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EA slips from NASDAQ-100 list following share drop

Monday, 17 December 2012 10:33 GMT By Dave Cook

EA has tumbled from the top 100 NASDAQ-listed companies following a 40% share drop in the summer, and the perceived failings of BioWare’s MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic. See the fallout below.

MCV reports that the annual NASDAQ-100 report saw EA, Netflix and Blackberry manufacturer RIM tumbling off the list, while Facebook was promoted into the fold, suggesting that claims surrounding its slouching fortunes are perhaps misplaced.

The site suggests that EA’s poor fortune comes from a 40% share drop in June this year, and that traders among Wall Street are mindful of Star Wars: The Old Republic’s “failure” to capture audiences and to generate significant returns. The MMO launched to a mixed reaction and has recently offered up a portion of its content for free following dwindling subscription numbers.

Also under scrutiny was Medal of Honor: Warfighter, a title that has seen no end of controversy over misplaced weapon promotions, ties with real-world events – such as the siege on Osama Bin Laden’s compound – and disciplinary action taken against Navy SEALs leaking information.

The game’s poor critical reaction didn’t help either, and prompted industry analyst Michael Pachter to predict that mediocre sales could kill the franchise dead.

NASDAQ OMX executive VP John Jacobs said of this year’s list, “Since its inception, the NASDAQ-100 Index has evolved into a world-renowned brand that includes the 100 largest non-financial stocks listed on The NASDAQ Stock Market.

“The securities being added to the NASDAQ-100 Index will join Facebook, Costco, Apple, Google and other household names that are leading the new economy forward. Our objective re-ranking process ensures the NASDAQ-100 remains a relevant investable index that is the underlying benchmark for about 7,100 products in 22 countries with a notional value of about $1 trillion.”

What’s your take on EA’s placement today? Let us know below.

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30 Comments

  1. SameeR_Fisher

    Truth be told ?!, I want to say serve you suckers for all what you did to gamers ((wasn’t EA the one who started the whole Online Pass thing ?!)), but when I think about it for a second, I feel it will just get worse.

    More gritty-brown-terrorists FPS, more casual-ization, more main streaming, more focus on FPS, …………….etc

    MoH:WF was a disaster, I enjoyed the first one, and I was sad to see what they did with the 2nd one, it turned from a special ops kinda of thing, to every day shoot all out war, hated that.

    DS3 is on the scale of balance, it looks promising, but I fear no matter what they promise, the horror factor will be diluted, ALOT, after all they want to get to the gamers who can’t stand horror WTF !!

    Crysis 3, well some fans are calling it Crysis 2.5, but I don’t play Crysis, so I don’t know.

    FUSE & AoT are already looking bad, one is 2 player co-op, the 2nd is 4 player co-op, with Fuse having a slightly cool thing going on with the fuse weapons, but I fear it may end being like every other game.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. SameeR_Fisher

    I have said this many times, but anyway I am still waiting for Dante’s Purgatory ((the sequel to Dante’s Inferno)), I know the first game wasn’t the best, but it had tons of potential, and I enjoyed it alot, if they can go away from God of War cloning, and focus on a different style of combat ((Close Quarters Combat)) they would make one hell of a game, I really hope they don’t throw it away, there were rumors all over the place about it, so I am keeping my hopes high.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. roadkill

    It serves you right for publishing games like SWTOR and day 1 DLC.

    edit: And you know why this is happening? Because you’re trying to be another Actvision. And what you’re not taking into account is that your clients are slightly smarter than CoD/WoW/Diablo players. Actually, they are much smarter. :)

    #3 2 years ago
  4. wickedcricket

    die EA, die, die, DIE!!!

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Dave Cook

    Funny how this news has got a lot of people calling for EA’s death (not speaking about anyone on here sincerely).

    Because hundreds of people losing their jobs is quite funny, of course.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. GrimRita

    Im trying to think when the last time was that EA actually made a full year profit.

    @Dave – EA fire people regardless in an ‘effort’ to cut costs. If they spent less money licking the arses of Talent and football players, maybe they could invest it in some ACTUAL studio talent.

    I personally think it needs a change at the top and I don’t mean that other arse – Peter Moore.

    Regarding SWTOR – ‘Life Day’ and Xmas was a chance to actually celebrate a year of the game(or a year of survival- just!) but instead you can celebrate Xmas and the games first birthday if you [insert method of payment here] ! Is any wonder a section of players hate how EA work?

    #6 2 years ago
  7. SameeR_Fisher

    @Dave: IMO no one really wants EA to die, not literally, but what we want to see is the death of greedy EA, and the rise of an EA that cares about it’s fans and those who buy its games.

