Popular YouTube Personality Claims Paid Endorsement Deals are More Common Than You Think

January 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

While there's been a lot of talk about the questionable relationships between publishers like EA and Microsoft with YouTube content creators, one very familiar YouTube personality claims that it's a pretty common practice.

YouTube personality Boogie2988, who has more than 1.6 million subscribers and produces the popular Francis rage series of videos, claims that the endorsement policies being talked about by the games media are part of daily business within YouTube networks.

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Star Citizen Raises Over $37 Million from Crowd-Funding

January 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Chris Roberts and his studio Cloud Imperium Games continue to generate ridiculous sums of money from ongoing crowd-funding efforts for his latest space simulation game Star Citizen. As of this writing, the game has managed to raise an impressive $37 million dollars through a combination of the original Kickstarter campaign for the game and subsequent efforts through the game's official web site.

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Nintendo Stock Declines 18 Percent After Revised Guidance on Fiscal Year Profit

January 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

On Friday Nintendo projected that it would take a $240 million net loss for the fiscal year ending in March on weak holiday sales of its Wii U console and related software, and scaled back its sales projections for its home console and its 3DS hand-held. This morning the company is seeing the effects of that news in its stock price, according to this BBC report.

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Richard Garriott's 'Shroud of the Avatar' Raises Over $3 Million Through Crowd-Funding Efforts

January 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Richard Garriott and his development studio Portalarium have managed to raise another $1 million for his new online role-playing game Shroud of the Avatar. The original Kickstarter campaign for the game in 2013 managed to rake in around $1.9 million by its close - but like Chris Roberts' Kickstarter for Star Citizen, Garriott and company have continued to collect funding via the game's website. Combing the original $1.9 million with donations through the web site, Shroud of the Avatar has managed to raise a respectable $3,038,484.

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NPD: Xbox One Wins December Sales Fight in U.S.

January 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to NPD Group's retail sales numbers for the month of December, Xbox One was the top-selling console in the U.S., moving right around 908,000 units. The Xbox 360 came in third with roughly 643,000 units sold.

"We're grateful for the excitement and support of our fans - many purchasing their next Xbox console and many joining the Xbox family for the first time," commented corporate vice president of marketing, strategy and business for Xbox Yusuf Mehdi.

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Nintendo Slashes Fiscal Year Forecast After Weak Holiday Sales

January 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo has revised its forecasts for the fiscal year to a net loss of $240 million (25 billion yen) due to weak sales of the Wii U during the holiday shopping season, according to a syndicated Bloomberg report. The company described its year-end sales of Wii U consoles and software as "far below expectations."

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Overall Video Game Sales a Mixed Bag in 2013

January 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Retail sales of video games slipped overall in 2013 as gamers and game makers prepared for a transition to next-generation systems, according to data released by retail research firm NPD Group on Thursday. Overall sales dropped two percent for the year despite the launch of the Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One in late November. But don’t feel sorry for game companies, as the overall business saw growth when you count digital sales such as mobile and online games.

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UKIE Disputes Government Report on Industry Shrinkage

January 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Video game industry trade group UKIE is strongly disputing the Government's claim that the games industry in the United Kingdom is shrinking. The UK games industry shrank by nearly half in 2012 compared to 2011, according to figures released by the department for Culture, Media and Sport. UKIE disputes the findings of the report and warns that many UK games companies are not being counted as part of official industrial and economic figures.

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GameStop Holiday Sales Up on New Hardware Sales

January 14, 2014 - James Fudge

GameStop said today that it generated $3.15 billion in total worldwide sales over the nine-week holiday shopping season of 2013. The numbers represent a 9.3 increase over the same period a year ago, which can be directly attributed to new consoles and new console software sales. In fact, GameStop said that hardware sales were up 99.8 percent over the same period a year ago. Go figure.

