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  • Blog Post: [Correction] Microsoft Shipped 2.4 Million Xbox Consoles In Q1 FY15

    Microsoft’s fortunes are turning around with regard to the gaming division, shipping 2.4 million Xbox consoles in the company’s first quarter of the new fiscal year. This is up from 1.2 million in Q4 of last fiscal year and 102 percent increase from the same time last year. No specific breakdowns... More
  • Blog Post: September 2014 NPD - Hardware Drives Growth Despite Sluggish Software Sales

    The NPD Group has issued its report for the month of September 2014. Sony already revealed that PlayStation 4 won the month , which is a five-week period instead of the normal four. Destiny was a big driver, leading the month. Other new releases that charted in September include: FIFA 15, Super Smash... More
  • Blog Post: Digital Extremes: No Changes To Leadership Following Majority Acquisition By Chinese Firms

    Digital Extremes, the developer of Warframe and The Darkness II, has announced that a majority of its outstanding shares have been acquired by two Chinese firms. Multi Dynamic Games Inc. (a subsidiary of Sumpo Food Holdings Limited) and Perfect Online Holding Limited (a subsidiary of Star Trek Online... More
  • Blog Post: World Of Warcraft Subscriptions Jump 600,000 In Advance Of Warlords Of Draenor

    World of Warcraft subscription numbers have been fluctuating greatly over the past few years. The user base has been in steady decline since 2010, when it was at its peak of over 12 million subscribers . Third quarter 2014 has shown an increase of 600,000 after losing 800,000 in the period ending June... More
  • Blog Post: Unity Co-Founder And CTO: ‘We Have No Plan To Sell’

    Last week, reports emerged that successful, cross-platform engine company Unity was courting buyout offers . According to the company’s co-founder and chief technology officer, that is not the case. Joachim Ante, who co-founded the company in 2004 with David Helgason and Nicholas Francis (the later... More
  • Blog Post: Report: Microsoft Sells 100,000 Chinese Xbox One Units In First Day

    Microsoft seems off to a strong start in the Chinese market. The company’s partnership with BesTV has reportedly yielded early success. According to Chinese news site 17173 (and translated by Kotaku), Shanghai Media Group (BesTV’s parent company) has revealed that more than 100,000 units... More
  • Blog Post: Ubisoft Opens Office In Russia To Provide Community Development, Support

    Ubisoft is making a push into Russia with the opening of a new business office in Moscow. The new team will provide community development and support to Russian customers, including a new Ubisoft YouTube channel for the territory. Ubisoft cites anticipated significant growth in the Russian market over... More
  • Blog Post: Undead Labs Piles Up 2 Million State Of Decay Sales

    Undead Labs has announced another milestone for its zombie apocalypse simulator, State of Decay. The developer is celebrating 2 million copies sold across Xbox Live and Steam. The company doesn’t have any new announcements, but it promises a month of festivities to commemorate the good news. The... More
  • Blog Post: Rovio Announces Work Force Cuts Of Over 15 Percent

    Angry Birds developer Rovio has announced changes to its business that will see the loss of up to 130 jobs. The news comes after a fiscal year that saw net profit drop by over 50 percent from €55.5 million ($70 million) to €26.9 million ($33.9 million). This year will also see a transition... More
  • Blog Post: Amazon Completes Acquisition Of Twitch Streaming Service

    Amazon has something special in its gold box today. The company has announced it has completed the acquisition of game streaming service Twitch. The news was announced via a brief SEC filing to notify the commission of the transaction. “On September 25, 2014, Amazon.com, Inc. completed its acquisition... More
  • Blog Post: Destiny Sales Top $325 Million Worldwide, Over 100 Million Hours Played So Far

    Last week, Activision touted that over $500 million copies of Destiny have been shipped to retail. Today, we know that a majority of those have been sold through to customers. The publisher announced sales of $325 million in the game’s first week. This puts sales estimates at over 5 million copies... More
  • Blog Post: Sony’s Financial Woes Nearly Quintuple After Second Quarter Mobile Phone Troubles

    Sony has announced a drastic revision to its fiscal forecast for the year ending March 31, 2015. The company now projects a ¥230 billion ($2.15 billion) loss. In July, Sony expected only a ¥50 billion ($466.8 million) shortfall . Sony cites a one-time “impairment charge” of ¥180... More
  • Blog Post: Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. Sales Are Peachy With Over 1 Million Sold In Japan

    Nintendo has announced that the first week of Super Smash Bros. 3DS sales have been, well, smashing. The publisher says that over 1 million copies of the handheld version have been sold in Japan. This number represents sales to consumers, including digital copies of the game. Super Smash Bros. 3DS won’t... More
  • Blog Post: Destiny Is The Largest New IP Launch In UK History

    Activision’s big bet on Destiny is starting to pay off. The company announced last week that the title has shipped $500 million worth of units to retail . Today, another milestone has been announced. According GfK Chart Track , Destiny is the biggest new IP launch in history in the UK. Earlier... More
  • Blog Post: Notch On Mojang Departure: ‘It’s About My Sanity’

    Now that Microsoft’s acquisition of Mojang is confirmed , the way forward for the studio and its founders is starting to come into focus. Since the announcement just a bit ago, we’ve known that Markus “Notch” Persson, the creator of Minecraft, is leaving the studio. In a statement... More
  • Blog Post: Notch To Depart Mojang In Wake Of $2.5 Billion Microsoft Buyout

    After last week's report of an imminent acquisition of Minecraft developer Mojang, the news is now official. Microsoft has confirmed the news in a post on the company's internal Xbox blog. In a press release, the company confirmed a purchase price of $2.5 billion, with an expected break-even... More
  • Blog Post: August NPD: Madden Scores, Xbox One And PS4 Sales Keep Trucking

    The NPD Group has issued its report for August 2014, revealing a strong month for hardware, but a soft month for game sales at retail in the United States. Madden NFL 15 takes the top spot for August, with only two other new releases appearing on the top ten list. Total retail sales are up over 2013... More
  • Blog Post: EA Has Billion Dollar Hopes For Ultimate Team And Other Extras This Year

    Each quarter, we report on EA’s success with post-launch monetization of its sports franchises. The Ultimate Team model gives the publisher an in-road to wallets in way that doesn’t impact the core experience, but offers fantasy fans a way to build their own club. It’s big business... More
  • Blog Post: Twitch CEO: Amazon Will ‘Help Twitch Do What We’re Doing Today, Only Faster’

    Following today’s news that Amazon will acquire game streaming site Twitch , company CEO Emmett Shear held a town hall event to address questions. He was joined by Amazon vice president of games Mike Frazzini to discuss the deal. Shear will continue as CEO of Twitch, which will be a wholly owned... More
  • Blog Post: CONFIRMED: Amazon Purchases Twitch

    Update #2: Amazon has announced the purchase of outstanding Twitch shares for $970 million cash. The deal has been approved by Twitch's shareholders and is scheduled to close later this year. Update #1: Twitch CEO Emmett Shear has confirmed his company's acquisition by Amazon. The news comes... More
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