Free-to-play online games company NEXON Co., Ltd. has launched a new division within the company called ‘Nexon XP’ and shuffled some of its top executives. The new division will be dedicated to working with external development talent to bring their free-to-play games into the Nexon free-to-play games portal.
Activision announced today that, of the $500 million in Destiny copies it shipped to retail (announced last week), an estimated $325 million worth of product has been sold through to consumers. The sales data, which is as clear as a murky swamp, comes from an amalgamation of data from UK's Chart-Track, retail customer sell-through data, first parties and internal estimates from Activision Blizzard.
Sony announced today that, despite the PS4 selling so well, it still expects to report a net loss of 230 billion yen, or $2.1 billion, for the current fiscal year ending in March 2015. The scope and size of the net loss is a lot larger than what the company predicted back in July: it previously predicted a net loss of 50 billion yen, or $466m.
Sony is pinning this loss on impairment charges of 180 billion yen or $1.7 billion related to its struggling smartphone business
GII reports that GameStop will no longer be selling games in Spain. The company announced that it has sold off a majority of its retail stores in the region to UK-based retailer GAME Digital Plc. The stores that were not part of the deal will eventually be closed.
"Our strategic decision to exit the Spanish market was not taken lightly," said GameStop executive vice president Michael Mauler.
Swedish game developer SimBin Studios has gone bankrupt, according to what former company COO Christopher Speed has told Develop today. A total of 18 employees are affected by the bankruptcy. But even as SimBin goes into the history books, Speed has launched a brand new company called Sector 3 Studios, which will continue developing RaceRoom Racing Experience.
Activision says that Bungie's Destiny has earned more than $500 million in revenue since the game launched on Tuesday. That figure, according to Activision, comes from retailers buying the game, and "business from first parties." Activision did not disclose any actual sales numbers, nor did it say if sales were related to digital or retail sales, or the PS4 White Destiny bundle deal it has with Sony.
A Bloomberg report citing three individuals with knowledge of the deal, claims that Microsoft is in talks with Marcus Persson to buy Minecraft maker Mojang AB for an estimated $2 billion.
Rovio CEO Mikael Hed has announced plans to leave the company in January 2015, the Wall Street Journal reports. He will reportedly be replaced by Pekka Rantala, a former Nokia executive who joined the company in the early part of this year.
Video game publisher Little Orbit announced that it acquired video game developer Vicious Cycle Software earlier this year. Vicious Cycle Software is best known for creating video game properties based on TV and film licenses such as Ben 10 Omniverse and Ben 10: Alien Force, Madagascar 3: The Video Game, and Flushed Away. The company is also know for creating its own unique game franchises such as Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon, Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard, and Dead Head Fred.
According to what GamesBeat describes as "a credible source who is close to the matter," Ouya is in preliminary talks about a possible acquisition or investment in the company.
GamesIndustry International talks to two financial analysts who closely watch the video games industry sector about what they make of rumors that Activision could possibly acquire Take-Two. This rumor began circulating over the weekend after Mike Hickey, an equity researcher for the Benchmark Company, sent a note to investors on Friday claiming that the two companies were engaged in what he categorized an "emerging romance."
BuzzFeed will use some of the $50 million it secured last month to develop games. According to this TechCrunch report, BuzzFeed will use that investment to develop casual games - just one measure the company is working on to expand its audience.
BuzzFeed vice president of product Chris Johanesen tells TechCrunch that games are just one more part of an overall strategy to get visitors to do more than consume its content. In other words, it's a move towards more engagement.
Update: A rep. for CCP Games informed us that CCP Games CFO Joe Gallo and CMO David Reid left the company voluntarily, and were not fired, as was previously reported.
Original Story: EVE Online maker CCP Games announced during its latest financial report that it is shutting down its San Francisco-based game development studio and letting two executives go. The news comes on the heels of the company reporting a downturn in year-over-year profits.
While it is the typical line for a company to use when buying out something so beloved by the community as Twitch is, Amazon said last night that it has no plans to make any changes to the popular community-driven video game streaming service. Amazon announced yesterday that it had acquired Twitch for an estimated $970 million. Michael Frazzini, vice of president of Amazon Games, and Twitch CEO Emmett Shear said during a "town hall meeting" last night that the deal shouldn't worry Twitch users.
Video games retailer GameStop reported a 25 percent increase in total global sales compared to the same period a year ago. The company reported $1.73 billion for the second quarter of this year, a 25.1 percent increase over last year's Q2 number of $1.38 billion. Consolidated comparable store sales increased 21.9 percent and net earnings for Q2 came in at around $24.6 million, up 134.3 percent from $10.5 million in the same period last year.
