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News: "Small" Number Of Staff Laid Off At Sega Of America

"Small" Number Of Staff Laid Off At Sega Of America

Exact number unknown

It has been confirmed that Sega of America has laid off a number of its staff. VentureBeat has reported that the number of employees affected is "small", but the exact figure is currently unknown. A spokesperson for Sega said: As the gaming industry continues to evolve, companies must adapt and adjust in order to compete and...

News: Without iOS Support Nintendo "Doesn’t Reach Today’s Kids" Says Apple Advocate John Gruber

Without iOS Support Nintendo "Doesn’t Reach Today’s Kids" Says Apple Advocate John Gruber

Tech Bloggers Go To War Over Nintendo's Future

The unexpected announcement of the 2DS has led to some rather interesting opinion pieces appearing online, many of which actually defend Nintendo's move and see the cut-price console for what it truly is: an entry-level proposition that is sure to find its way under many Christmas trees this holiday...

News: Atari Founder Nolan Bushnell Claims Nintendo "Could Be On The Path To Irrelevance"

Atari Founder Nolan Bushnell Claims Nintendo "Could Be On The Path To Irrelevance"

Says a handheld gaming-only device "doesn't make sense any more"

Atari founder Nolan Bushnell has spoken about Nintendo's current situation and admitted that the company finds itself in a "very difficult position". Talking to the BBC at Campus Party Europe — a London-based O2 event involving thousands of developers working on various technology...

News: Bethesda: The Time For Convincing Publishers And Developers To Support Wii U Is "Long Past"

Bethesda: The Time For Convincing Publishers And Developers To Support Wii U Is "Long Past"

Bethesda’s Pete Hines feels Nintendo has missed the boat

The Wii U badly needs third party support — that's a fact that few people will argue about. With the Xbox One and PS4 looming on the horizon, Nintendo is doing its utmost to attract publishers and developers, but Bethesda’s Pete Hines feels that it's too little, too late. Speaking on...

News: Former EA VP Named New President of n-Space

Former EA VP Named New President of n-Space

Takes place at head of longtime developer

Dan Tudge, a former vice-president and executive producer at Electronic Arts, has ranked up in title to become President of Orlando, Fla.-based independent developer n-Space. According to GamesIndustry International, the former president of n-Space, co-founder Dan O’Leary, is now the company’s CEO...

News: Wii U Hardware Still Being Sold At A Loss

Wii U Hardware Still Being Sold At A Loss

Don't hold your breath for a price cut

Nintendo usually likes to sell its hardware at a profit, right from day one — something which sets the company apart from the likes of Sony and Microsoft, who have traditionally taken massive hits on hardware in the hope that software sales will make up the deficit. However, a Nintendo representative...

News: Iwata Looking To Return To "Nintendo-Like Profits" This Financial Year

Iwata Looking To Return To "Nintendo-Like Profits" This Financial Year

"Our basic strategy is the expansion of the gaming population"

Nintendo's lavishly-illustrated 2013 Annual Report is now available for download, and comes filled with all kinds of numbers and figures relating to the company's financial well-being. However, it also features a message from Nintendo President Satoru Iwata, who states that it is his...

News: Nintendo Most Likely To Produce Gaming-Centric Tablet, Says Game Designer Jesse Schell

Nintendo Most Likely To Produce Gaming-Centric Tablet, Says Game Designer Jesse Schell

"Who knows what Nintendo has up its sleeve, right?"

Game designer, author and CEO of Schell Games Jesse Schell has been speaking to Games Industry International about the future of the games market, and has delivered a few home truths about where he feels we're headed. Schell — who graduated with a Masters of Science in Computer Networking and...

News: Report Suggests You'll Soon Be Able To Purchase Nintendo Titles Via Your Phone Or PC

Report Suggests You'll Soon Be Able To Purchase Nintendo Titles Via Your Phone Or PC

Nintendo outlines its digital future

Nintendo is taking the online side of its business very seriously — little wonder when you consider that it has just reported a 150% increase in download revenue compared to last year — and the next phase of its plan will allow users to purchase Wii U and 3DS content using platforms other than their consoles...

News: Nintendo's First Quarter Financial Results Boosted By 3DS Performance

Nintendo's First Quarter Financial Results Boosted By 3DS Performance

Despite operating loss and Wii U struggles, no change in profit projections

A few months ago Nintendo released its annual financial results, which saw the company make an overall profit but an operational loss, meaning its business had been partly bailed out by economic instruments, as opposed to profiting from selling video games and hardware...

News: Nintendo Feels That Working On Smartphones And Tablets Would "Decrease Brand Value"

Nintendo Feels That Working On Smartphones And Tablets Would "Decrease Brand Value"

"You can’t get a true feel for Mario on smartphone or tablet"

Once upon a time — year ending March 31, 2009, to be precise — Nintendo managed to post a profit of 555.2 billion yen. Those days feel like a lifetime away now, what with the Wii passing into memory and its successor — the Wii U — struggling to sell in meaningful quantities...

News: Kotick's $8.2 Billion Buyout Makes Activision Independent

Kotick's $8.2 Billion Buyout Makes Activision Independent

Vivendi's stake reduced to 12 percent

Call of Duty publisher Activsion Blizzard is to become independent following a $8.2 billion buyout spearheaded by CEO Bobby Kotick. Kotick — along with co-chairman Brian Kelly — has formed an investment group which will purchase 172 million shares in the firm, worth $2.34 billion. The publisher itself will...

News: Departing Eidos Montreal Boss Says Square Enix "Has Some Things To Learn" About Selling Games

Departing Eidos Montreal Boss Says Square Enix "Has Some Things To Learn" About Selling Games

"Last year...we didn't hit a single home run"

Eidos Montreal general manager Stephane D'Astous has parted company with the studio he founded, voicing his concerns about how parent firm Square Enix is running its business. The news broke of D'Astous' departure yesterday, and he has since spoken to Polygon to give a little more detail behind the...

Rumour: Nintendo Is Shaping Up To Acquire Troubled Atlus

Nintendo Is Shaping Up To Acquire Troubled Atlus

Could the esteemed Shin Megami Tensei developer become an in-house studio?

Atlus may be riding high on the success of Shin Megami Tensei IV, but its parent company Index is in serious financial trouble and is likely to begin auctioning off its assets — Atlus included — as early as this week. Interestingly, there are rumours circulating that...

News: Atlus Parent Company Reportedly Preparing To Sell Operations

Atlus Parent Company Reportedly Preparing To Sell Operations

Process could begin next week

As we reported recently, Atlus' parent company Index is in financial difficulty, having "civil rehabilitation proceedings" in Japan to resolve problems with substantial debts. To date the operations of Atlus have been unaffected by these issues, yet the process with Index is now reportedly moving onto significant next...