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

PS4 Tops 10M

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AUG. 13, 2014 • During the Gamescom conference in Cologne, Germany, Sony Computer Entertainment announced that it has sold 10 million PlayStations 4s worldwide through August 10 since the console's launch last November. More than 30 million units of first- and third-party PS4 software have been sold via retail and digital distribution globally during the ...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

Japan Console Sales Flat

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JULY 9, 2014 • Japanese game publication Famitsu has released a tally of console hardware sales in Japan for the first six months of 2014. Despite the PlayStation 4's recent launch in the market last February the sales leader was the Nintendo 3DS at 1.1 million units. The PlayStation Vita was second at 639,730, in ...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

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

PS4 Heads to China

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MAY 27, 2014 • Sony Computer Entertainment has set up two joint ventures with state-owned Shanghai Oriental Pearl Co. Ltd. to bring the PlayStation 4 to China. One of the joint ventures will be responsible for console hardware manufacturing and sales; while the other is concerned with software development, distribution, marketing, and network services. The ...Continue Reading

$399 Xbox One w/o Kinect

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MAY 13, 2014 • Starting June 9 during the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, Microsoft Corp. will distribute a new $399 Xbox One SKU without a Kinect motion and sound input peripheral included in the box. The SKU will be available in all current Xbox One markets, although pricing outside North America has yet ...Continue Reading