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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. That figure does, admittedly, include free trial accounts, but to put that number in perspective, that’s still more than the total population of Scotland and Wales combined. …

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Star Wars Battlefront’s PS4 player base bigger that Xbox One and PC combined, report claims

It looks like PS4 is ruling the roost when it comes to EA’s new shooter Star Wars Battlefront. Polygon picked up on numbers from a third-party stat-tracking site that suggest the number of gamers playing the game on PS4 is more than the combined total of those on both Xbox …

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Smite’s year-long bans on pro players are harsh, but fair

Five competitive Smite players have received professional suspensions of up to one year for account sharing, Hi-Rez Studios announced yesterday. The bans have affected players from four organisations in the Smite Pro League circuit, including two top-tier North American teams, Cognitive Gaming and Enemy eSports, and one European (Trig eSports). …

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Hearthstone now has over 20m players

Blizzard’s free-to-play card battler Hearthstone has reached a significant player milestone. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, as it is officially called, now has over 20m registered players. It previously had hit 10m in March but has since then added to its PC and Mac version by launching on iPad. An Android …

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Redbull planning ‘Top Gear for gamers’ TV show

‘Top Gear for gamers’ – that’s the pitch for a new video games based TV show in the planning stages at Redbull. The show, the press release for which is is already drawing criticism for its somewhat antiquated dudebro approach to gaming, currently goes under the name ‘Players’. It will …

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Moore reveals FIFA Ultimate Team stats as service reaches fifth birthday

FIFA Ultimate Team is five years old and to celebrate EA COO and former EA Sports boss Peter Moore has unleashed some impressive stats. In an infographic shared on Twitter and reproduced below, Moore revealed that 64 per cent of all FIFA players now play Ultimate Team mode and that …

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Over 4,500 players banned from Rust

UK developer Facepunch Studios has banned 4,621 players from its open-world survival game Rust using its own anti-cheat software, CheatPunch. The cheat detection tool started running during the weekend, kicking thousands of users from official servers and notifying them of permanent bans from the game. Developer Garry Newman said CheatPunch …

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75m registered and 1m concurrent players for World of Tanks

Wargaming’s World of Tanks has surpassed 75m registered players. The news comes after the developer claimed in June that its free-to-play MMO had 60m registered users. This means that since then, the game has attracted 2.5m players on average every month. During 2013, the popular MMO at one point peaked …

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300k new players sign up to Runescape 3

RuneScape 3 has racked up over 300,000 new players since launching only one month ago. In addition, over 100,000 former players re-activate their accounts. In total, these new, existing and returning players have seen on average 600,000 hours of gameplay being played per day – which is the equivalent of …

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INFOGRAPHIC: Some very large Call of Duty numbers

Activision has just sent out an infographic detailing a history of the Call of Duty series’ multiplayer mode. It says that a total of 100m people have played Call of Duty – which, as it handily points out is more than the populations of EU nations such as the UK, …

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