Draenor Snares 3.3M

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NOV. 20, 2014 • After a week in release the World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor expansion has sold 3.3 million units worldwide. Blizzard Entertainment Inc. reports sales of the new content has pushed the subscriber base for the MMO past 10 million. Warlords of Draenor was initially released in Australia, Europe, Latin America, New ...Continue Reading

Blizzard Preps Overwatch

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NOV. 7, 2014 • The same week that Electronic Arts cancelled Dawngate, its MOBA with a difference, Blizzard Entertainment announced it has a hero-based online FPS in the works that will reach open beta in 2015. The project is called Overwatch, and at a panel presentation at its BlizzCon convention in Anaheim, Calif., the company ...Continue Reading

Dawngate Cancelled

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NOV. 6, 2014 • Development on the ambitious MOMA title Dawngate is being stopped by Electronic Arts. The F2P PC game, which was being developed by internal studio Waystone Games, was deemed not to be making sufficient progress to continue. The goal of the development team was to create a MOBA that could compete with ...Continue Reading

Holiday Xbox Discount Returns

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OCT. 27, 2014 • The Xbox One is getting a $50 price reduction for the holidays in North America starting November 2. This is not an unusual promotional move by Microsoft Corp. as the company has done so previously during the holidays and during other times of the year. The difference is that Microsoft has ...Continue Reading

Riccitiello Helms Unity

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OCT. 23, 2014 • Former Electronics chief executive John Riccitiello has joined Unity Technologies as CEO. Riccitiello has been a board member at the game engine firm since 2013. Unity co-founder David Helgason is stepping down from the executive position. According to Helgason, Riccitiello has been devoting many more hours than most board members working ...Continue Reading

Space Engineers Blasts Off

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OCT 21, 2014 • Another PC game from an independent studio is starting to attract a wide audience. Space Engineers from Keen Software House in Prague has sold more than one million copies since it appeared as an Early Access title on Steam a year ago. The game reached the 500,000 sales mark only last ...Continue Reading

Star Citizen at $55M

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OCT. 1, 2014 • Cloud Imperium Games Corp. reports that it has topped the $55 million mark in crowdfunding for its PC space sim, Star Citizen. That makes this the best-funded game using that investment model and the title remains the most funded project of any kind, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. ...Continue Reading

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

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

China Console Firms Merge

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SEPT. 5, 2014 • Last month Chinese president Xi Jinping called on the business community to create powerful media groups that possessed credible mainstream media assets as well as media based on new technology. Now one of the huge state-run entertainment enterprises, Shanghai Media & Entertainment Group, has finalized an asset restructuring to create just ...Continue Reading