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NX Set For March 2017

APRIL 27, 2016 • Nintendo Co. Ltd. released its consolidated financial statements for the fiscal year ending March 31, and in the small print was a statement that the gamemaker’s NX console would be released in March 2017. At the accompanying earnings press conference held in Osaka, Japan, chief executive Tatsumi Kimishima confirmed the March […]

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GameStop Launches GameTrust

APRIL 19, 2016 • Only last January Insomniac Games, Inc. came to an agreement with retailer GameStop Corp. to publish the studio’s Song of the Deep 2D adventure side-scroller exclusively at retail. Although the title for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC is not expected to ship until July, GameStop has announced it is […]

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Game Industry Market Leaders

The game industry is obsessed with lists of what is the biggest and the best. In most cases the focus is on the games themselves and the companies that develop and publish those games. Of course, this is because these are the rock stars of the industry who are most familiar to the general consumer. […]

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PSVR Trumps Competition at $399

MARCH 17, 2016 • Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. used the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco to announce the MSRP on its PlayStation VR (PSVR) headset. The device will release worldwide in October at $399, €399, £349 and ¥44,980. SCE did not announce any games would be bundled with the PSVR, yet did disclose that […]

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Riot Acquires Radiant

MARCH 10, 2016 • Riot Games has acquired Los Altos, Calif.-based Radiant Entertainment for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition is the first for Riot. Radiant was founded in 2013 by brothers Tom and Tony Cannon. Their first title is the crowdfunded town building simulation game, Stonehearth, which is still in alpha. Also in alpha was […]

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Gibeau Becomes Zynga CEO

MARCH 3, 2016 • Former Electronic Arts, Inc. executive vice president of EA Mobile, Frank Gibeau, has signed on to become the next chief executive officer of Zynga Inc. He has been on Zynga’s board last fall. Mark Pincus is stepping down from the CEO post he reclaimed in April of last year when Don […]

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Happy Goggles VR

MARCH 1, 2016 • The Swedish branch of McDonald’s Corp. is the test market for the fast food conglomerate’s first foray into virtual reality. A special edition Happy Meals container will be distributed to the 15 McDonald’s in Sweden the weekends of March 5 and March 12. The box can be refolded into a VR viewer […]

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Amazon Joins Engine Arena

FEB. 10, 2016 • Amazon.com is entering the highly competitive AAA game engine business with two new platforms. Lumberyard is a free CryEngine-based, cross-platform, 3D game engine that features rich development tools, a graphics renderer, physics engine, native integration with the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud to create multiplayer online games, plus native integration with […]

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Nintendo’s Major Mobile Initiative

FEB. 3, 2016 • Last December, Nintendo Co. Ltd. launched a new online account service in Japan intended to link experience from all of the gamemaker’s content. Rather simply dubbed, Nintendo Account, the service encourages access from mobile devices and PCs, as well as Nintendo’s own console systems. Login utilizing Facebook, Google and Twitter accounts […]

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Perfect World’s First Pay Game

FEB. 1, 2016 • Later this year, Chinese publisher Perfect World Ent. Inc. will publish its first pay-to-play title, Livelock, from Tuque Games in Montreal, Canada. The top-down shooter is slated for PC, PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. Livelock is the first game from Tuque, which was founded in 2012. The title was originally […]

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