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Tencent Takes Minority Stake in 'Orcs Must Die!' Developer Robot Entertainment

February 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Tencent has taken a minority stake in Robot Entertainment, the company best known for developing the Orcs Must Die! games. This investment follows a majority stake investment in mobile developer Miniclip earlier in the month. Tencent leverages its investments in a number of companies to license big franchises for the lucrative Chinese games market where it is a major player.

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Yoyo Games and Playtech Issue Statement On The Future of GameMaker

February 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Yoyo Games and Playtech issued a joint statement today assuring current GameMaker developers that the future of the development tools is bright and full of sunshine. Earlier this week Playtech announced that it had purchased Yoyo games and its GameMaker technology for $16.4 million. One of the biggest concerns for users of the development software after the announcement was pricing, but "for now" the current pricing model will stay in place according to both companies.

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Nepro Japan Acquires Tri-Ace

February 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Star Ocean and Valkyrie Profile developer Tri-Ace has been acquired by Japanese mobile gaming company Nepro Japan. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Fans of these and other Tri-Ace games are concerned that these franchises might be seriously hurt - particularly when it comes to future titles being proliferated on other platforms that aren't mobile in nature.

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Sega Networks Spends Big on Western Developers

February 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Sega's mobile arm Sega Networks announced today that it has acquired independent developer Demiurge Studios. Sega says that this purchase is part of series of investments in the "Western market." Sega Network also announced that it has taken a major stake in San Francisco start-up Ignited Artists and London-based Space Ape Games.

Sega did not reveal financial details on any of these deals.

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Analyst Calls For Zynga CEO Don Mattrick To Resign

February 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

It's been a year and a half since former EA CEO Don Mattrick took the reins at social games giant Zynga. In that time the company has continued to struggle in its transition from the social gaming scene to the mobile gaming space. At least one analyst seems to have had enough of Mattrick's performance.

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Ubisoft Reports Solid Q3 Earnings

February 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Ubisoft reported its fiscal third quarter earnings today, recording sales of approximately $923.5 million, up 55.8 percent year-over-year. Clearly it was a brisk holiday sales season for the Paris-based publisher, despite some serious technical issues and bugs associated with several of its top franchises.

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Sega Plans Restructuring and Layoffs

February 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Sega's big gamble on console games and more spending on marketing did not pay off. The publisher announced its results the nine months between April and December, revealing that a 27 percent increase in game development costs and 53 percent increase in advertising did not help move product. During the nine month period, Sega said that it spent $210 million on games development and $73 million on advertising, and expects about 50 games released for the total fiscal year which ends in March.

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'Grand Theft Auto V' Reaches 45 Million Sales Milestone

February 4, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Last night Take-Two Interactive revealed that - to no one's surprise - that wholly owned studio Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V has now reached 45 million unit sales since its launch. Take-Two also revealed that around 10 million of those sales come from PlayStation 4 and Xbox One sales, with the rest coming from the last generation PS3 and Xbox 360. The PC version is currently in development and is set for a release in March after a delay in January.

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Sony Divest Itself of Sony Online Entertainment

February 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In a surprising an unexpected move, New York-based investment firm Columbus Nova announced that it has acquired MMO maker and operator Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) for an undisclosed amount of money. Sony Online Entertainment is best known for creating EverQuest, PlanetSide 2, DC Universe Online, H1Z1, Landmark, and the upcoming EverQuest Next.

The company has been renamed Daybreak Game Company and - for the time being at least - John Smedley remains its president.

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Left Behind Games Executive Punished For Illegal Stock Trading

January 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A Hawaiian court has sided with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) against a former executive from religious-themed video games publisher Left Behind Games, according to an Accounting Today report (as reported by Blue's News) detailing the particulars of the case.

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Robotoki Closing Its Doors

January 21, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Robert Bowling's studio Robotoki has closed. Bowling is the former Call of Duty Creative Strategist - he left Call of Duty developer Infinity Ward in 20102 to start his own company, but Robotoki has been having trouble for quite some time.

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Tencent Sells Three Percent Of Its Stake In Kingsoft

January 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Chinese electronics powerhouse Xiaomi has acquired an estimated three percent of China-based software and technology firm Kingsoft's stock for roughly $68 million, reports GamesIndustry International. The company purchased 35,298,057 ordinary shares - around 2.98 percent of the company - from Tencent, which will hold on to its 9.6 percent share in Kingsoft after the sale is finalized at the end of the month.

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Verizon Investors Want Answers On Net Neutrality

January 14, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A group of Verizon investors are publicly criticizing the mobile and broadband provider for its position on net neutrality, according to this Ars Technica report. They say that the company's position on the issue could ultimately harm its reputation and future commercial success.

