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Games publishing 2017: Steam's 'benevolent monopoly' and the discoverability 'bun fight'

In Part Three of our publishing roundtable, we discuss the rise of digital. With digital becoming more important to publishers’ balance sheets, we ask publishers about competition in the marketplace and ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Aug 7th 2017 at 11:30AM in News
Square Enix physical game sales down in Q1, but digital still 'strong'

Square Enix physical game sales down in Q1, but digital still 'strong'

Square Enix has released its latest quarterly results for the three months ending June 30th 2017, and the company's net sales increased by 11.3 per cent year-on-year to reach ¥57bn, ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Aug 7th 2017 at 11:09AM in News
Crash Bandicoot tops UK monthly charts, Splatoon 2 settles for No.2

Crash Bandicoot tops UK monthly charts, Splatoon 2 settles for No.2

Summer goes by and charts remain the same. For its second month on shelves, the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy has taken the top spot in the monthly UK ...

Marie Dealessandri
by Marie Dealessandri
on Aug 7th 2017 at 11:00AM in News
Zynga must increase conversion for future success - Midia

Zynga must increase conversion for future success - Midia

Zynga posted its best revenue and booking performance in four years during Q2 2017, with revenue reaching $209.2m, up from $181.7m this time last year, and 21m daily active users ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Aug 7th 2017 at 10:31AM in News

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Crash Bandicoot has a fifth week at No.1

Crash Bandicoot has a fifth week at No.1

The Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy has managed to keep its top spot in the UK weekly charts again.  

Marie Dealessandri
by Marie Dealessandri
on Aug 7th 2017 at 10:20AM in News
Physical game sales fell by 20% last quarter, says Kantar

Physical game sales fell by 20% last quarter, says Kantar

Physical game sales have fallen 20 per cent year-on-year, according to Kantar Worldpanel's latest quarterly entertainment barometer report, with the limited number of new releases also affecting GAME's share of ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Aug 7th 2017 at 10:06AM in News
Opinion: Sold Out on why the games industry is experiencing a 'publishing renaissance'

Opinion: Sold Out on why the games industry is experiencing a 'publishing renaissance'

The games industry is experiencing a publishing renaissance, as even the most ardent proponents of self-publishing have now learnt that selling a game from the equivalent of your bedroom is ...

on Aug 7th 2017 at 10:00AM in News
Global games market to hit $100bn for first time in 2017 - SuperData

Global games market to hit $100bn for first time in 2017 - SuperData

SuperData just released a new report giving insights on the year so far, and predicted the global games market will be up 12 per cent worldwide compared to 2016. This ...

Marie Dealessandri
by Marie Dealessandri
on Aug 4th 2017 at 11:54AM in News

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Dragon Quest XI hits 2m sales in Japan

Dragon Quest XI hits 2m sales in Japan

Splatoon 2 may have shot to the top of the Japanese weekly charts and become the fastest-selling Switch game at the end of last month, but according to the latest ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Aug 4th 2017 at 11:35AM in News
Games publishing 2017: how to set a game's price

Games publishing 2017: how to set a game's price

In Part One of our publishing roundtable, we talked to publishers about setting release dates and how fewer triple-A releases could mean better business for the whole industry.

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Aug 4th 2017 at 11:30AM in News
Margin Makers: Guide to Sonic merchandise

Margin Makers: Guide to Sonic merchandise

Sonic Mania hits shelves in a couple of weeks in a shiny collector’s edition for PS4, Xbox One and Switch, exclusive to Amazon. Of course, there's also a digital version ...

Marie Dealessandri
by Marie Dealessandri
on Aug 4th 2017 at 11:00AM in News
Crash Bandicoot tops monthly PS4 download charts again

Crash Bandicoot tops monthly PS4 download charts again

Another day, another No.1 for the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy.  

