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Kongregate reveals new $10m publishing fund for indie PC and console games

Kongregate reveals new $10m publishing fund for indie PC and console games

Game publisher Kongregate has announced a new $10m initiative to help fund promising indie titles on PC and console. The move continues Kongregate's expansion into cross-platform publishing and will include ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Aug 9th 2017 at 2:40PM in News
Dragon Quest 11

Dragon Quest XI was Japan's best-selling game in July

Despite being on sale for just two days last month, Square Enix's Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age was the best-selling game in Japan this July, according to ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Aug 9th 2017 at 10:25AM in News
Devolver Digital Films to release COD documentary in September

Devolver Digital Films to release COD documentary in September

Devolver Digital Films has announced its feature-length documentary film around the rise of Call of Duty will release worldwide on major video-on-demand platforms and Steam on September 19th 2017.

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Aug 9th 2017 at 10:18AM in News
Patrick Bach to lead Ubisoft's new Stockholm studio

Patrick Bach to lead Ubisoft's new Stockholm studio

Ubisoft just expanded its presence in Nordic countries and opened its 31st studio in Stockholm, Sweden.

Marie Dealessandri
by Marie Dealessandri
on Aug 9th 2017 at 10:10AM in News

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Opinion: 'Platforms need to empower, not constrain', Improbable says

Opinion: 'Platforms need to empower, not constrain', Improbable says

When building a platform, one of the first challenges is persuading developers that experimenting with it is a good use of their time. The next challenge is learning from all ...

on Aug 9th 2017 at 10:00AM in News
Sega Remastered: How retro and PC titles are revitalising the publisher

Sega Remastered: How retro and PC titles are revitalising the publisher

Sega remains one of the most recognisable names in the video game business. That’s still largely thanks to its days as a platform holder, though since then the company has ...

Seth Barton
by Seth Barton
on Aug 9th 2017 at 9:30AM in News
Steel Media launches PCGamesInsider.biz

Steel Media launches PCGamesInsider.biz

After its initial announcement back in July, Steel Media has now launched its brand-new PC games industry website, PCGamesInsider.biz, together with its new PC Connects event, which launches at the ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Aug 8th 2017 at 3:18PM in News
FFXIV

Final Fantasy XIV hits 10m players worldwide

Hot off the back of its latest expansion, Square Enix has announced that Final Fantasy XIV has now surpassed 10m cumulative players worldwide.

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Aug 8th 2017 at 10:03AM in News

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Opinion: Midia discusses reading DAUs across platforms

Opinion: Midia discusses reading DAUs across platforms

The daily active user (DAU) is a common engagement metric, often used in gauging companies’ performance and value. In gaming, however, DAUs vary markedly across mobile, PC, console and social. ...

on Aug 8th 2017 at 10:00AM in News
Why Ubisoft's Starlink: Battle for Atlas is great news for retail

Why Ubisoft's Starlink: Battle for Atlas is great news for retail

Toys-to-life has had something of a rough ride of late after the shutdown of Disney Infinity. As some analysts have argued in the pages of MCV, that downturn may ...

Seth Barton
by Seth Barton
on Aug 8th 2017 at 9:30AM in News
Rogue Islands

Rogue Islands dated for September, with Keystone Games handling digital and boxed release

Newly formed publisher Keystone Games has announced it's bringing Big Fat Alien and Blue Sock Studio's fantasy FPS title Rogue Islands out of Early Access into a full worldwide release ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Aug 8th 2017 at 9:00AM in News
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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

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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
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

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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
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
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