Sections

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.

Latest

  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor takes Game of the Year at GDC Awards 2015

    And the winner is: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor beat out Alien: Isolation, Bayonetta 2, Destiny, and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft to win Game of the Year at the Game Developer’s Choice Awards 2015. Elsewhere in the awards, Ustwo’s mobile hit Monument Valley was a stand-out favourite, with wins in the Innovation, […]

  • Alien: Isolation was prototyped in third-person – video

    Alien: Isolation is one of the most effectively scary triple-A games in years, but it didn’t start off a perfect creation of pure terror. Creative Assembly prototyped Alien: Isolation in third-person perspective before they nailed down the final approach. The developer revealed this during a GDC 2015 presentation, and it’s a good reminder that games […]

  • Madden 15 added to EA Vault

    Madden 15 is now included in EA’s all-you-can-eat subscriber service. Madden 15 is the ninth game to be added to the EA Vault, a stash of games available on demand for EA Access subscribers. It's still Madden Season for EA Access members – Madden NFL 15 is now in The Vault for all members. Go […]

  • Source Engine 2 doesn’t have hidden costs or royalties – but is Steam exclusive

    Three major engines went free at GDC 2015, and each of them is monetising in a different way. There’s been a heck of a lot of discussion about development tools and the costs associated with them during GDC 2015. First Epic announced that Unreal Engine 4 would be free, bar royalities on successful releases. Then […]

  • Final Fantasy creator hates sequels

    Final Fantasy, a byword in prolific franchises, was created by a man who hates sequel. Final Fantasy games are famous for being reinvented with each core release, and it was not until series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi began to withdraw from the franchise after Final Fantasy 9 that we started seeing regular sequels and spin-offs. Speaking […]

  • Guardian complaints led to the closure of Destiny’s Loot Cave

    Destiny players are to blame for the shuttering of the much loved Loot Cave. Early in Destiny‘s history, many players got hugely excited about the “Loot Cave”. Accessible shortly after starting the game for the first time, this high-volume spawn point allowed players to stand in one place, taking out waves and waves of low-level […]

  • Xbox and PC games boss Phil Harrison to leave Microsoft – rumour

    Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Business VP and EMEA head of games Phil Harrison is rumoured to have thrown in the towel. Microsoft has not issued a statement on Harrison’s alleged departure, despite repeated questioning by press at GDC 2015. Instead, word comes via multiple sources speaking to GamesIndustry at the show. According to the rumours, Harrison […]

  • Metal Gear Online commentated trailer explains stuffed dog – but not invisibility

    Metal Gear Online developer Kojima Productions has provided significantly more insight into how the multiplayer side of The Phantom Pain works. Metal Gear Online is the online multiplayer component of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. Konami hasn’t shared a great deal about it yet, but we did see a very cool Metal Gear […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Xbox One trailer shows off space MMO

    If Elite: Dangerous looks this good on Xbox One we have nothing to complain about. Microsoft revealed Elite: Dangerous is coming to Xbox One this year during its GDC presentations today. We don’t know very much about the port, but I suppose we ought to have expected it; Frontier Developments has a very close relationship […]

  • Battletoads to appear in Shovel Knight Xbox One

    A Battletoads remake must be on the horizon. Right? Right?? The Battletoads will appear in the upcoming Xbox One version of Shovel Knight, Yacht Club Games revealed today. The Battletoads drop in for a fight! Shovel Knight is headed to Xbox One and meets up with @RareLtd brawling trio! pic.twitter.com/OCQIuWbH3W — Yacht Club Games (@YachtClubGames) […]

  • The Division pre-alpha footage leaks, Ubisoft says it’s well out of date

    The Division fans finally got a look at Ubisoft’s MMO this week, but the publisher has said the footage is not in any way representative. Pre-alpha footage of the The Division was leaked this week, but has since been thoroughly smacked down by takedown notices. All that remains are a few screenshots and a GIF: […]

  • Microsoft HoloLens designer killed in hit and run accident

    Very sad news out of Redmond this week, as Mike Ey was killed in a tragic accident. Ey, 30, was one of the key project designers on Microsoft’s HoloLens AR headset. He was killed on Saturday morning in a rear-end collision. The driver of the second vehicle fled the scene but was tracked down by […]

