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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
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

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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
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

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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
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

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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

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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
PlayStation

Stand and deliver - how and why publishers make us wait after E3

E3 press conferences were once littered with titles that wouldn’t see retailers’ shelves for years. But there looks to be a new sense of immediacy spreading across these events and ...

Seth Barton
by Seth Barton
on Jun 16th 2017 at 10:00AM in News
Take-Two wants to help creators impacted by Open IV mod fallout

Take-Two wants to help creators impacted by Open IV mod fallout

Rockstar owner Take-Two has said that its action against Grand Theft Auto IV mod software Open IV was designed only to protect GTA Online.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jun 16th 2017 at 9:48AM in News
Phil Spencer believes in VR, but says it's still not right for consoles

Phil Spencer believes in VR, but says it's still not right for consoles

The head of Xbox has again expressed his belief in the long-term prospects of VR, but also stressed that consoles aren't yet the ideal home for it.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jun 16th 2017 at 9:38AM in News
Read our E3 2017 analysis and in-depth take on the future of streaming in this week's MCV

Read our E3 2017 analysis and in-depth take on the future of streaming in this week's MCV

After a week of announcements and hype at E3, MCV is back from the show floor with in-depth analysis about what’s going to set the industry’s agenda for the next ...

Marie Dealessandri
by Marie Dealessandri
on Jun 16th 2017 at 9:30AM in News
Facebook

E3 according to Facebook - more women posting, Sony generate biggest conversation spike

More women are talking about E3 on social media than ever before, according to new figures from Facebook. Over the past 30 days, 43m people made 115m E3-related Facebook posts, ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Jun 15th 2017 at 2:38PM in News
Fallout 4 VR

Doom, Fallout 4 and Skyrim VR will drive awareness, but Ubisoft still 'go-to VR publisher' - SuperData

Virtual reality was a major theme of Bethesda's E3 announcements this year, with titles such as Skyrim, Doom and Fallout 4 all receiving the VR treatment by the end of ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Jun 15th 2017 at 2:36PM in News
Bandai Namco VR centre

Mario Kart Arcade GP headlines Bandai Namco's new VR Zone Shinjuku centre

The newly announced Mario Kart Arcade GP will be leading the charge at Bandai Namco's latest VR entertainment centre, which is due to open next month, the publisher has announced.

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Jun 15th 2017 at 1:53PM in News