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  • Blog Post: Pachter Doubts Publishers Will Ax Used-Games Sales

    Yesterday, Microsoft outlined how it would be approaching used games and game sharing with its Xbox One console. Ultimately, while the system does allow publishers to block used-game sales, Microsoft says it's leaving that decision to them. Today, an analyst is saying that it's unlikely that... More
  • Blog Post: Video Game Analyst Michael Pachter Announces His Next Generation Predictions At SXSW

    Michael Pachter, renowned video game analyst, held a presentation at South by Southwest (SXSW), where he shared his predictions about the upcoming generation of video game consoles. Images of Pachter's presentation come care of Geoff Keighley on Twitter . Among his many predictions, Pachter said... More
  • Blog Post: Analyst Expects New Nintendo Console Announcement At E3

    In an interview with Leigh Alexander of Gamasutra, Stern Agee analyst Arvind Bhatia dropped a very bold prediction. Specifically, he believes there is a good chance that Nintendo will announce a new home console at this year's E3 convention. "We would not be surprised if Nintendo unveiled the... More
  • Blog Post: NPD's Anita Frazier Provides Reasons For Industry Growth In 2011

    Representing the NPD Group at D.I.C.E. is analyst Anita Frazier. She provides data for current gaming trends. In a recent study, 59 percent of people age 13 or above in the U.S. plays video games. They play at least five hours a week Gaming habits in individuals typically ramp up at age 6 74 percent... More
  • Blog Post: Pachter Wants You To Pay For Multiplayer In Call Of Duty

    Analysts aren't right all the time. After predicting a paid subscription for multiplayer in Call of Duty, Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter is condemning Activision's failure to monetize the series' popular online modes as a "betrayal of shareholder trust." The comment comes after... More
  • Blog Post: Estimates Show GameStop Digital Revenues Could Be Big

    A recent prediction suggests the specialty game retailer has found a robust market in digital download products. According to a Gamasutra report, Lazard Capital Markets analyst Colin Sebastian estimates that GameStop will likely see $200 million in revenue this year from various downloadable game products... More
  • Blog Post: Pachter: Subscription Plans Expected For Call Of Duty And StarCraft II

    It seems like whether it wants to do so or not, Activision is going to be forced into announcing a subscription plan for Call of Duty due to the sheer number of constant rumors and analyst whispers regarding it. The latest adds an interesting twist, at least: Popular Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter... More
  • Blog Post: Analysts: StarCraft II Is Totally Going To Sell A Lot Of Copies

    What would we do without financial analysts to give us their estimates on just how insanely well hot new games are going to sell? In the latest round of shocking analyst predictions, a number of sales gurus are predicting that the just-released StarCraft II is going to be very, very successful. Coming... More
  • Blog Post: Analyst Expects 5 Million In StarCraft II Sales First Year

    With a release date for the wildly anticipated StarCraft II finally confirmed , it's time for the speculation to begin on just how well Blizzard's latest release will perform. Brace yourself: Early predictions suggest that StarCraft II is going to sell very high numbers. Gamasutra reports that... More
  • Blog Post: Analyst: Infinity Ward Might Close

    Publicly available analyst comments don't get any more tongue-in-cheek amusing than this gem from Janco Partners' Mike Hickey: "Continued defections from their Infinity Ward studio have created meaningful uncertainty around the future of their Call of Duty: Modern Warfare franchise."... More
  • Blog Post: Could The PS3 'Win' This Generation?

    According to a console-sales forecast from research and consulting firm Strategy Analytics, Sony’s hardware will come out on top by 2013. That bold statement comes from David Mercer, vice president of the digital consumer group, in advance of the firm’s larger report , which is due out early... More
  • Blog Post: Industry Study: 11,500 Layoffs Since 2008

    Research by entertainment analyst group M2 shows that as many as 11,500 game industry jobs have been lost since late 2008. According to the new study, “the final count for layoffs since the economic meltdown in late 2008 reached 11,488 worldwide, with the majority of the losses coming in 2009.”... More
  • Blog Post: Xbox Live Subscriptions Could Rise To $100, Says Analyst

    The $49.99 standard for a one year Xbox Live subscription could double, according to Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter. During one of the industry analyst’s regular appearances on GameTrailer’s Bonus Round , he attributed Microsoft’s profit from the online service as the catalyst... More
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