    For example like Dead Space 3, I hoped that EA would focus on giving more survival horror experience, rather than try to seek out those who are too afraid to play it.

    or with Medal of Honor and how they turned it to the ground, heck did you see how Mother resembled Captain Price ?!, it’s like they are copying CoD or something.

    They should focus on giving the players what they really deserve, treat them with respect, and stop being greedy, I know it is all about business, but they took it way too far with things like Day-1 DLC and Online Passes.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. viralshag

    Don’t like online passes? Don’t buy pre-owned.
    Don’t like day one DLC? Don’t buy it.
    Don’t like EA? Don’t buy their games.

    It really is quite easy to make a stand against the things you dislike when it comes to gaming. Gamers made the industry what it is by making those decisions with their wallets.

    No one to blame but ourselves. Get over it.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Dave Cook

    @7 I think some people with half a brain actually do want to see EA dead. That’s the scary thing. Moronic if you ask me.

    On Dead Space 3, I played it a while back. It just feels like the other to be honest, except there’s now another guy running around with you. Felt fine to me :)

    #9 2 years ago
  10. theevilaires

    I never did like EA after they started the online pass thing. I don’t buy used games but still it sucks, don’t take it out on the consumer take it out on Gamestop some how. Anyway EA is a company I now enjoy watching their games launching at $60 and priced at $30 or $20 in a few months time. Until they get rid of that awful game pass I’ll never buy another game full priced again (from any company).

    ….Oh and EA if you’re reading this I bought BF3 for $10 at SEARS this past August. So fuck your online passes and I hope you go down the toilet even more.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. roadkill

    For the record I do not want EA out of the picture.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. DSB

    The share drop is really old news by now, and currently the stock is bouncing back.

    That being said, I think it’s poetic justice that they failed on so many counts.

    You can’t just throw a ton of money at an MMO and expect a hit. You can’t just lock a game into Origin and be succesful. You can’t just slap an old IP on a new game and expect it to be popular. You can’t just inject needless controversy into a shooter, and expect higher sales for it.

    I think those are positive lessons, and I think they serve to highlight the fact that EA has become so cynical that they’re undermining their own business.

    At some point, you’re going to have to start caring about what you put out, beyond numbers and metrics, or fade away with the rest of the empty suits.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. SameeR_Fisher

    @Dave: well there are bad people everywhere I think.

    As for DS3 I really hope it is still the same :D

    #13 2 years ago
  14. theevilaires

    Roadkill: “For the record I do not want EA out of the picture”.

    I agree with you but I’m still glad to see them knock off their high horse even more after they thought foolish things like online passes were going to get consumers to buy new releases at $60. It just made them seem bitter and angry that places like Gamestop are getting the best of them. Thats not our (the gamers) fault so don’t take it out on us. As much as I love Criterion I’m not buying the new NFS: Most Wanted until I see it at a much lower price brand new. FUCK YOU EA!

    DSB: “That being said, I think it’s poetic justice that they failed on so many counts”.

    Amen to that I’ll second it!

    #14 2 years ago
  15. OlderGamer

    I hate EA. I buy, own, and enjoy many of their games. But I dispise the way the company works. I dispise the obvious money grabs. I dispise so many of their tactics.

    And Viral I don’t think you can blame the individual for the collectives actions. This isn’t grade school. Lets say you are a NFL fan…don’t buy Madden? I love football, EA makes the only NFL football game(buying the liscence exclusively) is one ofbthe thigs I dispise them doing. So if I want to play NFL, I have to deal with EA.

    I don’t like Walmart, but when they have what you need, and arevthe only store in my town…I shop at Walmart.

    I just get tired of rightious gamers thinkingbthat the industry is all about consumer choice. It just isn’t that simple. If we as gamers boycot the megapubs for stupid stuff like online passes, day one dlc, cross promting(forcing) other platforms(origin account tie ins wth every EA purchase), ect, ect then our systems will spin a lot less discs. No Acti, EA, Thq, 2k, ect.

    I think gamers have every right to bitch about being hosed. Sure some folks stoping spending cash. Hence the stock troubles for…well alot of companies.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. DSB

    @8 But then you’re also talking about an industry that is collectively underperforming, well below the rest of the technology sector.

    So at which point does it become acceptable to ask that the industry stops eating its own tail with these empty charges, attached to mediocre products, which people arguably aren’t buying?

    http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2012-06-21-stock-ticker-why-eas-market-valuation-has-crashed

    I don’t think that article can be shared enough.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. TheDarkWeapon

    I want to hate and dislike EA… but I have to pay for the dislike DLC.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. viralshag

    @OG, Games are a luxury, you don’t NEED to buy the latest version of Madden and unfortunately not buying their products really is the only way you can make them listen.

