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Pokémon GO Takes Off

JULY 11, 2016 • Since its release on July 6, Pokémon GO has become a mobile sensation, with some reports saying the smartphone game is near Twitter in the number of daily active users it draws on Android devices. Niantic, Inc., the software company that co-developed Pokémon GO with The Pokémon Company, reported so many […]

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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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Was Supercell Worth Hefty $10B?

JULY 8, 2016 • Tencent Holdings Ltd’s recent acquisition of mobile game developer Supercell Oy naturally raised many eyebrows, not just for its $10 billion valuation, but also how it was really driven by one game, Clash of Clans. The idea that a single game can be worth so much will of course attract all […]

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Kids Could Be Nintendo’s 2017 Ace

JUNE 28, 2016 • DFC Intelligence believes the under-12 market may be the lost console generation and this demographic represents a significant opportunity for game console and software companies. Nintendo Co. Ltd. has tremendous opportunity to capitalize due to Sony Interactive Entertainment’s success with and focus on the PlayStation 4, Microsoft Corp.’s multiple missteps with Xbox […]

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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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Mad Catz Cuts Harmonix Ties

JUNE 6, 2016 • After realizing less than expected revenue from its Rock Band 4 co-publishing deal with Harmonix Music Systems Inc., Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. has finalized an exit agreement and will clear out remaining Rock Band 4 peripheral inventory by September 9. In a financial conference call, chief executive Karen McGinnis explained that […]

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Xbox One Now $50 Off

JUNE 1, 2016 • Just as it dropped $50 off the price of an Xbox One bundled with selected titles during promotions during the holidays and last March, Microsoft Corp. has done so once again, “for a limited time.” The move puts 500GB Xbox One bundles at $299, with the 1TB models going for $319. […]

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Vivendi Controls 50+ of Gameloft

MAY 31, 2016 • Vivendi SA now controls more than 50% of mobile game publisher Gameloft SE based on results announced by French regulator AMF that 28.2 million Gameloft shares were tendered to Vivendi’s €8 per share tender offer – equaling 61.7% of share capital and 55.6% of voting rights. Until these results, Vivendi held […]

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PS4 Tops 40M Sold

MAY 27, 2016 • As of May 22 the PlayStation 4 has sold 40 million units worldwide since November 2013. That total is up from the 35.9 million tally announced last January by Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC (SIE), formerly known as Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. For the 2014 fiscal year Sony said 18.8 million PS4s were sold […]

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Halo 5 Map Tools Go to PC

MAY 20, 2016 • Microsoft Corp. is bringing its Halo 5 Forge map editing tool to Windows 10 PCs as a free application later this year. Forge was first introduced with Halo 3 back in 2007 and was redesigned for Halo 5 to add more control. Forge – Halo 5: Guardians Edition takes that control […]

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