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Currency shifts muddle Sony figures - but industry can celebrate strong PS4 sales

Sony's Game and Network Services division announced its third-quarter results today, for the key trading period up to the 31st of December. Sales for the division were up by 5.2% ...

Seth Barton
by Seth Barton
on Feb 2nd 2017 at 12:40PM in News
European Commission

European Commission opens investigation into Valve over suspected anti-competitive geo-blocking practices

The European Commission has announced it will be launching an investigation into the bilateral agreements concluded between Valve and five PC game publishers over a suspected breach in EU antitrust ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Feb 2nd 2017 at 12:07PM in News
Noctis

Potential Final Fantasy 15 PC release could feature exclusive mods and user-generated quests, says Tabata

Hajime Tabata has once again expressed great interest in potentially bringing Final Fantasy XV to PC. Speaking to Famitsu (as translated by Gematsu), Tabata said he was keen to ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Feb 2nd 2017 at 11:15AM in News
ZeniMax awarded $500m in Oculus lawsuit

ZeniMax awarded $500m in Oculus lawsuit

The ZeniMax vs Oculus trial is coming to an end as the jury awarded ZeniMax $500m (around £394m) after they found Oculus violated a non-disclosure agreement (NDA). ZeniMax initially asked ...

Marie Dealessandri
by Marie Dealessandri
on Feb 2nd 2017 at 10:50AM in News

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PS4 sales up 24% as Resident Evil 7 debuts at No.1 in Japan

PS4 sales up 24% as Resident Evil 7 debuts at No.1 in Japan

Capcom’s new survival horror game has infected the Japanese Top Ten and gone straight to the top. That’s according to market data supplied by Famitsu, which indicates that the PS4 ...

Alex Calvin
by Alex Calvin
on Feb 2nd 2017 at 10:44AM in News
Hutch

Hutch raises $5.5m of investment to help strengthen its mobile ambitions

British free-to-play mobile studio Hutch has raised $5.5m of investment, the company confirmed today. The investment was co-led by Index Ventures and Backed VC and comes just after the release ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Feb 2nd 2017 at 10:36AM in News
Nintendo Switch's Online Service could cost between £14 to £20 a year

Nintendo Switch's Online Service could cost between £14 to £20 a year

UPDATED: After detailing its Online Service for the Switch earlier this January, Nintendo has just announced the price point for the service. It will cost somewhere between 2,000 yen to 3,000 ...

Marie Dealessandri
by Marie Dealessandri
on Feb 2nd 2017 at 9:58AM in News
Blazing Griffin

Blazing Griffin secures £5m in funding to support further studio growth

Scottish digital entertainment group Blazing Griffin has just completed its Series A round of venture capital financing, the company announced today, raising a total of £5m led by private investors ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Feb 1st 2017 at 4:31PM in News

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Crysis 3

Crytek announces further redundancies at Frankfurt HQ

UPDATED: After confirming a number of studio closures at the end of last year, Crytek has now confirmed that it will also be scaling down its Frankfurt office, resulting in ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Feb 1st 2017 at 3:40PM in News
Escalation Studios

ZeniMax acquires Doom SnapMap team Escalation Studios

Bethesda Softworks' parent company ZeniMax Media has announced it's acquired Escalation Studios, the team responsible for 2016's Doom SnapMap editor.

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Feb 1st 2017 at 3:24PM in News
Amazon Echo

Jagex brings RuneScape to Amazon Echo

Jagex has announced it's bringing the RuneScape series to Amazon's Alexa Engine. Entitled RuneScape Quests: One Piercing Note, Jagex describes the exclusive audio-based adaptation of the studio's flagship MMORPG as ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Feb 1st 2017 at 2:24PM in News
Going underground: The story of Dinosaur Polo Club's Mini Metro

Going underground: The story of Dinosaur Polo Club's Mini Metro

Back in 2001, brothers Peter and Robert Curry joined the games industry working at developer Sidhe Interactive.

Alex Calvin
by Alex Calvin
on Feb 1st 2017 at 2:05PM in News

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Ex-Disney and Mattel exec heads up Activision's new Consumer Products arm

Ex-Disney and Mattel exec heads up Activision's new Consumer Products arm

Activision Blizzard has announced the creation of a brand new Consumer Products division, and that it has hired Mattel and Disney vet Tim Kilpin to head it up.

