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  • 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
  • Blog Post: Borderlands Series Tops 18 Million Units Shipped

    Take-Two may have posted a loss for the first quarter of its current fiscal year, but it exceeded expectations on the strength of its catalog titles. Grand Theft Auto V, NBA 2K15, and Borderlands 2 continue to be strong performers. 2K Games tells Joystiq that the Borderlands series has crossed 18 million... More
  • Blog Post: [Update] Nintendo Divests Itself Of Inventory Management Subsidiary

    Update (Aug. 5 at 5:56 p.m. Eastern): Nintendo has responded to our request for comment on the SIRAS sell-off. The company says that SIRAS will continue to operate during the transition without interruptions. “Nintendo of America Inc. has agreed to sell its wholly owned subsidiary, SIRAS Inc.,... More
  • Blog Post: Curse Of Naxxramas Week Two Was The Biggest Yet For Hearthstone

    Blizzard revealed that last week was a milestone for free-to-play collectible card game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. According to company president Mike Morhaime, the Curse of Naxxramas has been important for the title. Last week, the second of five weekly content expansions was released to players... More
  • Blog Post: [Correction] World Of Warcraft Subscriptions Slide by 800,000

    Blizzard’s still-powerful MMO, World of Warcraft, is going through another ebb phase. Blizzard reports that subscriptions have dropped quarter to quarter by 800,000 subscribers. Subscriptions now number 6.8 million, down from 7.6 million reported at the end of first quarter . The publisher says... More
  • Blog Post: Over 20 Million Copies Of Diablo III Sold Since Release

    Acitivision has announced that Diablo III continues to perform well. 20 million copies have been sold since the title’s release in 2012, including the Reaper of Souls expansion. This includes all copies sold on PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. The number is likely to rise significantly on August... More
  • Blog Post: Activision Raises Outlook For Current Fiscal Year On Strong Second Quarter

    Activision has announced its second quarter earnings, with revenues that greatly exceed projections. The company has exceeded its target of $910 million, reaching $970 million for the quarter. Digital revenue represented 49 percent of the company’s total revenue. The publisher also paid out its... More
  • Blog Post: Take-Two Exceeds Earnings Expectations For First Quarter FY2015 Despite Empty Release Schedule

    Take-Two has released its first quarter earnings for fiscal year 2015. Despite a largely empty schedule, the company exceeded expectations amidst a revenue slide from last year at the same time. Net revenue dropped from $142.7 million to $125.4 million. The big news is that Evolve has been delayed until... More
  • Blog Post: Sony Turns Quarterly Profit With Help From PlayStation Division

    Sony has announced its quarterly results for the first quarter of the current fiscal year. The company has reported profits of ¥26.8 billion ($261.8 million) up from ¥3.1 billion ($30.3 million) at this time last year, though still projects a loss of ¥50 billion ($488.4 million) for the current... More
  • Blog Post: [Update] Deep Silver Buys Homefront, UK Staff To Transfer To New Dambuster Studio, Crytek USA Scaled Back

    Update #3: Reports are surfacing that Crytek USA employees started walking off the job as early as June, after weeks of not being paid. Kotaku reports that leadership was among those that have departed already. We were able to confirm a number of employee departures in June and July, with placements... More
  • Blog Post: Mario Kart 8 Sells 2.82 Million Units, But Nintendo Loses $97 Million During First Quarter FY15

    Let’s start with the good news. Mario Kart 8 is an overwhelming success, as Nintendo has announced that 2.82 million copies have been sold worldwide. Given the install base of 6.68 million, that works out to 42 percent of Wii U owners racing around the Mushroom Kingdom. Despite the monstrous attach... More
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