'Wildstar' going free-to-play this fall

May 28, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Carbine Studios is the latest MMO maker to move its game to the free-to-play space. The company announced today that its MMO Wildstar will transition from a monthly subscription based payment model to free-to-play this fall - and only a year after launch.

Players will still have the option to purchase a monthly membership that will provide additional perks including convenience bonuses, game enhancements, and additional slots for characters, costumes, the in-game bank, supplies, and decor items. The client will be free to download and install.

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'The Witcher 3' tops Japanese weekly game sales chart

May 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Here's a surprise - CD Projekt RED's action RPG The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (available for PS4, Xbox One, and PC)  is apparently a chart topper in Japan.

According to retail sales data from Media Create, The Witcher 3: Wild hunt for PS4 sold 67,000 sold units in the region during its first week of availability, beating out Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition, Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition for 3DS, Lovely x Cation 1&2 for PS Vita, and Girls Mode 3: Kirakira Code for 3DS.

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Ukie adds two new board members

May 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The United Kingdom Interactive Entertainment (Ukie) has added executives from Candy Crush maker King and Electronic Arts to its board of directors.

The trade group representing the interactive entertainment industry in the United Kingdom has added two new board members to replace Kate Booth and Keith Ramsdale, who are stepping down. They are being replaced by EA UK country manager Shaun Campbell and King's chief legal officer Rob Miller.

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'Minecraft' dominates iOS games top ten charts

May 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Mojang’s popular world building game Minecraft continues to dominate the iOS charts, taking the number one slots on the iPhone and iPad Top Ten best-selling game charts for the week ending May 18, according to MCV.

Mojang's hit mobile game managed to beat out Snowman’s Alto’s Adventure on both charts for the week.

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'The Witcher 3' pre-orders reach 1.5 million

May 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Last week The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developer CD Projekt RED revealed that the action-RPG had around 1 million pre-orders on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Today it revealed that those number increased by 500,000 units, topping out at around 1.5 million pre-orders.

Those numbers were revealed by CD Projekt Red CEO Adam Kicinski in an interview with Money.pl.

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Five million copies of 'GTA V' sold in the UK

May 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

This week's numbers for retail sales in the United Kingdom via Chart-Track reveal that Grand Theft Auto V has sold over five million copies in the UK since launch - and those sales numbers apparently don't include digital sales (Steam, etc.). The last official tally from Rockstar - at the end of December 2014 - noted that 45 million copies of the game had been shipped worldwide.

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EA, EB Games take top honors at MCV Pacific Awards

May 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Electronic Arts was named "Publisher of the Year" at last week's MCV Pacific Awards 2015 gala event. Winners of the UK-based games industry awards were chosen by 227 members of the industry to honor individuals and companies in 16 categories. Other winners included retailer EB Games (Online Retailer of the Year), Destiny (Marketing Campaign of the Year), and PlayStation Store (Digital Retailer of the Year).

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EA Predicts 50 million Xbox One and PS4 sales by the end of 2015

May 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Electronic Arts predicts that combined PlayStation 4 and Xbox One sales will reach 50 million by the end of the year. Electronic Arts CFO Blake Jorgensen said that the console market was growing much faster than it had in previous generations and that four out of every five copies of Battlefield Hardline were sold for either the PS4 or Xbox One. Combined, EA predicts that around 22 million PS4s and Xbox One systems will be sold in 2015's end.

According to EA's accounting, 27 million Xbox One and PS4 consoles had been sold by the end of 2014.

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World of Warcraft subscriber numbers decline

May 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The latest subscriber numbers for World of Warcraft's show that the long running MMO is in a period of decline. The subscriber numbers were revealed as part of Activision's latest financial results.  Blizzard's MMO is still popular enough to keep the attention of 7.1 million subscribers, but those numbers are down substantially from the 10 million subscribers the game enjoyed back in November.

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Tencent buys 14.6 percent stake in Glu Mobile

April 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Tencent has acquired a 14.6 percent stake in mobile game developer Glu Mobile for an estimated $126 million payout to the company, according to this GamesBeat report.

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Newzoo predicts global revenue from gaming will hit $91.5 billion in 2015

April 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to a new report from market research firm Newzoo, the global video games industry will see revenues grow by around 9.4 percent and will hit $91.5 billion in 2015. That 9.4 percent increase is year-over-year. The firm's "Global Games Market Report" also predicts that worldwide revenues from gaming will hit $107 billion in 2017.

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HDC Research launches video game market research division

April 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Market research firm HCD Research has opened a video game market research division to be led by video game industry veteran Josh Drescher. The new division "will combine neuroscience tools with traditional research methods to provide a view of both respondents' subconscious and cognitive response to video game concepts," according to the company's announcement.

