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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 […]

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Zapak Strengthens China Ties

SEPT. 29, 2015 • Zapak Mobile Games Private Ltd, a division of India’s Reliance Entertainment, has sealed two agreements to pursue several China-related endeavors. The first saw an Rs 989 million ($15 million) investment by Lead Eastern Investment Co., Ltd. based in Datong, China. The 10% stake is part of a joint venture between the […]

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New Turkish Game Expo

SEPT. 24, 2015 • In a major nod to the growing Turkish game market, GL Events based in Lyon, France is launching Gaming Istanbul. The show will run between February 4 and 7 at the Istanbul Congress Centre. Provisions are being made to accommodate up to 100,000 attendees. Unlike the Electronic Entertainment Expo held in […]

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Kimishima Takes Nintendo Helm

SEPT. 14, 2015 • Tatsumi Kimishima has been chosen to succeed Satoru Iwata, who died last July, as president at Nintendo Co. Ltd. Kimishima has been with the company in numerous positions since 2000, including a stint at the helm of Nintendo of America. Most recently, Kimishima has served as General Manager, Corporate Analysis & […]


Ubisoft’s Malaysian Theme Park

SEPT. 8, 2015 • In partnership with local developer R. Segari Group (RSG), Ubisoft Motion Pictures has committed to a 10,000 square meter indoor theme park in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. The development is expected to start construction in 2017 with completion in 2020. Ubisoft is committing both the intellectual property as well as […]

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VC Mitch Lasky & Outpost

SEPT. 3, 2015 • Outpost Games, Inc. secured $6.2 million in funding from Benchmark back in July. The startup has plans to release PC games that incorporate a built-in platform for users to broadcast their in-game exploits to the web. Leading Benchmark’s investment was games industry veteran Mitch Lasky. The former publisher executive has been […]


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 […]