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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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Studies show our large, unemployed sons are playing hella video games to feel better

Young, "less-educated" (which apparently includes people with associate's degrees; gotta keep tricking kids into going into $50,000 in debt for the Bachelor's), able-bodied men are apparently still not working, or not working full-time, in ...   read

 
 
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The Sims boss is now in charge of Mass Effect developer BioWare

Mega-publisher Electronic Arts issued "an organizational update" yesterday announcing the formation of EA Worldwide Studios, a "central studios organization led by Patrick Söderlund," who was the head of EA Studios for the past three y...   read

 
 
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Interplay is selling off Earthworm Jim, Freespace, and more

When I think of Interplay, I think of the Earthworm Jim series, but that isn't a thought I've had in a long while. There just isn't much happening there unless you're simply rebuying the original games, and the same could be said of most of...   read

 
 
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Pokemon Go loses over 10 million daily players

Pokemon Go made record profits in its first month, but the reason King sold for $6 billion, for example, wasn't Candy Crush's first month (a paltry $25 million earned to Go's $200 million), but sustained engagement.  After peaking 2-3 ...   read

 
 
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Pokemon Go had a record $200 million first month

While Activision would come to purchase Candy Crush Developer King for about six billion dollars, King's crown jewel "only" made $25 million in its first month of release back in 2014. Usurping Candy Crush was this year's Clash Royale (~$12...   read

 
 
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Overwatch leads Activision Blizzard to a record-breaking second quarter

Overwatch has added quite the exclamation point to Activision Blizzard's financial statement. The publisher just released its most recent investors' report, and the success of Blizzard's multiplayer shooter has led to record revenues f...   read

 
 
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Pokevision creator's open letter to Niantic about Pokemon Go tracking

A tracking bug that upset one of Pokemon Go's prized features -- knowing how close nearby monsters were, so you could go get them -- led to the rise of Pokevision, a service that displayed Pokemon location in real-time in lieu of the game b...   read

 
 
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No criminal charges to be filed in 38 Studios case

No charges will be filed against Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning company 38 Studios or former Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation officials, the state's Attorney General Peter Kilman and State Police Colonel Steven O'Donnel announce...   read

 
 
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Ubisoft says Nintendo NX is 'really great,' will woo 'casual players'

Ooh boy, lotta ways to take statements Ubisoft head Yves Guillemot made in yesterday's earnings call regarding Nintendo's still-scantly-detailed console just eight months away. "On the NX, what we have seen is really great," Guillemot said....   read

 
 


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Vivendi buys even more stake in Ubisoft, says it's not eyeing a takeover

It's a saga that's almost a year old at this point, and it shows no signs of slowing down. Vivendi's on the warpath to buy as much stake in Ubisoft as it possibly can; Ubisoft's just trying to stand its ground. Another chapter to that story...   read

 
 
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Sex sim pulling in over $40,000 per month canceled over developer drama

Breeding Season, a Harvest Moon-esque simulator with large-breasted cowgirls (like half-cow, not someone who makes uncomfortable Facebook posts about Obama's birth certificate), has been canceled after a messy spat between the art director...   read

 
 
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Remember when Uncharted 3 tried to sell you Subway?

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End serves as a weird hanger-on to the Uncharted trilogy housed on the PS3. We could've left it at that, even "that" was the disappointing Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception -- especially if Uncharted 4 is meant to serve ...   read

 
 
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Warner Bros. settles FTC charges over deceptive Shadow of Mordor sponsored videos

As part of its promotional push for 2014's Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Warner Bros. paid online influencers "tens of thousands of dollars" to produce positive videos about the game that were collectively viewed upwards of 5.5 million t...   read

 
 
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Ubisoft attempts to shuffle chairs as Vivendi looms for a takeover

Ubisoft has announced today that two independent directors have been nominated as board members for the company, for approval in September. The individuals are Frédérique Dame and Florence Naviner, the former of which was...   read

 
 
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Arc System Works opens new office in South Korea

Arc System Works, the Yokohama-based studio best known for fighters like Guilty Gear and BlazBlue, is expanding its operations with a new "Asia Branch" located in Seoul, South Korea. The satellite office opened today and will be providing t...   read

 
 
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The near-finished Daredevil game that Marvel quashed

As part of the superhero boom in the early 2000s that saw Marvel selling off movie rights to its pajama-wearing characters and saw Colin Farrell kill a man with a paper clip, there was meant to be a Daredevil: The Man Without Fear game. It...   read

 
 
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Local Ford dealer steals Firewatch art to sell freedom (and cars)

Because I have blessedly been without cable for many years now (and still drive a dinged, 11-year-old beater), I have somewhat forgotten about the stain on humanity that is the car dealership. Local dealers tend to have the annoying, freque...   read

 
 
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Oculus silently removes DRM as SuperHot gets roasted by angry Steam customers

Good news, everyone! If you're thinking of buying a Rift or Vive to play VR games in the future, you can go back to selecting that hardware based on its merits and not software exclusives. This weekend the timed Oculus exclusive for Superho...   read

 
 
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Suggested Price Warriors are vandalizing GeForce 1080 reviews

Have you seen Nvidia's stock? It was like $15 for the last five years and suddenly more than doubled. It's because they're making the worst video card ever. Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1080 is faster and more power efficient than their previous Ti...   read

 
 
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Ubisoft shutters Casablanca studio

Of all the video game studios, in all the towns, in all the world, Ubisoft will be shutting down its satellite office in Casablanca, Morocco on June 13, the company announced Thursday. Ubisoft let the studio know of its plans last week, and...   read

 
 
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IGN's parent company buys Kotaku publisher

Ziff Davis, an internet media conglomerate and owner of IGN, has bought Gawker Media Group. Details of the sale haven't been disclosed, but reports from earlier today state that Ziff Davis had a firm bid to buy Gawker and all of its assets ...   read

 
 
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Ubisoft founders to sell all remaining control in Gameloft to Vivendi

The Guillemot family, best known as the founders of both Ubisoft and Gameloft, will soon be mostly unaffiliated with the latter. Following a successful hostile takeover of Gameloft by Vivendi, the Guillemots have announced that they plan to...   read

 
 
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Nintendo reportedly delays NX production to add VR

Nintendo's next console, code named "NX," was meant to go into mass production in the middle of this year, which, incidentally, we are in. It's June! Holy shit! But this process has been delayed into "early 2017," according to Digitimes sou...   read

 
 
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Techland is getting into the publishing game

After spending its first 25 years as a developer, Polish video game company Techland is expanding its operations to include global publishing. The "global" distinction is important because Techland already has some experience in distributio...   read

 
 
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