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Xbox One game sales to grow 17% to 70m in 2017, thanks to Xbox One X – FutureSource

The global games software market is expected to exceed $100bn in 2017, according to a new report from Futuresource Consulting, with console game sales rising significantly toward the end of the year during Q4. The report estimates that over 20m physical Switch games will be sold this year, while Xbox …

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Global game revenue to reach $29bn by 2021 – PwC

Worldwide video game revenue will reach $29bn by 2021, according to PwC’s latest global entertainment and media outlook report, which is more than double the revenue made in 2012 ($14bn). PwC says PC games will experience a healthier growth than their console counterparts, partly thanks to therise of eSports, which …

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IHS: World console market down in 2016 but PS4 claims 51% share over Xbox One’s 26%

The UK games industry may be worth a record-breaking 4.33bn according to Ukie’s annual industry valuation this morning, but a new report from IHS Markit paints a slightly gloomier picture for the worldwide console market. The worldwide console market shrunk by 2.5 per cent in 2016, contracting to a consumer …

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Steam stats page adds average download speeds across the world

Valve has added a new feature to Steam’s global traffic map, offering a glimpse into average download rates for each country grouped by service providers. Now available as part of Steam’s stats page, the list can be filtered either by average download rate or total bytes. The filters can be …

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Phones to outnumber humans by the end of the year

There are almost more mobile phones on the planet than there are humans, according to a new report. There will be 7.3 billion mobile phones on the planet by the end of this year, up from six billion now, claims a study by theInternational Telecommunications Union. Comparatively, the United Nations …

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eSports viewing almost doubled in 2013

New numbers suggest the boom in eSports is showing no sign of abating. Gamasutra reports that IHS Technology data suggests 2.4bn hours of eSports were viewed throughout 2013. That’s nearly double the 1.3bn watched in 2012. Furthermore, it estimates that this will have climbed to 6.6bn hours by 2018, by …

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Minecraft Realms launches worldwide

Mojang’s private Minecraft server subscription service Minecraft Realms is available now worldwide. The developer announced the news earlier this week on its blog, explaining that the service is now an option wherever Minecraft is available. The service launched in North America last month, adding to its growing list of region’s …

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UK back in charge as BBC Worldwide kills LA video games division

BBC Worldwide has regenerated its video game plan… again. The commercial arm of the BBC has closed its games department in Los Angeles and moved it back to Britain to merge with the UK Consumer Products division. Digital entertainment and games director Rikesh Desai will lead a team that includes …

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Sony takes over London skyline with PS4

No, you’re not seeing things. Those are the PlayStation symbols on a skyscraper. The PlayStation 4 launch is just two weeks away, but its not just the console itself that’s been keeping the guys at Sony busy. London’s OXO Tower has been conquered by the Sony UK team, which took …

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Pokemon X & Y sell 4m in opening weekend

Nintendo has revealed some impressive sales numbers for Pokemon X & Y’s opening weekend. The games – the first entries in the Pokemon series on 3DS – sold 4m units between them on Saturday October 12th and Sunday October 13th. And Friday October 11th in the UK. The impressive number …

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