Japanese game developer GungHo Entertainment has sold its stake in Supercell to its own parent company, SoftBank. GII reports that the Puzzle & Dragons developer sold its holdings in the Finnish studio because it wanted to focus more on emerging markets such as "China, Southeast Asia, and South America."
UK publisher Mastertronic has signed a debt repayment agreement with creditors to help it stay in business. In a statement issued yesterday to Develop, Mastertronic CEO Andy Payne said that the company had worked out a deal with creditors that will see it repay 50 percent of its debt over the next three years and four months.
Social and mobile game maker Zynga posted a $63 million net loss for the second quarter of FY 2014. The company reported non-GAAP quarterly revenues of $153 million, with non-GAAP profits of $3 million - a bit better than the $6 million loss for the same period a year ago. Bookings, or virtual item sales, were $175 million, down 7 percent from the same period a year ago.
Zynga also reduced its full-year guidance on bookings to be between $695 million and $725 million, down from an earlier guidance between $770 million to $810 million.
In a status update on Facebook, Netflix CEO Red Hastings said that Netflix now generates more revenue than premium pay channel Home Box Office (HBO). Reed said in his post that the company managed to pull in $1.146 billion compared to HBO's $1.141 billion.
Legendary Entertainment has acquired Felicia Day's Geek & Sundry YouTube channel and added it to its digital division. Legendary Entertainment is a film company whose credits include Godzilla and Pacific Rim, among other properties.
"I am thrilled to have Geek & Sundry partner with a company I admire and that aligns authentically with my audience's interests," Felicia Day tell GII.
Take-Two posted a net revenue of $125.4 million in the first quarter of its 2015 fiscal year, down 12 percent compared to the $142.7 million recorded for the same period a year ago. The company's net loss shrank by nearly 43 percent to $35.4 million, down from $61.9 million last year.
NBA 2K14, Grand Theft Auto V, Grand Theft Auto Online, and Borderlands 2 drove revenue for the quarter.
Atlanta-based company InComm has acquired point-of-sales services company SIRAS.com Inc. from Nintendo of America, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
InComm global provider of gift, debit and card technology. The company said it acquired SIRAS to help it expand "asset control and point-of-sale services to retailers."
SIRAS will become a wholly owned subsidiary of InComm. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
While the last three months have shown marked improvement for Nintendo console and software sales, the maker of Wii U, 3DS, and all things Mario still found itself struggling. Nintendo reported that it raked in 74.7 billion yen ($731.5 million) for the three month period that ended on June 30, 2014, down by approximately 8.4 percent compared to the same period a year ago. The company also recorded a loss of 9.9 billion yen ($96.9 million), compared to profits of 8.6 billion yen ($84.2 million) in the same period a year ago.
Film company Lionsgate Entertainment has invested an undisclosed amount of capital in Finish developer Next Games. Next Games is a game studio based in Helsinki, Finland that was formed last year by former Rovio, Disney and Supercell developers. The studio raised $6 million in its first round of public funding, and is currently working on a free-to-play mobile game based on AMC's The Walking Dead show called No Man's Land and another undisclosed project.
Koch Media, the publisher responsible for Deep Silver - who publishes Dead Island and owns Saints Row maker Volition - has denied reports in a German paper that the company is up for sale.
German business newspaper Handelsblatt reported that Koch Media has brought in investment bank UBS to the company to find a suitable buyer, with multiple sources claiming a sale was in the works.
Some good news for Majesco; the company, who had been threatened with being delisted from the NASDAQ stock exchange for its stock trading below $1, has managed to avoid any punitive action. The company's stock is now trading above the $1 requirement and is in compliance with NASDAQ rules. The company announced the good news this week.
Back in March of last year NASDAQ gave Majesco 180 calendar days to raise its stock price above $1 or face delisting. Majesco received an additional 180 day extension to Feb. 14, 2014 in August of last year.
Companies would like to believe that the people who invest in them understand the business they are trying to make a return on and that they believe in it to some degree, but the sad truth is that for every shareholder who understands what they are putting their money into there might be one that doesn't have a clue or doesn't care beyond the financial return or loss.
Independent game development studio Airtight Games has confirmed via Twitter that it has officially gone out of business, but it did not provide any particular details on why the Redmond, Washington-based studio closed. Yesterday reports surfaced that the studios office were locked and a sign on the door indicated that the equipment inside the building was for sale.