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Square Enix Closes Mobile Studio in Indonesia

January 14, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Square Enix has shut down the mobile studio Smileworks in Indonesia - a mere 18 months after it opened its doors. The company confirmed in a statement to GII that all 14 of the people the small studio employed are now out of work as well. Square Enix opened the Surabaya, Java-based Smileworks studio 18 months ago in hopes of developing mobile game content for Indonesia. Apparently the studio did not live up to Square Enix's expectations.

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Kabam Acquires TapZen and Magic Pixel

January 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Mobile game publisher Kabam has acquired Los Angeles-based studios Magic Pixel Games and TapZen, the company announced today. TapZen and Magic Pixel are best known for their collaboration on the iOS game This Means War. Magic Pixel's credits include iOS titles Outcast Odyssey and Stick to It, and the PS 3 game Carnival Island. TapZen founder and former Zynga chief creative officer Mike Verdu has also joined the company.

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Dish Offers Cord Cutters 'Sling TV'

January 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Dish Networks is trying its hand at cutting itself loose from satellite and taking a straight run at customers with a new service designed for the Internet called Sling TV. For $20 a month consumers with Internet access can get 12 premium cable channels including ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, ABC Family, and CNN. Obviously the new service is aimed at cord cutters who don't necessarily have a cable package but do have broadband Internet access.

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Majesco Raises $6 Million in Investments

December 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Troubled New Jersey-based publisher Majesco has managed to drum up a $6 million dollar investment as part of a deal that required the resignation of two high-ranking Majesco executives from the company's Board of Directors: chairman Allan Grafman and Majesco CEO Jesse Sutton.

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'Bandai Namco Games' Renamed To 'Bandai Namco Entertainment'

December 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Parent company Bandai Namco Holdings has changed the name of Bandai Namco Games again - even if the change is ever so slight compared to the last time the company rebranded itself. The company's board of directors voted and approved a name change from Bandai Namco Games to Bandai Namco Entertainment. The change will take place officially on April 1, 2015, with 20 subsidiaries rebranded from under the new moniker.

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North American Operations Lower Perfect World Entertainment Profits

November 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

China-based Perfect World Entertainment reported a decline in profits for the third quarter, citing poorly performing North American properties. During the three-month period ended September 30, 2014, Perfect World earned ¥974 billion ($158.7 million) in revenue, up by around 5 percent compared to the same period a year ago. The five percent growth was attributed to the ongoing success of DOTA2 in China, which the company operates for Valve and the successful launch of mobile games CrossGate Mobile and Forsaken World.

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Activision Blizzard Settles With Shareholders Over Vivendi Stock Repurchase Plan

November 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Activision Blizzard has settled its lawsuit filed by shareholders after the company bought back a controlling interest in the former majority stakeholder Vivendi in 2013.

In a press release announcing the settlement, which still requires the approval of the Delaware court where the class action lawsuit was filed, the board of directors said the following:

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Report: Majesco in Financial Trouble

November 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this Gamasutra report, Majesco and its indie publishing label Midnight City are in serious financial trouble. According to sources "inside and outside the company" and several SEC filings by the company in the last week, Majesco is having financial trouble and has laid off some of its staff.

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Report: Warner Bros. Prepares for Company-Wide Layoffs

November 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to a Game Informer report, Warner Bros. is making company-wide layoffs - and those layoffs will begin this week. A memo obtained by GI attributed to Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara sent to employees reveals that layoffs are going to happen until the first quarter of 2015 in all divisions of the company.

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Activision Blizzard Reports Record Third-Quarter Results

November 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Activision Blizzard reported record third-quarter earnings, with year-over-year increases in revenues and income based on sales of its hit franchise Destiny and continued growth with World of Warcraft and Hearthstone. On a GAAP basis, the company reported sales of $753 million, way up from the $691 million from the same periods a year ago. On a non-GAAP basis, the company reported net revenues of $1.17 billion, way up from $657 million in the same period a year ago.

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EMA Announces 2015 Los Angeles Entertainment Summit

November 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) announced that the fourth annual Los Angeles Entertainment Summit (LAES) will be held July 6-8, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Century City.

DreamHack Fires CEO

October 27, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Sweden-based eSports leader Dreamhack has fired its CEO Robert Ohlén a month before the organization's annual winter event. Dreamhack started in Sweden in 1997, and it now organizes two annual events. The firing was confirmed by The Daily Dot, who spoke to Fredrik Nystrom, DreamHack's head of PR. Nystrom didn't offer comment beyond that confirmation, but The Daily Dot described the situation as an "internal power struggle" concerning the "public face of the company."

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Former EA CEO John Riccitiello Takes Top Post at Unity

October 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In a letter to the Unity game development community today, current CEO David Helgason announced that he was resigning and that former EA CEO John Riccitiello would be taking his place. Riccitiello left EA in March of 2013 and joined the Unity board of directors in November 2013. Helgason will remain at Unity, but as its executive vice president in charge of strategy and communications.

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Commerce Secretary Meets With Tech and Gaming Industry on Silicon Valley Tour

October 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker is making the rounds in Silicon Valley this week, according to Politico's Morning Tech.

