UPDATE: Twitch has confirmed that it has been acquired by Amazon.
UPDATE: Twitch has confirmed that it has been acquired by Amazon.
Who needs a demo when you can allow consumers to play a game for an extended amount of time and turn that experience into an actual purchase? According to this Reddit screen grab after the latest Xbox One system update, Microsoft is trying out 24-hour trials with a select few game titles.
Max The Curse of Brotherhood was one of the titles available to download under the label entitled Free Play Day with Gold.
According to this Bloomberg report, Microsoft is planning to cut a number of jobs in its Xbox division as part of an overall restructuring plan. Two anonymous sources familiar with the situation have told Bloomberg that overall cuts could end up being the biggest number of layoffs since 2009 when the company laid off 5,800 employees.
The rumors continue to mount that Crytek UK is in bad shape financially and morale is getting lower and lower. Today's news won't help; according to Kotaku, Homefront: The Revolution's game director has now left the company.
Microsoft has denied a report coming from Digital Spy claiming that the company planned on canning the Xbox One's ability to double as a development kit for developers who want to create games for Xbox One. The report is based on comments made by the Xbox Advanced Technology Group's Martin Fuller, who said the company has no plans to implement the previously announced feature.
People have been talking about the possibility of a PS Vita version of BioShock Infinite for awhile, and while there was some hope in the past that Sony and 2K Games would make it happen, Irrational Games founder and series creator Ken Levine finally delivered the closing statement on the issue today on Twitter.
Levine, whose Irrational Games Studio was shut down in favor of operating a smaller studio under the auspices of 2K Games earlier this year, said that Sony and 2K Games just couldn't put a deal together for the latest BioShock game.
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.
A recent visit to the Redmond, Washington offices of Airtight Games by GeekWire revealed a startling find: the company seems to have gone out of business. According to the GeekWire report, the publication visited the offices yesterday to find it closed and a sign on the door advertising a "blow out sale" on the equipment inside.
Subsequent attempts to reach the studio have gone unanswered. In April the studio laid off 14 employees as part of what it called "necessary restructuring."
A new report from Eurogamer notes that the recent series of staff departures may put the ongoing development of the sequel to Homefront in serious jeopardy. Yesterday Kotaku reported that Free Radical Design co-founder Karl Hilton had left his role at Crytek UK as managing director. Company records "seen" by Eurogamer show that he left Crytek UK on May 28.
Crysis series and CryEngine middleware developer Crytek has denied a report in German publication Gamestar alleging that the company is teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. The GameStar report alleges that the Frankfurt, Germany based company was in serious financial trouble after its Xbox One launch title Ryse failed.
According to multiple sources within the company, Microsoft plans to lift the Xbox Live Gold requirement for consumers who want to watch Netflix, Hulu and other streaming media apps on Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
Basically it means that consumers who buy a brand new Xbox One will be able to watch these services right out of the box without having to worry about having an Xbox Live Gold account. Of course you'll still have to set up a free Silver account in order to do anything.
Electronic Arts and ISP Comcast are believed to be negotiating a game streaming deal, according to five independent sources speaking to Reuters. According to sources speaking to Reuters, Comcast will give some customers the ability to buy and stream EA titles through Comcast's new X1 operating system. X1 is only available in certain areas covered by Comcast at the moment.
Infinity Ward will absorb Neversoft to create one 'super-studio', according to an Activision memo from CEO Eric Hirshberg - obtained by GiantBomb. The wholly owned Activision studios most recently collaborated on Call of Duty: Ghosts, with Infinity Ward creating the main game and Neversoft developing the game's 'Extinction' mode.
A source close to the situation (who asked not to be named because they were not authorized to talk about the matter) has informed us that GameStop is in a battle at locations around the country that are in a general proximity to Walmart. Walmart launched its video game trade-in program today, offering consumers the ability to trade in their old video game software for in-store credit.
