TRIPLEPOINTS OF INTEREST: JAN. 11

This week, Bungie and Activision have parted ways, the Better Business Bureau has awarded Epic Games an F rating in customer service, and Ubisoft and Epic Games have partnered to bring the Division 2 to the Epic Games Store and UPlay store. Bungie Parts Ways with Activision, Retains Destiny Rights Bungie has announced that it …

TRIPLEPOINTS OF INTEREST: JAN. 4

This week, Activision Blizzard fired CFO Spencer Neumann for an undisclosed reason and he was then hired as CFO of Netflix, Nexon founder Kim Jung-ju has put his company up for sale at $9 billion and Tencent is a potential buyer, and Soulja Boy has ended the development of his emulator console. Netflix hires former …

TRIPLEPOINTS OF INTEREST: DEC. 14

This week, most of the gaming and consumer tech media focused on roundup pieces for the Game Awards, Epic Games pulling the Infinity Blade series from the App Store, and Daybreak Games laying off 70 employees. Game Awards Announcements For the December 6 Game Awards, a number of new games and updates were announced including …

TRIPLEPOINTS OF INTEREST: DEC. 7

This week a number of top tier outlets published their top 10 games of the year, an NFL player was removed from Madden due to assault allegations, and Fortnite was sued by rapper 2 Milly over allegedly stealing his dance moves. Top 10 Games Mashable, Vulture, and NME posted their lists of top 10 video …

TRIPLEPOINTS OF INTEREST: NOV. 9

This week, fan outrage surprises Blizzard following a Blizzcon reveal, Riot Games faces a gender discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuit, and Nintendo removes an offensive Native American caricature from the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Diablo Mobile Game Announcement Sparks Fan Outrage In advance of last week’s Blizzcon, Blizzard teased big news for the Diablo …

TRIPLEPOINTS OF INTEREST: NOV. 2

This week, Microsoft Research publishes prototype designs for mobile Xbox controllers, Red Dead Redemption 2 breaks records, and a British technology site faces possible litigation from Take-Two Interactive. Microsoft Research Prototypes Xbox Controllers for Mobile Devices Microsoft Research recently published prototype Xbox controller designs for phones and tablets that would likely accompany their game streaming …

TRIPLEPOINTS OF INTEREST: OCT. 26

This week, China’s continued freeze on game approvals massively benefits Steam, EA and Activision experience tremendous growth thanks to their “games-as-a-service” business model, and Microsoft reports record growth. Steam’s User Base Skyrockets After China’s Freeze of Game Approvals In a talk at Melbourne Games Week, a spokesperson from Valve revealed that, in just one year, …

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 …