Gaming Platform News

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

nintendo

Nintendo seen extending profit streak as housebound consumers switch on

Nintendo is expected to extend its decade-high earnings streak when it reports fourth-quarter results next week, powered by the hit Switch console which is expanding its reach amon...

Platform Industry: Microsoft operating system users

Microsoft revenue beats as remote work boosts Teams

Microsoft Corp has beaten Wall Street sales and profit expectations, powered by sharp demand for its ‘Microsoft Teams’ chat and online meeting app and Xbox gaming servi...

Scopely Games

Mobile game start-up Scopely buys ‘Scrabble Go’ co-creator

Mobile game maker Scopely has announced that it has acquired the co-creator of its popular word game “Scrabble Go”, in a bid to expand a games portfolio that already in...

Google Stadia

Google Stadia gains users after giving free access for two months

Google’s cloud-based game streaming service, Stadia, has witnessed a surge in users after the Silicon Valley giant gifted two months free access to its premium version for ga...

nintendo

ValueAct Capital Partners eye Nintendo with stake of over $1.1 billion – letter

Activist investor ValueAct Capital Partners LP has built a stake of over $1.1 billion in Nintendo, a bet that digital software distribution and the development of new entertainment...

Platform News: Gaming and gamers around the world

Videogame sales surge in US as lockdown keeps people indoor

Videogame sales in the month of March hit their highest in over a decade, as Americans turned to games like “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” and “Call of Duty: Mod...

Betting, Gambling online

Betting-related stress is rising in European lockdowns, says 888 Holdings

Online gambling business 888 Holdings has flagged a growing risks of gambling-related harm as more stuck-at-home Europeans bet online amid nationwide lockdowns to curb the spread o...

Telcos

Telecoms shares are losers as lockdown drives dot-com boom

As global lockdowns drive increase internet usage and boosting sales for dot-com businesses as varied as gaming and food delivery, the stocks of internet and telecoms service provi...

Platform News: Nintendo and its Switch console

Nintendo game pulled from Chinese platforms after protest by Hong Kong activist

A popular Nintendo Switch video game has been pulled off China’s grey market e-commerce platforms, after Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong used the game to protest against Beiji...

Online Card Games

Fans of card games resort to playing online via video chat sessions

Fans of card games including Codenames, Spyfall and Cards Against Humanity have turned to playing unofficial online versions during group video calls with friends, as strict COVID-...

Habbo Hotel Game

Gamers check back in to Habbo Hotel as coronavirus refuge

Remember Habbo Hotel? It was a hit online networking game more than a decade ago. With entire populations now in lockdown the game is gaining new interest, with hundreds of thousan...

Platform News: Tencent conference and exhibition in China

Tencent to develop cloud game platform with Huawei

China’s Tencent Holdings launched a co-innovation lab with Huawei Technologies to develop a cloud game platform, the world’s biggest game company said in a statement Fr...

Gambling

Playtech says players spend time on online poker and bingo

Europeans stuck at home because of the coronavirus may not have any sports events to bet on, but they are playing more poker and bingo online to relieve the boredom, online gamblin...

Platform News: Tencent conference and exhibition in China

Tencent set to hint at virus boost from quarantined gamers

China’s Tencent Holdings is set to give a glimpse of how the world’s largest gaming company has fared from the coronavirus outbreak after curbs forced millions to stay ...