Game Industry News

Chinese State Media Calls Video Games 'Spiritual Opium' (August 3, 2021): Chinese state media has referred to video games as spiritual opium. This was not good for Tencent and other Chinese-owned video game publishers.

E3 Expo 2020 Canceled Due to Coronavirus (March 11, 2020): The coronavirus outbreak has led to the cancelation of the E3 Expo. It was scheduled for June 9-11 in Los Angeles, California.

Game Developers Conference Postponed Due to Coronavirus (March 10, 2020): The Game Developers Conference has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. A new date for the GDC 2020 has not yet been set.

Microsoft's RoomAlive Transforms Rooms Into an Immersive Gaming Experience (October 6, 2014): Microsoft's new RoomAlive technology can transform any room into an immersive gaming experience.

Angry Birds Developer Rovio Cuts Jobs (October 4, 2014): Rovio, the developer of the popular Angry Birds mobile game, has cut up to 130 jobs.

Microsoft Buys Minecraft for $2.5 Billion (September 15, 2014): Microsoft has purchased Mojang, the company behind Minecraft, for $2.5 billion.

Upcoming Book About Battle Between Sega and Nintendo Optioned for Movie (February 26, 2014): An upcoming book about the console wars has been optioned for a movie by Sony Pictures.

This Year's Most Anticipated Game Titles (April 20, 2012): Nielsen has shared the results of a study on the games gamers are anticipated most later this year.

British Academy Video Games Award Winners Announced (March 16, 2012): Portal 2 won Best Game at the 8th annual British Academy Video Game Awards.

PBS Arts Explores World of Video Games (October 28, 2011): PBS Arts Off Book web series looks at the world of video games.

Portal 2 Named Ultimate Game at Golden Joystick Awards (October 22, 2011): Valve's Portal 2 was named the Ultimate Game as this year's Golden Joystick Awards.

Video Game Sales Plunged 26% in July (September 5, 2011): Video game sales plunged in July.

Smithsonian Announces Games to be Featured in The Art of Video Games Exhibition (May 7, 2011): Pac-Man, Super Mario Brothers, The Secret of Monkey Island, Myst, and World of Warcraft are give games that will be included in the Smithsonian's The Art of Video Games exhibit.

MTV Networks Entertainment Group Launches 345 Games Unit (April 12, 2011): MTV Networks Entertainment Group has announced the launch of 345 Games, a new video gaming arm of Comedy Central and Spike TV.

Game Sales Plunged 37% in April (May 18, 2010): Marketwatch reports that data from the NPD Group indicates that April was another bad month for video game sales.

Best Buy to Launch Gaming Magazine (May 13, 2010): The Game Beat first reported on May 11 that Best Buy plans to launch a gaming magazine called @Gamer.

Batman: Arkham Asylum Wins Best Game at BAFTAs (May 1, 2010): The winners of the 2010 BAFTA Video Game Awards have been announced and Batman: Arkham Asylum has been named the Game of the Year!

Japanese Man Marries Virtual Character From Game (December 16, 2009): A Japanese man named Sal, who goes by Sal 9000, has married Nene Anegasaki, a virtual character from a Nintendo DS game called Love Plus.

Video Games Sales Drop Continues. Even Madden Sales Fall (September 20, 2009): The WSJ reports that data from the NPD Group shows video game sales plunged again in August for the sixth straight month.

Best of GC Winners Announced (August 25, 2008): The Best of GC winners from the Leipzig Game Convention in Germany have been announced.