From VentureBeat: Monster Hunter: World helps Capcom own January in the U.S.

Capcom likes January. The company was the top-performing publisher in the United States, according to industry-tracking firm The NPD Group. Monster Hunter: World was the driving factor here, as it was the No. 1 selling game of the month overall as well as on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One systems. “Sales of Monster Hunter: […]

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From VentureBeat: January 2018 NPD: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds hits top 5 on Xbox alone

One of the biggest games in the world continued to dominate in January. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds was the No. 4 best-seller in the United States last month, according to industry-tracking firm The NPD Group. What’s impressive is that only includes “physical” and digital sales on Xbox One and not Steam sales on PC. PUBG, a last-player-standing […]

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From VentureBeat: January NPD 2018: Monster Hunter even slays beasts like Call of Duty and PUBG

2018 is off to a good start for the gaming industry. Revenues in January were up 59 percent year-over-year and generated $1.096 billion, according to the industry-tracking firm The NPD Group. The big winner is Capcom’s Monster Hunter: World, which was the best-selling game for the month despite launching January 26. The series has always […]

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From VentureBeat: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds gets new crates and ping-based matchmaking

While PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds developer PUBG Corp. continues its ongoing fight against cheaters, it is still sneaking out some updates to its battle royal shooter. The studio is introducing a pair of new loot boxes filled with fresh cosmetic items, and it is testing a method of matchmaking that should improve the experience for people with […]

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From VentureBeat: Ubisoft researcher takes a bird’s-eye view of tech, games, and entertainment

Lidwine Sauer is paid to be one of Ubisoft’s big thinkers. She’s the director of insights and trends for Ubisoft’s Strategic Innovation Lab, a technology research division that absorbs all of the innovations happening in the world of technology that might some day be relevant to the French game publisher’s main business of making video […]

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From VentureBeat: Overwatch League will reward Twitch viewers with tokens for in-game skins

Twitch announced today that a new program will give Overwatch League viewers tokens that they can use to buy team-based character skins inside Blizzard Entertainment’s popular shooter. Overwatch League is Blizzard’s giant esports initiative, pitting city-based teams from around the world in regular competition at its new complex in Los Angeles. It also offers salaries […]

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From VentureBeat: Blade’s Shadow cloud gaming PC starts shipping in California

Blade is launching a cloud-gaming service dubbed Shadow in California today. The service enables any mobile device or computer, including a small hardware device dubbed the Shadow, to log into the service and get access to high-performance PC games via the cloud. The cloud service gives you the ability to play high-end games and run […]

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From VentureBeat: Newzoo: Esports could hit 380 million fans and $906 million in revenues in 2018

Global esports revenues will grow 38 percent to $906 million in 2018 and further grow to $1.65 billion by 2021, according to a new annual report on esports by market researcher Newzoo. North America will account for 38 percent of the 2018 revenue, or $345 million, while China will be 18 percent, or $164 million. […]

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From VentureBeat: CardLife’s liberating world is a game inside a cardboard creation tool

SPONSORED: Presented by Intel  With Robocraft, its game of battling robots, Freejam made its love for user-generated content known. With its latest game, the studio is going back to the ultimate source of user-generated content: the humble sheet of cardboard. Not so humble now, however, when it’s used to craft an entire multiplayer survival game filled […]

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From VentureBeat: What would Mulder do? Writing an X-Files game in the age of fake news

GUEST: The X-Files: Deep State is a mobile game that blends casual mechanics with a thorough and engaging narrative in the style of the show. The players are invited to take on the role of a rookie FBI agent who, through a series of unfortunate events, crosses paths with a global conspiracy involving shadow governments, fringe […]

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