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League of Legends

Riot bans key reseller G2A from sponsoring League teams

No more G2A branding at LoL events
Oct 07
// Joe Parlock
G2A is fairly infamous among game developers. The site is a third-party key reselling site, which sells game keys users have acquired (through various means), often without the permission of the developer. This means that oft...
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Popular fantasy betting site moves into eSports

Surely this can only turn out well
Sep 18
// Ben Pack
Popular podcast advertiser and fantasy sports betting service DraftKings introduced a new feature to let fans bet on eSports. The company, which is projected to give away $1 billion in prize money this year, released a video ...
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Witcher 3

The Witcher 3 cost a cool $81 million to make

A worthwhile investment
Sep 09
// Brett Makedonski
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt cost CD Projekt $81 million to develop. That's a decent amount of coin. But, the publisher is already seeing the fruits of its investment, as the company's latest financial report shows it's in ...
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Pokemon Shuffle Mobile

Pokemon Shuffle Mobile squeezes more out of players

A mathematical analysis
Sep 04
// Darren Nakamura
When I started playing Pokémon Shuffle Mobile earlier this week, I noticed a weird discrepancy between it and the 3DS version. When the option to use a Great Ball came up, it was asking for 3500 coins, up 40% from 2500...

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Grand Theft Auto passes 220 million units shipped in its lifetime

That's a lot of reckless violence
Aug 21
// Brett Makedonski
You may have already known this, but a lot of people have played Grand Theft Auto. Like, a whole lot. Like, so many that the franchise is approaching the quarter-billion mark for sold-in units. Take-Two Interactive recently f...
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Star Citizen unrest

Some contributors to Star Citizen's $87.6 million funding are demanding refunds

The number 'very, very low'
Aug 21
// Steven Hansen
The insanely funded space game Star Citizen has been offering refunds to players following constant delays and brewing disenchantment. Its executive producer recently quit the project, the first-person shooter mode was delaye...
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Well, he would know

Former Double Fine COO launches games-only crowdfunding platform where backers can make money

Kickstarter? I hardly even know her!
Aug 18
// Steven Hansen
Former Double Fine COO has just launched Fig, a curated, games-only alternative to sites like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo. It's only for games and only for games approved by the advisory board, which consists of the like of Do...
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Funcom's in a bad way after poor Lego MMO performance

Seeking merger, acquisition, or anything
Aug 12
// Brett Makedonski
Norwegian developer Funcom is seemingly in financial peril after its free-to-play turned pay-to-play game Lego Minifigures Online performed worse than expected. The company doesn't expect revenues from the Lego ...
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Three hundred dollars

$300 Bloodborne Hunter statue stands in a pool of blood (borne)

Three hundred dollars
Jul 31
// Steven Hansen
What with Dark Souls 3 coming out early 2016 and us entering the end of the year, I've forgotten that Bloodborne just came out a few months ago. Its expansion, information on which is promised for this year, could help bolste...
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Sneaky Windows 10

What's this paying for premium Solitaire malarkey, Windows 10?

The legend of soltar
Jul 29
// Steven Hansen
Clearly it has been too long since I cleared my last Solitaire table. The game done changed. Windows 8 didn't come bundled with Windows-staple Solitaire, but if you sought it out from the app store, you were presented with a ...
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Broken Age

Broken Age has 'just about' broken even for Double Fine

Too many brokens in this article, help
Jul 17
// Joe Parlock
Broken Age was one of the early successes of Kickstarter, managing to raise $3.3 million of a $400,000 goal. It took a while between the two parts of the game, but eventually Double Fine made good on their promise and Broken ...
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Business giants

Well-liked, not-hated EA and Comcast partner for Xfinity Games

I'm not even mad, but actually happy
Jul 14
// Steven Hansen
Two companies with whom even the average consumer has no qualm, Electronic Arts and Comcast, have partnered on a new streaming game service, a series of connected words that will cause no one to bristle or dejectedly swipe th...
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PS4 lead platform

Ubisoft making 2.5 times more money off PS4 sales than Xbox One

Jul 10
// Steven Hansen
Ubisoft is doing more PC business than ever (despite uPlay), and more people might own the last generation PS3 and Xbox 360, but Ubisoft's games are selling best on current generation consoles. Well, on PlayStation 4, anyways...
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Game sales

Ubisoft on why digital is more than physical

Because fuck you, pay me
Jul 09
// Robert Summa
As we've gotten knee-deep in the digital sales revolution, many us constantly wonder why we'll often see digital game prices for major titles either stay the same or remain higher for a longer period of time compared to their...
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Shenmue 3 campaign

Shenmue 3 tops Torment to become second most funded Kickstarter

Please give my $5M for A la cartridge
Jul 06
// Steven Hansen
While I have my reservations about the Shenmue 3 Kickstarter, which is still not even halfway towards a "true open world," folks have thrown money at it with aplomb. Over the weekend, perhaps spurred by a false sense of freed...
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UK sales

