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  • Microsoft Has Acquired Minecraft For $2.5 Billion

    Microsoft Has Acquired Minecraft For $2.5 Billion

    Microsoft has confirmed that Mojang and Minecraft will join its ranks, but it’ll continue to make the game available across iOS, Android and PlayStation as well as on Xbox and PC, the company announced today. Microsoft says that they started their conversation around bringing the title to the Xbox console, and from there witnessed their tremendous success and decided to make the… Read More

  • The #Gamergate Answer

    The #Gamergate Answer

    In response to my article last week I got a fair degree of heated comments, but most civil ones said that the gamergate issue was about journalistic integrity. Is it? Or is it actually about the culture of games? And how does that affect the industry going forward? Read More

  • Hey Microsoft, Acquiring A Hit Game Is Stupid

    Hey Microsoft, Acquiring A Hit Game Is Stupid

    Buying a game company is like buying an aging baseball player. You’ll need a miracle to get another hit. And while they might have plenty of fans, they probably aren’t making a lot of new ones. Mojang hit a grand slam home run with Minecraft, but that doesn’t mean Microsoft should pay $2.5 billion for it, as it’s reportedly going to announce this week. There’s… Read More

  • Zynga, Scopely Exec Leaves To Start Mobile Studio MobLabs

    Zynga, Scopely Exec Leaves To Start Mobile Studio MobLabs

    Andy Kleinman, who was chief business officer at Los Angeles-based gaming company Scopely and a general manager at Zynga, left the company to start a mobile products-focused studio called MobLabs. Kleinman previously co-founded Vostu, a Latin American social gaming company, and later joined Three Melons, a studio that was acquired by Playdom (which was later acquired by Disney). Then he later… Read More

  • Fove: A VR Display That Tracks Your Eyes

    FOVE Uses Eye Tracking To Make Virtual Reality More Immersive

    FOVE wants to ramp up by the virtual reality experience by creating the world’s first consumer-oriented headmount display to use eye tracking. The Tokyo-based startup was founded by CEO Yuka Kojima and CTO Lochlainn Wilson and is launching today on the Disrupt SF stage. Read More

  • Microsoft Said To Be Close To Purchasing Minecraft’s Parent Company For Around $2B

    Microsoft Said To Be Close To Purchasing Minecraft’s Parent Company For Around $2B

    It appears that Microsoft is prepping to follow Facebook into the YOLO territory of gaming acquisitions. The Wall Street Journal reported today that the software giant will buy the gaming company behind the mega-hit Minecraft for around $2 billion, perhaps as early as this week. The deal, which Microsoft can well afford with its nearly $86 billion in cash and equivalents, would bring a… Read More

  • The #Gamergate Question

    The #Gamergate Question

    Depending on how closely you follow the gaming and tech press, you may have heard of #gamergate. Those of us inside the industry have. This week it’s essentially all we’ve been able to talk about. How has this reactionary movement spawned from sexist roots managed to go so far, and what does it say about the industry? Read More

  • Microsoft Will Give You Any Xbox One Game If You Buy The Console Next Week

    Thinking about picking up an Xbox One to play some Destiny when it launches? You might want to wait a few days. Do that, and you’ll get Destiny — or literally any other Xbox One game — for free. Read More

  • Amazon Games Studios Launches Its First Gaming App On iTunes

    Amazon Games Studios Launches Its First Gaming App On iTunes

    Amazon has just made another move that indicates the company is taking its expansion into mobile gaming more seriously than just a way to tout how it, too, has “exclusive” content to offer via the Amazon Fire TV. For the first time, Amazon has launched a mobile gaming app on Apple’s App Store. But before you get all worked up, we have to point out that the new app, Sev… Read More

  • Microsoft Pads Windows Phone’s Midriff With Three More Lumias

    Microsoft Pads Windows Phone’s Midriff With Three More Lumias

    Microsoft, now the proud owner of Nokia’s mobile making division, has unboxed a trio of new mid-tier Windows Phone handsets at its IFA press event taking place in Berlin today — including a slimline, photo-focused device it’s dubbing an “affordable flagship”. Aka the Lumia 830. And — following in the footsteps of many an Android OEM — a… Read More