Gaming Platform News

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

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.

Cyberpunk

Cyberpunk 2077 sales miss analyst estimates after refunds

Polish video game manufacturer CD Projekt SA said it offered more than 13 million copies of its Cyberpunk 2077 match through Dec. 20, below analyst forecasts, hurt in part by refun...

Platform Industry: ByteDance China company building

ByteDance in talks to buy stake in mobile games firm CMGE

ByteDance is currently in talks to buy into mobile games writer CMGE Technology Group, four people with direct knowledge of this matter told journalists, as the owner of short vide...

Roblox

Gaming platform Roblox to delay IPO until next year

Gaming platform Roblox has put off its planned initial public offering (IPO) until next year since it functions with advisers to improve the process to benefit investors and employ...

European Union

Big tech platforms face 6% fines if they breach new EU content rules

Significant platform businesses like Google and Facebook will face fines of up to 6% of turnover if they don’t do more to tackle illegal material and reveal more about advert...

Platform Industry: President Trump, Social Media, Section 230 and Fake News

President Trump vows to veto defence bill unless Section 230 is scrapped

President Trump has just announced that he would veto the $740 billion National Defence Authorization Act unless it includes a measure eliminating a federal law protecting tech com...

Roblox

Kids gaming platform Roblox faces hurdles ahead of public listing

Profanities and other offensive content that basic word-filtering tools are made to catch can be discovered in certain game titles and user profiles on children’s gaming syst...

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

Federal judge dismisses some claims by Apple in fight against Epic Games

A federal judge in California has ignored a few of Apple’s counterclaims against Epic Games, Bloomberg News reported, narrowing the reach of a dispute that has seen that the ...

Platform News: Video streaming services and VOD

COVID-19 vaccine hope dampens prospects for stay-at-home darlings

The surge in stocks of Netflix , Zoom and other of this year’s stay-at-home company winners has been brought to a sudden halt by promising vaccine data suggesting a possible ...

China

China publishes draft competition rules for online platforms

China’s economy regulator has just printed draft rules aimed at preventing monopolistic behaviour by internet platforms, in a move that will boost scrutiny on the countryR...