  • AMD throws support behind VR with new low-latency anti-nausea tech

    GPU manufacturer AMD has released a new SDK compatible with “a broad set of VR devices”. Called LiquidVR, the tech is designed to “bring better content, comfort, and compatibility to VR applications” including games, simulation, entertainment, education, social media, travel, medicine, real estate and ecommerce, apparently. AMD said maintaining comfort and realism in VR environments […]

  • Danganronpa 3 in the works, but a long way off yet

    A new Danganronpa is happening. Danganronpa 3 is in the very, very early production stages, writer Kodaka Kazutaka has confirmed. Nothing about the project is “set in stone”, Kazutaka told Polygon, so there are no details to share yet; the characters and story may change several times before being finalised. The writer said he’s weighing […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League 2015 schedule announced

    Major League Gaming has announced the full schedule for the 2015 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League. The eSpots firm revealed two more seasons of Pro League, a live Relegation tournament for Season Three, and a season ending World Championship with $250,000 up for grabs You can watch all the action on MLG.tv […]

  • Happy Birthday PlayStation 2, you are almost old enough to drive

    Amidst all the GDC 2015 hoopla today, we forgot to wish PlayStation 2 a Happy Birthday. The system turned 15 years old today, going by its March 4, 2000 launch date in Japan. It was released in the west that autumn, and had shipped 100 million units in less than six years post launch. PS2 […]

  • Here’s what the final version of Valve’s Steam Controller looks like

    A look at the updated Steam Controller has surfaced via a hands-on post from Polygon. Valve said what you see in the images below is the final version of the controller. The controller has gone through numerous revisions since it was first revealed, but it seems Valve has decided on two touch pads which work […]

  • The Sims, SimCity developer closed down

    The Sims 4 developer Maxis has been shuttered, EA has confirmed. The Sims, SimCity and the rest of the Sim franchise has traditionally been helmed by Maxis, which had its flagship studio in Emeryville, California. Now EA has confirmed with Kotaku that this studio is being closed. “Today we are consolidating Maxis IP development to […]

  • Gigantic MOBA coming to Windows 10 and Xbox One with cross-play

    Today during GDC 2015, Microsoft announced that the new IP from Motiga called Gigantic will be cross-play enabled. Slated for Windows 10 and Xbox One, the five-on-five third-person battle arena game allows the player to select from an array of heroes with distinctive powers and play styles. Players will then make their way through areas […]

  • Here’s a look at Unreal Tournament DirectX 12 gameplay

    Epic Games is creating Unreal Tournament using Unreal Engine 4 running on DirectX 12, which Microsoft says “sets a new bar for visual fidelity.” DirectX 12 is a single API developers can access across Windows devices, which can result in a 20% improvement in performance over DX11 running on the same machine. The Unreal Tournament […]

  • Wireless adapter for Xbox One controllers out later this year

    Microsoft announced at GDC 2015 today it will that all wireless Xbox gaming accessories will be designed for and supported on both Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs moving forward. Later this year, a wireless adapter will be released, allowing current Xbox controllers and future devices to be used wirelessly on PCs. This will […]

  • Microsoft offers up more details on Spencer’s GDC 2015 talk

    Microsoft has provided more details on Cross-Buy functionality between Windows 10 and Xbox One as well as the Xbox Live SKU and other announcements made during Phil Spencer’s talk today. During the session, the head of Xbox shared “the next step” in the company’s plans for a unified platform across all Windows 10 devices which […]

  • Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 this summer

    Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 as a Game of the Year Edition. inXile Entertainment announced the news on the PS Blog, noting the edition contains enhancements and improvements. The game has been ported to Unity 5, which was announced over the weekend, providing upgraded visual effects, “improved character models, upgraded environments, and Unity […]

  • Cross-Buy detailed for Windows 10 and Xbox One; Elite: Dangerous coming to Xbox One

    During Xbox boss Phil Spencer’s session at GDC 2015 today, it was announced Elite: Dangerous would release on Xbox One. Spencer also outlined cross-buy functionality across Windows 10 and Xbox One. Spencer’s talk started off with Frontier Developments announcing Elite: Dangerous for release this summer as a console exclusive to Xbox One, suggesting the Elite: […]

  • Longbeards Culture Pack available now for Total War: Attila

    The Longbeards Culture Pack is now available for Total War: Attila and it comes with three new playable factions. The Langobards, the Burgundians and the Alamans can be played in both single and multiplayer campaign modes as well as custom and multiplayer battles. A new feature called The Lay of Ybor is also included. It […]

