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ZeniMax acquires Doom SnapMap team Escalation Studios

Bethesda Softworks' parent company ZeniMax Media has announced it's acquired Escalation Studios, the team responsible for 2016's Doom SnapMap editor.

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Feb 1st 2017 at 3:24PM in News
Amazon Echo

Jagex brings RuneScape to Amazon Echo

Jagex has announced it's bringing the RuneScape series to Amazon's Alexa Engine. Entitled RuneScape Quests: One Piercing Note, Jagex describes the exclusive audio-based adaptation of the studio's flagship MMORPG as ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Feb 1st 2017 at 2:24PM in News
Going underground: The story of Dinosaur Polo Club's Mini Metro

Going underground: The story of Dinosaur Polo Club's Mini Metro

Back in 2001, brothers Peter and Robert Curry joined the games industry working at developer Sidhe Interactive.

Alex Calvin
by Alex Calvin
on Feb 1st 2017 at 2:05PM in News
Ex-Disney and Mattel exec heads up Activision's new Consumer Products arm

Ex-Disney and Mattel exec heads up Activision's new Consumer Products arm

Activision Blizzard has announced the creation of a brand new Consumer Products division, and that it has hired Mattel and Disney vet Tim Kilpin to head it up.

Alex Calvin
by Alex Calvin
on Feb 1st 2017 at 2:00PM in News

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Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go is the fastest app to reach $1bn gross revenue

Pokémon Go has become the fastest app to surpass $1bn in worldwide gross revenue, according to a new report from data analyst Sensor Tower

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Feb 1st 2017 at 12:28PM in News
Take-Two acquires Spanish mobile dev Social Point for $250m

Take-Two acquires Spanish mobile dev Social Point for $250m

Rockstar and 2K Games parent company Take-Two has made a sizeable investment in its mobile strategy.

Alex Calvin
by Alex Calvin
on Feb 1st 2017 at 11:53AM in News
The future looks bright for EA thanks to FIFA 17 and Battlefield 1

The future looks bright for EA thanks to FIFA 17 and Battlefield 1

We already knew EA had a great 2016, once again appearing at the top of the publisher charts for UK retail sales (source: GfK). Today's Q3 earnings call reinforced that ...

Seth Barton
by Seth Barton
on Feb 1st 2017 at 11:50AM in News
Xbox One Controllers

New Xbox One controller colours announced

Microsoft has announced two new Xbox One controller designs. The Ocean Shadow Special Edition and the Winter Forces Special Edition will come to retailers worldwide next month, and will retail ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Feb 1st 2017 at 11:45AM in News

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Opinion: Getting the mix just right - the main developments in the games TV channel mix

Opinion: Getting the mix just right - the main developments in the games TV channel mix

Generation Media account executive Joe Phelan looks at which television channel mixes advertisers are relying upon and whether there are any developments in tried and tested ways of reaching younger ...

on Feb 1st 2017 at 11:30AM in News
Nintendo has sold 1.5m NES Classics

Nintendo has sold 1.5m NES Classics

We now have an idea of how well Nintendo’s much sought-after NES Classic Mini has performed.

Alex Calvin
by Alex Calvin
on Feb 1st 2017 at 11:11AM in News
Capcom

Capcom's digital sales increased 21.1% in 2016 to 6.1m units

Capcom has released its latest financial report for the nine months ending December 2016, but while net sales and operating income have both fallen for the company year-on-year, accelerated digital ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Feb 1st 2017 at 10:44AM in News
EA expects Mass Effect: Andromeda to sell 3m copies on Week One

EA expects Mass Effect: Andromeda to sell 3m copies on Week One

EA revealed its Q3 financial results last night, and shared its expectations for Mass Effect: Andromeda. The publisher believes the title will sell ‘around 3 million units’ in its early ...

Marie Dealessandri
by Marie Dealessandri
on Feb 1st 2017 at 10:40AM in News

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32% of EA unit sales in 2016 were digital

32% of EA unit sales in 2016 were digital

EA's digital unit sales are tracking ahead of the publisher's own expectations. That’s according to an investor call with the publisher last night, in which CFO Blake Jorgensen revealed that ...

