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Fortnite: Battle Royale forges its own route onto AndroidAugust 10, 2018Epic Games has released its battle-royale version of Fortnite on Android, but isn’t doing so via the Google Play store. The game will be made available through a downloader accessed on Epic Games’ site, thus allowing it to sidestep the 30% revenue share applied to any purchasing occurring via distribution on Google Play.
Tencent acquires majority Supercell stake in record mobile games dealJune 21, 2016A group led by Chinese internet company Tencent has agreed to acquire an 84 percent stake in Finland-based mobile games developer Supercell for $8.6 billion. The stake, acquired from Japan’s Softbank, values Supercell at $10.2 billion. Following the close of the deal, Tencent expects to hold a voting interest worth 50 percent of the new controlling consortium. Supercell’s existing management will continue to lead the company.
Glu hopes to shake off negative Q4 with Taylor Swift mobile games dealFebruary 08, 2016US-based mobile games publisher Glu Mobile reported $61m Q4 2015 revenues, down 16.3% on the same period in 2014. Profitability also took a hit as it ended Q4 with a $3m net loss compared with $1.4m net income in Q4 2014. The publisher’s full year results are more positive. Its $249.9m 2015 total revenues were up 12% on 2014. IHS estimates that the overall mobile games market grew by 27% year-on-year in 2015, so Glu is being outpaced by the rest of the market. Glu has also made two investments in new games developers and extended its roster of celebrity mobile games partnerships.
Nintendo's inaugural mobile app highlights need to carefully approach crowded marketOctober 30, 2015Nintendo has announced its first mobile app, Miitomo, due for launch in March 2016. Miitomo is a 'communication application' rather than a traditional game, and features a freemium business model enabled by in-app purchases. Players can create their own 'Miis' (Nintendo avatars), that can interact with other Miis created by friends in a variety of virtual scenarios.Subscribers Only
Tencent aims for Western mobile games expansion with Glu Mobile investmentMay 01, 2015Tencent has acquired a 14.6% stake in US mobile games publisher Glu Mobile for $126m. Glu’s Q1 2015 revenues of $69.5m were 56% up on the same period in 2014. It reported 54.6m monthly active users, which was 15% down from 64m in Q1 2014.
Facebook extends mobile ad tech and Messenger platformMarch 26, 2015Facebook launched a new platform for developers to create apps that integrate with the Messenger app at its annual F8 conference. 40 apps are available at launch enabling users to share GIFS, photo, video and audio clips. The new platform also provides an in-app discovery tool that enables app users to find compatible apps within Messenger and allows users to share app install links without leaving their conversations.
Nvidia Shield: Gloves are off as X1-powered Android TV device is unveiledMarch 06, 2015At a company event on Tuesday designed to coincide with GDC, Nvidia publicly revealed the next device instalment in its Shield ecosystem strategy. The Android TV-based entertainment set top box is the company’s first Tegra X1 device and is aimed at the existing streaming player market while also offering a games capability unmatched by existing Android consoles.Subscribers Only
CES 2015: Games round-upJanuary 21, 2015Our take on the key game-related points of this year's Consumer Electronics Show. Topics covered include: Virtual Reality, Android consoles and gaming smartphones, Nvidia's X1, and PlayStation Now.Subscribers Only
Digging for milestones: Minecraft surpasses 30 million on mobileJanuary 14, 2015The mobile iteration of Mojang’s Minecraft has sold over 30 million copies. Dubbed Pocket Edition, this version saw release on Android platforms in August 2011, with an iOS instalment arriving in November of the same year.Subscribers Only
Viber turns to games for platform expansionDecember 17, 2014Rakuten-owned instant messaging and VoIP service Viber has expanded its app with the addition of Viber Games.
Sony brings the PlayStation TV to Europe and North AmericaJune 26, 2014Under the guise of a new name – PlayStation TV – Sony will launch its PS Vita TV micro-console and digital media adapter (DMA) in Europe and North America during 2014.Subscribers Only
Disney spends big to acquire MCN Maker StudiosMarch 26, 2014Walt Disney Company has agreed to buy YouTube channel network Maker Studios for $500 million.Subscribers Only
Flush with the success of Candy Crush Saga, King files for IPOMarch 14, 2014Game operator King has filed for its initial public offering (NYSE, ticker ‘KING’). The past year has seen the company achieve ski-ramp growth across both Facebook and mobile, its monthly active userbase (MAUs) increasing from 67m to 408m, between Q4 2012 and Q4 2013. For that year, it posted profits of $568m on $1.88bn in revenue. Its key title, Candy Crush Saga, attracts 93m daily active users and generates 78% of revenue. Its IPO will consist of 22.2m shares, priced between $21 and $24, potentially valuing King at an upper bound of over $7bn.
Consumers spend $57bn on Digital Games, Movies, and Apps - IHS & App Annie Digital Content ReportFebruary 19, 2014IHS Technology is partnering with app industry analytics specialists App Annie to produce a report analysing trends in the digital games, movies, music, and apps industries globally and in seven key countries: USA, UK, Japan, South Korea, Japan, Russia, France and Germany. Overall digital games, movies, and app spend was up 30% in 2013 reaching $57bn globally.
Softbank & GungHo take $1.5 billion Supercell stake in largest mobile games dealOctober 16, 2013Japanese telecoms operator Softbank and Japanese games developer GungHo OnLine Entertainment have acquired a 51% stake in Finnish mobile-games developer Supercell for $1.53 billion. As part of the deal...
King brings Candy Crush to KakaotalkSeptember 17, 2013Leading UK-based mobile and social games developer King is bringing its hit mobile title Candy Crush Saga to popular South Korean messaging app platform KakaoTalk. Launched in 2010, KakaoTalk claims over 100m...Subscribers Only
Unity Outlines Service Updates and Expansion, Engine Upgrades at Unite 2013September 15, 2013Unity Technologies introduced the addition of Unity Cloud services to its portfolio of developer technologies and services. Unity Cloud will provide Unity developers with support for cross promotion, player acquisition and monetization through a mobile ad
Sony Announces New PS Vita and PS Vita TV for JapanSeptember 12, 2013In the run up to the Tokyo Game Show, Sony took the opportunity to announce updates to its Vita branded products and confirm the launch date of the PS4 in Japan. It announced a new version of the PS Vita, the...Subscribers Only
Facebook launches mobile games publishing plansJuly 30, 2013Facebook has officially unveiled its mobile games publishing plans. The social network will provide support for monetisation, advertising, analytics, and cross-platform integration in a pilot scheme aimed at...