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This is how much money US game developers took home in 2013

The annual salary for game developers is down by 2% in the US according to Gamasutra’s annual survey, but it’s still a rather nice figure. Of course, this depends on which part of the country you reside in.

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  • Future "experimenting" with charged online games content

    Future’s confirmed it’s planning on charging for web content, and is already dipping its toe in the water. “We’re experimenting in small places right across the portfolio, because we don’t have the answer yet,” said CEO Stevie Spring in an interview with Brand Republic. “Our strategy online is do and learn. We’re learning as we […]

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  • ESA lobbying spend up 25% in 2008

    ESA spent 25 percent more on lobbying in 2008 than it did in 2007, up to a record $4,233,864.50 for the year. In the fourth quarter, the US industry body spent a total of $1,137,500, which breaks down to $980,000 on direct efforts and $157,000 for the services of four firms. Spending in the latter […]

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  • Korea pours billions into home games industry

    Korea’s government is backing the nation’s games industry with a 350 billion won ($200 million) investment until 2012, aiming to expand the country’s game exports to 5 trillion won ($3.39 billion) per year. According to a report in Korean news publication Digital Chosunilbo, Culture, Sports and Tourism Minster Yu In-chon revealed the plans in a […]

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  • Gaming expected to be UK's biggest form of entertainment this year

    A Verdict Research report has predicted that videogaming will be the largest form of entertainment in the UK this year, with the market expected to grow to be worth £4.64 billion in 2008. That’s a £1.7 billion increase on 2007 sales. By comparison, the music and video market is expected to come in at £4.46 […]

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  • Nikkei to release educational financial thing for DS

    According to this Trading Markets piece, Nikkei and Nintendo are to bring out a piece of DS software designed to make learning about the Japanese financial system “fun”. “The software will be designed so that users can learn the basics of the economy — how it works and keywords for understanding it — by tapping […]

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  • Braid costs Blow $180,000

    According to this Wall Street Journal piece, XBLA platformer Braid cost developer Jonathan Blow $180,000 of his own money. The game’s already sold around 30,000 units – probably a lot more by now – at 1,200 MS Points per throw, so that wasn’t the silliest investment he ever made. More through the link.

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  • Tabula Rasa missing from NCSoft Q1 financials

    NCSoft’s MMORPG Tabula Rasa was conspicuous by its absence in the company’s Q1 financials, writes Massively. The game has had a rough time of it since its release. As earlier as February this year the game was labelled a financial disaster: the rumours of haven’t gone away. Full piece of doom and gloom through the […]

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  • Graphs show Nintendo making money nine years in a row

    And what mighty colourful graphs they are, too. They can all be found over at Gamerinvestments, who’s report points out that although Sony sold more, Nintendo made more, the company now being the only platform holder now having made a profit for the last nine years consecutively. Fill your boots though the link. By Mike […]

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  • WoW cash tournaments announced, instant level 70s promised

    Blizzard just confirmed the formation of a new type of tournament in World of Warcraft’s Arena System to “take place on special realms” and which will “allow competitors to instantly create level-70 characters with epic equipment, placing the focus on tactics and execution rather than normal adventuring.” The tournaments will start in April with two […]

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  • Farrell ditches THQ stock

    According to this, THQ boss Brian Farrell has exercised options on 73,556 shares then sold 52,837 at between $19.40 apiece to $19.69 apiece on Monday. The optioned the stock at $7.89 a pop. The information came from an SEC report filed yesterday.

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  • Fitch upgrades Sony to A-

    Following financials that showed its games business had returned to profit, Sony has been upgraded by credit firm Fitch to a long-term debt rating of A- from BBB+, the seventh of 22 ratings. Presumably ZZZZ means you’re living in a cardboard box. A stable outlook means you’re unlikely to see a reassessment of the rating […]

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  • Konami sees good profit off small revenue rise in third quarter

    Konami’s issued third quarter financials in Japan, showing a 3.4 percent revenue increase to 95,987 million yen (£459 million) and a profit rise of 22.7 percent to 11,622 million yen (£56 million) for the three months ending December 31. “Sports games played the most significant role in Konami’s third-quarter performance, with the publisher calling out […]

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  • THQ financials: Investor call webcast online now

    Get it here. This is a recording of last night’s investor call with THQ execs, including CEO and president Brian Farrell, following the release of financials for the quarter ending December 31.

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  • EA guidance needed for 09, says Pachter

    Wedbush Morgan’s man in the spotlight Michael Pachter has said that EA’s decision to defer guidance for fiscal 2009 until May in its recent financial statement is a “mistake”. “We believe management made a mistake in deferring guidance till May, as EA stock has traded around the $45 level since August 2003,” he said, here. […]

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  • EA financials: Lord of the Rings gets new title

    Among the ton of info to come out of yesterday’s EA investor call following the release of the company’s third quarter financials, was first mention of a new Lord of the Rings title based on the company’s exclusive deal with movie outfit New Line. No details were given on the game at all, but the […]

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  • EA financials: PS3 still tough for development

    EA CEO John Riccitiello admitted that the company’s PS3 development had “not quite” caught up with Xbox 360 progress in yesterday’s investor conference call following the release of the company’s thurd quarter financials. “There’s no doubt that Electronic Arts, along with many other publishers, had some challenges essentially meeting the technical specifications effectively on the […]

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  • EA financials: Full webcast available now

    If you’re the type that just has to hear all those quotes for him/herself, head over here for the full recording of yesterday’s investor conference call following the announcement of EA’s financials for the quarter ending December 31. It’s available in WMV and RealPlayer format.

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  • EA financials: EA posts third quarter loss on record revenues

    EA has issued financials for its third quarter – ending December 31 – showing a $33 million loss despite record revenues of $1.502 billion, up 17 percent on the same period last year. The loss related to 10 cents per share, compared to a 50 cents per share profit for the company’s third quarter in […]

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  • Vivendi shows over €1 billion in revenue for 2007

    Blimey. World of Warcraft has pushed Vivendi’s income into the real big league, the company announced today, showing 2007 revenues of €1.02 billion for the year, a rise of 26.6 percent. Blizzard, publisher of the MMO, accounted for most of that figure, accruing sales of €814 million. WoW moved past the 10 million subs level […]

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