  • Nvidia unveils Titan X as world’s “most advanced GPU” – video

    Nvidia revealed Titan X as “the world’s most advanced GPU” during Epic founder Tim Sweeney’s State of Unreal session a t GDC 2015 today. Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang took the stage during the panel stating it contains “8 billion transistors,” and has 12GB of RAM. Pricing wasn’t announced, but it was rumored back in January […]

  • Steam sale discounts titles announced for SteamOS

    With many of the year’s most popular games heading to SteamOS, Valve has decided to host sale in celebration. Here’s a short list of titles on sale. The full list of PC, Linux, Mac and SteamOS discounts can be found through the link. The Banner Saga Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Batman: Arkham […]

  • PayDay 2 announced for SteamOS, celebrating with franchise sale

    PayDay 2 is coming to SteamOS, Overkill has announced. Still under development, a release date will be announced at a later date. “Making sure PAYDAY 2 is available on SteamOS felt like a no-brainer,” said Bo Andersson Klint, CEO of Starbreeze in the press release. “With PAYDAY 2: Crimewave Edition coming to the next generation […]

  • Magicka 2 has a release date and a crazy new trailer

    Magicka 2 has a release date for PC and the PlayStation 4, and Paradox Interactive has released a trailer featuring “Vlad’s latest lyrical triumph,” which is his rendition of the Game of Thrones theme. Magicka arrived on PC and PS4 May 26 and the game can be pre-ordered on PC beginning today, with PS4 pre-orders […]

  • Nintendo eShop schedule: Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone, others

    Nintendo has sent over a list of titles heading to the eShop in 2015. The schedule contains titles such as Affordable Space Adventures, Runbow, Swords & Soldiers 2, Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone and Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars. Below a preliminary list of games scheduled to launch in the Nintendo eShop on […]

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

Comments are now closed on this article.

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood announced as standalone prequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a standalone prequel to The New Order, will release May 5 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. The game takes pace in 1946, and and players take on the role of B.J. Blazkowicz as he embarks on a two-part mission in Bavaria. Part one, Rudi Jäger and the Den of Wolves, […]

  • Observer Mode coming soon to Evolve as a free update

    Observer Mode will be released for Evolve as a free update for all platforms, 2K and Turtle Rock have announced. The community feature was designed to give Evolve players the ability to observe and add commentary as well as livestream, allowing a sixth user to “passively enter a custom game” with the ability to switch […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes and PS4 top Media Create charts in Japan

    The PlayStation 3 and PS4 skus for Dragon Quest Heroes were the top sellers on the Media Create charts in Japan, moving a combined 594,749 units. Elsewhere on the chart, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D was in third place with 39,751 units moved, and last week’s top seller, God Eater 2: Rage Burst, […]

  • Watch Hideo Kojima answer lots of your burning Phantom Pain questions

    What’s better than learning the official release date of MGS5: The Phantom pain? Hideo Kojima talking more about it, of course! Hideo Kojima has decided to answer a few fan questions about Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, to help boost everyone’s hype to insane levels. He talks about the game’s story, his relief […]

  • MGS5: The Phantom Pain Day 1 and Collector’s Edition revealed

    Konami has officially revealed the release date of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain alongside the game’s Day 1 and Collector’s Edition. Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will release September 1, worldwide, as previously leaked. It will be available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. The PC Steam […]

  • EU Club Nintendo: Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds soundtrack back in stock

    Club Nintendo members in Europe can once again pick up The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds soundtrack. For 3000 Stars, members of the program will receive the double-CD soundtrack which features 89 tracks with liner notes from Ryo Nagamatsu and 12 sheet music excerpts. It also comes with 16 Milk Bar Musician pieces. […]

  • HTC apologises over “confusing” Half-Life VR comments

    HTC has misspoke when it talked about Half-Life coming to VR headset Vive. HTC chairwoman Cher Wang has apologised over the comments she made yesterday about the possibility of Half-Life coming to Vive, the VR headset it’s manufacturing with the help of Valve. Sources close to Valve, have indicated to the BBC that the developer […]

  • What do Heists and Daily Objectives tell us about the future of GTA Online?

    Daily Objectives could be more important to GTA Online than Heists. These theories and more, from a giddy Matt Martin. Yesterday Rockstar dropped a bombshell. Not only is it releasing Heists next week – the mythical 4-player missions for GTA Online – but it’s also going to be introducing daily challenges and more modes to […]

  • Breaking down Hardline Premium, is it worth it?

