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3:15 PM on 03.06.2014

iOS App Store sees a new Flappy Bird clone every 24 minutes

One month since Flappy Bird's removal from the App Store and the craze has not died down. Pocket Gamer found that, on average, 60 clones were added each day -- 69 on February 28, 48 on March 1, 75 on March 2, and 49 on March ...

Steven Hansen



SCEA CEO Jack Tretton is leaving at the end of this month photo
SCEA CEO Jack Tretton is leaving at the end of this month
by Jordan Devore

Sony Computer Entertainment America has announced its president and CEO Jack Tretton, who has been with the company since 1995, will step down as of March 31, 2014. His successor is Sony Network Entertainment International executive VP and COO Shawn Layden, another long-time PlayStation employee. He previously served as president of SCE Japan.

This departure comes as "a result of a mutual agreement between Mr. Tretton and SCEA not to renew their contractual relationship," according to an SCEA press release.

Calling his time with the company "the most rewarding experience of [his] career," Tretton said "Although I will deeply miss the talented team at SCEA and the passion demonstrated every day by our fans, I'm very excited about starting the next chapter of my career.

"I want to thank the employees, partners and customers for their tireless commitment to the PlayStation brand and, of course, to our fans who have pushed us to new heights of innovation and entertainment over the past two decades. I leave PlayStation in a position of considerable strength and the future will only get brighter for PlayStation Nation."

Ah, man. I always enjoyed hearing from him at E3. You couldn't help but root for the guy.

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1:45 PM on 03.06.2014

Post PS4, Xbox One release, Tomb Raider sales crossing 6M

The Tomb Raider reboot had series high day one and month one sales, according to studio head Darrell Gallagher. Despite this, Tomb Raider's estimated 3.4 million first month sales were deemed a "slow start" by Square Enix, wh...

Steven Hansen

12:45 PM on 03.06.2014

Disney Interactive lays off 700 employees to 'double down on mobile'

There was talk of significant layoffs at Disney Interactive last month and today was the day it went down: the company has laid off approximately 700 employees, amounting to 26 percent of its global workforce, reports The New...

Jordan Devore

9:00 AM on 03.05.2014

Uncharted writer/director leaves Naughty Dog

Amy Hennig, writer and director on the Uncharted series, has left Naughty Dog, Sony has confirmed to IGN. In her 10 years at Naughty Dog, Hennig was most known for writing and directing the three Uncharted PS3 games. She was ...

Steven Hansen

7:00 AM on 03.05.2014

Now that Thief is out, Eidos Montreal lays off 27 people

AAA development works, the large studio tells you. "Yes it is true we've let 27 people go today," its press release reads as you imagine it dabbing crocodile tears with a fan of c-notes. "Unfortunately it's something that ev...

Steven Hansen





3:15 PM on 03.03.2014

Soon you won't need an Ouya to play Ouya games

Ouya maintains its doing just fine and unveiled a new part of its strategy today. In an interview with [a]list daily,  Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman said Ouya sales are right within the company's projections. "Of our 675 games, ...

Steven Hansen

11:00 AM on 03.01.2014

Cancelled project at Sony Santa Monica was new open world sci-fi IP

Following the recent layoffs that hit Sony Santa Monica earlier this week is the confirmation that a new title the developer was working on has been cancelled. The game, a new sci-fi themed open world IP was apparently f...

Wesley Ruscher

2:30 PM on 02.28.2014

Ubisoft lead writer doesn't expect gay protagonists soon

Lucien Soulban, Lead Writer at Ubisoft Montreal, did an interview at the Ubisoft Blog, talking about transitioning from tabletop games to videogames, and then from foot-in-the-door licensed projects to full-fledged AAA develo...

Steven Hansen

7:30 PM on 02.27.2014

Hedge fund guy suggests mobile Mario with $0.99 high jump

This week, Oasis Management founder Seth Fischer sent a letter to Nintendo president Satoru Iwata explaining why the company should dive right into mobile game development and microtransactions and all of the things we don't ...

Jordan Devore

1:30 PM on 02.26.2014

0.15% of mobile gamers bring in 50% of F2P revenue

The fact that a small percentage of people playing free-to-play mobile games account for those astounding revenue figures is by no means new or even all that surprising these days. This, on the other hand, might be: marketing...

Jordan Devore

1:15 PM on 02.26.2014

Bundle bump: Knack was the best selling Japanese PS4 game

So, one of the reasons for the delayed PS4 launch in Japan was the games lineup, right? They had to get more games for that audience? I'm not sure how good of a job they did if Battlefield 4 and Killzone Shadow Fall still cra...

Steven Hansen

6:00 PM on 02.25.2014

Sony Santa Monica has been hit with layoffs

God of War developer Sony Santa Monica has undergone layoffs as first rumored earlier today and later confirmed by Sony Computer Entertainment America. "This is a result of a cycle of resource re-alignment against priority g...

Jordan Devore



What was 3D Realms thinking with the Duke Nukem fiasco? photo
What was 3D Realms thinking with the Duke Nukem fiasco?
by Brett Makedonski

With this week’s news that Gearbox Software has filed a lawsuit against 3D Realms and Interceptor for unauthorized use of the Duke Nukem property, it raises the question – exactly what the hell are 3D Realms and Interceptor doing? The question is multifaceted, both in terms of legality and the current status of the Duke Nukem brand. Of course, there’s no clear answer, because everything they’re doing seems to be ill-advised.

Before we move on any further, it’s worth noting that the only information we have is what Gearbox outlined in its Complaint. Neither 3D Realms nor Interceptor has filed an Answer, meaning that we technically only have one side of the story. Everything is only alleged at this point, and nothing has been proven as fact. However, given the allegations raised by Gearbox, it’s hard to imagine a scenario where 3D Realms is justified in its actions.

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2:30 PM on 02.25.2014

Former Nokia CEO is now the head of Xbox division

Stephen Elop is now the head of Microsoft's Devices and Studios division, which entails entertainment, games, Surface, and the Xbox. This news comes by way of an internal memo obtained by Techcrunch. Julie Larson-Green was in...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

2:15 PM on 02.25.2014

King files to abandon its ridiculous 'Candy' trademark

I'm as tired of hearing about Candy Crush Saga developer King's trademarking of the word "Candy" as the rest of you, but this is the update many of us have been awaiting: King has filed for express abandonment of the over-rea...

Jordan Devore