Week in Review: “NBA 2K” eSports League Enlists 17 NBA Teams, Supercell Launches “Clash Royale” Championship, Rovio and Zynga Report Strong Quarterly Earnings
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- eSports reality show “Gamerz” has officially kicked off. Of hundreds of “CS:GO” players, twelve were picked to live in the “Gamerz” Gaming House where they will be trained for three weeks. Five will then earn a six-month professional contract. The audience will have the opportunity to apply for a chance to challenge underperforming players and take their place. (eSports Insider)
- Nintendo has announced the New 2DS XL, a $150 piece of hardware that is essentially a New 3DS XL without 3D. This is a more sophisticated iteration of 2013’s 2DS. With the button configurations of the New 3DS XL and the price cut gained by killing the display, the New 2DS XL is ostensibly the best of both worlds. (Kotaku)
- “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe” is Nintendo’s first UK No.1 hit since 2011. It’s also the first Mario game to reach the top of the charts since “Mario Kart Wii” in 2008. Nintendo used the launch of its racer to ship more Switch stock to retailers, which has seen “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” return to the Top Five with a 68% increase in sales week-on-week. (GamesIndustry.biz)
- Zynga reported one of its best revenue quarters in years as mobile growth took off. It hit $207 million in bookings, up 14 percent form a year ago. The drivers were growth in mobile games, improved live operations for existing games, and better operating expense efficiency. The mobile audience is now at 18 million average daily active users, up 16 percent from a year ago, the strongest growth in two years. (VentureBeat)
- Profits are up in Sony’s games division as PS4 sales near 60 million. Sales in the games department rose by 6.3 percent to $14.8 billion and operating income received a 52.9 percent boost, rising to $1.2 billion. However, both sales and profits are down across the company as a whole. More specifically, year-over-year sales fell by 6.2 percent to $68.2 billion while profits decreased by 50.4 percent to $657.7 million. (Gamasutra)
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