    Having been announced just a few days ago, the Premium service for Battlefield Hardline has been a topic of constant debate among the Battlefield community. Many look at Hardline as a Battlefield off-shoot that will just tide everyone over until Battlefront comes out in the fall. EA has other plans however, announcing a $50 Premium […]

  • Watch Dogs sold more than GTA 5 and FIFA 15 in Australia in 2014

    Watch Dogs outsold GTA 5, and FIFA 15, at retail in Australia last year. According to data obtained by the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA) from the NPD Group Australia, last year’s year retail sales charts look a bit different in Australia. The top-selling game was Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, followed by Watch […]

  • Watch PC footage of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt from GDC 2015

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a new gameplay video available that shows a bit of action from the PC version. The video below was captured from Nvidia’s GDC conference live-stream. Developer CD Projekt RED was on hand to show off The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt‘s graphical prowess running on a PC. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • Dying Light: Hard Mode and Ultimate Survivor Bundle out March 10

    Dying Light’s second DLC drop, the Ultimate Survivor Bundle, and the free Hard Mode, have been given a solid release date alongside a new trailer. Dying Light developer Techland has confirmed that the Ultimate Survivor Bundle, the game’s second DLC drop, will release March 10. The DLC is part of the season pass, but will […]

  • Exploration puzzler Ether One is coming to PlayStation 4

    Ether One, the first-person exploration game that puts you in the minds of other people to help change events of their past is coming to PlayStation 4 this year. Ether One is coming to PlayStation 4 this year, developer White Paper Games announced at GDC 2015. A retail version will also be available alongside the […]

  • Larian “murdered” Divinity: Dragon Commander to focus on Original Sin

    Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian talked very candidly about the business side of development and the many unfortunate events that took place for the game to come out as it did. Larian Studios founder Swen Vincke gave a post-mortem on the troubled development of Divinity: Original Sin, and how it managed to overcome all of […]

  • Firewatch probably has the most natural dialogue of any game to date

    Firewatch developer Campo Santo has revealed the first ever gameplay footage of the upcoming exploration game. Firewatch is the first game from super indie studio Campo Santo. The game is set in the Wyoming forests where the player will be exploring the environment and act as a fire lookout. The game features extensive voice-acting as […]

  • White Night launch trailer is a noir thriller trip

    White Night is here, not long after it was revealed and with a mysterious launch trailer. White Night, the black-and-white survival horror set in 1930s Boston, has revealed its launch trailer. White Night is mix of old-school horror, exploration and puzzling solving in an eerie, noir setting. The game’s main mechanic is light. any object […]

  • Free-to-play is “a significant part” of PlayStation’s digital future

    Free-to-play games on PlayStation 4 have seen enough growth that Sony is now considering the model a major part of its future digital business. Sarah Thompson, senior account executive for PlayStation’s free-to-play business said at a GDC panel that Sony has witnessed impressive growth in the free-to-play sector. “We’re really looking at this as a […]

  • Double Fine Adventure Kickstarter documentary releasing free on YouTube

    Broken Age making of documentary Double Fine Adventure will be made available to all. When Double Fine turned to crowdfunding, changing the industry forever, it promised to give an unprecedented look behind the scenes with a professional documentary of the whole development process of Broken Age. That documentary was initially restricted to Kickstarter backers, but […]

  • Gone Home console ports cancelled following Midnight City difficulties

    Gone Home won’t be made available to the console masses after all. Indie hit Gone Home was announced for console release almost exactly one year ago, and we’ve heard absolutely nothing since then. Turns out, that’s because it’s not happening: developer the Fullbright Company confirmed to Eurogamer that the ports have been cancelled. “Our publishing […]

  • Microsoft rang Mojang the day Notch joked about selling

    Minecraft developer Mojang was sold because founder Markus “Notch” Persson made a joke on Twitter. Ever wondered how Minecraft came to be a Microsoft property? It’s actually a pretty great story. Remember when Notch tweeted this? Anyone want to buy my share of Mojang so I can move on with my life? Getting hate for […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection matchmaking update rolling out

    Halo: The Master Chief Collection has been updated to help fix its tragic matchmaking. Again. Now almost four months old, Halo: The Master Chief Collection was still pretty broken as of this morning, with rubbish matchmaking and plenty of other issues to go around. 343 Industries is still trying to fix it, and has today […]

