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PlayFab raises $2.5M to help studios with back-end support for online gaming

PlayFab, a Seattle company that provides back-end support for game studios, today announced a $2.5 million seed round from angel investors like PopCap co-founder Jason Kapalka and IronPort co-founder Scott Banister. We noted the funding back in March, but now PlayFab has officially closed the round and named investors like Larry Bowman of Bowman Capital Management; Arena.net… Read More

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PlayStation 4 outsells Xbox One in the U.S. for 7th month in a row

Another month, another win for Sony. The PS4 was the best-selling console in the U.S. for July, marking the seventh consecutive month that Sony’s device has outsold Microsoft’s Xbox One. Sony noted earlier this week that nine months since debuting its PlayStation 4 console on Nov. 15, it has sold 10 million units to consumers worldwide. The company said… Read More

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Bungie unveils Destiny’s competitive multiplayer modes, release date for first expansion

As a part of Sony’s press conference at Gamescom today, Bungie unveiled some new details about content for “Destiny,” its forthcoming first-person shooter. First off, the company released a new trailer showing off the different Crucible competitive multiplayer modes that players will be able to try out, including a number of takes on standard FPS… Read More

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Candy Crushed: King’s shares fall 22 percent after Q2 sales disappoint

King Digital Entertainment, the game maker behind the massively popular mobile game Candy Crush Saga, is getting destroyed in after-hours trading today after reporting disappointing second-quarter results. The stock is down roughly 22 percent, or $3.98 a share, to trade at $14.18 a share (well below its IPO price of $22.50). The London-based company said it earned 59 cents in adjusted… Read More

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Sony has sold 10M PlayStation 4 consoles in 9 months

Nine months since debuting its PlayStation 4 console on Nov. 15, Sony has sold 10 million units to consumers worldwide. The gaming giant just announced the updated statistic at Gamescom 2014. Sony revealed in February that it had sold 5.3 million consoles, so the company has sold nearly double that in the past six months. Sony has outpaced… Read More

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Dis-Kinected: Xbox unveils three big holiday bundles, none with motion controller

If it’s true that videogames drive sales of consoles, then Microsoft is leaning heavily on that strategy by unveiling three new bundles today at Gamescom in Germany. While the idea of bundles is not new, Microsoft said this year’s options are “unparalleled,” and Xbox Head Phil Spencer added that they are excited “to offer fans more choice than ever… Read More

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Seattle’s Undead Labs teams up with Kabam for new mobile role-playing game Moonrise

Undead Labs, the makers of zombie survival-horror game State of Decay, has teamed up with San Francisco-based game publisher Kabam to create Moonrise, a new role-playing game for mobile devices. Details about the game are fairly scarce right now, but it’s supposed to be a “multiplayer creature-collection RPG.” Undead Labs founder Jeff Strain said in… Read More

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Flappy Bird is back — but only for Amazon Fire TV owners

Happy Flappin’ Friday. As promised, everyone’s favorite addictive bird game is making a comeback — just not the way you probably expected. Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen today released his latest game, Flappy Bird Family. But for whatever reason, Nguyen only made it available on Amazon’s Android App Store. “Flappy Birds now are on Amazon Fire… Read More

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Sony crushes Microsoft in console sales during last 3 months

Sony is winning the console war. The gaming giant posted its quarterly earnings report today and noted 3.5 million Playstation consoles sold worldwide — that includes both the PS4 and PS3. During the same time period, Microsoft reported earlier this month that it sold 1.1 million Xbox consoles, which includes the Xbox One and Xbox… Read More

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Microsoft to sell Xbox One in China on September 23 for $600

Microsoft today announced that it will begin selling the Xbox One in China on Sept. 23, giving the company access to a massive gaming market. In partnership with BesTV New Media Co., which will help manufacture the Xbox One in Shanghai’s Free Trade Zone, Microsoft will sell the console for 3,699 yuan (about $600) without the Kinect… Read More

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First look at ‘Atari: Game Over,’ a Microsoft-funded documentary about the worst video game of all time

At San Diego Comic-Con, Microsoft released the first trailer for “Atari: Game Over,” a documentary about the rise and fall of Atari, and the renowned gaming company’s utter failure to make a commercial success out of its game version of “E.T.” It’s the first episode in “Signal to Noise,” a series of documentaries for its… Read More

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Microsoft mum on Xbox One sales; notes 1.1M ‘Xbox consoles’ shipped in past 3 months

Microsoft hasn’t reported Xbox One sales statistics for quite some time, and that didn’t change with today’s quarterly earnings report. The company noted that it sold 1.1 million Xbox consoles to retailers worldwide in the past three months — that’s counting both Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles. It’s unclear how many were actually sold to consumers…. Read More

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Valve boss Gabe Newell interviewed by ESPN: ‘The Internet is changing what sports is’

Gabe Newell has sat through thousands of interviews. His conversation that aired nationally on Sunday evening, though, was particularly unique. Newell, CEO and co-founder of Bellevue-based gaming company Valve, had an interview broadcasted to millions of people on ESPN2 as part of a 30-minute show about the massive Dota 2 tournament happening at Seattle’s Key Arena. Newell… Read More

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Xbox One August update includes mobile purchasing, new social features, low battery notifications

Microsoft is rolling out another update for Xbox One owners beginning next week, and gamers will see several new additional features on their console. Here’s a rundown of some of the new updates: Mobile purchasing: You’ll be able to buy games remotely on a mobile device using Xbox SmartGlass or Xbox.com, and have them automatically… Read More

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ESPN partners with Valve to broadcast Dota 2 video game championships

If you tune into ESPN this weekend, you might catch some British Open golf action, perhaps some Sunday Night Baseball, or maybe a little MLS soccer. But the leading sports network is airing something rather peculiar on Sunday: A video game competition. Electronic sports — e-sports for short — has officially made its way to ESPN, which will broadcast Valve’s Dota 2… Read More

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Xbox One sales double, one month after $100 price cut

Offering up a cheaper Xbox One is helping Microsoft sell quite a bit more consoles. The company announced today that since it began selling a $399 version of the Xbox One without the Kinect sensor on June 9 — a $100 price cut from the Xbox One with Kinect — sales doubled in one month. We’ll have more… Read More

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‘Dragons Adventure’ game for Windows blends real world and fantasy maps, for kids to play in moving car

Playing a game on a phone or tablet on the couch is one thing, but a new game for Windows Phone and Windows tablets shows what can happen when a moving vehicle and real-world location are part of the mix. The game, “Dragons Adventure: World Explorer,” is based on the “How to Train Your Dragon?” series, published by DreamWorks in partnership… Read More