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Layoffs hit Perfect World's Cryptic Studios

Layoffs hit Perfect World's Cryptic Studios

Perfect World Entertainment has laid off an unknown number of staff, with reports suggesting a significant portion of its workforce has been affected.

James Batchelor
by James Batchelor
on Mar 19th 2015 at 11:46AM in News
Who will go to Rock Band's reunion tour?

Who will go to Rock Band's reunion tour?

There was a time when everyone was playing Rock Band and Guitar Hero. And then they stopped. All of them. At the same time.

Christopher Dring
by Christopher Dring
on Mar 19th 2015 at 11:23AM in News
Reality check - HTC on whether VR is going to change the world

Reality check - HTC on whether VR is going to change the world

In the last few years, VR has gone from a one horse race to having a number of different players. 

Alex Calvin
by Alex Calvin
on Mar 19th 2015 at 11:15AM in News
MCV Awards: Who's in the room? It's an A to Z of leading games firms

MCV Awards: Who's in the room? It's an A to Z of leading games firms

Over 550 games industry influencers will attend the April 16th MCV Awards, with a number of leading firms in the room.

on Mar 19th 2015 at 11:00AM in News

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I never intended to dismiss smartphone games, Iwata says

I never intended to dismiss smartphone games, Iwata says

Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata has said that he’s never dismissed smartphone gaming as a genre.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Mar 19th 2015 at 10:46AM in News
HTC to take its Vive VR headset on tour

HTC to take its Vive VR headset on tour

Tech firm HTC is planning a world tour to let consumers try its new VR headset, Vive. 

Alex Calvin
by Alex Calvin
on Mar 19th 2015 at 10:32AM in News
Curve Digital unveils game bundling initiative

Curve Digital unveils game bundling initiative

Independent game publisher Curve Digital has revealed its new game bundling service: The Indie Mixtape. 

Alex Calvin
by Alex Calvin
on Mar 19th 2015 at 10:25AM in News
Iwata: Free-to-start mobile games are an option for us

Iwata: Free-to-start mobile games are an option for us

Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata has said that Nintendo’s smartphone games may well be free-to-play.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Mar 19th 2015 at 10:20AM in News

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We'll avoid an arms race with Guitar Hero, says Harmonix

We'll avoid an arms race with Guitar Hero, says Harmonix

The creator of Rock Band has vowed not to saturate the market with games when the franchise returns this year.

Christopher Dring
by Christopher Dring
on Mar 19th 2015 at 10:14AM in News
'Mobile can rescue Nintendo consoles'

'Mobile can rescue Nintendo consoles'

Smartphone experts say that Nintendo’s move into the mobile market will boost Wii U and 3DS sales, not harm them.

Christopher Dring
by Christopher Dring
on Mar 19th 2015 at 10:10AM in News
Valve's Newell: 'iPhone should be more like the PC'

Valve's Newell: 'iPhone should be more like the PC'

The rest of the games industry should follow the lead of PC and tear down their walled gardens, argues Valve boss Gabe Newell.

Craig Chapple
by Craig Chapple
on Mar 19th 2015 at 10:03AM in News
Is VR going to change the world? Find out in this week's MCV

Is VR going to change the world? Find out in this week's MCV

Now that consumer virtual reality headsets are finally on the horizon, are they really going to change the world as firms like Oculus would have us believe? 

Alex Calvin
by Alex Calvin
on Mar 19th 2015 at 10:00AM in News

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Atari 'surprised and dismayed' by similarities between TxK and Tempest

Atari 'surprised and dismayed' by similarities between TxK and Tempest

The company currently using the name ‘Atari’ has said that it is perfectly justified to pursue Jeff Minter over the similarities between his game TxK and retro classic Tempest.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Mar 19th 2015 at 9:13AM in News
Microsoft extends Windows 10 free upgrade offer to pirates

Microsoft extends Windows 10 free upgrade offer to pirates

Microsoft will offer Windows 10 as a free upgrade to anyone with a copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8, regardless of whether that copy is genuine or otherwise.

Erik Johnson
by Erik Johnson
on Mar 19th 2015 at 4:38AM in News
YouTube videos featuring Minecraft hit 4.3bn views last month

YouTube videos featuring Minecraft hit 4.3bn views last month

Minecraft has once again taken the top spot on Newzoo and Octoly's monthly chart tracking the top 20 game franchises on YouTube.

Erik Johnson
by Erik Johnson
on Mar 19th 2015 at 4:32AM in News
Elder Scrolls Online switches to subscription-free model

Elder Scrolls Online switches to subscription-free model

Elder Scrolls Online's mandatory subscription fee has at last been dropped, Bethesda has announced.

Erik Johnson
by Erik Johnson
on Mar 19th 2015 at 4:28AM in News

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ESL to show live eSports in cinemas

ESL to show live eSports in cinemas

Five live eSports events are to be shown by over 1,500 cinemas as part of ESL’s ‘eSports in Cinemas’ series.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Mar 18th 2015 at 3:22PM in News
UKIE celebrates budget's promise of increased games industry support

UKIE celebrates budget's promise of increased games industry support

UK Chancellor George Osborne has in today’s budget promised increased tax credit support for the games industry.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Mar 18th 2015 at 2:48PM in News
200 GAME stores to hold Battlefield: Hardline midnight openings

200 GAME stores to hold Battlefield: Hardline midnight openings

More than 200 GAME outlets across the UK will be opening at midnight this Thursday night to celebrate the launch of Battlefield: Hardline.

Matthew Jarvis
by Matthew Jarvis
on Mar 18th 2015 at 2:35PM in News
UPDATED: Atari blocks Jeff Minter from releasing new versions of TxK

UPDATED: Atari blocks Jeff Minter from releasing new versions of TxK

The planned PS4, PC and Android releases of Llamasoft’s shooter TxK will not be released following a copyright claim from Atari.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Mar 18th 2015 at 2:04PM in News
Space Hulk: Ascension developer Full Control lays off staff

Space Hulk: Ascension developer Full Control lays off staff

Space Hulk: Ascension developer Full Control has laid off a number of its staff and has ceased development on new games.

Craig Chapple
by Craig Chapple
on Mar 18th 2015 at 1:25PM in News
VIDEO: Pixels trailer sees Pac-Man meet (and bite) his creator

VIDEO: Pixels trailer sees Pac-Man meet (and bite) his creator

Sony Pictures has released the first trailer for Adam Sandler movie Pixels.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Mar 18th 2015 at 1:15PM in News
Yakuza keeps PS4 and Vita on top in Japan for a third week, as Mario Party 10 debuts at No.4

Yakuza keeps PS4 and Vita on top in Japan for a third week, as Mario Party 10 debuts at No.4

Nintendo’s new all-star outing for Mario Party hasn’t been enough to outdo Sega’s latest virtual gangster offering in Japan.

Matthew Jarvis
by Matthew Jarvis
on Mar 18th 2015 at 1:00PM in News
League of Legends featuring in Chinese Windows 10 push

League of Legends featuring in Chinese Windows 10 push

League of Legends is being used to accelerate the adoption of Windows 10 in China thanks to a partnership between Microsoft and Tencent.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Mar 18th 2015 at 12:16PM in News
One retailer is already taking pre-orders for the Nintendo NX

One retailer is already taking pre-orders for the Nintendo NX

Gamers in Australia are already able to pre-order Nintendo’s new NX console.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Mar 18th 2015 at 11:43AM in News