  • Nvidia unveils Shield, an Android 4K Smart TV set top box

    Nvidia has named yet another product “Shield” in an attempt to render us all hopelessly confused. The heart of Nvidia’s GDC 2015 press conference was the Shield, a $200 Android set top box launching in May. Apparently the “world’s first 4K Android TV”, the Shield supports 4K content encoded with h.265. The box runs on […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront footage shown behind closed doors

    Star Wars Battlefront is being shown to retailers. Now we want EA to show it to us. Star Wars Battlefront is expected sometime this year, so it’s about time EA gave us a look at DICE’s latest. It turns out that while press and gamers have had to twiddle their thumbs, EA is showing it […]

  • Dragon Age lead creative moves onto mysterious new BioWare project

    Dragon Age creator David Gaider is leaving his baby behind. Dragon Age is a team effort, but Gaider was one of the key creatives behind the franchise, creating the setting of Thedas (which, I was recently amused to learn, is an acronym: “THE Dragon Age Setting”). He was lead writer on all three games and […]

  • Unity 5 available for free with “no fucking around”

    Unity 5 looks amazing, and you can download and faff about with it for free right now. “We’re not nickel-and-diming people. When we say it’s free, it’s free. We’re not charging a royalty, which I think is akin to looking for whales.” Unity Technologies announced the release of the fifth version of its popular, simple, […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 may be the end of the series

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 released yesterday, and many fans theorise that it marks the end of the series. Five Nights at Freddy’s developer Scott Cawthon has released a new teaser image on his website, but rather than pointing to a new game, many fans believe the teaser signals the end of the series. The […]

  • Source 2 announced, will also be free

    Valve has formally unveiled Source Engine 2, the third major engine to go free to developers at GDC 2015. Source 2 is the successor to the engine Valve has been using since Counter-Strike: Source and Half-Life 2. Valve didn’t have much to say about the technicalities of this long-awaited release. It is apparently focused on […]

  • SteamVR: Valve’s Lighthouse tech allows you to walk around while playing

    SteamVR’s key differentiator is a piece of tech allowing headsets to connect with other devices for extra accurate, room-scale tracking. Valve has announced a new bit of technology called Lighthouse, which it is making freely available to any hardware manufacturer. Like the extra tracking LEDs on Sony’s updated Project Morpheus, Lighthouse improves the headset’s accuracy, […]

  • Steam Machines, Controller, streaming box to launch in November

    Steam Machines will finally become a reality before the end of the year. Valve’s living room PC systems will release in November, the company announced today. Well, I say Valve’s – the idea behind Steam Machines is that a number of manufacturers will offer variously priced systems. Alienware and Falcon Northwest are among the dozen […]

  • Telltale veterans form new team, announce teen thriller Oxenfree

    Oxenfree is a supernatural teen thriller from some of the team behind Telltale Games’ award-winning adventures. New indie Night School Studios unveiled Oxenfree at GDC 2015. It tells the story of a group of friends who accidentally open a “ghostly rift” at an overnight party on the coast. Night School, which is made up of […]

  • PS4 global sales now stand at over 20.2 million

    The PS4 has sold 20.2 million units worldwide. Sony announced the new PS4 sales milestone at GDC 2015 today. It’s a hell of an achievement and salt in the wounds for Microsoft, which hasn’t updated us on Xbox One sales since it shipped “almost” 10 million back in November last year, and has fallen back […]

  • PS4 VR headset Morpheus out in 2016, capable of 120 FPS – video

    Sony’s VR headset Project Morpheus has some impressive grunt. Virtual reality and Morpheus were the heart of Sony’s GDC 2015 presentation today, ahead of its newly announced first-half 2016 comemrcial launch. SCE Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida detailed the headset’s impressive capabilities, notably the fact that it can handle 120 FPS VR games. The PS4 […]

  • Papo & Yo developer making a VR game about dinosaurs

    Some days you write a headline and it makes you so happy that that you have to do a little chair dance, you know what I mean? Papo & Yo developer Minority Media, whom I would personally go to the wall for after they cut out my heart and stomped on it via the medium […]

  • Wasteland 2, Shovel Knight and more in big ole bunch of indies coming to Xbox One

    Xbox One owners are about to receive a pile of great new indie games. At GDC 2015, Microsoft revealed a list of new indie games headed to Xbox One. Some of these titles have already released on other platforms, so it looks like Microsoft has really relaxed the parity clause of ID@Xbox – or perhaps […]