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Nintendo: 11.5 Million 3DS Hand-Helds Sold to-Date

January 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo of America announced that its hand-held systems including the 3DS, 2DS, and 3DS XL have sold more than 11.5 million units in the United States since launch. That figure is way up from the 10.5 million units the company said it has sold to-date less than a month ago. Nintendo also said that over the last 12 months over 16 million 3DS games had been sold through a combination of retail sales and digital sales through the eShop. That's a 45 percent increase in software sales year-over-year.

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Sony: PS4's Slight Lead Over Xbox One 'No Big Deal'

January 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

PlayStation marketing VP John Koller says that the PlayStation 4's early lead over the Xbox One is not a big deal. Koller tells CVG that his company is not focused on any advantage it has at this early stage of the new console cycle.

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Microsoft: Three Million Xbox One Systems Sold To-Date

January 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In a self-congratulatory post on Xbox Wire, Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President of Marketing, Strategy and Business, Xbox announced that the next-generation console system has sold three million units to-date since its launch on November 22.

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Bitcoin Value Jumps After Zynga Mention

January 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Virtual currency Bitcoin jumped to over $1,000 once again after social games maker Zynga said that it would use the currency as a payment option for its various games.

The virtual currency's value has been highly volatile in recent weeks; in November it peaked at $1,250, but fell sharply to $421 in December after China restricted trade. As of this morning a single Bitcoin was trading at $1,030 on MTGox, one of the virtual currency's major exchanges.

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PopCap CEO to Retire Next Week

January 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Dave Roberts, chief executive of Electronic Arts’ PopCap Games division, will retire next week, according to a GamesBeat report. Roberts, who joined the company almost nine years ago will officially exit the company on January 8, with PopCap co-founder John Vechey taking over the job of CEO at the Seattle-based studio responsible for the Plants vs. Zombies and Bejeweled franchises.

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Dayz Sell 400K Through Steam Early Access

January 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Developer Bohemia Interactive recently revealed that more than 400,000 people have put down their hard-earned money to buy DayZ during its first week on Steam Early Access. The game, which began its life as a mod for Arma 2, was released on December 16.

While some people who might not otherwise be interested in a game like DayZ are taking note because of its popularity, Bohemia Interactive is warning potential customers that the game they are thinking about buying early is not finished and still contains a lot of bugs.

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GTA V Within Striking Distance of Becoming the 'Best Selling Game of All Time'

January 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto V has sold more than 3.6 million copies in the UK, according to CVG, and is poised to take the crown for the best-selling game of all time.

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Chinese Video Games Industry Generates $13 Billion in 2013

December 30, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

China's video game industry brought in an estimated $13 billion in revenue in 2013, a 34 percent increase over revenue of $9.7 billion generated in 2011. That figure comes from the China Games Party, a committee that oversees the games industry in the region. The figures were unveiled at the recent China Game Industry Annual Conference. According to the data, client-based PC games represented more than 64.5 percent of revenue totaling approximately $8.7 billion, while browser-based games brought in $2 billion, and social games raked in less than $1 billion.

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U.S. Consumers Bought More on iOS Devices Than Android on Christmas Day

December 27, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

According to IBM's newly released "Digital Analytics Benchmark Report," purchases made from iOS devices accounted for about 23 percent of the online shopping done on Christmas Day in the U.S. The report tracked millions of transactions from approximately 800 U.S. retail websites. Around 4.6 percent of purchases were made on Android devices.

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Analyst: Reviews Matter More at the Beginning of a New Console Cycle

December 20, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

New research from financial analytics firm EEDAR concludes that software reviews matter more in the early part of a console's life cycle. The new research from EEDAR provided to GamesIndustry International this morning shows a stronger correlation between review scores and sales early in a platform's lifespan.

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Former EA Exec Joins New Oculus Publishing Division

December 20, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

David DeMartini, a former senior vice president at EA has joined Oculus VR as its new head of worldwide publishing. DeMartini is the first executive to join this brand new division. He says that this new position is not unlike what he did for Electronic Arts.

