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Twitch goes IRL: why you should be attending TwitchCon

Twitch goes IRL: why you should be attending TwitchCon

Twitch is a big deal, we all know that, and it’s getting bigger still. The service is increasingly looking to spread its reach beyond its staple Let’s Play and eSports ...

Seth Barton
by Seth Barton
on Jun 21st 2017 at 10:00AM in News
GameStop sells Kongregate to MTG

GameStop sells Kongregate to MTG

Swedish media company Modern Times Group (MTG) has acquired games portal Kongregate from GameStop.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jun 21st 2017 at 9:41AM in News
Twitch secures Blizzard streaming rights

Twitch secures Blizzard streaming rights

Online video giant Twitch has announced that it has secured a global two-year deal for exclusive streaming rights for over 20 Blizzard eSports events.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jun 20th 2017 at 8:00PM in News
OPINION: Hi-Rez Studios on why streaming is the best way to engage with your audience

OPINION: Hi-Rez Studios on why streaming is the best way to engage with your audience

To me, what matters most has always been to make people happy; it was one the main reasons that drove me to work in the video games industry. As a ...

on Jun 20th 2017 at 11:30AM in News

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Fuze is bringing programming tool Code Studio to Switch

Fuze is bringing programming tool Code Studio to Switch

A lot of effort has been put into encouraging kids to code, and utilising the Nintendo Switch for the job seems like a very smart move.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jun 20th 2017 at 10:58AM in News
TopWare insists Two World II is not pay-to-play

TopWare insists Two World II is not pay-to-play

Publisher TopWare has responded to the criticisms levelled at recent changes to seven year old RPG Two Worlds II.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jun 20th 2017 at 10:15AM in News
We Are Reach logo

Reaching out - We Are Reach on Twitch vs YouTube and why more publishers should have official VOD channels

When Twitch announced in March it was going to sell games and give creators and developers the chance to earn a cut of each sale, the industry wasn’t sure what ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Jun 20th 2017 at 10:00AM in News
HTC expands Vive availability in the US

HTC expands Vive availability in the US

Consumers are now able to buy the HTV Vive at more US retailers than ever before.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jun 20th 2017 at 9:56AM in News

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PS4 overtakes Switch in monthly US sales race

PS4 overtakes Switch in monthly US sales race

After two successive months as the best selling console hardware in the US, Nintendo Switch has slipped back behind the PS4.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jun 20th 2017 at 9:42AM in News
OPINION: Hype Management on why subscriber levels don't always indicate a YouTuber's success

OPINION: Hype Management on why subscriber levels don't always indicate a YouTuber's success

At a launch event during my tenure on the Activision PR team, an eager young content creator walked up to me, grabbed my hand and introduced himself by his ...

on Jun 19th 2017 at 11:30AM in News
Spider-Man: Homecoming gets the 'VR experience' treatment

Spider-Man: Homecoming gets the 'VR experience' treatment

Sony's upcoming PS4 release is not the only Spider-Man game in the works.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jun 19th 2017 at 11:11AM in News
Microtransactions added to Two Worlds II seven years after release

Microtransactions added to Two Worlds II seven years after release

Topware Interactive mas made the surprise move of adding an in-game store to its seven year old RPG Top Worlds II.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jun 19th 2017 at 10:49AM in News

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Take-Two takes action against more GTA V hack tools

Take-Two takes action against more GTA V hack tools

The world of Grand Theft Auto Online has been made considerably cleaner as publisher Take-Two continues its crusade to clamp down on modding tools.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jun 19th 2017 at 10:21AM in News
How to use streaming and VOD as marketing tools according to Twitch, Devolver and DingIt

How to use streaming and VOD as marketing tools according to Twitch, Devolver and DingIt

The battle for the streaming market has been raging for years now. According to recent data from Streamlabs, Twitch is still by far the most dominant platform in terms of ...

Marie Dealessandri
by Marie Dealessandri
on Jun 19th 2017 at 10:00AM in News
Horizon Zero Dawn resurges to deny Arms a UK No.1

Horizon Zero Dawn resurges to deny Arms a UK No.1

Nintendo's new Switch title Arms has fallen short of the top of the charts thanks to a resurgence from one of 2017's mainstays.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jun 19th 2017 at 9:59AM in News
Star Wars Battlefront II is crowned YouTube's E3 champ

Star Wars Battlefront II is crowned YouTube's E3 champ

EA has staged a double coup by claiming both the single most watched trailer and overall most popular game on YouTube throughout E3 2017.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jun 19th 2017 at 9:46AM in News

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Xbox One X

The X Factor is back - how the Xbox One X will re-establish the Microsoft's technical superiority

Consoles are usually creations of compromise. They have to hit a certain price point, not be too large (or too noisy), provide future-proofed technology, and often include a range of other ...

Seth Barton
by Seth Barton
on Jun 16th 2017 at 3:00PM in News
Starlink

E3 2017: Ubisoft's return to life with Starlink: Battle for Atlas

One the most unexpected announcements of this year’s E3 was undoubtedly Ubisoft’s ambitious new toys-to-life title. At a time when some have described the sector as being doomed, with ...

Seth Barton
by Seth Barton
on Jun 16th 2017 at 2:00PM in News
IO Interactive

IO Interactive announce independence from Square Enix, with full control over Hitman IP

Following its split with publisher Square Enix, IO Interactive has announced that not only has it now gone fully independent, but it's also obtained complete control of the Hitman ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Jun 16th 2017 at 1:36PM in News
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe claims fifth No.1 in Japanese weekly charts

After a relatively quiet week at Japanese retail, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is back at the top of Japan's weekly charts, according to the latest numbers from Famitsu.

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Jun 16th 2017 at 12:10PM in News
Karol Severin

Nintendo Switch title mix lays groundwork for its upcoming Online Service - MIDiA

MIDiA Research's lead analyst for research on games and the mobile content economy Karol Severin shares his views on Nintendo's recent game announcements and how they look set to ...

on Jun 16th 2017 at 11:30AM in News
Blade Runner 2049 gets a mobile game spin-off

Blade Runner 2049 gets a mobile game spin-off

Finnish publisher and developer Next Games has landed the rights for a mobile game based on upcoming sci-fi movie Blade Runner 2049.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jun 16th 2017 at 11:15AM in News
E3 show floor

E3 2017: Play time or story time?

Academic studies of video games have long pondered the relative merits of gameplay vs story, or ludology vs narratology as it’s often called. While we leave such critical musings to ...

Seth Barton
by Seth Barton
on Jun 16th 2017 at 11:00AM in News
Konami faces fresh allegations about poor treatment of staff

Konami faces fresh allegations about poor treatment of staff

Almost two years on from a damning report about life for Konami workers, fresh allegations have been made about the company's treatment of its workforce.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jun 16th 2017 at 10:48AM in News
Microsoft explains Xbox One X's £449 price

Microsoft explains Xbox One X's £449 price

There has been much debate about Microsoft's decision to price the Xbox One X at £449 ($499 in the US).

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jun 16th 2017 at 10:19AM in News