Monthly Archives: September 2013

EA closes North Carolina studio

One of the many caveats to working in the video game industry these days is that mass layoffs and studio closings have become all too common: and neither small nor multi-million dollar companies are completely safe from the sways of

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Candy Crush dev valued at $5 billion in expected IPO

King, the British game firm behind the wildly popular Candy Crush Saga, is preparing to float on the Nasdaq. The company has filed its pre-IPO S-1 paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission, “taking advantage of the same loophole for

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Star Citizen passes $20 million in crowd-funding

Chris Roberts’ Cloud Imperium Games has announced that its crowd-funding campaign for the PC space-sim Star Citizen has surpassed $20 million in funding. $10 million of that total was raised in the past four and a half months. Potential supporters

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Sega’s Japanese mobile network free to developers

The Japanese mobile cross-promotion network started by Sega is promising developers a free method to increase their reach while also drastically reducing advertising costs. Reports of the Sega-led initiative emerged last month via the revered Japanese business paper, the Nikkei.

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Valve announces Steam Machines

Valve has revealed its second step into the living room: Steam Machines. Like many speculated, while Valve has its own prototype Steam Machine, other manufacturers will be making devices of different prices and configurations. “We want you to be able

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Wargaming looks toward $200 billion industry revenue

Wargaming’s Victor Kislyi has set the games industry a goal of $200 billion in total annual revenue by 2016. Speaking at DICE Europe today, Kislyi pointed to the industry’s current $75 billion annual revenue as evidence of unrealised potential. The

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Rockstar Confirms Grand Theft Auto Online Microtransactions

Rockstar has announced new details about Grand Theft Auto Online, including confirmation of the microtransactions rumored earlier this week. In a post on Rockstar Newswire, Rockstar explained that “if you’re the completely instant gratification type, you can choose to buy

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Nexon: Market optimization key to free-to-play

Nexon has been one of the pioneers in the free-to-play space from the very beginning, and while much of Asia has been capitalizing on free-to-play for years, it’s only in the last few years that free-to-play has started to really

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Microsoft unveils new Surface tablets

Microsoft hasn’t exactly lit the tablet world on fire with its Surface tablets. That hasn’t discouraged the company, however. Today, Microsoft announced tweaks to its line of Surface hardware, unveiling the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2. The new models

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Valve Announces Steam OS

Steam is getting its very own operating system, Valve announced today. It’ll be a combination of Steam’s current platform and Linux. SteamOS is a free operating system designed for living rooms that Valve says “combines the rock-solid architecture of Linux

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