Gaming Platform News

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

South Korea, Japan, Manga Publishing

South Korean tech firms shake up Japan’s storied manga industry

Two South Korean platforms are borrowing from mobile gaming to shake up – and dominate – Japan’s manga industry, a plot twist that has expanded the comics’ ...

nvidia chipmaker

Nvidia sales surge as it struggles to keep gaming chips in stock

Nvidia has forecast better-than-expected fiscal first-quarter revenue, with its flagship gaming chips expected to remain in tight supply for the next several months.

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

Epic Games takes Apple fight to European Union antitrust regulators

Epic Games has taken its fight against Apple to European Union antitrust regulators after failing to make significant headway in a US court in a dispute over the Apple’s paym...

Platform News: GameStop

YouTube streamer to testify on GameStop alongside hedge fund managers

The YouTube streamer known online as ‘Roaring Kitty’, who helped drive a surge of interest in GameStop, will testify before a US House panel on Thursday alongside top h...

Platform News: Google Stadia game streaming platform

Google will shut down internal Stadia game development efforts

Google has said it would stop internal development of games for Stadia, making the cloud-based game-streaming service entirely dependent on other game developers and publishers.

Platform News: Nintendo and its Switch console

Nintendo hikes its sales forecast for Switch after a bumper year-end

Nintendo has hiked its full-year sales forecast for its Switch games console to 26.5 million from 24 million previously after a bumper holiday season, buoyed by the boom for at hom...

Platform News: Software titan Microsoft building

Microsoft earnings rise as COVID-19 boosts cloud and Xbox sales

Microsoft Corp has reported its Azure cloud computing services climbed 50%, the next quarter of acceleration in a business that had begun to slow as the global pandemic benefited t...

Platform News: Reddit social network and discussion boards

GameStop extends Reddit driven rally after Elon Musk tweet

Amateur investors piled farther into market stocks Tuesday, sending professional sellers agreeing to pay losing bets, with GameStop skyrocketing for a fourth consecutive day, thank...

UK

London resilient at top of European tech investment table despite COVID

London retained its position as the top European destination for tech venture capital in 2020, with levels near the record sum of the year before despite the impact of COVID-19, ac...

Platform News: Nintendo and its Switch console

Nintendo ships one million Switches in China since late-2019 launch

The Japanese firm launched its Switch console in China at December 2019 in partnership with distributor Tencent, China’s biggest video games and social networking company, in...

Platform Economy: The technology sector in Paris, France

US suspends French tariffs over digital services tax

The United States has said it might hold off slapping tariffs on French cosmetics, handbags and other imports in retaliation for a digital services tax Washington says will damage ...

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

USTR slams India, Italy, Turkey on digital taxes but holds off on tariffs

Digital services taxation adopted by India, Italy and Turkey discriminate against US businesses and therefore are inconsistent with international tax rules, the US Trade Representa...

Roblox

Gaming site Roblox valued at $30 billion, plans direct listing

Roblox Corp has said it aims to go public via a direct record, rather than an initial public offering (IPO) as originally intended, and has raised new funding at a deal that values...

Platform News: Apple logo

Apple removes 39,000 game apps from China store to meet deadline

Apple removed 39,000 game apps on its China store Thursday, the biggest removal ever in a single day, as it set year-end as deadline for all game publishers to obtain a licence.