Marie Dealessandri
by Marie Dealessandri
on Aug 4th 2017 at 10:30AM in News

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Activision Blizzard revenue up despite console sales decline

Activision Blizzard revenue up despite console sales decline

Activision Blizzard has posted "better than expected" financial results for Q2 2017. Net revenue hit $1.63bn for the quarter ending June 30th, rising 4 per cent year-on-year. Digital channels, meanwhile, grew 15 ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Aug 4th 2017 at 10:15AM in News
Egmont launches first official Minecraft magazine with Mojang

Egmont launches first official Minecraft magazine with Mojang

Mojang has partnered with UK publishing house Egmont Publishing to create the first official Minecraft magazine, which launches this week. 

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Aug 4th 2017 at 9:47AM in News
Bethesda Store Europe

Bethesda launches new official merchandise store for Europe

Bethesda has widened the reach of its official online merchandise store with the launch of a new store for Europe. Simply entitled the Bethesda Store Europe, the new online ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Aug 3rd 2017 at 2:58PM in News
Rocket League reaches 34m players worldwide

Rocket League reaches 34m players worldwide

Rocket League just debuted a new banning system to make sure it’s a “harassment-free place,” creator Psyonix just revealed. This follows the developer’s announcement that Rocket League has just reached ...

Marie Dealessandri
by Marie Dealessandri
on Aug 3rd 2017 at 12:25PM in News

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Friday the 13th hits 1.8m units and gets physical release date

Friday the 13th hits 1.8m units and gets physical release date

Multiplayer slasher title Friday the 13th just reached a new milestone, despite its difficult launch.

Marie Dealessandri
by Marie Dealessandri
on Aug 3rd 2017 at 10:40AM in News
Minecraft: Story Mode - The Complete Adventure coming to Nintendo Switch

Minecraft: Story Mode - The Complete Adventure coming to Nintendo Switch

UPDATE: Telltale has announced that Nintendo Switch owners will soon be able to buy the first season of Minecraft: Story Mode as a digital download or physical retail release from ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Aug 3rd 2017 at 10:33AM in News
Take-Two: 'Engagement first, monetisation second'

Take-Two: 'Engagement first, monetisation second'

Take-Two reported another strong quarter last night, with net revenue for its fiscal Q1 2018 up 34 per cent year-on-year to $418.2m, and net sales up 28 per cent to ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Aug 3rd 2017 at 10:20AM in News
Chris Bergstresser

Sega Europe appoints Chris Bergstresser as new president and COO

Hot off the back of two promotions for John Clark and Tim Heaton, Sega Europe has announced that Chris Bergstresser is to take on the role of its new ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Aug 2nd 2017 at 4:00PM in News
Tim Schafer

Tim Schafer backs SpecialEffect's One Special Day fundraiser

Double Fine Productions founder Tim Schafer has backed SpecialEffect's tenth anniversary One Special Day fundraiser, releasing a video message (which you can view below) calling the industry to action. 

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Aug 2nd 2017 at 11:02AM in News
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Games publishing 2017: 'There is never a perfect time to release a game.'

Christmas is usually a time of great prosperity for games publishers. But last year’s ill-fated combo of an overly crowded release schedule and the biggest Black Friday event the UK’s ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Aug 2nd 2017 at 11:00AM in News
Humble Bundle to showcase at Gamescom

Humble Bundle to showcase at Gamescom

The ‘Presented by Humble Bundle’ label is to showcase five of its upcoming indie titles at Gamescom and PAX West this year.

Marie Dealessandri
by Marie Dealessandri
on Aug 2nd 2017 at 10:40AM in News
LucidVR

Former Oculus co-founder Jack McCauley joins LucidVR

Former Oculus co-founder and chief engineer at Guitar Hero producer RedOctane Jack McCauley has joined Lucid VR has chief engineer.

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Aug 2nd 2017 at 10:10AM in News
EA

EA's digital net sales hit record high for Q1

EA has announced its Q1 2018 results for the three months ending June 30th 2017, and digital net sales reached $3.147bn for the trailing 12-month period, representing 63 per cent ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Aug 2nd 2017 at 9:58AM in News