Majesco CEO Jesse Sutton announced that he is exiting his long-time role at the company and shifting to a new "consulting" position effective immediately. Sutton also announced that, as of July 27, David Rector has been appointed Chairman and CEO of Majesco.
"I have agreed to continue a relationship with the company my family founded as a consultant developing further the download market while assuming responsibility for the costs of the retail market unencumbered with the costs of running a public company," Sutton wrote in a letter to shareholders.
In case you missed the email on Friday or you're not an Origin subscriber, EA let Origin account holders know that their "Origin" accounts would be rebranded as "EA" accounts soon.
The company said that the change will happen in a few weeks and it is doing it so that these accounts "better represent all of EA's games and services."
Is Origin, EA's Steam-like digital distribution platform going away?
That is unknown as of this writing and EA did not give any indication that this would be the case moving forward.
According to new digital sales data from research firm Superdata, digital games sales in June rose an impressive 18 percent (to $1.02 billion) compared to June 2014. Superdata's numbers are based on the digital point-of-sale data it collects from developers, publishers, and payment service providers.
New data from research firm EEDAR concludes that around 66 percent of console releases are digital-only. According to that new data, the digital / retail only split has been reversed since 2008 to 2014. In 2008, it was mostly an even split, with retail representing 44 percent of console releases compared to 40 percent for digital-only and 16 percent for releases using both methods.
Sony's digital game rental / streaming service PlayStation Now is now available on Samsung's line-up of smart televisions in the United States and Canada. While consumers who own such a TV will be able to play select PS3 titles without any downloads, they'll still need to own a DualShock 4 controller.
PlayStation Now costs $19.99 a month, though you can buy a time block of three months for $44.99. To promote the new service on Samsung smart televisions Sony is offering a one week trial.
A new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers suggest that the slowdown in traditional hardware won't offset growth in game-related digital distribution and other services, with the games business hitting annual revenues of $93 billion by 2019. The findings come from the PricewaterhouseCoopers' Global and Entertainment Media Outlook 2015-2019 report - released this week and detailed by GI.
Pro-consumer BBC television program "Watchdog" will take on Sony over its digital refunds policy related to its home console systems tonight, GamesIndustry.biz reports. The episode is the result of some high profile complaints against Sony's refund policy for digital goods on the PS3 - with a particular focus on a victim of identity theft named John Lappin.
Creative Destruction announced today that, while its game Hatred will be coming to Steam and Desura next week, it apparently won't be available on GOG.com. In a press release issued today the Poland-based developer said that GOG.com evaluated releasing the game on in its digital distribution platform, but ultimately decided not to.
Bethesda Softworks revealed via this update to the official Elder Scrolls Online site that it has begun deactivating game accounts that were created using "stolen keys." In the post from Bethesda community manager Jason Leavey, the company claims that these keys were likely bought with stolen credit cards via Steam or with customers' credit cards without their permission of knowledge.
Digital games distribution platform Desura is making the news this week for not paying developers who sell their games on the platform in a timely manner - or at all - depending on who you ask. It took several developers taking to social media and highlighting an old Reddit thread for the company owned by Bad Juju to address the problem publicly.
Microsoft says that the digital store it is deploying with Windows 10, Window 10 phones and devices, and Xbox platforms isn't trying to cut into Steam's business - even though it's kind of trying to cut into Steam's business. Ahem. GamesBeat, who was in attendance at the recent Casual Connect Asia in Singapore, has the dirty little details on Microsoft's digital storefront plans.
Whether you bought The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt or downloaded it from a torrent (and didn't pay for it), CD Projekt RED will allow you to apply a day one update; at the same time one of the game's developers is urging people to buy it. CD Projekt RED has always taken a "do no harm" policy when it comes to DRM, which in turn makes it a lot easier to pirate the game. Right now the game's files are available - save the locked executable which won't work until next week - and they are already on file-sharing sites for download everywhere.
Less than 30 hours after GOG.com launched its Galaxy beta client, scammers were lining up to trick gamers into infecting their computers with malware, according to a new blog post from security research firm and anti-virus software maker Malwarebytes. Malwarebytes security analyst Jovi Umawing details how some users are getting tricked in a new blog post today.
