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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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Xbox One

Lower-cost Xbox One is hurting the platform's bottom line

Microsoft's financials are in
Apr 24
// Brett Makedonski
Microsoft slashing the price of the Xbox One may be a positive for consumers, but it's a negative for the company's investors. The results from quarter three of Microsoft's 2015 fiscal year are in, and the Xbox division took ...
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DeNA wants its Nintendo partnership to yield games that make $25M per month

Think big
Apr 01
// Brett Makedonski
Fresh off its revealed partnership with Nintendo to bring the revered Japanese publisher's properties to smart devices, DeNA isn't holding back with its expectations. It won't settle for anything less than a giant player base...
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Nintendo DeNA Alliance

Nintendo and DeNA enter into licensing agreement for mobile development

Welcome to the machine
Mar 17
// Jason Faulkner
Today, Nintendo  and DeNA formed a capital and licensing alliance to bring Nintendo intellectual properties to smart devices. They will also be creating a multi-device membership service set to deploy worldwide. The part...
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Gone Home canceled

Gone Home canceled for consoles

Majesco and Midnight City woes end relationship with Fullbright
Mar 06
// Steven Hansen
With Majesco's money troubles -- the company does not have new games in development for 2015, but is instead continuing to distribute its back catalog -- and the closure of its indie publishing arm Midnight City, the PC hit G...
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PS4 passes 20 million mark

Chad Warden be ballin'
Mar 03
// Robert Summa
To make sure everyone knew that the PlayStation 4 was in charge of this console generation (so far), Sony humbly announced that the console has sold more than 20.2 million units worldwide as of March 1. It's still too early t...
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World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft players will be able to pay for their subscription with gold soon

Pricing details to be determined
Mar 02
// Jordan Devore
In an upcoming World of Warcraft patch, Blizzard will introduce the WoW Token, an in-game item purchasable with real money that facilitates the exchange of gold for 30 days of game time. "The WoW Token was created to give pla...
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Moneyhat stuff

PlayStation led consoles to $263M in digital sales in January

Dying Light making money
Feb 26
// Steven Hansen
SuperData has expounded on its general reporting of digital sales in the United States videogame industry -- collectively $1.1 billion worth in the month of January -- with specific details on the console-side of the digital market. Here's the breakdown of the $263 million made in worldwide digital console sales in January.
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Unreal Engine 4

Epic's offering $5M in grants to get devs on Unreal 4

'No strings attached'
Feb 19
// Brett Makedonski
To foster a healthy ecosystem for its gaming framework, Epic needs a stable of developers that are comfortable, well-versed, and dedicated to creating games around Unreal Engine 4. A fair share of large studios build their ga...
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Ubisoft had a good quarter despite mediocre showing from Assassin's Creeds

No year-over-year change
Feb 12
// Brett Makedonski
Ubisoft didn't have a disappointing holiday season, as it posted financial reports today indicating that the publisher exceeded its quarterly sales expectations by approximately €80 million. More surprising, it did ...
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Ouya nets $10 million from Chinese investor Alibaba

E-commerce giant seeks software for its set-top boxes
Feb 02
// Kyle MacGregor
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has sunk $10 million into Ouya, WSJ reports. According to sources familiar with the situation, Alibaba inked the deal last month with hopes of integrating the Ouya library on it...
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Sega of America downsizing, relocating, and narrowing product lines

Cancellations are still up in the air
Jan 30
// Brett Makedonski
Sega of America, like all companies, has its eyes set on becoming as efficient as possible. Today, the publisher revealed plans to take drastic steps toward that goal by streamlining through downsizing and relocation. In a no...
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Steam Workshop $$$

Cha-ching: It now pays to create content for non-Valve games on Steam Workshop

Valve has paid out $57 million so far
Jan 28
// Jordan Devore
To date, some 1,500 users have earned a collective $57 million from Valve for creating custom in-game content for titles like Team Fortress 2, Dota 2, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Up until now, only the company's tit...
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Nintendo financials: 9.2M Wii U, 1.9M New 3DS sold

Jan 28
// Steven Hansen
Nintendo released its Q3 financials, shedding light on the performance of its properties as of December 31, 2014--so throughout the holiday season.  The New Nintendo 3DS is doing well. 1.3 million of the XL version have ...
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EA financials

EA had a 'record-breaking' quarter behind Dragon Age

But no sales figures
Jan 27
// Brett Makedonski
It was a given that Dragon Age: Inquisition was going to be a big hit for both Electronic Arts and BioWare. That's a no-brainer for the conclusion to a triple-A trilogy. But, even the publisher seems to be taken a bit ab...
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Bill's amiibo collection

Here are some things Bill Platt could have purchased instead of amiibo

Opportunity cost
Jan 26
// Darren Nakamura
A few weeks ago the staff talked about how we feel about amiibo. The consensus is that they are neat little Nintendo figures that don't have amazing functionality but they don't break the bank. One anomaly showed up in the di...
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Come sale away

PS4 sales at 18.5M worldwide, PS+ subscribers near 11M

Come sale away
Jan 05
// Steven Hansen
PlayStation Plus was such a clever way to migrate people towards the idea of paying for online mulitplayer. It's still a good service, but also sly as hell. I let my membership lapse last year, but I'm (probably) in the minor...
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Investors inject influx of $6M to Majesco Entertainment

But it wasn't enough to save Midnight City
Dec 19
// Brett Makedonski
Majesco Entertainment's fallen on hard times. It had gotten so bad that sources familiar with the publisher's financial situation said the company had become unresponsive and that its leadership had gone reclusive. And, that ...

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