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Sony Matches $299 MSRP

NOV. 23, 2015 • Three days after Microsoft Corp. announced a new $50 Thanksgiving weekend price break for the Xbox One that resulted in several $299 bundles, Sony Computer Ent. America has responded with a Black Friday weekend promotion of its own. Between the 26th of November and the 30th of November, Uncharted: The Nathan […]

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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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4M PS4s Moved In 3rd Qtr

OCT. 29, 2015 • For the fiscal quarter ending September 30, Sony Computer Ent. shipped 4 million PlayStations 4s, up from 3 million units the previous quarter. For the entire 2015 fiscal year ending March 31, SCE revised the expected total of PS4s shipped to 17.5 million units, up from the previous estimate of 16.5 […]

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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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PS4 Now $349

OCT. 8, 2015 • Three weeks after Sony Computer Entertainment reduced the MSRP of the 500GB PlayStation 4 inside Japan, the console will go from $399 to $349 in the United States. In Canada, the new MSRP is $429, down from $449. Sony’s move returns the PS4 to price parity with the Xbox One, which […]

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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 […]