Nintendo at E3: Great games are coming … eventually

Great games are coming to the Wii U … but we’re going to have to wait. That’s the main takeaway from Nintendo’s announcements this week at E3, the big video-game event in Los Angeles. Yesterday I argued that Nintendo’s problem selling home consoles has been building for decades, but was masked by the fluke runaway success of… Read More

Nintendo Home Consoles: Sales per Year

Can Nintendo reverse a decades-long sales slide?

Ever since Nintendo posted its first annual net loss in early 2012, the Japanese gaming company (whose North American headquarters is right here in Redmond) has seen a steady decline in its fortunes. Earlier this year Nintendo announced a $228 million loss for 2013, and last week the company revealed it will be closing their European headquarters… Read More


Titanfall sold 925K units in March; EA signs new agreement with Respawn

Titanfall, the popular sci-fi shooter, sold 925,000 units last month in the U.S. Electronic Arts COO Peter Moore reported the statistic on EA’s fiscal fourth quarter earnings call this afternoon, citing data from The NPD Group. “It landed phenomenally well,” Moore said. Titanfall, developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by EA, debuted on March 11… Read More


PlayStation 4 sales hit 7M

Sony announced a new milestone for the PlayStation 4 today, as the company has sold through more than 7 million consoles globally as of April 6. On March 4, Sony noted that it passed 6 million consoles sold worldwide. The company, which launched the PS4 on Nov. 15, also announced today that more than 20.5 million copies of… Read More


The rise of eSports: More people watch video game competitions than major sporting events

The popularity of electronic sports — or, eSports for short — is somewhat astounding, and new data from SuperData Research proves it. SuperData, a digital games market intelligence company, conducted a study of the eSports industry and found that more than 71 million people watch competitive gaming worldwide — an eight-fold increase from four years… Read More

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Disney Interactive to lay off 700 in restructuring; Seattle operations to remain intact

Disney is confirming a large-scale restructuring today that will result in the firing of hundreds of employees, representing 26 percent of its global workforce. But a source said there will be little to no impact felt in Seattle, where employees will continue to be tasked with developing the Facebook and mobile game, Marvels: Avengers Alliance. A spokesperson… Read More


Internet’s obsession with Gabe Newell comes through during Valve CEO’s Reddit Q&A

People on the Internet seem to be obsessed with Valve CEO Gabe Newell and that much was obvious during Newell’s Reddit Ask-Me-Anything session this afternoon. For example: One person said he hadn’t showered since meeting Newell in 2011 and taking a picture with him. “That’s a long time not to shower,” Newell responded. Another person… Read More


Game discounts: Steam will let developers launch their own sales, Valve confirms

When gamers talk about Valve’s Steam e-commerce platform, the conversation almost inevitably comes to sales. The company’s massive quarterly discount extravaganzas have become legendary for both their value and their ability to assist customers in parting with their money. Now, every day could be sale day on Steam. According to screenshots and images from the… Read More


Microsoft ships 3.9M Xbox Ones, 3.5M Xbox 360′s

In its quarterly earnings report released today, Microsoft announced that it shipped 3.9 million Xbox One consoles to retail channels during the three months ending Dec. 31. Earlier this month, Microsoft said it sold 3 million Xbox One consoles to customers in its 13 launch countries. The company is still lagging behind Sony, which has sold… Read More

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How this university is using video games to help teenage girls find careers in science, math fields

Tayloe Washburn is no stranger to taking the lead on massive, lucrative projects. The former lawyer helped organize teams that executed on important tasks such as the $3.1 billion Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement tunnel and the construction of a third runway at Seattle-Tacoma International. But the national initiative that Washburn is now helping push ahead inside… Read More


Penny Arcade shutters video network and news site

Seattle area-based gaming comic Penny Arcade has decided to roll back its empire-building plans. The Penny Arcade Report, the company’s video game news site, has shut its doors, and Penny Arcade TV, the company’s platform for gaming-related videos, will no longer release new content from third parties come January 1. The fourth season of Penny… Read More

UpTap co-founder Daniel Bernstein.

Daniel Bernstein’s UpTap raises $160K to fuel development of tablet, mobile games

Daniel Bernstein’s newest venture hasn’t quite found the level of success that Sandlot Games sustained during the last decade. But at just a little over one year old, UpTap continues to raise money as it builds out its library of games. Bernstein, a Seattle area entrepreneur best known for founding Cake Mania-maker Sandlot Games, is now running… Read More

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Mobile gaming vet David Bluhm partners with Wargaming for new Seattle game publisher

One of Seattle’s most accomplished entrepreneurs is jumping back into the gaming industry with some ambitious goals. David Bluhm, co-founder of companies like Z2, Handson Mobile and 2Way, is leading a Seattle-based unnamed games development and publishing company in partnership with fast-growing Wargaming, maker of the popular free-to-play game World of Tanks. The new entity is 100… Read More