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Google buys Job Simulator developer Owlchemy Labs

Between Job Simulator and Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality, Owlchemy Labs has been doing some cool stuff in the VR space. I'm curious to see what the team does next, especially in light of today's news that Google, which has its Dayd...   read

 
 
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How will the AT&T / Warner merger change games?

In case you hadn't heard, AT&T announced Saturday that it intends to purchase Time Warner, Inc. for $85.4 billion. The deal is far from final, and if approved, wouldn't take place until sometime in 2017. It's an absolutely enormous merg...   read

 
 

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Razer buys audio-visual company THX

When I think of THX, I think of its logo, that distinct before-the-movie "Deep Note," and also this wide-eyed creature. But, going forward, maybe I'll think about Razer, too. The gaming hardware maker has acquired THX for an undisclosed amo...   read

 
 
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Today in Tencent acquisitions: Clash of Clans

Let's take stock of Tencent's current lineup, shall we? The Chinese megacorporation currently owns Riot Games and games outlet/guide database Zam.com, has sizable investments in Paradox Interactive and Epic Games, and has previously wo...   read

 
 
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Ubisoft acquires 2048 publisher Ketchapp

The release of 2048 was a flashpoint; the low-budget free-to-play Threes! ripoff became more popular than the game it stole from, starting a conversation about the viability of paid games in the mobile space. Fun fact: the version...   read

 
 
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Logitech picks up simulation brand Saitek from Mad Catz

Simulation game controller brand Saitek has been with Mad Catz since 2007, but as of this week, it has found a new and arguably much better home: Logitech. The company just paid $13 million for Saitek, which, given the lucrative resurgence ...   read

 
 
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Nintendo acquires JESNET for $46.5 million

Nintendo announced earlier today that it has made a deal to acquire JESNET (Japan Entertainment Software Sales Network) for the equivalent of $46.5 million. JESNET is a production and distribution network native to Japan, and it's likely th...   read

 
 
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Microsoft purchases its own Twitch competitor

Microsoft announced yesterday that its Xbox division has purchased Beam Interactive, a livestreaming service that "gives viewers the ability to watch and play along with their favorite game streamers in real-time." Terms of the deal were no...   read

 
 
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Sega acquires Endless Space studio Amplitude

Sega's stable of strategy games grows stronger with Amplitude Studios, the maker of the Endless series. The publisher has acquired the 4X game developer to "further strengthen its PC game portfolio and development capabilities in the U.S. a...   read

 
 
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Yep, Activision bought Major League Gaming

As suspected, Activision has acquired Major League Gaming. The move falls in line with the company's ambitious goal to "create the ESPN of eSports," according to CEO Bobby Kotick. "MLG's ability to create premium content and its proven broa...   read

 
 


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White Wolf can still license World of Darkness to other publishers

People got cautiously excited when Paradox bought the popular tabletop World of Darkness IP and its creator White Wolf last month. The publisher is known mainly for grand strategy games (developed in-house) as well as their smaller tit...   read

 
 
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Activision offers to buy Candy Crush dev for $5.9 billion

Today, Activision revealed that it has agreed to purchase Candy Crush developer King for $5.9 billion -- that's one Oculus Rift plus one Minecraft with a cool $1.4 bil' left over for Grandma. Between this and Call of Duty, the pur...   read

 
 
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Intel is selling Havok to Microsoft

Microsoft is purchasing physics engine maker Havok from Intel for an undisclosed sum. The company confirmed with IGN that the technology will continue to be licensed to "the broad AAA games industry," including companies making titles for S...   read

 
 
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Update: Razer/Ouya deal means no money for indies, devs encouraged to not talk to press

[Update: In a call with Polygon, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan confirmed that the company would be looking into fulfilling the contracts made by Ouya. "We are going to try and make good on this fund and give these developers an option. [...] ...   read

 
 
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SOE sold by Sony, sees a new dawn as Daybreak Game Company

Sony Online Entertainment -- developer of popular MMOs such as PlanetSide 2, Everquest, and H1Z1 -- is no longer a part of Sony's stable of studios. After 20 years, SOE has been offloaded. Sony recently sold its subsidiary off to New Y...   read

 
 
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Examining what's behind the $12.5 billion in game company acquisitions last year

Digi-Capital, a London based firm, stated in its second-quarter report that mobile gaming has been the source of the largest amount of companies changing hands with $4.6 billion in deals in the past year. Closely following are MMOs with $4 ...   read

 
 
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Perfect World and a chicken meat vendor want to buy Warframe dev Digital Extremes

Perfect World is the publisher of Blacklight: Retribution and, uh, Perfect World. Sumpo Food is "one of the well-known chicken meat products suppliers in Fujian" and "44th out of 90 amongst the Competitive Enterprises of Meat Prod...   read

 
 
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YouTube reportedly in talks to buy Twitch for $1 billion

Google buying Twitch. Well, that's one way to scale. Sources with Variety say that Google's YouTube is working to acquire the streaming video site for "more than $1 billion" and preparing for U.S. regulators to challenge the buyout. Other o...   read

 
 
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Amazon acquires Double Helix Games

It's been known that Amazon has had its eye on diversifying into the gaming space. Not just from a sales standpoint, but for publishing and producing its own unique titles. And now, the mega online retailer has made its first major move to ...   read

 
 
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Atlus is free to revive classic Sega brands

When Sega purchased Index Holdings along with Atlus back in September, many fans of the niche company were worried about the future of their beloved library of titles. Fast forward to today, it all looks like it's business as usual. No...   read

 
 
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Wargaming.net acquires Gas Powered Games

Gas Powered Games, the team behind the Dungeon Siege and Supreme Commander franchises, has been bought by World of Tanks creator Wargaming.net. Gas Powered Games has had recent trouble staying afloat, with a large amount of l...   read

 
 
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Microsoft didn't acquire Sega because it lacked 'muscle'

Former VP of Windows sales at Microsoft Joachim Kempin spoke with IGN about Microsoft's entrance into the videogame console market, prior to committing to the Xbox, saying: "There were three companies at that point in time, I think this was...   read

 
 
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Grasshopper Manufacture merging with Ragnarok publisher

GungHo Online Entertainment, the company behind the Ragnarok series, has announced plans to merge with Killer is Dead developer Grasshopper Manufacture. The companies hope the move will enhance their respective strengths when the ...   read

 
 
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Wargaming is getting into console development with Day 1

Known for its "World of" games, including World of Tanks, free-to-play MMO developer Wargaming is now expanding its reach with an acquisition of Day 1 Studios for the express purpose of developing a new game for consoles. "The move into con...   read

 
 
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Epic Games adds Impossible Studios, former Big Huge staff

Epic Games' latest addition to their network is Impossible Studios, a Maryland-based development team. Impossible consists of former employees of Big Huge Games, makers of RTS and role-playing titles like Rise of Nations, Catan, Age of Empi...   read

 
 


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