This should come as no shock to anyone, but Sony's introduction of the new 1TB PlayStation 4 model is not an indicator that it plans to cut the price of the 500GB model that was already on the market. According to what the company tells VG247, the system's success in Europe is a good indication that it doesn't need a price cut.
The European Parliament voted to postpone scheduled debates on a resolution related to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), Cihan reports.
On Tuesday, the President of the EP, Martin Schulz postponed the previously scheduled vote for Members of European Parliament (MEPs) to debate complaints or amendments regarding the free trade agreement that has been in behind-closed-doors negotiations with the United States for two years.
Remedy Entertainment's long-time executive chairman Matias Myllyrinne has left the company and has joined World of Tanks maker Wargaming.net. The man who's been in charge of the Max Pane, Alan Wake and now Quantum Break developer for 15 years - is leaving Remedy Entertainment. He's going to Wargaming.
Former Rovio head of games Jami Laes has revealed the "other opportunities" he decided to pursue after he left the Angry Birds maker in January. Laes has launched a new mobile gaming company called Futureplay Games, with plans to develop games that focus on the "view-to-play" model for monetization. "View-to-play" gives players access to gameplay after watching monetized video ads.
Laes thinks this approach to monetization will be easier for players to accept.
French rights group La Quadrature du Net is claiming that it has obtained a leaked copy of a "non-paper" on net neutrality written by the presidency of the Council of the EU that basically guts net neutrality protections in the European Union. It also delays or waters down previous proposals that would have abolished mobile roaming charges in the European Union. La Quadrature du Net further claims that the "heavily edited" document removes any reference to "net neutrality," removes language about protecting against throttling, and other protective language.
Organizers of Gamelab, the "games and interactive entertainment conference" taking place in Barcelona, Spain June 24th-26th announced today that they will honor Pac-Man creator Toru Iwatani with a Legend Award. Iwatani, who is now teaching in Japan, will also discuss the state of video games training programs in that region during the event.
If you were planning on attending Gamescom to see and hear about all the cool stuff Sony is doing in 2015 and beyond, then you might want to reconsider your plans. Sony confirmed with Videogamer.com that it won't be at the European gaming event this year. It still plans on doing something in Europe, but its press conference will take place at a later date and somewhere else entirely...
According to this TorrentFreak report, the European Commission announced its new Digital Single Market Strategy today, which hopes to improve consumer access to digital services and goods by changing some copyright laws and addressing issues related to geo-blocking. Content providers such as Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube, and others are not available in every European Union countries thanks to restrictive geo-blocking rules.
In March rumors circulated that Corporate Vice President in Xbox in Europe Phil Harrison had left Microsoft. Today Head of Xbox Phil Spencer confirmed with GamesIndustry.biz in a statement that Harrison was no longer with Microsoft.
"Following a successful tenure as Corporate Vice President in Xbox in Europe, Phil Harrison has chosen to pursue business interests outside of Microsoft," Spencer's statement reads.
Rights groups Amnesty International, Liberty and Privacy International, and others have announced that it will take its fight against security agencies such as GCHQ in the United Kingdom conducting mass surveillance and data collection on British citizens to Europe's highest court.
Well that was short lived. According to GamesIndustry International, Capcom Europe has a new CEO. In December of last year the company announced the appointment of Hiroshi Tobisawa. A little over four months later and Capcom is replacing him for some unknown reason(s) with ten-year Capcom veteran Katsuhiko Ichii.
According to Capcom Europe, Tobisawa "leaves the European office to return back to Capcom Japan and pursue other business opportunities."
Beginning today, Steam users in countries under the banner of the European Union can get a refund for digital purchases. For up to 14 days from the date of the original purchase of an item, Steam users are entitled to a refund under European law and Valve officially announced via its Steam Subscriber Agreement that it is following that law:
Three professors from the Open University of Catalonia, UOC, (Barcelona, Spain) argue that video games have value as education tools and as a positive means of communication in a new study. The study, "A report on media literacy in the digital game Experts in Europe," analyzes 18 European videogame applications in education.
