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Evolve Moving to F2P

JULY 9, 2016 • Turtle Rock Studios is turning the computer version of its asymmetrical first-person shooter (FPS) game Evolve into a free-to-play (F2P) online experience. Starting immediately, the computer edition now known as Stage 2 is entering a free beta stage via Steam that will continue as long as the studio needs to eliminate […]

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On AMD’s Do or Die 2016

JUNE 23, 2016 • This is a critical year for Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) Not only has the technology firm just released its 14nm Polaris GPUs, but it will also be introducing its much more competitive Zen Summit Ridge processors later this year including eight-core FX enthusiast CPUs. It is not easy competing directly […]

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SoftBank Sells Supercell for $8.6B

JUNE 21, 2016 • Clash of Clans developer Supercell Oy is being acquired by Tencent Holdings Ltd. from SoftBank Group Corp. for $8.6 billion. Softbank bought a 51% stake in Supercell for $1.5 billion in 2013, and increased that stake to 73.2 percent last year via external investors. Tencent will control up to 84% of […]

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Microsoft Pulls A Wii U With XBX1

JUNE 20, 2016 • The biggest E3 surprise of 2016 was clearly Microsoft Corp. announcing a new console system for release in holiday 2017. It was no surprise that Microsoft was working on something like what is now officially known as Project Scorpio. Rumors about such new hardware are always floating in the air and are […]

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AMD Clears Up Polaris Strategy

JUNE 7, 2016 • Last week at the Computex Taipei show in Taiwan, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. introduced its first 14nm Polaris GPU, the Radeon RX 480. Arriving at retail on June 29 in $199 4GB and $229 8GB models, the RX 480 is the first salvo in AMD’s “water drop” strategy that seeks to […]

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Mad Catz Cuts Harmonix Ties

JUNE 6, 2016 • After realizing less than expected revenue from its Rock Band 4 co-publishing deal with Harmonix Music Systems Inc., Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. has finalized an exit agreement and will clear out remaining Rock Band 4 peripheral inventory by September 9. In a financial conference call, chief executive Karen McGinnis explained that […]

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Green Team Leader: Paul Sulyok

MAY 17, 2016 • Since its founding only six years ago, Green Man Gaming has become one of the best known digital distributor of computer games. The exposure came from offering titles at very reasonable prices. At first this was accomplished through a unique digital trade-back service in which PC games could be resold at a discounted price, […]

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The Fall of Microsoft’s Game Biz

MAY 16, 2016 • The recent news that Microsoft Corp. was shutting down its highly ambitious Project Spark game/service received only muted attention but it is a sign of how the company is becoming increasingly irrelevant in the game space. Project Spark was a virtual world building game along the lines of Minecraft. It was hampered […]

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Nvidia’s Pascal Doesn’t Disappoint

MAY 9, 2016 • Nvidia Corp.’s first GPUs based on its new Pascal architecture were unveiled on May 6 and the firm demonstrated performance specifications that exceeded its $1,000 top of the line TITAN X from last year. GTX 1080-based GPUs are slated to arrive at retail late this month, with the more affordable $379 […]

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Finding Game Biz Opportunities

Of course, it is common knowledge by now that the global video game industry is very big business and consumers spend a great deal of money to play games. Many analysts, including DFC Intelligence, have tried to size the overall video game market. The latest DFC forecasts estimate that the size of the video game […]

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