Alex Calvin
by Alex Calvin
on Feb 1st 2017 at 10:32AM in News
John Watson

The Banner Saga is an "impractical game" that "would not exist" without crowd-funding, says Stoic

As Banner Saga 3 sails past its Kickstarter goal of $200,000 in less than a week, Stoic's technical director John Watson has told MCV that the series as a whole ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Jan 31st 2017 at 4:19PM in News
With Sniper Elite 4 and Yooka-Laylee, is 2017 going to be Sold Out's biggest year yet?

With Sniper Elite 4 and Yooka-Laylee, is 2017 going to be Sold Out's biggest year yet?

Despite the narrative of digital sales becoming a bigger part of today’s games market, 80 per cent of new releases are bought in a box.  

Alex Calvin
by Alex Calvin
on Jan 31st 2017 at 3:45PM in News
Splinter Cell film producer shakes off Assassin's Creed performance concerns

Splinter Cell film producer shakes off Assassin's Creed performance concerns

The Splinter Cell movie has been in the works for years and is now back in the headlines – or so it seems. Producer Basil Iwanyk, who previously worked on ...

Marie Dealessandri
by Marie Dealessandri
on Jan 31st 2017 at 12:20PM in News

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Resident Evil 7 tops January UK boxed charts

Resident Evil 7 tops January UK boxed charts

Capcom’s new Resident Evil title was January’s best-selling boxed release.

Alex Calvin
by Alex Calvin
on Jan 31st 2017 at 12:16PM in News
Ex-FreeStyleGames devs found new studio SlingShot Cartel

Ex-FreeStyleGames devs found new studio SlingShot Cartel

Two of the founders of Guitar Hero Live developer FreeStyleGames have set-up a new studio.

Alex Calvin
by Alex Calvin
on Jan 31st 2017 at 11:35AM in News
Valve starts blocking TF2 gambling accounts

Valve starts blocking TF2 gambling accounts

After cracking down on Counter Strike: Global Offensive gambling accounts last year, Valve has now started targeting more gambling websites based around its multiplayer shooter Team Fortress 2. 

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Jan 31st 2017 at 11:23AM in News
Wii U reaches 13.56m units, 3DS hardware up 9.7% year-on-year

Wii U reaches 13.56m units, 3DS hardware up 9.7% year-on-year

Nintendo’s latest financial report, for the nine months ending December 2016, show the firm’s net sales dipping, while its profits soar.

Alex Calvin
by Alex Calvin
on Jan 31st 2017 at 10:46AM in News
REPORT: Super Mario Run hits 78m downloads

REPORT: Super Mario Run hits 78m downloads

Nintendo released its financial report for the nine months ending December 2016 earlier today, and confirmed that Super Mario Run has been downloaded over 40m times in just four days ...

Marie Dealessandri
by Marie Dealessandri
on Jan 31st 2017 at 10:30AM in News
Pokemon Sun and Moon

Pokémon Sun and Moon have sold 14.69m, now third-best selling 3DS game to date

Pokémon Sun and Moon have collectively sold 14.69m units, Nintendo confirmed this morning, making it the company's third best-selling 3DS game to date.

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Jan 31st 2017 at 10:22AM in News
Resident Evil The Final Chapter

Resident Evil films set to surpass $1bn at global box office

The Resident Evil film franchise is set to pass global box office figures of $1bn this weekend, making it the most successful video game to film franchise to date, according ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Jan 30th 2017 at 3:30PM in News
ESA responds to Trump's travel ban

ESA responds to Trump's travel ban

American video games trade body The ESA has released a statement urging Donald Trump’s White House to “exercise caution” with regards to its immigration policies.

Alex Calvin
by Alex Calvin
on Jan 30th 2017 at 3:10PM in News
Aven Colony

Team17 brings Mothership's Aven Colony to Xbox One and PS4

Team 17 has signed up promising sci-fi city builder Aven Colony for release on multiple platforms. The game is currently available in beta form from itch.io and will release on ...

Seth Barton
by Seth Barton
on Jan 30th 2017 at 2:00PM in News