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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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Monster Strike Revenue Soars

AUG. 19, 2015 • Japan’s social network operator Mixi, Inc. only has one mobile game to its credit, yet Monster Strike has been a revenue bonanza since hitting the market in October 2013. For the first fiscal year quarter ending June 30, the title generated ¥47 billion ($379 million). Although the game has been released […]

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Tencent’s 2Q Game Revenue

AUG. 14, 2015 • Tencent Holdings Ltd. continues to be a leader in PC online games and is increasingly looking to grow its presence in the competitive mobile game business. Surprisingly, second quarter growth in mobile games revenue was somewhat stagnant. Compared to the first quarter, online computer games saw revenue of 12.97 billion yuan […]

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Tapjoy Touts Analytics

AUG. 3, 2015 • Tapjoy, Inc. has been making some noise of late regarding their monetization SDK as the premium option for freemium mobile developers. The privately funded firm has been strong since 2007 in regards to its mobile advertising network that fed in-game ads to iOS and Android devices. But a year ago, Tapjoy […]

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Titanfall F2P An Experiment

JULY 31, 2015 • This week Nexon Co., Ltd. announced that it had entered into a development and publishing agreement with Electronic Arts Inc. to create a free-to-play online version of Titanfall for Asia. Nexon will be cooperating with Titanfall’s developer, Respawn Entertainment, in making the new F2P game. Titanfall has sold more than 8 […]

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Razer Eyes Android TV

JULY 30, 2015 • This week Razer Inc. confirmed it had acquired the software assets of Ouya, Inc. on June 12. The purchase netted Razer Ouya’s content catalog and online retail platform, plus the latter’s technical and developer relations teams. Financial terms behind the agreement were not disclosed. The acquisition is the first for game hardware […]

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Masters of Licensed IP

JULY 22, 2015 • During the last 20 years licensed brands have gotten a bad name with gamers going far back to gems such as Judge Dredd and Star Wars: Masters of Teräs Käsi. Which makes the success of Massachusetts-based Disruptor Beam, Inc. all the more novel. This is a social game developer built up […]

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Engaging With deltaDNA

JUNE 15, 2015 • While premium mobile games are still a successful model, the content usually played on smartphones is free-to-play. Not only do freemium titles incur the same high discovery costs as their premium brethren, but higher operating and support costs, as well. That has led to a surge of analytics firms who have […]

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Van Caneghem Goes Mobile

MAY 28, 2015 • Best known as the co-creator of the Heroes of Might & Magic franchise, and more recently co-founding Trion Worlds, Inc., Jon Van Caneghem has launched his latest studio: VC Mobile Ent. The new development operation has already secured $4.5 million in Series A funding led by Tencent Holdings Ltd. and Pacific Sky Investments. […]

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Blade & Soul Comes West

MAY 20, 2015 • Three years after Blade & Soul appeared in South Korea, NCsoft Corp.’s martial arts MMO will migrate to Europe and North America. NCsoft West will operate the title in the new markets. The game has not only been successful within its home market but also phenomenally successful in China since 2013 in […]

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