Gaming Platform News

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

Platform Industry: Netflix streaming service

Wall Street: Netflix’s gaming foray will cost time and money

Wall Street analysts have welcomed Netflix’s planned plunge into mobile gaming, calling it a sensible move to keep users’ eyes on screens while worrying it would take s...

CD Projekt

CD Projekt’s The Witcher mobile game debut hindered by technical issues

CD Projekt said that its mobile game “The Witcher: Monster Slayer” was now available to download after technical issues impacted its launch, in another glitch for the P...

nintendo

Nintendo to launch $349.99 Switch with upgraded display

Japan’s Nintendo will launch a new model of its Switch video game console with an upgraded display on Oct. 8, priced at $349.99, it said.

Tencent Holdings

Chinese antitrust regulator to block Tencent’s videogaming merger

China’s antitrust regulator is set to formally block Tencent’s plan to merge the country’s top two videogame streaming sites, Huya and DouYu, three people familia...

Platform Industry: Apple logo on a window

French court sets date in Apple case over App Store developer contracts

A French court has set on the 17th of September as the date for hearing a case brought by the finance ministry against Apple over allegedly abusive contractual terms imposed by the...

Platform News: 5G and data transfer

Canada launches long-awaited auction of 5G spectrum

Canada is set to begin a hotly anticipated auction of the mobile telecommunications bandwidth necessary for 5G rollout, one that was delayed more than a year by the pandemic.

Microsoft XBox Pass

Spotlight on Xbox Game Pass as Microsoft showcases upcoming games

Microsoft on Sunday showcased 30 upcoming games and said most of those titles will be available on its monthly subscription service, Xbox Game Pass.

Platform News: GameStop

GameStop lures Amazon talent with grand plans and no frills

GameStop’s Chairman Ryan Cohen made a point of doing away with corporate excess such as a company plane and used the allure of rebuilding the videogame retailer to recruit Am...

Electronic Arts (EA)

‘Battlefield’ publisher EA says investigating recent data breach

Electronic Arts Inc is investigating a recent data breach, where some of its game source code and related tools were stolen, the videogame publisher has said, becoming the latest v...

Amy Klobachur

US Senate passes bill to raise fees on biggest mergers

The US Senate has passed a bill that would increase fees that companies planning the biggest mergers pay to government antitrust agencies and give those agencies bigger budgets.

Cyberpunk

Cyberpunk maker reports slump in profit amid Playstation delisting

CD Projekt SA has reported that its profit fell by more than half in the first quarter from a year earlier as its flagship game, “Cyberpunk 2077,” was kept off SonyR...

Platform News: Tech Titans including Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple

Germans, French and Dutch want more say over tech giants’ start-up deals

Draft rules targeted at Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple should be beefed up to allow regulators to vet their acquisitions of start-up rivals, Germany, France and the Netherlands...

Platform Industry: US and China Relations and Politics

US Senate advances sweeping tech bill taking aim at China

The US Senate has advanced a sweeping package of legislation intended to boost the country’s ability to compete with Chinese tech, as Congress increasingly seeks to take a to...

Apple CEO in Court, Tim Cook

Apple App Store profits look ‘disproportionate,’ US judge tells CEO Cook

A federal judge has grilled Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook over whether the iPhone maker’s App Store profits from developers such as “Fortnite” maker Epic Games are justi...