Monthly Archives: March 2013

Eve Online, Dust 514 universe more a webservice than a game, says technical producer

CCP Games’ MMO Eve Online and first-person shooter Dust 514 are part of an ever-evolving universe that is more of a webservice masquerading as a game than a closed computer game, according to CCP Games senior technical producer Andie Nordgren.

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Digital game sales growing 33%

GDC 2013: Analysts from NPD, iResearch and Digi-Capital present data on the growing digital game market across the world (…) The annual spending on games in the USA for new retail games in 2012 was $7.1 billion, which represented about

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Update From Zynga: Draw Something 2 Sighted In Sweden’s App Store

Zynga’s Draw Something 2 appears to be making its way into App Stores worldwide. The first sighting has occurred in Sweden, as the following screenshot shows: According to our source at Zynga, Draw Sometime 2 is launching exclusively in Sweden

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Big Fish Games earned $220m in 2012

The casual gaming platform Big Fish Games earned more than $220 million in revenue in 2012. Last year marked the company’s 10th birthday, and also its 10th consecutive year of revenue growth. Big Fish produces and distributes thousands of games

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GameStop loses $270m in fiscal 2012

GameStop made a loss of $269.7 million in fiscal year 2012 as its progress in digital markets failed to offset the attendant costs and the decline of physical retail. For the fiscal year ended February 2, 2013, GameStop booked revenue

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Total War goes free-to-play with Arena

Today at GDC 2013, Creative Assembly lead designer James Russell announced Total War: Arena, a free-to-play title based on the PC strategy series. The game will be Creative Assembly’s first free-to-play game, featuring various armies throughout history. The game is

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Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft preview: Blizzard’s F2P experiment

For a giant publisher with such stock in online gaming, Blizzard has been notably reluctant to jump into the free-to-play market. All that changed this weekend with the announcement of Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, a F2P online collectible card game

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EA shutters RISK: Factions on Facebook later this month

When Electronic Arts and Playfish launched RISK: Factions on Facebook at the beginning of 2012, the game started out on a rocky road, simply because of its genre. Strategy and “core” games still have a hard time taking off amongst

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NCsoft West confirms layoffs

NCsoft has gone through some “restructuring,” leading to the termination of several employee and contract positions. (…)  “In an effort to put a greater focus on the success of the Western-developed games from NCSOFT, and the long-term services MMOs require,

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Closed Beta for Navy Field 2 Real-Time Strategy Game

Navy Field 2, Nexon America’s free-to-play massively multiplayer naval warfare real-time strategy game, begins its closed beta today. The closed beta will give players the opportunity to lead powerful naval fleets into battle through April 10. The Navy Field 2

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