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The Division

Ubisoft has some awfully lofty expectations for The Division's launch


The beta did exceedingly well
Feb 11
// Brett Makedonski
Ubisoft released its most recent earnings report this morning. As is customary during those sort of things, Ubisoft co-founder and CEO Yves Guillemot talked to investors about the company's past and predicted its future. Tom ...
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Mad Catz

Three Mad Catz executives resign prior to tomorrow's earnings report


Probably not a great sign
Feb 08
// Brett Makedonski
Mad Catz is going through a tumultuous shake-up at a time that isn't likely to inspire confidence from investors. On February 9 (tomorrow), Mad Catz will publish its third-quarter 2016 fiscal results. In the lead-up to that, ...
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Vivendi

Vivendi sells off all remaining stake in Activision Blizzard


Eyes trained on Ubisoft?
Jan 15
// Brett Makedonski
Many in video game circles know Vivendi solely for its role in owning Activision Blizzard in recent years. The timeline of events looks something like this: The French mass media company owned a controlling stake in Activisio...
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Ark: Survival Evolved

$60,000 at stake in modding competition


Get that Ark: Survival Evolved money
Jan 15
// Steven Hansen
That open world survival game what with the dinosaurs has found itself success in the lead up to its full release this year (dinosaurs replacing zombies would be refreshing for like a year) and so Ark: Survival Evolved is giv...

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2015 hardware/software

PS4 sells most consoles in 2015 but all 3 had strong holidays


PS4, Xbox One, and Wii U strong December
Jan 15
// Steven Hansen
Aside from revealing the continued dominance of Call of Duty, the 2015-in-review NPD data also tracked hardware performance throughout the year. Despite the lack of a killer exclusive, PS4 outsold the Xbox One in December, an...
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Square shuts down company

Cloud none: Square Enix to dissolve Shinra Technologies


Didn't even make it two years
Jan 05
// Steven Hansen
In late 2014 Square Enix announced the formation of a new subsidiary company, Shinra Technologies. The Final Fantasy VII-nodding company name works on two levels, as Shinra's focus was cloud gaming, aiming to "break the stran...
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Xbox holiday fallout

Well, Rise of the Tomb Raider hit 1 million sold, at least


Xbox's weird boast for low numbers
Jan 04
// Steven Hansen
What notable exclusives graced the PlayStation 4 and Wii U over the past two months? Xenoblade Chronicles and...? With help from the Uncharted 4 delay and brief Rise of the Tomb Raider exclusivity, the Xbox One had the strong...
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Rocket League goals

Rocket League revenue nears $50 million


8 million accounts
Dec 17
// Steven Hansen
Rocket League developer Psyonix is a pretty heart warming story. In business 15 years now, profitable for the last 10 of those, still independent. Had the idea for Rocket League as far back as 2008's Supersonic Acrobatic Rock...
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Star Citizen mad money

Space epic Star Citizen hits $100 million in crowdfunding


How about tossing a few bucks my way...
Dec 14
// Steven Hansen
The ambitious, multi-faceted space epic Star Citizen has hit a hell of a new milestone, crossing $100 million in crowdfunding. The project was just at $50 million one year and two months ago. A year before that, it sat at $15...
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Psychonauts 2

Psychonauts 2 partially funded by silent partner


Is it Notch?
Dec 03
// Kyle MacGregor
Tonight at Geoff Keighley's The Game Awards, Double Fine officially announced Psychonauts 2, the long-awaited sequel to the developer's now 10-year-old debut project.  To bankroll development, Double Fine has l...
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Not for poor people

You can buy designer Super Mario clothes for probably hundreds of dollars


Official partnership with Nintendo
Dec 03
// Steven Hansen
Sure, you can get a knockoff Super Mario Bros. shirt with the plumber, slightly discolored, fighting Darth Vader with a Mickey Mouse head in Chinatown for $5, but ain't nothing like the real thing, baby. Nintendo has partnere...
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Fig crowdfunding

Fig's next crowdfunding campaign will be open to smaller investors


No need to be a millionaire
Nov 24
// Darren Nakamura
Fig has had a bit of a rocky start as a crowdfunding platform. It is much more selective about its campaigns than Kickstarter or Indiegogo, so it has only featured two campaigns since its launch in August. Outer Wilds just ba...
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Make items, make money

First Steam developer Item Store opened, not quite paid mods


Modder and developer profit split
Nov 05
// Steven Hansen
Valve caught mad flak early this year trying to introduce paid mods (modders could charge for their work on the Steam Workshop) to an existing Skyrim communities whose modders often shared content freely. Suddenly someone els...
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SK Telecom T1

