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

GameFly Unloads Direct2Drive

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AUG. 25, 2014 • Three years after digital distributor Direct2Drive was acquired from News Corp by GameFly, Inc., the service has been sold to Taipei-based AtGames Digital Media Inc. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. GameFly announced the agreement on its website via a note to its customers stating the game retailer will continue ...Continue Reading

TESO 5 Weeks at #1 in U.K.

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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

Thai Govt. Bans Tropico 5

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AUG. 4, 2014 • The Cultural Promotion Department of Thailand's Culture Ministry has declined to allow Kalypso Media's Tropico 5 PC game to be sold in the country. The distributor New Era Thailand told the Associated Press that the game could be dangerous to peace and order in the country. The decision will not be ...Continue Reading

GOG Goes Linux

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JULY 24, 2014 • Although Good Old Games had targeted the fall for the launch of its service on Linux, the digital distribution arm of CD Projekt introduced its wares early after successful trials. The only penalty in launching early was the availability of 50 titles instead of the 100 games promised for fall. GOG.com ...Continue Reading

New Nvidia Shield Tablet

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JULY 22, 2014 • On July 29 Nvidia Corp. is releasing an eight-inch Android tablet in its Shield hardware line. The device comes with a native 1900x1200 HD screen and a mini-HDMI 1.4b port to connect HDTVs. The Shield Tablet is powered by a quad-core, 2.2GHz Tegra K1 mobile processor. The $299 model comes with ...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

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

E3 Was All AAA

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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

Games to Hit $100B by 2018

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JUNE 25, 2014 • DFC Intelligence has announced that for the second time this year they are significantly raising their five-year video game forecast.  Overall game software revenue is expected to go from $64 billion in 2014 to $100 billion in 2018.  This includes revenue from PC games, console games and mobile games, but does ...Continue Reading