TRIPLEPOINTS OF INTEREST: OCT. 19

This week, comments from a Rockstar co-founder cause debate and controversy around “crunch culture,” Activision Blizzard stocks take a hit despite Call of Duty’s success, and PlayStation 4 users receive system-crashing, malicious messages. Rockstar Executive Triggers Discussion and Debate Around “Crunch Culture” Earlier this week, in an feature with Vulture, Rockstar co-founder Dan Houser mentioned …

TRIPLEPOINTS OF INTEREST: OCT. 12

This week, Microsoft announces its new game streaming service, Sony’s CEO confirms next-gen hardware, and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey breaks franchise sales records despite controversy around its monetization options. Microsoft Announces Game Streaming Service “xCloud” Starting in 2019, Microsoft will begin to roll out public trials of Project xCloud, the company’s new video game streaming service. …

TRIPLEPOINTS OF INTEREST: OCT. 5

This week, a new version of the Nintendo Switch is expected to release late next year, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aimé breaks down Nintendo’s competitive philosophy, and ESA CEO Michael Gallagher steps down after 11 years with the organization. Nintendo Plans to Release a New Version of the Switch Next Year The Wall Street …

TRIPLEPOINTS OF INTEREST: SEPT. 28

This week, Telltale Games shuts down and sparks massive controversy, Sony introduces cross-play for Fortnite after increasing pressure from fans and the industry, and Ryan Reynolds is set to star in a new video game-themed film. Telltale Games Shutdown Sparks Fan, Industry, and Legal Lashback Telltale Games, known for their adventure game adaptations of major …

TRIPLEPOINTS OF INTEREST: SEPT. 21

This week, YouTube redesigns its gaming page to compete with Twitch and announces it’s going to kill the YouTube Gaming app, Sony announces the Playstation Classic, and Spider-Man’s massive sales spark a discussion around AAA, single-player games. YouTube Launches Gaming Redesign In a further effort to compete with Twitch for the live games broadcasting crown, …

TRIPLEPOINTS OF INTEREST: SEPT. 14

This week, Belgium opens a criminal investigation into EA for their refusal to cancel their loot box programs, prominent industry executives and analysts speculate on China’s game approval crack down, and PUBG’s concurrent player count drops below one million as the Call of Duty Black Ops 4 “Blackout” beta begins. Belgium Opens Criminal Investigation Into …

TRIPLEPOINTS OF INTEREST: SEPT. 7

This week, Tencent loses billions after China cracks down on online games, 21st Century Fox invests $100 million in streaming startup Caffeine, and 2K comments on the “unfortunate reality” of microtransactions.   Tencent’s Stock Value Suffers After Chinese Regulations Take Effect Over the past year, the Chinese government has made sweeping changes to its regulatory …

TRIPLEPOINTS OF INTEREST: AUG. 31

This week, we do a deep-dive into the news and controversy surrounding the Jacksonville shooting. This past weekend’s violent events generated much discussion around eSports venue security, whether or not EA took the proper security measures, and whether or not the eSports community played any role in instigating such violence. In other news, Riot Games …

TRIPLEPOINTS OF INTEREST: AUG. 24

This week, Steam launches Steam.tv, Nvidia announces its new generation of graphics cards, and Fortnite may have hit its peak in popularity. Steam Launches Streaming Platform Steam.tv After an internal test went awry last Friday, Valve has unveiled Stream.tv, their own attempt to compete with streaming platforms like Twitch, YouTube, and Mixer. PCGamesN, VentureBeat, and …

TRIPLEPOINTS OF INTEREST: AUG 17

This week, Superdata releases some interesting research on the purchasing habits of digital gamers, IGN is rocked by a massive plagiarism scandal, and Bethesda Softworks doubles down on its crossplay beef with Sony. Research Finds that Slow Checkout Processes Deeply Impact Digital Game Sales Video game market research firm Superdata, published a report on the …

TRIPLEPOINTS OF INTEREST: AUG. 10

This week, Discord launches its own store to challenge Steam, Riot Games’ workplace culture is exposed, and Epic Games bypasses Google Play on Android. Discord Launches Digital Storefront Beta Discord launched a beta for their digital retail store this week in a competitive move that mirrors Steam’s decision to add Discord-like chat functionality to their …

TRIPLEPOINTS OF INTEREST: AUG. 3

This week, Apple ends its App Store Affiliate program., EA makes a controversial change to Madden, and parents hire Fortnite “tutors” en masse. Apple Ends its App Store Affiliate Program As reported by major outlets like TechCrunch, Apple is shutting down its App Store affiliate program in preparation for the launch of the new App …

TriplePoints of Interest: July 27

This week, Steam bans over 90,000 users, Valve revises its Dota 2 loot box system for Dutch players, and Nintendo sues major ROM sites over “mass” copyright infringement. Valve Bans Nearly 100,000 Steam Users Valve’s Anti-Cheat system (VAC) saw a massive spike in activity this past week, banning nearly 100,000 players from Steam. According to …

TriplePoints of Interest: July 20

This week, Germany bans pre-orders without release dates, Rainbow Six Siege players get instantly banned for using slurs, and Ubisoft has its best fiscal quarter yet. Germany Court Bans “Coming Soon” Pre-Orders in Marketing and Sales Known for having some of the strictest consumer rights laws in the world, a German court ruled that products …

TriplePoints of Interest: July 13

This week, Overwatch raises more than $12.7 million for breast cancer research, Steam game player counts are leaked, and Nintendo begins its roll out of hack-resistant Switch hardware. Overwatch Raises Millions in Donations for Breast Cancer Research Through Pink Mercy Skin Blizzard recently released a pink costume for the Overwatch healer character, Mercy. They charged …