  • Here’s an indie VR game made with Unreal Engine 4

    GDC 2015 is blowing up with indie games, VR and Unreal Engine 4, so here’s a video combining all three. Loading Human is a virtual reality adventure from indie developer Untold Games. It’s in the works for Mac and PC, and Sony has given an early green light for Project Morpheus, too, so expect it […]

  • GTA Online: Daily Objectives and Adversary Mode coming next week

    Heists aren’t the only thing coming to GTA Online next week: players can also expect Adversary Modes, new Daily Objectives and other Freemode activities. GTA Online’s Adversary Modes are new PvP modes which feature a range of competitive challenges and will unlock as players progress through Heists. Here’s a rundown straight from Rockstar: Come Out […]

  • Syndicate is the latest free game download on Origin

    The latest free title to be added to EA’s Origin service is 1993′s Syndicate. For a limited time, you can download the game for free and keep it, much like previous titles such as Theme Hospital. The isometric, real-time, tactical-action game was developed by Bullfrog Productions and released in June 1993. It is a favorite […]

  • Ancient Labyrinth DLC for Lords of the Fallen now available

    The Ancient Labyrinth DLC for Lords of the Fallen is now available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It will run you $7.99 and builds upon the existing lore, characters, and storyline. Have a look at some new screenshots in the gallery below.

  • Shadowrun Online gets a name change and release date

    Shadowrun Online developer Cliffhanger Productions has announced the game’s name has been changed to Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown and a release date for April has been set. The new title was formed via the developer and its Kickstarter backers, with the goal being to let those unfamiliar with the game know by the title alone […]

  • Amazon hosting Rockstar and 2K Games sale

    Amazon is hosting a Rockstar Games and 2K Games sale with discounts Max Payne titles, Bully and more. Here’s just some of the offerings listed: Manhunt 2 PC Download $3.00 Max Payne 3 PC Download $4.00 Bully: Scholarship Edition PC Download $3.00 LA Noire Xbox 360 $2.95 L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition PC Download $6.00 […]

  • Destiny weekly reset video shows off Inferno Crucible gameplay

    We have a gameplay video featuring Inferno Crucible gameplay featured in the Destiny weekly reset for you. In it, Arekkz Gaming gives you a look at Inferno Crucible and goes over the various intricacies. You can read up on the weekly reset through the links.

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Episode 2 available from today

    Episode 2 for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 is now available. If you’ve purchased the Complete Season, you’ll be able to download Episode 2 on PS3, PS4 and Xbox One. Steam players should see the episode go live around 9-10pm PST, and Xbox 360 owners should be able to download very early tomorrow morning, per Capcom […]

  • Here’s a sneak peek video for Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide

    Fatshark Games has released a sneak peek video for its upcoming Games Workshop title, Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide. Vermintide is a FPS, co-op action title coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and its set during the End Times of the Warhammer universe in the city of Ubersreik. Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare video shows Ascendance DLC early access weapon

    As you know, Xbox Season Pass holders now have early access to the Ascendance DLC Pack bonus weapons for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Now you can watch a trailer for the weapon. The OHM directed energy hybrid weapon can switch between an LMG and Shotgun “on the fly,” and it also includes the OHM-Werewolf […]

  • March PS Plus games include OlliOlli 2, Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty, more

    March PlayStation Plus titles have popped up on the PS Plus page. Noticed by NeoGAF user skynidas, the titles include: OlliOlli2 (PS4/VITA) Valiant Hearts: The Great War (PS4) Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty (PS4) Counterspy (PS4/PS3) Papo & Yo (PS3) Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishment (PS3) A notice has also been posted on the EU PS […]

  • Sci-fi horror game Caffeine will release on Xbox One, PS4 alongside PC – new trailer

    Caffeine creator Dylan Browne has announced the Unreal Engine 4 game will be released on Xbox One. The game will be published through Microsoft’s Indie Program. As previously announced, it is also coming to PC and and now PlayStation 4. Caffeine is a sci-fi horror game which stars a young boy who has been abandoned […]

  • Xbox 360 Preview program invites going out this month

    Much like the Xbox One Preview program, starting early this month, invites for the Xbox 360 Preview program will start rolling out. Select invitees will be able to join program directly from their Xbox 360. A special Xbox Live message will be sent, directing users to head over to their Settings page. Further instructions are […]