The man who once served as Valve's economist-in-residence (he wrote a regular blog about the company's virtual economies for a time) has taken a job with the government of Greece. Yanis Varoufakis, who worked for Valve from 2012 - 2013, analyzed some fascinating data about Valve's virtual economies including how gifting played a part in TF2's overall economy, how a bartering and arbitration formed around trades, and how Valve fires people.
Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras unveiled the new cabinet earlier in the week.
Consumers in Europe can now get a "no questions asked" refund on purchases they don't like through Apple's App Store. The company quietly changed its policy on refunds in Europe, making it a lot easier for those who want their money back on purchases of apps and music less than 14 days old.
Apple could have taken a stricter stance on this new policy because the law would allow the company to deny refunds on products that have been used; listening to a song, for example would mean that you enjoyed and used the product.
The Finnish National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has questioned a teenager in connection with Lizard Squad and its international hacking antics, according to Polygon. The law enforcement agency is looking into a 17-year-old identified only as "Ryan" for his alleged participation in DDoS attacks against PlayStation Network and Xbox Live, according to the report. There's some conflicting reports on whether the teen is still in police custody or if he was questioned and sent home.
Apple has updated its iTunes' terms and conditions governing the sale of digital goods in the European Union. The updated terms and conditions allow consumers to cancel their purchases and ask for a refund, according to Gamasutra, but there's a few problems with these changes.
UK video games industry trade body Tiga says that games should officially be recognized as art. Speaking to BBC's Newsbeat program, Tiga CEO Dr. Richard Wilson said that video games should officially be classified as cultural products on the same level as Television, film, animation, etc.
Europol has seized 292 web domains that were being used to sell counterfeit and pirated goods, according to the BBC. These domains were allegedly being used to sell fake versions of luxury goods such as sportswear, electronics, movies, video games, pharmaceutical drugs, music, and more. Anyone visiting those sites will now see an "educational" message on copyright crime.
According to this Nikkei report (by way of Eurogamer) Sony will not renew its sponsorship deal with FIFA over concerns of corruption in the international soccer governing body. Sony has sponsored a number of major events for FIFA through the years including the World Cup, but the company has decided to bow out when its contract expires on December 31 of this year.
According to this BBC report, "tens of thousands" of Hungarian citizens have taken to the streets of Budapest to protest a proposed tax aimed at consumers who use the Internet. The BBC is calling it the "biggest anti-government demonstration" in years. Smaller rallies were held in other Hungarian cities as well.
When the #GamerGate hashtag started over two months ago, the first thought that popped into my head was "I wonder what GamersGate thinks about this." GamersGate, a European digital distribution platform has been selling PC games for nearly ten years and is a pretty established brand, so it must have been disconcerting for the company to have its brand - at least slightly - co-opted by a Twitter hashtag movement.
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:
The Pokémon Company International announced several new deals with European licensees. Ten new deals have been confirmed with players as diverse as Arguydal (a food and drink company), footwear maker Aventure Diffusion, candy maker Bon Bon Buddies: Confections, school supplies companies Cartorama and Vadobag, apparel company Fashion UK, poster maker GB eye, video games accessories companies HORI and RDS Industries, and board game maker Winning movies.
Mojang will deliver a keynote address at the Brand Licensing Europe 2014 on Wednesday October 8th, event organizer Advanstar announced today. The presentation, "Minecraft: the rise of a world-class game and brand," will be presented by Mojang COO Vu Bu. The keynote is part of the Licensing Academy program of talks and seminars which are held during BLE 2014. They are free to attend and the full program can be found at www.brandlicensing.eu as well.
Sony has confirmed that the closure of PlayStation Home is eminent for both Europe and the United States. Sony Computer Entertainment said that the PlayStation Home service will shut down in European and U.S. territories on March 31 2015, the exact date that the 3-D social platform will close in Japan.
"Due to a shifting landscape, PlayStation Home will cease publishing new content on the 12th of November, 2014," Sony confirmed in a statement.
Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter announced today that its service is now available in Scandinavia and Ireland. Campaign creators who want to fund a game, movie, board game, card game, a new type of underwear -- whatever, can get started today. While users in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Ireland can start creating projects on Kickstarter today, the bad news is that they'll have to wait until October 21 for them to be made publicly available.