Former 'Bulletstorm' Creative Director Thinks $60 is Too Much for a Game

May 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A former creative director who worked on Bullet Storm and Painkiller for developer People Can Fly thinks that paying $60 in 2014 for a video game is ridiculous. In a recent interview with GII, Adrian Chmielar called that practice "a little insane."

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Nielsen: The Average Household Spends Six Hours a Week Gaming

May 27, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Time spent playing video games is on the rise, especially the devotion to games on tablets and smartphones, according to new research from Nielsen. Homes with players ages 13+ spend more than six hours a week playing games on all game platforms. That's an increase of around 12 percent from the 5.6 hours a week in 2012. The data comes from the firm's annual Nielsen 360 Gaming Report.

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Sony Will 'Rigorously Pursue' PS4 Sales

May 27, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony says that it plans to "rigorously pursue" PS4 sales - even if it is to the detriment of profits in the short term. The company's goal, according to Sony CEO Kaz Hirai, is to increase its installed base around the world. Hirai said that there is huge revenue potential that will come with expanding the reach of Sony's network.

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Wolfenstein: The New Order Beats DayZ on Steam

May 27, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The top selling game on Steam from May 18-24 was Wolfenstein: The New Order, knocking DayZ off the top spot of this week's Steam top sellers chart. Supergiant's Transistor also sold well enough to come out on top over Bohemia's Early Access title, grabbing the runner-up spot and relegating DayZ to third.

Pre-orders for Watch Dogs continue to keep the upcoming game near the top of the charts as well, while discount specials on Dark Souls and The Witcher franchises lifted the games back onto the list.

The top ten games are:

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Sony to Sell Consoles in China

May 27, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony has signed a partnership in China - much like Microsoft has already - to manufacture and sell its PlayStation consoles on the mainland. The deal, part of two joint ventures with Shanghai Oriental Pearl, gives Sony access to China's estimated 500 million gamers in China.

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Sony: PS4 Hardware Sales 'Already Generating Profits'

May 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

During a corporate strategy meeting this week (detailed in this document) Sony president and CEO Kazuo Hirai said that the PlayStation 4 is already profitable for Sony on a hardware unit basis.

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GameStop Revenue Up Seven Percent

May 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Video game retailer GameStop reported earnings for the quarter ended May 3, last night after the closing bell. The retailer posted $2 billion in revenue, up 7 percent compared to the $1.87 billion it made in the same period a year ago. The company reported a profit of $68 million, an increase of roughly 24.5 percent compared to last year's net earnings of $54.6 million.

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AIAS Appoints New Board Members, Nexon Chief Becomes Chairman

May 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, organizers of the annual Dice Summit and the Dice Awards, announced that several new members have been appointed to its board of directors.

What's striking about these new additions is that they all come from the digital gaming space, highlighting the fact that the industry is shifting from the influence of retail to digital.

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Poll Results: Will the Removal of the Kinect Help Xbox One Sales?

May 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Last week we asked our readers, "Will the Removal of the Kinect Help Xbox One Sales?" Half of voters said that the new Kinect-free version of Xbox One will in fact help the company close the sales gap between the Xbox One and the PS4, but that Microsoft will not be able to surpass Sony by the year's end.

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Take-Two CEO Praises New Kinect-Free Xbox One

May 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick told GamesIndustry International that he is pleased that Microsoft decided to unbundle the Kinect from Xbox One, in turn allowing consumers to pick up the system for $100 less.

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Report: 'Puzzle & Dragons' Generates Five Times More Revenue Than 'Clash of Clans'

May 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to new data released by Super Data, GungHo's Puzzle & Dragons beats out Super cell's Clash of Clans in mobile ARPU (average revenue per user). Super Data claims that GungHo's game generates around $12 per user, while Clash of Clans generates only around $1.31.

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PS4 Beats Xbox One in April, Software Sales Down

May 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Retail sales numbers for the month of April show that the PS4 edged out the Xbox One in sales, according to data from NPD Group. Sony's PlayStation 4 was the top-selling game console in the United States in April, making it the fourth month in a row the PS4 has outsold Microsoft's Xbox One, according to the NPD Group.

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NPD Releases Report on 'Core Gamer' Trends

May 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A new report on "core gamers" from the NPD group notes that 34 million people in the United States spend an average of 22 hours a week playing games. The data, which is based on a national online survey, also found that the majority of core gamers in the United States prefer to buy their games on physical discs rather than digitally. When the price is the same for digital and physical media, 74 percent of respondents said they would buy a physical disc over a download. Digital purchasing is up 5 percent compared to last year, NPD said.