Batman: Arkham Knight has best 2015 week one UK sales

Beat out Witcher 3 and Arkham City
Jun 29
// Steven Hansen
A reminder that Arkham Knight has "Batman" in the name and no volley of excoriating 7/10 reviews (or broken PC ports) can do it harm: Rocksteady's new Batman is the top-selling game of 2015 in the UK by its first week sales, ...
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Mobile gaming is King

Fallout Shelter is making more money than Candy Crush Saga

Mobile gaming is King
Jun 17
// Steven Hansen
Holy heck, people love Fallout. Bethesda released Fallout Shelter for iOS right after announcing it on Sunday -- Chris says it's pretty good -- and it's already knocked Candy Crush Saga off its consistent third place perch on...
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Bloodstained Kickstarter

Bloodstained Kickstarter ends with over $5.7 million pledged

Hit all stretch goals, set records
Jun 12
// Darren Nakamura
It doesn't feel like it has been a month since we were first asked "sword or whip?" or we first heard the term "Igavania," but here we are. Koji Igarashi and company launched the Kickstarter campaign for Bloodstained: Ritual ...
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Witcher 3 sales

Witcher 3 sold 4 million in two weeks

You go, girl!
Jun 09
// Steven Hansen
Despite some hiccups with bugs and other nitpicks, The Witcher 3 has been a rousing success for developer CD Projekt Red. It has even, thus far, managed to largely avoid the several weeks later scathing takes that often pour ...
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Desura owner Bad JuJu files for bankruptcy

Bad times at Bad JuJu
Jun 05
// Joe Parlock
A couple of weeks ago, it came to light that digital distributor Desura, and its indie bundle site Indie Royale, has been failing to pay developers on its platforms. Well, it looks like they might not be getting that mon...
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Virtual reality

You'll need about $1,500 to go all in with Oculus Rift

Still no price for the actual unit
May 27
// Robert Summa
While we're still waiting for a final price on the retail version of the Oculus Rift, the company's CEO Brendan Iribe said that users will need to pony up about $1,500 for both a computer that will run the device and the actu...
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Fire Emblem: Awakening global sales near 2 million

The lil waifu simulator that could
May 26
// Steven Hansen
Let's take a minute from Fire Emblem If minutia (here and here and here) to appreciate how we got here. Fire Emblem: Awakening, once expected to be the last game in a now rejuvenated series, has sold at least 1.79 million cop...
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Desura and Indie Royale accused of not paying developers

Keep Hanlon's Razor in mind
May 22
// Joe Parlock
Indie developers have raised word that digital distribution site Desura, and its bundle site Indie Royale, have been failing to pay them. In a post on /r/IndieGaming, a developer of Battle Fleet 2 claims that it has not recei...
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Japan sales

Re-re-release: Final Fantasy X/X-2 PS4 tops Japan sales

PlayStation 4 tops hardware charts
May 20
// Steven Hansen
Square Enix's somewhat screwy PS4 release of the previously release Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster topped Japanese sales charts for the week ending on May 17 (it was released in Japan May 14), according to Gematsu's report o...
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Iwata says Nintendo's mobile strategy won't involve whale hunting

PETA's pleased
May 14
// Brett Makedonski
There's a predominant school of thought toward making money in the mobile gaming sector: Focus your attention on the people who are willing to spend exorbitant amounts. That is, make the majority of your cash from a small poo...
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Sega financials

Sega calls Alien: Isolation sales 'weak' at 2.1 million

And a poor showing by Sonic Boom
May 11
// Brett Makedonski
Creative Assembly's Alien: Isolation was one of the most well-received games of 2014, but "well-received" seemingly doesn't cut it for its publisher. Sega released its year-end financial results today, and in it expresse...
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Steam currency issue made Indonesians rich

What do you do with 13,000x in your wallet?
May 04
// Laura Kate Dale
What would you do if you woke up this morning to find your Steam wallet was suddenly worth 13,000 times it's normal value? This may seem like a silly question, but Steam users in Indonesia found themselves in this very situat...
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Sony finances

PlayStation was Sony's biggest earner in 2014

Up 33 percent year-over-year
Apr 30
// Brett Makedonski
Sony's fiscal year ended at the close of March, and the Japanese conglomerate just released its annual report. 2014 was a good year for PlayStation -- so much so that it holds the mantle as Sony's biggest earner, as it drove ...
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OUYA for sale

OUYA now available for purchase (the company that is)

Get it while it's hot?
Apr 28
// Jed Whitaker
OUYA, the microconsole that was a $15 million hit on Kickstarter, is in financial trouble. According to a confidential email obtained by Fortune, OUYA is deep enough in debt that it's going to be put up for sale. This coming ...
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Konami voluntarily delisted itself from the New York Stock Exchange

There are a lot of possibilities here
Apr 27
// Brett Makedonski
[Update: Konami provided us with an official statement. It can be found underneath the original story.] Japanese publisher Konami (KNM) has delisted itself from the New York Stock Exchange. The removal took place before ...

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