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March 2016 NPD: Ubisoft, Nintendo shake up sales chart with The Division, Zelda

Gamers aren’t spending more than they did last year, but that’s only because many of them already have the latest hardware. New video game products generated $964.1 million in sales at United States retailers in March, according to industry-tracking firm The NPD Group. That is relatively flat from $968.4 million in spending during the same […]

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PlayStation 4 outsells Xbox One in March

Sony’s console continues its sales streak. PlayStation 4 was the top-selling new gaming console at United States retailers last month, according to data from industry-tracking firm The NPD Group that Sony Interactive Entertainment provided to GamesBeat. PS4 has outsold the competition for 13 of the last 15 months. The Xbox One came out on top […]

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Apple App Store and Google Play downloads grew 8.2% in Q1 thanks to games

Mobile is still growing, and gaming — as with nearly every emerging consumer technology — should get most of the credit. People downloaded 17.2 billion apps from the iOS and Android app markets in the first quarter of 2016, according to a new report from intelligence firm Sensor Tower. That’s up 8.2 percent over the same […]

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Supercell’s Clash Royale on pace for $1B year after $110M debut last month

Supercell knows how to make money. The mobile publisher earned $80 million from it’s newly released head-to-head strategy battler Clash Royale last month, according to industry-tracking firm NewZoo. That figure does not include the 30 percent that Supercell gave to Apple and Google, which would put the game’s total monthly revenues closer to $110 million. […]

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Blizzard is fending off a potential Lizard Squad cyberattack that’s affecting

You may have trouble getting your Hearthstone on. Blizzard acknowledges it is dealing with a distributed denial-of-service attack that is preventing some people from getting online with the publisher’s services. We are currently monitoring a DDOS attack against network providers which is affecting connections to our games. — BlizzardCS (@BlizzardCS) April 14, 2016 […]

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Microsoft on causing Oculus Rift delays: ‘This is false’

If you preordered the Oculus Rift headset, you might still be waiting for it — but that’s not because of the Xbox One controller. Microsoft has debunked allegations that it is responsible for the delays customers are experiencing with their Oculus Rift headset orders. Yesterday, a post on Reddit from someone claiming to have “insider” status at Oculus […]

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Minecraft: Pocket Edition gets Mojang’s Realms online multiplayer service

Minecraft owes a lot of its popularity to its openness and depth. Players can do things like run their own servers or install all kinds of mods. But that also introduces a level of complexity that a lot of fans struggle to overcome. Mojang is ready to do something about that for its players on […]

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Virtual reality justifies those ludicrous 17-inch ‘portable desktops’

Gaming laptops are a consumer-electronics category that don’t make a whole lot of sense anymore. They’re expensive, bulky, and hot as hell. That’s why companies like Razer are rethinking these products. But the age of virtual reality is starting to reveal some new reasons to own a massive laptop with insane graphics capabilities. Soon after getting the […]

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Grand Theft Auto studio says former director’s lawsuit is ‘without merit’ and ‘downright bizarre’

Rockstar Games is now defending itself in the public as well as in court. The Grand Theft Auto developer has responded to a lawsuit from the game’s former director Leslie Benzies by filing a countersuit of its own and providing GamesBeat with a statement about the case. Benzies’ complaint is asking publisher Take-Two Interactive, Rockstar […]

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GTA: Online ‘has generated at least $500M in revenue’

Grand Theft Auto V developer Rockstar Games is notoriously cagey about sharing the details of its operation, but a pair of lawsuits may force many of those secrets out into the open. For example, we now have an idea of how lucrative GTA V’s online mulitplayer mode is for the company. GTA: Online has brought […]

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The timeline of Grand Theft Auto director Leslie Benzies vs. Rockstar Games

The Grand Theft Auto games are some of the most popular pop-culture products in history, and that kind of success can often lead to “deception” and betrayal. Leslie Benzies, who produced the Grand Theft Auto games as president of developer Rockstar North, is suing publisher Take-Two Interactive for what he claims is $150 million in royalties that the company never paid […]

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Grand Theft Auto producer’s camp fires back at Take-Two countersuit: It’s ‘sparse’

Former Rockstar North president Leslie Benzies is suing Grand Theft Auto publisher Take-Two and developer Rockstar. In response, Take-Two has filed a countersuit that Benzies’ legal counsel is calling “sparse.” Earlier today, attorney Christopher Bakes issued a press release that details Benzies’ complaint against Take-Two and Rockstar Games as well as Sam and Dan Houser […]

