NetEase and Mattel launch new game studio

Mattel163 will make digital games based on Mattel's IP portfolio

By Matthew Handrahan

Has an accessible games industry undermined its long-term stability?

"All stakeholders need to come together... this is a challenge for everyone," says head of indie publishing at Square Enix West

By Haydn Taylor

Sony patents suggest VR-driven redesign for PlayStation Move

Updated motion controllers will include analog sticks and finger tracking technology

By James Batchelor

Microsoft acquires PlayFab

Back-end live ops tech company will be used to bolster Microsoft Azure cloud platform

By Brendan Sinclair

"For the consumer, Xbox Game Pass is fantastic. For retail, it just kills us outright"

Independent games stores debate the impact of Microsoft's decision to add new first-party releases to its subscription service

By James Batchelor

German trade bodies unite to form one organisation

Merger of BIU and GAME gives German industry a single representative association

By Matthew Handrahan

Monster Hunter World shipped 5m units in its launch weekend

Capcom says the new game is the fastest selling in the series' history, pushing lifetime sales past 45m

By Matthew Handrahan

Microsoft will add direct game sales to Mixer in 2018

The streaming service will also add on-platform tipping this year

By Matthew Handrahan

Ubisoft withdraws Rainbow Six Siege price hike

UPDATE: Frustrated players mean the Standard Edition will remain at $40, but Gold and Complete will still cost more

By Haydn Taylor

Paragon shuts down April 26

Epic pulls the plug on its shooter after two years, offers full refunds for all purchases on all platforms

By Brendan Sinclair

The house that Capcom (temporarily) built

Senior PR manager Laura Skelly talks us through the logistics of bringing game worlds to life with pop-up experiences

By James Batchelor

GAME halves rewards in loyalty programs

UK retailer reduces rate at which customers accumulate points; change applies to both free Rewards and subscription-based Elite plans

Microsoft's new weapon in the console war

Adding new games to Xbox Game Pass at launch is a bold move that says more about Microsoft's determination to keep hard on Sony's heels than its long-term strategy

By Rob Fahey

PlayerUnknown's BattleGrounds reaches 4 million players on Xbox One

Combined with Steam sales, this makes a community of 34 million players

Valve appeal against $2.4m fine extends four-year legal battle in Australia

Steam firm was fined for lack of refund policy but intends to fight back - despite previous failed appeal

By James Batchelor

Monster Hunter World: Critical Consensus

Capcom's franchise brings more than a decade of Nintendo exclusivity to an end in fine style

By Matthew Handrahan

GPU prices more than double as cryptocurrency craze accelerates

One AMD card's street price has tripled to $1,500 but pre-built system vendors unable to match price

By James Batchelor

Breath of the Wild is Japan's best-selling Zelda title since Ocarina of Time

Media Create report doesn't even include digital sales or Wii U sales

By Christopher Dring

Nintendo scrapping Miitomo after two years

Platform holder's first mobile game to shut down in May, digital currency no longer on sale

By James Batchelor

Digital game sales up 17% in December - Superdata

Research firm finds gamers worldwide spent nearly $10 billion on games as Call of Duty: World War II and Grand Theft Auto Online break records

By Brendan Sinclair

Meet Sam, Ubisoft's personal gaming assistant

Assassin's Creed publisher explains why it's taking a leaf out of Apple and Amazon's book to better serve its players

By James Batchelor

Toys R Us closing 182 stores in US

Closures represent almost 21% of American locations for bankrupt retailer, expected to take place in mid-April

By Brendan Sinclair

Is Patreon a viable alternative to funding the indie dev dream?

Breaking the mould: Sokpop's antithetical approach to games development

By Haydn Taylor

PUBG Corp donating $2m to charity

$1m charity campaign planned for later in the year following various donations in 2017

By James Batchelor

Xbox is preparing for a post-console future

The latest Game Pass subscription offering is the next step in Microsoft's hardwareless future

By Christopher Dring

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