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China Console Firms Merge

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 […]

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New Xbox One Markets

SEPT. 3, 2014 • September was already an important month for launching the Xbox One in new markets with China, Japan and India already announced. But this week Microsoft Corp. firmed up another 25 nations that will get the console. The new markets getting the Xbox One this week are: Belgium, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, […]

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GameFly Unloads Direct2Drive

AUG. 25, 2014 • Three years after digital distributor Direct2Drive was acquired from News Corp by GameFly, Inc., the service has been sold to Taipei-based AtGames Digital Media Inc. Terms of the acquisition were not publicly disclosed. GameFly announced the agreement on its website via a note to its customers stating the game retailer will […]

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Amazon-Only for Indian Xbox

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 […]

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Xiaomi Bests Samsung

AUG. 5, 2014 • Xiaomi Corp. is now the best selling smartphone brand in China having pushed past Samsung Electronics Co. According to research firm Canalys, Xiaomi’s sales exploded from 4.4 million units during the second quarter of 2013 to 15 million units for the same period this year. Samsung’s unit sales dropped from 15.5 […]

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Thai Govt. Bans Tropico 5

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 […]

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Xbox One Pre-Orders in China

JULY 29, 2014 • JD.com Inc., the second largest e-commerce player in China after Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., is taking 500 yuan ($81) pre-orders for the Xbox One between July 28 and July 30. In a nod to the popularity of online chat services in the country the pre-orders are being taken via Tencent Holdings […]

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China Mobile Growth

JULY 21, 2014 • For the first time Chinese who use their smartphones to access the internet (83.4%) outnumber PC users (80.9%). As of June 30 total internet users in China had reached 632 million, of which 527 million were mobile users. At the end of 2013 there were 618 million internet users. The figures […]

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Digital Extremes Targeted

JULY 8, 2014 • In a disclosure with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, Sumpo Food Holdings Ltd. has outlined its intent to partner with Perfect Online Holding Ltd. to acquire Ontario, Canada-based developer Digital Extremes Ltd. The Chinese firms have entered into a non-binding term sheet with the studio under which Digital Extremes agrees not […]

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E3 Was All AAA

JULY 1, 2014 • Following this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, DFC Intelligence is now 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, […]

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