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Najafi Subsidiary Acquiring JVC Americas Corp. Games Division

May 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Phoenix-based Najafi Cos. announced that its Toronto-based Cinram Group is expected to close the deal for JAI, the games software division of JVC Americas Corp. The deal is excepted to be complete within 30 days. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. JAI provides manufacturing and fulfillment for software and video-game publishers, as well as turnkey solutions for packaging, shipping and inventory management.

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Bikinis, Shorts and Inter-Gender Touching Banned In Chinese Video Games

May 13, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

A few weeks ago we reported on the copious restrictions China has imposed on video game makers wanting to sell their wares in the country now that the console ban has gone bye-bye.

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'The Room' Creator Rails Against Free-to-Play, Cloning

May 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The co-founder of the studio behind successful iOS game The Room and The Room Two has some harsh words for the free-to-play space and cloning on mobile: it's not working.

Fireproof Games co-founder Barry Meade said recently in a Polygon column that since the 2012 release of his first game, The Room, his company has made over $5 million, and has sold 5.5 million copies of the game and its sequel combined. He says that publishers treat the game's success story as "an aberration at best" and continue to stick with the free-to-play model on mobile.

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Report: London Mayor Explores The Possibility of Bringing Back London Games Festival

May 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

London Mayor Boris Johnson could bring back the London Games Festival according to a research proposal from the Mayor's Office obtained by GamesIndustry International.

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King.com Reveals Record Q1 FY 2014 Revenues

May 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In its first earnings report as a publicly traded company Candy Crush Saga maker King.com reported revenue of $606.7 million for the first fiscal quarter of 2014. The company claims that it currently has 143 million active users participating in its games on a daily basis. King's profits reached $127.2 million and mobile gross bookings for the quarter reached a record quarterly high of $480 million.

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Nintendo Reveals $457 Million Loss for Fiscal Year

May 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

It's not a good time at Nintendo HQ this week. Today the maker of Wii U and 3DS revealed a 46.4 billion yen ($457 million) loss for its fiscal year ending March 31. This is the third year of annual operating losses in a row for the company.

The Wii U sold 2.72 million units over the last 12 months. Lifetime sales stand at 6.17 million units. That number is pretty disappointing for Nintendo if you consider how much longer it has been on the market. Sony's PS4, for example, has sold 7 million units since its released in Q4 2013.

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Australia Considers Automating Classification Process for Games, Film and TV

May 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

While Australia's government pushes for an automated solution to speed up the work of the Classification Board (the government ratings agency in charge of classifying ratings for games and other forms of entertainment) in the country, civil liberties groups and anti-pornography groups in the country are sounding alarm bells.

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Over Two Million Copies of DayZ Sold To-Date

May 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

While announcing the two year anniversary of the original DayZ mod for Bohemia Interactive's Arma 2, DayZ creator Dean "Rocket" Hall revealed that the stand-alone game based on that mod has hit a brand new sales milestone. According to Hall, DayZ has sold over two million copies since its release on Steam Early Access.

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American McGee Predicts The Xbox One's Failure in China

May 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Spicy Horse founder American McGee has written an interesting list on Facebook explaining why he thinks the Xbox One will not be successful in China when it is released in the region this September. Earlier this week Microsoft announced that its latest console would finally be available to the lucrative Chinese gaming market, but McGee has lots of doubts that the console can be successful in a market dominated by free-to-play mobile and PC games and a thriving gray market.

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Lionsgate Launches Games Division

April 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Lionsgate is apparently jumping into the games business with both feet. The film studio behind hits like The Hunger Games, The Hurt Locker, and more announced today that it is launching a new gaming division with Peter Levin at the helm. Levin is the former CEO of the Nerdist. Levin will be responsible for driving the studio's expansion into interactive entertainment. The gaming division will also have the opportunity to make games using Lionsgate's stable of franchises or other brands.

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Xbox One Coming to China in Sept.

April 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft and BesTV (its partner in China) announced that the Xbox One will officially launch in China in September of this year. China lifted a 14-year ban on the sale of foreign game consoles in January, opening up the market to the likes of Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo. But it seems that only Microsoft has taken the initiative to get its latest console in the hands of Chinese consumers.

The systems will be manufactured within the country - one of the many stipulations that Chinese government put in place for console makers who want to do business in the region.

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DFC: PC Games Revenue Surpasses Console Games

April 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The PC games market has surpassed the console gaming market in revenues, according to DFC Intelligence owner David Cole. Speaking to PCR, Cole says that PC game software sales have generated more than consoles on a global basis.

"Among core gamers there is a heavy overlap with most console gamers also playing on a PC. The big difference is that consoles are now the luxury item and PCs are the necessity. Just a few years ago the reverse was true. This means PCs have the broader audience."

