Author: Ronald Mina

Beta Testing: Dragon Ball Fighterz, Dissidia Final Fantasy NT

Who would win if X fought Y? It’s a question that has resulted in many a schoolyard brawl, so of course there are games interested in resolving that question. Below are a pair of closed betas announced at Evolution Championship Series sure to put gamers in a position to answer their particular fandom dilemmas once and for all. In alphabetical order, Dragon Ball Fighterz has unveiled yet another member of its roster, the famous Trunks, while announcing the start of the closed beta for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The closed beta will feature nine playable characters for...

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Games Software/Hardware Revenue to Reach $200 Billion by 2021

Revenue from the combined sales of games software and hardware is set to reach more than $150 billion in 2017, according to research by Digi-Capital. The firm estimates a growth rate of 7.9% over the next five years, resulting in an estimated $200 billion in revenue by 2021. Software represents about three-quarters of that sum, with hardware occupying the remainder. In addition, the firm asserts that games have turned into a two speed market: massive sectors where giants rule, and small high-growth sectors where nimble indies can still make their mark. Among the giant sectors, Digi-Capital expects mobile games...

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Market for eSports Gaming Hardware to Reach $2.2 Billion in 2020

According to a new report by Jon Peddie Research (JPR), a technology management consulting firm, the eSports Gaming Hardware market will reach $856 million in 2017. The firm predicts the market segment will grow significantly over the next few years years, with annual sales over $2.2 billion by 2020. The general market for PC Gaming Hardware exceeded $30 billion in 2016 and is expected to grow approximately 6% through 2019, in contrast to the 42% expected of eSports-geared machines. The Asia Pacific Region is expected to be the leader in both growth and market size due to its entrenched...

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Square-backed Indie Initiative Launches Dystopian Puzzler Black The Fall

The Square Enix Collective, an initiative that provides a range of non-restrictive services to independent developers, has launched Black The Fall, a dystopian puzzle-platformer. The game is available for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as well as via Steam. Developed by Sand Sailor Studio, the game touches on life in Romania under Communist dictator Nicolae Ceau┼čescu during his rule from the 1960s through the 1980s. Set in a communist dystopia, protagonist Black tries to escape the system that is keeping him and his fellow citizens enslaved. The game itself lacks text or dialogue, as the the story is...

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Overwatch League Sells First Teams

Activision Blizzard has sold the first seven team slots for its Overwatch League. Slated to begin later this year, the company claims that the league, based around the hit team-based FPS game Overwatch, will be the first to feature a city-based structure. The first seven teams will represent Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Miami-Orlando, San Francisco, Shanghai, and Seoul. Activision Blizzard argues the league will create value for team owners through advertising, ticketing and broadcast rights revenues, with teams receiving an equal share of all league-wide net revenues. Teams will also keep all local revenues generated through their home...

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