Gaming Platform News

Our ongoing news and analysis of the gaming industry, from console, desktop and mobile platforms through to virtual reality.

Platform News: Wall Street in New York

Tech selloff in focus as Nasdaq falls away from record highs

Wall Street’s main indexes tumbled on Tuesday, with the Nasdaq opening down 2% before steadying a bit, as technology-related stocks with lofty valuations extended losses amid...

Ubisoft

Ubisoft invests in free-to-play games, signals profits might fall

French video games company Ubisoft warned operating profit might fall this financial year as the maker of “Assassin’s Creed” invests in new titles and laps a surg...

Roblox

Roblox reveals bookings surge in first post-debut report

Roblox Corp trounced quarterly bookings estimates in its first earnings report since a blockbuster debut as the US gaming company benefited from a surge in spending by kids stuck a...

Platform News: Zynga

Zynga to buy mobile ad focused Chartboost, raises bookings forecast

Zynga has said it would buy mobile game ad network Chartboost and raised its full-year bookings forecast, counting on robust performance of titles such as “Harry Potter: Puzz...

Platform News: Epic Games, the maker of the Fortnite game

Judge presses Epic CEO during second day of Apple antitrust trial

A U.S. judge on Tuesday pressed the chief executive of “Fortnite” creator Epic Games on how the fundamental changes the game maker is asking her to force on Apple Inc&#...

Platform News: Discord

Messaging app Discord ties up with Sony’s PlayStation

A unit of Sony Corp has made a minority investment in Discord Inc as part of a deal to tie in the messaging platform with the consumer electronics company’s PlayStation gamin...

Platform News: Epic Games, Fortnite

Analysis-In Apple versus Epic Games, courtroom battle is only half the fight

Epic Games faces an uphill legal battle against Apple in an antitrust trial starting later today and a defeat for the maker of “Fortnite” could make it harder for US re...

Cyberpunk

CD Projekt plans dividend after Cyberpunk 2077 sales neared 14 million last year

CD Projekt has said it had sold 13.7 million copies of its flagship Cyberpunk 2077 game last year despite a bug-ridden launch, and will pay a dividend of 5 zlotys per share after r...

Platform Industry News: Amazon

Amazon’s video game unit cancels Lord of the Rings game

Amazon.com Inc’s video game division has cancelled an online role-playing game based on the fantasy series Lord of the Rings, which was announced in 2019, an Amazon spokeswom...

Platform News: Epic Games, the maker of the Fortnite game

Epic Games gets $28.7 billion valuation in latest funding

Epic Games, which is in the middle of a legal battle with Apple, has said it had raised $1 billion in a funding round that valued the “Fortnite” maker at $28.7 billion.

Fortnite

Apple argues it faces competition in video game market as ‘Fortnite’ trial nears

Apple plans to argue that it faces abundant competition in the market for video game transactions to defend itself against antitrust allegations by “Fortnite” maker Epi...

Platform News: Twitch app

Twitch will ban users for ‘severe misconduct’ that occurs away from the platform

Twitch will ban users for offenses such as hate-group membership or credible threats of mass violence that occur entirely away from the site, in a new approach to moderating the pl...

Cyberpunk

Recovery strategy awaited for bug-ridden Cyberpunk 2077 game

CD Projekt, the Polish studio behind one of the most anticipated and derided games of 2020, will have a lot of explaining to do when it updates investors on its strategy.

Nintendo: Games and gaming

Nintendo partners with Pokemon Go maker Niantic on Pikmin app

Nintendo has stated that it is partnering with Pokemon Go app developer Niantic to create augmented reality (AR) titles, with a Pikmin themed app launching this year.