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Video game sales fall six percent in March

April 17, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Console sales fell an estimated 21 percent in March, according to new data from retail research firm NPD Group. Overall video game sales were down around six percent to $963.7 million in March, while consoles sales fell 21 percent to $311.1 million, and software fell 3 percent to $395.4 million. The video game accessories category was the only bright spot for March, rising 15 percent to $257.2 million.

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GameStop may soon accept older consoles and games as trade-ins

April 15, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this IGN report GameStop will soon accept older console systems as trade-ins for in-store credit or cash. According to the report, the country's top games retailer will launch pilot programs in its New York City and Birmingham markets. Those two market's represent around 250 retail stores.

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'Bloodborne' sells-through over one million copies

April 14, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

From Software's and SCE Japan's latest Souls-esque PlayStation 4 exclusive game Bloodborne is doing very well, according to Sony. In a post on PlayStation Blog from Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Studio's Masaaki Yamagiwa (Bloodborne's producer) detailing the upcoming 1/03 update to the game, the studio reveals that Bloodborne has sold through over one million copies of the game worldwide since its launch.

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Xbox One gets price cut in the UK

April 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The UK version of Microsoft's Xbox One console has received a price cut, according to a report in Eurogamer this morning. The new price point is £299.99, down from £329.99.

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Mark Pincus becomes CEO of Zynga as Don Mattrick exits stage left

April 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Zynga CEO Don Mattrick is leaving the social games company and heading to Canada for a new opportunity, according to an announcement by the company today. He'll be replaced with a familiar face who sat in Mattrick's chair prior to him joining the company. Mattrick will be replaced with Zynga founder and former CEO Mark Pincus, who vacated the position to make room for Mattrick in July of 2013. Mattrick was the head of Microsoft's Xbox division prior to joining Zynga, and prior to joining Microsoft in 2007, he served as the President of Worldwide Studios for Electronic Arts.

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Report: Xbox One goes 'region free' in China

April 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to GII - based on other reports from Halo Gamers and My Drivers, a recent firmware update from Microsoft has made the Chinese version of the Xbox One region free.

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Zynga shareholder lawsuit can proceed, federal court rules

March 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A U.S. District Court Judge in San Francisco has ruled that a lawsuit against social game maker Zynga concerning its December 2011 initial public offering can proceed, Reuters reports. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White ruled that shareholders alleging that Zynga  defrauded them "before and after" its Dec. 2011 IPO could proceed with their lawsuit. An earlier version of the lawsuit was tossed out by the same judge 13 months ago.

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Activision: 175 million 'Call of Duty' games sold to-date

March 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Activision released an infographic today showing the cumulative sales of its popular Call of Duty series since 2010. According to that infographic the company has sold 175 million Call of Duty games. Call of Duty has also generated $11 billion in total lifetime revenue, according to Activision.

Other data in the infographic:

- Over 100 billion multiplayer matches played to date.

- More than 300 million grenades chucked by players.

- Around 579 billion in-game awards have been earned by players.

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505 Games invests $5 million in Starbreeze

March 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Digital Bros., the parent company of 505 Games, has agreed to buy 2.67 percent of Starbreeze AB's common shares to the tune of around $5 million. 505 Games publishes Starbreeze's popular action heist game series Payday on various platforms.

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'Battlefield Hardline' debuts at number one in UK sales charts

March 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

EA's cops vs. robbers game is having a good showing in the United Kingdom, according to new data from Gfk Chart-Track. EA's Battlefield Hardline debuted at the top spot in the Gfk Chart-Track Top 40, and is the biggest launch of 2015 so far in the region. For perspective, the last title in the series, Battlefield 4, debuted on the same UK charts in Nov. of 2013 at number two.

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New 3DS XL and 'Majora's Mask 3D' Rule Retail in February

March 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

February console hardware sales didn't belong to the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, according to NPD Group retail sales numbers released on Thursday. The best selling console in North America during the month was Nintendo's New 3DS XL hand-held. The PS4 did manage to beat the Xbox One in February, and was the top selling home console, when excluding hand-helds. The PS4 also beat out the Xbox One in software sales as well.

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The Texas Film Industry Doesn't Want To Share Tax Incentives With Video Game Makers

March 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The film industry of Texas wants the video games industry to get its own tax credits, according to a report in the Texas Tribune. Currently both the video games and film industries in the state share funds from the same pool - a fact that advocates for the film industry want to change. Advocates from the film industry in the state are asking the state legislature to create a separate fund for the video games industry as part of this year's budget.

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Majesco Hands Off Retail Publishing As Annual Shareholder Meeting Looms

March 4, 2015 - James Fudge

Majesco Entertainment announced that it is effectively handing off its retail publishing business to someone else. All of the publisher’s packaged products retail distribution business in North America will be handled by U&I Entertainment LLC going forward. Majesco said that it would continue to publish and distribute its own digital game products.

