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The mobile market in 2016 may portend major instability ahead

Pokemon Go was the only outsider title to top the charts, in another year defined by stagnation and the inexorable rise of East Asian publishers

By Rob Fahey

Facebook seeks to reignite the social spark

Instant Games is a clever, brilliant technology; but that alone won't be enough to restore the former kingpin of social gaming to a position lost five years ago

By Rob Fahey

Microsoft blows open the VR race with a quiet bombshell

It's not about Scorpio; competitively priced, cross-compatible headsets will finally give the PC a VR platform that can compete with Sony's PSVR

By Rob Fahey

Switch targets Japan's TV-less youth

One explanation for PS4's soft performance in Japan is low ownership of HDTVs among young people. Is Switch the answer?

By Rob Fahey

The merits of Star Citizen's development openness

Chris Roberts and his team take a lot of flak for the delays to their ambitious game, but their openness has earned the forgiveness of core fans

By Rob Fahey

Is PSVR Sony's quietest launch ever?

PSVR launches next week, but it's a quiet affair compared to Sony's usual bombastic launches. Why is the company holding fire?

By Rob Fahey

Influx of capital into eSports will force it to grow up

Traditional sports owners and executives getting into eSports will herald huge changes to the culture and business of the sector

By Rob Fahey

VR: There will be blood

The diversity of software already out there for VR is proof of a bubble; variety is great, but even if VR succeeds overall, many creators will be left behind

By Rob Fahey

No Man's Stream: Leaks Mar an Indie Milestone

Ignorance or cynical self-interest; there's no other explanation for broadcasting hours of footage of a leaked, unfinished game

By Rob Fahey

Beware the Pokemon Go Bandwagon

The phenomenal success of Niantic's game is driving developers, IP holders and venture capitalists towards mobile AR, but most of those bets won't pay off

By Rob Fahey

Nintendo's Roller-Coaster Week

The success of Pokemon Go contrasts with tough financials and NX uncertainty, highlighting the rough road ahead for the company

By Rob Fahey

Pokemon GO is the perfect marriage of IP and technology

Both Niantic and Nintendo deserve credit; if Nintendo can find such good matches for its other core IPs, the company's future is bright

By Rob Fahey

Broadcasting is Sakaguchi's next Fantasy

Final Fantasy creator's new Tokyo studio will explore new ways to connect with gamers through online streaming and broadcasting

By Rob Fahey

Rubbing shoulders with the greats at BitSummit

Now in its fourth year, Kyoto's BitSummit is innovative, egalitarian, and fully deserves its place as a key event in Japan's videogame calendar

By Rob Fahey

YouTube corruption sinks even deeper into the gutter

Promoting illegal gambling could finally see governments on YouTube's doorstep - and perhaps on Valve's

By Rob Fahey

Sony's entire future now rests on PlayStation

As Kaz Hirai's painful restructuring comes to a close, a new Sony emerges - one whose growth is almost entirely centered on the success of PlayStation

By Rob Fahey

Tencent is the games industry's silent giant

The record-breaking acquisition of Supercell is just the latest move into gaming from a little-known company with its fingers in a great many pies

By Rob Fahey

Is VR just a stepping stone to something bigger?

Hype for VR platforms may conceal fundamental limitations; but AR, just over the horizon, has the potential to revolutionise personal computing entirely

By Rob Fahey

Professionalism and toxicity threaten eSports' breakthrough

We're on the cusp of a revolution in eSports dreamed of for almost 20 years, but a toxic culture and lack of professionalism must be tackled first

By Rob Fahey

Steam's turned toxic, and Valve doesn't care

PC gaming's most important storefront is all too often an unmoderated playground for harassers and trolls, damaging developers and gamers alike

By Rob Fahey

Smart device pivot could cost Nintendo at home

Kimishima embraces smartphones in his NX strategy, but it's a move that'll be tough to sell to the firm's most loyal customers - Japanese families

By Rob Fahey

2016 is about VR experiences, not VR sales

The biggest task facing VR in 2016 is getting as many consumers as possible to experience it, even if they can't buy into it yet

By Rob Fahey

What causes indie games to fail?

Studios are seeing diminishing returns, but most of those can be attributed to crucial misunderstandings of market realities

By Rob Fahey

Sony's making a big mistake by not addressing PS4.5 rumors

With stories flying of 4K, doubled GPU speeds and upgrades essential for PSVR, Sony needs to get back out in front of the narrative

By Rob Fahey

Wii U won't make it to Christmas, so what's next?

Newspaper reports of Wii U production ending are substantiated by Japanese retail shortages - indicating an NX announcement sooner rather than later

By Rob Fahey

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