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E3 welcomes 15,000 gamers: The ESA talks & the industry reacts

Just over 50,000 people attended E3 last year. Now the ESA, the US video game trade body which runs E3, has decided to add 15,000 members of the public into the mix. It’s a huge change of direction for the long-running, trade-only show. The industry as a whole has tried …

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Nintendo UK boss talks: "Switch can help expand gaming population"

Nintendo is once again looking to reach beyond the core gaming markets with an innovative new console. However, this time it’s doing so by drawing on all its experience to create a true hybrid platform.  “Nintendo Switch is a unique gaming and tech product that’s a home console, a handheld …

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For Honor, For Ever? How Ubisoft designed its latest IP to last and last …

For Honor is a medieval combat game. With not a gun in sight, it immediately stands out amongst the usual multiplayer offerings. But that’s not what’s really interesting about Ubisoft’s brand new IP. Instead, here’s a game that’s been designed from the ground up for long-term competitive play, with serious …

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New PS4 Pro mode should ‘Boost’ retail sales

The next PlayStation firmware update, currently available in beta form, allows the PS4 Pro to use its full power to improve the performance of titles which have not yet been patched. In theory, any PS4 game can now take advantage of the more powerful hardware, it’s called PS4 Pro Boost …

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Running an online gaming service? Then a CDN might make all the difference

Akamai is one of those companies that keep the internet running smoothly – without it gamers simply wouldn’t get today’s slick online experience. Marketing director for gaming Nelson Rodriguez tells MCV about his work with big publishers, how gaming is changing, and discusses game streaming R&D and AR security Can …

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Currency shifts muddle Sony figures – but industry can celebrate strong PS4 sales

Sony’s Game and Network Services division announced its third-quarter results today, for the key trading period up to the 31st of December. Sales for the division were up by 5.2% year-on-year to $5.3bn, though that amounted to an impressive rise of 15% on a constant currency basis. Shifting exchange rates …

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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 position with some choice stats concerning the growth of its playerbase for key titles. FIFA 17 was the top-selling console …

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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 PC via Steam, the new agreement will bring the game to both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 as well. Aven …

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MCV Awards Update: Who’s judging the awards?

The MCV awards are now only six weeks away, which means I really should get on with working out what I’m going to say to greet the great-and-good of the industry come the 9th of March (suggestions welcome!). Suffice to say that besides my own small input, the event is …

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Playwire signs exclusive ad deal with US gaming giant Game Informer

Playwire media has signed a deal with the GameStop-owned Gameinformer.com to become the sole representative for all advertising inventory for the digital edition of the magazine and its associated website. Game Informer claims to be the largest digital publication in the world and with a total circulation of over 6.3m …

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