After the flash of E3 comes the fizzle of May’s US video game sales, which were the lowest for nearly five years, according to figures just released by the NPD research firm. There were plenty of titles for the holiday season to get excited about at the annual trade show last week in LA, but LA Noire, set on the mean streets of 1940s Los Angeles, took the fall for poorer than expected sales in May. Read more >>
In the annals of video game history, Duke Nukem Forever stands alone as the title that never fails to disappoint. Disappoint in the sense that, 14 years after development began on the sequel to 1996’s Duke Nukem 3D, the game has still not appeared. This despite countless tentative release dates and its developer 3D Realms being reduced to saying in 2001 that it would be released simply “when it’s done”. Read more >>
A new, slimmer Xbox boosted sales of the Microsoft console by 88 per cent in June, but video game software sales slumped 15 per cent.
The latest figures from the NPD research group on Thursday continued a disappointing trend for the industry in 2010, with overall sales down 9 per cent so far this year compared to 2009. Read more >>
The US video game industry remains in Dead Man’s Gulch despite the success of a spaghetti Western title in May.
The latest figures from the NPD research firm show Take-Two shifted more than 1.5m copies of Red Dead Redemption as the best-selling game of the month, but overall industry sales fell 5 per cent on a year ago to $823m, with console sales down 20 per cent at $241m. Read more >>
THQ received a bloody nose recently with the timing of the release of its mixed martial arts UFC Undisputed 2010 game.
Brian Farrell, chief executive of the video game publisher, is hoping for a better outcome by holding fire with Homefront, a new first-person shooter that faces formidable opposition from Activision, Electronic Arts and Halo-maker Bungie. Read more >>
Carl Icahn , the billionaire activist investor, is upping his stake in another troubled company – revealing on Thursday in a regulatory filing that he holds more than 9m shares in the video game publisher Take-Two .
Wedbush Morgan analysts speculated today that Mr Icahn taking an 11.3 per cent stake in a company he has long held an interest in could be an attempt to force a sale. Mr Icahn “acquired the shares in the belief that the shares were undervalued,” says the filing, and he may “seek to have conversations” with management. Read more >>