4 items from 2012
It seems that these days you can’t go for long until someone else from within the games industry tries to attack second hand games and point out how they’re going to be death knell of the big game companies. The most recent crusade against this evil comes from Denis Dyack from developer Silicon Knights who claims that used games threaten the health of the industry.
Speaking with GamesIndustry.biz Dyack says that,
“There used to be something in games for 20 years called a tail, where say you have a game called Warcraft that would sell for 10 years. Because there are no used games, you could actually sell a game for a long time, and get recurring revenue for quite a while. Recurring revenue is very key. If used games continue the way that they are, it’s going to cannibalize, there’s not going to be an industry. »
- Corey Milne
Activision CEO Bobby Kotick has welcomed news of tax breaks for the UK games industry. The incentives, which were announced earlier today as part of the 2012 Budget, will promote "further investment" for developers and jobs. The publisher first backed trade organisation Tiga and the steps towards tax relief in 2010. "This is a great first step and should put the UK in a stronger position to compete with other countries offering incentives for videogames production," read a statement issued to Digital Spy. "The UK is an important centre for development talent, employing (more) »
- By Matthew Reynolds
Diablo III is targeting a release date in the year's second quarter, according to Blizzard Entertainment's parent company. Activision Blizzard revealed the news during its quarterly earnings call on Thursday (February 9). "Our extraordinary employees around the world are focused on making 2012 another great year for our audience and stakeholders," the holding company's CEO Bobby Kotick said in a statement. "Blizzard Entertainment plans to have multiple highly-anticipated titles to release, including Diablo III." Activision's second fiscal quarter (more) »
- By Scott Nichols
Single pack Skylanders figures playable on Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii, PC and 3Ds have been almost impossible to find since stores were cleaned out in the rush for Christmas gifts. The shortage, which Activision CEO Bobby Kotick warned of back on November 28, has left many new Skylanders as of Christmas unable to build out their Elemental groups or collect them all.
Retailers have felt the shortage as well with big gaping holes were Skylanders once proudly hung on the pegs. The interactive store demos are useless without a Skylander figure to use them with. One Target employee told me that over half the phone calls to the electronics section since Christmas have asked when new single pack Skylanders will be available.
Activision took to Facebook last week, acknowledged the shortage, and said that they're working hard to get more of the little guys into stores. In a q/a, they confirmed that Cynder, »
4 items from 2012
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