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  • Blog Post: Rare Lays Off Staff In Wake Of Kinect Sports Rivals

    Microsoft's Rare is the latest studio to be bit with the layoff bug. The move follows the recent release of the developer's Kinect Sports Rivals. According to a report on Eurogamer, Rare laid off around 16 employees of the approximately 150-person team that worked on Kinect Sports Rivals. Microsoft... More
  • Blog Post: Report: Molten Games Lays Off Staff

    Reports have surfaced that developer Molten Games has conducted significant layoffs. Gamasutra broke the story today, based on a tip from an anonymous trusted industry source. Since then, the site has collected addition evidence that seems to confirm that something is amiss at Molten. The story now has... More
  • Blog Post: Report: Nintendo To Cease Wii Production In Near Future

    According to a Japanese website, Nintendo will soon be ending production of its successful Wii console. CVG reported on a picture that was posted on Nintendo's Japanese website . According to the article, a line of in the top right of the photo (above) of two Wii units translates to "manufacturing... More
  • Blog Post: Madden, Saints Row Top August 2013 NPD Charts, 3DS Sales Strong

    EA Sports' Madden NFL 25 tops the August charts with only a week of sales, while Nintendo's 3DS continues to experience brisk sales. This month's NPD finally held some good news for software sales. New physical software sales experience its first positive growth month since November 2011... More
  • Blog Post: Madden Moves A Million In First Week

    While the reviews have been lukewarm , America still loves football -- and EA Sport's venerable Madden franchise. According to an Electronic Arts press release, Madden NFL 25 sold more than one million units during its first week at retail (ending September 2nd). EA claims that this will make it... More
  • Blog Post: Sony And Viacom Reach Deal For Streaming Internet Television Service

    In a deal that could be a landmark in the transition from cable television to streaming Internet TV service, Sony and entertainment industry giant Viacom has tentatively agreed to bring live TV to a new Sony streaming service. The New York Times says, "The agreement is believed to be the first of... More
  • Blog Post: Report: Electronic Arts Closes Phenomic Studio

    The bad news continues at EA. Today, it's EA Phenomic, the studio behind Spellforce and Command & Conquer: Tiberium Alliances, on the chopping block. GamesIndustry International reports that Electronic Arts has shuttered EA Phenomic, letting go of 60 employees. GamesIndustry International learned... More
  • Blog Post: NPD: Video Game Content Sales Total $3.5 Billion In First Quarter

    The video game industry tracking organization says that sales on total video game content were the same as the first quarter of a year ago, with digital content sales rising. In the company's Games Market Dynamics: U.S. report, NPD revealed that a total of $3.5 billion had been spent on game content... More
  • Blog Post: Trion Worlds Hit With Layoffs

    We've received an official comment confirming the reports that Defiance publisher and developer Trion Worlds has just conducted substantial layoffs of staff. IGN broke the news, based on information from anonymous sources. According to the source, the company's San Diego studio, which created... More
  • Blog Post: Digital Version Of The Last Of Us Playable During Download

    Naughty Dog has told Game Informer that its upcoming survival horror epic The Last of Us will be released digitally through the PlayStation Store on June 14, the same day that the game releases in stores on Blu-ray disc. There's also something special about this simultaneous release. Naughty Dog's... More
  • Blog Post: Rumor: Microsoft To Announce Next Xbox On April 26

    An associate editor of the website CVG says that his sources have told him that Microsoft is planning an event on April 26 to unveil the next Xbox to the world. CVG associate editor Rob Crossley recently tweeted: "The next Xbox event is scheduled for April 26th, I've been told by someone I trust... More
  • Blog Post: Activision Announces Impressive 2012 Sales Numbers

    Activision Blizzard released its 2012 calendar year financials today, and defied the slumping game market with impressive sales numbers. CEO Bobby Kotick said, “We are very pleased to report that Activision Blizzard delivered the best performance in its history. With better-than-expected net revenues... More
  • Blog Post: PlayStation 3 Worldwide Sales Eclipse Xbox 360's

    While the general perception is that this generation has been "won" by Microsoft -- largely due to the Xbox 360's dominance in North America -- analyst firm IDC's data now shows a slight advantage for Sony's PlayStation 3. In a new report entitled "Worldwide Video Game and... More
  • Blog Post: Bloomberg Names Zynga's Pincus To "Worst CEOs" List

    The respected business news organization has published its list of the worst CEOs of 2012, and Zynga's Marc Pincus makes the cut. This year has been a tough one for Cityville publisher Zynga, which has suffered plummeting stock prices, layoffs and cancellations of games, and accusations of insider... More
  • Blog Post: Federal Investigation of 38 Studios Closed, No Charges Brought

    The federal investigation into Curt Schilling's 38 Studios has ended. In some rare good news for the former head of the Kingdoms of Amalur developer, federal authorities have decided that no charges will be brought as a result of the investigation. According to the Associated Press, a spokesperson... More
  • Blog Post: Analysts Say: Disappointing Sales For World of Warcraft's Mists of Pandaria Expansion

    According to a new report, the latest World of Warcraft expansion is not living up to the standard set by its predecessors. VentureBeat is reporting that analysts at the investment bank Lazard Capital estimate that the expansion pack has sold 600,000 to 700,000 retail copies since launch. That's... More
  • Blog Post: Rumor: Private Equity Firm In Negotiations To Buy EA

    The New York Post is reporting that KKR and Providence Equity Partners have contacted the publishing giant Electronic Arts about a possible acquisition. The report cites an anonymous source who says the negotiations are in the "early days." One of the companies involved, Providence Equity Partners... More
  • Blog Post: NCAA, 3DS Lead July Game Sales

    It was another relatively slow month for video games sales, but Nintendo's handhelds bucked the trend. Anita Frasier, an analyst for U.S. retail tracking firm NPD, said, “Of the hardware platforms that were on the market last July, only one, the 3DS, realized a unit sales increase over last... More
  • Blog Post: Ouya Announces A Special Edition Console For Kickstarter Donors

    In a new email update to its Kickstarter backers, Ouya revealed that it will produce a special edition version of the Android-powered console for backers at the $140 level and above. The special edition (pictured above) features a new, darker color scheme selected by designer Yves Behar. You'll only... More
  • Blog Post: Ubisoft Posts Strong Earnings

    Ubisoft just released its financials report for the quarter ending June 30, posting gains of $27.2 percent over last year. The company credits a couple of recent hits for the increase. Ghost Recon: Future Solider marked the long-awaited return of the popular franchise, and so far fans have embraced the... More
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