tencent now becomes the third-largest ...Continue Reading

PC Sales Pick Up for Sega

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FEB. 11, 2014 • In financial disclosures for the nine months ending December 31 Sega Sammy Holdings Inc. reported that its top selling retail games platform was PC games. In addition, the number of PC titles sold versus the same period the previous year grew from 770,000 to 2.3 million units, an increase of 198%. ...Continue Reading

Toshiba TVs Get Game Streaming

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JAN. 13, 2014 • Later this quarter Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. will include the GameNow streaming service in its latest slate of HDTVs. The models supporting GameNow include the L7400U, L5400U and the L3400U. The announcement came during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. GameNow is operated by Ubitus Inc. in Taiwan. ...Continue Reading

Samsung Shifts to Vietnam

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DEC. 16, 2013 • Vietnam is becoming the smartphone manufacturing preference for Samsung Electronics Co. The South Korean company currently has 13 manufacturing facilities in China but is leading a wave of Korean firms shifting their production to Vietnam. According to the Vietnamese government, South Korean firms had cleared 3,400 investment projects in Vietnam as ...Continue Reading

Blade & Soul A Hit in China

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DEC. 6, 2013 • After 18 months of release in South Korea NCsoft's Blade and Soul entered open beta in China to great success with more than 150 million users registered. The martial arts-themed MMO was heavily localized for the Chinese market by Tencent Holdings Limited, with ambitious voice acting in Mandarin and art changes ...Continue Reading

Samsung SDKs for TV Games

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NOV 4, 2013 • Last week Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. held its first developers conference in San Francisco where it released a slew of new software development kits (SDKs) aimed at fostering more unique gaming on its smart TV and mobile platforms. The completely new Multiscreen SDK leverages a cloud publishing system for one-touch discovery ...Continue Reading

NHN Spins Off Divisions

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AUG. 9, 2013 • Thirteen years after it came on the scene, Next Human Network Corp. (NHN) has been in the process of spinning off its online gaming and online portal businesses since the beginning of the month. The Hangame division now operates as NHN Entertainment Co., while the Naver search division has been renamed ...Continue Reading

Rift Goes F2P

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May 15, 2013 • Starting June 12, Trion Worlds' Rift: Planes of Telara MMO will become free-to-play. The transition will occur with the upcoming 2.3: Empyreal Assault update. Existing subscribers will get Patron status that confers additional bonuses that grant buffs to experience, currency, notoriety, and a number of additional convenience benefits that enhance the ...Continue Reading