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Nintendo’s Major Mobile Initiative

FEB. 3, 2016 • Last December, Nintendo Co. Ltd. launched a new online account service in Japan intended to link experience from all of the gamemaker’s content. Rather simply dubbed, Nintendo Account, the service encourages access from mobile devices and PCs, as well as Nintendo’s own console systems. Login utilizing Facebook, Google and Twitter accounts […]

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Goodbye SCE, Hello SIE

JAN. 26, 2016 • As of April 1, Sony Computer Ent. Inc. and Sony Network Ent. International LLC are merging together to create Sony Interactive Ent. LLC (SIE). All business units making up each of the divisions including hardware, software, content and network services operations will fall under the new entity to be based in […]

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Amazon & EA Discount Plans

JAN. 18, 2016 • Both Amazon.com, Inc. and Electronic Arts Inc. have put in place new discount plans on game title sales. Subscribers to the $99 annual Amazon Prime program now get a 20% discount on all physical game pre-order sales, plus 20% off on all titles purchased within two weeks after release. Amazon also […]

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Can Free Work For Pay-to-Play?

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DEC. 21, 2015 • Taking a page from the online promotion of ebooks, some independent game developers are testing whether giving away the full game free for a limited time can significantly boost the overall market share and sales of their titles. In the case of Rocket League by Psyonix Inc., the answer is affirmative. […]

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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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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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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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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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Zapak Strengthens China Ties

SEPT. 29, 2015 • Zapak Mobile Games Private Ltd, a division of India’s Reliance Entertainment, has sealed two agreements to pursue several China-related endeavors. The first saw an Rs 989 million ($15 million) investment by Lead Eastern Investment Co., Ltd. based in Datong, China. The 10% stake is part of a joint venture between the […]

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More Rovio Layoffs

AUG. 26, 2015 • More than a third of Rovio Entertainment Ltd.’s workforce will be laid off during the next six weeks to streamline costs. The Angry Birds maker plans to lay off 230 employees in Finland and another 30 overseas. The only projects not seeing staff cuts are employees in the United States and […]

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