  • Tron: Legacy director in negotiations for Gran Turismo film

    Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski is said to be in early negotiations to direct the Gran Turismo film. This is according to the Hollywood Reporter, which states Michael De Luca is still slated as one of the producers alongside Matt Milam, Dana Brunetti, Josh Bratman, DeVon Franklin and Elizabeth Cantillon. Plot details are still unknown […]

  • Fifth add-on pack for Alien: Isolation is available for download

    The Trigger, which is is the fifth add-on pack for Alien: Isolation, is available to download from today. In it, players will “compete against the clock” across three new maps in Survivor Mode. Set before the events of the main game, players step into the shoes of Sevastopol Station’s Ricardo who will do what he […]

  • HBO Go app now available on PlayStation 4

    Sony has announced the HBO Go app will be made available for download later today for PlayStation 4. The app works just like the PS version. Now you can watch True Detective, Game of Thrones, Veep and more through your console. Information on installation is available through the PS Blog.

  • Skyrim mods no longer restricted to 100MB in size

    Bethesda has announced a beta for Creation Kit update 1.9.33, lifts the 100MB size restriction for Skyrim mod makers. The beta is for both Skyrim’s PC launcher and the Creation Kit which will allow for unlimited file sizes. Here are the notes: Creation Kit 1.9.33 Update Creation Kit now supports unlimited file sizes for mods […]

  • Mad Max release date set for September, PS3 and Xbox 360 versions canned

    Mad Max from Just Cause developer Avalanche Studios has been given a September release date, along with the new of a last-gen cancellation. The axing of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions were announced via Game Informer. Mad Max is the magazine’s featured game for the April issue. Avalanche, according GI, nixed development on […]

  • MGS 5: The Phantom Pain out in September, Kojima “closing the loop” on saga

    Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will be released in September, according to an IGN Italy video, which also features Hideo Kojima discussing “With Metal Gear Solid 5, I’m finally “closing the loop” on the Metal Gear saga. The video has since been removed, but an image cap of the date is posted above. […]

  • Forza Horizon 2 Rockstar Energy Car Pack now available

    The Rockstar Energy Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox One is available now, alongside the free car for March. The free car is the Acura Integra Type-R, and the Rockstar pack included the following vehicles: 2014 Volkswagen Beetle GRC 2015 Subaru WRX STI 1996 BMW 850CSi 2015 Jaguar XFR-S 1970 Volkswagen #1107 Desert […]

  • 3DS firmware update kills web browser exploit

    Nintendo has issued a 3DS firmware update which fixes a web browser exploit that was being used to run pirated Game Boy Color ROMs since January as well as inject code within downloadable games. Another piece of code, per Eurogamer, changed the setting on the handheld to make it region-free. The exploit was only available […]

  • Unreal Tournament video shows updated textures on Outpost 23

    The latest footage from Epic’s new Unreal Tournament has surfaced, and it shows off the game’s first high-textured map which is called Outpost 23. As you can see from Zaccubus’ video, its the same are which Epic showed in the flythrough video from last year, only with updated textures and some new areas outside. The […]

  • Final add-on for Sunset Overdrive arrives in April

    The final add-on for Sunset Overdrive, Dawn of the Rise of the Fallen Machines, will be released in April. On April 1 to be exact. No, that’s not an April Fool’s joke from Insomniac Games either. Below, you can watch a fist-look at the new story, area, and traversal mechanic.

  • Heroes of the Storm playable at EGX Rezzed

    Heroes of the Storm will be playable at EGX Rezzed. This will be the first UK public hands-on with the online team brawler. Blizzard will also host giveaways and friendly tournaments at its stand. Tickets for all three days of Rezzed are still available, and you can purchase a pass through the official website. EGX […]

  • PES 2015 Data Pack 4 coming next week with Winter Transfers, new faces

    Data Pack 4 for Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 has been dated, and it updates the game with Winter Transfers, new player faces, and additional stadiums. The latest free update contains real-time player transfers made within the January window, and player ratings have also been updated. Additionally, a number of improved likenesses to key players will […]

  • Here’s the changelog for Dragon Age: Inquisition Patch 5

    Notes for upcoming Patch 5 for Dragon Age: Inquisition have been posted, noting improvements to gameplay and stability, and the new features outlined back in early February. Along with the new party storage system added to the Undercroft at Skyhold, players also have the ability to adjust the size of subtitles. Below you will find […]