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GAME Digital: How the cyclical console release pattern is stifling GAME’s growth

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The video game industry across the West is incredibly cyclical, with regular console releases every seven to eight years providing very large revenues to major players and carrying them through the period in-between releases. However a shift in the console market, with console developers choosing to release completely new consoles at a slower rate and instead releasing interim consoles (such as Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro), has hurt GAME Digital, a company only recent out of administration. It’s profit warning announced on June 30, the result of Nintendo’s decision to prioritize… Read more

Microsoft: $26.2bn LinkedIn acquisition its largest to date, but deal makes sense

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Surrounding this acquisition purchase came many queries questioning the future success of such a transaction. With an alarming price tag attached to the bill, Microsoft acquiring LinkedIn is by far the largest purchase it has made in history. With a pretty poor track record in large acquisitions, (with the exception of Skype of course), it remains to be seen if this one is any different. CEO Satya Nadella has been leading Microsoft since early 2014 and feels it is his job to turn the poor history of buyouts into a… Read more

Nintendo toppled by Sony as Wii U sales slump

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A report from Japan’s Nikkei Asian Review has revealed that, for the first time in eight years, Sony’s console sales outstripped those of Nintendo to take top spot in the console sales charts (FY ending March 31st 2014). The release of the PS4 console last year helped boost Sony’s console sales both in terms of unit sales and revenue – which increased 38.5% to JPY 979 billion. Meanwhile Nintendo saw a slump in net sales, partially caused by markdowns of Wii U hardware in the US. Growth in higher margin… Read more

China sets the pace in the global software industry

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Despite continued piracy issues, the seemingly perpetual innovations in the technology sector and the spread of internet usage both help to drive solid growth in the global software market. The global software market grew by 6.1% in 2013, to reach a value of $554.5bn, representing a compound annual growth rate of 11.3% for the period spanning 2009-2013. Although growth has largely been seen across the board, increases were primarily driven by growth in the Asia-Pacific and Americas regions, as some European economies stagnated and demand for software remained relatively stable…. Read more

Innovation remains the name of the game for Microsoft’s Xbox 360

  Innovation has been central to Microsoft’s success since entering the video games industry in 2001 and if the company’s keynote presentation at the recent E3 expo in Los Angeles is anything to go by, it will form the cornerstone of the Xbox’s success for the foreseeable future. At the same expo last year, rival games console manufacturer Nintendo unveiled its eighth generation console and successor to the extremely popular Wii, the Wii U. Nintendo’s latest machine, which is slated to hit the shelves in Q4 2012, features a revolutionary… Read more