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E3, Take-Two and the return of game demos headline this week's MCV

E3, Take-Two and the return of game demos headline this week's MCV

This week, we investigate the ESA’s latest move, with E3 opening its doors to 15,000 members of the public for the first time in 2017. Will it make or break ...

Marie Dealessandri
by Marie Dealessandri
on Feb 17th 2017 at 10:00AM in News
Overwatch

Bits and Pixels wants Overwatch merch in supermarkets

New video games-focused licensing agency Bits and Pixels says it is aiming to get Overwatch-licensed goods into supermarkets as well as specialist retail.

Alex Calvin
by Alex Calvin
on Feb 17th 2017 at 9:42AM in News
Nioh

Koei Tecmo: Nioh's opened a brand new audience for us

The Japanese publisher of recently-released action RPG title Nioh says the game has helped expand its audience. 

Alex Calvin
by Alex Calvin
on Feb 17th 2017 at 9:33AM in News
Ghost Recon Wildlands

Ghost Recon Wildlands open beta arriving on February 23rd

Ubisoft has announced that the open beta for its upcoming open world title Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands will be available next week between February 23rd and February 27th for ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Feb 16th 2017 at 5:34PM in News

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Cities Skylines Xbox One

Cities: Skylines coming to Xbox One this spring

Management sim Cities: Skylines is coming to Xbox One later this year, Paradox Interactive has announced. The game will launch this spring and will also include the original's first expansion, ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Feb 16th 2017 at 2:12PM in News
StarVR

Starbreeze's StarVR headset to enter mass production late 2017

Starbreeze is to begin mass producing its StarVR headsets later this year, the company revealed in its full year report for 2016. For now, the publisher will continue to ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Feb 16th 2017 at 1:08PM in News
Starbreeze

Starbreeze net revenue up 58%, 'over the moon' with Dead by Daylight

Starbreeze has released it full year-end report for 2016 and its net revenue for the year was up 58 per cent year-on-year, reaching 345.5m Swedish Krona (SEK) (or £31m).

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Feb 16th 2017 at 12:22PM in News
Twitch

Twitch users spent 292bn minutes watching streamers in 2016, Overwatch most watched new game

Twitch has released its interactive 2016 Year in Review, revealing that users spent 292bn minutes watching Twitch last year, and that Blizzard's Overwatch was the most-watched new game of 2016. ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Feb 16th 2017 at 11:04AM in News

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Supercell on the hunt for acquisitions as Clash Royale surpasses $1bn

Supercell on the hunt for acquisitions as Clash Royale surpasses $1bn

Tencent-owned Finnish mobile powerhouse Supercell is reportedly on the lookout for purchases.

Alex Calvin
by Alex Calvin
on Feb 16th 2017 at 10:38AM in News
Microsoft E3

Microsoft's E3 press conference dated for Sunday June 11th

Microsoft has dated its E3 2017 press conference for Sunday June 11th at 2pm PT (that's 10pm in the UK) and it will be taking place at the Galen Center ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Feb 16th 2017 at 10:30AM in News
John Smedley

Amazon Games appoints John Smedley to run new third studio

Industry veteran John Smedley has been appointed to run Amazon Games’ brand new studio in San Diego - the third one in the US for the retail giant.

Marie Dealessandri
by Marie Dealessandri
on Feb 16th 2017 at 10:20AM in News
PlayStation

Sony discontinuing PS Now on all platforms save PS4 and PC

Sony is discontinuing its PlayStation Now streaming service on all platforms except the PS4 and PC. Starting from August 15th 2017, users will no longer be able to access the ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Feb 16th 2017 at 9:03AM in News

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John Watson

Finishing the saga: Stoic on bringing Banner Saga 3 back to Kickstarter

Banner Saga is back on Kickstarter for the third and final entry in Stoic’s epic turn-based strategy series. MCV catches up with technical director John Watson (pictured) to find out ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Feb 16th 2017 at 8:00AM in News
Snake Pass

UPDATED: Snake Pass slithers onto Nintendo Switch on March 29th

UPDATED: Sumo Digital has confirmed that Snake Pass will be launching on the Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One and PC on March 29th in the UK, a day later than ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Feb 15th 2017 at 6:00PM in News
Rob Small

Miniclip moves to console publishing with MX Nitro, but mobile's still 'extremely healthy'

After 15 years of publishing games on the web and mobile, Miniclip is now entering the console market. MCV speaks to CEO Rob Small (pictured) to find out more:

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Feb 15th 2017 at 1:30PM in News
Tri Force Heroes

2D Zelda 'definitely a possibility' on Switch, says Aonuma

With the Nintendo Switch capable of producing huge 3D worlds, it looked like the days of the publisher's 2D Zelda titles might be numbered. However, in a new interview with ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Feb 15th 2017 at 12:23PM in News

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ESA

US game software sales exceeded over $24.5bn in 2016, says ESA

US video game software sales exceeded $24.5bn in 2016, says the ESA in its latest Video Games in the 21st Century: The 2017 Report, showing a growth of 48.5 ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Feb 15th 2017 at 10:07AM in News
Report: Layoffs at Activision's Infinity Ward and Beenox studios

Report: Layoffs at Activision's Infinity Ward and Beenox studios

Despite an impressive financial performance for the last quarter, publisher Activision Blizzard appears to be making job cuts at some of its studios.

Alex Calvin
by Alex Calvin
on Feb 15th 2017 at 10:01AM in News
UPDATED: Humble Freedom Bundle raises over $3m in 24 hours

UPDATED: Humble Freedom Bundle raises over $3m in 24 hours

UPDATED: After only 24 hours, Humble's Freedom Bundle has already raised $3m. At the time of writing, the bundle has now sold over 119,600 units, raising over $3.8m (£3m), according ...

Alex Calvin
by Alex Calvin
on Feb 15th 2017 at 10:00AM in News
YouTube cancels Scare PewDiePie premium show

YouTube cancels Scare PewDiePie premium show

After being dropped by his network Maker Studios, PewDiePie has run into trouble with YouTube itself.

Alex Calvin
by Alex Calvin
on Feb 15th 2017 at 9:43AM in News
DingIt

DingIt TV launches Level Up Media, with two new sites coming later this year

DingIt TV's parent company has today announced that it's launched Level Up Media to build its media and technology business.

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Feb 14th 2017 at 5:28PM in News
Judge Dredd

Rebellion to licence 2000 AD comic to external developers

Sniper Elite 4 developer Rebellion has announced plans to licence its 2000 AD IP to external developers. CEO Jason Kingsley broke the news over the weekend at the 40 Years ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Feb 14th 2017 at 3:44PM in News
Merchandise sector still 'finding its feet', says GM UK

Merchandise sector still 'finding its feet', says GM UK

We already know that 2016 was not the best year ever for the UK games market. But there’s one category within gaming that still provides growth: merchandise. 

Marie Dealessandri
by Marie Dealessandri
on Feb 14th 2017 at 2:25PM in News
Zelda Expansion Pass

Zelda: Breath of the Wild to receive £17.99 DLC Expansion Pass

Nintendo has announced it will be releasing a season pass for Switch launch title, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. This is the first time DLC will be ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Feb 14th 2017 at 1:36PM in News
Paradox

Paradox Interactive reports excellent Q4, bolstered by Stellaris and Cities: Skylines

Paradox Interactive has released its end of year report for 2016 and the Swedish games publisher is in rude health. Revenue for Q4 increased by 56 per cent year-on-year, reaching ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Feb 14th 2017 at 11:35AM in News