    Personally, I don’t see how people can complain about something – lets use the NFL exclusivity deal as an example – and then buy the very product which helps them to continue keeping that license.

    @DSB, I don’t know how well gaming as an industry is performing in comparison so I can’t really comment.

    To me as a gamer, EA has probably been my favourite publisher this gen by clear margins.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. DSB

    @18 That’s the point of the article though, the only company that is keeping up with the tech industry average (represented by the Nasdaq index in those graphs) is Activision, and even they are showing signs of weakness at this point.

    There’s no games publisher that is actually above the average, while most are rattling about well below.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. GrimRita

    @8 and I did. I refused to purchase BF3 because it was only on Origin(PC) and I point blank refuse to install their turd of an attempt of going digital, and of course, those ‘spying’ methods they were accused of post launch.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. theevilaires

    viralshag: “@OG, Games are a luxury, you don’t NEED to buy the latest version of Madden and unfortunately not buying their products really is the only way you can make them listen”.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxAKFlpdcfc

    #21 2 years ago
  22. OlderGamer

    Ofc they are a luxury, but what does that prove? Just about anything beyond basic food, water, shelter, and biological functions are just gravey. Saying that does place you on a pedestal. And understanding it, does not nullify the rights of consumers to voice their fellings.

    As Dsb pointed out, most companies are indeed hurting. EA included. I personally purchase as little from them as I feel nesecary to get what I am looking for out ofthe game.

    Do you really think that if I don’t purchase Madden for a few years EA would change or tat the NFL would care and allow their license to be used by another company? Year after year Madden is one of the industries top sellers in NA. EA also bought the NCAA license, for collage sports. And untill recently held the Nascar license. The industry is much bigger then anyone person.

    So while I don’t like EA, my only choice is if I want to play Madden, Ncaa or Nascar. It doesn’t boil down to some crusade against video game tyrants. No soap box needed.

    I want to play NCAA, keep up with conferance shifts, the new bowl system, rule changes, etc. Then I buy EAs NCAA 13. But that doesn’t mean I can’t complain to NCAA comissions, to EA, or let some steam off on a game forum. And I don’t even need a white horse to champion.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. viralshag

    All of the above is your choice but what I’m saying is buying their product really just nullifies any complaint you may have about them. Or at the very least makes it a difficult position to argue from.

    Like Grim pointed out, it’s not difficult to make a stand against a company that you have an issue with. It really boils down to how strongly you actually disagree with their methods.

    I just find it strange that people are happy to complain about a company while at the same time throwing their money at them and playing their games.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Se_7_eN

    This is sad news to me, as I really appreciate ALL game companies for making games for me… While I am disappointed with what it looks like EA has done to Dead Space 3, I will be buying it, and if I don’t like it. I won’t buy the 4th.

    I think the real key to EA losing so much lies in not releasing their games on Steam, and sticking to Origin.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. GrimRita

    @25 Yup and will EA eat some humble pie and go back to Steam? They need to.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Se_7_eN

    @GrimRita – I would really like to see this happen, but let’s be honest. It most likely won’t, sadly.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. The_Red

    I’m not a huge EA fun but I do NOT want to see them die and let Activision become the sole mega publisher in AAA territory.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. OlderGamer

    I see it different Viral.

    These video games, and it isn’t as if we are talking about gross civil abuses, the games don’t cause cancer, they don’t really do much for or against anyone. There isn’ta need for a social crusade or anything.

    However that doesn’t mean that users can’t voice concern or dissatisfaction with a company or the way that company runs. And buying games doesn’t null and void that persons voice.

    Ultimatly, you said what we all know. We vote with our spending. If gamers go elsewhere for their entertainment, then said company will get a clue. And I also agree that Origin vs Steam is one of the many missteps EA has taken recently. So are online passes. And day one DLC. And trying so hard to be the next CoD, and so on.

    I own a WiiU, I bought Madden 13 for it. For the first time in years, all of the dlc is included on the disc. My players are not caped in order to make me buy dlc for them to reach their full potiontial. It was really nice to have a complete game, all for 50usd. My point? You think Madden fans will jump fron ps360s to WiiU to take advantage of dlc free football? Prolly not. And me doing so will not impact EA or keep them from doing DLC in their next versions on ps360. A statement is made by the masses not one or two handfulls. All you are going to do by not buying something you would like or enjoy is hurt yourself.

    If something is of worth and value to you, you decide. Making a statement doesn’t factor in. There are no public protests, no marches. Just games.