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Japanese Publisher Cyber Front Dissolved

December 20, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

This week Japanese publisher Cyber Front announced its dissolution in a simple statement (PDF, Japanese) published on its website (according to a translation by Gamasutra).

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Analyst Describes Call of Duty Ghost Year-over-Year Sales as 'Troubling'

December 17, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Even though Activision warned (earlier in the year) that it expected this year's iteration of the Call of Duty series to be down compared to last year's Black Ops II because of the transition to new console systems, Cowen analyst Doug Creutz is sounding alarm bells with investors today. The analyst noted that sales of the franchise year-over-year are down 19 percent and could ultimately be down a lot lower than that for the life of the title.

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Minecraft and Candy Crush Saga Top 2013 iOS Charts

December 17, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Minecraft and Candy Crush Saga are the top iPhone and iPad apps of 2013, according to Apple's annual year-end report on its free and paid apps for its iOS devices.

On both the free iPhone and iPad charts, Candy Crush Saga was the king of the hill, while paid apps on both platforms were ruled by Mojang's pocket edition of Minecraft.

Both games beat out some pretty powerful competition including YouTube, Google Maps, Skype, and even Instagram.

The full list can be found below:

Top 10 Free iPhone Apps

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Oculus VR Raises $75 Million in Funding

December 13, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Oculus VR has raised $75 million to help complete the consumer version of the Rift virtual reality gaming headset. Venture capitalist Andreessen Horowitz helped find most of the Series B funding money, which comes from Spark Capital, Matrix Partners and Formation|8. This injection of cash follows $16 million in Series A funding the company received in June of this year, $2.4 million in crowdfunding generated from its highly successful Kickstarter campaign in 2012, and direct sales of more than 30,000 development kits.

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NPD: PS4 Beats Xbox One in November

December 13, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

As the supposed console war kicks off, it looks like Sony has a slight edge over Microsoft. According to data released by retail research firm NPD Group, the PS4 edged out the Xbox One in sales, but Microsoft says it won a battle on a different front during the launch window for the next-gen consoles. More PS4 software was sold as well during the period, but more sales of PS4 consoles and software makes sense given that the system went on sale a week before the Xbox One did in North America.

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France Reforms Tax Breaks for the Video Games Industry

December 13, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

According to a brief report in Tax News the French government is pushing to reform the country's video games tax credit (known as the CIJV). French Culture Minister Aurélie Filippetti, Budget Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, and Innovation Minister Fleur Pellerin, have all embraced the French National Assembly's adoption of plans to reform the country's video games tax credit (CIJV).

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ESA Report: Video Games Are the Top Gift Items This Holiday Season

December 12, 2013 - GamePoltics Staff

A new report from the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) claims that video games, video game systems, and accessories are the most wanted items for the 2013 holiday season. according to the report, approximately 79 million Americans intend to purchase video games during the holiday season, according to new market research and analysis.

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Microsoft: Two Million Xbox One Systems Sold Since Launch

December 11, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft said today that it has sold more than two million Xbox One consoles worldwide in a little over two weeks since the system launched on Nov. 22.

Sony said earlier in the month that it had managed to move 2.1 million hardware units in roughly the same timeframe after it launched a week before the Xbox One. The Xbox One launched in 13 regions, while the PS4 only launched in the U.S. and Canada to begin with, and was subsequently released in multiple other regions two weeks later.

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Report: ESA Spent $3.9 Million in 2013 Fighting Against State and Federal Anti-Videogame Legislation, Lobbying

December 11, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

According to a Wall Street Journal report (membership required), the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) spent a considerable amount of money and effort in fighting anti-videogame laws in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, and New Jersey - and in Oklahoma last year. Many of the bills have either died or are locked in legislative committees waiting for approval.

The ESA is also taking aim at a federal bill, according to records and a co-sponsor of the bill.