Australian consumers might find themselves being forced to pay more for digital goods purchased overseas if the government has its way. According to PlayerAttack, goods purchased overseas and intangible services could be subject to a ten percent goods and services tax (GST). Those services could includes games from Steam, streaming services such as Netflix, eBooks, and even music and movies. iTunes already pays GST on Australian sales so its pricing will not change in the region.
Kotaku Australia reports that Electronic Arts has come to an agreement with the ACCC, the national consumer regulator for Australia, concerning giving refunds. EA said that it would not give refunds to customers of SimCity and other games bought through its Origin service way back in 2013. The Australian government disagreed and warned the publisher that it was violating the Australian Consumer Law.
With the introduction of paid community DLC and mods coming to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim this week it was only a matter of time before some modder ran headlong into controversy, resulting in the whole thing being taken down. The first mod to secure this dubious distinction is the "Fishing Mod" according to this Destructoid report.
Gamers generally frown upon game purchasable enhancements to games that give a person an advantage over other players. One such buyable enhancement for Mortal Kombat X is getting some ink - "Easy Fatalities" - today, though developer NetherRealm never hid the fact that it would be offering the DLC; it has said in the past that it was adding "Easy Fatalities" because some players found that pulling them off in the normal fashion "too difficult."
Yesterday we reported on a problem associated with what appeared to be Battlefield Hardline's DRM when swapping out hardware components multiple times in a single computer.
Bloodborne launches tomorrow in North America but those who have not pre-loaded the game will have to wait a little while to play it after popping in that disc or installing the download. Players will have to download a 2.69GB day one patch.
The version 1.01 update enables online play, fixes a number of bugs that made it through the net after the game was sent to manufacturing, improves general overall performance and adds the Chalice Dungeons feature. It also makes a few minor changes to the text in the game, which apparently had a few errors.
Beginning today, Steam users in countries under the banner of the European Union can get a refund for digital purchases. For up to 14 days from the date of the original purchase of an item, Steam users are entitled to a refund under European law and Valve officially announced via its Steam Subscriber Agreement that it is following that law:
DRM-free PC games digital distribution site GOG.com has added six Warner Bros. Interactive games to its catalog, with the promise of more to come to the service at a later date. For now, those interested in experiencing a handful of WBIE games DRM-free can do so by visiting GOG.com and picking them up at a steep discount.
People freaked out a little last night when a thread on Reddit noted that 2K Games' Bioshock 2 was no longer available on digital marketplaces for Xbox platforms, PlayStation platforms, Apple's iOS store, or Steam. The game developed by Irrational had inadvertently pulled a Houdini, which in turn worried some within the community. But it turns out that this is just a temporary situation according to a 2K Games Rep:
Sony's PlayStation Now subscription game streaming service will be getting five additional games today, the company announced via the PlayStation Blog. All of the new games will be PlayStation 3-era.
They include Naughty Dog's Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Volition's third-person shooter Red Faction: Armageddon, Bandai Namco's arcade shooter Galaga Legions DX, Examu's 2D fighting game Arcana Heart 3, and Sony Santa Monica Studio's God of War 2 HD. All of these games will be available beginning today.
After deactivating codes for some of its games on Origin last month sold by code resellers, Ubisoft has begun reinstating many of them - much to the delight of those who bought the codes. The codes were sold by third-party resellers such as Kinguin, who Ubisoft claimed bought them in bulk with stolen credit cards.
Yesterday we reported that Ubisoft was deactivating codes bought at code resellers for use on digital distribution platforms like Steam and EA's Origin. Well, the reason that the publisher is doing this is because - it claims - these codes were bought with fraudulent or stolen credit cards. Consumers who bought codes for games like Far Cry 4 and Assassin's Creed Unity were not happy when Ubisoft did this for obvious reasons.
It has been 21 months since Rock Band developer Harmonix released any downloadable content for Rock Band 3, but today the company broke its silence on that topic to announce three new songs for its popular music game.
Today the company announced new DLC songs from Avenged Sevenfold, Arctic Monkeys, and Foo Fighters. All three bits of DLC will be released January 13 will cost around $2 each. The songs are also compatible with Rock Band Blitz.
Those songs are:
Avenged Sevenfold -- "Shepherd Of Fire" ($2)