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EA Goes Big With Esports

DEC. 12, 2015 • Two months after Activision Blizzard, Inc. unveiled a separate division to oversee esports opportunities, Electronic Arts, Inc. announced its own Competitive Gaming Division (CGD). Chief operating officer Peter Moore is moving over to head the new division as executive vice president and chief competition officer. Joining him as senior vice president […]

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Square Surprise Box Comes to NA

DEC. 10, 2015 • Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. has included the North American market for its Holiday Surprise Box this year. For $9.99 in the U.S. and €6.49 in Europe, consumers will receive Steam codes for five downloadable PC games from the Square Enix catalog. The promotion runs between December 8th and the 18th, […]

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China Reins In Net Cafes

DEC. 9, 2015 • The Ministry of Culture in China is cracking down on internet cafes, known there as Wang Ba (网吧). Specifically, the regulator is going after those establishments that illegally serve customers under the age of 18. The initiative is set to continue through January and mainly is targeted at rural districts that […]

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Telltale Does Batman

DEC. 5, 2015 • Batman is getting the episodic game treatment from Telltale Games thanks to a deal with Warner Bros. Interactive Ent. The 2016 release got teased at this week’s The Game Awards 2015 in Los Angeles. The title for the game series has not been disclosed, but Telltale said each installment will be […]

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Razer Partners With Lenovo

DEC. 1, 2015 • At last week’s DreamHack festival in Jönköping, Sweden, Razer Inc. and Lenovo Group Ltd. announced their partnership to globally co-brand and co-market special Razer Edition models of Lenovo’s Y series desktop gaming PCs. While showing off a prototype at the LAN party and computer festival, actual details on component specifications and […]

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Sony Matches $299 MSRP

NOV. 23, 2015 • Three days after Microsoft Corp. announced a new $50 Thanksgiving weekend price break for the Xbox One that resulted in several $299 bundles, Sony Computer Ent. America has responded with a Black Friday weekend promotion of its own. Between the 26th of November and the 30th of November, Uncharted: The Nathan […]

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Some XBX1s $299 at Thanksgiving

NOV. 20, 2015 • Microsoft Corp. is lowering the MSRP of two Xbox One SKUs to $299 between November 26th and 30th. The move is part of a $50 off promotion on every Xbox One SKU. As both The LEGO Movie Videogame Bundle and Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Bundle are already priced at $349, […]

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Indian Platform-Agnostic VR

NOV. 17, 2015 • A new player in the growing virtual reality hardware arena is Absentia VR in Bangalore. The firm recently secured ₹12 million ($182,000) in a round of investment financing from Astarc Ventures and 50K Ventures, as well as debuted its Tesseract VR headset at the first Indian Games Expo (IGX) held last weekend […]

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Star Stable’s Big Ride

NOV. 10, 2015 • The last five years have seen enormous changes for MMORPGs. Most notably the subscription model has been supplanted by freemium monetization, while game design has moved away from open world exploration to more directed and defined mission activities. Bucking this trend is the privately held Star Stable Entertainment AB, based in […]

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ATVI Spends Big On King

NOV. 3, 2015 • Activision Blizzard is spending $5.9 billion ($18 per share) to acquire all outstanding shares of Dublin, Ireland-based Candy Crush Saga creator King Digital Ent. Of the total, $3.6 billion is cash that Activision Blizzard has parked outside the United States. The remainder is made up by a loan fronted by Bank […]

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