Alex Calvin
by Alex Calvin
on Feb 1st 2017 at 2:00PM in News
Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go is the fastest app to reach $1bn gross revenue

Pokémon Go has become the fastest app to surpass $1bn in worldwide gross revenue, according to a new report from data analyst Sensor Tower

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Feb 1st 2017 at 12:28PM in News
Take-Two acquires Spanish mobile dev Social Point for $250m

Take-Two acquires Spanish mobile dev Social Point for $250m

Rockstar and 2K Games parent company Take-Two has made a sizeable investment in its mobile strategy.

Alex Calvin
by Alex Calvin
on Feb 1st 2017 at 11:53AM in News
The future looks bright for EA thanks to FIFA 17 and Battlefield 1

The future looks bright for EA thanks to FIFA 17 and Battlefield 1

We already knew EA had a great 2016, once again appearing at the top of the publisher charts for UK retail sales (source: GfK). Today's Q3 earnings call reinforced that ...

Seth Barton
by Seth Barton
on Feb 1st 2017 at 11:50AM in News

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Xbox One Controllers

New Xbox One controller colours announced

Microsoft has announced two new Xbox One controller designs. The Ocean Shadow Special Edition and the Winter Forces Special Edition will come to retailers worldwide next month, and will retail ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Feb 1st 2017 at 11:45AM in News
Opinion: Getting the mix just right - the main developments in the games TV channel mix

Opinion: Getting the mix just right - the main developments in the games TV channel mix

Generation Media account executive Joe Phelan looks at which television channel mixes advertisers are relying upon and whether there are any developments in tried and tested ways of reaching younger ...

on Feb 1st 2017 at 11:30AM in News
Nintendo has sold 1.5m NES Classics

Nintendo has sold 1.5m NES Classics

We now have an idea of how well Nintendo’s much sought-after NES Classic Mini has performed.

Alex Calvin
by Alex Calvin
on Feb 1st 2017 at 11:11AM in News
Capcom

Capcom's digital sales increased 21.1% in 2016 to 6.1m units

Capcom has released its latest financial report for the nine months ending December 2016, but while net sales and operating income have both fallen for the company year-on-year, accelerated digital ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Feb 1st 2017 at 10:44AM in News
EA expects Mass Effect: Andromeda to sell 3m copies on Week One

EA expects Mass Effect: Andromeda to sell 3m copies on Week One

EA revealed its Q3 financial results last night, and shared its expectations for Mass Effect: Andromeda. The publisher believes the title will sell ‘around 3 million units’ in its early ...

Marie Dealessandri
by Marie Dealessandri
on Feb 1st 2017 at 10:40AM in News
32% of EA unit sales in 2016 were digital

32% of EA unit sales in 2016 were digital

EA's digital unit sales are tracking ahead of the publisher's own expectations. That’s according to an investor call with the publisher last night, in which CFO Blake Jorgensen revealed that ...

Alex Calvin
by Alex Calvin
on Feb 1st 2017 at 10:32AM in News
John Watson

The Banner Saga is an "impractical game" that "would not exist" without crowd-funding, says Stoic

As Banner Saga 3 sails past its Kickstarter goal of $200,000 in less than a week, Stoic's technical director John Watson has told MCV that the series as a whole ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Jan 31st 2017 at 4:19PM in News
With Sniper Elite 4 and Yooka-Laylee, is 2017 going to be Sold Out's biggest year yet?

With Sniper Elite 4 and Yooka-Laylee, is 2017 going to be Sold Out's biggest year yet?

Despite the narrative of digital sales becoming a bigger part of today’s games market, 80 per cent of new releases are bought in a box.  

Alex Calvin
by Alex Calvin
on Jan 31st 2017 at 3:45PM in News
Splinter Cell film producer shakes off Assassin's Creed performance concerns

Splinter Cell film producer shakes off Assassin's Creed performance concerns

The Splinter Cell movie has been in the works for years and is now back in the headlines – or so it seems. Producer Basil Iwanyk, who previously worked on ...

Marie Dealessandri
by Marie Dealessandri
on Jan 31st 2017 at 12:20PM in News