    Still, if you don’t like something, in my mind, you still have the right to voice it.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. viralshag

    I’m not making it out to be a social crusade, I’m simply stating the obvious. Like I said, it depends on how strongly you disagree with something.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. blackdreamhunk

    wow I miss a lot in the last few days, I think that the gaming industry has gone down hill as whole not just EA. Who wants to support greedy companies.innovation has pretty much gone done down the tubes.

    I think Ea will be OK. But my honest opinion you will see a lot bankrupt game devs because of consoles and big publishers.

    bioware had the wrong people working on republic needed game devs like Anet

    #30 2 years ago

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  • PS4 firmware update 2.50 causing issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall

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  • Bungie on Destiny matchmaking: “We believe there’s no substitute for a pre-made team”

    Crazy though this may seem, it’s possible that Destiny shipped according to plan. History points to community as a crucial component, far from the contingency that many now suspect. Paul Davies spoke to Bungie for clarity. “The community always engineers the best solutions for bringing players together. While Matchmaking is a great resource for introducing […]

  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

    PlayStation 4′s newly-added suspend/resume feature works with Bloodborne as you’d expect, but only while offline. PlayStation 4 received the long-awaited suspend/resume feature today as part of firmware 2.50, and people are starting to test it out with various games. Bloodborne does work with the feature, but only if you play offline. Playing online is arguably […]

  • This is what Crossy Road looks like in first-person

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  • Take a small behind-the-scenes peek at Mass Effect 4

    BioWare cinematic director Ken Thain has given us a very slim look behind the scenes at some motion capture work from the upcoming Mass Effect game. The upcoming Mass Effect game, whether it ends up being called Mass Effect 4 or not, will most definitely incorporate some form of motion capture work. How do we […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 8GB day one patch on PS4, 16GB on Xbox One

    Day one patches for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection are pretty hefty. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection require players to download lots of gigabytes to make the experience as smooth as possible. The PlayStation 4 version has an 8.31GB day one patch. The Xbox One version however has […]

  • Get a PlayStation 4 with Bloodborne and The Last of Us for $435

    If you’ve been waiting for the perfect game to get to buy a PlayStation 4, there’s no better time than the present. Amazon is offering a good PlayStation 4 bundle at the moment. For $434.99, you get a PlayStation 4 console, The Last of Us, and Bloodborne. The Last of Us is of course the […]

  • Upcoming Battlefield Hardline patch to nerf the K10, buff battle rifles

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch will focus on weapon balance and a few changes have been proposed. Battlefield Hardline lead multiplayer designer Thaddeus Sasser posted a few of the balance changes that the team is considering for the next patch. K10: reduce bullet damage to 33 Saiga and PTR: reduce recoil to bring more in line […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and a new Resident Evil game coming this year, according to research firm

    According to digital games analyst SuperData, a new Resident Evil game is due this fall and that this year’s Call of Duty is Black Ops 3. In its latest report on digital console games, research and analytics firm SuperData revealed that a new Resident Evil is coming this fall. “We anticipate this month’s downturn to […]

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

    As players get deeper into Bloodborne, they keep uncovering so many of its little new additions, including this one. Bloodborne, like all of the Souls games before it, allows players to leave messages for other players. These messages could be used to point players towards impending doom, treasure, or just be sarcastic and witty. What […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

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  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

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  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

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  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]

  • EA explains why FIFA Ultimate Team transfer prices are now platform specific

    EA has posted a blog entry explaining its FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market price ranges which now include platform-specific pricing in order to best the coin sellers. EA said it has implemented the changes to FUT over the last several weeks because it should be “fair and fun for every player,” ultimately coming to the […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

    Square Enix is celebrating the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD by offering Xbox Live members in the UK a free rental of Battle Royale. Starting Saturday, March 28 and through Sunday, March 29, Xbox Live members in the UK will be able to rent Battle Royale through the Xbox Video Store, for free. The […]

  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

    Bloodborne is both like and unlike the Souls games. Brenna descends into Yharnam with reluctance and trepidation. Need help succeeding in Bloodborne? You need our Bloodborne walkthrough and boss guide. Bloodborne isn’t Demon’s Souls or Dark Souls. Let’s get that out of the way right off. I enjoyed both Dark Souls games, but it was […]

  • PS Store Easter sale discounts MGS: Ground Zeroes, Far Cry 4, more

    The Easter Sale is live on the EU PS Store, with Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes for less than £10, FIFA 15 Deluxe Edition for £30 and other savings. Some of the PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita discounts are valid through April 8, other through April 15. PlayStation Plus members can also take an […]

  • Bloodborne video: how to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam

