Video Game Technology Soars as People Communicate Online

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Times of trouble can bring major societal changes that often last well beyond the return to normality. During the COVID-19 crisis, video game usage is soaring as games become a primary leisure time activity by default. More importantly games are functioning as a communication tool for people to get together. In an effort to understand potential long-term terms, DFC Intelligence has been talking with several companies that are leaders in this front. We see oppo…..
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PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X Release Full Specs

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While the world is battling coronavirus, gamers received a little excitement last week when both Sony and Microsoft released more detailed specs for their video game console systems.  In this battle of the engineers, the Xbox Series X specs arguably came out on top.  However, long-term DFC still believes the PlayStation 5 will be the best-selling system. For the hardware announcements, marketing and PR departme…..
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Key Strategic Investors Make Major Bet on Interactive Game Streaming Technologies

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Genvid Technologies focuses on what many would consider an obscure area, interactive streaming SDKs for game developers. However, this is an area that could drive a new future of game industry business models. Investors tend to agree as the company announced an oversubscribed Series B round from important strategic investors. The new funding round is for $33 million, raising the total investment in Genvid to $53 million. However, it was not the amount of money that made this investment…..
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Lego Nintendo Partnership Underwhelms

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Lego and Nintendo are two of the most popular brands not just for children, but also for adults.  Therefore rumors the two companies were partnering led to a great deal of excitement among older fans on the Internet.  However, the initial Lego Nintendo partnership reveal was underwhelming. The Lego Group release announced plans to launch interactive Lego sets based on Super Mario.    They described these sets as neither a video game nor a traditional Lego brick-based set.  The ful…..
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Steam Workshop Drives User Generated Content

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As part of its latest research into user-generated content (UGC), DFC has been interviewing gamers across the spectrum. Some of our most surprising findings have come from teenage girls. This surprisingly sophisticated user base clearly prefers Steam over Electronic Arts.  In large part this is driven by the Steam Workshop. Today’s game market consists of so many distinct markets and user types it is crucial to talk to many types of users. DFC is doing research on UGC and open-world…..
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New Microsoft Xbox Series X Announcements

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On February 24, Xbox head Phil Spencer released a blog post with the latest on the Xbox Series X.  This was the latest in a trickle of new information about the upcoming game system.  Once again, this is line with what DFC believes is a solid strategy of slowly leaking information to an eager audience. The official Microsoft blog post contained little in the way of new information…..
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