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Digital card games revive stagnant retail business, reaching $714MM by 2014E
Originally invented as a ‘casual’ game to play in between role-playing sessions at tournaments, collectible card games (CCGs) today are one of the fastest growing segments among online games. In 2011 worldwide sales totaled $2.1 billion, after...
- Posted 302 days ago
Gamescom hosts fight for the games market
The games world is limbering up for its own titanic struggle—a battle of the old versus the new. A battle between the bombast and hype of traditional, high-quality console games and the metrics-led marketing of the new...
- Posted 642 days ago
How Facebook Will Kill Steam
Back on 13 May, Nicholas wrote a post slamming the Facebook game N.O.V.A. ELITE for having a minimum specification, control layout sheet and loud music. All cardinal sins, he argued, of a social game. I disagreed with...
- Posted 722 days ago
Why the mass market will NEVER be gamers
Margaret Robertson pointed me to this article on Scott Pilgrim vs the World. The article is not about the film, it’s about the endless carping about the assumed teenage, ADD, geeky males that the film must be...
- Posted 995 days ago
Designing games for Netbooks – a $5,000 competition
Intel is trying hard to push its Intel Atom Developer program to encourage developers to make games targeted at Netbooks. Their latest promotion is a game design competition organised by The Game Creators. The design guidelines say...
- Posted 1016 days ago
The online games market was worth $15 billion in 2009, and will grow to $20 billion in 2010
How much is the online games industry worth? It’s a tough question, and is plagued by a difficulty of definitions. For example, Inside Social Games estimates that only half of the $1.6 billion they forecast to be...
- Posted 1065 days ago
Have games companies finally realised that audiences are more important than genres?
I saw an announcement from a casual games company that made me sit up and take notice for the first time in ages. Exent runs Free Ride Games, a casual gaming site with 2.1 million monthly users....
- Posted 1113 days ago