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Is Content Really King?

The basic concept of content as king is that entertainment sales are driven mainly by hit content. It is often assumed a hardware device needs “a killer app” to entice consumers. However, the age of ubiquitous digital content may require some rethinking of that basic theory.
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MSFT Partners for $299 VR

At a Windows 10 and Surface press conference in New York City, Microsoft Corp. announced it was partnering with Acer, Asus, Dell, Hewlett Packard and Lenovo to bring Windows 10 virtual reality headsets to market at prices that will start at $299 retail. The OEMs will take advantage of VR and augmented reality support built into Microsoft's Edge browser.
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BF 1 Crushes DICE’s Past Titles

It is no secret that console retail game sales have struggled in 2016. The obvious question is can the fourth quarter reverse this trend or is this part of a systemic decline in the overall console market?
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BT Sues Valve

British Telecommunication plc (BT) has sued Valve Corp. in the State of Delaware alleging infringement of four technology patents in the operation of the Steam digital distribution service. The British firm claimed that it attempted to communicate on three separate occasions with Valve legal counsel between October of last year and April 2016, and since they received no response, were compelled to file the lawsuit.
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PS Now Comes to PCs

PlayStation Now, Sony Interactive Entertainment's streaming game service is arriving for PC users in the European Union during the next few weeks, and coming to North America not long thereafter. The service features more than 400 PlayStation 3 titles, 100 of them exclusives.
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PC Game Market Presentation

Earlier this month DFC Intelligence founder and CEO David Cole presented findings from the research firm's latest report titled, PC Game Market: Asia, North America, Europe. Available here are the slides Cole used during the presentation that cover the latest trends, games and significant developments along with DFC's latest market forecasts. A key focus was on how Virtual Reality (VR), Microsoft and high-end PC game hardware are driving PC game market growth.

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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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