Naughty Dog co-presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra have come out swinging against the media for reporting that Uncharted writer and lead Amy Hennig was forced out of the company by the creative leads on The Last of Us, Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley. In a post on the official company site, the duo blasted the media for reporting the unconfirmed nature of Hennig's departure from the company. That report came from IGN who was told by inside sources that she was leaving the company and was forced out by Druckmann and Straley.
Rumors persist that Amazon will launch some sort of set box device or console later this year. According to a new report on the subject over at Recode, sources inside Amazon's "partners" have said that the Android-powered box is real and will compete with Apple TV and Roku's line of steaming devices..
Comcast is expected to announce a deal worth $44 billion to buy out rival cable operator Time Warner Cable today, according to a Bloomberg report. The company will reportedly announce today that it plans to pay $159 a share to Time Warner Stock holders.
According to a research note from Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter to investors, game sales dipped 20 percent on the weakness of current generation sales in the month of January. Pachter is making his predictions ahead of the NPD Groups' retail report for the month of January. When those numbers are released on Thursday, Pachter says that they will show that retail software sales fell 20 percent in January to around $300 million - down 20 percent from the $373 million generated in the same period a year ago.
According to an OnGamers report, World Cyber Games is finished holding eSports tournaments this year and may cease operations beyond being just a "brand." The World Cyber Games is one of the world's most popular and recognized e-sports tournament organizations operating competitions in Asia, North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and Oceania.
Angry Birds maker Rovio issued a statement today (which they passed along to GamePolitics this morning following a request for comment yesterday) in response to a report from ProPublica that spy agencies were gathering information on users of its popular game. The company said in a statement that it does not share data about its users with government agencies such as the NSA or the UK's GCHQ.
Update: Apparently a system error is being blamed for the disappearance of pre-orders for the Wii U version of Ubisoft's Watch Dogs at GameStop. A spokesperson for the retailer tells Kotaku that the error has been corrected and that pre-orders for the game will be available again soon.
While we have no way to confirm it, one of our readers claims that a man whose game recently launched on Kongregate (owned by GameStop) has been arrested by the Iranian government and jailed. The game he was supposedly jailed for is "Kill Dictators," and as the title suggest, players are charged with killing various leaders inside and outside Iran including Bashar, Erdogan, Amhadi Nejad, Khameni, Nasrallah, and Putin.
The CEO of a major Chinese corporation has hinted that the Xbox One will be available in China next year. Luo Jiangchun, CEO of online video service Funshion, said during a marketing and advertising strategy meeting last week that the Xbox One would be available in China in 2014, according to Chinese tech site Sohu IT (as uncovered by this Kotaku report).
According to several outlets including CVG, Texas-based development studio Terminal Reality is believed to be closing its doors. Former Terminal Reality employee Jesse Sosa said in a Facebook post that the studio "seems to have finally shut down," and follow-up comments on the post from a number of now ex-Terminal Reality staff members appear to back up Sosa's claim.
An interesting report in the LA Business Journal (citing a Bloomberg report) says that Activision Blizzard CEO Robert Kotick allegedly threatened to quit as Activision Blizzard’s top executive if the board didn't accept his buyout plan to re-secure Vivendi’s stake in the company. This little morsel of information - which Activision Blizzard has not publicly commented on as of this writing - comes from claims in a shareholder lawsuit over the deal.
Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter estimates that Sony, who has promised "substantial resupplies" of the PlayStation 4 consoles in North America before the end of 2013, is making one million units per month. Pachter says that Sony is shipping about one million units to North America per month, with about half of those units going to retailer GameStop.
According to "trusted sources" speaking to Eurogamer, game streaming on PlayStation 4 powered by Gaikai will launch in the third quarter of 2014, with a European launch slated for sometime in 2015. Developers have been briefed on Gaikai, the report claims, and some have been asked to participate in a beta for the cloud service said to begin in 2014.
According to CVG Sony is acquiring the rights to Crash Bandicoot from Activision. Crash Bandicoot became the official mascot of the first Sony PlayStation console and was a popular franchise for many years until it was sold as part of a deal with Vivendi.