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

Natsume Harvests Success

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AUG. 28, 2014 • Much in the same way Nintendo Co. Ltd. has nurtured a wholesome reputation in the video games it publishes, Natsume Inc. has successfully followed a very similar blueprint starting with the Harvest Moon franchise. That farm simulation series was a trailblazer back in 1997 when it was released on the 16-bit ...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

Amazon-Only for Indian Xbox

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AUG. 7, 2014 • The Xbox One is coming to India on Sept. 23 but only through Amazon.in. The exclusive arrangement also extends to all of Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox merchandise including the Xbox 360, Kinect, Microsoft published Xbox titles, official Xbox accessories and Xbox Live. Unlike China, which is only getting the Xbox One with ...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

Sony/MSFT Spend $94M on TV

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JULY 3, 2014 • During the first five months of 2014 Sony Computer Entertainment America and Microsoft Corp. combined spent $93.7 million to advertise their latest consoles on U.S. television, as reported in the Wall Street Journal based on estimates provided by research firm iSpot.tv. Total video game industry television advertising spend for the period ...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