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More Rovio Layoffs

AUG. 26, 2015 • More than a third of Rovio Entertainment Ltd.’s workforce will be laid off during the next six weeks to streamline costs. The Angry Birds maker plans to lay off 230 employees in Finland and another 30 overseas. The only projects not seeing staff cuts are employees in the United States and […]

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Monster Strike Revenue Soars

AUG. 19, 2015 • Japan’s social network operator Mixi, Inc. only has one mobile game to its credit, yet Monster Strike has been a revenue bonanza since hitting the market in October 2013. For the first fiscal year quarter ending June 30, the title generated ¥47 billion ($379 million). Although the game has been released […]

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Tencent’s 2Q Game Revenue

AUG. 14, 2015 • Tencent Holdings Ltd. continues to be a leader in PC online games and is increasingly looking to grow its presence in the competitive mobile game business. Surprisingly, second quarter growth in mobile games revenue was somewhat stagnant. Compared to the first quarter, online computer games saw revenue of 12.97 billion yuan […]

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ATVI’s Solid Qtr Despite WoW Dip

AUG. 6, 2015 • Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NADAQ:ATVI) stock value increased over 10% as second quarter numbers showed the company beat earnings expectations. Under GAAP reporting, revenue in the second quarter of 2015 increased 8% over the same period last year to just over $1 billion. Using GAAP analysis, net income for Q2 remained very […]

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Titanfall F2P An Experiment

JULY 31, 2015 • This week Nexon Co., Ltd. announced that it had entered into a development and publishing agreement with Electronic Arts Inc. to create a free-to-play online version of Titanfall for Asia. Nexon will be cooperating with Titanfall’s developer, Respawn Entertainment, in making the new F2P game. Titanfall has sold more than 8 […]

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Razer Eyes Android TV

JULY 30, 2015 • This week Razer Inc. confirmed it had acquired the software assets of Ouya, Inc. on June 12. The purchase netted Razer Ouya’s content catalog and online retail platform, plus the latter’s technical and developer relations teams. Financial terms behind the agreement were not disclosed. The acquisition is the first for game hardware […]

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Masters of Licensed IP

JULY 22, 2015 • During the last 20 years licensed brands have gotten a bad name with gamers going far back to gems such as Judge Dredd and Star Wars: Masters of Teräs Käsi. Which makes the success of Massachusetts-based Disruptor Beam, Inc. all the more novel. This is a social game developer built up […]

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Chicago Taxes the Cloud

JULY 2, 2015 • Like most major cities, Chicago has an amusement tax levied on concerts, movie exhibition and sporting events within city boundaries. In a first for the Unites States, according to The Chicago Tribune, the city Finance Department has ruled in favor of an extension of the 9% amusement tax and the personal […]

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Witcher 3 Sales Top 4M

JUNE 9, 2015 • CD Projekt SA reports its The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt RPG has surpassed 4 million units sold in two weeks. The title was released on May 19 for the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms. The previous two installments in the franchise have together sold 10 million units, according to […]

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Steam Expands Refund Policy

JUNE 4, 2015 • Valve Corp. has instituted a much wider refund policy behind its Steam digital distribution service. Starting this week consumers may request a refund for any reason during the first 14 days of use as long as the title has been played for less than two hours. Game DLC purchased separately is also […]

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