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Unity CTO Denies Sale Rumors

October 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Despite reports that popular game development suite Unity is up for sale, the company says that it currently has no plans on losing its independence.

"We have no plan to sell Unity," said co-founder and CTO Joachim Ante in a new post on the official Unity forums.

Ante's response relates to a rumor that first surfaced on CNET last week.

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Finland PM Blames Apple for Country's Economic Decline

October 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Alexander Stubb, the Prime Minister of Finland, has publicly accused Apple of taking down two of the country’s largest economic engines: Nokia and the paper industry. Finland saw its sovereign debt rating downgraded from AAA to AA+ by ratings agency Standard & Poor.

Speaking on CNBC, PM Stubb pointed his finger at Apple's iPhone and iPad:

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Analysts Agree: Canceling 'Titan' Was an Expensive Decision for Blizzard

September 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

At least three analysts who follow the video game industry say that Blizzard's cancelation of Titan this week may have cost the company tens of millions of dollars.

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ZippyDSMleePaypal shuts down Mega's payment system. https://torrentfreak.com/under-u-s-pressure-paypal-nukes-mega-for-encrypting-files-150227/03/01/2015 - 3:25pm
Matthew Wilsonvalvle planning to release a vr headset this year wtf http://www.pcgamer.com/valves-vr-headset-is-named-vive-and-htc-are-making-it/03/01/2015 - 1:05pm
ZippyDSMleeuuuhhhggg in other news been sick since last night.....uuhggg.....I iwsh it did not hurt so much when my tummy wants to leave my body..02/28/2015 - 11:39pm
ZippyDSMleeBrings me to the Q why alt costumes would be needed in competition anyway... http://www.eventhubs.com/news/2015/feb/28/dead-or-alive-community-aims-ban-over-120-overly-sexualized-costumes-dead-or-alive-5-last-round/02/28/2015 - 11:36pm
MonteThough from a business side, i would agree with the article. While it would be smarter for developers to slow down, you can't expect EA, Activision or ubisoft to do something like that. Nintnedo's gotta get the third party back.02/28/2015 - 4:36pm
MonteThough it does also help that nintendo's more colorful style is a lot less reliant on graphics than more realistic games. Wind Waker is over 10 years old and still looks good for its age.02/28/2015 - 4:33pm
MonteWith the Wii, nintnedo had the right idea. Hold back on shiny graphics and focus on the gameplay experience. Unfortunatly everyone else keeps pushing for newer graphics and it matters less and less each generation. I can barely notice the difference02/28/2015 - 4:29pm
MonteON third party developers; i kinda think they should slow down to nintendo's pace. They bemoan the rising costs of AAA gaming, but then constantly push for the best graphics which is makes up a lot of those costs. Be easier to afford if they held back02/28/2015 - 4:27pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/2015/02/28/the-world-is-nintendos-if-only-theyd-take-it/ I think this is a interesting op-ed, but yeah it kind of is stating the obvious.02/28/2015 - 2:52pm
prh99The government probably doesn't need an app, but I was think more along the lines of a company that was going to sell the collected info. “If you're not paying for the product, you are the product” sometimes even if you pay.02/28/2015 - 1:50pm
E. Zachary KnightWhat better way for the government to keep track of you than to get you to install an app that lets you insult the government.02/28/2015 - 11:03am
prh99No, but I looked it up and it's basically spyware. Their privacy policy says their apps tracks among other things your location and browsing habits via cookies.02/28/2015 - 8:20am
Ryan RardinHas anyone here heard of an app called iCitizen? It's basically Yelp for politicians.02/28/2015 - 5:16am
Andrew EisenAh, not linked in the way you (and everyone else) want and expect. That's true.02/27/2015 - 10:06pm
Matthew Wilsonthey are not linked in a way that tracks purchases though. the fact that they have to send a code for the other system shows that they are not linked in the way it counts.02/27/2015 - 9:39pm
Andrew EisenAccounts are already linked. Have been for quite a while. Also, Mario vs. Donkey Kong was announced as a cross-buy title during last January's Nintendo Direct.02/27/2015 - 9:25pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.vg247.com/20…/…/27/olli-olli-3ds-wii-u-cross-buy/ I wounder if this is a sign that Nintendo may finally link accounts across the 3ds/wiiu in the near future.02/27/2015 - 9:18pm
prh99http://www.romanoriginals.co.uk/invt/70931?colour=Blue The dress does comes in white and blue but both have black lace and a sheer back top, I don't see gold or brown. 02/27/2015 - 8:54pm
ZippyDSMleeDungeons was a so bad so good game to me so I been keeping up with its sequel which will more of a Dungeon Keeper clone. As for pre order out of 7 preorders I was not burnt by 2... Add my contempt of most of modern game design.Ya I have all kinds of hurt.02/27/2015 - 8:40pm
MechaTama31I don't even want to know...02/27/2015 - 8:22pm
 

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