Die nasty: League of Legends sees first two-time World Champion


SK Telecom T1
Nov 02
// Steven Hansen
In the League of Legends World Championship's fifth year, the contest saw a first: 2013 winners SK Telecom T1 became the first League of Legends team to win the game's top tourney twice. SK Telecom T1 actually debuted in 201...
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Batman: Arkham Knight

Batman: Arkham Knight on PC will never be fully fixed


So get your refund while you can
Oct 31
// CJ Andriessen
Early last year, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced that it would no longer attempt to squash the bugs that plagued Batman: Arkham Origins. In doing so, the publisher ensured that game would never fully be fixed...
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Fallout 4 beer

I wonder how irradiated this official Fallout 4 beer is


Probably 'somewhat'
Oct 26
// Steven Hansen
Fallout 4 is vying for the title of Most Marketed Thing of 2015, from plastering entire cities with ads to pre-order socks to sack-dresses to this partnership with Carlsberg for "Fallout Beer," currently available for pre-ord...
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Vivendi

Vivendi just bought even more stake in Ubisoft


It wants a seat at the table
Oct 22
// Brett Makedonski
Vivendi seemingly has its sights set on Ubisoft, and it doesn't look ready to back down. After an initial investment of $161 million last week, Vivendi just spent approximately another $111 million on Ubisoft stock. That seco...
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Ubisoft

Ubisoft says Vivendi investment was 'unsolicited and unwelcome'


'Fight to preserve our independence'
Oct 21
// Brett Makedonski
As it turns out, not everyone's always happy to receive $161 million. That's the case with Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot (and other staff) after Vivendi bought 6.6 percent stake in the French publisher. In an internal email obta...
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Pikachu partnership

Make a custom Pikachu plush at Build-a-Bear


No luchador Pikachu no buy
Oct 20
// Steven Hansen
Uh, it's called the Build-A-Bear Workshop, not the Build-a-Fictional-Electric-Mouse Workshop. That egregious oversight aside, you, too can have an expensive plush as The Pokemon Company has partnered with Build-A-Bear. Starti...
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The Phantom Pain

Metal Gear Solid V's $179M day not enough to top sports games


Third-best selling in September
Oct 20
// Steven Hansen
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain made headlines for its $179 million opening day global sales, but here in the United States, Metal Gear was outsold in September by two sports titles, NBA 2K16 and Madden 16. Of course, th...
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Cash money

PewDiePie nearly has enough money to buy his soul back (Fauxclusive)


One more healthy quarter and it's his!
Oct 16
// CJ Andriessen
Earlier this week Forbes Magazine listed the ten richest celebrities on YouTube and to the surprise of absolutely no one, gaming personality PewDiePie ranked as the top YouTube earner with more than $12 million dollars m...
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Pre-orders

You're not listening: Pre-orders are up 24%


Stop doing that thing
Oct 14
// Steven Hansen
Stop pre-ordering games. They will not sell out. You're not even guaranteed to get a working product for your $60. Still, pre-orders are up 24% in 2015 compared to 2014, pre-order revenue up 33%, and publishers are being rewa...
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Vivendi

Former Activision majority owner, Vivendi, buys stake in Ubisoft


Gameloft, too
Oct 14
// Brett Makedonski
After showing two years of declining interest in the video game industry, media company Vivendi SA wants back in. It recently bought a stake in French developers and publishers Ubisoft and Gameloft, which were both founded by...
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Metal Gear REXT

Metal Gear Solid V's opening day beats Jurassic World, Avengers combined


$179 million day-one dollars
Oct 14
// Steven Hansen
The two movies that made the most opening day money in 2015 (Avengers: Boring Subtitle and Jurassic World, respectively) actually sit at numbers two and three for top-grossing opening day all-time, only beat out by Harry Pott...
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WB wins

Broken ass PC versions didn't hurt Batman, Mortal Kombat sales


Arkham Knight, MKX do 5 million
Oct 13
// Steven Hansen
Both Mortal Kombat and Batman: Arkham Knight launched with busted, largely inoperable PC versions. In the case of Batman, it was so extreme that the game was delisted for sale on Steam and is still being patched and worked on...
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Los Angeles tax Dodgers

Minecraft streamer buys $4.9 million mansion near Notch's


Hollywooooood...Hollywood swinging!
Oct 11
// Steven Hansen
It may pale in comparison to the $70 million mansion Notch outbid Jay-Z and Beyonce on (spending G's indeed), but YouTube video maker Jordan "CaptainSparklez" Maron just bought himself a $4.5 million house in the Hollywood Hi...
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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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eSports

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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