    Here’s a video for Bloodborne players showing a quick way to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam. It also provides a look at things you may have missed in Central Yharnam and The Sewers, courtesy of VaatiVidya. Don’t forget, we have guides posted for the game with more updates coming soon. Bloodborne released in […]

  • Bloodborne issue prevents summons at Vicar Amelia fight

    A Bloodborne bug has prevented players calling on help to take on one of the nasty early bosses. Bloodborne bosses are significantly easier to take down in co-op. Unfortunately, at least one of them is proving difficult to find help for – and not just because not many players have obtained the Small Resonant Bell […]

  • Mass Effect 3 on sale on EU PSN, but not free

    Mass Effect 3 is discounted on the European PSN, but it’s not free. Update 2: The option to add to cart now lets you choose between the free trial or full version. The full version is on sale for £6.49 or £5.84 for PlayStation Plus members. The free trial is of course is still available, […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Race to Elite winners announced, one player makes £10,000

    The winners of Elite: Dangerous’ Race To Elite competition have been announced, with one player receiving the grand prize of £10,000. Back when Elite: Dangerous launched, developer Frontier announced a competition that would award players to first reach Elite rank in trading, exploration, or combat, a prize of £1,000 each. The grand prize – £10,000 […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: How to make the most money with Special Bonuses and Elite Challenges

    You’re not hitting heists for the good of your health. Here’s how to max cash rewards. Money. GTA Online players love it. Greenbacks are the core of the entire experience, allowing you to buy the best weapons, vehicles and stupid haircuts. Heists, as promised, gives more opportunities than ever to earn serious cash, but once […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 coming tomorrow

    PlayStation 4 firmware 2.50, codenamed Yukimura, is due for release tomorrow, March 26. Firmware update 2.50 for PlayStation 4 will be launching tomorrow, March 26, Sony has announced. Codenamed Yukimura, the system update is promised to bring suspend/resume feature, trophy sync improvements, accessibility options, and much more. 2.50 has been in beta testing a while […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges and more

    Heists aren’t the only addition in GTA Online’s latest DLC – there’s a lot of content that can earn you big RP and cash payouts. GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges While heists are the talking point and big payoff after more than a year of waiting, there’s a […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: what’s the best Police sniper rifle?

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  • Evolve 1.3 patch nerfs Wraith, adjusts Kraken

    Evolve is receiving a new patch that aims to put an end to the Wraith’s dominance. Evolve developer Turtle Rock outlined a few of the changes coming in patch 1.3. The patch brings balance changes to the monsters – mainly the Wraith – as well as other various changes to Hunters’ tools based on player […]

  • Bloodborne: watch the opening 40 minutes

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  • YouTube will relaunch livestreaming service with focus on eSports and gaming – report

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  • I think I’m too old for Final Fantasy 15

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  • New multiplayer mode for Splatoon announced

    Nintendo has sent over three screenshots for Splatoon along with information on the Wii U another of the title’s multiplayer modes. Called Ranked Battle, it keeps track of each player’s online ranking. Splat Zones is one of the additional ways to play online in this mode. It differs from Turf War, which is the main […]

  • 2015 WoW Arena World Championship has a $250,000 prize pool

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  • The Crew two-hour demo now available in US, tomorrow in the UK

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  • Minecraft Mass Effect Mash-Up and Pattern Texture Pack out from today

    A Mass Effect Mash-up pack and the Pattern Texture Pack will release on PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita today in North America and tomorrow in Europe. The Pattern Texture Pack is also available for Xbox consoles today. The Mass Effect Mash-Up pack contains the Mars Facility from Mass Effect 3 plus textures and craftable items […]

  • The Talos Principle expansion pack Road to Gehenna announced

    An expansion for The Talos Principle has been announced titled Road to Gehenna. The expansion follows the narrative of Uriel, Elohim’s messenger, as he explores a “strange, hidden part of the simulation” on a mission of “mercy and redemption.” Uriel is attempting to free the souls of the damned “at all costs.” Road to Gehenna […]

  • Twitch Plays Pokemon finally catches ‘em all – even the rare Mewtwo

    Twitch Plays Pokemon players have captured all 151 original Pokemon which were included in a modified version of Pokemon Red, and this includes the rare Mewtwo. It took 39 days for Twitch players to catch ‘em all. Have a look at the impressive feat for yourself below. Thanks, Polygon.

  • GameStop will have limited units of Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL back in stock

    Those who missed out on the Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL will have another opportunity to purchase it outside of eBay. Tomorrow only, GameStop stores in the United States will have four units in stock, according to and internal memo sent to Kotaku. This is every store in the country, and again, only […]