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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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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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Activision Bets On Esports

OCT. 22, 2015 • Seeking to capitalize on its deep stable of competitive game franchises, Activision Blizzard, Inc. is creating a separate division alongside its Blizzard Ent. and Activision Publishing arms to produce and distribute top-tier competitive gameplay video worldwide. Hired to run the new division were former ESPN and NFL Network chief executive Steve […]


Nexon Backs Off NCsoft

OCT. 21, 2015 • Nexon Co., Ltd. has sold its shares in NCsoft Corp. and backed away from the takeover position it previously held in the publisher. Back in 2012, Nexon had purchased a 14.7% stake from NCsoft chief executive Kim Taek-jin. The move was framed as part of a friendly deal between the companies to […]

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CrossFire Goes Hollywood

OCT. 15, 2015 • South Korea’s Smilegate Group has just inked a deal with Fast and the Furious production company Original Film to develop a motion picture based on the CrossFire online FPS franchise. The agreement marks the first time a South Korean game property has been adapted for a film. After eight years in […]

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Battlefront Beta Draws 9M

OCT. 14, 2015 • Electronic Arts’ DICE studio reports that Star Wars Battlefront reached 9 million people who had signed on and played during the beta of the game that ended this week. Announcing the milestone in a blog post was DICE senior producer Sigurlina Ingvarsdottir. That number is significant since EA chief financial officer Blake […]

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Better DIY With IndieDevKit

OCT. 1, 2015 • The arrival of smartphone app stores and crowd-funding options for raising capital have given independent developers a wealth of options to develop and publish content on their own during the last eight years. Yet acquiring and servicing consumers is a critical competency that cannot be taken lightly. Observing the laments of […]

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New Turkish Game Expo

SEPT. 24, 2015 • In a major nod to the growing Turkish game market, GL Events based in Lyon, France is launching Gaming Istanbul. The show will run between February 4 and 7 at the Istanbul Congress Centre. Provisions are being made to accommodate up to 100,000 attendees. Unlike the Electronic Entertainment Expo held in […]

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Radeon Gets Own Group

SEPT. 11, 2015 • This week, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. created a separate Radeon Technologies Group for its graphics business. The chipmaker is promoting Raja Koduri to lead the new group as senior vice president and chief architect. Koduri was director of advance technology development at ATI Technologies Inc. when it was acquired by AMD in […]