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Upcoming Open Gaming Alliance Report Predicts PC Gaming Sector Worth $35 Billion By 2018

March 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Open Gaming Alliance (OGA) will release its seventh annual research report at the end of March in conjunction with market research firm DFC Intelligence. The new report, which focuses on the PC gaming sector, offers predictions on the sector from the end of 2014 up until 2018.

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SuperData: 'Grand Theft Auto V' Tops Digital Sales Charts in January

February 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The very first bit of data from research firm SuperData's new initiative to cover digital game sales shows that games from Activision and Take-Two Interactive have made the most money in the digital landscape during the month of January.

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Developers Sound Off On Metacritic

February 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

MCV has an interesting report on the shifting attitudes of the media and game developers towards review aggregation site Metacritic. Eurogamer, which recently eliminated reviews scores altogether from its reviews earlier this month, thinks the biggest problem with Metacritic is how certain parts of the industry use metascores to approve or deny developer bonuses, among other issues.

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Analyst Predicts Sony Will Move 80 Million PS4 Units by 2019

February 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

If you believe a new report from research firm Strategy Analytics, Sony will move 80 million PS4 systems globally by 2019, compared to Microsoft's 57 million Xbox One systems. The prediction is part of the group's new "Connected Home Devices Report," which proclaims that the PlayStation 4 "is on path to reproduce the success of the PlayStation 2 and Nintendo Wii."

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'Dying Light,' PS4 Top Retail in January

February 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Techland's zombie survival game Dying Light was the most sold game at retail in United States during the month of January, according to retail research firm NPD Group. The game, published by Warner Bros. Interactive in the United States is available for Xbox One, PC, and PS4. It managed to beat out Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Grand Theft Auto V and Minecraft, according to NPD Group's data for the month.

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WymorenceOh sweet god, Kung Fury is freaking awesome...05/28/2015 - 10:03pm
E. Zachary KnightWonder, I know you can revise content and resubmit it, but I can't findany information about a formal appeals process.05/28/2015 - 7:27pm
Wonderkarpever wonder if there's an appeals process for AO?05/28/2015 - 6:55pm
Matthew WilsonDanny and Andy play the first couple of levels of the upcoming Hatred http://www.gamespot.com/videos/hatred-gamespot-plays/2300-6425016/ imho it does not look like it should be AO.05/28/2015 - 5:57pm
Andrew EisenHey, remember Kung Fury? That short film that was funded via Kickstarter a few years ago? You can watch it now. I suggest you do. It's fun! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bS5P_LAqiVg05/28/2015 - 5:14pm
Goth_SkunkOriginally, yes. Some content was cut out in order to reduce its ratign from AO down to M, but PC users could work around that an unlock the full content by means of a patch. Which is what I did. :D05/28/2015 - 3:56pm
Andrew EisenKarp - Yes, for strong sexual content. Although the recent remaster contains all that content and was rated M.05/28/2015 - 3:54pm
Andrew EisenDepends on if you consider Hatred misrated. I haven't played the game or seen the ESRB's rating summary so I'm undecided.05/28/2015 - 3:53pm
WonderkarpDidnt Fahrenheit have an AO?05/28/2015 - 3:52pm
Matthew Wilson@AE that is why I said it seems more moral panic to me.05/28/2015 - 3:51pm
Andrew EisenMatthew - From what I've seen (just the trailers) the game is nowhere near as gory as many, many other games. But again, I'm guessing the AO rating comes from theme and tone rather than outright gore.05/28/2015 - 3:50pm
Andrew EisenKarp - It didn't show penetration or nudity.05/28/2015 - 3:50pm
WonderkarpI'd say Mortal Kombat X has more Gore and Violence than Hatred.05/28/2015 - 3:50pm
Matthew Wilsonwhat I mean by worse in this case its not more gory/violent than others.05/28/2015 - 3:48pm
WonderkarpI forget....did Hot Coffee actually show Penetration?05/28/2015 - 3:48pm
Andrew EisenKarp - The Skyrim mods are external mods. The Hot Coffee mod unlocked content on the disc. Big difference. Still, the content that was unlocked was still perfectly in line with an M rating in my opinion.05/28/2015 - 3:47pm
Andrew EisenThemes are factored into ratings, not just mechanics. Still waiting for ESRB's rating summary. Very curious to see what it has to say.05/28/2015 - 3:46pm
Matthew WilsonHatred is a top down shooter though, and isnt any worse than other top down shooters?05/28/2015 - 3:45pm
Wonderkarpyeah, San Andreases rerating was ridiculous. Why not rerate Skyrim with all its crazy sex mods out there? But yeah, ESRB is good as policing itself. 05/28/2015 - 3:45pm
Andrew EisenManhunt 2 and Hatred though? Eh, there's an argument to be made for the higher rating.05/28/2015 - 3:43pm
 

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