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive takes out another esports viewership record

Activision’s newly acquired Major League Gaming division is pulling in huge audiences even when it broadcasts games that don’t belong to the giant publisher. MLG held a tournament for the military shooter Counter-Strike: Global Offensive earlier this month, and it attracted 71 million live and on-demand views. The competition also set a new record for simultaneous […]

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Hover Junkers is virtual reality’s best multiplayer game

While the rest of the industry is figuring out virtual reality, I’m going to continue enjoying an HTC Vive game that already knows how to use immersion, motion controls, and vulgar hand gestures to bring its action to life. Hover Junkers is a $35 launch game for the Vive virtual reality headset from HTC and […]

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Koi is China’s first PlayStation 4 game for the West, and it debuts April 19

Gaming consoles are finally back in China after a lengthy ban, and now a developer in that country is building games for those systems. Oasis Games, a Chinese studio that started in 2011, plans to release Koi for the Western PlayStation 4 market April 19. This makes Oasis the first company in China to ever […]

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Disney Crossy Road is already the No. 1 downloaded app on iOS in the U.S.

Mickey is trying to cross the road … but there is no other side! Disney Crossy Road debuted on iOS and Android on Wednesday night, and it is already the top downloaded game on iOS. Industry-tracking firm Sensor Tower explains to GamesBeat that if the road-crossing arcade-style game featuring Mickey Mouse and friends maintains that […]

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Nintendo’s Miitomo racks up 1.6M downloads in its first 4 days in the U.S.

Nintendo’s mobile debut is going well. 1.6 million people downloaded the publisher’s Miitomo social platform in the U.S. alone from March 31 through April 3, according to industry-tracking firm Sensor Tower. That number includes both iOS and Android, and it doesn’t include the days Miitomo spent at the top of the download chart on both […]

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Watch how HTC Vive’s Windlands will have you swinging like Spider-Man in VR

Developers and designers are still figuring out movement in this crazy virtual reality thing. Some early games have you walking around in a space no bigger than a small room, others have you teleporting, and some even turn you into a virtual camera while controlling a character from the third person. But what about some […]

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Here’s how PlayStation’s gaming boss deals with light leaking into his Oculus Rift headset

The Oculus Rift is one hell of a piece of hardware, but it does have one weird shortcoming: some light leaks in around the nose area. Thankfully, one of the brightest minds in the industry has stepped in with a … well, he’s calling it “a solution.” Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida jumped on […]

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Here’s how hard it is to make a mixed-reality trailer for HTC Vive VR games

Virtual reality is a difficult technology to demonstrate to people, but mixed reality is changing that. That doesn’t mean it’s an easy thing to pull off, though. To promote the launch of Job Simulator and Fantastic Contraption for the HTC Vive VR headset, videographer Kert Gartner has helped those developers create videos that show real […]

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HTC Vive is experiencing shipping problems, and the company is finally talking about it

Virtual reality tech finally works and consumers are buying into it, but the biggest hurdle now is figuring out shipping logistics. The HTC Vive VR headset is the latest device to suffer delays, and the Taiwanese manufacturing company has taken to its blog to answer some questions that its frustrated customers are asking. In the update, […]

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How educators are using Rocket League to help kids learn engineering

Rocket League is a phenomenon. The soccer game you play with cars debuted last year, and it now has multiple esports leagues and legions of dedicated fans. But the best evidence that it is something special is that educators are using it to teach kids. This summer, summer-camp program iD Tech will use Rocket League to introduce […]

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My first VR injury was painful and all my fault

If you get a booboo in virtual reality, you get a booboo in real life. During my 7.5-hour virtual reality livestream yesterday, I sustained my first injury while wearing a head-mounted display. I booted up the game Unseen Diplomacy, which is an excellent room-scale experiment that developer Tirangular Pixels originally built for the National Videogame […]

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VideoStitch launches 360-degree Orah camera to make VR video simpler to produce

Virtual reality headsets are finally reaching consumers, and one company is working on a way to make it easier for people to start building video content for that platform. VideoStitch, the company responsible for software that instantly renders together multiple camera feeds for live 360-degree video, is now releasing the Orah camera to reduce the […]

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