Sony: PS4 Outpacing Xbox One Three-to-One in Spain

December 10, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

PS4 sales are outpacing Xbox One sales in Spain, according to PlayStation Spain and Portugal CEO James Armstrong. Armstrong claims that the PS4 is outselling Xbox One by more than three units to one. The console has sold about 80,000 units in Spain since the European PS4 release date of November 29, he also claims. Armstrong said that the company is working hard to fulfill another 12,000 - 15,000 pre-orders that have yet to be met due to supply constraints.

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Andrew EisenSleaker - Uh, yeah. Obviously.09/01/2014 - 8:20pm
Sleaker@AE - exclusives do not a console business make.09/01/2014 - 8:03pm
Papa MidnightI find it disappointing that, despite the presence of a snopes article and multiple articles countering it, people are still spreading a fake news story about a "SWATter" being sentenced to X (because the number seems to keep changing) years in prison.09/01/2014 - 5:08pm
Papa MidnightAnd resulting in PC gaming continuing to be held back by developer habits09/01/2014 - 5:07pm
Papa MidnightI find it disappointing that the current gen of consoles is representative of 2009-2010 in PC gaming, and will be the bar by which games are released over the next 8 years - resulting in more years of poor PC ports (if they're ever ported)09/01/2014 - 5:06pm
Andrew EisenMeanwhile, 6 of Wii U's top 12 are exclusive: Mario 3D World, Nintendo Land, Pikmin 3, Mario Kart 8, Wonderful 101, and ZombiU. (Wind Waker HD is on the list too but I didn't count it.)09/01/2014 - 4:36pm
Andrew EisenLikewise, only two of Xbox One's top 12 are exclusive: Dead Rising 3 and Ryse: Son of Rome (if you ignore a PC release later this year).09/01/2014 - 4:34pm
Andrew EisenNot to disrespect the current gen of consoles but I find it telling that of the "12 Best Games For The PS4" (per Kotaku), only two are exclusive to the system: Infamous: Second Son and Resogun.09/01/2014 - 4:30pm
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.joystiq.com/2014/09/01/beyond-two-souls-ps4-trophies-emerge-directors-cut-reported/ MMM MMM, nothing quire like reheated last gen games to make you appreciate the 400 bucks you spent on a new console.09/01/2014 - 4:24pm
Andrew EisenThat's actually a super depressing thought, that a bunch of retweeters are taking that pic as an illustration of the actual issue instead of an example of a complete misunderstanding of it.09/01/2014 - 4:20pm
Andrew EisenObviously, the picture was created by someone who doesn't understand what the issue actually is (or, possibly, someone trying to satire said misunderstanding).09/01/2014 - 4:10pm
Papa MidnightPeople fear and attack what they do not understand.09/01/2014 - 4:04pm
Papa MidnightWell, let's not forget. Someone held their hand in a peace sign a few weeks ago and people started claiming it was a gang sign. Or a police chief displayed the hand signal of their fraternity and was accused of the same.09/01/2014 - 4:04pm
SleakerEither people don't understand that what the picture is saying is true, or the picture was created out of a misunderstanding of what sexism is.09/01/2014 - 3:52pm
Sleaker@AE ok yah that's where the kind of confusion I'm getting. Your tweet can be taken to mean two different things.09/01/2014 - 3:51pm
Andrew EisenSleaker - No. No, not even remotely. The pic attached to my tweet was not made by me; it's not a statement I'm making. It's an illustration of the complete misunderstanding of the issue my tweet is referring to.09/01/2014 - 3:13pm
Papa MidnightIn other news, Netflix states why it paid Comcast: http://money.cnn.com/2014/08/29/technology/netflix-comcast/index.html?hpt=hp_t209/01/2014 - 3:10pm
Papa MidnightAndrew Eisen: Sites like Tumblr make things seem much bigger than they are. A vocal extreme minority start complaining and things go as they do.09/01/2014 - 3:09pm
SleakerAre you trying saying that specific costumes are sexist simply by being included in the game?09/01/2014 - 3:03pm
Andrew EisenSleaker - Seems completely cut and dry to me (of course, I wrote it so that's not surprising). What about it do you find confusing?09/01/2014 - 2:25pm
 

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