Game Informer has a story that Activision has cited weak sales for Guitar Hero and Skylanders and is planning layoffs. A source reported to Game Informer that the Minneapolis office could be facing significant losses or even closed. I guess in the revamped music wars, nobody won, as Mad Catz
Rock Band co-creators take a major blow, announce restructuring, World of Warcraft free to movie goers? The Division Open Beta goes live next weekend, a Bioware writer lands a new job with a familiar title.. and so much more! Hit the Continue Reading Button for more!
That’s the website Amazon.com, not the Amazon region. Interesting, they bought a license to a fork on the CryEngine via Unreal, and hope to monetize it by requiring that if you use third party servers for multiplayer for games using this engine, it has to be Amazon.
The biggest news of all, I’m giving old Professor Farnsworth the week off from delivering the “Good news Everyone…” Why? Find out at the bottom of the news update.
So, the most recent issue of Game Informer came out, and featured their top 50 games of 2015. I found some interesting numbers in the list, especially considering parent company Gamestop’s general focus on consoles. More after the bump.
Vivendi has sold its remaining shares in Activision/Blizzard to an unknown buyer. The deal, ($1.1 Billion for 5.7% of the company) comes after seeing the stock grow 85% in the last year. Big move.. but it’s not the end of Vivendi in the gaming business. Read more…
I roped one of my good friends, Josh into a monthly chat about news in the gaming world. I originally called it “This back and forth”, but that was horrible. I’m not sure his suggestion was better. Read on!
But it is going. There will be a little scattered down time up ahead, but here’s what’s on tap this weekend:
Working on a couple longer stories for the next couple days, but here’s an interesting bit of information, as Amazon tries to get its claws deeper into the video game market. They announced today that Amazon Prime members ($99/yearly) would get a 20% discount on pre-orders and new releases.
Just saw this announced today. Origin is offering a service offering access to a dozen or so games for $4.99 a month. The selection is somewhat limited, but there are some interesting gems there. More after the jump.