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Open letter from Blizzard to the Diablo 3 Community

Blizzard President Mike Morhaime posted a rather lengthy open letter on Battle.net to talk about the launch of Diablo III, the problems associated with that launch, the need for the “always-on” requirement, and what the company has planned for the

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Forge of Empires gets huge update

InnoGames announced an additional age for its strategy browser game Forge of Empires: The ColonialAge. The new Age comes with additional military units and buildings, some of them already displayedin graphics published along the release. An Update containing the Colonial

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Hitfox starts own Game Venture Firm

Hitfox, the Berlin and San Francisco-based games distributor founded by serial entrepreneurs Jan Beckers, Tim Koschella, Ruben Haas, Hanno Fichtner, along with Team Europe, is venturing into the incubator space with the launch of HitFox Game Ventures. The new enterprise

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Zynga adds Yahoo exec to board

Former Yahoo executive Ellen Siminoff has been appointed to Zynga’s board of directors, the first woman to sit on the social-game publisher’s board. Siminoff, who is the CEO of educational publishingcompany Shmoop University, will also join Zynga’s audit committee, the

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Vivendi does not find a buyer for Activision Blizzard

But that sale may be off the table for the simple reason that nobody seems to want to pay the price Vivendi wants. The problem is essentially that Vivendi wants 12% more than Activision Blizzard’s value on the open market

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RuneScape surpasses 200 million registered users

Jagex has just announced that the popular free-to-play browser game has reached 200 million users! Hailing from over 150 different countries, RuneScape players could actually make their own country: The game’s population is almost nine times that of Australia and

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Ubisoft growing through online business

Ubisoft’s increasing focus on digital titles continues to pay off for the company, boosting its sales considerably for the last quarter (ending June 30) and helping the publisher beat its previous guidance. The Parisian company’s total first-quarter revenues grew to

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DeNA secures Transformers IP for mobile games in Europe and US

As part of Japanese mobile games giant DeNA’s expansion into Western territories, the company has announced a partnership with publisher Hasbro to bring mobile games based on the popular Transformers franchise to Europe and the U.S. (…) This new three-year

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Zynga to enter real money gambling?

A couple other notes from the Pincus interview: (…) Zynga is seriously exploring “real-money” games, which is otherwise known as online gambling (perhaps via Zynga Poker). Such things are currently legal in places like the UK, but still illegal in

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70% of F2P ‘DC Universe Online’ userbase plays on PS3

Does free-to-play work on consoles? Sony Online Entertainment would argue “yes.” The evidence? DC Universe Online. According to SOE president John Smedley, the majority of the game’s players are on the PS3, making it the rare example of a successful

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