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Games Publisher Electronic Arts' Revenue Rises Almost 40 Percent By Clip Syndicate Electronic Arts, publisher of the "FIFA" and "Madden NFL" video games, posted better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue, helped by growth in digital revenue and strong sales of its sports titles. The company's shares rose 3 percent to $49.92 in extended trading. The world's second-largest video game publisher has benefited by offering its popular PC and online games on mobile devices, a high-margin "freemium" model. EA's digital revenue rose about 32 percent to $541 million in the third quarter ended Dec. 31. Total revenue rose nearly 40 percent to $1.13 billion.

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Xbox One and Windows 10: New Best Friends By Clip Syndicate The Xbox One has always been a big black box full of promise. Would it be more than a game console? With Microsoft's Windows 10, it looks like the Xbox One's big convergence moment is finally here. Microsoft wants your Xbox to be your Everybox. For one, universal Windows apps will work on Xbox One. That was just announced during Microsoft's Windows 10 event by Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President of Operating Systems for Microsoft.

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Windows 10 Adds Xbox Social Network and Game Streaming By Clip Syndicate Microsoft will attempt to bridge the gap between gamers on Windows PC and Xbox One by adding an Xbox app to all copies of Windows 10 on its release. The Xbox app on Windows 10 will allow gamers to play online with other users across different devices, stream Xbox One games to their Windows 10 PC or tablet and keep track of their friends across multiple platforms. Microsoft made the announcement during its Windows 10 Consumer event in Redmond, Washington, on Wednesday. ...Read More »
Nintendo Discontinues Its Beloved Rewards Program By Clip Syndicate Nintendo announced its closure of its long-time loyalty program, Club Nintendo, on Tuesday. Club Nintendo, which let customers collect coins from game purchases and exchange them for various prizes on the Club Nintendo website, has been beloved part of the gaming experience in the U.S. since 2008. The company will replace it with a new customer loyalty program, the details of which will be announced later this year. ...Read More »
Nintendo to Shutter Club Nintendo Rewards Program By Clip Syndicate Game maker Nintendo has decided to discontinue its Club Nintendo rewards program, the company announced on Tuesday. The closure suggests Nintendo is seeking to modify the customer experience for gamers. Nintendo's console, the Wii U, has been stumbling in the US market, trailing far behind both Sony's PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's Xbox One. ...Read More »
Video Games Preview, Week of January 20th By Clip Syndicate Resident Evil HD Remaster, Citizens of Earth, Blackguards 2, and a Saints Row expansion pack all release. ...Read More »
Video Games Preview, Week of January 20th By Clip Syndicate Resident Evil HD Remaster, Citizens of Earth, Blackguards 2, and a Saints Row expansion pack all release. ...Read More »
Content Insider #375 - Gawking By Miles Weston Even if you have narrowed interests CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is too much to take in in one sitting. So let's take it in manageable segments like part 1 - wearables, cars, TVs. Arguable hot and sexy but are they gotta haves for this year or will you wait a bit. We have our opinions and analysis but you decide. Don't worry we'll get to the next important part of CES...soon. ...Read More »
For Video Game Industry, 2014 Couldn't Escape Slumping Software Sales By Clip Syndicate Looking back on 2014, the video game industry can say it succeeded and it failed. New hardware has flown off store shelves, into more players' hands and at a faster rate than last-generation devices nearly a decade ago. But players still aren't buying enough games. The holiday season, an opportunity for game makers to rebound, proved that not even the biggest companies with the most highly anticipated franchises could entice consumers to spend their money on new titles. The problems are twofold. Game console makers like Sony and Microsoft are in a vicious price war, slashing prices and tossing in free games to get as many devices sold as possible. Microsoft, for example, dropped the price of its Xbox One in the US during the holidays, but consumer response was so strong that it chose to reinstate the cut starting January 16.

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GameStop's December Same-store Sales up 4.4 Percent By Clip Syndicate Video game retailer GameStop said December comparable store sales rose 4.4 percent, driven by higher demand for games such as Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Grand Theft Auto V and Far Cry 4. Shares of the world's largest retailer of video game products rose about 10 percent to $36 in extended trading. New software sales grew 5.8 percent during the nine-week holiday period ended Jan. 3, the company said on Tuesday. Sales in the mobile & consumer electronics category rose 28 percent.

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