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New ESA Report Offers Stats Galore on American Gaming Trends

April 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

More than 50 percent of American households believe that video games help families spend more quality time together, according to the new Entertainment Software Association report, "Essential Facts About the Computer and Video Games Industry" (PDF). Around 68 percent of parents surveyed who had children under the age of 18 in their household also said that gaming provides mental stimulation and education to children.

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Zynga Reports Q1 Loss of $61 Million

April 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Social and mobile game maker Zynga reported a first-quarter loss of $61 million, compared to a $25 million loss from its previous quarter and a profit of $4 million the same period a year ago. Zynga also announced that its founder Mark Pincus, who had already stepped down as its chief executive officer, would leave his role as chief product officer, basically ending his executive duties at the firm. Pincus remains the chairman of the board.

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Superdata: Digital Games Spending Increased Nine Percent in March

April 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Digital games spending in the United States grew significantly in the last year, according to research firm Superdata. According to Superdata's March 2014 report, the US digital games market raked in right around $936 million in sales during the one year period, up nine percent from March 2013.

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TIGA to Run Games Tax Relief Tour in May

April 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

TIGA, the trade group that represents the video games industry in the UK, announced that it will facilitate a series of events around the country to help developers understand the importance of the new Games Tax Relief recently approved by the government. The tour will start in Oxford, England sometime in May, and all of the events will be free for developers to attend. These events will feature input from UK industry veterans as well.

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China Details Copious Restrictions On Video Game Content

April 22, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

China will soon be lifting its ban on video game consoles and while that's certainly a good thing, the Shanghai government just released a comprehensive list of content restrictions for game makers looking to release their products in the Asian state.

On the no-fly list are:

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james_fudgere: MP, i've sent tech support a note - thank you :)09/23/2014 - 3:14pm
IanCNah that wasnt directed at you Andrew :)09/23/2014 - 3:00pm
Papa MidnightRe: SIEGE 2014 Keynote: oh dear...09/23/2014 - 2:44pm
MaskedPixelanteDear GP, something called "doubleverify" is causing some nasty browser issues on my end. Probably one of your ads.09/23/2014 - 2:36pm
Andrew EisenOh hell no. No, it took Nintendo a dog's age just to get to the point its competitors have been at for a while! (And it's still not there yet, in a lot of respects.)09/23/2014 - 2:26pm
IanCSame as PSN handles it, fi you are trying to say only nintendo do that.09/23/2014 - 2:23pm
Andrew EisenYou have to try to purchase something first. Pick a game, hit purchase and if your wallet doesn't have enough to cover it, you'll be given an option to "add exact funds" or something like that.09/23/2014 - 2:05pm
MonteI have seen no option for that on my 3DS; anytime i want to add funds it only gives me the option to add in denominations of $10, 20, 50 or 10009/23/2014 - 2:03pm
IanCWhat Andrew Wilson said. PSN is the same when you make a purchase over a certain price (£5 in the UK)09/23/2014 - 2:02pm
Andrew EisenNeither eShop charges sales tax either. At least in California.09/23/2014 - 2:00pm
Andrew EisenBoth Wii U and 3DS eShops allow you to add funds in the exact amount of whatever's in your shopping cart. If your game is $39.99, you can add exactly $39.99.09/23/2014 - 1:57pm
Infophile@Matthew Wilson: As I understand it, any regulations to force tax online would also set up an easy database for these stores to use, minimizing overhead.09/23/2014 - 1:30pm
MonteReally, the eshop just does next to nothing to make buying digitally advantagous for the customer. Its nice to have the game on my 3DS, but i can get more for less buying a physical copy at retail. And that's not even counting buying used09/23/2014 - 1:18pm
MonteIanC, The Eshop wallet system only lets you add funds in set denominations and the tax makes sure you no longer have round numbers so you ALWAYS loose money. A $39.99 game for instance requires you to add $50 instead of just $4009/23/2014 - 1:13pm
Matthew Wilsonbut thats just it those sites, even the small ones, sell all over the country.09/23/2014 - 11:12am
Neenekoeither that or it would follow the car model of today. big ticket items are taxed according to your residence, not where you buy them.09/23/2014 - 11:07am
NeenekoI doubt it would be the retailer that handles the tax in the first place. If it goes through it would probably be folded in as a service on the processor end or via 'turbotax' style applications.09/23/2014 - 11:05am
Matthew Wilsonsimple there are over 10k tax areas in the us for sales tax. it would be impossible for small online retailers to handle that.09/23/2014 - 10:55am
IanCWhats wrong with charging tax in an online shop?09/23/2014 - 10:47am
E. Zachary KnightI don't see why it would be that difficult to maintain one. Especially for a news outlet with multiple people on the payroll.09/23/2014 - 9:37am
 

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